Did you know?
The Forum Homini honeymoon suite in the Cradle of Humankind is based on the idea of a ‘luxury cave’.
Gauteng offers a wonderful combination of urban adventures and wide-open spaces for those thinking about enjoying a honeymoon here.
You can start off in either Johannesburg or Pretoria (which are also great places to get married with loads of wedding venues to choose from), and then move further afield to take in all the attractions the province has to offer. A day in Soweto is a must. Get to know a little about the incredible history of this township – Vilikazi Street, the Hector Pieterson Museum and the Orlando Towers are all worth a visit. Or stop off at one of the shebeens (township taverns) for local cuisine and a spot of music.
Johannesburg is a buzzing city, and the regeneration of its urban spaces continues to attract art lovers and city slickers from around the world. Visit Arts on Main in the Maboneng Precinct and Newtown for some artistic inspiration. For good food, visit the Neighbourgoods Market, or do some shopping in the world-class malls of Rosebank and Sandton.
Pretoria boasts the historical buildings around Church Street, as well as Freedom Park on the outskirts of the city, which pays tribute to the country's road to democracy. Hatfield is a fun place to hang out, and Pretoria is known for having some superb restaurants.
Honeymoons in Gauteng are also about getting out into the country. You can travel the Dinokeng tourist route, where you’ll find the mining town of Cullinan. There are a number of B&Bs in and around the town, and some fine eateries down the main drag. Jan Harmsgat se Agterplaas is one of the main attractions and a great place to buy local art.
Or take a drive in a different direction to the Muldersdrift area, where you’ll find some romantic guest houses and hotels, such as the Misty Hills Country Hotel or Glenburn Lodge. There are also some great spas in this part of the world.
The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is also a superbly romantic spot; the Forum Homini boutique hotel nearby the sites at Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng is a romantic getaway. You could also opt to stay at the beautiful Maropeng boutique hotel.
And just outside Pretoria is Kievits Kroon country estate, a great place to unwind and enjoy the wide-open spaces of the Highveld.
Travel tips & Planning info
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Best time to visit
Summers (November to March) are warm and winters (June to August) are mild, though can be very cold at night.
Tours to do
Visit the townships of Soweto or Alexandra, and make sure you take a tour of the Cradle of Humankind.
Having your own car is best as there's lots to explore in Gauteng.
Where to stay
Gauteng offers a wide variety of accommodation, from country estates and urban high-rise hotels to township B&Bs.
What to eat
Johannesburg and Pretoria have thriving restaurant scenes.