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Honeymoon Destinations for Outdoor Enthusiasts: South Africa

Honeymoon Destinations for Outdoor Enthusiasts: South Africa

People tend to praise Mother Africa as being unique due to its wild landscapes and waters that are home to unbelievable numbers and diversity of species living close to people. For nature lovers whose goal as a couple is to spend your honeymoon in a serene setting right in the middle of nature, South Africa (lovingly referred to as SA) is the place to be.

South Africa possesses the most diverse sceneries in the entire African continent. The country is home to more than one thousand publicly and privately-owned nature reserves and nineteen national parks. The vast savannah grasslands and the bushveld expanses are home to many of the large animals typically associated with the African continent with a diversity of more than two hundred mammal species including ‘the Big Five’ in almost all the big parks and reserves. An example of the national parks includes; the Kruger National Park, the most famous and most significant game reserve in Africa and is considered by many to be the ultimate safari experience and the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park, the oldest park in South Africa. The country also possesses eight hundred bird species at all times of the year and is considered a bird-watching hub throughout the year.

South Africa is bordered to the east by the Indian Ocean and the west by the South Atlantic Ocean. The waters bodies in the country and surrounding the state offer as much variety as well. South Africa boasts of being the home to eight different whale species including the blue whale and the southern right whale that are slow-moving, rich in oil. Many tourists enjoy the deep-sea diving, kayaking and surfing activities different water bodies.

There are so many activities to undertake besides visiting game reserves. For instance, you and your loved one could take a road trip down the Franschhoek to Plettenberg Bay drive that is incredibly breathtaking. Travelling along South Africa's famous Garden Route through impressive mountain ranges and passes, along coastal roads bordering turquoise waters and miles of white sandy beaches, glassy lagoons crossed by low bridges and hillsides covered in vast indigenous forests with their network of trails would provide a romantic getaway for you and ‘boo.’ The country is adopting a culinary revolution and hence is gaining an impressive level of restaurant sophistication that would make your honeymoon worthwhile.

In conclusion, if you and your loved one decide to spend your particular time exploring this beautiful country, there are a few things to consider. First and foremost, you should pack less formal and casual dress that is the standard for getting around. During the colder months, however, you may need warmer attire to accommodate the drops in temperature. Many cities in the country are already highly developed boasting of excellent infrastructure; hence getting around places within the country is of little concern.