Warren and I were talking about our South Africa trip as we do and were shocked to realize that we only have 6 months to go. When we booked our flights we had almost a year! Time goes by way too fast!
What does this mean? Well since we chose the busiest time of year (Christmas and their summer) things will book up quickly. That means that we better get moving on booking hotels and safaris and activities that we would want to do!
Fodor's See it South Africa and the Eyewitness Travel Guide for South Africa, and have spent some time thumbing through them to get a sense of what we want to do while we are there.
We are flying into Johannesburg, and have friends that live there that have invited us to stay with them for Christmas (Thanx Antoinette and David!). We are really looking forward to a South Africa Christmas!
Other than that we know that we want to take a safari in Kruger National Park, See Capetown and the Penguins (we missed them when we were in Melbourne, Australia as the weather was too bad) and stay at a Fairmont Hotel (we have free nights and upgrades from their loyalty program). We were going to check out Sun City at one point, but the casino is small now as they have since allowed casinos in other parts of South Africa. So it isn't a casino destination anymore. We would rather spend our time on Safari or in Capetown than in Sun City.
So when planning a big trip like this, we start with working with what we know for sure that we want to do. Since we know that we will be staying in a Fairmont for at least 5 nights, the next step is to look into which one. There are 2 in South Africa, The Fairmont Zimbali Resort on the East Coast near Durban, or the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge on the Dolphin Coast.
We decided that we would spend this weekend looking at the Fairmonts, doing some research on TripAdvisor and starting to sketch out our itinerary. So next week look out for that!
If there is somewhere that you think we shouldn't miss in South Africa, or something you highly recommend; or on the other side, think we should completely avoid, please comment below, we would love to hear from you!