15 South African Honeymoon Ideas For Every Budget

Starting your life together in the face of a weakened Rand is a reality many newlyweds are facing in the New Year. Luckily we live in a country where honeymooning locally is not just a possibility, it’s a godsend. With Cape Town being voted number 1 on the New York Times’ list of 52 Places to Go in 2014, it’s fair to say South Africa has been thrust on to the international stage as a travel destination many can only dream of. And as a honeymoon destination, South Africa has the perfect answer, whatever your budget allows. From fine dining splendour, heavenly forest hideaways and spectacular safaris, this astonishing country can offer something for each and every discerning couple.

Conservative Budget Honeymoons

1. Knysna, Garden Route

Lazy Leopard Knysna

For lovers on a budget, The Lazy Leopard in Knysna provides three very engaging choices. Two are the Forest Moon and Starry Forest “bush huts”, from which you can either enjoy a romantic forest stay or a fabulous view of the valley beyond and, as they are built of encased glass, you won’t miss a thing! Both huts come equipped with queen sized beds, mini kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces, TVs with DVD players and a nearby swimming pool. The third romantic option, which is situated apart in the forest, is a larger cottage type accommodation, resplendent with roof beams, timber floors and an open fireplace.

Enquiries: Lazyleopard.co.za

2. Hazyview, Mpumalanga

Protea Hotel Hazyview

For adventurous honeymooners, the Hazyview area in Mpumalunga offers many opportunities; from river rafting, aerial cable trailing, tubing and abseiling, to more relaxing pastimes, such as horse riding along the Sabie River, visiting the Elephant Sanctuary – where you can touch the elephants – and flying in a hot air balloon to watch the sunrise over the stunning vista.

The Protea Hazyview is an attractive 3 star hotel offering restaurant, room service, garden, outdoor swimming pool, snooker billiards and tennis courts. And, if you really feel the need to ‘come back to earth’, for a fee, the hotel offers wired internet options ranging from dial-up to high-speed.

Enquiries: Proteahotels.com

3. Warmbaths, Limpopo

Mabula Game Lodge

For a great opportunity to see the ‘Big Five’, (rhinos, elephants, lions, buffaloes and leopards) for a very reasonable rate, the Mabula Game Lodge in Warmbaths, ticks all the boxes.

Besides the bigger animals, this private game reserve is visited day and night by warthogs, antelope, bush pigs and colourful birds which can usually be seen from most patio rooms. You will have the opportunity to go on daily game drives, escorted by highly knowledgeable drivers.

The very attractive accommodation consists of en-suite air conditioned chalets and tents and offers indoor and outdoor dining. All in all, a very comfortable and interesting stay! Mabula Game Lodge is set in one of South Africa’s finest malaria risk free private game reserves and is only 2 hours north of Johannesburg.

Enquiries: Mabula.com

4. Plett, Garden Route

Whalesong Coastal Lodge Plett

Plettenberg Bay is one of the Cape’s loveliest areas; staying at the Whalesong Coastal Lodge, you will experience all that the region has to offer. Situated above the town centre, it offers truly inspirational views of the ocean and of the distant Tsitsikamma Mountains.

The Lodge offers a lounge with fireplace and bar, an African craft centre, a swimming pool with generously sized sundeck, a winery, a gourmet restaurant and, best of all, from both the lodge’s main balcony and the honeymoon suite there is always a very good chance of watching and hearing Southern Right Whales frolicking not far away – a truly magical stay!

Enquiries: Legendlodges.co.za

5. Hluhluwe, KZN

Hluhluwe River Lodge KZN

The Hluhluwe River Lodge is the perfect place for the ultimate yet affordable post-nuptial romantic hideaway. Situated not far away from St Lucia Lagoon and only a day trip to the fascinating Hluhluwe Game Reserve, you can be as private as you wish.

Adding to the romantic ambiance, The Lodge is situated in a fairly remote location but at the same time, is not too far away from many areas of interest. You can either explore the area yourselves or, if you want to put yourselves in the hands of the experts, a game ranger will accompany you on your Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park excursion.

Enquiries: Hluhluwe.co.za

Mid-Range Budget Honeymoon Ideas

6. Kagga Kamma, Western Cape

Kagga Kamma

Experiencing the awesome bush outdoors with your soul mate could not be easier. At Kagga Kamma lodge you will appreciate the great expanse of natural bush, with a backdrop of a million stars when you choose to spend a night “in” Kagga Kamma’s outcrop open air room. You will be given the choice of either taking a picnic basket for your romantic dinner or dining at the Lodge itself before your trip to the great outdoors. There will be a warming fire waiting for you when you arrive. Now how romantic does that sound?

Enquiries: Kaggakamma.co.za

7. Augrabies, Northern Cape

The Falls Augrabies

The Falls Guest House is located in Augrabies, close to the Augrabies Falls National Park. The Falls, on the Orange River, are famous for their constant flow of deafening splendor – a great place to ramble and catch a glance of springbok, klipspringers and various birds of prey.

The rooms offer views of the garden and are equipped with TV and DVD player and Wi-Fi at an additional fee. If you are thinking of a having a romantic braai for two, there is also the opportunity to use the barbeque facilities. For your pampering wishes, the resident beauty salon offers massages and a selection of treatments.

Enquiries: Thefallsaugrabies.com

8. Ballito, KZN

Ballito

Labori Ballito, in KwaZulu-Natal, offers everything for couples who want a self-catering honeymoon in a fun, popular holiday town. The accommodation offers fully furnished and equipped apartments in a pretty, private resort.

The apartments come with comfortably sized bedrooms, well equipped kitchens, dining rooms and patios, with swimming pool and barbeque facilities close by.

A short walk away is the centre of Ballito town, with its two beaches, restaurants, night clubs and shops. Cars hire and yacht charters are available and the concierge service can also advise on any other entertainment activities on offer.

Enquiries: Labori.co.za

9. 15-Day South African Honeymoon

MalaMala

This 15 day safari will certainly be a honeymoon to remember, with memories to last you a lifetime!

Your action packed itinerary includes five nights on safari searching for the Big 5 at Mala Mala in the Sabi Sands. You will then fly down to George in the Cape to start your self-drive Garden Route journey. Along the way, you will visit the beautiful village of Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and scenic town of Swellendam.

The self-drive route also includes a stay at Franschhoek Winelands, where you will discover the famous Cape wines which complement the excellent cuisine also on offer.

Enquiries: Safaribookings.com

10. Thanda, KZN

Thanda KZN

Thanda Private Game Reserve is located in KwaZulu-Natal and consists of a romantic lodge perfect for honeymooning couples. Thanda is the Zulu word for love; how much more romantic could that be!

Accommodation comprises 9 individual, private suites that overlook the surrounding game reserve, a spa and rim flow pool with outstanding cuisine served to you by candlelight. You will, of course, have the chance to take a safari, during which you will have a fascinating time discovering the Big 5.

Relax in the Lodge’s spa after a day of excitement – or relaxation. It is all on offer for a honeymoon to remember!

Enquiries: Thanda.com

Big Budget Honeymoons

11. Sabi Sabi, Kruger

Ulusaba Sabi Sabi

For the ultimate in luxury honeymoons in South Africa, things do not get much better than Richard Branson’s private game reserve, Ulusaba. The Rock Lodge, situated in the Sabi Sabi area, is built high upon a cliff, allowing for amazing views. In addition, the property has undertaken the removal of fences between the greater Kruger National Park and other private reserves, thus bringing about the opportunity to see even more wildlife. With two safaris a day conducted by very knowledgeable tour guides, private dinners with a personal butler serving delicious food, massages and a private spa, this will be a honeymoon you will remember forever.

Enquiries: Ulusaba.virgin.com

12. Tintswalo, Mpumalanga

Tintswalo Mpumalanga

Tintswalo Safari Lodge is an exclusive 5-star safari lodge that caters for honeymooners in its own special way and certainly lives up to its 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Consisting of six luxurious, roomy suites and located in Mpumalanga Province, all accommodation comes with private decks and a plunge pool, from which you will be looking out at the interesting combination of wildlife congregating at the adjacent waterhole. Of course, you can also experience safari trips conducted by experienced tour guides.

The area of the Reserve is steeped in 19th century African explorer history and each suite is accurately decorated to reflect this.

Enquiries: Tintswalo.com

13. Grootbos, Western Cape

Grootbos

If flora and fauna are of more interest to you than big beasts and you care about conservation, the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, close to the pretty town of Hermanus in the Western Cape, is the perfect honeymoon destination for you.

This 5-star nature reserve displays amazing flora and marine life. It is home to the so called Marine Big 5 – whales, dolphins, sharks, seals and penguins – and stunning flora. Your visit will aid the Grootbos Foundation’s conservationist efforts.

Guided activities include a flower safari, walks through the Milkwood forests, beach tours, coastal walks, bird watching, and expeditions through ancient caves, tree planting and a social responsibility tour.

Enquiries: Grootbos.com

14. Sun City, North West

Lost City North West

The Palace of the Lost City, Sun City, is a fictitious African palace where you will experience a fairy tale honeymoon!

The hotel’s magnificent towers are decorated with elephant tusks and its foyer features extravagant architecture, frescos and an opulent hand painted dome.

Each of the 338 rooms is decorated in real African flavour, with a huge four poster bed, multi-channel TV, ceiling fans, an enormous bath and shower room and a generous dressing area. The Grand Pool is perfect to sunbathe, relax and enjoy light snacks.

You will feel like royalty during your time there!

Enquiries: Sun-city-south-africa.com

15. Umhlanga, KZN

Oyster Box KZN

The Oyster Box in Umhlanga Rocks is the ideal place for a honeymoon of total relaxation. With its tropical, verdant gardens, this distinguished hotel combines colonial charm, unsurpassable service and elegance.

The hotel’s luxury rooms and two outdoor swimming pools overlook the sparkling Indian Ocean. Your personal monogrammed robes, a bottle of wine and rose petal turn down add to the plush ambiance. You can also enjoy a personalised massage in the luxurious spa’s six treatment rooms.

The hotel caters for gourmets, with nearby Durban’s authentic curries and freshly caught seafood. And, if you feel you have somewhat overindulged, the romantic Umhlanga promenade is on your doorstep!

Enquiries: Oysterboxhotel.com

As you can see, besides catering for all levels of budget, South Africa truly offers honeymoon opportunities to suit a wide range of tastes and inclinations. Whether you are an activities enthusiast, nature buff or are simply looking for complete relaxation, South Africa has a honeymoon destination supreme for all.


Born and raised in London, Sandy’s wanderlust took root when her family moved to South Africa. While having travelled most of the world during her career in the travel industry and spending 10 years in beautiful San Francisco, Sandy now travels between her current home in warm, lively and gourmet friendly Italy and South Africa.

Our Readers Comments

  1. thanks for such a good information on honeymoons ideas, I suggest that you do the speacials also for Valentines day because its also one of special days that rocks to all the lovers out there and its another way of marketing yourselves,please do something and I will be glad to see the ideas on Valentines Day.Thank you

    • Hi I need some weekend away vacation to spoil my husband just to show him how much he means to me and the kids because he doesn’t rest he works very hard , but l need vacation with reasonable rates

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  2. Really wonderful places for honeymoon.The destinations are just fantastic. Packages And activities are really awesome.

  3. Hello….Please we are on a tight budget, we are looking for an affordable honeymoon destination in South Africa…preferably Johannesburg and also visa procurement

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  4. Oyster box hotel is hardly affordable for a person on a budget.

    • It certainly isn’t which is why we put it under “Big Budget Honeymoons”.

  5. Hi,

    Please help me find a Good romantic honeymoon package for me and my Fiancé(Getting married on 02 May 2015).I wan something adventurous including a hot spar,sweeming pool,etc.My budget is R10,000.I prefer in Mpumalanga or KZN

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  6. Hi , pls assist me finding a romantic honeymoon for me and my fiance , we are getting married on 19/09/2015.Our budget is R10 000

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  7. I am looking for an affordable honeymoon suit.Our budget is not more than R5000.

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  8. Hi,my name is mandy ,am getting married on ty 02 may and we need a honeymoon parkage, please contact me for more details

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  9. Hi.. we are planning a honeymoon to South Africa in December from India .. my budget is around 1 lack INR.. can you guide me ..

    • Hi Saili,

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  10. hie.. I am planning a honeymoon to South Africa in September 2015, could you please assist me with affordable romantic honeymoon packages. my budget is R15000. I prefer KZN or Cape town.

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  11. Haai, pliz assist me and my Boo enjoy our honeymoon our eyes are at Plett and Sabi Sabi Kruger,the view in the pics suits both our personalities, we both love the classy luxurious yet relaxing venues,we live once so kindly help.

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  12. I’m looking for a place reasonable place to enjoy after my wedding budget R 5000_R7000.

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  13. Am looking for a pocket friendly honeymoon destinations in June after my wedding, will be coming from Kenya,please advice me on this

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  14. Really a very nice and mind blowing places. No word to say from my side after reading your blog.how much i like your blog places.

  15. I am getting married in January 2016 next year and wanted best advice on the best honeymoon destinations. You guide me with very beautiful honeymoon place. I was also thinking about same kind of place but having doubt where i can go.

    Really appreciated..
    Thank You..

    • Hi Aditi,

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      Are you both a beach type people, enjoying time relaxing on white sandy beaches or do you prefer history and romance in a different way like Paris or some other amazing cities in Europe.

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  16. Wonderful post with beautiful images. Thank you for interesting ideas. I have never thought before about Africa as a destination for honeymoon. Last year i traveled to South Africa with my family. South Africa has so many experiences and activities to offer, that was a wonderful trip amp;

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