Honeymoon Destination: Pretoria, South Africa

With a tourism slogan like, ‘Love This City,’ you’d better believe that as a honeymoon destination, Pretoria is one of the best in South Africa. With a unique collection of attractions and accommodations, you can enjoy the wildlife, nature, and overall vibe of the city in as many ways as you can possibly imagine.

Unique Tourist Destinations

Loftus Versfeld Stadium – For most Americans, rugby is somewhat of an enigma, but you can’t help but admire the support Pretoria crowds have for their local Blue Bulls. In fact, the energy is contagious. With great views from any seat, this isn’t a stressful sports scene by any means. Instead, snag a couple of tickets and some brews even if you have no clue what is going on. For the hard-core rugby fans, you probably already know about this stadium and booked your tickets even before the trip.

Cheetah Research & Breeding Centre – If you love animals and want to see magnificent breeds protected, this research centre is an essential stop on your trip. With the common goal of saving and maintaining some of South Africa’s most beloved native animals, guests can become a part of the noble work that this organization is doing. Aside from donating your entrance fee to the cause, you will get to see the animals up close and personal. This tour gives you an inside look at what ‘saving the animals’ really means.

Church Square – If you love to sightsee without the imposition of “touristy” influence, then a trip to Church Square is a must. Located in the heart of Pretoria, couples can take a few hours to see the statues of Boer soldiers in the middle of the Square and reflect on the significant historical value that this area has for the Afrikaner population. With most buildings dating back 110 years, you can even dine at Pretoria’s oldest restaurant which is located in the far western corner of the square.

Best Honeymoon Hotels

Kievits Kroon Country Estate – The Cape Dutch-Style architecture of this 142 suite estate isn’t the only thing that entices honeymooners. The luxury accommodations, immaculate grounds, on-site wellness spa, and gourmet eatery transport couples into a private world all their own. From the moment you amble along the Jacaranda-lined dirt road prior to check in, this is one hotel you won’t ever forget.

Illyria House – Known as the setting for romance, this hotel has a striking resemblance to the White House. With white-gloved butlers, 17th century tapestries, its own luxury rail journey, and a state of the art wellness spa, this accommodation is one that will take you back in time, but beware you may never want to return to reality.

Best Restaurants

Fumo – This affordable eatery has pizza like that out of Napoli; one bite and you won’t ever be able to order Dominos again. Affordable and affable, even the chef will come by with personal recommendations based upon your tastes.

DeKloof – For a romantic night out, this brasserie has an amazing wine selection and a rotating menu that is sure to tantalize the taste buds. Perfect for a special night out, don’t miss the chance to dine here; they are even open late-night if you are night owls.

 

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