5-Year Wedding Anniversary

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Apr 22nd, 2005, 09:24 AM
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5-Year Wedding Anniversary

Hello,

I am a first-time reader and a first-time message poster and would appreciate any and all help in planning my 5-year wedding anniversary trip to South Africa this December. My husband and I would like to spend the last week in December and the first week in January in South Africa, and we would like to include an excursion to one of the safaris and Victoria Falls.

Q1. Is this a doable itinerary if we would like to spend at least 4 days in Capetown?

Q2. Does anyone have any suggestions on a hotel/guesthouse/b&b that would fit into our budget of $125.00-$175.00 and is close to the waterfront or a nice beach?

Q3. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions on a nice safari (and accommodations) that would allow my husband and I to see the big-5 and other smaller animals and birds?

Thanks in advance for ALL of the help.
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Apr 22nd, 2005, 10:56 AM
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Hello,
On march 2004 my wife and I went on a honeymoon to Mauritius Island for 4 nights(the best service we have ever experienced), Capetown for 3 nights and a safari at Mala Mala Main Camp for 2 nights.
You guys will have a ball...Capetown is a wonderful city...must sees: Table Mountain, Contancia Vineyard (the oldest Vineyard in South Africa), Cape of Good Hope (wonderful experience!), Camps Bay (for some drinks in the afternoon or dinner at night). We stayed at the HOLIDAY IN WATERFRONT ...it is a new hotel,with small rooms, however very nice. Walking distance from the Waterfront.

Below I am sending to you some websites I used for my honeymoon.

BEAU RIVAGE HOTEL (Mauritius Island)
http://www.mauritius.com/BeauRivage/gallery.asp#verytop
http://www.dreammauritius.com/cgi-bi..._Rivage_Resort
http://www.kodaktravel.com/mauritius_07.html

CAPETOWN
HOLIDAY INN WATERFRONT Capetown
http://cybercapetown.com/HolidayInn-Waterfront/#gallery

MALA MALA main camp
http://www.malamala.com/campbsh.htm
http://www.malamala.tv/diary.htm

JOHANNESBURG
CAESAR EMPEROR HOTEL
http://www.africa-ata.org/sa_emperor1.htm

HAVE FUN !!!!! AND ENJOY YOUR TRIP

ARTHUR LAPORTA
Mexico City, Mexico

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Apr 22nd, 2005, 11:08 AM
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InSearch,

You will be in Cape Town at the very busiest time of the year, when prices are charged at a premium.

Likewise, many safari lodges will also be charging a premium during this period.

For Victoria Falls and your safari, I think that 4 nights at Matetsi Water Lodge would work out nicely since you should be able to take advantage of a CCAfrica special where you pay for 3 nights and get the 4th night free.

Given your budget, this may be all of the safari that you can afford, but at least it would allow you to kill two birds with one stone, as you can take daily trips to Victoria Falls, a mere 50 minute drive away.

www.ccafrica.com

Otherwise, if your budget will allow it, you would be able to visit Makalolo Plains in Hwange, a short flight from Victoria Falls.

www.wilderness-safaris.com
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Apr 22nd, 2005, 11:58 AM
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Why not tell us from where you're traveling, whether paid tickets or using FF miles... and most importantly, what is your total budget for your stay in southern Africa (incl. Zimbabwe or Zambia and South Africa) - hotels, safari, tours, car rental, internal air - whatever applies.

As Roccco mentions - your time of travel is probably the most expensive for visitors as well as locals, and space may be limited. So, the more information you provide, the better (and more helpful) the responses will be.
 
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Apr 22nd, 2005, 01:14 PM
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Hello InSearch,

As far as Cape Town accommodation is concerned relative to your budget as well as your need for beach or Waterfront acommodation in the height of season you are going to have reasonable difficulty finding a place that will fit the bill perfectly.

As far as I am concerned your best bet would be to stay at Blue Waters in Camps Bay. http://www.bluewaters.co.za/movie.html This venue is near to the Camps Bay beach as well as a private little beach called Beta Beach. One potential problem is that the water is very cold (about 14C 60F) and it actually is not a beach to want to swim at. If you are brave, as many are, you can certainly try and dip your toes in the Atlantic Ocean.

Blue Waters has a very helpful and friendly host in the form of Rose Holtman. She will help you with all that you want to know and you certainly could book a room with a sea view however it is an overview in that you cannot see the beach directly. All the rooms in the guesthouse are the same and they certainly are well appointed for a comfortable stay. The guesthouse also has a parking facility available which is a big plus in the area. The price should also suit your pocket and if you write to me I will try and obtain a further discount for you by attaining a tour operator commission/discount for you.

To see more about prices (the main website does not have any pricing) please go to http://www.allcapeaccommodation.com/...sthouse/#rates

or

http://www.ctaa.co.za/blue_waters.asp


You could also look at the tried and tested Avanti in Bantry Bay which has very reasonably priced accommodation and is 50 yards from the sea edge. There is also a beach (Saunders Rocks) close by however once again the waters are cold. The guesthouse offers great accommodation which is very comfortable and your hosts in the form of Marie and Johan are wonderfully hospitable people. If you decide on staying at Avanti then ask Marie for the upstairs room with the balcony sea view as it is the best room in the house in my opinion. Once again if you want me to I could obtain a discount for you at this guesthouse.

Hope the above helps.

Very proudly part of the wonderful nation of South Africa



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