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Vast national parks teeming with wildlife, romantic and rugged coastlines, and a multi-cultural capital city are just scratching the surface of what South Africa promises newlyweds looking for a wild honeymoon destination.
South Africa is located at the bottom of Africa just beneath Botswana, and offers so much variety to adventurous couples looking for an unforgettable honeymoon destination. Stay in exclusive all-inclusive luxury tents that promises uninterrupted views of the elephants from your private pool, and daily safari drives to Kruger National Park that really offer up close and personal interactions with the elusive Big Five.
Alternatively, visit Cape Town around your African safari experience and stay in sophisticated hotel suites with sunken tubs that soar high above the skyline, or embark on a road trip along the famed Garden Route; a gorgeous coastal stretch that showcases the shoreline’s rugged and romantic beauty.
Check out some of our top honeymoons-in-south-africa honeymoon itineraries below, we have something to suit everyone; from overwater villas through to secluded beach bungalows and twin trips to destinations like Sri Lanka!
South Africa offers a wealth of experiences to keep every adventurous couple entertained, whether it’s embarking on thrilling South Africa safari drives through the fabled Kruger National Park, visiting the cultural hub of Cape Town for chic eats and to climb Table Mountain, or discovering the penguins that lives along the coastline on the romantic Garden Route.
A great honeymoon destination to twin with a South Africa safari experience, would be a relaxing beach holiday in the Seychelles. Imagine waking up to enchanting views of powdery white sands and bright topaz waters from the comfort of your own private hillside villa, complete with a sky-high private infinity-edge pool, your own private butler and all-inclusive luxury.
It’s often forgotten that South Africa offers an incredible safari experience that can rival that of Kenya and Tanzania.
No two safaris are the same, so be sure to set aside plenty of time to visit the world-famous Kruger National Park to get up close and personal with Africa’s most iconic wildlife. Not only are you likely to see the Big Five (elephants, lions, rhinoceros, cape buffalo and leopards), but you’ll also get a chance to spot many more animals including zebras, wild dogs and hippos.
The V&A Waterfront Harbour is a popular destination in Cape Town that offers plenty of ways to spend your time in South Africa’s capital city.
Hop aboard a catamaran for a cruise around the bay to nearby ecological sites, get some serious shopping done at the harbours’s many boutiques and well-known stores, and indulge in some of the finest food in the city at one of the spectacular award-winning restaurants. V&A Waterfront is easy to get to and also houses a few luxury hotels for those who wish to stay within the bustle of the harbour.
Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain covered in emerald greenery that overlooks Cape Town and promises absolutely breathtaking views from the summit.
Adventurous travellers and hikers will love climbing this incredible mountain, but don’t feel like you have to be a pro to make it to the top as there’s a dedicated cable car service that’ll happily do the hard work for you. The best time to reach the summit is just before sunset so you can catch the sun as it dips behind the waters edge and the lights of the city as they come alive.
With many luxury hotels setting up shop along the pristine, rugged coastline of South Africa’s Garden Route, it’s now easier than ever to get out of the capital and explore the beauty of this spectacular region.
The Garden Route is a 300 km stretch of south-western coastline in South Africa that boasts beautiful emerald hillsides, dramatic cliff faces and practically untouched beaches that offer a refreshing change from the bustle of Cape Town. If you seek adventure beyond the safari, definitely set aside some time to experience the natural beauty of the Garden Route.
Boulders Beach is the only place in the world where you get the chance to see the African penguin in it’s natural habitat!
This beautiful beach is not only home to pristine clear waters and soft golden sands, but also to 2,000-3,000 waddling African penguins. Although it’s not recommended to feed the penguins, you’ll definitely get the chance to get up close and photograph them as they play in the waters and walk along the beachfront. The beach is also great for swimming, climbing and exploring as there’s plenty of granite boulders and rock pools to enjoy.