5 impressive local honeymoon destinations that won't break the bank

Forget lavish spending – even on a tight budget, you can still have your dream honeycation filled with fun and relaxation.

The wedding is done. Your feet are tired from all the dancing. Your heart is full of love and, to be completely honest, you're probably glad it's all over. All you're really looking forward to now is a carefree getaway where you can begin your life with your Number 1.

But a honeymoon doesn't have to be expensive and you definitely don't have to leave the country. South Africa is one of the most beautiful places in the world and often we don't get to explore the parts of our country that we don't live in.

Read more: 10 places in SA where you can get a spectacular wedding venue for under R50 000

The Baths, Western Cape 

Located in Citrusdal in the Western Cape, The Baths is a hidden gem. It's centred around the hot springs that provide the pool and spa baths with lovely warm bath temperatures. And for a province that is currently in a drought this is probably the only place you'll get to have a bath for a long time.

They offer hiking trails and rock pools that are also fed from the natural hot springs. Cellphone reception is limited so if you're looking for a getaway where you need to unplug, this is ideal.

The Olsen house units are ideal for honeymooners as they have private jacuzzi baths and great double walk in showers.

Cost: Starting from R750 per unit per night

Old Mac Daddy, Western Cape

The Old Mac Daddy trailer park is such a fun place to spend a couple of days. Not too far out of Cape Town, you'll find much to keep you occupied here. From zorbing to archery, mountain biking and sun bathing by the lake, you're guaranteed to have a good time.

Each American Airstream Caravan is individually decorated. A popular one is Give Bees A Chance. It's one of the slightly larger ones and is close by the pool and the restaurant.

Cost: Starting at R1395 per unit 

Tsitsikamma Lodge & Spa, Eastern Cape

The Garden Route in general is a great holiday destination. So, of course, it has so much to offer when it comes to honeymoons. Tsitsikamma Lodge and Spa is set against the foothills of the Tsitsikamma Mountain range and is sheltered by the forest fringe.

So if you're looking for a tranquil and relaxing time, this is a great place. There are so many other activities like hiking trails, horse riding, treetop canopy tours and mountain biking.

Cost: Starting at R910 per room per night.

Sycamore Avenue Treehouses, KwaZulu Natal

If you're looking for whimsical romance then what's better than staying in a treehouse? The Romantic Treehouse is cute and cosy and a favourite amongst homeymooners. It comes with a leafy canopy to provide some privacy as well as a fireplace for the cold winter months and a luxury jacuzzi bath for relaxing.

Cost: Starting at R1930 per person sharing.

Mountain Mala Game Lodge, North West 

North West Province is probably best known for all its beautiful game reserves and is where you can find some of the most beautiful and wild parts of our country.

Mountainn Mala Game Lodge, is one such place. Just an hour outside of Gauteng this beautiful reserve borders the Crocodile River giving guests a stunning view of the river valley between the hills.

Cost: From R600 per unit per night.