Review by: Hannah & Zak

Overall Impressions

We had an absolutely wonderful honeymoon! Stuart and the Mahlatini team were incredibly helpful when we encountered some issues with our flights. All the accommodations were beautiful. We loved our trip and would absolutely book with Mahlatini again.

Countries Visited

South Africa

Our favorite country we've ever visited. The people, food, culture, and geography are simply stunning. From Cape Town to the Winelands to Kruger National Park, we were amazed and didn't want to leave. We're already planning our next trip!


While beautiful, we felt that Seychelles didn't offer much that we can't access in the Caribbean (much closer to home in the USA). The beaches were stunning, but the snorkeling wasn't as good as we're used to - I attribute this to the time of year we visited with increased turbidity of the water.

Accommodation Visited

The Clarendon Fresnaye

Absolutely phenomenal. The staff and service offered are top-notch, the room beautifully appointed, and the views phenomenal. Located in a very safe neighborhood with easy access to delicious restaurants, a shopping center, and highways taking you to all of the sites in the Western Cape. We loved Clarendon Fresnaye and will be back during our next visit to Cape Town!

Oude Werf Hotel

Gorgeous, modern hotel located in a historic building. The location cannot be beaten - right on the main street in Stellenbosch town. The breakfast was delicious and the staff incredibly helpful. We loved our stay here!

Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge

WOW. Hands down, the most incredible and amazing experience. Chitwa Chitwa was the highlight of our honeymoon. From the staff, to the guides and rangers, to the beautiful accommodations themselves, and of course, all of the animals, Chitwa Chitwa truly is a 5-star experience. We were in awe from the moment we walked up until our sad goodbye. The food was the best we ate on our entire 17-day trip, and seemingly never stopped coming! The watering hole makes Chitwa extra special, as you have a front-row view of incredible wildlife even while relaxing at your private hut. The rooms themselves are stunning and spacious. Our ranger and tracker were so knowledgeable and kind, adding an extra level of entertainment to our already stunning game drives. The wildlife you see in Sabi Sands is just astounding. We were truly devastated to leave and will absolutely be back. We love Chitwa Chitwa.

Hotel L'Archipel

Hotel L'Archipel is beautiful, with its own private beach and stunning views. The rooms are nicely appointed and very private with good air-conditioning. We did have a minor issue with ants, but that is to be expected in the tropics. The food at dinner was delicious, but we found the lunch restaurant to be average at best. Overall, a lovely stay but could be improved in a few areas!

Staff Review

Stuart was beyond helpful throughout our honeymoon process! We had issues with our flights while in Africa that required Stuart to stay late on a Friday, and he did so without question. We were so grateful as we were unsure how we would have handled that situation independently. Stuart is a real gem and Mahlatini was so great to work with!