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Hey all. I am new to this lovely place but have been reading posts since my wonderful FI and I got engaged in January. We are pretty set on South Africa for our honeymoon destination but don’t know much about traveling there, what things to do or how much it is all going to cost. We are hoping to do about 2-3 weeks- spend some time doing safaris in Kruger National Park (possibly Lion Sands with the treehouse), spend some time doing mission work in Uganda and then heading to a beach (possibly Mozambiqiue) for some R&R. Any tips, expertise, pictures or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!
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@buhrmase: what time of year will you be on honeymoon?
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I’m American but live in Cape Town and have traveled quite a bit through South Africa and a bunch of Africa in general.
What time of year are you planning to go?
I’m sure you realize that Uganda isn’t close to SA – it’s East Africa. And if you do decide to go there then I recommend Zanizibar in Tanzania rather than Mozambique (since you’d be so close). Zanzibar is AMAZING and VERY honeymoon-esque. You could also spend a few nights in a place called Lazy Lagoon near Bagamoyo in Tanzania (about an hour or so north of Dar es Salaam) which is unreal (private Banda, all delicious meals included, the resort is the only thing on this 9km long island – it’s magical – was there with my FI).
There’s LOADS to do in South Africa alone (the first time I came I spent 3 weeks traveling throughout it) so it really depends how much time you’d have here on what you could do.
If I were you I’d probably skip Uganda and rather find some volunteer/mission work you could do in SA or Tanzania. (or Mozambique if you’d rather stay closer to SA).
In SA I’d say the musts are Kruger Park near Joburg and then there’s loads to do in Cape Town (winery tours, see the townships, drive Chapman’s Peak, Boulder Beach penguin colony, Robbin Island, Clifton or Llandudno beach, loads of great restaurants and lots of clubs/bars to go go out). With more time in SA, you could also drive the Garden Route which is stunning and there’s the highest commercial bungee in the world there if you want to brave it. (Then there’s also Swaziland and St. Lucia which are quite unique)
I’d say you should do 3 nights in Kruger minimum and 5 nights in Cape Town minimum if that’s all you do in SA.
And 3-4 nights at Lazy Lagoon in Tanzania & 5 nights in Zanzibar (Paje beach &/or Nungwi).
And you could do a week in Uganda if you wanted. Or you could also do a 3 nights Serengeti safari. (I would def do Uganda before Tanzania/Zanzi).
Traveling in Africa is definitely more expensive than people tend to think. And I believe South Africa is one of the most (if not THE most) expensive countries on the contient. Food will be cheaper than it is in the US (not sure where you’re from). Hotel stays will be similar if your looking for good quality. Activities aren’t cheap and getting around isn’t cheap. Though any flight within the country will probably be around $100 or so one way. It also depends a lot on how luxurious or basic you are keen to go for.
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@NewYorkLady: Hi, just out of interest when is the best time of year to visit SA?
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@Soon2BD-CBee: I’d say November to March is best. maaaaybe April but March is better. Any time other than that and you risk it being cold or at least chilly.
February or March is best if you want it to be less busy but still beautiful weather. Busy season is Nov-Jan.
The first time I ever came was in winter in July. But we got super lucky and it was fairly nice weather while we we here. Usually July is cold (which it has been on and off lately. – today is nicer – 60F/16C so it’s not bad – but it was maybe 8C a couple weeks ago) I don’t think it gets lower than maybe 40F/5C here.. but it can be VERY windy in CT which makes it feel colder.
Though, in winter – Sept is best – you can go whale watching in Hermanus which would be fun.
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@NewYorkLady: argh no we get married in April. So just outside of the best time. Thanks for posting.
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@buhrmase: Uganda is far from SA. Perhaps looks at Botswana, Zambia or Lesotho for your mission work? Zambia and Botswana are BEAUTIFUL too.
In South Africa, you can have a beach holiday AND a bush holiday there is no need to go to Moz though it is an awesome holiday place. If you are keen to safari then there is the Kruger National Park and then you can hop a plane to Eastern or Western Cape for a beach holiday. I love Jeffrey’s Bay in the off season.
Though the risk is low, you’ll want to be covered for malaria while travelling the Kruger National Park and you’ll need it for Moz.
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My advice would be to make sure you have nice accommodation. We did Botswana, Swaziland, Mozambique and South Africa last March. Whilst we enjoyed the trip, we had a budget, hence many places we stayed were detrimental to any romantic mood, and I would not have wanted that for my honeymoon (think hot weather, no air- con, sleeping under mozzie nets, and half the time reeking of insect repellant and sunscreen!)
Post # 10
@Flanders: I agree that Zambia would be a better alternative to Uganda. They can do mission work AND see Victoria Falls which is stunning!
@buhrmase: @Flanders is also right that you can totally do the beach holiday in SA as well.. BUT that does depend on what time of year you’re coming and whether or not it will be warm. Durban is pretty nice weather year round but I wouldn’t want to spend my honeymoon there. If you’re coming in winter months, then I would go to Mozambique for the beach part. Right now it’s 30C in Moz.
Although you would have to fly to Tanzania and it’s not close.. the flight isn’t *too* expensive. I’m partial to it because I had the most romantic vacation of my life there with FI and it is simply stunning. The water is colors of blue I’ve never seen in the ocean before. It’s pretty fantastic.
I hear great things about Moz too – I think they call it the poor man’s Zanzibar. :p