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1. Posted by angelmax (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Hie, my fiance and i are looking to travel somewhere in south africa for our honeymoon and would really appreciate any suggestions of safari lodge or beach lodges that are gorgeous but affordable.we are getting married in december and wish to travel late december. Help??

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 5y

Late December is high season in South Africa. Not only are prices much higher, the bulk of accommodation is fullly booked already, although you still might find some places.

Why not go in February. Schools are operating again and all the south Africans back to work

Also, I assume you want to do nothing and have luxury, or also visit places? In the latter case I can help with some nice places, but not luxurious ones like private game reserves etc.

3. Posted by angelmax (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

hie,thanks .ANy help would be appreciated.i dont think i'd be able to get any other time though because im working and i'll be on leave then.what places do you suggest?

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 5y

How long do you have?

I am going back myself in November, after spending about 4 weeks travelling around the country in 2009.

I don't know about places along the coast, but if you like a bit of game driving, I would rent a car and enjoy for example some lodges in or near Kruger NP or Pilanesberg NP, both not a too far ride form Johannesburg. The Bakubung Lodge in Pilanesberg NP should be nice and relatively affordable, although I stayed (and will again) at the more simple Manyane Resort.

Also, small scale places like Lupus Den near the Addo Elephant NP I can seriously recommend. Don't come here for extreme luxury or all the amenities, but do come here if you like great food, wonderfull and personal hospitality, combined with a decent pool and the biggest double beds I have ever seen! It's a fantastic place, but go for the one of the Garden Cottages (number 4 and 6 are the best). Seriously, it's small scale but it's perfect! Check out some activities on their website as well. The daytrip to Amakhala is worth every penny!
I think it's best to fly to Port Elizabeth for this place though. Or if you have longer, fly to Cape Town, rent a car and make it a nice drive, combining with the Wine region.

Slightly off the beaten track is the Kgalagadi NP, which doesn't have real nice places to stay except the Kalahari Tented Camp, but you need to bring food and drinks yourself. We are going back to the park as well and spend a week. It's the perfect getaway, not for romance, but for wildlife, wide open spaces, the red kalahari dunes, the dark maned lions and stars at night!

Cheers!

Michael.

But if you have 2 weeks and want to rent a car as well, there are so many choices.

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Jul-2011, at 12:32 by Utrecht ]