The first leg of our honeymoon was Cape Town, South Africa. We wanted to go somewhere neither of us had ever been, and we’ve both traveled a lot separately (Sean to some pretty awesome places like Dubai, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand – all of which I’d like to go back to with him someday!).
A few people suggested to me that we do Cape Town and Mauritius, and after some extensive research, it seemed like the perfect mix of culture/activity and beach time. Bora Bora was a strong contender, so that’s also on the list of future trips!
We prioritized time in Mauritius because we were going to be in South Africa at the end of their winter (early September), but we both definitely want to go back during the summer months to spend more time and do a safari. We did a “mini safari” in Mauritius (we coined the term “zoo-fari”), which you’ll hear more about in my next post.
I found the travel to be super easy. We did a day flight to London on the Monday after our wedding (Sunday is a total blur, I have no idea what we did after brunch!) and then slept the entire way from London to Cape Town. Waking up in Africa was a pretty cool experience.
We planned our trip through an incredible service, Zicasso, which pairs you with a local travel agent wherever you are going. Nikki, our agent from Giltedge, was a life saver. She made the whole planning process so seamless and easy, handled all of our hotel reservations, airport transfers, flights (within Africa) and restaurant reservations. Here is the itinerary from our 48 hours in Cape Town:
Day 1: Table Mountain & Wine Tasting
- Check-in at Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa in Camps Bay (highly recommend, it was gorgeous!)
- Head up Table Mountain (we got SUPER lucky with the weather)
- Spend the afternoon wine tasting in Constantia Valley
- Lunch at Jonkershuis, Groot Constantia (oldest vineyard in South Africa, established in 1685!
- Dinner at the hotel restaurant, Azure
Day 2: Full Tour of the Coast & Cape Peninsula
- Chapman’s Peak (gorgeous views of Hout Bay)
- Boulders Beach to see the penguins (they are so precious)
- Cape Point/Cape of Good Hope (southernmost point of Cape Town, where the currents of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet)
- Lunch at Two Oceans restaurant
- Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
- Dinner at The Potluck Club (sister restaurant to Test Kitchen, which was closed for renovations when we were there but Potluck Club was amazing. Make a reservation WELL in advance!)