When you are pregnant and travelling you’ll want to be able to take things a bit more easy on your holiday. Short distances, a mild climate and a safe destination are probably on your list, right?
There are many reasons why South Africa is a great destination to travel to during pregnancy. Especially if you stay in the cape-region, where you will find the world in one country. You can drive everywhere yourself, find the most amazing restaurants enroute and can experience everything from vibrant city to marine life to wine estates and spotting the Big5. Malaria free, also very important!
The mom says
× The diversity of the country is mind-blowing. Just in the cape region you will find everything; from mountains to endless vineyards and from the Big5 in the water to the Big5 in the bush.
× The restaurants and quality of produce here is out of this world. South Africa has one of the best climates for growing almost everything so fresh fruit, veggies and organic meat guaranteed with every meal.
× The people here are genuinely friendly. No fake smiles, but big – honest smiles and sincere welcomes.
The dad says
× Self-driving in South Africa is just one of the best adventures ever! Don’t hold back and hire that 4×4.
× South Africa offers nature at it’s best. Big and smaller game reserves let you experience ultimate safari’s and there are some stunning trails alongside the ocean (Garden Route) if you are into trail running or hiking.
× Ok, so your partner in crime might not be able to drink. But you can. Enjoy that occasional very good glass of wine. Especially when staying on a wine estate!
Top 5 accommodations for a romantic baby-moon
♥ MannaBay in Cape Town. Offers views over the whole city while the Table Mountain has got your back. Enjoy a complimentary high tea every day at 4PM and free transfers into town.
(A bit more on a budget? AirBNB offers plenty of fun places to stay.
Our favourite is Villa Penzance.)
♥ Grootbos is definitely my all time favourite in South Africa. You feel such a strong connection to nature here. At about a 2,5 hour drive from Cape Town you will find the Forest and Garden Lodge, in the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Hiking, safari’s, scenic flights, horse riding on the beach or a marine safari…. the possibilities are endless and you come home to an amazing meal and very luxurious villa after every outing.
Read the blog on Grootbos
♥ Stay on a working wine farm in the wine region of the Western Cape. Babylonstoren is being praised from everywhere around the world and we could not agree more. You will stay in a revamped workers-house – a Philippe Starck masterpiece.
♥ Best kept secret: alongside the Garden Route you will find the Ottertrail. This is a 42 kilometer hike that you do in 5 days time. If you want to hike this trail you will have to be quick; it’s booked up very far in advance as there are only limited overnight options on the route. However, the Storms River Mouth Rest Camp is more easily accessible and offers an amazing nature experience. The accommodation is basic and on a self catering basis but we can promise you; the views are spectacular! Make sure to book one of the front family cottages, so you have nothing interrupting your ocean view.
♥ Last but not least; a proper safari experience – go and find the Big5 but don’t forget to enjoy the smaller creatures of the bush too! Kwandwe is a game reserve that is earning it’s tracks. They have been awarded having the best safari team of South Africa and are offering an exclusive safari experience. Stay at the Great Fish River Lodge, where you and your partner can enjoy a kids-free experience for the last time!
The ideal route for your baby-moon: a self drive in the Cape
- Stay a few days in Cape Town and take the time to explore the city. Climb Table Mountain, visit The Old Biscuit Mill (neighbourgoodsmarket) and enjoy sundowners on the beach of Camps Bay. There are many restaurants in Cape Town to chose from, but try to book at least one evening at the Test Kitchen, Pot Luck Club or the Short Market Club.
- Drive from Cape Town to the wine lands, an easy 30 to 40 minutes drive. Choose between the vibrant student town of Stellenbosch, the picturesque and culinary Franschhoek or the ‘capital’ of the wine region Paarl. Or stay in the middle and enjoy an exclusive getaway on a working wine farm at Babylonstoren.
- From the wine lands to Grootbos is about 2,5 hours of driving. Try to arrive at Grootbos around lunchtime (1PM) so you can feast on organic cuisine and enjoy some activities in the afternoon.
- Forward and onward! It’s nice to build in a stop halfway between Grootbos and Plettenberg and Bloom Estate is the ideal place for a one night stay. Recharge by the pool before you hop on the car to drive to Storms River Mouth Rest Camp.
- Don’t forget to stock up on groceries before arriving at Storms River Mouth Rest Camp, the place is self catering. From your deck you have a great view over the ocean and in the evening you can hear the waves crashing on the beach. Go out for hikes and enjoy lunch at the nearby restaurant. Nature at it’s best.
- Drive from Storms River Mouth Rest Camp to Kwandwe, where you will experience a genuine safari. If you stay at the Great Fish River Lodge, you can cool down in your own plunge pool in the afternoons before embarking on your evening drive.
- From Kwandwe, it’s an easy drive to Port Elizabeth where you can hand in your car and fly back to Cape Town to connect to your flight home.