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Re: Honeymoon: Cape Town, SA - Safari - Mauritius
« Reply #30 on: March 14, 2018, 12:17:48 AM »
Amazing TR! Thanks for being so detailed!
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Re: Honeymoon: Cape Town, SA - Safari - Mauritius
« Reply #31 on: March 20, 2018, 11:32:34 AM »
Yes he was there the entire duration of my trip. He woke up at 5AM  before i went on the morning drives and stayed working until after dinner (with breaks of course).The total add of was around $250 per day.

Nightly rate was around $1,400
i cant handle these pictures
and that private chef food
really job well done!
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Re: Honeymoon: Cape Town, SA - Safari - Mauritius
« Reply #32 on: March 20, 2018, 11:33:27 AM »
We did Seychelles in January and can tell you that it is amazing. Hopefully will get to a trip report, but we did Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Praslin, La Digue, Mahe, Cape Town, and then a safari.

Pros for Seychelles:
- One island had nothing but bikes to get around and it was so much fun.
- Very easy to rent a car and find a private pristine beach that is picturesque and have it all to yourself.
- Has a few beaches that are typically always ranked top ten in the world.
- Flights to/from UAE and JNB make it just as easy as MRU to get to. (I think I paid $330 one way to get to CPT from SEZ)

Negatives:
- The accommodations are either very high end, somewhat over priced Airbnbs, self catering apartments, or budget hotels.
- Not sure how Mauritius is, but like most islands outside of southeast Asia the customer service isn't the best.
- Going out to eat can be pricey.

I would say that a majority of people who have been to both usually state a preference of Seychelles over Mauritius, but we've yet to go to Mauritius. I don't think I would go out of my way to go back to the Seychelles because it's not easy to get to, but we were very happy with our choice. Mauritius looks fantastic as well. I will say that we did not see many Americans in the Seychelles. Mostly French and Italian. There is also a lot more island hopping which we enjoy. Even in peak season (Christmas and New Years) the most popular beaches weren't the crowded and it was extremely easy to find nice secluded spots where you might not see another person all day. I think Mauritius is going to have better beaches at the high end resorts, whereas the Seychelles' best beaches were typically not next to large resorts with the exception of Mahe.

Start a New thread and post your pictures with details to help others plan their trip as well!
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Re: Honeymoon: Cape Town, SA - Safari - Mauritius
« Reply #33 on: May 11, 2018, 12:11:02 AM »
We did Seychelles in January and can tell you that it is amazing. Hopefully will get to a trip report, but we did Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Praslin, La Digue, Mahe, Cape Town, and then a safari.

Pros for Seychelles:
- One island had nothing but bikes to get around and it was so much fun.
- Very easy to rent a car and find a private pristine beach that is picturesque and have it all to yourself.
- Has a few beaches that are typically always ranked top ten in the world.
- Flights to/from UAE and JNB make it just as easy as MRU to get to. (I think I paid $330 one way to get to CPT from SEZ)

Negatives:
- The accommodations are either very high end, somewhat over priced Airbnbs, self catering apartments, or budget hotels.
- Not sure how Mauritius is, but like most islands outside of southeast Asia the customer service isn't the best.
- Going out to eat can be pricey.

I would say that a majority of people who have been to both usually state a preference of Seychelles over Mauritius, but we've yet to go to Mauritius. I don't think I would go out of my way to go back to the Seychelles because it's not easy to get to, but we were very happy with our choice. Mauritius looks fantastic as well. I will say that we did not see many Americans in the Seychelles. Mostly French and Italian. There is also a lot more island hopping which we enjoy. Even in peak season (Christmas and New Years) the most popular beaches weren't the crowded and it was extremely easy to find nice secluded spots where you might not see another person all day. I think Mauritius is going to have better beaches at the high end resorts, whereas the Seychelles' best beaches were typically not next to large resorts with the exception of Mahe.

Still waiting on your TR!

Where did you stay in SEZ and for how long?

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Re: Honeymoon: Cape Town, SA - Safari - Mauritius
« Reply #34 on: August 01, 2018, 06:01:45 PM »
@jomaster28

Wow - insanely good TR, and crazy stories. Love how adventurous you both were, memories for a lifetime indeed!

Looking at Mauritius for a winter trip, RT from Israel, but after reading your TR, I think I need to look closer at SA!

In Mauritius, it sounds like you guys lucked out on the weather - did you mostly chill in the hotel there, or explore around? Was it crazy humid, even if you avoided rain? (Yes, yes, I've been looking all over the internet, and I probably know the average temps for Mauritius better than I do for my own backyard, I'm just asking what someone's own experience was.)

Any info would be great, thanks.

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Re: Honeymoon: Cape Town, SA - Safari - Mauritius
« Reply #35 on: August 02, 2018, 08:44:23 AM »
@jomaster28


In Mauritius, it sounds like you guys lucked out on the weather - did you mostly chill in the hotel there, or explore around? Was it crazy humid, even if you avoided rain? (Yes, yes, I've been looking all over the internet, and I probably know the average temps for Mauritius better than I do for my own backyard, I'm just asking what someone's own experience was.)

--HDS

thank you for the review! SA was awesome, you should for sure look into Cape Town and going on a Safari.

the weather in Mauritius was amazing! It rained as we landed and got in the cab but once we got to the hotel we didn't see a rain drop for the rest of trip. We did stay at the hotels the entire time and didn't tour the island. After 2 weeks of touring we wanted to just sit and relax.

I had a friend who was supposed to go to Mauritius this past January but canceled bc there was a monsoon of some sort. So that is possible.

But for us we didn't have any rain and it was not humid at all. 

Good Luck

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Re: Honeymoon: Cape Town, SA - Safari - Mauritius
« Reply #36 on: August 02, 2018, 11:23:11 AM »
Yeah, I hear Nov is better than Dec, which is better than Jan for Mauritius weather.

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Re: Honeymoon: Cape Town, SA - Safari - Mauritius
« Reply #37 on: August 02, 2018, 03:43:42 PM »
Yeah, I hear Nov is better than Dec, which is better than Jan for Mauritius weather.

right...i went in January and it was perfect...stayed at Westin & St. Regis weather was perfect in both locations