(Closed) South Africa – Garden Route, Safari…Tips please.

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Not sure how helpful I’ll be because we haven’t actually gone yet, but part of our honeymoon is in SA at Vuyani Lodge (which we found on a flash sale through Jetsetter,  but still a little over $400 a night). 

I can touch back after we get home in early September, but at that point it might be too late for your planning purposes. Hoping you get some additional responses…

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

If i were you i’d check out St Lucia and Cape Vidal on the way down (Kwazulu Natal Coastline) – amazing beaches and St Lucia has some REALLY great cheap B&Bs – Afrique Lodge among them.. Also you might be able to find a better safari rate at hluhluwe/Umfolozi game reserve – its smaller than Kruger but a really great park and in the same area as St Lucia and Cape Vidal..

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@slicey19:  Hey there! I’m from Cape Town.

The Garden Route is one of the most stunning places here and is well known as the local honeymoon spot. I would most definitely stop in Knysna and Plettenberg bay. Knysna has the elephant park where you get to feed the elephants and there are so many gorgeous beaches along the way from Cape Town to Plettenberg bay. There are other little towns, but it really is a case of a lot of hidden gems. The ideal way to do the garden route is to road trip and just stop off anywhere that looks apealling.

Wish I could be more help but everytime I’ve done that trip there has been no itinerary and we just go with the flow.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@slicey19:  When are you going to be here? I can keep an ear to the ground wrt wine festivals. Altough one could easily organise a day tour where you can check out a few different vineyards in one day.

check out http://www.wine.co.za

Most hotels do have Wifi and a lot of the cafe’s also give you an hour free wifi. Heck, the McDonalds across the road from my office also has wifi 🙂

Unfortunately there’s no starbucks… But we have our own versions of pretty decent coffee shops.

Will brain storm those hidden gems with my family and let you know 🙂

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Just in case you weren’t aware, you can’t walk on the beach with the penguins anymore at Boulders, we were there in November and were gutted to find it was a walk way down the the beach and you had to stay on it 🙁 

they’re still cute though, just not the experience I thought it would be, better for the penguins though

I haven’t done the Garden Route or Safari yet, my H2B is South African and he unhelpfully said that Kruger is such a huge place, that it’s better to just browse and look on the internet for places to stay *rolls eyes*

I relied on Trip Advisor a lot for reviews when I was researching our holiday last year 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Unfortunatly when I was last in South Africa I stayed with relatives, so I can’t really recommend places to stay. However, the Garden Route is spectacular.I second the suggestion for Plettenberg Bay, and the Knysna Elephant Park is amazing! You get to ride them and hand feed them afterwards. Such a special experience. I also loved Kalk Bay – lots of cute little shops and boutiques. If you can spend some time in Stellenbosch and Franschoek I highly recommend it. Gorgeous scenery, lots to do, and so many lovely wineries. Have fun! 

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Oh, and if you don’t end up doing a Kruger safari, we did one in the Pilansberg which departed from Sun City. It was a day trip, but we saw loads of animals (4 of the Big 5 + others!) Table Mountain is a must if you can get there. You can ride the gondola, or if you’re feeling adventurous, there is a hike you can do.  And I recommend visiting Robben Island too and doing a tour… It was a very moving and powerful experience. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I highly recommend our travel agent: http://www.classicafrica.com/

They can probably tell you if there are any safari options in your price range at Kruger.

Robishen, how hard of a hike is Table Mountain?  My husband is pushing to do it when we we’re there next month.  I’m worried I might peter out partway through.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

ElbieKay, I think it is only about 3 hours? My 60 year old aunt managed to do it no problem, so I don’t think you’d have any trouble 🙂 The only reason I didn’t do it was because I didn’t have good walking shoes on the day, and I just really wanted the gondola experience. 

Just found this website which details the walks you can do: http://www.tablemountainwalks.co.za/walks.html 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We’re doing 4 nights in Vuyani, then going up to Tanzania for 3 more nights for a different safari experience. Then we’re doing some beach time in Zanzibar.

My only concern with Vuyani is, yes it’s comparably affordable and has great reviews, BUT you do have to pay a good deal extra for excursions to places like Kruger or other trips, where at other (admittedly more expensive) lodges, that might all come included.

I so wish I could give you reviews of Vuyani to be helpful! We did go with the honeymoon suite. I can say that my booking process with them has been very smooth, though. Very friendly staff.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2004

Sedgefield, Wilderness, Victoria Bay….. You will love it!! South Africa really has a lot to offer and as o e of the other south african posters mentioned, the Garden Route is fabulous, especially if you just drive and stop and stay! You could check out Simola estate, it is outside knysna and they usually have some nice specials.

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