Posted on February 25, 2016 by Christine - Honeymoon
South Africa has a fantastic array of romantic safari lodges. Luckily they don’t all require you to hold a car boot sale to afford to stay there! Yes, a safari is never going to be the inexpensive part of your overall trip. A safari lodge is inclusive of all meals and all game activities. A large part of the price directly goes towards wildlife conservation. So your nights on safari will be relatively pricey compared to the other nights away.
But – especially with the weakened rand – there are plenty of great options where you can treat your loved one to a relaxing safari getaway.
(Just to put it into perspective, the most expensive safari lodge in South Africa costs an eye-watering R22,500 per person per night. The lodges mentioned below start at R1 900 per person with the norm being around R3-4,000 per person. This equates to starting prices of $120 per person per night with many of them under $250 per person per night.)
Overseas travellers will no doubt be smiling when booking a safari in South Africa (especially with the weakened Rand!). Not all hope is lost for South Africans as a lot of safari lodges offer Local Resident rates in the winter season (which is also the best time for safari). Plus if you are actually on honeymoon, some of them offer a Honeymoon special whereby the bride only pays 50%.
Here we suggest some of the more affordable romantic lodges in South Africa …
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First a confession… my own engagement was not the most romantic of experiences. My friends were asked the question on the Rialto Bridge in Venice or by the Grand Canyon. My husband and I just “discussed the idea” over dinner one night and found ourselves engaged. (Don’t feel too sorry for me as I am still happily married 22 years later…)
So perhaps it is the unfulfilled romantic in me, but I sometimes find myself day-dreaming “Wouldn’t this be a cool place to propose?”
So I give you ….. drum roll…. my 8 cool ways to crack the question….
I’ll start with some obvious places to propose in Africa and then we’ll get more off the beaten track…
1) On top of Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa
Yes I know what you are thinking – too many people, too touristy. But let me share a little secret with you. People are lazy. They don’t like to walk. If you take even a short walk of 20-30 minutes you’ll be far, far away from the madding crowds. Another option is to head up Table Mountain in the late afternoon with a bottle of champagne and glasses hidden in your back pack. There are fewer people around at this time of day so it is easier to find a secluded spot as the afternoon rays lengthen…
Where are some of the most romantic or evocative places to enjoy a sleep-out on your safari or honeymoon? Where you can fully immerse yourselves in the sights and sounds of the bush? The calls of the hyenas and jackals, the chatter of the birds at dusk and again at dawn? The spectacular sky with the Southern Cross constellation glittering above you and of course the glorious African sunset and sunrise…
More prosaically, what exactly do I mean by a sleep-out?
Firstly what is a Sleep-Out?
Broadly there are two types of sleep-outs.
The first option is a separate place that you go to enjoy a sleep-out in the bush. Some safari lodges now offer you an opportunity to sleep out under the stars for the night. The exact format varies but the basic concept is the same – you head off to the sleep-out platform in the late afternoon by foot or by vehicle.
At some sleep-outs it is just one couple, either alone or with a game scout nearby. At other camps, it is offered to more people so that it is quite a festive atmosphere, though less romantic.
The second, much less scary, option is when your suite has some sort of an outdoor ‘sala’ (sleeping area) where you can sleep under the stars but still within the confines of your accommodation.