Our South Africa Trip

Our Honeymoon travels will be an adventure for both of us. Although I have spent a lot of time in the area we'll be traveling to, I haven't seen the majority of it for 20 years or more. Corena is leaving US soil for the first time in her life and I'm so excited to show her my homeland. We are arriving in Cape Town on May 7th which is my birthplace and which I consider home. We will spend the first week or so doing some local sightseeing, see my relatives and hang out with friends whom I haven't seen for a long time.Then off to my parents up in Hermanus where we will be staying on and off for the entire duration of our stay. Coincidentally my niece is getting married in Israel the same month as I am so my parents will be shooting off to Israel for 10 days in between our visits.

Alyson Kessel Hermanus is a magical place and it's always great to hang with my Mom and Dad. My Mom does the flowers design for the Birkenhead House Hotel which is absolutely gorgeous and on the water in Hermanus.

A pic of Cape Town

On the 14th we're going to grab our little cozy RV rental which is a go anywhere vehicle and head up the coast from Cape Town going North East up the East Coast of Africa. The total drive will end up being 1200 miles or so over the course of 3 weeks.

Some pics of our RV Rental - It's cute

The first part of our drive will be on the famous Garden Route. We'll be stopping at places of interest and for a surf here and there - and sleeping overnights in the South African version of the Campground or "Caravan Park". They are popular and very well maintained as most Africans like rustic travel and stay away from large resorts leaving those to the tourists.The Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of the southern coast of South Africa. It stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River which is crossed along the N2 coastal highway. The name comes from the shrubbery near the coast. It has a maritime climate, with moderately hot summers, and mild to chilly winters. And seeing as though we'll be there in the winter It is one of the nicest all-year-round rainfall areas in South Africa, most rain falling in the winter months, brought by the humid sea-winds from the Indian Ocean rising and releasing their precipitation along the high mountain ranges just inland of the coast. The Route is sandwiched between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains and the Indian Ocean. The Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma indigenous forests are a unique mixture of Cape Fynbos and temperate forest and offer hiking trails and eco-tourism activities. Nearly 300 species of birdlife are to be found in a variety of habitats ranging from fynbos to forest to wetlands. Ten nature reserves and various bays along the Garden Route are nurseries to the endangered Southern Right Whale which come there to calve in the winter and spring which is super cool. Jeffries Bay is one of our stops along this stretch of coast - of course!

The next step of our Journey will be an area of South Africa called the Wild Coast or The Transkei. which means "the area beyond the Kei River"—is a region situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It is also the name of an Apartheid-era Bantustan (1959–94) corresponding to this territory. The Transkei is bordered by the Umtamvuna River in the north and the Great Kei River in the south, while the Indian Ocean and the Drakensberg mountain range of the landlocked kingdom of Lesotho serve as the Transkei's respective eastern and western frontiers. . The Transkei has not been invaded by large hotel chains or any of the Westernized luxuries found elsewhere in South Africa and is very much out of the way.

This site has some great pics of the Transkei or or More

Next up is Durban, the third most populated city in South Africa and it has a enormous amount of history. I live here for 6 years from 1970 - 76 and it made a big impression on me. It is the home of the Zulu Nation and is a typically chaotic African city. It has beautiful beaches and epic surf and is home to New Pier which is arguably the best beach break on the planet.

New Pier

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Anonymous said...

Well!!! We can certainly see why you both want to go to Capetown, South Africa. I never imagined it looking so beautiful. IIIIII Waannnnnnaaa gggoooooo! Have a fun filled, smiled soaked,sun drenched with love... beautiful honeymoon.

Send Pic's.
Love ya guys,
Tania, Arielle and Race

Anonymous said...

Wow, what an amazing trip this will be. The pics are gorgeous ~ So so happy for you both!
Safe travel and happy trails!

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