Getting married is one of the most exciting times of your life. Your next chapter should start with a fantastic honeymoon – but where should you go?
Choosing the right honeymoon destination can be a difficult choice. There are so many opportunities, both local and international, that have the potential to make the start of your marriage incredible. If you’re a fan of wildlife, nature, and world-class resorts, why not consider a South African safari honeymoon?
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You are spoiled for choice with some of the best safari honeymoon destinations in the world. All you have to do is choose your dream safari destination and then book one of the many British Airways flights available. Get ready for the honeymoon of your dreams!
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South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world where you can find a great collection of cultures and landscapes. In less than a couple of hours, you can see lions in their natural habitat and visit some of the busiest cities in the country.
With so many different places to see, safaris to experience, and honeymoon packages to choose from – we’ve made your life a little easier. After all, planning and comparing is the fastest way to get the romance out of your honeymoon.
Here are the best honeymoon safari destinations in South Africa. Whatever you choose, you are sure to have an unforgettable vacation with the love of your life.
1. Sabi Sand Game Reserve
This is considered to be one of the most famous game reserves in the country. If you are planning honeymoon packages in South Africa this safari destination must be checked out.
Although the land is privately owned, there are no fences between Sabi Sand and Kruger National Park. This ensures that all wildlife can roam freely and move over a large area.
Not only is this great for the animals, it also means you will be treated to some of the best wildlife viewing in the world. Among other things, the famous Big Five roam the area so you can spot lions, leopards, rhinos, Cape buffalo and elephants.
There are several private lodges on the reserve. You must stay in one of these lodges to visit the reserve as day visitors are not allowed.
These lodges are all-inclusive and offer lodging, dining and safari experiences – perfect for a stress-free honeymoon!
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2. Kruger National Park
It’s hard to look for luxury African honeymoon destinations without coming across Kruger National Park. This is South Africa’s oldest and largest national park in the northeast of the country on the border with Mozambique.
It offers everything honeymooners could need, including a wide range of accommodations, nature experiences, and luxury options. Depending on your budget and preferences, you can choose to camp, stay in a safari tent, or visit one of the many private luxury lodges in the park.
These luxury lodges offer some of the best honeymoon packages in South Africa. Here you can enjoy both culinary and safari experiences, which are included in the price. Even if you have to spend a little more to stay here, the luxurious amenities in these packages will make it all worthwhile.
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3. Phinda Private Game Reserve
Are you ready to experience a honeymoon safari like no other? The Phinda Private Game Reserve is a beautiful 1,000 acre game reserve in Kwa-Zulu Natal near the St. Lucia Wetlands.
It is home to the last dry sand forest in Africa. There are seven different habitats in this reserve, each of which offers breathtaking experiences, views, and wildlife viewing.
The only way to stay here is to use one of the luxury accommodation options including the Mountain Lodge, Vlei Lodge, Forest Lodge, Rock Lodge, Homestead, and Zuka Lodge. One of the most popular options is the Phinda Forest Lodges.
There are 16 suites available in this area, each of which offers a unique Zulu Zen experience. These suites all stand on stilts and are clad with glass. They offer an incredible view of the surrounding forest.
When you stay in one of these lodges, you don’t have to worry about most of your honeymoon safari. The packages include three meals a day, refreshments on game drives and safari activities. And most importantly, they offer a 50% discount for a guest during the honeymoon.
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4. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
This is the first honeymoon destination on our list that also offers ocean views. If you prefer a beach safari and honeymoon, the Grootbos private nature reserve should be high on your list.
This private luxury reserve is located in Gansbaai on the southern tip of Africa – where better to escape for your honeymoon?
The reserve consists of over 2,500 hectares between mountains, forest and sea. With over 800 species of plants, 20 species of mammals, and the wonder of the five great seas, it’s no wonder people choose this honeymoon destination.
There are some accommodation options. You can choose to stay in the Garden Lodge, in luxurious private villas or in the Forest Lodge. If you choose the Waldhütte, you will live close to three milkwood forests that are more than 1,000 years old!
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5. Thornybush Luxury Game Reserve
Thornybush Private Conservation Area spans more than 14,000 acres of safari heaven. It is located in the greater Kruger Park area, but is part of its own private reserve.
This is one of the leading safari destinations in the region. There are plenty of wild animals roaming around and their team of highly qualified guides and trackers are sure to help you experience them firsthand.
It is a luxury game reserve that is home to the big 5 with enough groundwater to allow visits all year round. There are quite a number of lodges on the reserve, each with slightly different styles and settings.
Some of the most popular options are Waterbuck Lodge, Monwana Lodge, and Saseka Tent Camp. If you are traveling here for a honeymoon in Africa you will not be disappointed.
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What are South African Honeymoon Packages?
When planning your African honeymoon, it’s important to consider everything. Planning ahead is the best way to ensure that you can relax completely stress-free after the big day. After all, your honeymoon is a vacation that you don’t want to leave to chance.
One of the easiest ways to plan a honeymoon safari in Africa is to use one of the many safari honeymoon packages available. These packages are often customizable. This means that you can customize almost everything on your itinerary to suit your preferences.
You can also find many safari companies that offer a wide range of discounts when you book your honeymoon through them. Who wouldn’t want to save some money after a wedding!
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What do I have to plan?
Your honeymoon should be an experience you will never forget. Hopefully this is because you planned it right and had a great time, not bad experiences.
There are a few things to consider when choosing your honeymoon destination in South Africa.
It’s very easy to forget how big South Africa actually is. Your favorite honeymoon destinations may be quite a long way apart.
To avoid wasting time (and money) on travel, group your destinations by location.
2. Clothing & equipment
Depending on what time of year you travel, the weather in South Africa can be very different. Winters are not as cold as in the northern hemisphere, but you should still pack enough warm clothes.
If you are out in the summer you need to be extra careful. South Africa can get very hot in summer and sometimes be over 40 degrees Celsius.
While this isn’t always the case, you should always be prepared. Light, airy clothing, lots of sunscreen and a couple of good hats go a long way. Don’t forget a good pair of trainers and walking shoes for all the walks you will be taking!
One of the greatest concerns people have when visiting South African game reserves is malaria. Although most of South Africa is not part of the risk zone, the Kruger National Park and the surrounding game reserves are located.
The risk of malaria is very low even in the summer months. However, you should always discuss it with your doctor before going overseas and take precautions.
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Time to enjoy your honeymoon in Africa
Now that you know the best safari destinations and honeymoon packages to South Africa, it’s time to enjoy your honeymoon. This is a very special time in your life that you and your significant other will remember for years to come.
Take your time as you plan to consider all of the different things and places that you may see. As long as you plan ahead and think about everything you will need, you can create memories that will last a lifetime.
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