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Honeymoon- June 2013

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Honeymoon- June 2013

Hi all!

I am a huge fan of tripadvisor and value my peers opinions and recommendations. I've used this site to book trips to the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Mexico and a couple countriesin Europe- London, Paris, Germany, Amsterdam.

Anyways, my fiancee and I are getting married June 1st and want to take a special honeymoon trip- a country/area we've never been and may or may not get back to once we start having all those babies! So, anyone have an recommendations on how to even start???

We're up for an adventure and physical activity, would love to take a safari, we also both love wine and enjoy the nightlife seen. I'm 29 and my fiancee is 35. Any help would be soooo appreciated!

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1. Re: Honeymoon- June 2013

Now that really is exciting planning your wedding and honeymoon!

How long are you planning on staying in South Africa. I don't know if you know that June is middle of winter in South Africa.

This means in the Kruger area it is dry and usually no rainfall which is excellent for game viewing.

On the other hand down Garden Route and Cape Town way it can be cold and wet as this is their rainy season.

In the Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal area you actually have lovely temperatures as they don't get frost.

These are just a some basic tips to help you get sorted.

Regards

Michelle from Cape Town Guide

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2. Re: Honeymoon- June 2013

A 2 centred trip (Cape Town and Winelands as well Greater Kruger Area with the Panorama Route) will do the trick, as long as you don''t need a beaching holiday.

June is a good time for safari in the Kruger area, even though it might get suprisingly cold. However, it is also the dry season, which means the bush is less dense and the animals congegrate at the water holes, meaning you will see a lot of animals very close.

Cape Town weather might be a hit or miss, sunny warmish days or rainy days, however still amazing. The Wineland are great for dining, spas and wines! In June you might also see whales near Cape Town.

South Africa is the best honeymoon destination I can think of (however, we are no beach people) and after having been to North and South America, South East Asia and almost all of Western and Southern Europe as well as some of the most beatiful islands, we chose South Africa for our honeymoon.

Do some research and decide what you want to do. This is probably the most helpful travel forum in the tripadvisor community.

Edited: 2:45 pm, January 17, 2013
Chicago, Illinois
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3. Re: Honeymoon- June 2013

I did know it was winter in June but read that trips at this time are still doable. We know that weather wise it would be better to head North to Europe but we've both been to Europe several times so were hoping we could make it work! Our other options are Australia and South America (Argentina or Brazil) but its winter there, too! I suppose we can hold off our honeymoon and go in Nov/Dec. Any thoughts?

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4. Re: Honeymoon- June 2013

Hi there Melissa!

It sounds like you have a fantastic holiday planned!

Many of our guests combine 3-4 nights in the bush on safari, and 3-4 nights in Cape Town to experience the wine lands, culture, and city feeling of South Africa. Here, there are MANY adventure activities, including climbing Table mountain (weather dependent - if not, you could catch a cable car - also weather dependent), whale watching, shark cage diving, rock climbing, and so on. Of course, plenty of hikes and AMAZING night life too!

If you do choose to come in June, I can tell you all you need to know about the safaris around that time - We live right here in the Kruger area. It is cold in the mornings (on your dawn game drive), and heats up to mid - high twenties during the day. Then, at around 4, it starts to cool down again and the process repeats.

The wildlife viewing during this time is optimal - As it is our dry season, the animals gather around waterholes allowing easy viewing. Further to this, as there is minimal rain, the bush is very open, and not as dense as it is in Summer. This allows for easier spotting of the animals.

Now, for all the questions from me;

- Do you perhaps have a specific budget in mind per person per night?

- Are you looking for a lodge experience (all inclusive, meals, game drives, bush walks, sometimes drinks etc) or would you prefer to drive yourself and stay in self catering accommodation within/close to the Kruger National Park?

There are of course a few different areas you can go to experience your safari, but I would 110% recommend Kruger National Park if you can - With over 146 species stretching over the size of Israel or Wales, it really is world famous for a reason.

All the best,

Jacqui

-Owner-

Lodge Trackers Safari Specialists

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5. Re: Honeymoon- June 2013

Let us put cold/warm into perspective as coming from Chicago I suspect that what we call cold is really mild to you.

Cape Town have a Mediteranean type climate meaning mild, wet winters with the average temperature varying as follows:

Between 41 to 63 degrees on wet rainy days

Between 50 to 73 degrees on the sunny days

Occasionally we get a day at 32 and once a blue moon at 28.

The water is way to cold to swim in during winter .. be warned.

This is off course whale season, unfortunately to early for the flowers as they only really start to bloom in late August (would recommend you hold off till then). This is the fireplace and Old Brown Sherry season.

This link will give you an idea of temperatures in Kruger during June.. krugerpark.co.za/Kruger_Park_Travel_Advisory…

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6. Re: Honeymoon- June 2013

Hmmm...I really appreciate all of your comments and insight! It sounds to me like if we are going to do the trip right that we should wait and do it another time of the year- as we can then get the full range of activities and experience the beauty of the flowers, the coast, etc. Maybe we'll head up north to Italy for the honeymoon and then go South next winter! Our budget for this trip was $15,000-$20,000 and might not be as high next year as not our honeymoon ;). What's a reasonable budget for a two week trip if we wait until Nov/Dec 2014?

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