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Plan the Perfect South Africa Honeymoon

South Africa is a dream honeymoon destination. Spectacular scenery, exotic African animals, untouched beaches, exquisite cuisine and the perfect combination of wild and luxury. Alya and I have traveled my home country extensively visiting some incredibly beautiful and romantic places. Go on safari and see the Big Five from up close in the bush; lions, elephants and more. Go on a marine safari and see whales, dolphins, sharks and seals. Hike up the famous Table Mountain (or take the cable car), taste your way around the world famous wine farms of Stellenbosch and Constantia. Learn to surf in Muizenberg or go for a swim with the penguins. Foodies experience the unique dishes of world renowned chefs in the amazing Franschhoek. Adrenaline junkies South Africa is a bucket list location for everything from hiking to scuba diving, surfing and parasailing. 

Start of our honeymoon adventure South Africa
The start of our South Africa Honeymoon Adventure!

In this post I will tell you about some awesome activities, places to visit and some places to stay. I also touch on some possible itineraries for your honeymoon or romantic holiday that you can work around when planning.

Why Honeymoon in South Africa?

South Africa has incredibly romantic locations with some of the most beautiful mountain and oceanic locations that I have seen in nine years of traveling the world. The wildlife and nature here is something unique that you will not experience anywhere else. South Africa is the most developed country in Africa with top quality services. You will find anything you can find in Europe here, all international services, shops and franchises and definitely no lions in the streets!

It is however possible to escape the wonderful cosmopolitan cities to places where you can sit around a fire at night, wrapped in a blanket, with no city lights and hear the roar of a lion or a closeby hyena laughing before crawling into your tent or bungalow. Go out on a boat and see enormous whales or go swimming with great white sharks (in a cage). The accommodation, food and hospitality in South Africa is incredible and of a very high standard, you will make great friends and experience the luxury that is tough to match.

For locals South Africa is a great choice since you don’t have to fly, for foreigners the weak South African Rand results in excellent value for money.

Getting around on your Honeymoon in South Africa

There are a huge variety of attractions, many romantic and popular activities in and around Cape Town or more up north for safaris. Renting a car is the easiest way to get around, fly between Cape Town and Johannesburg and pick up and drop off your rental car at the airport. We prefer to use Rentalcars Connect in South Africa, this site compares all the main rental agencies giving you the best deal online, making it easy to pick up your vehicle at the airport and drop off when you leave.

Cape Town on Honeymoon

The Mother City is not to miss on a South African honeymoon and is the most popular tourist area in the country for good reasons. Enjoy spectacular views from Table Mountain, go for a romantic champagne sunset cruise in Table Bay and go for one of the drives of your life on the famous Chapman’s Peak drive. If you rent a car there are plenty of scenic drives around Cape Town with roads squeezed in between the ocean and mountains. The Cape province is also filled with some unreal short getaways from Cape Town that is a quick drive away.

The Garden Route is a spectacular 300 km drive going east from Cape Town all along the coast with plenty of amazing little towns and packed with exciting activities and beautiful, unique places to stay. We have written an extensive article on things to do in Cape Town. There is plenty of luxurious accommodation in and around the city where you can be treated and pampered at some of the best locations imaginable. 

Table Mountain from Blouberg - Honeymoon views
For the best views of Table Mountain and Lions Head on your South Africa Honeymoon, drive to Blouberg Beach.

Table Mountain and Cape Town CBD

The Bo Kaap, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head are easy to visit in one day because of their close proximity to one another.

The iconic Table Mountain is the most famous landmark in Cape Town and a must-visit place in Cape Town. From the highest point above the city, you can see the entire city and some of its surroundings walking on the expansive top of this unique mountain. The easiest way to the top is to take a cable car.

Walking up with one of the Table Mountain hiking trails is a challenging but rewarding experience. There are several trails up the mountain, Platteklip Gorge is the one most commonly followed and India Venster the most challenging, see our Complete Guide to Hiking Routes up Table Mountain. There are several options for doing a guided hike up Table Mountain. If you want to see all the sights around Cape Town, the Red Open Top Bus does several excellent routes and you can buy a combined ticket that includes a return cable car ride and stops at several iconic sites including the starting point to a free city walking tour. 

on your South Africa Honeymoon climb Table Mountain!
For the best views of Cape Town on your South African Honeymoon, go up Table Mountain. Here we are climbing the challenging India Venster Route.

Want to do something awesome and romantic? – Take a scenic helicopter flight over The Mother City and experience this amazing city from a different perspective. Breathtaking aerial views of Table Mountain, Chapman’s Peak and more.

The Lion’s Head hike is another challenging trail with spectacular views of the city. Beautiful views of Robben Island, The Twelve Apostles, and the magnificent coastline along the Atlantic seaboard from the summit are very romantic at sunset or sunrise. A guided lion’s head hike in a small group is the safest option at these times. For adventurous couples, flying from Lion’s Head with the best views possible of Signal Hill, Camp’s Bay, Clifton Beaches, Waterfront, and Robben Island tandem paragliding is an opportunity not to miss!

While exploring the city center The Bo-Kaap is another location not to miss. The original residents of the Bo-Kaap were slaves brought to South Africa predominantly from Malaysia and Indonesia. The houses are painted all different colors and make for fantastic photo opportunities. The area is well known for its cuisine with Malay origins, go and learn how to make a real bobotie, Malay Cooking class in Bo Kaap or join a fun Cape Town bike tour.

Bo Kaap in Cape Town is a must visit on a South Africa Honeymoon
Visit the colorful Bo Kaap neighborhood in Cape Town and take some great photos on your Honeymoon.

Combine visiting V&A Waterfront with visiting Robben Island and Camps Bay, these spots are not far apart.

The Waterfront is a beautiful and very safe area to visit anytime of the day. Some highlights are the V&A Clock Tower, Two Oceans Aquarium and the Cape Wheel. 

Go on a sunset cruise – sail out on the Atlantic Ocean from the V&A Waterfront to get amazing views of the coast and relax on board sipping champagne with amazing views of the sun setting over the ocean. 

Camps Bay is an affluent suburb of Cape Town and a small bay on the west coast of the Cape Peninsula. The upmarket Camps Bay is a fantastic area to walk around or stop for a drink or something to eat. The powder white sand of the beach, natural rock swimming pool and beautiful Twelve Apostles mountains results in a spectacular neighbourhood filled with posh seafood restaurants, mellow cafes and cocktail bars overlooking the promenade.

You can go for a swim at Camps Bay or one of the neighboring Clifton Beaches, but just know the 10C water is freezing! A perfect beach is a popular place for the rich and fabulous to show off bikini bodies, very few people actually go swimming! The Red Open Top Bus stops in Camps Bay.

Camps Bay a must visit area on honeymoon in South Africa
Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles Mountain offers some amazing scenery and is a fantastic neighborhood to stay during your honeymoon in South Africa.

Honeymoon Accommodation in Cape Town.

With a fantastic location on the beach and close to the beautiful mountains, Camps Bay is the number one neighbourhood to stay during your honeymoon. 

High end – Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa will be hard to beat when it comes to stunning location, breathtaking views and exceptional service. The highly rated Azure Restaurant serves fine indigenous and international cuisine. Sea Star Rocks Boutique Hotel with beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean, located about 4 km from Camps Bay Beach is also a very popular option.

Mid Range – Check out the fantastic 3 on Camps Bay with modern rooms, an outdoor plunge pool overlooking the rocky Atlantic coast and fantastic ocean and mountain views from your balcony.

Budget – The Fairways on the Bay situated in the center of Camps Bay less than 100 m walk to the beach has a fantastic location with mountain and Atlantic Ocean, and Signal Hill views. Highly rated, good facilities, value for money.

False Bay and the Penguins

Do a spectacular Cape Peninsula scenic drive, one of the most beautiful drives in South Africa. Driving route: Cape Town – Camps Bay – Hout Bay – Noordhoek – Kommetjie – Cape Point National Park – Simon’s Town – Muizenberg – Cape Town – a Total distance – 144 km

drive chapman's peak on your South Arican honeymoon
The unreal Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of most scenic drives you can do on your honeymoon around Cape Town.

Driving along the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive is the best part of this breathtaking scenic drive. Chapman’s Peak is a winding 9 km road between Hout Bay and Noordhoek, beautiful viewpoints for photos on the way, toll ZAR 52/US$ 3.50 per car. Don’t miss our detailed article on the most scenic drives in Cape Town!

Simon’s Town and Muizenberg are located on the shores of False Bay, on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula about 35 km from the city bowl. It is a picturesque and historical little town with a large naval base and is one of the oldest towns in South Africa. The streets hugging the coast have some museums and interesting shops to explore.

Scuba diving in Simon’s Town, from a boat or the shore, is excellent. Seeing the penguins at boulders beach is one of the top attractions for many tourists visiting Cape Town. The penguin colony at Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town is around 3000 birds. The beach here is beautiful with fine white sand, huge granite boulders, clean blue water, and of course many Africa penguins walking and swimming around. You can see them from very close to them and take some nice pictures.

When you drive to Simon’s Town you will drive through Muizenberg first, only 20 km from Cape Town. Nice white beach, surfer’s corner in Muizenberg probably the best spot to learn how to surf in the Cape. The surf shop here has instructors and gear, enjoy a coffee at Knead Cafe after your session.

African Penguins at Boulders Beach a must visit during you Honeymoon in Cape Town
During your honeymoon in South Africa visit the African Penguins at Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town.

Accommodation in Simon’s Town

In Simon’s Town you can stay in some awesome guest houses surrounded by the majestic Simons Kloof mountains with spectacular ocean and harbour views at really affordable prices. 

High end – Tintswalo at Boulders, outdoor pool with ocean view, stunning views of False Bay, the ocean and on the penguin colony.

Mid Range aha Simon’s Town Quayside Hotel Rocklands Seaside Bed and Breakfast

Fantastic and affordable – Penguin Palace

Short Trips Honeymoon trips around Cape Town

The Mother City is surrounded by a huge variety of mind-blowing places to visit for any taste; foodies, wine lovers, adventure junkies, culture vultures with some unbelievably romantic locations for any taste. Go and check out some of our favorite day trips from Cape Town.

You can have a fantastic day of wine tasting from Cape Town, but you can also extend this and stay for some nights on a luxurious wine farm in Stellenbosch or Franschhoek doing world-class fine dining.

Visit Hermanus for some of the best whale watching in the world, if you are here in season go and see whales, great white sharks, seals, and dolphins. Hermanus is a great place to kick off a Garden Route road trip, explore the beautiful 300-kilometer route, packed with unreal scenery and amazing activities, see our complete Garden Route road trip itinerary.

Go Wine Tasting on your South Africa Honeymoon!

Whether you are a serious oenophile or just appreciate nice wines and spectacular scenery you can not leave the Cape without visiting some of the amazing wine farms. Constantia is where winemaking started in South Africa. It is a beautiful area to visit with great wines, a lot of history and it is located right in Cape Town. For unreal views don’t miss Constantia Glenn and Beau Constantia.  See our Constantia wine tasting guide for more info on all the farms in this beautiful area only 15 minutes drive from the CBD.

The views while wine tasting at Constantia Glenn is unreal. Try their delicious Flamkuchen on your South African Honeymoon.

Stellenbosch, about 40 minutes drive from Cape Town, is the most famous wine region in South Africa and is home to more than 150 wine farms. This beautiful little university town is awesome to walk around in and sit on the busy sidewalks drinking coffee. I lived here for 10 years as a student and absolutely love it. There are many amazing things to do in Stellenbosch.

If you love wine don’t miss our Stellenbosch wine tasting guide. Do wine and chocolate pairing, the pairing at Spier wine estate is great, a local chocolatier works with the winemaker to make a range of chocolates to complement each wine, divine! Go on a full-day wine tour, you will have a fantastic time learning about wine and doing a lot of tasting! They can pick you up and drop you off at your hotel in Cape Town.

Franschhoek wine tram on South Africa honeymoon
The wine tram in Franschhoek is very romantic way to go wine tasting in South Africa.

Foodies, the amazing Franschhoek is a must, this beautiful wine area close to Stellenbosch is the culinary capital of South Africa, inspired by the initial French settlers and filled with top fine dining restaurants headed by South Africa’s leading chefs. There are many other things to do in Franschhoek besides wining and dining.

We love Grand Provence Estate and had a very romantic fine dining experience there for our wedding anniversary dinner. Foliage restaurant in Franschhoek is something truly unique and we loved the creative dishes prepared by head chef Chris Erasmus. Chris is a school friend of mine and is now an internationally renowned, award-winning chef and has a well-deserved reputation as a top-notch forager and nose-to-tail chef. Pierneef à La Motte is another fantastic fine dining restaurant guaranteed to impress. 

If you spend the day at Franschhoek don’t miss Dieu Donné, this beautiful estate makes a fantastic wooded Chardonnay, we always drive to pick up a couple of bottles and taste their wines with a cheese platter and excellent views. Boschendal is another great farm where you can spend some time, buy a picnic basket and enjoy with a bottle of wine in the garden under the oak trees on this beautiful estate.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is an excellent way to explore the wine farms of the area. The tram is perfect for a romantic day in the Winelands, passing through the vineyards it stops at several wine farms in the area, you can get on and off when you want. This wine tram tour picks you up in Cape Town, takes you to the wine tram in Franschhoek and back in the evening.

If you have a car the Durbanville wine area, about 20 minutes drive from Cape Town is also a great area to explore with fantastic Sauvignon Blanc wines. The wine farms in this area have beautiful views of Table Mountain and offer some amazing food and wine pairings. For amazing views, a fantastic fine dining restaurant, and great wines do not miss De Grendel wine estate. The ‘wine caves’ at Klein Roosboom are old fermentation tanks, beautifully decorated and make for a very romantic private tasting. The MCC (champagne)/Macron pairing at Canto is also a great experience that I can recommend. 

Klein Roosboom wine caves for a private wine tasting on you South Africa Honeymoon.
A romantic private wine tasting in the ‘wine caves’ of Klein Roosboom on the Durbanville wine route.

Visit the Whale Route

Hermanus in Walker Bay is world-renowned as one of the top whale-watching locations on earth. Here you can get close to these massive animals on a boat tour, by kayak, or even stand and watch the whales from the shore. See our complete guide to Whale Watching in Hermanus. The Southern Right whales are massive and grow to 18 meters long weighing up to 80 tons. Hermanus is a beautiful beach town with an awesome market and little shops, and an 11 km long walking path next to the ocean.

There are many incredible things to do in Hermanus. Go and eat seafood at a table on the rocks at the awesome Bientang’s Cave. Explore the beautiful Hermanus wine route next to the ocean and drink world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at the Hamilton Russel and Bouchard Finlayson wine estates.

Hermanus whale watching on honeymoon in Cape Town
See the mating Southern Right Whales from Hermanus.

Book a Marine Big 5 Safari  – You can much more than just whales, going out on a be ready to see Whales, Sharks, Seals, Dolphins, and Penguins on cruises in the area offered from Gansbaai about 50 km from Hermanus. Go Cage Diving with Great White Sharks – Gansbaai is one of the best places for. You can stay in Walker Bay or be picked up at your hotel in Cape Town for a day excursion.

Drive the Famous Garden Route on your Honeymoon

The Garden Route is a very popular honeymoon road trip, we’ve had incredible romantic trips exploring the area. More than one of my friends did this beautiful road trip on their honeymoon. The Garden Route officially starts in Mossel Bay and finishes in Storms river a total distance of only 300km. This short distance is packed with a variety of exciting activities, fantastic restaurants, and beautiful accommodation in every price range.

If you are limited with time to start driving the Garden Route from Cape Town is an excellent option. This is a great option for locals that want an adventurous honeymoon close to home without breaking the bank. There are some awesome campsites on the Garden Route, I can recommend packing a tent and spending a night or two camping. We’ve had some amazing times camping in some beautiful and romantic spots on the way. South African spring and summer (October – April) is weatherwise a great time to travel the Garden Route.

Garden Route Honeymoon Highlights

Hermanus, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are great spots to drive past on your way from Cape Town and make part of your Garden Route road trip. 

Mossel Bay – a nice beach town, some good restaurants, great surfing and beaches good for swimming, Some awesome adventure activities, a fantastic spot for Great White Shark Cage Diving, the highest tandem skydive in Africa, hike the St.Blaze trail, a beautiful 14km trail along the coast, starts at Bushman Cave finishes at Dana Bay. We loved this trail, your hotel can assist to organize a taxi to pick you up at the end of the trail and bring you back to your hotel.

Go for a game drive in private game park Bottelier’s Kop and see rhinos, lions, hippos, giraffes, buffaloes and more. Go on a Whale watching trip from Mossel Bay and see dolphins, seals, sharks and various marine birds. 

Hike the St Blaize trail on honyemoon in Mosselbay
Hike the St Blaize trail from Mosselbay when driving the Garden Route on honeymoon in South Africa

Stay at the top-rated, African Oceans Manor on the Beach, guesthouse in Mossel Bay with panoramic views over the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua Mountains, treat yourself at this award-winning 5-star guesthouse. More affordable, but still fantastic check out the fantastic Lavandula Manor.

Cango Caves, A day trip to the fantastic Cango Caves a system of caves and tunnels, and the ostrich farm is a popular detour from the Garden Route.

Wilderness – is a small peaceful, little town surrounded by lush green mountains and long beaches. We loved camping at Wilderness Ebb & Flow National park, a beautiful campsite with a variety of nice hiking routes with great look out points. It is a fantastic campsite, with braai spots on the river and kayak rentals Wilderness is very popular for paragliding. 

Ebb & Flow, Wilderness hike on honeymoon south africa
Ebb and flow campsite and bungalows in Wilderness is a beautiful spot to stop on your honeymoon road trip on the Garden Route.

For Five Star luxury and incredible hospitality located right on the beach Beach Villa Wilderness

Sedgefield just past Wilderness is a small beach town with a long white sand beach, many accommodation options, a couple of restaurants and bars. Very likely that you will see almost nobody on this beautiful beach walking for kilometers. It is a nice spot for running on the beach, swimming or SUPing in the ocean and the river running into the sea. Check out the awesome Afrovibe Beach Lodge right on the beach.

Knysna is famous for its spectacular indiginous forests, unreal lookout points from the cliffs over the ocean, amazing restaurants, art galleries, range of water activities (kayaking, boat tours) and unreal natural beauty. There is so much to do in Knysna! Knysna is famous for its oysters, do not miss out on this aphrodisiac on your romantic road trip, go to one of the bars for Tapas and Oysters during happy hour! Go on a boat cruise, learn about oyster, eat oysters with a glass of wine. Book a luxurious sunset cruise on the Knysna lagoon on sailboat.

Diepwalle in the Garden Route National park,  about 20 minutes drive from Knysna is an unreal campsite in the famous Knysna forest with amazing wooden camping decks, three hiking trails, and a community coffee shop.

deck-campsite in Diepwalle, Knysna on honeymoon Garden Route
If you pack a tent on your Garden Route road trip on honeymoon, don’t miss the deck campsite at Diepwalle in Knysna. Your own braai place, private deck with a view in the forest.

For amazing luxury at an unreal location, stay at Amanzi Island Lodge at the tip of Leisure Island overlooking the Knysna Lagoon.

Storms River village is a small and cozy village with many guest houses, hotels, restaurants and coffee shops close to the Tsitsikamma National park – our favorite national park on the Garden Route, with rocky cliffs, forests filled with massive trees, high suspension bridges and many hiking trails everyone falls in love with the Tsitsikamma.

The Zipline Canopy Tour is a super fun unique eco-wilderness adventure that takes place in the magnificent Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest. Go on a Black Water Tubing Adventure in Tsitsikamma National Park, paddle through Tsitsikamma’s diverse habitat of forests, rivers, and unique coastline, see the Storms River Mouth Suspension Bridges, an unreal day. Adrenaline junkie? Go to Bloukrans Bungee, the highest bridge bungee in the world. We both had an awesome jump from Bloukrans!

Want to stay in spectacular luxury? Located at the base of the wild Tsitsikamma Mountains, The Fernery Lodge & Chalets overlooks an impressive 30 m waterfall in the Sanddrift River gorge. 

Tsitsikamma National Park has amazing campsites and bungalows right next to the ocean, one of my favorite places in the world to pitch my tent. Walk part of the world renowned Otter Trail, many say the best hiking in South Africa. Explore high suspension bridges, wonderfall waterfalls and follow the snorkeling trail.

The resort beach town Plettenberg Bay or ‘Plett’ is located close to the Stormsriver side of the Garden Route about 520km from Cape Town. With its spectacular blue flag beach and amazing nature, Plet is the ultimate adventure spot. This is the place to stop for canyoning, diving, hiking, snorkeling, bodyboarding, canopy tours and beautiful luxury accommodation on the beach.

Canyoning and diving with seals were our favorite 2 activities in Plettenberg Bay. Canyoning we were scrambling, floating, swimming and abseiling, down a spectacular Canyon with Africanyon, in South Africa it is also called “kloofing’. Diving with seals was great, these ‘sea dogs’ were very curious and playful. You can also swim or snorkel with the seals. See all our favorite adventure activities in Plettenberg Bay

Africanyon jumping on our Garden Route trip
We had an amazing time canyoning with Africanyon. A fun activity that can really be enjoyed by everyone.

Check out The Bungalow for beautiful 5 star luxury at a good price.

Addo Elephant Park – if you want to see the big 5 on a real safari, this is a great malaria free option, only a short drive past the Garden Route. Addo is the third largest national park in South Africa. The roads are good in the park, easy for self driving in any car, and we had a very romantic couple of days camping here. The facilities are great, making a fire and having a braai with some wine every night, get up early in the morning for a self drive game drive. Accommodation is  offered in Lodges and tented camps. For exceptional luxury with game drives through Addo, check out Camp Fig Tree

Looking for a real African Bush Camp luxury tented camp experience? Stargazer Luxury Camp is something different and might just be what you are looking for, this is really luxury wild glamping

Elephants South Africa Safari on Honeymoon
You will see plenty of Elephants in Addo Elephant Park.

Go for Safari on Honeymoon

A big 5 Safari is top of the list for many honeymoon couples visiting South Africa. Sitting around the fire and lying in bed hearing the roar of a lion or a hyena laughing nearby is an incredible experience. Doing this in a luxury tented camp is a very romantic setup. Booking a Glamping experience in a luxury tented camp will be an amazing experience, but does not come cheap. Staying at the high end tent camps usually include meals and game drives. 

Kruger National Park Honeymoon

Kruger National Park is the flagship national park  to see the Big Five in South Africa. Sabi Sands Game Reserve is a massive reserve located along the western edge of the Kruger National Park.

There are plenty of amazing lodges in the greater Kruger area in just about every price range. Sabi Sands and Kruger Park share an unfenced border of 50km (31.25 miles) which allows for game to move freely between the two areas.

High End Luxury Resorts

If you want to go for super luxury, Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is a fantastic option known for some of the best game watching on the planet in the Kruger area. Lion Sands is a large private game reserve that is family owned since 1933, this spectacular reserve stretches across Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park. There are five luxury lodges located in the Lion Sands reserve. 

Super Luxury High End Lodges

The Lion Sands River Lodge located in Lion Sands Private Game Reserve with daily walks and safari drives is a super luxury 5 star resort for a high end Africa honeymoon. A bit out of my price range, but read the excellent reviews by hundreds of extremely impressed guests. Here you get what you pay for! Skukuza airport is only 8km away.

Lion Sands Tinga Game Lodge is a high end lodge within a private concession in the Southern part of the Kruger National Park. The beautiful, spacious suites overlook the Sabie River and offer opportunities for game viewing.

Luxury High End Lodges

Still high end and known for their amazing luxury rondavel bungalows is Elephant Plains Game Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, Elephant Plains Game Lodge features an outdoor pool, a spa, and luxury accommodations.

The Highly rated Idube Game Reserve is a beautiful high end resort with excellent ratings and popular for honeymooners. 

Luxury Accommodation

Want to stay in Kruger itself? The Kruger National Park, Protea Hotel by Marriott, is located at the Paul Kruger Gate to the Kruger National Park situated on the banks of the Sabie River. Well rated luxury hotel in the well known international Marriot stable, offers Big 5 safaris within Kruger National Park, in open-air safari vehicle.

Crocodile Bridge Safari Lodge is situated outside Komatipoort bordering Kruger National Park. Fantastic views of the Crocodile River and bordering Kruger National Park, check out the luxury tented accommodation. In the $100 a night range.

Seeing a lion is always a highlight of your honeymoon on a South Africa game drive.

Getting to the Kruger and Sabi Sands Game Reserves

Flying in – The easiest way to access your luxury game reserve is to fly in. Daily flights operate between Johannesburg and many of the private lodges surrounding the Kruger and take about 90 minutes. All lodges at Sabi Sands Game Reserve are serviced by an airstrip, just catch a scheduled flight. The flight is an awesome opportunity to do some game viewing from the sky. A road transfer will be arranged from the airstrip, a great first mini game drive!

Driving – Self driving to the Kruger Park takes about a six-hour drive from Johannesburg. The road is tarred, in good condition with many clean service stations along the way, just follow Google Maps or signs on the well marked route.

This is a great road trip opportunity and you can follow the Panorama Route. Incredible sites to see are; God’s Window, the Blyde River Canyon and Bourkes Luck Potholes. Don’t miss some of the most spectacular waterfalls and mountain passes in South Africa.

Pilanesberg Honeymoon

The Pilanesberg Game Reserve is a large game reserve of 572 square kilometres (221 sq mi) located north of Rustenburg in North West Province. Pilanesberg is a fantastic honeymoon option with its luxury lodges, large variety of animals, it is malaria free and visitors can travel in the reserve with a standard road vehicle. Almost every large mammal alive in South Africa can be seen in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

The highly rated Five Star Shepherd’s Tree Game Reserve is a lodge concession, located on the south western portion of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Guided game drives in open game viewing vehicles are offered in the morning and evening. The Shepherds Tree Game Reserve includes a spa centre.

African Elegance Tented Lodge  situated in Boshoek just outside Pilanesberg is the perfect place to escape the city in their beautiful spacious tents. Really affordable. Dinner is an option, or you can braai (bbq) at your glamping tent the real South African way!

Pilanesberg is located very close to The Lost City. Inspired by the myth of a lost African kingdom, The Palace of the Lost City is set on the highest ground at Sun City. A legendary destination, this African fairytale palace with a wave pool and other fun activities, can add an interesting day or two to your honeymoon! Hit the casino, maybe win back all your honeymoon money! Set on the edge of Pilanesberg National Game Park, this Sun City resort hotel is 12 km from Pilanesberg Airport.

Getting to Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Pilanesberg Game Reserve is only two hours drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa’s busiest airport. Book a rental car. It is also possible to get charter flights from Johannesburg to Pilanesberg International Airport and arrange with your lodge to pick you up. 

Tropical Island Honeymoon in Mauritius

Mauritius is a very popular honeymoon destination from South Africa. This perfect honeymoon island is located in the middle of the Indian Ocean with stunning beaches, lagoons, crystal clear waters and swaying palm trees. This beautiful island is home to amazing snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, surfing and perfect beaches for relaxing. Mauritius is only 3000 km from Johannesburg, about 3 hours and 50 minutes flight from O.R. Tambo International Airport. If you are looking for nice beaches, crystal clear warm water and the traditional tropical island honeymoon dream, Mauritius is a great spot to combine with your African safari, just fly here straight from Johannesburg. South Africans do not need a visa. 

Start searching here for flight prices.

Check out the luxurious Paradis Beachcomber located on Mauritius’ Morne Peninsula. Surrounded by beaches, palm trees, and a large pool, the resort has 4 restaurants; Italian, Creole Seafood, Buffet, and International cuisine, it also hosts an 18-hole championship golf course and luxurious spa. Water sports such as diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing can be arranged. There is a nightclub if you feel you want to boogie! Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is 60 km by car.

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Ines Stoll

Sunday 16th of May 2021

Greetings from South Africa


Friday 12th of July 2019

I also spent a really good time there during my last journey and came back with stunning memories.


Tuesday 30th of January 2018

I think it's a very beautiful place to spend the honeymoon , and this post so informative to make the trip more interesting .... add to this the fantastic photos excited me to go there

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