OVERVIEW

South Africa is an incredible honeymoon destination, due to its cultural diversity, its wildlife and its staggeringly beautiful landscapes. Whether you are keen to experience the wild majesty of the bush and try to spot the Big 5, want to try out adventurous activities such as hiking, sailing and horse riding, or would just like to soak up the culture and history of the country at its museums and heritage sites, there is so much to see and do in this fascinating African nation.

If you want to enjoy an unforgettable safari honeymoon there are a number of wildlife parks for you to visit, foremost among them being Kruger National Park. With its riverine woodland, dramatic kopjes and the majestic Lebombo Mountains all to be found within its boundaries, the park’s landscape is sure to wow, but it’s the diversity of wild animals which makes the experience truly extraordinary. During your stay at Kruger you should look out for leopard, rhino, cheetah, elephant, zebra and hippo, not to mention various colourful bird species.

Alternatively you may want to book accommodation at iSimangaliso Wetland Park, with its 5 ecosystems, stunning vistas and many species of wildlife, both on land and in the lakes and the ocean, or you can experience the uplifting beauty of Golden Gate Highlands National Park, guaranteed to take your breath away.

For something rather different, and to experience a slice of South African history, pay a visit to Robben Island – this  World Heritage Site is famous for being the prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years. You may also want to include the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg in your itinerary – but to experience a taste of South Africa’s ancient past, delve into the Sterkfontein Caves near Maropeng, one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world.

During your visit to South Africa it is also well worth your while to explore the country’s fertile Winelands, particularly around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Head to the Boschendal estate and take a cellar tour as well as a self-guided tour of the house, before enjoying a delicious lunch in the estate’s restaurant or café. There is also a picnic hamper option on the lawn from September through to May.

What is the currency in South Africa?

The official currency of South Africa is the South African rand.

How long does it take to fly to South Africa?

A non-stop British Airways flight from London to Johannesburg lasts 10 h 55 m.

What is the time difference in South Africa?

Johannesburg is 1 hour ahead of London.

When is the best time to visit South Africa?

The best time to visit South Africa depends on where you are going in the country. If you’re planning to spend your honeymoon at the coast, you may want to go during the hot summer months of February and March, or the slightly cooler month of April, when temperatures are pleasantly balmy. Inland, the ideal time to visit is between May and August, particularly if you are spending your honeymoon at Kruger National Park; during this period the game lodges offer lower rates, there is a lower risk of malaria and there will be less foliage so game-spotting is made easier.

What language is spoken in South Africa?

There are 11 official languages: Afrikaans, English, Sotho, Northern Sotho, Ndebele, Tsonga, Swazi, Tswana, Venda, Zulu and Xhosa.

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Kariega Game Reserve

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From £327 Per Night
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Kareiga Game Reserve is a family-owned Big 5 Private Safari Reserve positioned in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, compromising of lush accommodations separated in 5 unique lodge experiences

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From £180 per person
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For breath-taking luxury perched on dramatic cliffs overlooking the ocean, book a room at The Marine, one of South Africa’s most stunning seaside hotels.

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This resort has villas with private pools
From £108 Per Night
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Just one hour from Cape Town, Clouds Estate is set in the lush countryside within the Stellenbosch and Winelands area…

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From £85 Per Night
Bed & Breakfast in a Suite in September

Scenic views of the Indian ocean is complimented by a stunning boutique styled hotel, perfectly located in Plettenberg Bay

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From £228 Per Night
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View the distant hills and rolling families from above the canopy in a private infinity pool, Tsala Treetop Lodge is an example of secluded luxury at its finest.

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From £149 Per Night
Based on Bed & Breakfast in Mountain View Suite In September

For some of the best hotel views in South Africa look no further than Views Boutique Hotel, which combines stunning visuals with its contemporary design for the perfect blend of luxury and wonder.

Climate

South Africa experiences a Mediterranean-like climate, summers are warm and the winter is mild and wet. South Africa’s summertime starts in November and ends in March, high temperatures are found in December through to February with highs of 28 degrees, making this a popular time for tourists to visit. During the night, South Africa can get a little chilly with temperatures dropping the mid-teens.

Spring beings in September to October with comfortable temperatures around 20-22 degrees and the night cools down into the mid-teens. April and May are the wettest months in South Africa, with heavy downpour. Winter you can expect temperatures in the low 20s during the months of June, July and august.

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Experiences

Discover more on your honeymoon with our range of exciting and adventurous tours and excursions.

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Table Mountain Abseil

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