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7 REASONS TO HONEYMOON IN SOUTH AFRICA

Whenever anyone asks my advice on where to go for their honeymoon, I consistently recommend one spot –South Africa.

The rainbow nation, as it’s often referred has it all from vibrant cities and sexy beaches to untamed wilderness and rural beauty.

No matter what you are looking for, South Africa is an idyllic setting for a honeymoon. Experience sunrise in the bush, “Sundowners” (South Africa’s version of Happy Hour) in wine country or at the beach and no shortage of over-the-top luxury hotels and restaurants.

The hard part is choosing where to go in South Africa for your honeymoon!

I recommend spending the bulk of your honeymoon in and around Capetown as well as including a trip to Kruger Park for a safari.
I have 7 reasons that will ensure that wedded bliss ensues on your South African honeymoon.

1. THE CAPE PENINSULA

Cape Town is one of the country’s most beautiful cities. It’s unique because although it’s a major metropolitan city, it’s also overflowing with natural beauty and wildlife.

Spend a day taking in Cape Town’s stunning landscapes in and around Table Mountain National Park to the top of Table Mountain and admire the sweeping views (or take a cable car to save time and energy), explore the Cape of Good Hope, soak in the panoramic views at Cape Point and even check out an African penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach.

2. THE GARDEN ROUTE

Take your first road trip as a couple along The Garden Route , a stretch of road along South Africa’s southeastern coast.

The drive takes at least a few days but there are excellent stops along the way in some amazing towns and nature reserves.

You’ll find secluded bays, stunning flora and fauna and tons of wildlife along the way. Keep your eyes peeled for humpback whales and dolphins that often swim close to shore near Plettenberg Bay.

3. EAT YOUR HEART OUT

Whether you’re in the bush or in one of the country’s major cities like Cape Town, there is a flourishing foodie revolution and an impressive level of culinary sophistication.

Be sure to try South African specialties like biltong and a braai (a unique style of barbecue) and other local delicacies like Cape Malay cuisine.

I highly recommend taking a cooking class together in Bo-Kaap (famous for all the rainbow-colored buildings).

The city’s most exclusive restaurant,The Test Kitchen is nearly impossible to snag a reservation so reserve a table as far in advance as you can. Trust me, you want to experience its thoughtfully prepared tasting menu expertly paired with amazing South African wine.

You’ll also love Bistro, Bizerca and Signal if you’re looking for romance. And be sure to pop by Charley’s Bakery for craft coffees and the most photogenic desserts you’ve ever seen.

4. GET TO KNOW SOUTH AFRICA’S STORY

No trip to South Africa is complete without learning about its people and understanding the history.

Take a trip to Robben Island to see where Nelson Mandela was held as a political prisoner for nearly 20 years. You’ll learn about the experience first hand from guides who are former inmates.

Many couples also want to visit the Townships (the living areas created for non-whites during the apartheid). Many tours leave visitors feeling like outsiders and almost even intruders, barging into someone’s home.

5. THE CAPE WINELANDS

The Capetown Wineland are only about an hour away from Cape Town. I highly recommend that honeymooners take at least a few days to unwind and relax in this stunning part of the country.

There are several gorgeous regions filled with many of the world’s most beautiful gardens

To get to the vineyards safely, book a tour with Escape to the Cape Tours, which will arrange all of your tastings and transportation.

You also can rent bikes and ride between vineyards if you’re hoping for an active day.

Two of the most gorgeous hotels in the world are located in the Cape Winelands.

La Recidence, voted by Conde Nast Traveler as the best hotel in the world, is a stunning masterpiece as you can imagine. If you have more modern tastes, you’ll enjoy Delaire Graffe Hotel.

The Cape Winelands are also home to some of the city’s most amazing restaurants!

Visitors must check out The Tasting Room in Le Quartier Francais another stunning hotel. You’ll be wowed by a unique dining experience, no menus and plenty of fun surprises.

And for a brunch that will blow your mind, visit The Tasting Room’s sister restaurant, Bread & Wine.

6. THE BEACHES

You may not have realized, but your honeymoon to Cape Town can also include a beach vacation!

While Durban is supposed to be fantastic as well, Cape Town has some of the most breathtaking beaches.

For a trendy and lively beach escape, visit Camp’s Bay where you’ll find plenty of waterfront restaurants and loads of nightlife.

If you’re looking though to unwind and relax just the two of you, you must go to Hout Bay, which is a sleepy, romantic getaway minutes from Cape Town.

7. GO ON A SAFARI

Even the least outdoorsy person will feel in touch with nature in Africa.

There is nothing more romantic than driving through the bush and witnessing African wildlife in its natural habitat at dawn. Connect with the earth while you bond with your newly minted spouse.

Splurge for a luxury lodge in a private game reserve within the greater Kruger National Park. Sabi Sand, Thornybush, and Manyeleti are some of the best.

You’ll usually experience closer encounters with the animals in private reserves since drivers (as long as they’re being respectful) have a little more leeway to go off the beaten path.

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