Reasons to honeymoon in South Africa

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Honey Moon Vacation PlaceStarting your life together in the face of a weakened naira is a reality many newlyweds are facing in the New Year. Luckily we live in a continent where honeymooning is not just a possibility, it’s a godsend. With Cape Town being voted number 1 on Huffington Post list of 10 Best Honeymoon Destinations in Africa, it’s fair to say South Africa has been thrust on to the international stage as a travel destination many can only dream of. And as a honeymoon destination, South Africa has the perfect answer, whatever your budget allows. From fine dining splendour, heavenly forest hideaways and spectacular safaris, this astonishing country can offer something for each and every discerning couple, No wonder our very own Banky W & Adesua chose South Africa as their church wedding & honeymoon destination.

Getting your cheap flights from Lagos to South Africa isn’t a problem as you can get this from Travelstart. No matter what you are looking for, South Africa is an idyllic setting for a honeymoon. Experience sunrise in the bush, “Sundowners” (South Africa’s version of Happy Hour) in wine country or at the beach and no shortage of over-the-top luxury hotels and restaurants.

The hard part is choosing where to go in South Africa for your honeymoon! I recommend spending the bulk of your honeymoon in and around Cape Town as well as including a trip to Kruger Park for a safari.

Here are reasons that will ensure that wedded bliss ensues on your South African honeymoon.

Knysna, Garden Route

Knysna, Garden Route

For lovers on a budget, The Lazy Leopard in Knysna provides three very engaging choices. Two are the Forest Moon and Starry Forest “bush huts”, from which you can either enjoy a romantic forest stay or a fabulous view of the valley beyond and, as they are built of encased glass, you won’t miss a thing! Both huts come equipped with queen sized beds, mini kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces, TVs with DVD players and a nearby swimming pool. The third romantic option, which is situated apart in the forest, is a larger cottage type accommodation, resplendent with roof beams, timber floors and an open fireplace.

Hazyview, Mpumalanga

Hazyview, Mpumalanga

For adventurous honeymooners, the Hazyview area in Mpumalunga offers many opportunities; from river rafting, aerial cable trailing, tubing and abseiling, to more relaxing pastimes, such as horse riding along the Sabie River, visiting the Elephant Sanctuary – where you can touch the elephants – and flying in a hot air balloon to watch the sunrise over the stunning vista.

The Protea Hazyview is an attractive 3 star hotel offering restaurant, room service, garden, outdoor swimming pool, snooker billiards and tennis courts. And, if you really feel the need to ‘come back to earth’, for a fee, the hotel offers wired internet options ranging from dial-up to high-speed.

Warmbaths, Limpopo

Warmbaths, Limpopo

For a great opportunity to see the ‘Big Five’, (rhinos, elephants, lions, buffaloes and leopards) for a very reasonable rate, the Mabula Game Lodge in Warmbaths, ticks all the boxes.

Besides the bigger animals, this private game reserve is visited day and night by warthogs, antelope, bush pigs and colourful birds which can usually be seen from most patio rooms. You will have the opportunity to go on daily game drives, escorted by highly knowledgeable drivers.

The very attractive accommodation consists of en-suite air conditioned chalets and tents and offers indoor and outdoor dining. All in all, a very comfortable and interesting stay! Mabula Game Lodge is set in one of South Africa’s finest malaria risk free private game reserves and is only 2 hours north of Johannesburg.

Plett, Garden Route

Plett, Garden Route

Plettenberg Bay is one of the Cape’s loveliest areas; staying at the Whalesong Coastal Lodge, you will experience all that the region has to offer. Situated above the town centre, it offers truly inspirational views of the ocean and of the distant Tsitsikamma Mountains.

The Lodge offers a lounge with fireplace and bar, an African craft centre, a swimming pool with generously sized sundeck, a winery, a gourmet restaurant and, best of all, from both the lodge’s main balcony and the honeymoon suite there is always a very good chance of watching and hearing Southern Right Whales frolicking not far away – a truly magical stay!

Hluhluwe, KZN

Hluhluwe, KZN

The Hluhluwe River Lodge is the perfect place for the ultimate yet affordable post-nuptial romantic hideaway. Situated not far away from St Lucia Lagoon and only a day trip to the fascinating Hluhluwe Game Reserve, you can be as private as you wish.

Adding to the romantic ambiance, The Lodge is situated in a fairly remote location but at the same time, is not too far away from many areas of interest. You can either explore the area yourselves or, if you want to put yourselves in the hands of the experts, a game ranger will accompany you on your Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park excursion.

Mid-Range Budget Honeymoon Ideas

Kagga Kamma, Western Cape

Kagga Kamma, Western Cape

Experiencing the awesome bush outdoors with your soul mate could not be easier. At Kagga Kamma lodge you will appreciate the great expanse of natural bush, with a backdrop of a million stars when you choose to spend a night “in” Kagga Kamma’s outcrop open air room. You will be given the choice of either taking a picnic basket for your romantic dinner or dining at the Lodge itself before your trip to the great outdoors. There will be a warming fire waiting for you when you arrive. Now how romantic does that sound?

Ballito, KZN

Ballito, KZN

Labori Ballito, in KwaZulu-Natal, offers everything for couples who want a self-catering honeymoon in a fun, popular holiday town. The accommodation offers fully furnished and equipped apartments in a pretty, private resort.

The apartments come with comfortably sized bedrooms, well equipped kitchens, dining rooms and patios, with swimming pool and barbeque facilities close by.

A short walk away is the centre of Ballito town, with its two beaches, restaurants, night clubs and shops. Cars hire and yacht charters are available and the concierge service can also advise on any other entertainment activities on offer.

15-Day South African Honeymoon

Honeymoon in South Africa

This 15 day safari will certainly be a honeymoon to remember, with memories to last you a lifetime!

Your action packed itinerary includes five nights on safari searching for the Big 5 at Mala Mala in the Sabi Sands. You will then fly down to George in the Cape to start your self-drive Garden Route journey. Along the way, you will visit the beautiful village of Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and scenic town of Swellendam.

The self-drive route also includes a stay at Franschhoek Winelands, where you will discover the famous Cape wines which complement the excellent cuisine also on offer.

Sabi Sabi, Kruger

Sabi Sabi, Kruger

For the ultimate in luxury honeymoons in South Africa, things do not get much better than Richard Branson’s private game reserve, Ulusaba. The Rock Lodge, situated in the Sabi Sabi area, is built high upon a cliff, allowing for amazing views. In addition, the property has undertaken the removal of fences between the greater Kruger National Park and other private reserves, thus bringing about the opportunity to see even more wildlife. With two safaris a day conducted by very knowledgeable tour guides, private dinners with a personal butler serving delicious food, massages and a private spa, this will be a honeymoon you will remember forever.

Grootbos, Western Cape

Grootbos, Western Cape

If flora and fauna are of more interest to you than big beasts and you care about conservation, the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, close to the pretty town of Hermanus in the Western Cape, is the perfect honeymoon destination for you.

This 5-star nature reserve displays amazing flora and marine life. It is home to the so called Marine Big 5 – whales, dolphins, sharks, seals and penguins – and stunning flora. Your visit will aid the Grootbos Foundation’s conservationist efforts.

Guided activities include a flower safari, walks through the Milkwood forests, beach tours, coastal walks, bird watching, and expeditions through ancient caves, tree planting and a social responsibility tour.

Sun City, North West

Sun City, North West

The Palace of the Lost City, Sun City, is a fictitious African palace where you will experience a fairy tale honeymoon!

The hotel’s magnificent towers are decorated with elephant tusks and its foyer features extravagant architecture, frescos and an opulent hand painted dome.

Each of the 338 rooms is decorated in real African flavour, with a huge four poster bed, multi-channel TV, ceiling fans, an enormous bath and shower room and a generous dressing area. The Grand Pool is perfect to sunbathe, relax and enjoy light snacks.

You will feel like royalty during your time there!

As you can see, besides catering for all levels of budget, South Africa truly offers honeymoon opportunities to suit a wide range of tastes and inclinations. Whether you are an activities enthusiast, nature buff or are simply looking for complete relaxation, South Africa has a honeymoon destination supreme for all.