october honeymoon in SA?

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Mar 19th, 2004, 01:50 PM
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october honeymoon in SA?

I am hoping to go to south africa for our honeymoon in mid-october and am hoping to possibly go to a game reserve, capetown, and victoria falls. I would love suggestions of romantic places to stay at each. (We want to have a luxurious honeymoon, but not over the top.) Also, we defintiely want to spend some time on a warm, tropical feeling beach. can we do that in SA? Where? Thank you!!
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Mar 19th, 2004, 06:56 PM
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Hello Neworleanslaura,

All the things you want to see are great, IMO. What you can accomplish does depend on how much time you have, though. Also, to the extent that you can, I recommend that in the southern hemisphere spring you start in the north and move southwards.

There is good information about Victoria Falls on this forum, but I don't remember seeing a discussion thread about it in the last few days. I suggest you do a search.

As for game reserves, Safarinut posted a good list in the following recent thread:

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34482972

Cape Town is a great place to visit, and I'll get to it in a minute. But, since I'm thinking in terms of moving from the north towards the south, I want to address your question about a beach first. To find a warm beach with a tropical feel in the spring, you would need to stick to the KwaZulu-Natal coast, which is in the northeast corner of South Africa.

However, an alternative to consider is Mozambique, which Karin01 mentioned in the discussion thread to which I provided a link. When I was a kid, we used to go to Mozambique a lot, to the port city of Lourenco Marques (subsequently re-named Maputo), to the island of Inhaca 18 km from Maputo, and various spots along the coast north and south of Maputo. It was a lovely coastline with excellent deep sea fishing, etc.

But I'm talking a LONG time ago, like 35 years ago! In the intervening years there was a tragic war. Thank goodness that is over now, but I don't have first hand experience of the extent to which Mozambique's infrastructure has recovered. I hear stories that Mozambqiue is getting back on its feet Anyway, in case you're interested, you might want to take a look at this website about Inhaca Island. It would be the sort of place that would be extremely relaxing. But I don't think I'd want to stay there for too long, otherwise I might get bored. Speaking for myself, I think 4 nights / 3 days would be nice.

http://www.wildlifeafrica.co.za/inhaca.html

For accommodations in Cape Town (and for that matter elsewhere in South Africa), see the great links that Selwyn and others provided in this discussion thread:

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34479899

Finally, Selwyn provided the ultimate must see list for Cape Town and the Garden Route in the following thread. (Depending on your timeframe, you may be able to fit in only Cape Town and the winelands, and you may have to leave out the Garden Route. If you have time for the Garden Route, it is lovely.)

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34477003

Hope this helps.
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