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a little help on a post safari beach holiday in august...which island and which resort?

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on honeymoon next august and trying to decide on an indian ocean island after a safari at singita. did zanzibar last year so looking for something new.

of the islands (seychelles, mauritius, etc) which to visit in august??? where to stay???we live in singapore so we need to travel east anyway.

thanks in advance.

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    You already asked the same question a few weeks ago and got a number of intersting answers. As I recall many posters were very helpful stating their opinion. Why would you ask again, maybe you weren't happy with the answers you got?

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    Questions for our Honeymoon to South Africa & Seychelles...


    Author: Sarah (sjeffries@cpm.net)
    Date: 05/16/2002, 11:24 pm
    Message: Hi there!

    You all are so helpful on this board, so I figured I would enlist your advice regarding my upcoming honeymoon - Sep. 21 - Oct. 5, 2002.

    We have researched so many destinations, and really want to go to South Africa for one week, and the Seychelles for another week. Here are our details...

    1) We are coming from New York - is this too much for 2 weeks?

    2) We plan to spend one week split up in SA -3 nts. Sun City, 4 nts. at a Luxury safari Lodge (we know we don't have time for Cape Town the "right way", safari is more important to us), then the next week at Banyan Tree Seychelles (we also want tropical for our honeymoon).

    3) We are so torn as to which lodge we should stay at! Our choices are:
    a) Ngala Tented Lodge
    b) Londolozi (don't know which part of the camp we should stay in)
    c) Singita (same goes for here)

    I would appreciate any advice or comments from you - we have been saving for ages, and want to make the right choice. We won't be taking another vacation any time soon, so we want to do this right, and stay at the best places! :)

    We love animals, so definitely want to be at a lodge with great game viewing, and great accomodations.

    Thanks so much for the help - it's very much appreciated!! :0 Sarah and Adam





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    Author: Simba (simbasamama@aol.com)
    Date: 05/16/2002, 11:51 pm
    Message: Hello Sarah:
    Two weeks is such a short time and the best thing would be for you to concentrate on South Africa. There is so much to see and do. If you love animals you won't see any in the Seychelles. Besides this place is highly overrated and highly overpriced. Anyway with two weeks only and coming from New York you should consider staying in only one country




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    Author: TC (TCP@xxx.com)
    Date: 05/17/2002, 12:04 am
    Message: It is a destination only for those with lots of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    Didn't you say you have been saving for ages, and want to make the right choice?
    In this case I have to burst your bubble. Seychelles is not for you. Sorry but we made this mistake


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    Author: Lisa (aesquin@worldonline.be)
    Date: 05/17/2002, 05:40 am
    Message: I lived 4 years in SA and is a very beautifull country. I also have been twice on holidays in Seychelles.
    I've been several times in SunCity but it is a place I will not recommend to you when you have just 2 weeks in total. There are many much more interesting places in SA. A luxorious safari logde will be find, there are many, also Seychelles have very beautifull beaches (rent a minimoke car at Victoria airport) otherwise it is very boring to stay at your hotel's piece of beach.
    In my view the best hotel in Mahé is The Plantation; The Sheraton have a very small beach, there are some others very good but without sandy beach.
    Please think about SunCity, there should be many similar "fake" and artificial places like this one in the USA. It is good if you leave in SA for a weekend but not after making a long trip from USA


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    Author: local (local7460@yahoo.com)
    Date: 05/17/2002, 10:26 am
    Message: Yes, Sun City doesn't do it for me either, and I stay here.... More so if you come from far. If you really have to go that way, I would rather recommend places such as KwaMaritane (sp?) or Bakubung (sp?) in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Otherwise, I would rather go to Kruger Park, there is much more to see in the vicinity as well, eg God's Window, Bourke's Luck potholes, Pilgrim's Rest, etc.

    I have not been to Seychelles yet but Mauritius was not bad the time we went (many moons ago.)

    Hi Lisa, Hey, you mussn't make djokes about our Souf Effrican English (previous posting), we speaks the English tale veRRy deliciously..... [In Afrikaans we a very harsh "r" and the "g" sounds as if you are clearing your throat....] :-))


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    Author: Lisa (waverley66@hotmail.com)
    Date: 05/17/2002, 02:35 pm

    Message: I agree. Sun City is a great place but I would definitely not go there for 3 nights. Be aware that hthere is a range of accommodations at sun City ranging from the more budget accommdations at the Cabanas, to the main hotel, to the Cascades which hopefully has finished being refurbished to the very extravagant and luxurious Lost City. By staying in any one of these, you have access to any of the facilities at any of the places so you are not restricted. Min hotel and cascades are very central and conveniently located. Accommdoation obviously varies aas does the price of food and drink.

    If you are going to singita or Londolozi, then I would not go to Kwa Maritane etc as the game viewing experience is superior at the former choices. At Kwa Maritane, you are taken on large truck that can seat up to 20 people and you do not go off road. the ones you ahve metnioned, -onan open landrover with up to 6 -8 others. And you get taken off road.

    I cannot speak for Singita or Ngala but if I was on my honeymoon at Londolozi I would go for the part of the camp which has private outdoor showers (in addition to the indoor showers and baths) and a private treehouse deck. I'm sorry I don't remember what they are called. the whole camp is very luxurious but that part is just that extra bit more romantic and special.

    Can't speak for Seychelles, but if you are looking for tropical you could go to Plettenburg Bay, Knysna area and the garden route or to the Natal south or north coast. Lots of beautiful areas there.

    But I can't believe you would go to SA and not go to Cape Town. I would rather skip Sun City and do 3 days in CT. What about Victoria Falls (Zambian side)? It is also an amazing experience - 1 night Sun City, 2 nights Vic Falls?Or as Local says, once you are already in the area of Sabi Sand reserve and Mmpaumalanga, go to the

    And Local, you have a case of mistaken identity going on here. Stop picking on the innocent Lisas of the world. :-)


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    Author: asdf (asdf@asdf.com)
    Date: 05/17/2002, 02:59 pm
    Message: THe Banyan Tree is most assuredly now the best resort on Mahe, no question. The Plantation Club is still good but showing its age. There is no Sheraton any more, they got out when it no longer measured up to their relatively low standards and is now a Berjaya.


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    Author: Chantal (cc@cc.com)
    Date: 05/17/2002, 10:14 pm
    Message: Having grown up in Cape Town and with parents-in-law in Zambian near Vic falls I would agree with the thread that a trip to vic falls is a must instead of Sun City. Furthermore cape Town and the garden route - Kynsna to Plettenberg Bay have so much more to offer than the Seychelles.




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    Author: Sarah (sjeffries@cpm.net)
    Date: 05/19/2002, 11:22 pm
    Message: Hi everyone!

    Thank you SO much for your help and advice!!

    We are going to leave Sun City out now, and are debating between roughly one week Cape Town/Winelands/Garden Route and one week on safari (we will adjust a few days here or there, maybe 6 days safari, etc) or one week safari and one week Seychelles. Whichever one we skip, we will try to make up for on an anniversary trip! :)

    Thanks again!!! :)


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    Author: Martha (marth_ wesxx@uvm.edu)
    Date: 05/20/2002, 06:38 am
    Message: Sarah, I just read your post and three years ago for our honyemoon we did the same thing what you are planning to do, to split two weeks between two places. We actually went to South Africa for one week and then to Seychelles for another week. I would never recommend anything like that to anyone. Just too much moving around and we missed so much in SA. I strongly suggest you rethink your plan. Being on your honeymoon, coming all the way from NY (we did too), going through customs and immigrations everwhere, being on the planes too many times is time consuming. Instead waisting our time transfering to the Seychelles we should stay in one country and go to Cape Town and do Garden Route. We wlearned when we were there how fantastic Cape Town is. We do have regreats that we planned too much but at that time we wanted to see as much as possible. Well, that was a big mistake. Also my husband and I agreed that Seychelles is one of those places where we go once and one time is enough.
    Last Friday we returned from Mauritius and this is a place we will retun as soon as we have enough money. Maybe in 10 years. Anyway, please let us know when you decide.

    We are planning to go to Cape Town in about 3-4 years. We are dreaming to go there since our trip to SA.


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    Author: Lisa (waverley66@hotmail.com)
    Date: 05/20/2002, 08:00 am
    Message: One thing to remember is that Sept is not really warm enough for swimming in CT, (correct me if my memore fails me, Locals). You'll be doing more sightseeing. It may be OK to lie on a beach but the Ocean in the CT area towards Clifton, Llandudno, Camps Bay Beaches is cold all year round as it gets the Antarctic Currrents. The ocean by Muizenberg, Simonstown, False Bay is warmer.


    If you are from the NY area, it would be a lot easier (and cheaper airfare)to go to islands in the Carribean or to Bermuda and Bahamas than to go to Mauritius and Seychelles.

    My vote is if you are going all the way there, go to SA.

    I guarantee you, the safari experience will be one of them best experiences of your life! And Cape Town is breathtaking. You can't go wrong.


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    Author: Lisa (waverley66@hotmail.com)
    Date: 05/20/2002, 08:00 am
    Message: One thing to remember is that Sept is not really warm enough for swimming in CT, (correct me if my memore fails me, Locals). You'll be doing more sightseeing. It may be OK to lie on a beach but the Ocean in the CT area towards Clifton, Llandudno, Camps Bay Beaches is cold all year round as it gets the Antarctic Currrents. The ocean by Muizenberg, Simonstown, False Bay is warmer.


    If you are from the NY area, it would be a lot easier (and cheaper airfare)to go to islands in the Carribean or to Bermuda and Bahamas than to go to Mauritius and Seychelles.

    My vote is if you are going all the way there, go to SA.

    I guarantee you, the safari experience will be one of them best experiences of your life! And Cape Town is breathtaking. You can't go wrong.


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    Author: local (local7460@yahoo.com)
    Date: 05/20/2002, 09:16 am
    Message: I must agree with Lisa (Waverley) about only SA. You can do Cape Town/Winelands/Garden Route in a week, although it is going to be a rushed job, maybe one or two days extra is better.

    September/October must be one of the best months to go to Cape Town and it should be OK to swim at the warmer beaches. Beautiful views of Table Mountain from Blouberg beach but the water is freezing.

    Open question - Is anybody going to the Drakensberg? I only see postings about Cape Town, Kruger Park, Vic Falls, etc. but nothing about the Drakensberg? Just curious.

    You see, Lisa (Waverley) what you made me do: Lisa(aesquin), my unconditional apologies but I did not pick on you, I wanted to speak to Lisa (Waverley) once upon a time and not to you both twice together.... :-)) [I actually did see my mistake after I have posted it, but then it was too late.]


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    Author: tracy (tracybsmith@hotmail.com)
    Date: 05/21/2002, 08:03 am
    Message: Hi there Sarah,
    I have just recently returned from South Africa, and I must recommend the tour operator that helped me, they are called Wild Sensations Tours & Safaris, contact them on wildsen@icon.co.za
    I did a n amazing 3 day safari to the Kruger Park with them, they also helped me with all my accommodation bookings at Sun City and Cape Ton. I know they can arrange flights and car rental, give them a try
    Tracy


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    Cannot help with beach part as would have suggested Zanzibar, but have you heard of Royal Malewane safari lodge - the most luxurious in SA (close to Ngala). I would recommend it.

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    dnxl-
    the replies were very helpful in that it helped me decide to go to singita over londolozi. however, there were no comments on the islands so i thought i would try another post with a different subject.

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    You are wrong. There were many answers about certain islands. Read them again, when I reread them it was clear that Seychelles islands are not recommended but many people suggested places in South Africa. I agree with those posters. You will do whatever you want to do but nobody is going made this final decission but you. It is time to grow up and decide what you want

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