From sipping cocktails on an idyllic Wild Coast beach, to swimming in your own private pool overlooking the African bush or cuddling up next to the fire at a five-star mountain retreat … we’ve rounded up some of the most romantic local honeymoon destinations that won’t break the bank.
- UMNGAZI HOTEL & SPA
Umngazi orchestrates unforgettable romantic honeymoons and has earned a reputation as one of South Africa’s premier romantic destinations. Special Honeymoon suites provide privacy and added pampering, while their spectacular spa offers idyllic romantic treatments for two. The out-of-season Uthando package offers three or five-day stays at Umngazi. Details: [email protected], 047 564 1115/6/8/9 www.umngazi.co.za
2. MONTUSI MOUNTAIN LODGE
Only three hours from Durban, the Berg offers the perfect escape for a honeymoon getaway. Spend sunny days adventuring quiet hiking trails through forests into caves and enjoy fireside sundowners at the dam or on an exclusive horse ride for two. Check into the spa for a couples’ massage before snuggling into your suite for a cosy night in. With delicious cuisine, luxurious accommodation and so much space, this is just what you need … just up the N3!
Details: www.montusi.co.za FB: @montusi.lodge, IG: @montusimountainlodge
3. RAIN FARM GAME & LODGE
Besides being an idyllic venue for a wedding ceremony with an ‘African flair’ (the authentic stone chapel is so quaint for I DO’s!), Rain Farm also boasts a romantic honeymoon suite, which is the perfect hideout for couples after months of wedding planning! With its cosy fireplace and Victorian bathtub, tucked away in nature and wildlife, could anything be more ruggedly beautiful? Guests and family can even stay in one of the luxury tree top tents or self-catering chalets. On-site activities include game drives, Boma restaurant, rock pool, spa, walking trails and a viewing deck for a fun, memorable and enjoyable experience. Details: 032 815 1050, [email protected], www.rainfarm.co.za
4. RHINO RIVER LODGE
Romantic private boma dinners, scenic sundowners, beds surrounded by flowing white mosquito nets and baths big enough for two – it is all part of the magic at Rhino River Lodge. Situated in the heart of Zululand, Rhino River Lodge is a relaxed, Big 5 safari property boasting unpretentious luxury and warm, personalised hospitality. Enjoy twice-daily game drives guided by highly qualified rangers and hearty cuisine highlighting local ingredients served under the stars around a campfire.
Details: www.rhinoriverlodge.co.za, 083 781 4924, [email protected]
5. GHOST MOUNTAIN INN
Celebrate the start of your journey together at Ghost Mountain Inn … the quintessential romantic setting for a beautiful honeymoon. The relaxed Zululand ambiance, combined with personalized service, sets the tone for a marriage built on adventure, romance and exquisite experiences.
Details: 035 573 1025, [email protected] ghostmountaininn.co.za, www.ghostmountaininn.co.za,