Your honeymoon should be a once in a lifetime experience and offer you the opportunity to witness unique sights and experiences that are unforgettable. With this in mind what better place to honeymoon than in incredible South Africa?
For most of us a safari is as big a contrast to normal life as you could get, which means you can start married life by experiencing a whole lot of firsts and making lifelong memories.
The perfect way to see this beautiful country is with a self drive tour which allows you to see a great deal more of the country than if you were to fly or stay in one spot.
On the south-westerly tip of South Africa is the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive which winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay. The drive is a must for anyone who wants to witness some of the region’s majestic scenery which seems built for romantic experiences.
Spend the morning at Cape Point. Hike to the lighthouse or catch the cable car to the top and watch the Atlantic Ocean meet the Pacific. On your return to Cape Town, drive towards the fishing town of Fish Hoek where Chapman’s Peak ends and marvel at South Africa’s natural and magnificent beauty.
This 9 km stretch of road that hugs the side of cliffs and wraps itself around them offers 180 degree views of pure blue ocean. Its sandy beaches run for miles and are completely deserted. The views are completely untouched by man.
Pull over at one of Chapman’s Peak’s many photography spots and dangle your legs over the edge of the cliff. Allow you to be swept away by the wind and absorb this indescribable view. Take a picnic and enjoy your lunch at one of Chapman’s Peak’s romantic picnic spots.
If you spend enough time staring out to sea, you might be able to spot a dolphin, whale or seal in the water to add to the magic of this road trip.
Stop over at Fish Hoek (on the False Bay coast), one of the many wonderful fishing villages on the outskirts of Cape Town to catch a sun downer. For only 20 rand you can take a boat out to one of South Africa’s many seal islands.
From a distance it looks as though the island is moving but on closer inspection the rocks are writhing with thousands of seals, huddling together for warmth and bobbing up and down in the water.
On your return journey to land, you can enjoy the views of South Africa’s cliffs and landscape from the sea, seeing this beautiful landscape from a new perspective.
Venturing away from the Cape Town area and into safari country allows you to sample another experience you won’t find anywhere else; a self-drive safari honeymoon.
While many safari parks warn that you might not see as much as you would with a ranger, taking your own rental car deep into the bush means that you can experience things for yourself; in your own time, just the two of you.
With the freedom and flexibility to choose how you pace your day you will never have to follow the crowds. For those searching for the big 5, the national parks have excellent roads and signage meaning you won’t spend your days driving aimlessly.
Ultimately by choosing a self drive South Africa honeymoon, you can spend your first holiday as a married couple in a beautiful setting, experiencing unforgettable sights at your own pace.