A honeymoon in South Africa means one thing: Romance with a capital ‘R’. Whether you like the glamour of exploring the urban epicentres, heading out towards the bushveld, making your way through the mountains and valleys or just hanging out on the beach – South Africa is an ideal honeymoon destination.

Did you know?

Zulu beadwork is linked to ancient traditions of romance and courtship.

A honeymoon in South Africa is a good way to start your life together, but the nagging question is – where to go? The fact is you are spoilt for choice when it comes to South Africa: for example, there is a beautiful coastline that stretches for about 3750 kilometres in total, and there are over 20 national parks to choose from (many of them offering the Big 5).

There are the formidable and breathtakingly beautiful Drakensberg Mountains in KwaZulu-Natal – as well as the wild stretches of bushveld in Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the North West provinces. The Free State offers big skies and homegrown hospitality and the Northern Cape's mesmerising lunar landscapes offer a new way to interpret romance.

Ideally, a South African honeymoon should be a combination of all the things you love to do when you travel. Create your wish list and take it from there – you can always combine different activities that you enjoy such as adventure and beaches, urban attractions and cuisine, the great outdoors and the Big 5, culture and creativity. Whatever your dreams are, South Africa is a superb destination that will guarantee a wealth of experiences thrown together in a single destination.

A honeymoon South African style is as laid-back or active as you’d like it to be. You might like to spend your time exploring the country, or just stay in one place and enjoy some well-earned rest after all the flurry of the wedding arrangements and the big day. One thing is for sure, there are fantastic choices for accommodation available to you, from 5-star hotels with every mod-con imaginable to luxury guesthouses to quaint bed and breakfasts that offer that home-away-from-home feel. South Africa continues to be a value-for-money destination, so shop around for that perfect honeymoon package.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Drakensberg Tourism Association
Tel: +27 (0)36 448 1557
Cell: +27 (0)083 485 7808
Email: info@drakensberg.org.za

South African National Parks (SANParks)
Tel: +27 (0)12 426 5000; +27 (0)82 233 9111
Email: reservations@sanparks.org

North West Parks and Tourism Board
Tel: + 27 (0)18 397 1500
Email: info@tourismnorthwest.co.za

Cape Town Tourism
Tel: +27 (0)21 487 6800
Email: info@capetown.travel

Best time to visit

South Africa is a great all-year destination, but the spring and summer months (from September to April) are probably the nicest.

Get around

It's best to rent a car and drive yourself.

What will it cost

South Africa is a good value-for-money destination, with a wide variety of options for destinations, accommodation and activities. Shop around to suit your taste and budget.

Length of stay

Spend a few weeks in South Africa if you can.