Sample Trip

South Africa Honeymoon Safari

“A romantic honeymoon safari visiting the Sabi Sands, Cape Town & Whale Coast”
Budget level: High-End
South Africa
When to Go
All Year
12 Nights
Safari Type
Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Johannesburg, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Whale Coast
Kids Min Age

Possibly Africa’s best honeymoon destination, a South Africa honeymoon safari is as romantic as it gets! Couples get to experience a luxury Big 5 safari in the Sabi Sands, explore the famous restaurants in Cape Town’s city centre and waterfront, be immersed in the Cape Winelands region and finally ending on picture perfect coastline along the Whale Coast!

Itinerary in Brief

Your honeymoon should be one of the most memorable trips of your lifetime. A South Africa Honeymoon Safari ticks all the boxes in our opinion: intimate fine dining, world class wines, outstanding wildlife and Big 5 viewing, breathtaking coastlines and luxurious accommodation – this is the winning recipe for the perfect honeymoon safari!

Start your honeymoon with a 1-night stopover in Johannesburg’s most iconic boutique hotel where you can relax and recover from any jetlag. From there, fly directly to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and spend 4 nights in one of the most intimate and luxurious lodges in the region with only 4 guest rooms. The wildlife density in the Sabi Sands is simply incredible, with excellent chances of encountering all members of the Big 5 along with a plethora of other mammal and bird species. Highly trained professional safari guides will take you on twice daily activities to experience the wonder of this reserve. After your time here, catch a direct flight to Cape Town and check into a unique hotel right in the city centre for 3 nights that offers an authentic ‘live like a local’ experience. Hop from one fancy restaurant to the next or explore the city surrounding on guided tours, it’s all up to you to decide! From the city centre, head inland to the famous Cape Winelands and spend 2 nights on an incredible farm, the perfect base to explore the region on wine tours or just enjoy the fresh local produce. Then finally, it’s off to the Whale Coast to an incredible romantic lodge located in De Hoop Nature Reserve, an exclusive coastal reserve. If you time the honeymoon trip during the whale season (July – November) the De Hoop Bay is host to one of the highest densities of whales anywhere on earth! Imagine popping the champagne bottle as the sunsets while whales breach and play just a stone’s throw off the beach… unforgettable!

For a great tropical beach honeymoon extension to this already incredible trip, consider flying to Mozambique for a few nights!

Detailed Itinerary

Night 1: The Peech

With design and comfort the core essense of The Peech DNA, combined with flawless service and an illustrious history of satisfied guests, this marks Johannesburg’s top rated Boutique hotel as a landmark hotel. An icon.

The Peech was originally a private residence built in 1950’s and a family home for more than 40 years. Purchased by James Peech in 2002, and first opening it’s doors as The Peech Hotel in 2004, the property has since been restored and developed to become Johannesburg’s most iconic boutique hotel, offering five different room types, two restaurants and two acres of lush gardens.

The Peech features two restaurants on the property. One is reserved for hotel guests only and serves breakfast, lunch & dinner. The second, Basalt, is open to the public for dinners Tuesday to Saturday. Bookings are essential at Basalt.

Nights 2-5: Dulini Leadwood

Much like the giant trees after which it is named, Dulini Leadwood takes deep root in the heart of all those who linger here. This is the ultimate safari choice for the discerning traveler in search of exclusive solitude.

Tucked secretively in the confluence of the Sand and Mabrak Rivers, Dulini Leadwood offers intimate and serene solace in a lodge that is completely at peace with its verdant setting.Four exclusive suites whisper of lavish luxury: an idyllic honeymoon setting as well as an appealing venue for soirees of friends and families who relish exclusivity. With alluring views over the granite boulders of the Sand River, each suite is stylishly appointed in contemporary style with every creature comfort imaginable.

Nights 6 – 8: Gorgeous George

Situated in the heart of the Mother City, on St. George’s Mall, Gorgeous George is a melting pot of Cape Town’s unique cultural diversity and history. Guests are immersed in South Africa’s dynamic design scene throughout the 32 rooms, suites and communal spaces, including a rooftop restaurant, pool and bar. More than a hotel, Gorgeous George is where refined design and quality meet, creating an inner-city gathering place for locals and the well-travelled alike.

Gorgeous George features 32 bespoke rooms and suites ranging from Studio Rooms to One-Bedroom and Two-Bedroom Suites. Industrial tones of raw, exposed concrete and steelwork are blended with modern Victorian design elements to celebrate the merging of two unique buildings. Each room is kitted with an eclectic mix of handpicked treasures and custom pieces sourced from local and international designers then finished with hand-painted wall art by David Brits. All rooms have a fully-stocked mini bar packed with local favourites, in-room coffee plunger and tea making facilities, custom SCENT for Gorgeous George luxury bathroom amenities, a Marshall Bluetooth speaker, a 43-inch Smart TV and in-room dining.

Nights 9 & 10: Babylonstoren Farm Hotel

This glorious, historical working farm dating back to 1692 offers a choice of elegant accommodation filled with a mix of antiques and designer pieces.   The farmhouse has eight one-bedroom farmhouse suites and one one-bedroom farmhouse loft, ideal for families. The farm hotel has six one-bedroom suites, three one-bedroom cottages and four two-bedroom cottages for up to four guests sharing.

The ever-changing gardens are divided into 15 sections that comprise of fruit, vegetables, berries, fragrant lawns, indigenous plants and so much more!

As a guest you can explore the estates many delights, whether it’s a meal in the old cow shed – now the award-winning Babel restaurant with its farm to fork menu or wine and cheese tasting in the gabled farm shop.

Nights 11 & 12: Lekkerwater Beach Lodge

Lekkerwater Beach Lodge is located in De Hoop Nature Reserve, an exclusive coastal reserve halfway between Cape Town and George / Knysna on the world-famous Garden Route. The 34,000-hectare reserve is a melee of fynbos and beach, sand dunes and wetlands, all framed by the dramatic Potberg Mountains and the Indian Ocean.

The lodge has 7 bedrooms (6 twin/double and 1 family suite) positioned on a six kilometre stretch of pristine beach. Each has a unique view of the Indian Ocean through foor-to-ceiling glass windows, a veranda, woodburning stove and an ensuite bathroom.

Lekkerwater is at the heart of De Hoop bay which enjoys some of the highest concentration of whales anywhere on earth. During the 2018 whale season (July to November) De Hoop hosted over 1100 individual whales and there are usually upwards of 20 whales in view directly in front of Lekkerwater Beach Lodge at any one time -and the dolphins are here all year.

When To Go

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Whale Coast GoodGoodGoodGoodGoodGoodBestBestBestBestBestGood
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