Honeymoon Ideas In South Africa

What is a Honeymoon?

A honeymoon is a holiday taken by newlyweds after their wedding to celebrate their marriage. Today, honeymoons are often celebrated in destinations considered exotic or romantic.

Honeymoon Ideas In South Africa

Best Honeymoon destinations:

1. Franschhoek, Cape Town

When looking for romantic getaways in South Africa, do consider Franschhoek. Franschhoek is a beautiful place on the southern slope, nothing short of a lovers’ alpine retreat. The quaint town is set in the Winelands and is reminiscent of provincial France.

The secluded terrace resorts, almost at the peaking valley, are covered with strawberry-like bougainvillea. The peace and the charm of the town make it the best honeymoon destination in South Africa.

Romantic experiences: Vintage cars at Franschhoek Motor Museum, a vineyard walk with fine wine, and a romantic ride at Franschhoek wine tram.

Romantic stays: La Residence, The Last Word Franschhoek, The Garden House, and Plumwood Inn
The best time to visit: is September to November.

How to reach: from Cape Town International Airport, Franschhoek is located at a distance of around 81 kilometers and it will take you approximately 1 hour to reach this town from there

Platces to eat at: Foliage, Le coin Francais Restaurant, La Petite Colombe, Le Bon Vivan, Reuben’s Franschhoek, Village Grill & Butcher

2. Queenstown, Eastern Cape

What could be more romantic than red roses, idyllic weather, and awesome townsfolk? This heavenly place is at the foothills of the Hangklip mountains and is one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in South Africa. Treat your better half to a romantic breakfast at a mountain peak, amidst the enchanting beauty of Queenstown.

Romantic experiences: Beautiful river resorts, hiking or mountain biking with your love, and fishing.

Romantic stays: Roche House, Lavender Lane, Nola’s B&B, and Positano

Best time to visit: September to November

How to reach: the nearest international airport from Queenstown is Port Elizabeth International Airport. The distance from the airport to Queenstown is around 345 kilometers, which you can cover via car

Places to eat at: Buffalo Springs Spur Steak Ranch, Dagwood Roadhouse, Wimpy, Steers, Asian Cuisine Restaurant

3. The Garden Route, Western Cape

If you are looking for an ultra-romantic getaway, the Garden Route’s attractions—Cango caves, Plettenberg Bay, Knysa, and Tsitsikamma—are everything you need for a dream-come-true honeymoon in South Africa. The way by the forest, canopy tours, wild storms, and the most amazing scenic beauty is all you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the world. This is one of the most romantic getaways in South Africa.

Romantic experiences: Souvenir walk at Robbery Natural Reserve, Congo Caves, and the flocking tropical birds in Birds of Eden.

Romantic stays: The Plettenberg Hotels, Villa Afrikana Guest Suites, Villa Paradise and Cinnamon Boutique
Best time to visit: May to August

How to reach: the nearest airport from Garden Route is George Airport located at a distance of less than 8 kilometers and it will take you only 10 minutes to reach this destination from there

Places to eat at: The Olive Tree, Carola Ann’s, Zinzi Restaurant, 101 Meade Street Restaurant, Old Townhouse Restaurant, Pembreys, Oysters R Us

4. Elephant Coast, Kwazulu Natal

Kwazulu Natal is the perfect destination to feel pampered after a hectic wedding schedule. For couples looking for relaxation, it is the best honeymoon getaway in South Africa. Breathe in the fresh air in the arms of your spouse & get disconnected from the world.

It is achingly romantic to enjoy a glass of wine at sunset, cuddling and gazing into the nothingness of the wild. The variety of seafood is an added attraction.

Romantic experiences: Gaming at the game lodge, soaking in tranquility at Nottingham Road, Beverly Hills, and the upmarket at Oyster Box
Romantic stays: Beachcomb stay, 305 Guest House, Ballito Ce la Vie Guest House, and Sun Birds

5. Johannesburg, Gauteng

Nightlife and food – the authentic African cuisine, both are a treat in Johannesburg. The shopping hubs are fantastic too. And the beachside resorts with huge fireplaces are gateways to heaven.

It is the most exotic place for a honeymoon in South Africa if you are looking for a balance of romance and adventure.

Romantic experiences: Romantic dinners at Carnival City and Entertainment World, and safari at the Lion Park. Don’t forget to buy your lady some beautiful gold jewelry at George Harrison Discover of Gold!
Romantic stays: The Monarch Hotel, 54 on Bath, Winston Hotel, The Peech Hotel, and Sun City

Is South Africa good for a honeymoon?

South Africa’s stunning landscapes make for the perfect honeymoon backdrop: think golden beaches, wildlife-studded plains, and emerald vineyards.

How long is honeymoon in South Africa?

We think 14 nights is ideal although some couples will have less or more time. If you have more time, you might add on another destination. Alternatively, 4 nights in Cape Town and then 3 nights safari in the Eastern Cape or Kruger National Park.

How much does a honeymoon cost in South Africa?

The cost of a South Africa honeymoon depends on exactly how big you want to go.

But if you’ve come all this way for your honeymoon in South Africa, we’d recommend a safari, wine tasting, and checking out several parts of the country. To experience South Africa fully in 2 weeks, you’ll likely spend $7,500-$15,000.