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My Fiance and I have been thinking about South Africa for a honeymoon destination. Only problem is that neither one of us knows ANYTHING about South Africa. Could anyone offer any suggestions on locations (as far as what city to stay, etc?) Honestly, I would like to hear anything you know about South Africa as a honeymoon destination.
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commenting so i can follow this thread…
my husband and i are headed on a “last big trip before trying to have a kid” trip to South Africa this November!!! when are you going?
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Well, I’ve never been to South Africa for honeymoon, but I’ve been there a couple times and am going again this Thursday. I know there are threads on here for South African brides, and they would definitely be the best to give you advice. I’ve only been to Durban and Cape Town (also Pietermaritzburg, but that’s probably not really a candidate for you), and I’ll be in Johannesburg and Pretoria this time around.
Hmm, one piece of advice I’d guess I’d give is to go during the warmer months. I like warm weather, and am sad that I’m going now in what is winter (as it is southern hemisphere). It can get pretty chilly at night in winter. Cape Town, at least parts of it, has a little Euro feel to it. I went to a couple of wineries out that way and that was very cool. Durban has a bit more . . . flavor? funk? than Cape Town (just my opinion), and I really liked it there. I spent a fair deal of time at the beach there. I also went to a game park somewhere on the east coast, can’t remember which, was with a group. And of course you can see a lot of historical sites there with important events from Shaka to Mandela. Won’t lie and say I’m not a little nervous for my first upcoming trip to Johannesburg; I heard the crime is kind of rough around there.
I’d also like to suggest thinking about the neighboring countries. I hear nothing but good things about Namibia. I’ll also be swinging by Botswana, for which making arrangements has not been the easiest, but it’s quite stable out that way. I’ve also been to Mozambique, and though it was war-torn back then (some 16 years ago), I understand things are really up and coming. But really on Namibia, everyone says it’s fabulous.
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I can’t comment on the honeymoom part but I can give you some advice since I grew up there and just returned from a month long visit back home.
It is BEAUTIFUL! But there are som areas that you should avoid. You will likely have to fly into Johannesburg, which is fine, but I would say there really isn’t a reason to stay there or really even leave the airport unless you want to go to Pilanesberg/Sun City which is a great game park but I would recommend the Kruger National Park.
GO TO CAPE TOWN! You will probably want to spend at least 5-7 days there. The wineries are breathtaking (picnic lunch with wine under the vines.. yes please!) the mountains are spectacular and the city is amazing. I just rode the argus there (a cycling race) and the waterfront is incredible.
Go to Durban for a few day, its on the side where the water is really warm.
The best months to go are November-March, as thats when the weather is best but anytime of the year is amazing.
I could go on and on about things to do so if you decide on that message me for some suggestions. Hope this helps!
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@Laurencw: I agree 🙂
I’m from Cape Town and you definitely can’t come to South Africa and not visit Cape Town :).
I’d say you need to come up with a list of things you would like to do on honeymoon and then we can make suggestions from there.
things you can do:
4) Nights on the town
5) There’s plenty of historical things
PM me if you need any advice – I’ve also been to Johannesburg and Durban.
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@ms_protea: We would probabaly want to focus most on options 1-4, especially the beach! My Fiance is freaking insane and wants to go cage diving with sharks… We would like to see some historical sights, but don’t want to spend a lot of time on that aspect of the trip. We went to Europe last summer and saw tons of historical sights and Fiance and I both felt like we paid a ridiculous amount of money for an adult field trip…So we want to avoid that this time!
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@Laurencw: We are leaning towards spending the majority of the time in Cape Town, so that is great to hear!