Some great local honeymoon ideas
Are you engaged? Did you get married recently? Either way, you’re in luck! South Africa offers an abundance of thrilling, romantic honeymoon destinations.
Whether you prefer rustic countryside comfort, sitting in the lap of luxury or going on an adventure that will get your blood pumping, there’s bound to be something that you and your spouse will enjoy.
First, however, remember the most important factor in any relationship: communication! In order to ensure that your honeymoon is both fun and memorable, it’s vital that the two of you sit down and discuss what you actually want out of this experience.
Compare your preferences and your expectations. Maybe he wants to get away from the fuss and buzz of the big city. Maybe she wants to treat herself to dinner at a fancy restaurant. Obviously, compromise will be required here and there, but with some careful planning, you should be able to formulate a vacation that will give you both equal opportunities for relaxation and/or excitement. In addition, take a moment to think about whether either of you has any particular phobias that might impact your plans – for example, if he admits that he’s terrified of insects, maybe avoid locations deep in the countryside, and if she admits that she’s scared of heights, maybe don’t go skydiving.
When that’s done, it’ll be time to consider your options. One delightfully romantic destination that has attracted millions of local and international honeymooners is Kruger National Park, South Africa’s oldest national park and one of the biggest on the continent.
A diverse, sprawling ecosystem, Kruger offers you and your loved one the opportunity to reconnect with the natural world while sleeping in comfort at any one of hundreds of luxury accommodations. Bear in mind that when you visit a place like Kruger, a key factor in your level of enjoyment is the weather you’ll be encountering, so choose your season carefully.
Another location that might appeal to outdoorsy newlyweds is Cederberg. Here, you can stargaze while snuggling together under a blanket.
The Cederberg Astronomical Observatory has been operating since the 1980s and allows any visitor the chance to gain a greater appreciation of the wonders of our cosmos and the scientific achievements that have allowed us to uncover its mysteries. Again, timing is important – if you have the bad luck to arrive on an overcast night, you won’t see much! In addition, take care to pack appropriate clothes; summer days here get intensely warm and winter nights get intensely chilly.
On the other hand, maybe the two of you want to explore our big cities together. If that’s the case, you’re spoilt for choice in terms of divinely romantic hotels and restaurants.
In Cape Town, Compass House in Bantry Bay will give you an enchanting sea view. Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch invites you to roam through lush vineyards.