Where to go on the dream honeymoon? It’s undoubtedly one of the hardest travel decisions you’ll ever have to make. Luckily, Black Tomato is on hand to help. In an effortless combination of city-slicking, big-five spotting and beach-combing, spend 13 nights in sheer luxury as we show you a few of our favourite spots in South Africa and Mozambique. You’ll start your romantic getaway in Cape Town, exploring the city like a local with our expert guides, before being whisked off to Franschoek where nature, food and wine reign supreme. Next, from lush landscapes to the South African bush, you’re off to the exclusive Sabi Sand game reserve where Africa’s most exotic wildlife is right on your doorstep. For a glorious end to your trip, you’ll spend your final few days on Benguerra Island in Mozambique, where stripped-back nature and finest luxury are perfectly blended. If you ask us, it’s the perfect recipe for romance.
Captivating Cape Town
Arrive in South Africa’s most cosmopolitan city, Cape Town, where you’ll hole up in luxury at Cape Grace for three nights. Standing proud on the V&A Waterfront, this will be your base to explore all that the thriving city has to offer. We’ve always named Cape Town as one of our favourite getaways and after being christened the World Design Capital in 2014 the city is buzzing and transforming like never before. Spend your days conquering majestic Table Mountain, wining and dining by the harbour and sunning yourself on the stunning beaches (alongside a few native African penguins).Read more
Indulge your senses in Franschoek
Next up you’ll nip just an hour down the road to Franschoek to get back to basics in the best possible way. Spend two nights at Babylonstoren, an idyllic Cape Dutch farm that sits on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain and indulge your inner homebody. Cherish some time together and take a stroll out onto the 200 hectare farm to admire the orchards, take a tour through the fruit and vegetable gardens and take a dip in the farm dam if it takes your fancy. This is a serious foodie spot as well, where you’ll pick your own salad and dine alfresco in our favourite picnic spot. When you’re full on home-grown delicacies, meet the local wine makers before sipping on some of their most prized creations as you take in the mesmerising mountain scenery.
Spot the big five in Sabi Sand
For the next leg of your South African adventure you’ll fly to Nelspruit and the unspoiled bush of the exclusive Sabi Sand game reserve. Here, one of our favourite lodges, Simbambili, will become your home for the next three nights. Nestled amongst dense jackalberry trees on the banks of the Manyeleti River, you barely have to leave your private plunge pool to view Africa’s most magnificent wildlife flocking to this popular watering hole. It doesn’t get any better than at sunrise and sunset, when you’ve got the best opportunity to see a few big cats wandering past. If you do venture out on a guided drive (unmissable if you ask us), the place is packed with wildlife – elephants, lions, rhino, buffalo and leopard are just waiting for you to spot them. Our favourite part? You’re almost guaranteed to spot more animals than people in this exclusive wilderness.
Island life in Mozambique
After a couple of days in the bush, it’s time for a bit of oceanside luxury, and we know the perfect place: Azura Retreat Benguerra. Floating in the midst of a pristine marine national park in Mozambique, it’s the ultimate shipwrecked experience – but with all the glamour. A kaleidoscope of colour greets you from both above and below the ocean; don a mask and snorkel to explore the incredible Two Mile coral reef or spy on the turtles that nest on the shoreline. In the evenings take a traditional sunset Dhow cruise before enjoying a private candlelit dinner with your toes in the sand and snuggling up under Egyptian cotton sheets beneath a thatched roof. Be sure to save some time for a massage or two at the amazing spa as well. Trust us, there’s no better way to melt away any left-over wedding stresses than by exploring this amazing side of Africa.