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 you South African romantic getaway.
1. 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 colour” styled 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).
2. 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.
Enjoy a multitude of dining options, including our famous curry feast and High Tea, and indulge in our award-winning spa amid tropical gardens.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. The One & Only, Western Cape
The One & Only Cape Town is a chic, urban resort featuring breathtaking views of Table Mountain. This resort is a destination in itself offering next-level luxury in South Africa. Beautifully nestled within the infamous V&A Waterfront, the One & Only
features the largest amount of accommodation in all of Cape Town and has also has a relaxing spa in the midst of the hustle-and-bustle of city life. Hosted on its own island, the spa offers many signature treatments including the renowned Pedicure and Manicure Studio by Bastien Gonzalez.
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. 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 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.
8. 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.
9. The Munro Boutique Hotel, Johannesburg, Gauteng
The Munro Boutique Hotel is a one-of-a-kind experience in Johannesburg. It overlooks the worlds 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-storey 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.
10. The Marine Hotel – Hermanus, Western Cape
Hermanus it a coastal town in the Western Cape which captures serenity and tranquillity. This charming location is an amazing honeymoon destination due to its incredible selection of wine, beaches, and the abundance of restaurants at every corner. Above all, you can have a whale of a time spotting these friendly giants on the horizon! If a luxurious, all-inclusive stay is what you’re after, look no further than The Marine Hotel
, Hermanus. This gorgeous accommodation is surrounded by sea, pristine beaches, and towering mountains.
11. Club Mykonos – Langebaan, Western Cape
Club Mykonos is one of our favourite honeymoon destinations in South Africa! This little piece of piece of paradise will transport you right onto the beaches of Greece, however, it is located on the serene shores of the Langebaan Lagoon. This premium resort offers guests three tasteful accommodation offerings from the three-star Athenian Cascades and Terraces units to the elegant comfort of the four stars preferred units. Furthermore, it offers an abundance of entertainment options and activities including golf, various water sports, scuba-diving, cruise ship getaways, and safaris in the neighbouring game farms.
12. Sun City, Gauteng
Home to the Valley of Waves and sprawled along the border of the Pilanesberg National Park, Sun City Resort enjoys the fine distinction of being the only surf-and-safari destination within a two-hour drive of Johannesburg. In addition, Suncity offers romantic suites and honeymoon packages. Can you say paradise?
13. Ivory Lodge, Lion Sands, Mpumalanga
The Ivory Lodge at Lion Sands in Mpumalanga is truly a one of a kind experience. Lion Sands decided to take a page from natures book and build a stunning lodge made “from the Earth”. They used natural materials which would only enhance the gorgeous natural surrounds of this lodge, including steel, wood, thatch, glass, water & sand. This lodge features unique, edgy designs and décor. The Ivory Lodge is extremely aesthetically pleasing and comprises of 8 Single Villas, and 1 Double-Suite Villa. All Villas occupy an elevated position, with most overlooking the perennial Sabie River. Lodge facilities include a lounge, dining and relaxation space, with an expansive wooden deck overlooking the Sabie River, art gallery and an Africology luxury spa and gym
14. Paternoster Manor Boutique Guest House, Western Cape
Paternoster Manor offers the perfect combination of luxury, seclusion and warm hospitality. This location offers a honeymoon suite. Each morning you’ll be treated to a delicious continental buffet. Thereafter, you can spend your day exploring the area and enjoying a multitude of activities, from fishing, kite-surfing, sailing, and kayaking.
15. Clouds Estate, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Clouds Estate is one of the most beautiful honeymoon destinations in the Cape. First of all, it is situated on one of the world’s most incredible mountain passes. Even more, it is a boutique hotel and a working wine farm. It offers premium accommodation, a range of wines under its own label and a contemporary restaurant. This stylish location is surrounded by incredible views. Furthermore, Stellenbosch has an abundance of boutiques, art, and wine cellars.
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