South Africa Honneymoon
Cape Town to Port Elizabeth
From €1,850 per guest
Valid for travel May – June 2018. Other dates on request.
This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures. Spend your days: discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands. Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.
Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice:
Standards of hygiene in relation to food health and safety in South Africa, are generally high in hotels, restaurants, pubs and nightspots. Tap water in South Africa is safe to drink and cook with when taken from taps in urban areas. Not all tap water in rural areas is safe for consumption, so take precautions if necessary.
It is safe to eat fresh fruit, vegetables and salads, and put ice in your drinks. South Africa’s fish, meat and chicken are of excellent quality, so there is no need to limit yourself when enjoying the local cuisine.
Restaurants are subject to South Africa’s food safety control legislation, which is implemented by local government. Regulations include certification and regular inspections by health inspectors to ensure hygienic standards are maintained.
Street food is not as common in South Africa as it is in other countries, although vendors selling traditional snacks and meals can be found in city centres and townships. Food safety in such instances cannot always be guaranteed.
Clothing and Dress Recommendations:
Summer: Bring clothes that are cool, light and comfortable because summer temperatures can get well into the 30 – 40 degree Celsius range in some areas.Also bring an umbrella or raincoat during summer as this is when most of the country gets its rain, but don’t forget a swimming costume (bathing suit).
Winter: The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But there are days when temperatures dive, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg, so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. Cape Town gets its rain during the winter season so it’s advisable to bring rain gear along.
- Always bring a hat, sunglasses and sunblock as the sun can be strong even in the winter months.
- Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.
- If you are doing business in the country, business attire (suit and tie) is generally called for in the corporate sector, but media for example generally dress more casually.
- For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there’s no need to go overboard. A good pair of walking shoes is also advisable.
- For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, smart-casual attire is recommended.
Climate and Weather:
South African temperatures, which are measured in centigrade, average at highs of 28°C to average lows of 8°C in the summer months while winter temperatures range from 1°C at night to around 18°C in the day. Average annual rainfall is on the low side at under 500mm a year, making the country somewhat dry. Much of the rain falls in the Western Cape in the winter, differing from the rest of the country, which experiences summer rainfall. On the plus side, the South African climate boasts more than its fair share of sunshine, recording an average of 8.5 hours a day.
Electricity and Plug Standards
Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. A three-point round-pin adapter plug should be brought for your electrical appliances – such adapters are also available at major airports.
Travel, Transport and Getting Around:
Travelling around South Africa is relatively easy by air, road and rail.
Principal air routes are serviced by SAA and British Airways, operated by Comair. There are 2 low-cost carriers on main routes, namely Kulula.com and Mango.
Facilitating travel around South Africa are 10 airports managed by the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa). In addition, there are some 90 regional airports, including the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit and the Skukuza Airport, offering access to the Kruger National Park.
An extensive tarred road system makes travelling in South Africa by vehicle convenient and easy. You will find gravel roads in rural areas though. Note:
- A valid international driver’s licence is required.
- We drive on the left hand side of the road.
- Wearing seat belts is compulsory and cellphones can only be used ‘hands free’.
- Speed limits are generally set at 120km on freeways, 100km on secondary roads and 60km in urban areas.
- Toll fees apply on certain national roads.
- Petrol stations are widespread.
- Most global car hire firms have branches in South Africa
Another means of getting around South Africa are luxury inter-city bus services such as Greyhound and Trans-Lux. Metrobus buses are available for in-city transport. Metered taxis must be ordered by telephone. There is a hop-on-hop-off bus in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Our rail system includes the long-haul, inexpensive Shosholoza Meyl Metrorail trains. More luxurious options are the Blue Train, Premier Classe and the steam train Rovos Rail. There is also the new Gautrain rapid transit railway system in Gauteng Province which links Johannesburg, Pretoria, Ekhuruleni and OR Tambo International Airport.
Day 1: Overnight Travel
Travel overnight to Cape Town to begin your South African journey.
Day 2-5: Cape Town
Destination – Cape Town:
Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.
Accommodation – Acorn House:
Acorn House**** is an elegant guesthouse in Cape Town. The location in Oranjezicht, a prime residential suburb of Cape Town on the foot of Table Mountain, is exceptionally convenient. The city centre is a three minutes drive away, with the harbour`s V&A Waterfront complex and the blue-gold beaches of the Atlantic seaboard not much further. All touristic highlights are in easy reach, and, Acorn House is within walking distance to many restaurants with a trendy Deli Restaurant just opposite.
Start your day in Cape Town with an “al-fresco” breakfast served at the pool in our sizzling summers or in the homely dining room on a cooler day. The “chef by passion” will surprise you with our signature dish, ‘Janine’s Cape Malay Pancake’ and with ‘Stewart’s famous bobotie’. Acorn House’ breakfast is often praised as “the second best in the city”, and it is served until noon!
At Acorn House the passion of the team is always in the air. The service is attentive and personal but not obtrusive. We know what’s up in and around our stunning “Mother City”, we know the best places to eat and to taste wines and will gladly assist in arranging transport and guided tours – on your own or in a group.
Whether it is lounging with your feet up in the classic lounge, sipping on a glass of wine from our selection, in our well maintained garden or by the pool or taking in the breath taking views of Table Bay, the city and majestic Table Mountain from our veranda and sun deck, the experience and atmosphere is laid-back. Well chosen music adds to the mood, from South African Jazz or chill-out tunes to classical music in the evening.
Acorn House is a National Monument, over 100 years old and still fresh! Lounge, dining room and bedrooms have been lovingly preserved. Few, carefully chosen modern details add to its charm. The en-suite bedrooms are light-filled and offer selected, traditional furnishings combined with elegant and timeless fabrics. The amenities include a hair dryer, international power adaptors, shampoo, soaps & lotion and a bathrobe. Comfortable beds secure a very good night’s rest.
Old in years but by no means in time, Acorn House offers free Wifi and more: check your emails at the poolside while sipping a Nespresso! The LIVE image – to be found on the website – offers a step onto the sundeck and a glimpse on Table Mountain even before you arrive. Once you are here, smile into the webcam and make those back home part of your paradise holiday at Acorn House, Cape Town, South Africa.
Day 6-7: Stellenbosch
Destination – Stellenbosch:
A blend of historical architecture, student life, epicurean delights and oak-lined avenues, Stellenbosch is a picturesque university town surrounded by mountains and vineyards. A walking tour of the town centre allows visitors to take in its beautifully preserved Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture, as well as the many enticing art galleries, craft shops, clothing boutiques and gift stores, while foodies may prefer indulging in mouth-watering cuisine and fine wines at one of the chic restaurants or buzzing bistros. Stellenbosch is also the ideal base from which to explore the renowned local wine route, boasting a high proportion of the country’s leading wine estates.
Accommodation – Summerwood Guest House:
Summerwood, situated in the beautiful university town of Stellenbosch, is nestled between mountains and rivers and is the perfect base from which to explore the winelands, Cape Town and its spectacular surroundings.
This unique Stellenbosch winelands mansion, originally built in 1904, was designed by an Italian architect and has been lovingly restored to meet the demands of the modern traveler. Summerwood Guest House is set in a spectacular garden featuring a great variety of indigenous plants.
Day 8: Oudtshoorn
Destination – Oudtshoorn:
Oudtshoorn is famous for its ostriches and the magnificent Cango Caves. Located along the renowned Route 62, which takes motorists past one awe-inspiring sight after another, Oudtshoorn is known as the Ostrich Capital of the World: these huge birds are almost as common as people in this charming town. Other than ostriches and the wonderful feathers and meat they provide, the Oudtshoorn area also boasts the spectacular Cango Caves; the largest show cave system in Africa, permeated with sparkling stalactites and stalagmites and captivating rock formations.
Accommodation – The Thorntree Country House:
The Thorntree Country House in the Klein Karoo, South Africa is the perfect private retreat from which to explore the unique attractions of this area. The Country House is situated on the route to the Cango Caves, the Swartberg Pass and the circle route to Prince Albert via Meiringspoort. It is also within easy reach of the Cango Ostrich Farm and Cango Wildlife Ranch.
The homestead and outbuildings date back to the 1800’s and reflect the typical Klein Karoo architectural style. They have been gracefully restored to their original splendour, and equipped with all modern conveniences. Our dining room reflects our warmth and hospitality, and overlooks the sparkling saltwater swimming pool where visitors can enjoy unspoilt views of the picturesque Schoemanshoek Valley and relax in the peaceful natural surroundings.
All our 16 rooms are luxurious, spacious en-suites with air-conditioning and all amenities expected form an exclusive establishment.
The Thorntree Country House is a family-run business, and Louis and Tanja Lategan are looking forward to making your stay in the Klein Karoo an unforgettable experience.
Day 9-11: Plettenberg Bay
Destination – Plettenberg Bay:
The Portuguese explorers called it the Beautiful Bay, and it’s easy to see why – Plettenberg Bay is a picturesque, charming town with miles of pristine beaches, tranquil lagoons, clean rivers, indigenous forests and a dramatic rocky peninsula. Playground to the wealthy, beach mansions overlook the Indian Ocean, often dotted with luxury yachts, while leisure time is given over to polo and golf, among other things. However, all kinds of visitors will feel at peace here as simply swimming in the warm water on a safe beach is a great way to experience the beauty of Plettenberg Bay.
Accommodation – Christiana Lodge:
Christiana Lodge is an architect designed, 4-star lodge in the select area of Solar Beach, between Robberg Beach and the Brakkloof Wetland. Robberg Beach is a 5 minute walk away and the distance to town is only 4,5 km.
The spacious, fully equipped bedrooms, designed with great attention to detail, are luxurious yet uncluttered with custom made king size beds, crisp white linen, soft furnishings that reflect the best in South African design, internet access and flat screen televisions. Each bathroom is equipped with under floor heating and has both a bath and shower with windows strategically placed over the steel, enamel-coated German baths for a view of the surrounding countryside.
The use of space in the rest of the lodge makes for a variety of “living areas” where guests can kick back: the covered patio adjacent to the lounge, the pool deck, the large, elevated open verandah on the western side or the patio on the northern face – all ideal for a breather after the beach.
To make the most of the spectacular sunsets and intense golden afternoon light that bathes Plettenberg Bay, the Lodge is west facing. The overall effect is of nature – lots of light, sun, warmth and open air, with interior colours and effects that blend into the environment.
The owners’ intimate knowledge of the area will ensure that guests have a true Plettenberg Bay experience – golf, hiking, canoeing, whale watching, bungi jumping, mountain biking, tree top canopy tours and more, all within easy reach from Plett, the heart of the Garden Route.
Day 12 & 13: Addo Elephant National Park
Destination – Addo Elephant National Park:
As South Africa’s third largest national park, the Addo National Elephant Park offers a truly unforgettable safari experience. This finely-tuned ecosystem provides a sanctuary to large numbers of elephant, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, antelope, zebra and over 400 bird species – to name but a few. The park is unique as it is the only park in the world to boast the “Big 7” – the Big 5 as well as the southern right whale and great white shark off the coast of the Algoa Bay. Spend your days marvelling at the extensive knowledge of the park’s experienced guides who offer exhilarating 4×4 safari adventures, exciting horse riding excursions, and wonderful night drives where you are likely to spot some fascinating nocturnal wildlife. Famed for its large herds of elephant, Addo provides an ideal, tranquil retreat for those looking to escape the stresses of big city living.
Accommodation -Kuzuko Lodge:
Also known as the “Place of Glory”, Kuzuko Lodge is built high upon a hill in a private section of the northern part of the malaria-free Addo Elephant Park. It is here where breathtaking views from your private veranda, are complemented by luxurious chalets and warm, attentive service. Spectacular cosmic safaris, day and night game drives, bird watching and nature walks are but a few of the ways in which you can truly experience a place so glorious.
Day 14: Overnight Travel
Travel Overnight back to Cape Town.
Day 15: Departure
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