South Africa Highlights
South Africa is one of the most diverse and enchanting countries in the world making it ideal for the perfect honeymoon destination, wedding or anniversary celebration. Exotic combinations of beautiful landscapes, friendly people, history and culture offer the newlywed couple a unique and inspiring experience. South Africa is a heady mix of third and first world cultures, along with the best and least crowded beaches in the world. Throw in wildlife parks such as the Kruger Park, Eight World Heritage Sites, beautiful natural scenery, a great infrastructure and a stable post-apartheid environment and you have the romantic destination that you have dreamed of!
Honeymoons in South Africa
The South African honeymoon is perfect for the newlywed couple looking for solitude and adventure. In South Africa, honeymoons can be spent in any number of exotic locations, so the only decision newlyweds need to make is whether to stay in one place or several.
Choose to honeymoon in the Winelands of the Western Cape where luxury goes hand-in-hand with fine wine and superlative dining. Spend a romantic afternoon on a picnic under the oak trees, enjoy lunch on a veranda overlooking the vineyards or experience wine tasting at some of the famous wine estates that produce award winning red, white and sparkling wines. For the animal loving couples, schedule an African Safari to see all the "must-sees" including the famous wildlife. Choose an all inclusive resort in the cosmopolitan cities of South Africa where hotels are designed to cater to celebrities and VIP's. Here, staff members will go out of their way to create an unforgettable experience for honeymooners, ranging from a romantic welcome champagne toast or a private hot air balloon tour of the mesmerizing city. South Africa's hotels also feature superior in-room amenities, leaving you feeling wonderfully spoiled!
Destination Weddings in South Africa
Your wedding is one of the biggest days of your life and you want it to be perfect. There is a wonderful choice of wedding locations for the bride and groom to choose from in South Africa making the destination wedding of your dreams easy to turn into a reality. Get married in Margate or tie the knot in Cape Town. Choose to have your wonderful ceremony in an elegant country house, romantic castle or have beautiful backdrops at a seaside resort. Hire a wedding coordinator to plan and arrange your perfect day! Whatever you are looking for, South Africa has the ideal location for your romantic nuptials.
Facts for the Bride and Groom
Language: There are 11 official languages in South Africa including English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda and Zulu.
Time Zone: South African standard time is two hours in advance of Greenwich Mean Time and seven hours in advance of United States eastern standard time throughout the year. There are no time zone differences within the country.
Currency: South Africa's official currency is the Rand (one rand = 100 cents). Banks are available in most towns and operate 24 hours per day. Traveler's checks are widely accepted.
Entry Requirements: Every traveler wishing to enter South Africa must present a valid passport.
Climate and Weather
Climate conditions generally range from Mediterranean in the southwestern corner of the country to temperate in the interior plateau, and subtropical in the northeast. A small area in the northwest has a desert climate. Most of the country has warm, sunny days and cool nights making a destination wedding or honeymoon easy to plan. Rainfall generally occurs during summer (November through March), although in the southwest, around Cape Town, rainfall occurs in winter (June to August). Temperatures are influenced by variations in elevation, terrain, and ocean currents more than latitude.