Africa is the perfect place to celebrate newly wedded bliss!
When it comes to romance, Africa is filled to the brim with it, making its wonderfully wild wildernesses and perfect, white sand beaches appealing to honeymooners the world over. So start the journey of a lifetime on safari
You’ve said the vows, exchanged the rings and tied the knot in front of family and friends… Now it’s time for you to celebrate your nuptials with a romantic escape on a honeymoon that will forever mark the start of your journey together as a married couple.
When considering your honeymoon destinations, it’s good to know that Africa is blessed with every imaginable permutation, and a whole lot of options that don’t exist anywhere else in the world. Romance and safari go hand-in-hand so let’s look at some of the most idyllic places and amazing experiences that set honeymoons in Africa apart…
All you need is love… And a safari tent!
There’s nothing quite like being under canvas in the African wilderness. Add the soft glow of an oil lamp, a diaphanous mosquito net around a plump bed dressed in crisp linen and the distant roar of a lion and you have the honeymoon that dreams were made of.
Taking the notion of “glamping” to extremes, a tented camp is the best way to experience an authentic (and uber romantic) immersion into wild Africa, where your surroundings are a natural extension of your accommodation, allowing the natural beauty of Africa to take centre stage. With full en-suite bathrooms and hot and cold running water (even if sometimes the “running” bit may be from a quaint bucket-type shower!) there’s no scrimping on facilities either in the modern safari tent.
Whether you choose to go for a beautifully minimalistic, intimate and rustic bush camp in a remote corner of paradise or a sumptuous multiple-roomed palace complete with Persian rugs, four-posters and ball and claw bathtubs, safari tents are a far cry from the two-man dome efforts of childhood camping trips in the woods (although we’d be happy to arrange similar “sleep-out” experiences if you like).
Location, location, location
Africa’s a BIG continent… So where are the best places for a honeymoon safari? Well, let’s start with the country where it all began – Kenya – and the quintessential honeymoon destination, the Masai Mara. Whether you choose to time your honeymoon to coincide with the Great Wildebeest Migration or experience the Mara without wildebeest, it’s hands-down one of the most idyllic and romantic places in Africa for newlyweds.
Neighboring Tanzania also offers some incredible and glamourous options for brand new life partners. Take the jaw-dropping Ngorongoro Crater, for example, with drop-dead gorgeous lodges and camps strategically positioned along its rim offering some of the most stupendous views in Africa and sensational wildlife encounters. The legendary Serengeti also attracts lovers of all ages and add the drawcard of the magical island of Zanzibar and the private islands off its coast into the mix and you have a honeymoon winner!
Botswana is another wonderful option, with the incredible Okavango Delta topping the list of honeymoon hideaways in this Southern African nation. With some of the most beautiful safari camps in Africa set in one of the most game-rich and scenically stunning wilderness areas on the continent, it’s seriously hard to surpass the Okavango when it comes to the epitome of romance.
A honeymoon in the “Rainbow Nation” of South Africa will also tick a lot of boxes, allowing couples to experience a great combination of outstanding private game reserves and phenomenal safari camps and one of the world’s most beautiful cities – Cape Town – with its rich history, vibrant culture and breathtaking scenery.
Zambia and Zimbabwe share one of the most romantic destinations in Africa – the Victoria Falls – and both offer an incredible array of outstanding safari destinations, superlative safari camps and wonderful wildlife experiences.
Away from the African mainland, the picture-perfect islands of the Seychelles are the epitome of a honeymoon in paradise, with soft white sand beaches, impossibly clear, blue oceans and gently swaying palm trees. Or opt for the more off-the-beaten track islands of Sao Tome and Principé, located off the west coast of Africa where the words remote and romantic take on new meaning!
Another alternative is to combine one or more of the above into a multi-destination honeymoon that will give you a broad taste of some of the amazing flavors of Africa.
Fall in love with these experiences…
We’ll just leave these here for you as a taste of what an African safari offers in terms of the things that will create lifelong memories of your honeymoon…
- Hot air ballooning over the Serengeti
- Vintage biplane flight over Kenya’s Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
- Sundowner drinks on a sandbank in the middle of the Zambezi River
- A private tree-house sleepout in the heart of the Greater Kruger National Park
- Dinner under the stars in the dunes of the Kalahari
- Meeting meerkats in the vast expanses of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans
- A private picnic lunch on Pansy Island in Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago
- Waking up in a tent surrounded by elephants in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi
- A private helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls
- Sunset on North Island in the Seychelles
- Gliding through the crystal-clear channels of the Okavango Delta in a mokoro
And many, many more.
Chat to us about arranging your honeymoon here in Africa.