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South Africa Honeymoon Safaris

Everything you need to know about honeymoons to South Africa...

If you’re determined to make your honeymoon the high point of your romance you need to go large. Specifically, you need some big five action to kick your marriage off in style. 

And what better way to celebrate the brilliance of your nuptial decision-making than to surround yourselves with natural beauty on a South African honeymoon.

Why?

Whether you’re on your first safari or already have albums full of your own wildlife photography, South Africa will deliver the service, scenery and heart-pumping natural spectacle required by a honeymoon spent on safari. From lions to rhinos and from leopards to elephants, Africa’s southernmost country offers a close encounter with the raw urgency of survival on the veld, of life red in tooth and claw. 

Spending days in pursuit of nature’s apex predators and nights at a luxury lodge dining on the finest food available is a perfect partnership for those looking for a bonding experience that will stand the test of time. 

Alongside great wildlife, a South Africa wildlife and beach safari also takes in the crystal waters and pristine sandy beaches of the islands of Mozambique.

Where?

South Africa is a year-round destination, so we’ll be able to find a safari to suit your timing. Sabi Sands, a private game reserve bordering Kruger National Park in the north-eastern corner of the Rainbow Nation, provides fantastic sightings of the big five as part of a real off-the-beaten-track experience. But the accommodation is anything but rough-and-ready: Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, for example, provides a modern take on colonial furnishing, exceptional service and a vantage point on a hill near a watering-hole.

The only drawback? Sipping a cocktail is made more complicated when your jaw keeps dropping. 

Alternatively, search for big cats in the malaria-free Kwandwe or Madikwe reserves, or head far off the tourist trail into the Kalahari for sightings of desert-adapted wildlife and nights beneath a sky spangled with stars. With two weeks to play with, you could start your journey staying in one of Cape Town’s best boutique hotels then visit a vineyard in the verdant valleys of South Africa’s gable-punctuated winelands before spending a week on the trail of big beasts. Or you could recharge your batteries sprawled on a beach in Mozambique before surfing the adrenaline highs of a South African safari.

When?

May to October provide the best weather and visibility for safaris along the eastern edge of South Africa, while those honeymooners adding Cape Town to their itinerary should plan to visit at the beginning or end of this period. 

For further information on the best time to visit South Africa, please visit our detailed pages on when to go.

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