Honeymoon to Cape Town, Mozambique & Namibia

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Apr 2nd, 2005, 02:04 AM
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Honeymoon to Cape Town, Mozambique & Namibia

Hi

Hoping some people might spare a few minutes to read and comment on our
proposed itinerary for our honeymoon in Aug/September to Cape Town,
Mozambique and Namibia. I've included some of our thoughts/reasoning beneath
to try and give you a better picture of what we're after.

Sun 28-Aug - Depart London Heathrow - pm
Mon 29-Aug - Arrive Jo'burg am. Fly on to Cape Town. - Atlanticview
Guesthouse
Tues 30-Aug - Cape Town - Atlanticview Guesthouse
Wed 31-Aug - Cape Town - Atlanticview Guesthouse
Thurs 01-Sep - Cape Town (Atlanticview Guesthouse or in City?)
Fri 02-Sep - Hermanus
Sat 03-Sep - Stellenbosch or Franschoek
Sun 04-Sep - Stellenbosch or Franschoek
Mon 05-Sep - Fly CPT to JNB. Transfer for Lanseria-Inhambane (Mozambique)
Charter Flight
Tues 06-Sep - Tofo (Hotel Marinhos?)
Wed 07-Sep - Tofo (Hotel Marinhos?)
Thurs 08-Sep - Tofo (Hotel Marinhos?)
Fri 09-Sep - Tofo (Hotel Marinhos?)
Sat 10-Sep - Tofo (Hotel Marinhos?)
Sun 11-Sep - Tofo (Hotel Marinhos?)
Mon 12-Sep - pm - Fly Tofo - Jo'burg O/n near airport
Tues 13-Sep - am - Fly Jo'burg - Windhoek. Pick up car and drive to halfway
to Sossusvlei (?)
Wed 14-Sep -Sossusvlei (Sossusvlei Lodge?)
Thurs 15-Sep -Sossusvlei (Sossusvlei Lodge?)
Fri 16-Sep - am at Sossusvlei. Drive up to Swakopmund (Beach Lodge?)
Sat 17-Sep - Kayaking trip at Pelican Point near Swakopmund (Beach Lodge?)
Sun 18-Sep - Drive via Cape Cross Seal Colony to Damaraland (Mowani Mountain
Camp?)
Mon 19-Sep- Damaraland (Mowani Mountain Camp?)
Tues 20-Sep - Drive on to Etosha NP (Okaukuejo Rest Camp?)
Wed 21-Sep - Etosha NP (Okaukuejo Rest Camp?)
Thurs 22-Sep - Etosha NP (Halali Rest Camp?)
Fri 23-Sep - Drive from Etosha to Windhoek. (Hilltop House?)
Sat 24-Sep - am - fly Windhoek - Jo'burg. pm fly Jo'burg - London
Sun 25-Sep - am - arr London


Would obviously want this to be a very memorable trip. However, we travelled
around the world for 13 months last year seeing countless fantastic sights
(I even proposed on the crater rim of an erupting volcano in Vanuatu (as you
do! - still I can categorically say that the earth really did move!) so the
honeymoon does have a lot too live up to.

For info, the budget is about £5000 (for us both) which doesn't include
flights (The wonder of Virgin flyer points!) except for the Mozambique
flight which is about £200 a head. (As I'm not sure many people seem to know
about the Tofo area of Mozambique - all our accom, f&d and diving will cost
about £1000 - so there's about £4000 for the rest of the trip) The start and
end dates are fixed with the London - South Africa flights booked - but
everything else is still at the planning stage at the moment


Cape Town - The 'Relaxing, easy-travelling' part

Though we're aware that weather-wise it might be better to put Cape Town at
the end of the trip, we'd both like somewhere easy to relax for the first
few days.

Atlanticview Guesthouse in Camps Bay looks stunning (and not really like any
guesthouse I've seen - has anyone ever been?) and would be a good place to
relax / recover after the wedding) but I'm not sure if it would be worth
staying a night in the city itself. Would we be missing out on much if we
didn't have at least 1 night 'in town'.

Hermanus (for the whales) - have looked at a number of nice places on the
portfolio collection website so looks like we're spoiled for choice (Despite
being avid divers I've decided not to do the Shark dive. - Too cold and the
soon-to-be Mrs B isn't that taken with the idea.)

Then on to the winelands. As we'll be hiring a car (which I'll be driving)
I'm keen to stay somewhere within easy walking distance of a few decent
vineyards with/or near some decent restaurants. Not sure whether
Stellenbosch or Franschoek would be better for this?


Mozambique - The 'Chilling on a hot beach and diving' part

Fly via Jo'burg to Tofo (nr Inhambane) for a week. We've been here before
and though the accommodation is a little rustic - the place is fantastic and
the diving out of this world (more Manta Rays than you can shake a stick
at!). Though I've looked at Bazaruto Archipelago I'm not convinced it's
worthwhile as the places there seem very expensive for frankly not very
much. (Also we've been to Vilanculos for a few days before and the fact that
the tide goes out about 5 miles kind of annoyed me (stunning beaches mind
you))

While we'd ideally like to do the beach part at the end of the trip, the
charter flights to Inhambane from Jo'burg only go on Monday afternoon and
Friday morning so we'd end up with a few too many overnights in Jo'burg and
a little less time in Namibia.


Namibia - 'The Getting out and seeing some mind-blowing sights' part

Finally, Namibia, which I've really wanted to go to for far too long, and
after reading some of the excellent reports here I'm now getting way too
excited (must go sit in a dark, internet-free room for a while!) The plan
here is to self-drive.

As we normally backpack around it would be nice to be pampered in a few
places and do some of the more expensive one-off activities (eg The Balloon
ride at Sossusvlei) We'd like a little bit of luxury from time to time but
some of the prices seem a little much. (£300-£500+ a night for a room when
you spend half the day out at a sight seems a little steep - are they really
worth almost as much as a flight from London to South Africa?) I know you
only get one honeymoon, but for the length of time we're going for we
clearly can't afford to stay at many like this.

Any recommendations for a splash out or for any little gems? (Kavey - before
you say, we won't be getting down as far as Wolwedans ;-) ! - though your
report paints a wonderfully enticing picture of it!) The Mowani Mountain
Camp looks stunning (and seems well recommended) and the Sossuvlei
Wilderness Camp looks out of this world (with price to match!) - still, at
least we're not going to Singita in SA - that's just silly money!)

Etosha sounds really nice though I have been to Kruger before and found it a
little bit like driving round a big zoo at times. Just stay in the park or
worth staying around the edge at a private lodge or cutting Etosha
altogether and heading to Botswana/Vic Falls? (Might be a bit tight for time
to do this methinks) I think we'd both rather have a couple of days doing
the (land) safari thing rather than make it the big focus of the holiday.

Just realised I've waffled on for far too long. If you're still reading,
then any advice on places to stay, routes, or other un-missable places not
on the plan would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks

Andrew
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Apr 2nd, 2005, 04:04 PM
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Andrew,

I'm sure you will enjoy Sossusvlei Wilderness Camp if you choose to stay there. Spent 3 nights in this wonderful camp a few years back on a trip to Africa. Stunning location. Another hotel you might consider is the Heinitzburg Hotel in Windhoek. It's in the style of a castle and has a great dining room and wonderful vista over the city.

Can't comment on any of the other accommodations in Namibia because the bulk of our trip was spent in Botswana and we ended in Cape Town, but we wanted to see those fabulous dunes in the desert of Namibia on that trip as well and we were not disappointed...

We are just in the process of planning another trip back to Namibia in '06 to do a few weeks of self driving ( Etosha, Damaraland, Namib Naukluft Region, Swakopmund and surrounding area ) before heading off to the remote part of the Skeleton Coast and the far north on the Kunene River. This will be our fly in portion of the journey and we stay 3 nts. at the Skeleton Coast Camp and another 3 nts. at Serra Cafema Camp on the river bordering Angola.

We also plan to stay at the Mowani Mtn. Camp and I would be interested in reading a trip report when you return to hear of your experiences doing the self drive, etc.
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Apr 3rd, 2005, 11:06 PM
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Andrew: I did a very similar honeymoon in November, except we had less nights, especially in Cape Town area.

You can find my trip report here: http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...iologist&fid=4

We drove virtually the same route in Namibia although we stayed at some different places. We did go to the Bazaruto Archipalego in Mozambique and I understand what you are saying about the lodging.

I hope to have pictures up on the Namibia portion of the trip soon. I have them all scanned in but have been trying to get is all the captions.
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Apr 4th, 2005, 07:32 AM
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I also stay in Sossusvlei Lodge, and I find ok (not so expensive and near the dunes - about 1 hour drive), and the tents are really confortables. if you have budget you can stay in a more luxury lodge (like Kualala or Mirage).
I also recomend in Etosha to try the Ongava Lodge, is near Okaukejo, but itīs really nice.
Try to ask for prices.
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Apr 4th, 2005, 09:14 AM
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I would recommend staying in Etosha park and spending more time there. It is a unique environment, and you see much more if you stop and view the surroundings as they happen, rather than dashing here there and everywhere. You need to get reservations for Etosha very quickly, however, as the accomodations fill up fast. Remember Namibia is very large and you will spend all the day driving from Soussvlei to Swakopmund, and then to Etosha. You will want a day to relax and enjoy Swakopmund. Don't miss Peter's antique store there. You should plan only to drive during daylight hours, as there are animals on the roads at night. I think you have too many activities to enjoy Namibia. Maybe Damarraland or Seal Colony can be omitted. You don't have nearly enough time to go to Vic Falls or Botswanna. Save that for another trip.
 
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