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Newlyweds choosing their honeymoon destination are faced with a plethora of options in South Africa. This truly is a land of abundance and diversity. However, couples that are looking to immerse themselves in the beauty of this land and its profusion of fauna and flora will be well rewarded on the Garden Route. These are just some of the attractions that boast the natural wealth of the country:

Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Guided tours through this fascinating park will expose some of the most beautiful, fearsome and intriguing snakes to be found in South Africa. Special features include the Python Room and the Monitor Lizard Enclosure.
Contact:
lawnwood@polka.co.za
+27 (0)44 534 8056

The Crags Elephant Sanctuary and Knysna Elephant Park
Herds of elephants have found solace and protection within these gorgeous surrounds. They conduct daily shows and allow guests to walk with them, feed them and even ride on them.
Contact:
The Crags Elephant Sanctuary
www.elephantsanctuary.co.za
crags@elephantsanctuary.co.za
+27 (0)44 534 8145
Knysna Elephant Park
www.knysnaelephantpark.co.za
info@knysnaelephantpark.co.za
+27 (0)44 532 7732

Birds of Eden
A free-flight bird sanctuary contained within the world’s largest dome of its kind. Witness and be a part of the lives and characteristics of a spectacular array of avian species.
Contact:
www.birdsofeden.co.za
info@birdsofeden.co.za
+27 (0)82 979 5683

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
See monkeys, lemurs and apes within their forested habitat on tours conducted by professionals. These primates will charm and amuse you for hours.
Contact:
www.monkeyland.co.za
info@monkeyland.co.za
+27 (0)44 534 8906

Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
This centre encourages visitors to get to know their wilder counterparts a little more intimately. Guided tours are conducted and you can look forward to seeing Meerkat, Blackfooted Cats, Caracal, Cheetah and African Wildcats, amongst others.
Contact: www.tenikwa.co.za
info@tenikwa.co.za
+27 (0)44 534 8170

Hippo Dive Campus
Embark on a SCUBA diving course, and witness the underwater delights off the coast of the Garden Route.
Contact:
www.hippodivecampus.co.za
hippodivecampus@gmail.com
+27 (0)82 923 0267

Featherbed Nature Reserve
Discover the intricacies of the Knysna Lagoon and its estuaries on guided tours of the reserve around it.
Contact: www.featherbed.co.za
+27 (0)44 382 1693

Buffalo Hills Game Reserve
Situated in Wittedrift, near Plettenberg Bay, Buffalo Hills is home to many species of wildlife. It also offers gorgeous accommodation (perfectly romantic for honeymooners), game drives, bird trails, mountain bike trails, horse trails and the Nyati Mampoer Distillery.
Contact:
www.buffalohills.co.za
buffalohills@mweb.co.za
+27 (0)44 535 9739

Botlierskop Private Game Reserve
For day safaris and prime wildlife viewing opportunities, stop at Botlierskop, nestled in the mountains between Mossel Bay and George. Game drives, elephant back rides, bush walks, helicopter flips and horseback safaris are all available. In addition, Botlierskop has luxury accommodation for longer stays and a gorgeous restaurant in which to unwind and enjoy the sights and sounds of the African bushveld.
Contact:
www.botlierskop.co.za
info@botlierskop.co.za

Garden Route Game Lodge
Just in front of the Langeberg Mountain Range, this exquisite private game reserve promises opulent accommodation, fine dining and plenty of wildlife, including the Big 5 (elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and lion).
Contact: www.grgamelodge.co.za
reservations@grgamelodge.co.za
+27 (0)28 735 1200

Photo Credit: www.africauncovered.com

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