You’ve planned the perfect wedding but what about your honeymoon? Borders are mostly closed so jetting off to far-flung destinations are not an option. Luckily, we live in a country that offers an abundance of opportunities for honeymooners to connect, relax and savour being in love.
“From mountain retreats to incredible bush adventures or buzzing cities, South Africa offers an array of unforgettable honeymoon options that cater for different tastes and budgets,” says Shaun Lamont, Managing Director of First Group. “So why don’t you make your honeymoon unforgettable by making the most of all our country has to offer. Why not make your honeymoon a road trip?” he suggests.
There is something truly romantic and more than a little adventurous about a road trip. “Exploring South Africa is not only a safer option to kickstart your marriage, your money is going to stretch further too. So, you’ll be able to treat yourselves to some amazing adventures and stay at world-class resorts,” Shaun explains.
Whether you decide to spend your time at one special spot or take in multiple destinations, Shaun shares his top choices for your honeymoon road trip:
1. The Beautiful ‘Berg
Planning a wedding can be hectic so why not start your honeymoon by unwinding in the majestic Drakensberg. Food for the soul, the “Berg” offers a wide variety of hotels and resorts. You may choose the secluded opulence of Swallow Cliff Hall or opt for the silent beauty of the Southern Drakensberg at Bushman’s Nek. Whether you want to enjoy being with each other or you want to try your hand at flyfishing or go for a hike, the Drakensberg will ensure your honeymoon is an experience you’ll never forget.
2. Discover the South Coast
Just a few hours on the road and you’ll be in the lush, tropical climate that’s characteristic of KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast. And there’s no better place to enjoy this than the Selborne Golf Estate, Hotel and Spa. Play a round of golf, indulge in some fine dining or enjoy a couple’s massage at the spa – all without leaving the grounds. Or you may choose to explore the area, visit the local game reserves or take romantic evening strolls on the beach. Whatever you choose, the South Coast is a breath of fresh air.
3. The iconic Hole in the Wall
If you haven’t completely chilled out, our next stop will definitely do the trick. Home to some of the most picturesque scenery in South Africa, it’s the ideal honeymoon spot for those wanting to get away from the stresses of city life. The remoteness of the Hole in the Wall Hotel is just what every newly married couple wants. With excellent birdwatching, nature walks, hiking trails and the ideal spot for fishing, it’s the perfect destination to explore the Wild Coast and discover each other too.
4. Marvellous Mossel Bay
Now it’s time to explore the spectacular Garden Route and there’s no better place for this than Mossel Bay. A great beach town with excellent restaurants, you can go shark cage diving, whale watching, skydiving or hiking along the coast. You can even take a day trip to the fantastic Cango Caves. And perched above the ocean on a rugged hillside, our Perna Perna Holiday Resort is the perfect base to explore the area.
5. Saving the best for last
Cape Town is the picture-perfect end to your honeymoon road trip. Take a scenic helicopter flight, hike up Lion’s Head, visit the Bo-Kaap with its multi-coloured houses or go on a sunset cruise, sailing out on the Atlantic Ocean while you relax onboard sipping champagne. Experience this vibrant and trendy city while you stay at Hastings Hall, tucked in the shadow of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. Pure bliss.
Shaun says that whether you choose one destination or decide on a road trip, 2021 is a great time to remind yourselves that a honeymoon is about sharing a one-of-a-kind experience with your new partner. “It’s who you’re with not where that matters so plan a honeymoon here at home and make magical, lasting memories that will last you both a lifetime.”