Wild Romance: The Best South African Honeymoon Hotels

Dreaming of an exotic destination honeymoon that's got nature, food, wine and culture, all wrapped up in one place? Visit South Africa!

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If the wedding is the test, then the honeymoon is the reward. It therefore requires just as much planning as your big day. This is the time you really get to spend with your now-spouse, your first holiday as Mr and Mrs!


If you’ve been searching for unique honeymoon destinations, South Africa should definitely be on your list. The natural and cultural diversity paired with its rich history makes it a fascinating place for you to spend the first days of your married life together. There’s no limit to the amount of new things you can experience in this remarkable country. So here’s our pick of the best hotels:

Belmond Mount Nelson

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With its idyllic garden setting beneath Cape Town´s iconic Table Mountain, Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel has long been the venue of choice for weddings and honeymoon. The main hospitality venues has been recently renovated, giving you even more reason to stage your celebration here. Whether you desire a grand affair in the ballroom, a lush outdoor ceremony or an intimate gathering, the Belmond Mount Nelson can provide it all against stunning natural backdrops.

Mateya Safari Lodge

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Situated in the stunning Madikwe Game Reserve, the Mateya Safari Lodge has gorgeous views, and amazing opportunity for game drives. Guests are accompanied by experienced field guides and trackers on these drives where you’ll really experience all South Africa has to offer. Boasting an African intrest library where you can admire a superb collection of African art, the Mateya Safari Lodge is definitely one you´ll be telling the grand kids about!

&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

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Image: Phinda Lodge

Showcasing one of the continent´s finest game viewing experiences, the Phinda Private Game Reserve is home to Africa´s big five and is particularly well known for close up sightings! With six private and individually unique lodges, Phinda Lodge poses as an excellent get away for newlywed couples – the atmosphere is exclusive and personal, with a mixture of understated sophistication and pure luxury. What more could you ask for?

African Pride, Audacia Manor

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Image: African Pride Audacia Manor

Built in 1928, Audacia Manor is a beautifully restored Colonial mansion. The spacious, individually decorated rooms are stylish and sumptuous. With personalized service for all its guests, Audacia Manor is the epitome of luxury. This means you and your new beau can make like royalty and create a lifetime of memories.

Majeka House

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Image: Majeka House

Blissfully private, Majeka House is an ideal base from which to explore the historical town of Stellenbosch, with its interesting shops, museums and al fresco café culture – famous vineyards and award-winning restaurants are also all within striking distance. This prime location combines luxurious accommodation and thoughtful service to create one of the most stylish hotels in the Cape. Recently re-decorated, all the rooms exude a dramatic, contemporary style and offer the perfect get away for your honeymoon.


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Image: Vineyard

Set amidst 7 beautiful acres of Newlands parkland overlooking a breathtaking mountain-scape, the Vineyard delivers the picture-perfect wedding and honeymoon destination. Whether it’s a bespoke-designed celebrations with “all the trimmings” for you and your guests, or an intimate getaway for just you and your sweetheart, the Vineyard is the perfect place.

Kensington Palace

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Image: Kensington Place
Located in the leafy Cape Town suburb of Higgovale, Kensington Place is surrounded by Table Mountain and overlooks the city. this luxury boutique hotel houses just eight spacious suites. Sink into the total comfort of meticulously designed suites defined by a blend of luscious textures and contemporary detail. A dedicated concierge team will ensure that your visit to Cape Town is a unique one.

Mont Rochelle

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Image: Mont Rochelle

Mont Rochelle is a stunning vineyard that boasts 22 luxurious bedrooms within its hotel. Just under an hour’s drive from Cape Town in the town of Franschhoek, South Africa, the hotel is a perfect getaway. Franschhoek is a traditional vineyard town in the Western Cape Province famously known as the French Corner of the Cape – it’s also considered the food and wine capital of South Africa.

The Cape Cadogan

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Cape Cadogan is an elegant hotel nestled in tranquil gardens and situated above the heart of Cape Town. It boasts lush gardens, a plunge pool and a sun terrace that’s ideal for a romantic getaway with your new beau.

For more honeymoon destination ideas, checkout Zankyou´s top honeymoon hotels website!



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