Post # 1
I’m so excited! My fiance and I are planning a South African honeymoon with a safari excursion. For the safari excursion, we are looking at Kruger National Park or Victoria Falls in Zambia. Do any of you fabulous bees have any experience traveling to these places? We will fly to Cape Town and do the city for a few days, followed by the winelands and a day or two at the beach and then 5-6 days on the safari excursion. Recommended travel companies, especially thoughts on South African Air trips, places to stay on the game preserves and in Cape Town and wineries, restaurants, cultural and nightlife you’d recommend would be appreciated.
Post # 3
I lived in rural South Africa for awhile doing global development work. It is an awesome country!!! In Cape Town, you should definitely plan to hike Table Mountain. The views are breathtaking. Also, you could take a day trip to Cape Point which is the on of the farthest points south in Africa. You also have the option to go swimming with sharks while in Cape Town (eep) which a few of my friends did.
Kruger National Park is awesome. There are different tour options. Some of the options are in a closed vehicle while others are open (more like what you would think of for a safari). The open vehicles are by far better. When we were driving through, we had to pull over to let an elephant pass! Djuma game reserve is awesome, plus they do a lot of work to help support the rural villages.
I can’t really speak about places to stay because I lived in a rural village, but you will definitely be glad you went! Also, I see that you are going in August: make sure to pack warm clothes for the evenings. It can get very cold at night.
Post # 4
@bethy362-thanks for your response! My fiance is very outdoorsy and athletic, so hiking at Table Mountain sounds perfect for him. I would love to go swimming with the sharks! Sounds fun! Will the beaches be very cold in August?
I’d love to hear more about Kruger. We definitely want an open vehicle. What would you recommend packing clothing wise for our visit? Thanks so much for your very helpful response!
Post # 5
Oh, you’re going to love Cape Town! I spent a couple of months there for an internship, and it’s just amazing.
I’d think about renting a car for a visit out to Cape Point. It’s a gorgeous drive and much nicer to do when you’re not part of a tour group (I’ve done it both ways). You’re pretty much driving on the edge of a cliff the whole time, which makes for gorgeous views, but can be a little scary! I’d also recommend heading to Boulders Beach to see the Penguin Colony when you go to Cape Point. It’s nearby, and they’re so cute!
I’ve never been to Kruger, so I can’t say much about it. But Etosha National Park in Namibia is absolutely wonderful! I think it’s actually closer to Cape Town than Kruger (fly into Windhoek), and it’s nice because it’s a little less discovered. We actually did a road trip up there from Cape Town, stopping in Sossusvlei (for the famous sand dunes) and Swakopmund (beaches) on the way. It’s a beautiful country!
Oh and my fave Cape Town restaurant is 95 Keerom.