You don’t have to go all the way to Paris to have the romantic honeymoon you two deserve. There are so many dreamy AF places to visit right on your doorstep (well, on your continent at least). If you’re planning your honeymoon, or just a dirty weekend away, check out one of these spots:
Explore A Bit Of Africa
Perfect for: Couples who want to travel a bit further than the next province
As beautiful as it is, it’s okay to want to get out of the country for your special holiday. You’ve probably looked at the price of flights to New York or London and written off an overseas honeymoon, but try looking a little closer. Kenya is close to the equator, meaning it’s basically in a perpetual summer. Also South Africans don’t need a visa to travel there and the flights can be as cheap as R5500. Check out these other places that are affordable for South Africans to travel to too.
Visit The Eiffel Tower (Kinda)
Perfect for: Hopeless romantics who really wish they could afford Paris
Did you know there is a little piece of Paris tucked away just north of Johannesburg? The French Toast Koffie Kafee features a 12,5m Eiffel Tower replica for you to pose under and take misleading photos for Instagram. There’s even a place for you and your love to lock a padlock as a symbol of everlasting love — just like in Paris! The area it’s in, Hartbeespoort, has lots of cute places to stay too, like this mini castle, this lodge overlooking the dam, or this guest house right near the Cradle of Humankind.
Sleep Like A King (Literally)
Perfect for: Couples who want a bit of old-fashioned opulence
If you lusted over the scenery in Downton Abbey then you’ll love the idea of staying in a massive and beautiful castle. Flycatcher Castle has turrets, velvet, chandeliers, candlesticks and everything else you’ll need to feel like you’re a royal couple. It’s also near to the Drakensburg and the Kruger National Park if you two want to go hiking or Big Five-spotting.
Get Cosy In A Caravan
Perfect for: An unforgettable experience in a trailer park with a difference
The Old Mac Daddy is a caravan park that is way more flashy than trashy. Each caravan is decorated to a different theme. So you could stay in a cheesy-but-sexy Mills and Boon-themed caravan, a caravan kitted out to look like a submarine, and more. There is other accommodation available too, including tents and an eco-friendly self-catering guest house.
Cuddle Up In A Cave
Perfect for: If you like the idea of being outside and at one with nature but, like, in comfort
There’s something romantic about the idea of spending the night in a cave, but the reality (snakes and freezing to death in the night) isn’t as romantic. At Kagga Kamma you can stay in beautiful man-made cave rooms that blend seamlessly into the mountain face. Or you can literally sleep under the stars in their open air star suite. All of this is in their private nature reserve; ideal for nature lovers.
Pack Your Tent And Torch
Perfect for: Couples who aren’t afraid to rough it a bit
In between Addo Elephant Park and Sundays River lies the Mvubu Campsite. It’s super affordable (costing about R160 a night per couple) and there’s even a flushing toilet and hot shower available. When you’re not cuddling on your inflatable mattress you two can go swimming in the nearby river, hire a canoe and take a paddle out or drive over to Addo Elephant Park. If you’re nervous about camping read our tips for turning camping into glamping.
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