South Africa Honeymoon

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Aug 7th, 2000, 07:36 PM
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john lowery
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South Africa Honeymoon

We just booked a Honeymoon trip which includes Cape Town - Mount Nelson Hotel, Bushmans Kloof, wine country, Blue Train, Mala MALA game resrve, and The Palace of the lost city at Sun City. Any info on the above would be helpful especialy the Palace of the Lost City I cant seem to find much info on it. Thank you John Lowery
 
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Aug 8th, 2000, 09:20 PM
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John,
The Palace of Lost City is a Las Vegas-style casino/resort/hotel. If it is located in Las Vegas, it is about the level of the Treasure Island, New York New York, MGM Grand, Mirage etc. Sadly, the entire area has one casino/resort/hotel. It does not have the excitment of LV. Plesas see my photo website: http://www.hkstar.com/~boston I wrote a travelogue on my trip to South africa.
 
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Aug 16th, 2000, 05:33 PM
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I think you'll love it all! The Mount Nelson is as elegant as can be. I've only had tea there, never stayed overnight. The wine country is beautiful, and every winery I've ever visited there is hospitable. The smaller ones are very personable and charming, and most of the larger ones are too. Often the winemaker himself will talk to visitors. Once we were even invited to taste out of the barrel! The Blue Train makes you feel like you're in a movie about the Orient Express, or at least that was true about 15 years ago.

The Lost City is a sort of Disney World experience-- you know it's not real, but you don't care because it's so darn well done! The food at the Lost City is really superb.

The food and wine throughout SA are excellent. The people are wonderful.

Have a great time!

 
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Aug 17th, 2000, 09:38 PM
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Thanks for responding Celia its great people like you who make these messege boards worth while. By the way when was the las time you were in south africa? John.
 
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Aug 18th, 2000, 03:23 AM
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Hi John
You couldn't have picked a better honeymoon trip. Whilst in Cape Town try a restaurant called Millers Thumb. The owner is David Solomon (Solly to all) and he is a friend of mine. Very good fish dishes. Send my regards if you do go. The wine route will be a great experience. Don't worry to much about the negative talk about The Palace. Sure there are some comparisons with Vegas but Vegas doesn't have a game reserve next door. Worth a visit even though you are spending time at Mala Mala. The Pilanesburg is the only place I've seen rhino in the wild in AFrica. I've stayed there and it is a great hotel. Beware of the monkeys coming into your room if you are on the lower levels. There is no gambling at the hotel itself although its there in the resort if you want it.
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Aug 21st, 2000, 02:11 PM
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John, my last visit to SA was in November 1999. My last visit to Sun City was either 92 or 94 (can't remember exactly which trip was which). My husband and I have visited SA 8 or 9 times over the last 20 years. We lived and worked in Jo'burg 20 years ago, and have never gotten the beloved country out of our blood.

If you have time while you're in the Cape, spend a morning at Vergelegen. It's the restored farm of Willem van der Stel, the founder of Stellenbosch. You can have tea or lunch at the Rose Terrace and look at the 300+ year old camphor trees he planted. The whole place is very restful, beautiful, peaceful. There's an interpretive center and a wine tasting room.

We always like to go to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and eat at someplace where we can watch the boats and the people. That's also a good place to shop for gifts and souvenirs. The harbor cruise there is good. Sometimes there is a good Cape band playing on the street there.

Two excellent restaurants in Stellenbosch are Volkskombuis, an old Cape Dutch place, and 96 Winery Road, which has sort of eclectic cuisine, and interesting art work on the walls.

If you're interested in visiting wineries: Rust-en-Vrede and Alto are both quite personal (both family-run I think), a little out of the way, but worth the drive. Neethlingshof is a huge commercial operation, but they have good wine, and a nice terrace where they serve lunch.

Bon voyage!
 
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Aug 21st, 2000, 08:36 PM
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Thanks Guys for the great suggestions. Your really getting me excited for our Honeymoon. Well Our tour company is asking us to switch from Bushman's Kloof near the Cederberg Mountains/Wilderness area to the Marine Hotel in Hermanus. What do you think? Do the Whales start showing up in June or is it later? Thanks John
 
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Sep 5th, 2000, 12:07 PM
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Hi John,

My husband went to SA on our honeymooon and adored it...While we stayed at completly different hotels/accomodations (Rovos Rail, Ellerman House and Singita for our safari), we did stay at The Marine in Hermanus. It is a pretty, small hotel (relais & chateaux) located right on the water--you can hear the ocean crashing down on the rocks right outside your window. The beaches looked very pretty as well. We stayed in the honeymoon suite which was a 2 level 'room', with amazing views of the water. The whales (southern right) are migrating right now, we didn't see any as we were there right at the beginning of their season, so it should peak from Sept. through early Nov. The concierge was very helpful, and gave us a lot of input for a few trips. The Hamilton-Russell vineyard is very close by and is very pretty--small vineyard, but they make a delicious Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Hermanus is low key--so we fgound it to be quite relaxing after the train ride and Cape Town (we had massages in our room and read alot, and did one day trip). The seafood restaurant in the hotel was quite good, and there is a restaurant down the road called the Ghekko (as in the lizard) which is right on the water and served very good food in a low key atmosphere. One owrd of advice if you do choose to stay at the marine, (if you are interested) make sure you request to have your mini bar/fridge stocked ahead of time (even w/ ice) as we did not have anything in ours--it's always nice to have something there even if you don't eat/drink everything!

I hope this was helpful--have a blast!
 
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Sep 5th, 2000, 12:09 PM
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Oops--I typed too fast, I meant to say my husband and I went to South Africa!
 
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Sep 10th, 2000, 03:32 AM
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I am also interested in booking a honeynoon to South Africa, and if all turns out well perhaps living there. I would appreciate feedback from anyone who as worked/lived in SA. I am a white Australian in the IT industry. Thanks.
 
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Sep 10th, 2000, 06:56 AM
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Caroline,
Why would you want to live there with all the problems when you have such a beautiful country yourself? I can understand a honeymoon, but why put yourself in the boiling pot?
 
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Sep 11th, 2000, 02:57 AM
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Now I must leap to my beautiful country's defence! Jane, while Australia is as you rightly say, a beautiful country it has some very serious problems of its own right now regarding some very screwy policies they've adopted. SA has come a long way in a very short space of time. For most people living here is really normal - like any other Western society - and then you also have the added benefit of the friendlist people in Africa. It always seems that the worst gets the headlines and nothing of the positive. Caroline, as a young white South African (not in the IT industry - but I know a number of IT people) we look forward to giving you Africa's warmest welcome. We may even forgive you for being Australian and stealing both world cups from us!
 
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Sep 11th, 2000, 05:01 AM
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Tracy
I agree! The blacks of South Africa are among the friendliest people in Africa. Is that who you meant Tracy. (sorry to distinguish but hey if we are using the terms "White" on this thread). I have personally had nothing but wonderful hospitality from them as a "white" Non African.
Shame that as usual such a thread on South Africa seems to uncover hints of a shameful and not so distant past. Unfortunately I don't think that many countries can compete with that particular screwy policy.
I agree though it is a very beautiful country and would be a wonderful and romantic place for a honeymoon.
 
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Sep 11th, 2000, 08:29 PM
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Hi Thanks for the responses on the TOPIC of South African HONEYMOONS, but please keep the Political battles on a seperate message. By the way what is the IT industry?
 
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Sep 12th, 2000, 05:18 AM
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Why is it that people automatically think of "colour" when talking about SA problems???? It is a boiling pot with car bombs etc and rising urban crime. I don't recall refering to any particular sction of the population, as I don't see things by 'colour or ethnicity"
It is a wonderful place for a honeymoon. I have lived there and visited many times.
 
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Sep 12th, 2000, 08:01 AM
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Jane
I don't think the postings were referring to your message.
 
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Oct 6th, 2000, 10:10 PM
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HI JOHN, Your honeymoon trip sounds just perfect, I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time. The Mount Nelson is great, you must try their buffet lunch, it's amazing.
HI CAROLINE, No you do not need a body guard to go out in SA, just a little common sense. I live in Cape Town and would never walk around the city at night, but I would drive to which-ever entertainment I'm going to, park there, no problem. Mostly you will find that the places you want to visit at night are not in the city but rather in the Waterfront or suburbs. The Waterfront is great, tons of places to eat, movies, hotels, etc. and very safe to walk around at night. My husband and two children are all in the IT industry, I think you will find lots of work for you over here.
 
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