16 Top Honeymoon Destinations in South Africa

Top Honeymoon Destinations in South Africa

The wedding planning has (finally) come to an end! Now, the real fun can begin, which is looking at honeymoon destinations. In my opinion, we are so lucky to call South Africa our home because it is one of the most vibrant and diverse countries in the world. Each province provides a unique experience that will surely make for a honeymoon to remember. Therefore, whether you’re looking for stunning beaches, wildlife game drives, or an outdoor adventure, South Africa is the place to be.

No matter what your budget or taste is, we’ve made sure to include a variety of honeymoon destinations for you to choose from for your South African romantic getaway.

1. Blue Mountain Luxury Lodge, Mpumalanga

This Bushveld Wedding Venue is an exclusive 5-star lodge located in the most picturesque area of Mpumalanga, near the Kruger Park.

Blue Mountain Luxury Lodge is famed for its superb accommodation, individually themed rooms, award-winning gourmet cuisine and exceptional service. It oozes romance and is the ultimate romantic setting with its beautiful stone chapel and intimate reception area for a fairytale wedding. So whether it’s a perfect wedding feast, honeymoon paradise or luxurious holiday you’re after you have to experience Blue Mountain Luxury Lodge. The lodge can accommodate up to 26 guests in its 13 individually themed rooms.

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2. Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, Western Cape

Bushmanskloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat, is based near Clanwilliam in the Western Cape. It is the ideal venue for the couple who loves nature and wants to have a weekend wedding. The venue makes for an idyllic environment for weddings, honeymoons and all celebrations of love. The most special day of your life should be celebrated in an exceptional location. Wide azure skies and extraordinary landscapes, accompanied by unique venues within the reserve, exemplify the splendid luxury of this award-winning lodge.

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3. Cathedral Peak Hotel, Kwa-Zulu Natal

No adventure is greater than the one you start with the one you love. The perfect step-off point is the gracious elegance they offer you at the magnificent 4-star family-owned Cathedral Peak Hotel. A wide range of accommodation is available – from standard rooms through to the luxurious Mponjwane Presidential Suite. The 7 well-appointed thatched Honeymoon Suites are set apart from the rest of the Hotel in secluded gardens. These suites all boast LCD television, mini-bar, electric fireplace, under-floor heating, slipper bath and a private verandah with breathtaking mountain views.

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4. Cosy Fishermans Cottage – Hermanus, Western Cape

Cosy Fishermans Cottage was one of the first houses to be built in the area. Vermont is a unique suburb, with green belts snaking through the area. Their house is built right next to a green belt of milkwood trees and natural vegetation and, which give even more privacy and gives the impression that the cottage is situated in the middle of the natural landscape. The coastal path and sea are just 150m away and less than 100m as the crow flies. Even when you’re in the house, you can hear the sound of crashing waves and smell the freshness of the sea.

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5. ELEPHANT HIDE OF KNYSNA, WESTERN CAPE

This destination is surrounded by mountains, beaches, lakes, the Knysna Forests as well as the fynbos of the Cape Floral Kingdom. For this reason, Knysna is the ideal destination for cycling, birding, golf, walking, surfing, and sailing. Perfect for the couple looking for an adventure. Furthermore, with its selection of restaurants, as well as being a 30-minute drive from the Plett Winelands, it’s a great location for foodies. Our suggestion is to stay with Elephant Hide of Knysna and discover what it means to really enjoy a luxury barefoot holiday.

6. Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve – Cederberg, Western Cape

Kagga Kamma in Cederberg allows guests to get close to nature in the most unique way possible. The private, natural Open Air Room, approximately seven kilometres from the main lodge, is set between rock formations overlooking the fynbos plains. Sleep under the stars and awake to an African sunrise, and spend lazy days in your own private rock pool.

7. Khaya Ndlovu Manor House, Limpopo

Honeymoon Destination in Limpopo. The Rietspruit Game Reserve is a well-protected 5500 hectare sanctuary offering a safe-haven for its resident black rhino. A bumble through the reserve in our luxurious game-viewer in search of these endangered browsers takes you to our greater traverse area on the game reserve. This includes a drive on the prestigious Leadwood Big Game Estate, which apart from a fantastic game offering also presents some of the most spectacular mountain vistas in the country.

This nature reserve is a great honeymoon destination, offering a secluded and peaceful getaway for newlyweds. Enjoy your first days as a married couple in the striking beauty of the African bushveld.

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8. KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, MPUMALANGA

Setting out on life’s greatest journey together is an exciting moment, and there is no better place to start than the Kruger National Park if it’s the wildlife that you’re after. The Kruger National Park offers gorgeous honeymoon packages – you can choose between sheer opulence, closeness to nature or tranquil seclusion.

9. KWANDWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE – GRAHAMSTOWN, EASTERN CAPE

If you are looking for a well-deserved break after the wedding planning, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is the place to be. This little gem is nestled in the heart of the Eastern Cape and definitely one of the best honeymoon destinations in South Africa. The 22,000 hectares of pristine private wilderness stretches either side of the Great Fish River. As a result, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is home to thousands of animals and wildlife and offers a range of safari activities and accommodation options to make every African dream come true.

10. Lord Charles Hotel, Western Cape

The refurbished hotel maintains its classic flair, but with a contemporary twist. Guests can enjoy traditional luxury in our newly upgraded rooms, and resort style amenities featuring tennis courts, swimming pools, spa and fitness facilities, a revitalized feature dam, and mouth-watering dining options.

For those travellers looking to explore beyond the gates, the property’s unique location caters to an eclectic range of interests. From white sand beaches and world-renowned golf courses to wine tasting at local farms or retail therapy at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, this venue makes an ideal base for the ultimate getaway and wedding destination.

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11. Old Mac Daddy Airstream Trailers, Cape Town

Old Mac Daddy has a wide variety of amazingly artistic airstream trailers brought to life by some of Cape Town’s top artists and designers. There are trailers ranging from an underwater yellow-submarine-styled trailer to a “life before color” style trailer. If you are looking for a truly unique, beautiful experience for your honeymoon, Old Mac Daddy has got you covered. Trailers are equipped with a mini-bar, coffee station, air-conditioning & heating unit, bathroom with a shower, towels & eco-friendly bathroom amenities, queen size bed with white cotton linen, breakfast is included & served daily in The Barn Restaurant (no self-catering).

12. Silver Forest, Somerset West

Silver Forest is an upmarket Boutique Hotel, with 7 Garden Rooms, a Honeymoon Suite, with private Courtyard, wood fired hot tub and outdoor shower. Perfect for a Romantic First Night together. Silver Forest has a wonderful Restaurant, a talented team of chefs and lovely choice of areas to design your wedding your way, an intimate tented dome in the garden, the luxurious Eatery indoors or the Stoep for an outdoor event. The Boutique hotel also has an award winning luxurious Day Spa.

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13. The Munro Boutique Hotel, Johannesburg, Gauteng

The Munro Boutique Hotel is a one-of-a-kind experience in Johannesburg. It overlooks the world’s largest urban man-made forest, it’s surrounded by waterfalls, exotic plants, and panoramic views of the urban city and the Magaliesburg mountains in the far distance. Nestled in the heart of this hotel is a three-story conservatory, a true architectural masterpiece. The Munro Boutique Hotel is a mere 30 minutes drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport and is a wonderfully unique honeymoon destination.

14. Oyster Box Hotel, KwaZulu-Natal

A national treasure, we are South Africa’s most cherished hotel. Standing majestically on Umhlanga’s beachfront, overlooking the Indian Ocean and the iconic lighthouse, discover our timeless elegance. The Oyster Box Hotel in Durban is a fantastic luxury getaway destination for beach-lovers.

Enjoy a multitude of dining options, including our famous curry feast and High Tea, and indulge in our award-winning spa amid tropical gardens.

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15. Ulusaba Rock Lodge, Sabi Sabi, Mpumalanga

Ulusaba Rock Lodge will take you away from the noise of everyday life. It is situated in the Sabi Sabi area and 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. As a result, the opportunity to see even more wildlife has increased. There are two safari trips offered every day, delicious private dinners, a personal butler service as well as a private spa. With this kind of pampering, you won’t want to leave.

16. Umngazi Hotel & Spa, Estaern Cape

The magical Umngazi Hotel & Spa is a hidden gem on The Wild Coast. South Africa’s most spectacular & yet least touristy region with its rocky coastline, indigenous forests, secluded coves and many river mouths. Umngazi has all of this natural beauty on its doorstep as well as being an award-winning resort & spa.

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