Affordable honeymoon destinations

Affordable honeymoon destinations

Planning an international honeymoon on a budget? Don’t fret. There are so many incredible travel destinations rich in culture and experiences that won’t break the bank either.

As a newlywed, you definitely don’t want to start off your life together in debt. But, if you are still determined to go overseas for a romantic getaway, these destinations will have you feeling the love without clutching your wallet tight.

Another plus: all of these destinations are visa-free for South Africans, saving you quite a few bucks on paperwork!

Bali, Indonesia

Bali has been trending for years, and it is clear to see why. With beautiful beaches, bustling nightlife and culture around every corner, there is something for everyone.

Because Bali is such a popular tourist destination, there are always travel packages being offered. Many travel businesses offer week long packages for between R10 000-R20 000 per person sharing. The packages are generally all inclusive, making it an excellent deal. The best part? After nearly two years of being shut to tourists, the Island of the Gods is officially open to everyone.

Phuket, Thailand

Enrich yourself culturally in this beautiful Asian country. Whether you’re looking for big city life or a relaxed island-hopping getaway, Thailand is your one stop shop. Phuket is the country’s largest island, offering tropical views and lively entertainment.

You can easily find amazing package deals from R9 000- R18 ooo per person sharing at 2, 3 and 4 star hotels.

Mombasa, Kenya

Combine beach and safari in this beautiful African country. Kenya’s largest port and second most populous city is steeped in history. History fans will love exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site Fort Jesus, and the more activity-based couples will revel in water sports in the Mombasa Marine National Park. Of course, you can also just relax at one of their beautiful beaches.

You can find great 4-night stays ranging from R14 000 – R20 000 per person sharing.

Zanzibar, Tanzania

The island of Zanzibar is renowned for its laid-back luxury and picture-perfect views. This beachy destination also offers activities to suit every style and budget. An excellent plan of action is to visit one of Tanzania’s popular game reserves before settling down in Zanzibar for surf and sun.

A week-long honeymoon can often run between R10 000-R15 000 per person sharing, including flights and accommodation.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The largest South American country offers rugged landscapes, dense jungles and pristine beaches. Rio de Janeiro is the more cosmopolitan Brazilian city, making it perfect for honeymooners wanting modern culture.

3-5 day package deals to this festive destination usually range between R14 000 – R25 000 including flights and 3-star accommodation.

Cairo, Egypt

Okay, hear us out. While the bustling streets of Cairo don’t exactly scream honeymoon destination, it’s a great affordable destination for history buffs looking to brush up on their knowledge of ancient Egypt. Explore the pyramids and meander through alleyways as negotiated with street vendors, Egypt is a beautiful destination if you’re looking to get to know North African culture.

8 Day packages often range between R22 000 – R24 000.

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