Late September Honeymoon - South or East Africa?

Dec 13th, 2007, 10:56 AM
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Late September Honeymoon - South or East Africa?

My fiance and I want to go on a safari for our honeymoon, which we leave for in the last full week in September. We want to relax the first few days (eg beach time), go on an 'authentic' safari, and anything else the region has to offer. We'd prefer to go with eco-friendly companies/hotels. We're debating between a trip to South Africa/Botswana (with safari/Cape Town/wine tasting and ??) vs. Tanzania (safari/ Zanzibar / Ngorongoro crater). Which region is better late September-early October for safari and romance? We'll have 2 weeks, maybe a little more, to travel.
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Dec 13th, 2007, 12:57 PM
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Hi Ladi, definately masai mara - serengeti ecosystem and botswana both should be good

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Dec 13th, 2007, 02:12 PM
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Congrats on your wedding.

To help you decide these two links show the best wildlife viewing, different parks, different months.

These links are for weather. Some refer to Oct as the suicide month in Botswana for heat. Iíve never traveled to Botswana then.

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Dec 13th, 2007, 05:25 PM
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Thanks! Looks like Tarangire/S Africa and Botswana are all good. Is one area's safaris more luxurious than the other (it's our honeymoon so we don't rough it too much)? Also, which area offers a better combo with other, non-safari related activities?
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Dec 13th, 2007, 07:09 PM
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Most luxurious: some of the lodges in the Sabi Sands of Africa. You can stay at very nice places with legendary game viewing for around $600/night per person. I really liked Mala Mala. The highest end properties are much more than that.

Botswana has beautiful luxury tented camps that can run $700/night per person. Some much more. The wildlife is excellent.

Since you asked about non-safari activities, I'll mention Phinda in South Africa. It has 4 accommodations. The 2 highest end are Vlei and Rock Lodge. The more moderate are Forest and Mountain Lodge. I stayed at Forest, in a sand forest and thought the glass cabin/suites were beautiful. You can do other activities at Phinda, including horseback riding on the beach, flight of the fish eagle aerial safari over the ocean, canoeing, a village visit, scuba diving. Phinda is fenced, unlike the other places mentioned.

South Africa has Cape Town and the winelands, all non-safari.
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