HI my lovely readers!
January is now coming to an end and I am excited that my birthday month, February is approaching My last few posts have been about the AMAZING time I had in South Africa and this post is one about the Flights and Accommodation and a Wedding in the Bush. In total we stayed in three different places in South Africa and all three very different. I stayed at the Mongena Game Lodge, Krystal Beach Hotel and Four Seasons The Westcliff Johannesburg. This post is packed with photos as I wanted to show you as much as I can Enjoy…
Our journey started in London. We got out first flight from Heathrow Airport and it was going to Nairobi. This flight was 9 hours, we then had an two hour stop over and boarded a plane to Johannesburg (this flight was four hours). We flew with Kenya Airways and travelled a total of fifteen hours to get to Johannesburg. Our flight from Heathrow was an evening flight, I did not mind this as my plan was to just sleep as normal but on the plane there was a number of films we could watch on the screen on our seat. I just couldn’t help but watch films I had not seen before like Tarzan, Suicide Squad, Pacific Rim and Superman v Batman. So I did not sleep on this first flight, but really enjoyed watching the films. Flying with Kenya Airways was great. Our bags were checked in quickly with no problems and we had already done an online check in. Once we got to Nairobi we grabbed some chips as I am not a fan of aeroplane food, this kept us going and we were ready to board the next flight. Luckily our stop over was short so we did not have to wait too long. We got on to our connecting flight and the plane was exactly like the previous plane, so I decided to just sleep on this flight. The most amazing thing was that we could see Mount Kilimanjaro outside the window We finally got to Johannesburg and I must say the airport looked super modern and was decorated as it was Christmas. We waited for our transfer to Mongena Game Lodge.
Mongena Game Lodge– Johannesburg
As we drove into Mongena Game Lodge I was instantly excited as I could see Zebras! The main reason why we were staying here was that we were wedding guests. We were the first to arrive and the place was pretty empty. When we checked in the receptionist told us not to feed the animals as they hunt for themselves, the animals are part of the lodge. I loved how close we were to the animals, it was magical! I asked the receptionist ‘have any of the wilder animals broken through the fence that was around the perimeter?’ her answer was, ‘yes, the elephants have come through when they wanted water through the drought’. This was a crazy thought that animals can fight through the fence. We were shown to our rooms and I really liked that it had that wild South African rural feel. Although the walls were paper thin and you have to make sure you take Jungle Formula, there are so many mosquitoes.
As soon as we had our rooms we threw our bags down and went straight to the pool We ordered a range of cocktails too. I must say service was slow, at one point we waited half hour for three drinks and the slow service did persist throughout our stay. We ate our dinners at the Kingfisher restaurant that was onsite and had a set menu each evening,. Food was average and the service was still a slow pace. I felt that staff were overwhelmed by the amount of people in the wedding party. They definitely should have been a bit more prepared. The sheer beauty of the venue was lovely. I had never ever been somewhere like this, so close to the bush. I loved the natural surroundings, the trees, the interesting looking plants and seeing the animals whilst the sun sets. This is the perfect venue to explore and have a walk around as you will find families of Zebra and Impalas. Check out all the beautiful Wildlife in my South Africa 2016-17 Johannesburg Wildlife post.
Mongena Game Lodge was the most beautiful backdrop for a wedding in the bush. These photos speak for themselves- Congratulations Sejal and Varesh! The green natural backdrop with the mix of Indian wear looked beautiful. I had such an amazing time at all of the wedding events and all the different venues at Mongena Game Lodge were great. I also met so many amazing people and the vibe and company was so much fun. It was time to take one last group selfie and go off to Cape Town
Flight- Johannesburg to Cape Town South African Airways
From Johannesburg we had to take an internal flight of 2 hours to Cape Town. We were flying South African Airways and came across a few issues on our flight. Firstly, we had pre booked our meals and two of our guests had requested vegetarian meals, there were no vegetarian meals on the flight so they had to eat salad and any other vegetarian option they had with the non-veg meals. They also ran out of chicken meals and just had beef, one of our guest does not eat beef and had to also eat salad and whatever the staff could find. I was really disappointed. For such a short flight, to just get our requested meal was not a lot to ask. We were happy to land.
Krystal Beach Hotel– Cape Town- Gordon’s Bay
As we approached Krystal Beach Hotel I could see the beautiful beach and the massive Krystal Beach Hotel. As we walked in, we saw all this amazing art. There were paintings and sculptures, I absolutely loved the ballerina one. The art gave the reception area a lot of character. We were then shown to our rooms. My room was absolutely massive! I had a twin room that was immaculate. It was so clean and tidy and had the view of the beach. This hotel was an hour away from central Cape Town, but as a hotel it was great. The facilities included a pool, gym and a massive breakfast area. The breakfast was really nice as you could get a fresh omelette made and there was a wide variety of food. Right next to the hotel was the bay area. It was really scenic and we saw some of the best sunsets I have ever seen in my life! This is no exaggeration just have a look at the photos Watching the boats go by whilst having dinner was lovely. The beach was around a fifteen minute walk away and we spent a relaxed evening on the beach, you can see more photos of the beach on my SOUTH AFRICA 2016-17 Cape Town- Table Mountain, Gordon’s Bay And African Markets post. From the beach you can see the hotel. I really enjoyed staying at Krystal Beach Hotel and would recommend staying there. If you did want to be closer to central Cape Town then finding a closer hotel would be best. This hotel gets full marks on cleanliness and service, I was very impressed.
Our last stop was the Four Seasons The Westcliff in Johannesburg, and I am so happy it was! This was such a treat for the last few days of our trip. We got to spend New Years here too. My room was MASSIVE and the bathroom was HUGE with a BIG balcony. In short the room was amazing! I loved the way the room was decorated with the dark navy walls and Zebra print curtains. I had two sinks in the bathroom, a shower and a bath. There was so much space in there.
Our surroundings were so beautiful. There was the spa, pool and rose garden. There was also 5 venues that you could choose to eat in. We chose to have breakfast at the ‘View’ and dinner at ‘Flames’. The service was second to none, if you wanted something help was close by. The pool area was small but we had so much fun there, you will see in the photos We also used the spa facilities, there was a jacuzzi and adult pool. This was the perfect place to stay on our last few days in South Africa as it was super relaxing. Our trip was jam packed and this was an amazing place to just chill out.
Spa and Pool
Breakfast at ‘View’
Dinner at ‘Flames’
Breakfast at the ‘View’ was really nice and we had an amazing view of Johannesburg. You get yogurt and fruit and then I opted for an English Breakfast with ceylon tea, which is the closest tasting tea to English Breakfast tea. The portion size was not large but it was enough. The price point of the breakfast was high but this is what I expected at a Four Seasons hotel. Dinner at ‘Flames’ was lovely and yet again we had the beautiful view of Johannesburg at night. The food took a little while to arrive but when it did I enjoyed my meal of half chicken and chips. The atmosphere was buzzing and we were quite sad that we had to go home soon.
Four Seasons The Westcliff Johannesburg is the place to stay if you want luxury. The service is amazing and so are your surroundings. It is the place to have a relaxing break and have some lovely food and drink. You will be catered for 24 hours a day. I had room service twice a day which I have never experienced before. It was the best place for us to stay on the last days of our holiday I felt like I was well looked after there.
Flight Johannesburg to London
It was time to home and I must say I did feel sad. South Africa was an amazing trip and I would definitely go back. We got to spend our last day with the lovely newly wed couple Sejal and Varesh and somehow ended up in Hooters! They gave us a lift to the airport. We had a stop over again, so from Johannesburg we went to Nairobi, and then Nairobi to London. We were flying Kenya Airways and had no problems on our flight. On the way home I slept on every flight as I shattered. It was a full on trip and the thought of sleeping in my own bed was exciting. I had not seen my family for Christmas and New Years and could not wait to see them too. During our flight I saw the most beautiful sunset and this was the perfect end to our trip.
Thank you so much for reading my post Let me know if you want to know any additional information about any of these hotels or want any suggestions on places to stay, just drop me a comment below. Do keep in touch via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Page and Snapchat (krupaaroundtown). I have other posts about my South Africa trip- Wildlife, Capetown and a Lookbook. Check them out!