Planning the perfect honeymoon safari

December 21st 2021  |   Honeymoon, Wildlife Safaris, Unique Experiences  |  by   Charlotte Opperman
Planning the perfect honeymoon safari

With its stunning scenery, wonderful wildlife, and some of the most romantic accommodation anywhere on the planet, Africa is a superb honeymoon destination. Each country offers something unique and the African coastline is home to some of the world’s prettiest beaches.

The understated luxury at Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp is a perfect example of why Africa makes such a wonderful honeymoon destination

We know that a honeymoon is an incredibly important holiday so we’ll take the time to discuss exactly what you would like, guiding you through the seemingly bewildering choices, so we can make sure your honeymoon exceeds expectations.

Here are some of our top tips when it comes to planning your perfect honeymoon safari:

You’ll be more tired than you might realise after your wedding so we’d always suggest you start somewhere you can relax and unwind. Spend a couple of nights at a lodge where wildlife drives aren’t the mainstay of the activities so that you have a chance to catch your breath and get ready for the early morning starts on safari proper.  Somewhere like Tongabezi on the shores of the Zambezi River close to Livingstone or Giraffe Manor on the outskirts of Nairobi would be perfect.   If you are planning to visit South Africa, then heading to the Cape region for a few nights would also be a great option.

Relax at somewhere like Tongabezi before the start of your honeymoon proper

Do something that’s totally incredible. If a real adventure like gorilla tracking or a riding safari are on your bucket list, now would be a great time to tick them off. Bisate Lodge or Singita Kwitonda in Rwanda are superbly luxurious spots from which to base yourselves for gorilla tracking, while a riding safari with African Horseback Safaris or Offbeat Riding Safaris would be wonderful choices.

Singita Kwitonda is a great spot to choose for a gorilla tracking safari

Try something you wouldn’t usually do. Pushing comfort zones for a few nights, by sleeping under the stars for example, will make your honeymoon even more memorable. Several lodges, like Little Kulala in Namibia or Ol Donyo Lodge in Kenya have roof terraces where you can roll out a star bed for the night. If you are feeling more adventurous you can head for a star bed set a little way from the lodge for a night under the stars. Chalkley’s Tree House in the Kruger National Park or the Malori sleep out at Tswalu on the edge of the Kalahari are both great examples of beautifully romantic star beds.

Star bed platform at Little Kulala

Keep it simple and don’t try to fit too much in. If you keep to one geographical area you will reduce flights and connections and maximise time on the ground. Our blog on ‘One Country Wonders’ gives some good ideas.

South Africa fits the bill perfectly for a stunning safari in one country

Do plan to spend some time relaxing on a stunning beach. You could do this at any point during your honeymoon, but we’d often suggest it’s great to do at the end, so you get a chance to relive your wedding and honeymoon together, before coming home to reality. Azura Benguerra in southern Mozambique is one lovely option, Kaya Mawa on Lake Malawi is a glorious spot, or you could head to Denis Island, one of the several wonderful private island resorts in the Seychelles.

Paradise isle perfection at Denis Island

What next?
We would be delighted to help with planning your perfect honeymoon safari.  Our team of experts has travelled widely throughout Africa and the Indian Ocean and can offer expert advice.  Do get in touch – chatting to people by phone or email is what we do best. We listen, we explain, we answer all sorts of questions even those you didn’t know to ask, and finally we make suggestions. If this is your first time to Africa or your twenty first, we have a team standing by to help make the planning easy and the journey the best ever. Please get in touch whatever stage you’re at.

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