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13-day Venda, Kruger, Winelands & Cape Town Honeymoon Safari (Self-drive)

Think luxury, think up market, this is a once in a lifetime foray into the best of South Africa. Venda, Kruger, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, four stunning stops to celebrate your honeymoon, this trip is definitely one of your good ideas. Get ready to enjoy the start of married life.

Price from USD 2,876 pps
Duration 13 days
Tour Type Self-drive
Highlights Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Kruger National Park
Includes

Accommodation; Meals (details on request); Car rental - Group B (VW Polo Hatch or similar) including unlimited km and maximum insurance for 2 x 7 days rental periods; 3 x Guided activities at Leshiba H12; 6 x Game drives at Garonga Safari Lodge; Welcome service; Airport transfers; 24-hour support; Comprehensive tour file with detailed itinerary, map, route descriptions, booking vouchers, contact numbers and useful information

Excludes

International flights; Personal travel insurance; Entry visas; Fuel; Park entry fees / Conservation fees for national parks & game reserves; Staff gratuities

You’ll land in Johannesburg and head straight to Venda. Up, up, up to the top of the mountain you go before heading down to the Lowveld and the romance of safari in the Greater Kruger. Next, it’s a chance to explore the winelands in Stellenbosch which has been described as both the wine and culinary capital of South Africa. Finally, you’ll arrive in Cape Town. The city is modern, vibrant, beside the ocean and in the shadow of Table Mountain. It’s history is rich and world famous and the place is one of extremes - one minute you can be visiting Nelson Mandela’s former prison on Robben Island, the next watching penguins at Boulders Bay.

Itinerary Details

Your honeymoon begins in the extreme northeastern corner of South Africa which borders southern Zimbabwe. This is Venda which is now part of the Limpopo province but in the apartheid era was a Bantustan, a black homeland. Venda was declared independent in 1979. You’ll be staying in an eco lodge in a private game reserve. And you’ll be on top of the Soutpansberg mountains.

On the way:
You’ll land in OR Tambo Airport and collect your rental car. Drive north from Johannesburg and head to Venda. It should take about 5 hours. Then, at the bottom of the Soutpansberg Mountains you’ll be met by the guide from your accommodation. They will take you up to the top of the mountain and so day one begins.

When you're there:
The Soutpansberg is a region of national and international conservation importance. A lot of plant and wildlife species live here and nowhere else in the world. You’re high in the mountains too so the views of the plains are vast and wide.

You’ll be staying in a lodge which is basically an ‘authentic traditional village’ recreated by an internationally renowned Venda artist, Noria Mabasa.

There are 5 en-suite African style rondavels and 2 luxury suites with plunge pools and lots of privacy. So, what to do when you venture out? Well, you have a 2600 hectare reserve to explore. You can go on guided walks and game drives. There are two valleys each with their own wetland area. This place is home to giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and leopard. Civets, genets, African wild cats, brown hyena, porcupines and pangolins. Large antelope include kudu, waterbuck, mountain reedbuck and impala as well as the smaller red duiker, Sharpe’s grysbok and klipspringer antelope species. It’s good for bird lovers too with over 250 species.

If you’re a horse rider there are some excellent trails or just go walking. There are 12 trails which are fine without a guide.

Want another fact? The Soutpansberg is the only place in South Africa where you’ll find all 5 primates including the lesser and thick-tailed bushbaby, samango, vervet monkeys and chakma baboons.

Come back, have a massage and a sundowner. This is a very romantic place and a good start for your honeymoon. It’s fully inclusive and your home till day three.

Standard Accommodation
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Come down from cloud nine and begin days 4 to 6. You’re Kruger bound. It’s a cliche, the romance of Africa etc but there really is something intrinsically romantic about this vast, open savannah, full of majestic creatures and all bathed in the reds and yellows of the setting sun.

On the way:
Your accommodation is Garonga Safari Camp which is in the Greater Makalali Private Nature Reserve. This is a 22,000 hectare private nature reserve west of the Kruger National Park. Travel down the mountain and towards the Lowveld. It’s 260km away and should take about 3-4 hours.

When you're there:
The difference between the Greater Kruger National Park and the Kruger National Park is that a only limited number of people are allowed in the former so it’s a far less crowded safari experience. But, as the two parks are unfenced, there’s free movement of all game. Consequently, you should see more and get closer to a huge variety of animals.

The Camp offers guided game drives - one in the morning, and one in the afternoon. You can go on game walks too. They use open air Land rovers which take 6-8 guests.
If you haven’t seen the Big 5 yet, and you’re keen to do so, you may get lucky here. At least with 4. We’re talking elephant, lion, leopard, white and black rhino. Buffalo are currently enclosed in a 400 hectare Boma for breeding. You may also see cheetah, hippo, crocodile, spotted hyena and an abundance of plains game.

If you want more adventure, hire a microlight or small plane and enjoy the Makalali Conservancy from the air.

Your luxury tent is one of just 6 with private decks and views overlooking a dry riverbed. The beds have drapes, so it all looks rather sensual. There are indoor and outdoor showers, and a hammock. There’s a Yoga Deck and you can have a massage. But perhaps the ultimate romantic experience here will be the Bush Bath, an outdoor tub overlooking the landscape. Follow this with a a private ‘Sleep Out’ experience.

Standard Accommodation
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We’re going to change the mood now as it’s time to leave the bush behind. You’re off to the winelands. There’s a saying here, ‘think quality, drink Stellenbosch’. This university town is surrounded by vineyards and is the second oldest town in South Africa. It’s all oak lined avenues, Cape Dutch architecture and, of course, wine routes. Great cafés, restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and museums.

On the way:
Drive to Hoedspruit Airport which is 60km away and should take about an hour. Then take a direct flight to Cape Town (you need to arrange this yourselves). Collect your next car from Cape Town Airport and drive to the lodge. You’ll be based at Wedgeview Country House & Spa which is in Stellenbosch. It’s 50km away and will take approximately one hour. Your accommodation is just outside the town, down a dusty and bumpy road.

When you're there:
You’re staying at Wedgeview Country Lodge which is on a one hectare plot with vineyard and mountain views. There are gardens and 2 swimming pools. Plus a spa and gym overlooking the Stellenbosch Kloof Vineyards.

Stellenbosch is a small town, so park your car and walk. There are 152 wineries on the Stellenbosch Wine Route. It’s the oldest route and it’s been divided into five sub-routes making it easier to travel around.

Closer to home, you can go hiking, mountaineering, cycling, and jogging. The Jonkershoek and Assegaaibosch Nature Reserves are also close by.

If you feel like a day trip - and it’s the right time of year - you could drive for an hour and a half to see whales on the Whale Coast Route. This goes via Gordon’s Bay, Pringle and Betty’s Bay to Hermanus. Jump on a boat and try and spot these mighty mammals.

If golf’s your thing there are 15 courses within a 45 minute drive and there are water sport options at Lake Blue Rock.

Luxury Accommodation

“Homeland”, “The Crown”, “Tomb Raider”, what have these huge TV and movie dramas got in common? They were all filmed at your final destination, Cape Town. Table Mountain’s the grand daddy overseeing everything. A huge mountain with a vast flat top. The whole city has a creative vibe. Hip hop has roots here and some of the most stunning anti-apartheid anthems were written by Capetonians. You’ll have two days to explore the motherland.

On the way:
Your drive today will be gorgeous. Stellenbosch to Cape Town to Cape Peninsula is a very scenic route. Stop at Boulders Beach to see the penguins - they have made themselves a colony here. Also, have a look at the colourful beach houses at St James. From there, go to the southern tip of the peninsula and visit Cape of Good Hope. Carry on via Kommetjie, over Chapmans Peak to Hout Bay. Explore the harbour and then head to your accommodation.

When you're there:
Like most major cities, the list of things to do in Cape Town is extensive so you might want to do some research before your trip. Work out what you’d like to do - or get advice from the hotel. There is Table Mountain, Robben Island, Camps Bay Beach, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. You can fit loads in with an open top bus tour. You could play golf, visit a township or go shark cage diving. Shopping too. You’ll find the usual high end stores or try Green Market Square which is open air and offers everything from flowers and fabrics, to sunglasses and original curios from Cape Town and the Western Province.

Food should be good. In recent years the city has been given one of those accolades you often hear branded about, the Food Capital of the World. The hotel can help you with recommendations depending on what you’re in the mood for - dining, dancing, cocktails or just somewhere romantic.

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So, that’s it. Drive to the airport, drop off your hire car, check in for your flight. Your honeymoon is over. Here’s an interesting thing, apparently it’s becoming fashionable for couples to skip honeymoons and opt instead for ‘unimoons’, solo trips to different destinations. Seeing as it’s fresh in your minds, you can discuss what they’re missing out on.


Prices

Guests Accommodation Season (2019) Amount
2 Standard Low Season USD 2,876 pps
  • As a rough guide Low Season throughout the region is from 1 January to 30 June and High Season is from 1 July to 31 December. The exception is South Africa, which has a mish-mash of seasons and sub-seasons depending where in that vast land you go.
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“NTS was AMAZING! Special thanks to Wilmari for the best trip we have ever taken. 100% recommend!”

“This was a "bucket list" trip for us. It could not have been better. HIGHLY recommend you ask for Bianca.”

Ulrike helped us plan our safari for 2 years... patience of a saint and the insight and knowledge of a true local.”

“Ask for Chantelle, a true legend of patience, availability and efficiency. Will highly recommend.”

“I cannot say enough about this great company and Ashlee herself... best honeymoon we could have wished for!”

Bonique's recommendations were perfectly tailored to our needs with foresight and local knowledge... flawless.”

“The service and help we got from Tessa was fantastic, as a result we had a tremendous trip.”

Janine proposed us a great trip and it was nice to meet with her in Swakop. Definitely recommend!”

“I have no words to express my gratitude to Carmen and the NTS team for their excellent work.”

“Our family would like to thank Anja and everyone at NTS for organising such an incredible trip for us.”

Kirsti arranged the best family holiday we have ever had... highly recommended.”

“We worked with Petra and everything went flawlessly... can't recommend NTS highly enough!”

Leandrie was very patient listening to my needs and catering to my budget... Everything worked perfectly!”

Jessica was AMAZING and so helpful with all of our concerns and questions - we had the most amazing trip.”