There’s no typical honeymoon these days. In fact, most people I speak to are looking for a more exciting alternative to the typical 2 weeks on a beach somewhere.
By the time people get married, many couples have already been on plenty of holidays together before. Just as a toaster is an outdated wedding gift, perhaps a beach holiday is an outdated honeymoon?
Learning where your “comfort zone” lies is something I generally feel is an important part of finding you the perfect mix on your honeymoon. If you’re to get the most out of your honeymoon then there needs to be the right balance between some relaxation, perhaps luxury, mixed with experiences that you will always remember. Sometimes, in order to get the best out of a destination, and to give you the most incredible experiences, your comfort zone may need a gentle nudge. I never want you to feel uncomfortable, but there is some merit in the saying “do something everyday that scares you”. Perhaps in short – “live a little”.
However, when Laura approached me to look at a unique honeymoon in Africa I didn’t have to worry too much about pushing her comfort zone too far. “We want to do some camping. We’re quite happy to help with pitching the tent and stuff” or words to that effect, were amongst the first of our exchange as she gave me the brief to her perfect honeymoon adventure in Africa.
I found Laura and Pat a great camping trip through Botswana with G Adventures. Botswana is one of the best places to go on Safari but it can also be one of the most expensive destinations. The G Adventures Delta and Falls Trip travels from Windhoek in Namibia to Victoria Falls on the Zambia/ Zimbabwe border. The reason I like this particular trip, besides it being a good value way to see Botswana, is that there’s a lot more to it than just going on safari. Laura and Pat were able to meet local bushmen, take a dugout canoe in to the Okovango Delta for an overnight trip, and even bungee jump one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls.
However, Laura and Pat didn’t just want to go on a camping trip. No matter what life-changing experiences such an adventure offered them, this was still their honeymoon. We needed to find a way to mix this with a little relaxation time at the start of their trip – a chance to enjoy a bit of relaxation, a bit more comfort and a little free time to explore on their own away from their small group of fellow adventurers.
South Africa is a great place to do a bit of everything. Cape Town is one of my favourite cities in the world. It’s a beautiful city with Table Mountain stood as a dramatic backdrop and a stunning white sandy beach at Camps Bay. It has an incredible range of great value restaurants and it’s in close proximity to a fantastic wine region, coastal drive, and lots of lovely stops along the famous Garden Route.
So I set to work on tailoring a few nights in South Africa before their flight to Namibia to start the G Adventures trip. Their experience in South Africa started with 3 nights at the Primi Royal in Camps Bay. It’s a homely little guesthouse with only 10 rooms, all individual, and it’s just a 5 minute walk to a beautiful, white sand beach. A great way to unwind at the start of a honeymoon.
Tip: Book a table at Blues in Camps Bay. It’s a bit pricey compared to comparable restaurants in Cape Town but the setting make it absolutely worth it. They get booked up so phone ahead or ask your favourite travel agent to book you a table 😉
Exploring Cape Town is easy enough – the bus will take you around 20 minutes from Camps Bay but taxis are a relatively cheap and more convenient option.
From Cape Town Laura and Pat went off on their own little adventure by car.
Tip: If you’re hiring a car in a foreign country make sure you read through the insurance exclusions. As a general rule, even if you take out the excess cover, you’re still excluded from damage to the windscreen, keys, undercarriage and tires. As a general rule I will include supplementary insurance to cover these items for peace of mind.
Over the next 3 nights Laura and Pat went wine tasting in the beautiful Stellenboch region and then headed off to Hermanus – a coastal town famous for Whale watching. You can go on organised boat trips but often (as was the case when I visited a number of years ago) you will see Southern Right Whales come right into the bay. You can even watch them as you sip a glass of South African wine and tuck into fresh seafood if you head to Bientang’s Cave down by the ocean front.
Laura and Pat’s honeymoon was tailor-made as many of my holidays are. You can view the whole itinerary in detail here.