The average couple in South Africa spends R5 000 to R15 000 on their honeymoon, based on a survey conducted by The Wedding Expo. However, the managing director of the company, Amanda Cunningham is reporting that this is extremely expensive for many people when the average total wedding budget for most couples is between R20 000 to R50 000. This has caused many future spouses to skip out on international destinations and look towards value-for-money packages in South Africa. If you’re one of these couples looking to save money yet still take a trip of a lifetime, check out some of these amazing honeymoon locations right in your own country.

Hazyview, Mpumalanga for the Adventurous Couple

If your idea of a vacation is ditching the spa and heading to the woods, then Hazyview is the perfect destination for you. Here you can try out any sport or activity you want from white water rafting and tubing to aerial cable trailing and abseiling. If you’re looking for a more romantic adventure, you could also take a horse ride along the Sabie River or ride in a hot air balloon and watch the sunrise. There are also affordable hotels in the area such as the Protea Hazyview, where you can continue your adventures with an outdoor swimming pool or a snooker billiards room.

Hluhluwe, KZN for the Private Couple

If you’re simply looking to get away from life and spend time together, then book a stay at the Hluhluwe River Lodge. It’s an affordable stay that will put you right in the middle of a romantic location. Its remote area will help you relax and pay attention to each other’s desires. However, if you’d like to explore, you’re also close to the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, the oldest nature reserve in Africa. You can get up close and personal with the amazing wildlife in the area and enjoy the natural views.

Plett, Garden Route for the Couple that Loves Sand

One of the most traditional honeymoon spots is the beach. So, if you’re a lover of the sun and the sand, then head to Plettenberg Bay to experience the ocean mixed with a romantic view of the Tsitsikamma Mountains. You can picnic in the sand and listen to the Southern Right Whales playing in the ocean waters. There is a lodge there that also offers a romantic fireplace and bar as well as swimming pools, sun decks, and a honeymoon suite.

How to Make the Best of Your Money

The best way to make the best out of your honeymoon is to book everything early. The best time to book honeymoons are six to eight months in advance so that you can get the date that you want at the price that you want. You also don’t have to leave for your honeymoon right after the wedding. Weddings are generally on the weekends, which is also the most expensive time for transportation and hotels. So, wait a couple of days and head on your vacation on a Monday or Tuesday. Try not to schedule on holidays and also be aware of hidden costs. Think about any other fees you would need such as airport transfers, activity costs, and petrol.

Planning a honeymoon shouldn’t be a headache. Let it be a relaxing journey to express your true love at one of these amazing budget-friendly locations.

By Jane Sandwood