So the invitations are out, the cake has been ordered, the wedding dress fits beautifully and finally everyone has agreed on the seating arrangements. Phew, you think to yourself, eventually you have everything under control. But wait! You have forgotten about the piles and piles of colourful brochures strewn all around your desk, luring you to everything from islands escapes, to powder white ski slopes to sleek city skylines and the thrilling safari spots that comes with a honeymoon in South Africa.
If where to go on your honeymoon is giving you a headache, then no need to fret. We have done all the slog work for you and put together a collection of our chic choices of the best smooching spots for a honeymoon in South Africa.
Chardonnay or game drive?
Wine and wild animals are two of the top attractions in this neck of the woods, and both can assist in getting the romance thermometer soaring. While very little can be as romantic and tasty as sharing a bottle of well-aged merlot under the vastness of the starry African sky with your soulmate, one has to also admit that the idea of having an outdoor couples massage, enveloped by bushveld, with lions roaring in the background is also rather thrilling.
The numerous game lodges in the region make a honeymoon in South Africa an unforgettable experience. The Cape Winelands in South Africa offers accommodation on every corner, but there are a few places that stand out, not only for their high levels of luxury and service, but more importantly for their intimate and personal locations filled with the whisper of romance and sensual seduction.
Honey, was that a giraffe?
It has been known to happen while enjoying your outdoor shower, surrounded by just the natural beauty of Africa, that you may have a peeping tom of the animal kind. As one who has had an up-close-and-personal experience with a zebra, I can say that while you may be slightly alarmed at first, the experience is truly a special one.
However, to get back on track with all things romantically inclined, if you want the wow factor, with the wild animals and the luxury and plenty of space to sneak off and concentrate on some loving, then Ulusaba is just the place for your honeymoon in South Africa. This private game reserve is owned by Sir Richard Branson and in true Branson style, he does not hold back on anything. There are three different accommodation options that all epitomise luxury safari living, but a Cliff Lodge suite is the one to snap up for the ultimate in private indulgence and romance.
The cleverly named Aroma Boma is the lodge’s spa, perched on a cliff, 800 feet above the savannah grasslands in South Africa. Besides its absolutely breath-taking views, the spa also offers a Devotional Journey Spa Treatment for two with all the romantic bits and pieces such as candle lighting, exotic African body massage oils and complete seclusion. In fact, your options for a private and romantic anything are virtually limitless at this lodge. From moonlit bush dinners to private lover’s picnics, you will be spoilt for choice. Ulsaba’s enticing honeymoon package includes opulent luxuries such as French champagne, romantic bath experiences and game rangers who double as astrologists. Oh, and if by chance you get tired of all this sensual pampering, the game drives are amazing too!
Feel the romance of the Winelands
Another fabulous destination for a honeymoon in South Africa is Franschhoek in the Western Cape. This picturesque valley is filled with vineyards, culture and old world charm. If you and your paramour are more into strolling around looking for good pieces of art or tasting the fruit of the vines, then you will love Mont Rochelle. The boutique hotel is set among the vineyards of Franschhoek, considered to be the food and wine capital of South Africa. This little town (and hotel) is full of character and is small enough to feel cosy and familiar, yet cosmopolitan in its own way. Take a romantic stroll through the vineyards ending with an intimate picnic for two, set up especially for you.
Grande Provence Estate is another hidden gem hidden in this scenic village. The beautiful and historical accommodation elegantly reflects its French Huguenot heritage and surrounds its guest with warm waves of stylish and cosy hospitality. The Owners Cottage is considered the best suite for a romantic escape and comes with a private pool, personal chef if you wish, fireplace and elevated spa pool with gorgeous views of the lush vineyards below. Step up the romance ranking with an in-room couple’s spa treatment or enjoy an intimate dinner for two under ancient oak trees amidst stars and candlelight. The estate also offers gourmet food and wine pairings that can be enjoyed in private in the wine cellar.
The smoke that thunders
If your interest is still not quite piqued, then the rumble and spray of the mighty Victoria Falls should get your pulse racing. Stanley Safari Lodge is only three kilometres from the Victoria Falls in Zambia. The falls are one of the Seven Wonders of the World and views of it from Stanley Lodge are amazing, making this the ultimate honeymoon in South Africa. The camp features a honeymoon suite with a private plunge pool and terrace. It’s also an ‘open suite’ enabling you to enjoy the sights and sounds of the African bush in full. What could be better than snuggling up to the love of your life on your intimate private deck while watching the spray of the Victoria Falls in the distance?
So that’s it, folks. Take your pick of the best destinations for a honeymoon in South Africa. Whether you choose a lover’s jaunt through the vineyards, holding hands while on a game drive or wearing matching raincoats at Victoria Falls, we know you will have fun and numerous canoodling prospects. Once the vows have been said, the cake has been cut, and the bouquet tossed over your shoulder, go relax and enjoy because you deserve it!