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South Africa: WESTERN CAPE in spring: Need HELP getting addicted!

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Tell me about the best of the Western Cape of South Africa in the spring (September). It's my first trip, and I'm searching for sweet addiction! >:D<

In spring 2013 (September) my husband and I will fly from San Diego or Los Angeles into Cape Town. (We may fly via Europe with a stopover in London, Paris or Frankfurt. We will then spend 17 incredible nights in South Africa before flying home out of Cape Town. Nothing is booked yet but I want to book soon. :-o I'm both nervous and excited!

Please help me select our best 3 or 4 “bases” for a total of 17 nights to stay in the Western Cape of South Africa, for a beautiful and hopefully sunny spring trip (September)? :-X We will have a car and ideally prefer to spend 4 nights at each "base", and take day-trips from there in our car.

Most of what we want to see is in the Western Cape. But we are also tempted by the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape, although I don't see how we can fit it in, unless we add a flight to Port Elizabeth. (Addo would have to be included in the 17 nights.) Each of our “bases” should be well-located for day-trips to beautiful natural areas, and with tasty places to eat nearby. (We like great food with fresh ingredients in a friendly, casual setting...places that are “favorites” with the locals.)

Our 3 or 4 bases will be well-located, to allow us to explore some of these amazing areas, which I hope are beautiful and sunny in the spring: ((F)) ((#))
Cape Town & Cape Peninsula
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Winelands
Cederberg & west coast wildflowers
Hermanus & the Whale Coast
Southern Coast & Garden route (& Tsitsikamma National Park?)
Route 62 & Prince Albert?
Little Karoo area? (not interested in ostriches)

--Addo Elephant National Park?
--Kwandwe? (pricey and not sure my husband is convinced Kwandwe is for him)

My husband and I are as different as boiling water and a tea bag. :-X We are in our 50's and love to travel. (Switzerland, New Zealand, Costa Rica...awesome!) I am a dreamy poet who enjoys fresh tasty food and inspiring scenery, and I can only hike for an hour or 2 due to current hip and foot issues. When I'm inspired I whip out my pen and paper. My husband is an active biologist who can hike all day, and is passionate about exploring native flora & fauna, especially tortoises, reptiles, and natural stands of native annual wildflowers. When he's inspired, he whips out his camera.

We both enjoy meeting the locals for a chat; discovering locally owned eateries with fresh, tasty food; cultural experiences; music and art; and staying in owner-run guesthouses, b&bs, or small boutique hotels where the owners have time for a chat, and where we can meet other guests at breakfast.

I have read 2 Fodors guidebooks, the Frommers guidebook, and the AAA guidebook for South Africa. Now its time to book the trip. I haven't booked anything yet. Our budget is flexible. We normally like an interesting mix of accommodations ranging from luxury to moderate to inexpensive, each of which is special within its price category. (I'm using the prices in the Fodors guidebook as a reference point.)

THANKS as ever for your help! Right now I'm hoping you can help me select the cities, towns, or villages which will become our “bases”. But I'm also open to specific accommodations, if something pops into your mind. Feel free to give me your subjective personal opinions, and if everyone disagrees, it's even more fun and interesting. :-D

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