South Africa is a land of unequalled natural variety and wealth. Some ecological surveys rank it as the third-most important country in the world in terms of biodiversity. The Big Five – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino – roam freely through South Africa’s premier safari destinations, including the famous Kruger National Park.
From luxurious accommodation to the Big Five, a South Africa honeymoon safari has it all.
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What You Need To Know
Safari options in South Africa are contrasting and varied. Allowing couples to choose from coastal safaris or inland safari experiences for their honeymoon safari in South Africa. Each offering its own set of drawcards. However, the interior is even more varied than the coast in terms of wildlife. Contrast the mesmerising red dune fields of the Kalahari region with the lush summer bush of the Kruger National Park.
At the heart of South Africa’s beauty lies the amazing flora and fauna which is densely populated by the Big Five, hundreds of bird species and marine life. The options are endless when it comes to experiencing an authentic South African honeymoon safari. Some reserves offer guided safaris where you have the advantage of an experienced ranger, whilst other reserves allow self-drive safaris.
If you have an idea of the type of experience you and your partner want from a safari honeymoon in South Africa, then there is bound to be a perfect option for you.
Avoid using lonely hiking trails and always adhere to the safety precautions by local authorities and establishments. Be mindful at all times of the rules of use in game reserves as these are in place for your safety among wild animals. Consult local authorities before travelling to South African safari detsinations for any warnings regarding malaria and be sure to check any required vaccinations. South Africa operates in Rands and most towns and cities have accessible ATM machines or mastercard/visa facilities.
The best time for a couple to enjoy their honeymoon safari in South Africa is May to September. South Africa has a lot to offer; fascinating game reserves, a breathtaking animal world and the most adventurous opportunity to spend an unforgettable honeymoon on a safari.
Health items: allowed medicines.
Electronic equipment: mobile charger, camera, mobile devices.
Clothes: swimming costume, short pants and trousers, t-shirts and tops (something warm), socks, sleepwear, comfortable walking shoes and sandals.
Comfort: sunglasses, moisturizer, sunblock and hat.
In most of South Africa December, January and February experience a high rainfall. During March and April, rainfall decreases and it starts getting colder. The opposite is true for the Cape region. The period between May to September is the end of summer and is the most favored time for safaris in South Africa.
Safari style – casual and laid back where most of your time spent will be relatively remote and in nature.
Flycatcher Castle, Graskop
Great Fish River Lodge at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve, Cederburg
Kosi Forest Lodge, iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Lion Sands Game Reserve, Kruger National Park
Madikwe Game Reserve, North West
Marataba Safari Lodge, Marakele National Park
Popular Safari Honeymoons in South Africa
Each of our popular itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your budget as well as your specific interests.
Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and lip balm are all good options for UV protection
Walking shoes that are both comfortable and stylish
Binoculars, camera, lenses, extra batteries, and memory card
A medical kit for personal use
If you are planning on visiting South Africa, you may hear that South Africa is a beautiful country and that it is the most developed country in Africa. South Africa is big and if you stick to the main cities of South Africa it is safe to travel.
A Safari in South Africa is a popular choice for wildlife enthusiasts. All major safari animals can easily be seen at any of South Africa's National Parks.
The scenic KwaZulu-Natal parks are best for seeing rhino
Kruger National Park offers excellent general wildlife viewing
The main attraction in Sabi Sand is seeing the Big Five and it is well-known for its habituated leopards
Most lodges and hotels will have safes for your valuables either in your room or at the reception.
The local currency is the South African Rand (ZAR). There are numerous currency exchange outlets and the main credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Diners) are normally accepted everywhere.
Most petrol stations and toll roads take credit cards, but always have a small amount of cash on you for tips etc. Numerous ATMs can be found in all the big towns.
No vaccination is mandatory for entering South Africa except for yellow fever for passengers arriving from areas affected by the disease.
The best time to visit Ithala Game Reserve is during the dry winter months, from May to September. During this season it is easier to spot the wildlife since the grass is eaten by herbivores.
Expect to encounter and sight birds - such as Black eagles, lappet-faced, white-backed vultures, ostriches and secretary birds stalking across the veld, trees and mammals.
The best time to visit the Thornybush Game Reserve is during the dry winter months of May to September in South Africa. The vegetation in the area will thin out and the wildlife will congregate around water sources as this becomes a scarce commodity, making game viewing possibilities ideal.
It's important to take activities into account instead of weather when planning a South African holiday. If you're planning on going on safari, it's best to visit during the dry winter months of May to October. Game viewing is outstanding during this period as the foliage is much less and wildlife will congregate around waterholes in order to stay hydrated. If you want to spend some time relaxing on one of South Africa's sun-kissed beaches, then a visit during the hot summer months of November to March is ideal.
Although some of the game parks have become quite overrun with tourists during certain times of the year, there are still many very remote and untouched areas to view games in Africa two examples of this are in Northern Mozambique and Uganda.