Experience the romance of The Motherland on a luxury honeymoon in South Africa. Sleep in the wilderness under a starry savannah sky, float in infinity pools that spill over safari parks, take a helicopter tour of historic wine estates, or soak up the panoramas atop Cape Town’s Table Mountain; a South African honeymoon knows no bounds.
There are few places more romantic than the peaceful wilderness of South Africa’s game parks. From Kruger to Madikwe, you’ll find spectacular safari lodges with secluded decks and infinity pools elevated above the parks. From these you’ll likely spot a passing elephant, kingfishers flying overhead, or perhaps even see the Big Five. Some of our favourite honeymoon lodges include the Royal Malewane, situated within its own game reserve and popular with international celebrities, as well as Molori, where the sunsets are glorious and a private observatory with a digital telescope offers spectacular stargazing.
If you truly want to get away from it all on your South Africa honeymoon, head to the enchanting Kalahari Desert, where red dunes and salt pans are the only landmarks for miles on end. Enjoy traditional African Bomas in the bush or candlelit dinners under magnificent desert skies, and go in search of South Africa’s rarest species on game drives or a spectacular hot air balloon ride.
Or, perhaps you’re after a South Africa honeymoon that combines the best of both worlds, pairing a low-key getaway with a safari or city trip. After visiting the beaches and cafes of trendy Cape Town, South Africa’s Whale Coast is just a short drive away, and is peppered with luxurious cliff-top retreats. Gaze over the coast to catch the spectacular whale migrations, enjoying the view with a delicious wine from the nearby vineyards.
South Africa’s beautiful scenery is perfect for a self-drive to its most picturesque spots. The attractive Winelands are packed with historic wine estates and French colonial villages. Treat your other half to a helicopter tour across the region, making plenty of stops for wine and cheese tastings along the way. Pottering along the Garden Route is also a great way to take in South Africa’s magnificent coastal scenery, passing craggy cliffs, mountains, forests and secluded coves, where dolphins and whales frolic off-shore.
We’ve put together a selection of suggested South Africa honeymoon itineraries that can all be tailor-made to suit you – perhaps you want to add on a few days at the beautiful beaches of Mozambique? Don’t forget, Exsus knows South Africa inside out so can give you up-to-the-minute advice on the best places to stay and go.