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HONEYMOON 2020

This is the complete guide to luxury South Africa Honeymoons in 2020. 

In this all-new guide you'll learn:

  • Where to go in South Africa

  • The Best Time to go to South Africa

  • The Best Honeymoon Packages

  • Honeymoon Special Offers

  • Safari & Beach Honeymoons

CONTENTS

WHERE TO GO

The Best South Africa Honeymoon Destinations

 

1. The Kruger Park

The most popular destination in South Africa for international visitors is the Kruger National Park in the north east of the country. 

The Kruger is Africa's leading wildlife safari destination where you can see The Big Five animals, more than 140 large mammal species and over 500 bird species in one safari destination. 

The Kruger boasts a wide variety of exceptional luxury safari lodges  on an all-inclusive basis, perfect for your dream African safari honeymoon vacation. 

2. Cape Town

Consistently voted the #1 City in the world to visit, Cape Town is a favourite destination and recommended starting point for honeymooners in South Africa. 

Here you'll experience the best blend of South African culture and enjoy a wide range of activities including swimming with penguins at Boulders Beach, touring the scenic coastlines of the Southern Peninsula, 360 degrees views from the top of Table Mountain over the southern point of Africa and so much more. 

With a wide variety of excellent four and five star hotels, Cape Town offers affordable luxury and excellent value for money. 

3. Franschhoek

Franschhoek is located a 40 minute drive outside of Cape Town and is a picture-perfect town nestled at the foot of the Cape Fold mountains. 

Franschhoek is the food and wine capital of Africa, steeped in French winemaking tradition with a Dutch influence to blend. 

This most romantic of towns boasts award-winning wineries and several world Top 50 rated restaurants sprinkled through the lovely boutique hotels in the area. 

A 2 night stay is recommended and makes for the perfect romantic getaway on the Cape Town leg of your honeymoon.

4. Hermanus

Roughly an hour drive outside of Cape Town lies the rustic, seaside town of Hermanus, one of the best places in the world for whale watching between June to November. 

Hermanus is a coastal village encompassing a fishermen's village, old harbour and a beautiful stretch of superb wine estates on the Hemel & Aarde route just outside the city.  

5. Garden Route

The Garden Route is a stretch of coastline alone the Western Cape south-eastern coastline boasting one of the most scenic drives on earth. 

 

The name originates from the ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here with numerous estuaries and lakes sprinkled along the route, with many small towns and quaint villages. 

 

The Garden Route has the second mildest climate in the world and attractions include whale watching, the Tsitsikamma Forest and Mountains. The Garden Route is part of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

WHEN TO GO

The Best Time to Honeymoon in South Africa

 

South Africa is an all-year-round honeymoon destination, but of course some months have more upsides than others, depending on what you are looking for. 

The guide below shows the weather conditions for Cape Town in the south of the country and The Kruger Park in the north of the country. 

Cape Town

High/Low Temperatures

83°/63°

28°/17°

JAN

84°/63°

29°/17°

FEB

68°/52°

20°/11°

JUL

68°/53°

20°/12°

AUG

81°/61°

28°/17°

MAR

77°/59°

28°/17°

APR

70°/55°

21°/13°

SEP

76°/58°

24°/14°

OCT

72°/56°

22°/13°

MAY

68°/53°

20°/12°

JUN

78°/59°

26°/15°

NOV

81°/62°

27°/17°

DEC

Kruger Park

High/Low Temperatures

90°/70°

32°/21°

JAN

90°/68°

32°/20°

FEB

79°/45°

26°/7°

JUL

81°/48°

27°/9°

AUG

88°/66°

31°/19°

MAR

84°/61°

29°/1°

APR

84°/55°

29°/13°

SEP

86°/61°

30°/16°

OCT

82°/52°

28°/11°

MAY

79°/43°

26°/6°

JUN

86°/64°

30°/18°

NOV

90°/68°

32°/20°

DEC

Keep in mind that colder months may offer more special offers and hot months of December to February are more crowded in the Kruger Park and the animals are tougher to spot due to dense vegetation from the rains and hot temperatures making them less active during the day. 

The best game viewing in the Kruger Park is from late July to end of October as the temperatures are cooler meaning more activity, and The Kruger is coming out of the dry season which means the vegetation is less dense.

 

But there's plenty to see all year round. 

BEST PACKAGES

Most Popular South Africa Honeymoon Packages

 

At African Safari Home we can design any combination of destinations for your African honeymoon, but the three packages below are our most popular. 

Cape to Kruger Honeymoon

CAPE TO KRUGER

7 NIGHTS FROM $5,697 PPS

The Cape to Kruger honeymoon package features 3 nights in Cape Town and 4 nights in the Kruger Park on an all-inclusive basis. 

  • Table Mountain

  • Southern Peninsula

  • Boulders Beach

  • Wine Estates

  • 2 Daily Game Drives

  • Private Reserve

  • All Meals & Drinks

  • Big Five Safaris

Southern Jewels Honeymoon

SOUTHERN JEWELS

9 NIGHTS FROM $6,997 PPS

The luxurious Southern Jewels honeymoon includes Cape Town for 3 nights, Franschhoek for 2 nights and 5-Star Narina Lodge for 4 nights in the Kruger Park.

  • Table Mountain

  • Southern Peninsula

  • Cape Winelands

  • Boutique Hotels

  • Private Game Reserve

  • 2 Private Safaris Daily

  • Big Five Safari

  • All-Inclusive 5 Star

Best of South Africa

BEST OF SOUTH AFRICA

12 NIGHTS FROM $9,997 PPS

Discover the gems of South Africa with 3 nights in Cape Town, 2 nights in Franschhoek, 2 nights in Hermanus and 5 nights in The Kruger Park. 

  • Southern Peninsula

  • Private Day Tours

  • Cape Winelands

  • Birkenhead House

  • Big Five Safaris

  • Private Guides

  • Private Reserves

  • Elephant Interaction

SPECIAL OFFERS

Exclusive to Honeymooners

 

As a honeymooner you're eligible for exclusive offers no other traveler's get, giving you even more value on your honeymoon vacation. 

The three most common specials are listed below but lodges run promotional offers all the time, so contact us today and we'll flag the best offers for you as they're only available for a limited time in most cases. 

An example of a free night offer is when you book 3 nights at certain lodges in the Kruger, you'll get the 4th night for free. This is a tremendous value add when considering the Kruger lodges we deal with operate on an all-inclusive basis - score!

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The bride pays half for her accommodation is another value add only available to honeymooners - obviously. If you're doing a multi-day safari the savings really add up giving you extra cash for other destinations or spa treatments - right ladies? 

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Your honeymoon is a special occasion and there's no doubt you want the most luxurious, intimate accommodation you can get. With free upgrades you can bump your room up a level for no extra fee and experience the next level of luxury on your honeymoon. 

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BEACH ADDONS

The Perfect Way to End Your South Africa Honeymoon 

 

While South Africa has many superb Blue Flag rated beaches, it's not the same as a beach holiday destination where you can sip your favourite cocktail with beach service. 

Here are the three most popular destinations to combine with your South Africa vacation to create the ideal safari and beach honeymoon combination. All these locations are in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. 

1. Mozambique

Mozambique is conveniently located off the coast of South Africa with daily flights in and out. 

The Benguerra Island in Mozambique is our most popular beach add-on providing superb value for money, easy access and a marine reserve for all your snorkeling and scuba diving needs. 

 

Benguerra Island lies 14km offshore of Mozambique and lies in a protected lagoon unaffected by the tides. 

2. Mauritius

The island of Mauritius is a 4 hour flight from South Africa. Best known for it's beaches and lagoons, the island for the most part is surrounded by a reef making for perfect vacation conditions. 

Mark Twain once said that "Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and heaven was copied after Mauritius."

The warm hospitality of the local people and the wide variety of hotels to choose from, including several all-inclusive hotels, makes Mauritius a popular beach vacation destination. 

3. Seychelles

There is no destination in the Indian Ocean more beautiful than The Seychelles, or more luxurious. 

A 5 hour flight from Johannesburg to the gem of the Indian Ocean is worth the trip if you want the best exotic island destination to cap off your South African honeymoon. 

Comprised of 115 islands, numerous marine reserves, coral reefs, beaches and home to a rare selection of animals, this is the pinnacle in luxury island honeymoons.  

ACCOMMODATION

The Best Lodges and Hotels in South Africa

South Africa has a huge variety of very good hotels and lodges for you to consider when planning your South African honeymoon, here are a few of our favourites. 

ACTIVITIES

Things to do on your South African Honeymoon

Cape Town

The mother city of South Africa has a wide variety of activities and tours to keep you entertained on your Africa honeymoon. Here are the most popular. 

Southern Peninsula

Cape Town

The Cape Southern Peninsula is a combination of breathtaking coastlines, blue flag beaches, animal encounters, vineyards, quaint fishing towns and excellent restaurants.

  • Hout Bay Harbour

  • Chapmans Peak Drive

  • Noordhoek Beach

  • Boulders Beach

  • Simons Town

  • Cape Point Vineyards

Constantia Winelands

Cape Town

The award-winning vineyards of Constantia are located a short 20 minute drive from the Cape Town Waterfront. Here you'll find 12 world-class vineyards only minutes from each other, offering wine tastings, sumptuous cuisine and rolling views.

  • Constantia Glen

  • Eagles Nest

  • Groot Constantia

  • Steenberg

  • Klein Constantia

  • Buitenverwachting

Beaches

Cape Town

Cape Town beaches are perfect for long romantic walks or lazy days sunning and relaxing on your African honeymoon. The popular Boulders beach - or Penguin Beach - in Simon's Town is a must-see with the chance to swim and interact with the local penguin colony.

  • Boulders Beach

  • Noordhoek Beach

  • Camps Bay

  • Clifton

  • Blouberg

  • Muizenberg

Table Mountain

Cape Town

The most iconic landmark in South Africa is Table Mountain, a Unesco World Heritage Site that forms the backdrop to this beautiful city. No honeymoon to Cape Town is complete without seeing the surrounding areas from the top of the mountain.

  • World Heritage Site

  • Cable Car Access

  • Hiking Paths to Top

Robben Island

Cape Town

Robben Island is the correctional facility that housed the late, great Nelson Mandela during the Apartheid era in South Africa.

 

Robben Island is similar in makeup to that of Alcatraz in the US, a remote island with city views surrounded by strong currents, cold waters and shark inhabited waters.  Ferry trips to the island depart daily.

Shark Cage Diving

Cape Town

The cold waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in Cape Town are home to one of the biggest shark populations on earth, making it a perfect destination to get your adrenaline rising on your honeymoon with a shark cage diving experience.

Half-day or full-day trips leave daily, weather permitting, with pickups and drop-offs from your hotel. 

FRANSCHHOEK

Franschhoek is the secret hidden gem not only of the Cape, but of South Africa. When you enter Franschhoek flanked by the Cape Fold Mountains, you can be forgiven for thinking you have escaped to the south of France. This is the food and wine capital of Africa and boasts World Top 50 Rated Restaurants and Award-Winning Wine Estates. 

TOP 3 WINERIES

Franschhoek

The farm on which Haute Cabriere is situated dates back to 1694 and is best known for their exceptional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. 

At Haute Cabriere you can enjoy unique wine tastings in the underground cellar or in the luxuriously appointed tasting area.  

Franschhoek

This picturesque Rupert & Rothschild winery lies at the foot of the Simonsberg mountain and is located on the historic French Huguenot farm of Fredericksburg, established in 1690 and now owned by one of Africa's riches families. 

The winery is open 6 days a week excluding Mondays and public holidays. 

Franschhoek

Babylonstoren is more than just one of our favourite wine farms in Frasnchhoek, it is an organic by design concept offering mouthwatering cuisine fresh from their gardens, wines produced in a state-of-the-art winery and views to create the perfect romantic picnic setting on your honeymoon. 

Let's face it, the vast majority of people come to South Africa on their honeymoon because they want to see animals in the wild and enjoy an authentic wildlife experience. The Kruger Park in the north of South Africa is the perfect destination to do this, boasting more wildlife and bird species than anywhere in Africa. 

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The best place to see the Big Five in the wild is in the Kruger Park in South Africa. If you're unsure which animals represent the Big Five, they are the lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and the notoriously shy leopard, which can be easily spotted in the private reserve of the Timbavati, which is part of the greater Kruger Park area. 

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The Kruger Park boasts more than 140 large animal species and over 500 bird species, of which more than 230 are year-round resident species. 

Private game drives in open top vehicles depart early morning and mid afternoon so you have plenty opportunity to spot all your favourite African animals. 

HERMANUS

Hermanus is located about a 90 minute drive from Cape Town and is the premier whale watching destination in Africa, if not the world. The scenic surroundings including far-stretching ocean views, rugged cliff-face coastlines and world-class wine estates make this an ideal 2 night getaway on your South African honeymoon. 

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Ocean lovers agree that Hermanus has some of the world's best whale watching, if not the world's best! Whilst you can see the whales from the shore the best way is with a boat trip departing early in the morning. You will not appreciate the size and speed of these mammals until you are up close, it's a lifetime memory and another reason South African honeymoons are the best choice for your couples getaway. 

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Few things beat an idyllic countryside setting for a honeymoon lunch like a historic wine estate, and Hermanus boasts several excellent choices within a short drive from each other. Private winemaker experiences are available as are tasting options, five star meals and of course guided chauffeur services. 

There can be little doubt that South Africa is the best destination for an Africa Honeymoon, if not the best destination period. No other country offers such a wide variety of attractions, wildlife and luxury accommodation at such affordable prices. 

For more information on South Africa or to get help planning the perfect honeymoon, contact us today and let us show you why we're rated one of Africa's leading tour operators and South African Honeymoon experts. 

 

Remember if you're traveling within 6 months of your wedding date, you're eligible for honeymooner only special offers, including free nights and Bride pays 50% offers. 

 

South Africa Honeymoon specials come across our desks daily but don't last long and are thus not listed on the site, so to get the best deals ask our staff to create flags to catch packages that will interest you. 

We provide a full concierge experience and offer more than a simple South Africa Honeymoon package service.

 

We get you into the top restaurants, book tours, arrange private guides, provide animal interaction experiences and so much more.