The Ultimate Honeymoon Guide to South Africa

Large South African Giraffes at Sunset in Africa

Embark on a journey of love and exploration by starting your life together with an extraordinary honeymoon in the exquisite land of South Africa. This fascinating country is nestled at the southern tip of the African continent and beckons couples with its irresistible combination of adventure, romance, and breathtaking natural beauty. From the wild allure of its safari landscapes to the pristine beaches, vibrant cities, and diverse cultures, South Africa is a dream honeymoon destination. This guide will assist you in planning your ultimate romantic getaway there.

From the bustling city of Cape Town with its vibrant nightlife and stunning beaches to the awe-inspiring landscapes and abundant wildlife found in the safari parks, South Africa has it all. To help you plan your perfect honeymoon — where to go, what experiences and accommodations — we’ve broken down everything you need to know as you start planning your trip to this one-of-a-kind honeymoon destination.

Must-Dos for a Honeymoon in South Africa

Explore Cape Town

Experience the perfect honeymoon in Cape Town, a city that offers something for everyone. With its picturesque mountains, stunning beaches, and vibrant cultural scene, Cape Town is a paradise for honeymooners.

Take a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain for breathtaking city views, or hike up to the romantic sunset spot at Lion’s Head. Immerse yourself in the colourful Bo-Kaap neighbourhood, known for its brightly painted houses and rich Cape Malay heritage.

Don’t miss the chance to visit the penguins at Boulders Beach or indulge in a wine-tasting tour of the nearby Winelands.

Where to Stay in Cape Town

You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to honeymoon accommodation in Cape Town. If you’re looking for luxury and breathtaking views, consider staying at Tintswalo Atlantic, a boutique hotel perched on a pebbled beach at the foot of Table Mountain.

For a more urban experience, check out the trendy One&Only Cape Town. Positioned alongside the fashionable Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and surrounded by the stunning Table Mountain, this lively resort provides all the essentials. Enjoy exceptional Japanese-Peruvian cuisine at Africa’s inaugural Nobu restaurant and relax by the impressive infinity-edge pool.

Ellerman House
Ellerman House

If you prefer a more secluded retreat, Ellerman House offers unparalleled privacy and stunning ocean Situated in Bantry Bay, this Edwardian mansion stands as a stronghold of culture and sophistication. Boasting 13 expansive and well-lit rooms, the hotel serves as an art-infused retreat. Beyond the accommodations, there is a wealth of exploration opportunities on the estate. With a nod to South African culture, the house showcases two centuries of local art, prominently featured in a dedicated gallery.

Discover South Africa’s Wine Country

Located a short drive away from Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are two wine regions that provide a perfect escape for wine lovers.

Related: A complete travel guide to Cape Town for couples

Stellenbosch is the second oldest South African town known for its beautiful Cape Dutch architecture that adds to its charm. On the other hand, Franschhoek is a smaller and more boutique-like region with quaint street cafes where visitors can soak up the sun while sipping a glass of wine.

The Winelands offer a plethora of wining and dining options, making it an ideal destination for wine enthusiasts. Why not jump in your car and explore these scenic wine regions just an hour east of Cape Town?

Related: Read our travel story that shares more about why you’ll love South Africa here.

Embark on a Safari

Related: Discover the very best African Safaris for couples here.

The Kruger National Park is renowned for being the ultimate destination to experience a ‘Big 5’ safari in South Africa and being one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in the world.

Encompassing an area of approximately 19,485 square kilometres, which is roughly equivalent to the size of Israel or Wales, the park boasts a diverse range of ecosystems that support over 145 mammal species, including Africa’s Big 5 – Lions, Leopards, Buffalos, Elephants and Black Rhinos, as well as over 500 bird species.

Where to Stay on Safari

Royal Malewane is an ultra-luxurious lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park, just perfect for the honeymoon of a lifetime. It offers six-star accommodations and the opportunity to watch elephants from the comfort of your private pool.

Lion Sands AFrica
Lion Sands

Lion Sands Reserve, also known as Lion Sands, is a romantic honeymoon destination that offers four different accommodation styles and forms part of the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve and Kruger National Park. It is the only private reserve to have access to the Sabie River.

Related: A Luxurious Three-Country African Safari

Drive the Garden Route

The Garden Route, a picturesque stretch of coastline from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, is one of South Africa’s most famous road trips. The route is 300 kilometres (190 miles) long and offers stunning views of lagoons, beaches, forests, and mountains.

You’ll encounter stunning beaches, lush forests, and charming towns. Please stop at the quaint town of Knysna for a leisurely boat ride on its famous lagoon or visit the Tsitsikamma National Park for thrilling outdoor activities like bungee jumping and zip-lining.

If you are wondering how long you need to enjoy The Garden Route, keep in mind that if the trip is to or from Cape Town, you’ll need to spend at least six nights to thoroughly experience the beauty of this scenic road trip.

You’ll want to read this six-day self-drive Garden Route itinerary!

Relax at Beautiful Beaches

From the urban beaches in Cape Town and Durban, the rugged stretches along the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape, and the stunning beaches stretching up the Northern Cape towards Namibia, South Africa has plenty of gorgeous beaches to explore.

FAQ About Honeymooning in South Africa

Is South Africa Safe for Tourists?

South Africa, like any other destination, has its safety considerations. While the country has experienced high crime rates, tourist areas and accommodations have implemented strict security measures to ensure visitors’ safety.

It is advisable to avoid walking alone at night, keep valuables secure, and use reputable transportation services. But rest assured, you can absolutely have a safe and enjoyable honeymoon in South Africa with proper planning and vigilance.

What Time of Year is Best to Visit South Africa?

The best time to visit South Africa depends on the experiences you’re seeking. If you’re planning a safari, the dry winter months from May to September offer the best game-viewing opportunities. For beach lovers, the summer months from December to February are ideal, with warm temperatures and sunny skies.

Keep in mind that South Africa experiences diverse climates, so it’s essential to research the specific regions you plan to visit to determine the best time to go.

How Long Should I Spend in South Africa for My Honeymoon?

couple in Bo Kaap Township in Cape Town, a colorful house in Cape Town South Africa (1)

The ideal length of a honeymoon in South Africa varies based on your preferences and the experiences you want to have.

If you want to explore Cape Town’s top attractions and go on a safari, it is recommended that you have at least two weeks. This will give you enough time to indulge in the country’s culture, enjoy the many urban delights, explore its natural beauty, and visit the must-see places.

However, if you have limited time, it’s still possible to have a memorable honeymoon in South Africa by focusing on specific regions or activities – do your research and narrow in on what you are interested in. Be realistic – it’s your honeymoon, so you want to leave a little time to soak up the incredible atmosphere and experiences and not feel like you are rushing through, just ticking ‘experiences’ off your list.

In Conclusion

From the majestic landscapes and wildlife of the safari parks to the vibrant cities and stunning beaches, South Africa offers a honeymoon experience like no other. This diverse country has everything, whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion. Explore Cape Town’s iconic landmarks, embark on an exhilarating safari, drive along the scenic Garden Route, and unwind on the pristine beaches of the Indian Ocean.

With its unique blend of natural beauty, rich history, and warm hospitality, South Africa is the perfect destination for a honeymoon you’ll cherish forever.

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