Why am I asking for honeymoon ideas on the climbing forums? Three reasons:
- I am not looking to spend a parliamentarian's year-end bonus. Climbers are sensible people when money is concerned... sometimes.
- I'm competent out of doors - be it up mountains or out at sea. I don't need warning labels on my coffee to tell me that it's hot. Just about everything targeted to tourists is pre-chewed and tasteless, lest they hurt themselves. Local knowledge is likely to lead to much more fun, a little chaos and that ethereal commodity: adventure.
- While the future-missus may be a little miffed if I go ahead and plan a pure-climbing honeymoon, some climbing would be good.
Here are the vital statistics: We are getting married in Cape Town on the 23rd of June, this year. We don't want to travel too much and would like to keep it to southern Africa if possible. We will probably have about three weeks to get lost, together.
My initial idea was to head to the Drakensberg for half the available time - taking day walks in the mountains and snow, spending time in front of a fire-place, somewhere - and then head to a warm beach on the East coast (Wild Coast?) to thaw out, patrol the beaches and swim in the warm Mozambique current.
I considered planning a nice, long, and likely secluded hike but thought better of it - we want to be able to be spontaneous and don't want to be committed to finishing a multi-day hike after the first day. Day walks are better - we can stay indoors the day after, if we choose.
Personally, I'd like to include some sport climbing. I'm climbing up to about grade 20 at the moment and I'm pretty sure I'll have made 21 by June if I apply myself. She's keen to follow just about anything.
I value seclusion and adventure highly. I don't want a commercial palace with rounded corners and warning stickers. I certainly don't want to stay in one of a hundred cookie-cutter houses with a "private" balcony separated from a dozen other "private" balconies by an adjoining wall.
Please make your suggestions and comments! Places to stay, things to do in the Drakensburg or Wild Coast area, alternative or wacky ideas - they're all welcome. Questions for further information are also welcome.