Affordable SA honeymoons

The rand may have weakened but your love hasn’t and now you’re stuck wondering where to spend your honeymoon. One doesn’t have to travel outside the country to experience the magic, fortunately our country is just as beautiful. From fine dining to safaris, breathtaking views and hidden treasures we’ve got it all. Treat each other to a budget friendly getaway at one of the destinations mentioned below:

Western Cape

Nothing like that Cape Town cosmopolitan charm, sandy beaches, mountain views, picturesque winelands and trendy places to meet, greet and eat. Have the honeymoon of your dreams while facing the seaside and mountains at Bantry Bay but if you enjoy a little bit of everything such as horse riding, botany and whale-watching then Grootbos Forest Lodge near Hermanus may just be the perfect place to share sweet nothings. Hike up Lion's Head or visit Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve for a bit of pampering and hiking. Experience a touch of tranquility at the scenic winelands at the Franschhoek Country House or the Babylonstoren close to Franschhoek and Stellenbosch to endure one of the finest wines while watching the sunset.

Eastern Cape

Explore the remote beauty of the Sunshine Coast with warm waters to take long dips and soak in the sun. Switch over to the Wild Coast for some adventure and visit the world’s leading safari, Shamwari Game Reserve just outside Port Elizabeth. If you and your spouse are daredevils then Bloukrans Bungee jumping in the Tsitsikamma will feed your adrenalin rush. Prolong the magic of your love in the unique small towns for some serenity and warm welcomes in Kenton on Sea or Coffee Bay where you can see the mysterious Hole in the Wall.

North West

It’s no Vegas but you can take a gamble at one of South Africa’s favourite casinos, Sun City. Or, why not add a few water activities, game lodges, hand-gliding, mountain activities and add some hiking to your itinerary. Take advantage of the valleys of Magaliesburg and have a lovely stay at the Magalies Manor, or for a wider range of places to stay you can situate yourselves at Hartebeespoort Dam for absolute relaxation.

Gauteng

If vibrant city life is what you looking for then this is the province for you where the nightlife is forever buzzing with some world class shopping and top notch hotels. While it is the central hub of money making and big spending, you can find something a little more low-key yet romantic, at The Residence Boutique Hotel. A region best suited for the luxurious.

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Bathe in rock pools and mountain streams in the majestic Drakensberg. In winter, you can keep cosy at the fireplace at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse. Find postnuptial privacy and romantic ambience at the Hluhluwe Lodge without having to stay too far away from all the action.

Limpopo

Venture into the undisturbed bushveld savannahs of Limpopo with a wide range of serene spaces where there’s the warm baths and the wetlands. Take a trip to the Mabula Game Lodge, which is two and half hours from Johannesburg, so you can visit two Provinces at once. Get the wildlife experience from the North and West of Limpopo with the largest game reserve The Kruger National Park.

Northern Cape

The land of diamonds, rock art, and from game parks to deserts, rich in history. Visit the vast and magical landscape of The Tswalu Private Game Reserve which is limited to 30 guests at a time for an exclusive experience. A sanctuary designed for your specific interests. 4x4 the sand dunes and canoe the Orange River when you stay at the Augrabies Falls National Park.

Free State

Located at the center of South Africa with all its charm and rural towns, with farmer markets for some freshly grown goods. Your honeymoon is sure to be filled with multiple cultures and some warm hearty foods. Wonder at sculptured rocks and go rafting at the largest dam, the Gariep Dam. Be sure to be ready for daring rock-climbing and hot-air ballooning while sipping on the finest wine or a bottle of bubbly for the occasion. Visit the Golden Gate Highlands National Park for a honeymoon you will never forget.

Mpumalanga

Home to mountains, canyons and forests, where God’s Window resides on the scenic Panorama Route or visit the popular and one of the world’s largest canyon, The Blyde River Canyon. Great place for some historical romance and fascinating attractions. Spend balmy evenings in Hazyview or rest easy in Dullstroom.

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