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Honeymooning at Gorah and Shamwari

Honeymooning at Gorah and Shamwari

After our dream wedding in Cape Town with family and friends my husband Mark and I left for a week-long honeymoon in the Eastern Cape. Wow, what a truly memorable honeymoon!

First stop, Gorah Elephant Camp

The meaning of Gorah in the Khoi language is “sweet water” what is really should mean is “the ultimate luxury safari experience!”

The moment we arrived at the colonial style homestead of Gorah Elephant Camp we were greeted with such a warm and friendly welcome. We were led through the house towards the veranda where we were in awe of the view overlooking the plains and the watering hole. From that moment we felt as if we were in another world! There is a wide variety of wildlife in the Addo Elephant Park. As we stood gazing over the waterhole, there were zebra and warthogs drinking and in the distance elephants were making their way towards the water. Our game drives at Gorah were abundant with animal sighting ranging from elephants, lion, rhino, buffalo and much much more. Our ranger was so knowledgeable and funny which made it really exciting to be on the drives!

The rest of the staff at Gorah were also fantastic. There is an attention to detail at the lodge incredible from hot water bottles in the bed, to rose petals scattered around the luxurious tent, lit candles and incense to burn. In the mornings, freshly brewed coffee and the day’s weather forecast are delivered to your tented suite. We felt really pampered. Last, but by no means least, the chef at Gorah was amazing. We enjoyed full English and buffet style breakfasts every morning, mezze-style lunches, and three course dinners with personalised menus! What a mouth watering gastronomic experience.

Our whole experience at Gorah was unbelievable and we were really sad to leave!

Eagles Crag, Shamwari

We then went on to Shamwari Game Reserve where we were met with such open arms! We stayed at the Eagles Crag lodge which is set between two sheer cliffs and our room with its private deck and plunge pool was so amazing! We sat sipping champagne and taking in the setting that surrounded us. There was a telescope in the room too, which came in very handy to view all the birdlife in the reserve.

The game drives at Shamwari were also amazing, but the last night-drive was the highlight of my stay. We saw a whole pride of lions feasting on a zebra. It was a sight and sound we will never forget. Upon entering our suite after the chilly night drive, we found that a warm bath had been drawn with rose petals, candles had been lit and a bottle of the finest bubbly was on ice. It was such a romantic setting.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, the food and level of service was outstanding.

Thank you to everyone involved in making our honeymoon so memorable!

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