While you love beaches, your loved one might love mountains, and this is mostly the first major factor that you would consider for picking your honeymoon destination. But, what if we tell you that you don’t have to? Yes, no need of spending hours and discussing where to go & what to do because a South Africa honeymoon is all the two of you need. Beaches, Winelands, mountains, wildlife, and the list of attractions in the country are endless.
Though, these work as great reasons why you must celebrate the start of your new lives in South Africa, we also want to make sure that you have a kick-ass experience. So, here’s a handy guide with all the essential info like the best time to visit, top things to do in South Africa, romantic resorts, budget, and more that would definitely convince you to plan a romantic getaway there!
Best Time To Visit South Africa
With a weather that varies regionally, South Africa is a perfect country to visit for a honeymoon throughout the year. While the Cape Town is beautifully hot and dry during November and February, the best time to visit for whale watching is between July and November. However, if you plan to explore the northern regions, the months from May to September are a good time to visit as the weather conditions are great during this period.
Top Things To Do On Your South Africa Honeymoon
1. Go into the wild, on a safari
An African safari honeymoon is definitely the top experience to have in a country that is home to a lot of big 5 destinations. (A Big 5 destination is the one, which has the population of lion, buffalo, rhino, leopard, and elephant.) You can spot all of these animals easily in South Africa in their natural habitats, and all you have to do is visit places like Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, or Madikwe Private Game Reserve.
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2. Indulge in outdoor & marine adventure
South Africa has earned the title of ‘Adventure Capital of the World’ and the thrilling experiences that it offers proves that well. If you both love tasting the thrill every now and then, this is a must-do for you. With hot air balloon ride, rafting in Clarens, hiking, paragliding at Hermanus, snorkeling & other water activities at the Wild Coast, cage-diving in Shark Alley, bungee jumping, and other exciting sports, the country would definitely satiate your quench for adventure.
3. Enjoy the nightlife in South Africa
If you’re looking for honeymoon specials, South Africa and its cities wouldn’t disappoint you at all. Every place has an incredible nightlife scene, and you would feel like exploring it all. From the theater scene to the cinemas, bars & restaurants to the cafes on the streets, there is so much to see in South Africa. To enjoy utmost, you can head to places like Cape Town and Johannesburg where you can party like the wild while the international bands play.
4. Take a sightseeing tour
There is no dearth in the country when it comes to unique attractions. From the highest chair in Africa to a dinosaur park and from a museum of spiders to spectacular towers, there’s a lot that you can witness together on a sightseeing tour. Some of the top places where you both can visit and capture lifelong memories are Sudwala Dinosaur Park in Nelspruit, The Big Pineapple in Bathurst, Biggest Chair of Africa in Robertson, and Orlando Towers in Soweto.
Best Places To Visit On Your South Africa Honeymoon
1. Cape Town & Cape Peninsula
Known all around the world as one the best honeymoon destinations in South Africa, both Cape Town & Cape Peninsula are worth visiting on your romantic getaway. The city has the best of nightlife, lets you enjoy whale watching, has endless scenic beauty, and the scene for food and wine is perfectly fine.
2. Wild Coast
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Whether you are looking for unforgettable experiences in the city or ultimate romantic getaways, South Africa has a lot in store that would surprise you. The Wild Coast is popular across the world for being a top place in the country, and it’s worth every dime. From deserted beaches to hiking, this place has endless experiences for you.
Also known as the ‘City of Gold’, Johannesburg is amongst the best places to visit in South Africa for honeymoon. This urban paradise has impeccable sightseeing attractions, vibrant nightlife, and modern luxury in abundance to pamper you two throughout your holiday, and make it extra special!
4. Durban Beachfront
For an absolutely incredible South Africa beach honeymoon, the Durban Beachfront is the best place to visit with your loved one. While chilling there, you both can have fun in the sun, swim in the golden beaches, explore the marine park, and craft memories for a lifetime. Even doing nothing there would seem like doing a lot!
Shopping In South Africa
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No honeymoon can ever be complete with your shopping your heart out, especially if you’re in a country like South Africa, where it is an experience you cannot afford to miss at all. From the most expensive brands to local stores, there’s a lot around to please your eyes and pocket. Apart from handbags and dresses, if you wish to take home sweet souvenirs from the country, Amarula (country’s best loved liquor), handmade jewelry, chocolates, skin and beauty products, and handicrafts are some of the best things to buy in South Africa. Whereas V&A Waterfront, Sandton City, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Cape Quarter, and Cavendish Square are some top places to splurge.
Most Romantic Honeymoon Resorts In South Africa
1. Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve
If you’re looking for an ultimate honeymoon accommodation, South Africa’s Kagga Kamma in Cederberg is the best place to stay. It not only allows its guests to get close to nature in the most unique way possible, but also ensure absolute privacy. What makes it more exclusive is its natural open air room that would let you cuddle under the stars.
2. Lion Sands Reserve
There is nothing so luxurious and unique as living atop the African bush in romantic treehouses. Perfect for couples who love nature and adventure, this 5-star hotel has a lot of accommodation options. You can pick the treehouse you like and soak in the peace around. Needless to say, a stay here would be a major highlight of your honeymoon in South Africa.
3. Thonga Beach Lodge
This place is certainly the most romantic and perfect destination for an idyllic beach honeymoon. From candlelight dinners on the beach deck to water adventures, Thonga Beach Lodge offers it all. Not just their hospitality, but their food is also excellent. If you’re looking for complete privacy, you can book thatched bush suites that offer ocean and forest views.
What To Pack For Your Honeymoon In South Africa
- A sunscreen with SPF 30+, a hat, and sunglasses
- A travel pillow and earphones
- Cotton dresses and shorts
- A camera with extra batteries
- Toiletries and essential medicines
- A mosquito repellent
- Comfortable sandals and sturdy shoes
- A windcheater
- All the important travel & identity related documents
- Currency change and credit card
- An extra ruffle bag
- A couple of munchies
How To Reach South Africa
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Being a major country in the African continent, South Africa is quite accessible from all the other countries. However, the how and the best way to reach there depends on your departing city, interests, and budget.
By Air: If getting there by air is the only or your preferred option, then the O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg is the major transport hub of the country. It is linked to the rest of the world by many major airlines, and the flights are usually cheap due to a lot of competition.
By Road: If you have a lot of time and patience, traveling by road is another way to get to the golden country. From India, you would come across the Botswana border, Lesotho border, the Namibia border, the Mozambique border, the Swaziland border and of course, the Zimbabwe border before you finally make your way to the final destination.
By Cruise: Another great way to reach South Africa is by cruise, which is a really romantic option for honeymooner. There are several cruise lines that operate in this area and have the major cities of the country as important stops. Some of the major ones are Princess Cruises and Royal Mail Ship by the name of RMS St. Helena.
Getting Around In South Africa
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While the country has excellent infrastructure and facilities for its travelers, some of the honeymoon spots in South Africa are located miles away. But since there are regular services of renting cars, trains, and internal flights, it is quite easier to navigate and get around. There are fifteen regional airports that facilitate internal flying. However, they can be a bit expensive and are required to be booked well in advance.
Apart from that, you can also rent a car and enjoy your own privacy while visiting the national parks and other attractions, which is a little impossible during the tour journeys. The well maintained roads and picturesque beauty of the country make even the long distance drives quite enjoyable. While you can pick a manual or automatic from any renting company during the honeymoon, it is best to book in advance to avail better rates & options.
If you both have immense love for train journeys and are ready to splurge, then you can also commute between the cities by a train. They are undoubtedly the slowest mode of transport, but offer utmost comfort and an incredible experience. You can easily book your seat in the train that suits your pocket and interests the most.
Tips For Your South Africa Honeymoon
- Make all the reservations for flights, hotels, and activities well in advance (like a month or two ago) to avail better rates and deals.
- Carry a ‘to do list’ if you think you’d forget the experiences you do not want to miss.
- Prefer wearing sturdy shoes at all the times as they make hiking and walking easier.
- During daytime, make sure you keep yourself hydrated and wear comfortable clothes so that you can wander around for hours without getting affected by the heat.
- Carry all your essential medicines with you in a sling bag.
- Abide by all the laws followed by the locals in the country.
- Capture great pictures of yourself because your first honeymoon wouldn’t happen again.
- Keep a South Africa map handy so that getting around becomes hassle-free.
- Carry all your important values with you in your personal handbag.
- The country is famous for offering a visual experience of the ‘Big 5’. Make sure you tick it off your list.
- Avoid walking across the cities at night.
- Always travel with a cell phone. In case of emergency, reach out to the police at 10111.
- Leave the original documents at your hotel in a safe place, and carry only the copies.
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