Your honeymoon is one of those rare opportunities when you get to bond with your partner over new experiences and the shared wonderment of exploring a special place together – and what better backdrop than an African sunset to round off each magical day? Here are just a few of the tempting African destinations that lend themselves so well to this type of trip, we hope you are your beloved will find them inspiring!
Sleep under the stars – South Africa
Samara Private Game Reserve was voted one of the twelve most romantic places in the world by Hello! Magazine – and it’s easy to see why! Their ‘star bed’ experience, in which you and your partner get to sleep under the breathtaking African skies in a beautiful four poster bed with billowing mosquito net is one of those experiences you’ll be sharing with your kids and grandchildren for years to come!
Wake to the sounds of birdsong, and watch the first few animals come out to drink at the Milk River from your private dining area over coffee and rusks before you head back to the lodge for a hearty breakfast. Spend your days reconnecting with nature on guided walking tours, and enjoy their range of outdoor fine dining experiences hosted in the beautiful setting of the Karoo. What better place to spend time together and make memories for your shared future?
Dugong beach – Mozambique
If strolling along pristine white powder beaches and reveling in all the delights of crystal waters sounds like your ideal honeymoon, then look no further than Dugong Beach, located in the idyllic Vilanculos Wildlife Sanctuary of Mozambique. Not only are guests here treated to the beautiful reefs of the area, which are home to numerous underwater species like leatherback turtles, manta rays and dolphins, the reserve covers over 30 000 hectares of pristine marine and wildlife territory, including bush and wetland eco-systems, and over 300 bird species. Spend your days snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, water skiing, fly fishing and kayaking – or just relax together with a beach picnic!
Best budget honeymoon for adventurers – self-drive safari in Namibia
If you and your partner have a thirst for exploring together, then renting your own 4×4 at the airport and hitting the road to take in Etosha National Park, the Namib Desert, and the remarkable Skeleton Coast is one of the most affordable and exciting honeymoon options Africa has to offer. The Namib boasts the highest sand dunes in the world, the perfect place to try your skills at sandboarding in Swakopmund or Walvis Bay! There are several itineraries to choose from, and you have plenty of freedom to change up your route as you go. Most accommodation will be in tents, although there are more luxurious bed and breakfast establishments and lodges en route if you need a bit of pampering! Other attractions include the option to visit a cheetah farm and the breathtaking Hoba Meteorite site.
Safari in Style – Londolozi, Kruger National Park, South Africa
If you really want to safari in style and unwind completely from the cares of everyday life, then you couldn’t ask for more than Londolozi. Enjoy their bush yoga retreat, wilderness spa, heated pool and meditative walks to clear your mind from all your worries, before you head out for a luxury private safari and champagne sundowners. The honeymoon suite even features a magnificent double bathtub under the stars!
Take in all the amazing wildlife you would expect from one of the world’s greatest safari regions, renowned for their conservation work. The name Londolozi comes from the Zulu word meaning “protector of all living things” – and this ethos is clearly carried through in everything they do here.
Meet the elephants of Botswana
Imagine walking through the bush with the world’s largest land mammal as your protector – sounds good, right? Botswana’s Okavango Delta gives you the opportunity to do just that with the remarkable Abu Elephant Herd, who are happy to meet and interact with visitors! Meet their adorable calves, discover their unique personalities and help the herd take a well-deserved mud bath!
Game drives take on a whole new meaning here, where traditional 4×4 drives take place alongside boat and silent mokoro dug-out canoe trips through the waterways and channels of the park.
Honeymoon in Africa
These are just a few of the remarkable experiences you can expect from an African honeymoon – we hope you’ll consider this diverse continent to celebrate with your better half!