Honeymoon safaris in South Africa

From luxurious accommodation to the Big Five, South Africa has it all.

Honeymoon safaris in South Africa available in Cape Point, Central Kalahari, Eastern Cape, Kapama Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, Madikwe Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, Pilanesberg National Park, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa, Thornybush Game Reserve, Timbavati Game Reserve, Waterberg

From luxurious accommodation to the Big Five, South Africa has it all.

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.

Popular Safari honeymoons in South Africa

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (9 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (9 days)

In this exciting safari holiday, you'll get to experience both Southern Africa's bush and beach beauty

per person

9 days

Forray into the Wilderness of Sabi Sands and Madikwe  (7 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Forray into the Wilderness of Sabi Sands and Madikwe (7 days)

Our selection of South Africa's top safari lodges and game reserves are guaranteed to suit every taste and budget

per person

7 days

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Safari options in South Africa are contrasting and varied. Allowing couples to choose from coastal safaris, or inland safari experiences. 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 dunefields 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 African 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.

Know before you go

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.

When to go

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.

What to pack

Health items: allowed medicines.

Electronic equipment: mobile charger, camera, mobile devices.

Documents: passport, flight tickets, maps, travelling documents, money, credit card.

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.

Weather and Climate

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 / Holiday Styles

Safari style - casual and laid back where most of your time spent will be relatively remote and in nature.

Where to stay

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

Frequently Asked Questions about Safari honeymoons in South Africa

Which reserves are Malaria-free in South Africa?

All game reserves in Madikwe, the Pilanesberg and the Eastern Cape are malaria-free. go there.

When is the best time to visit Camdeboo National Park?

Although wildlife viewing is good throughout the year. The warmer months from October to March are more pleasant - the scenery is greener and this is also the time most of the animals are born. However, the park is mostly about its scenery… go there.

When is the best time to visit Ithala Game Reserve?

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… go there.

When is the best time to visit Tankwa Karoo National Park?

The best time to visit Tankwa Karoo National Park is from autumn through winter to early summer of April to September. However, this is a perfect place to indulge in blessed idleness. If you want to see the landscape and animals, you'll… go there.

When is the best time to visit Marakele National Park?

The best time to visit Marakele National Park is during May to September. Since animals tend to seek for reliable waterholes and stay close by during the dry winter months. However, this is the best time for wildlife viewing. Marakele is a… go there.

When is the best time to visit Augrabies Falls National Park?

Augrabies Falls National Park is open throughout the year, but the best time to visit is between April and September. When the popular three-day Klipspringer Trail is open. However, the waterfall is particularly impressive when in flood -… go there.

When is the best time to visit Wolhuterskop Game and Nature Reserve?

You may visit Wolhuterskop Game and Nature Reserve all year around - winter (during the months of June and August) are chilly, and summer (during the months of November and January) are hot. Enjoy horse rides, mountain bike and game drive. go there.

When is the best time to visit Durban?

You can visit Durban any period of the year - whether it’s winter or summer - the temperature in Durban always remain warm and sunny. go there.

When is the best time to visit Mountain Zebra National Park?

October to March is the best time to visit Zebra National park - It is easier to spot the wildlife, since there is less vegetation and the wildlife congregates around the waterholes - as well as migratory birds are present. go there.

Safari honeymoons in South Africa - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Reviews on our Safari honeymoons in South Africa

This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…


from Nigeria

Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…


from Australia

Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.

Henrik Wetterstrand

from Sweden

Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…

Tony Russell

I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…

Margaret Dean

Planning the trip was managed extremely well especially since travel was at a busy time of year and not much notice was given. All communication was by email, and was responded to promptly and efficiently. Different options were provided…

Suzanne McKeen

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