Anywhere described as the 'world in one country' has to be a strong honeymoon contender, and South Africa is one of the most popular destinations for honeymoons booked through Original Travel.

We have travelled the length and breadth of South Africa, staying at the most romantic lodges and trying out the best activities (and wines), and the key to putting together a South African honeymoon itinerary is choosing what to leave out.

Depending on your exact requirements, our recommendations include the Kruger Park and adjoining private game reserves, which are easily combined with those in KwaZulu-Natal.

Cape Province, stretching the length of the southern coast, has a marvellous Mediterranean climate at its most agreeable between December and April. Its capital, Cape Town, is the ideal place from which to begin an exploration of the south starting with its own attractions of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens and Robben Island, then along the Wine Route and further still into the Great Karoo or east via the Garden Route.

Take advantage of our Honeymoon Gift List service! The service allows your loved ones to contribute to your South African honeymoon by giving money towards its overall cost.

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The Rainbow Nation is also an excellent honeymoon hub, so the perfect place to combine with any of its near neighbours such as Namibia and Botswana, or Mozambique and Mauritius for some top notch honeymoon beach action.

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Where to go

Aerial View of Cape Town

Cape Town

Surely the ultimate 'winter sun' city break from the UK; endless appeal, and minimal time difference.

Vineyard, South Africa

The Winelands and Cape

Sample the many delights accessible via scenic drives from Cape Town, from wine tasting to whale watching, and countryside retreats.

Rhinos in cloudy skies

Eastern Cape

The second largest of South Africa’s nine provinces is a region of exceptional natural beauty and has so much to offer, particularly for families.

Mountain Ridges


Often overlooked but offering a fascinating combination of game reserves, mountains, coastline and Zulu heritage.

Lion in Kruger

Kruger National Park & Sabi Sands

The Kruger is South Africa’s oldest and largest nature reserve, covering an area of 7,700 square miles, roughly the same size as Wales.


South Africa

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Where to stay

Ellerman House & Villas, luxury hotel in South Africa

Ellerman House & Villas

Ellerman House is perhaps Cape Town’s most exclusive address – a luxury boutique hotel of just eleven rooms (and two seriously lux villas) located in the premier Cape Town suburb of Bantry Bay.

The interior at Kensington Place, luxury hotel Cape Town, South Africa

Kensington Place

A one-time ‘coolest bolthole in the Cape’ according to Tatler magazine and a personal favourite of ours, Kensington Place is an intimate, modern boutique hotel situated in the quiet, leafy suburb of Higgovale, on the slopes of Table Mountain. From here, there are great views over Cape Town and the Atlantic.

Babylonstoren, luxury hotel in South Africa


The traditional Cape Dutch farmstead of Babylonstoren is slap bang in the middle of the Cape Winelands, within easy reach of Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch and - of course - the world famous vineyards.

The restaurant at Birkenhead House, luxury hotel in South Africa

Birkenhead House

Birkenhead House is a luxurious coastal retreat perched on the cliffs overlooking Walker Bay, just outside Hermanus – one of the first stops on the ‘Garden Route’ running east from Cape Town.



Located in the Great Karoo in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, Samara is a private game reserve comprising 70,000 acres of beautiful landscapes.

The river deck at Lion Sands, luxury hotel in South Africa

Lion Sands

Family owned and managed since 1933, Lion Sands private game reserve is located in the finest territory of the famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

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Eleanor and Ra are our 'Honeymoon South Africa' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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