Deciding where to go for your honeymoon is not an easy task. It can be hard to choose between heart-racing adventures, classic sightseeing or blissful beaches. The possibilities are literally endless. But why not try to find a balance between all of the above, for a truly memorable honeymoon?
The honeymoon’s purpose is to celebrate the commitment you made to your partner. Even if you’ve travelled before together or will go somewhere again in the future, nothing will ever compare to the memories you’ll make on this trip. If you’re up for an unconventional honeymoon experience, consider adding beautiful forests, astonishing wildlife, rich culture and breathtaking landscapes to the mix. Keep reading to learn how you can experience all of this and more in South Africa.
1. Wild South Africa
Why not experience an active honeymoon that’s going to surprise you the whole way through? If you’re already going to the continent where it all started, exploring it together with your partner can be a truly once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Visiting the vast, bright red Namib desert and Etosha National Park are destinations few people are able to say that they have visited.
Of course, these wild destinations of South Africa can also be complemented by a city stay. Cape Town’s multiculturality, beautiful beaches and well-developed infrastructure will not disappoint. Make sure you also visit the nearby Table Mountain National Park and Cape Point for out-of-this-world views.
2. See the “Big Five”
Want to see the “Big Five” (African lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros)? If you’re an adventure lover and want to see with your own eyes some of the majestic creatures that inhabit the African continent, then add the southern coast to your honeymoon plans.
Make a trip through the southern coast of South Africa, where you’ll be able to appreciate the “Rainbow Nation’s” rich cultural diversity. Must-do stops for your wildlife adventure should include Tsitsikamma National Park, Durban (and nearby national parks) and Addo Elephant National Park.
3. The African Safari
If you’re into adventure and definitely want to check out wildlife but wouldn’t like to make a full (extended) trip of it, consider doing a honeymoon safari. If you’re based in Cape Town, the most convenient and popular national park will be Kruger National Park. Even though the park doesn’t allow self-drive safaris, there are plenty of providers and options for every budget, equipped with all the necessities as well as knowledgeable and expert guides.
It is also possible to stay in the Greater Kruger National Park, with a couple of luxury lodges around. If that’s way out of your budget, there are more economical options, however don’t expect that you’ll be out of commodities because you’re in the wilderness. All accommodation is well equipped, and the culinary experiences and wine are out of this world!
4. Road Trip Adventure
If you’re a hopeless romantic and adventurer, but going on a safari is not really your focus, then a road trip through the Garden Route is an experience you do not want to miss. Much like the Road to Hana in Maui, the Garden Route is a green and ecologically-rich coastal region of South Africa in the Western Cape, located in between the Indian Ocean and the Tsitsikamma Mountains.
Many adventurous activities are on offer; visit George, the Garden Route’s largest city, do a trek and other ecotourism activities like canopy tours in the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Indigenous forests, enjoy a romantic and breathtakingly beautiful stroll through Robbery Natural Reserve, or visit Plettenberg Bay and witness marine reserves, reefs and their wildlife, like dolphins, and visit nurseries for the Southern Right Whale from July to December.
5. Mystical South Africa
Want to understand more about this ancient continent? Choosing Limpopo as a honeymoon destination is a rich experience full of cultural heritage, legends, sacred forests, ancient kingdoms and safaris. Being the northern gateway to Kruger National Park, Limpopo is the home to incredible and abundant wildlife species and eco-tourism as well.
Visit the Sunland Baobab farms and witness the largest Baobab tree in the world (which is a staggering 22 metres tall), swim in the waters of the Bela Bela, and immerse yourself in romantic outlooks at Vena land.
6. Awe-Inspiring Mountains and Canyons
No adventure is complete if you don’t experience the unparalleled beauty of the mountains. A trip through the Free State province will not only inspire you, but also will allow you to connect and embrace the beauty of the nature all around you. Located over 900 metres above sea level, the Free State province’s cliffs, gorges and streams will delight you. See the sunset on horseback in the Golden Gate Highlands, visit the Village of the Clarens and marvel at the green hills that surround all around you.
On the other hand, if you would like to marvel at the third largest canyon in the world and the largest green one, think about heading to the Mpumulanga province. There is no question that all the canyons in the area will take your breath away. The largest, though, is the Blyde River canyon, and a visit here will be a truly unforgettable experience. End your sojourn here with a walk up to God’s Window, a view point high up the hills where you’ll be able to take all the beauty in.
Now that you’ve learnt about the wild side of South Africa and all that this breathtaking country can offer you besides its bustling cities, it’s time to book that adventure-packed honeymoon! If we have you itching to book a trip, check out this link for great worldwide travel deals, including 10-15% off small group tours to South Africa*. Make the celebration of your marriage one to remember and experience things you’ll never had the chance to do anywhere else in the world!
*Tour must be booked by 30 April 2017, at 23:59 EST for travel by 15 December 2017 for G Adventures’ YOLO trips. Valid for new bookings only and must quote promo code 17GA015YOL01 at time of booking