Whether a couple wishes to backpack around Cape Town or experience a 5-star honeymoon, South Africa calls this destination “The Unexpected City” for a reason. Frolic with native penguins at Boulders Beach, brag to pals back home about the New7Wonders of Nature at Table Mountain, or sip wine at some of the most beautiful estates in the region. Cape Town isn’t just a vacation spot; it is a city so packed with vibrancy that you will need a pair of shades to simply withstand the shimmer.
Most Popular Spot for Honeymooners; Table Mountain
Table Mountain is one of the reasons that Cape Town is consistently ranked among the world’s most favorite cities. With sweeping views of the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Flats, and Robben Island, this 3,560 foot peak is for serious hikers and for the cable car variety. Table Mountain’s cable cars zip honeymooners up the mountain in less than five minutes and have a cafe on-site for those who worked up an appetite while suspended in air.
The Platteklip Gorge route is one of the most popular routes for hikers. While it takes 1.5 hours to complete (if you are moderately fit), the views are insane. Tip? Get an early start, bring plenty of water, a hat, and sun tan lotion. The sun in this part of the world is extremely strong. There are also walking trails to choose from on your way to and from the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.
Most Fun & Romantic Spots for Honeymooners
Boulders Beach – Near Simon’s Town, Boulders Beach is for the animal lover extraordinaire. While Cape Town isn’t known for its African safaris, it does have this unique protected colony of African penguins for viewing. Nestled in their natural habitat, couples can amble along wooden walkways while watching the playful penguins as they undoubtedly entertain you. The scenery is unexpectedly beautiful unlike any other zoo habitat this is the closest you will come to seeing these creatures in the wild.
Wineries – South Africa is near synonymous with great wine, as the region is quite decorated for its accomplishment in the art of winemaking. In Somerset West, The Vergelegen Estate is one of the most beautiful and oldest wineries in the area. Erected in 1700, it has gorgeous views, a sprawling sunny stucco estate, and has over 200 wine awards for their handcrafted varietals.
Also, just 45 minutes from Cape Town the Fairview Winery is a granite rock outcrop developed over three generations. Not only does it serve mouth-watering wine, but there is a cheese farm on-site with a goat tower (must-see) on the southwest facing slopes of Paarl Mountain.
Nuts and Bolts: Basic Travel Info
Travel Document Requirements: A valid U.S. passport.
Currency: The South African Rand (ZAR) is the official currency, so check for the best exchange rates before you leave town.
Language: South Africa has over 11 official languages, but don’t worry, English is among them. Most locals speak more than one language, and most often that is English, Dutch, or Afrikaans.
Weather: Summers are warm and dry, beginning in November and December and lasting till January and February. However, autumn (March-April) may be the best time to visit as the weather is still mild and the tourists are few.
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