Winter weddings abroad are often associated with crisp white aisles and snow-capped mountaintops in the distance. But South Africa’s winter weddings don’t have to stand back, especially in the Western Cape.
From venues that boast panoramic views over scenic white-tipped mountain ranges, rugged African landscapes and untouched, white sand beaches, couples can choose from a wide range of venues within a three-hours drive of Cape Town. If you’re planning a pre- or post-wedding road trip to the Western Cape (perhaps to the Cederberg or Cape Whale Route this winter), Cape Country Routes says to keep these five great tips in mind for a smooth journey:
- Car assessment is key
It may seem logical, but check that your vehicle’s nuts and bolts are intact to save time, money and a lot of frustration. Also, create a quick checklist for filters, belts, fluid levels, oil, tires, alignment, lights and wipers.
- I spy with my little eye
Keep boredom at bay with a few fun things to do on a long drive. Your first trip together can be ideal to start collecting honeymoon memories on camera, and it is a good time to rekindle childhood car games that can spark further conversation.
- Road closure check-ins
While planning your route, check for stop-and-go’s that may throw you off schedule.
- Charge the way ahead
Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged, your phone charger is packed or a charged power bank is close at hand. You don’t want to break down along a dark, wet road on a cold, winter’s day without being able to call for help.
- Is your accommodation booked?
Booking accommodation ahead of time can save you a lot of hassle. Add an exciting itinerary to your route with activities at pit stops, or a short stay at a guesthouse on route to your final destination. Try building your own package from the Cape Country Routes offerings.
- Spread the word
Don’t be shy to reveal the reason for your trip. You might just get extra special treatment and hospitality for being on your last pre-wedding or first post-wedding trip!
Source: Cape Country Routes Image: Supplied