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Whether you prefer a beach resort, a spa hotel in the Western Cape or a luxury safari experience in the Kruger National Park, newlyweds have unlimited honeymoon resort options in South Africa.
Adventurous couples will certainly appreciate a honeymoon in South Africa. You can choose from a traditional safari within a private game reserve, white-water rafting through the bush or turtle spotting at a beachfront lodge. Some hotels even allow you to combine the lot. Read on to discover Culture Trip’s top picks.
Flycatcher Castle, situated on the edge of the Drakensberg escarpment, is close to scenic wonders, such as Blyde River Canyon, and Kruger National Park is less than an hour’s drive away. From zip-lining to white-water rafting, adventurous couples will appreciate the outdoor activities on offer here. There are a variety of rooms, but the Mozart Suite is the most opulent. The room is decorated with beautiful antique furniture, from velvet curtains to ornate frames, and boasts awe-inspiring views of the wetland.
At Great Fish River Lodge, you truly get a feeling of the enormity of the African continent. The lavish suites have been designed to complement the surrounding landscape. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors in the suites reveal uninterrupted vistas of the private game reserve. Take part in the twice-daily game drives and walking safaris to see rhinos and elephants. Come nightfall, dine in the boma under the starlit sky.
Kagga Kamma in Cederberg allows you to get close to nature in the most unique way possible. The hotel’s private, natural Open Air Suites, approximately 7km (4mi) from the main lodge, are set between rock formations overlooking the fynbos plains. Sleep under the stars, awake to an African sunrise, and spend lazy days in your own private rock pool or “star bath”. Onsite, there is also a spa offering treatments under an outdoor canopy.
Kosi Forest Lodge is a tranquil honeymoon destination, where you and your partner can lounge in the pool while watching hippos in the nearby lake. The secluded forest cabins have outdoor bathrooms set in soft, white sand under magnificent tree canopies. There are also romantic boat cruises on offer, perfect for a sundowner or two. You can combine a stay here with a few nights at the Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge as part of the honeymoon packages.
Lion Sands is set between the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and world-famous Kruger National Park. A guided safari is a must while staying here. Choose between six luxurious private lodges, each with its own distinct style – from contemporary to rustic. We recommend staying in one of the open-air treehouses, high above the canopy, where you can enjoy a candlelit dinner on your private terrace. Likewise, the view from the shower is something to behold.
Madikwe’s ultra-luxury lodges offer a five-star experience with some of the finest accommodation in South Africa. Honeymooners can look forward to private plunge pools, outdoor showers and private viewing decks, all set within the African bush. There’s also a first-class spa for those looking to completely unwind. Book the Makanyane Safari Lodge, and you might just wake up to an elephant outside your door.
Marataba Safari Lodge is an all-year-round safari destination within Marakele National Park, Limpopo. The park is situated in the Waterberg Biosphere, home to all of the Big Five. The canvas-and-stone tented suites are all beautifully furnished, with a combination of modern and traditional elements. Your stay includes all meals, two game drives per day as well as guided water safaris and hiking tours.
Thonga Beach Lodge is a perfect destination for an idyllic beach honeymoon, where you can enjoy candlelit dinners on the deck and swim with tropical fish in one of the top snorkelling spots in South Africa. 12 thatched rustic cabins peek out from behind the trees overlooking the water. The beach outside is quiet and pristine, home to nesting turtles between November and February. Should the ocean-facing views become tiresome, complimentary sundowners are served each day at Lake Sibaya.
Christy Taylor contributed additional reporting to this article.