FALL IN LOVE WITH AFRICA
Africa for newlyweds
Honeymoons in Africa… heaven
Congratulations! You’ve met your soulmate, the big question has been popped, and the two of you are planning your dream wedding. Now, it’s time to organise the most romantic holiday of your life and start living your happily ever after.
You’ve probably got a few places on your wish-list of the ultimate honeymoon hotspots, but if Africa isn’t one of them you’re missing out on one of the dreamiest, most romantic and spectacular honeymoon destinations on the planet. This is a honeymoon that most people only ever get to dream about.
Just imagine… seeing extraordinary wildlife on unforgettable safari adventures during the day, followed by sunset cocktails and private candlelit dinners at night, and then sleeping under canvas beneath the African night sky – just the two of you. Follow that up with beach bliss on an island like Zanzibar, and it simply doesn’t get any more exotic or romantic.
Africa is a place that stirs the soul – and it’s even more special when you get to discover it with the one you love. Romance will definitely be in the air during a honeymoon in Africa.
Africa is home to some of the most beautiful and romantic properties you’ll ever see, sitting among some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth. Imagine relaxing in the hammock on your private viewing deck and looking out over vast savannah plains, or taking a dip in your private plunge pool as you watch elephants or hippos take a dip themselves in the river below.
Deep in the wilderness you’ll find gorgeous lodges and charming cottages, but for honeymooners there’s nothing like a safari experience under canvas. Boutique tented camps are luxurious and intimate, offering an old-world charm that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time and blissful seclusion just perfect for a honeymoon. You can even escape the canvas and spend a night with only a mosquito net separating you from the stars above, or in a secluded treehouse. The options are endless – but they’re all stylish, intimate and oh-so romantic.
Glorious game drives
Wherever you are in the world, if you’re on your honeymoon you’re bound to drink Champagne. You might even drink Champagne while watching a sunset. But only in Africa can you drink Champagne while gazing at a sunset with giraffes and baobab trees silhouetted against the technicolour sky. There’s simply nothing like it.
Africa has perfected the art of the “sundowner” (if you don’t fancy Champagne, go for a traditional gin and tonic), and you’ll love this romantic moment on an evening game drive. For an even more precious honeymoon memory, book a safari vehicle for just the two of you, and witness some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife in their natural habitat with just your private guide, your tracker and your loved one.
After an evening game drive, imagine heading back to your luxury camp to find a bottle of wine waiting for you and a freshly drawn bubble bath for two in your outdoor roll-top bathtub, illuminated only by the soft light of lanterns and candles. This is the sort of charming surprise you can expect at many of Africa’s finest lodges and camps if you’re on your honeymoon.
Every step of the way, thoughtful little touches and special moments will help you celebrate your love for each other and this very special time. We don’t want to give away too many secrets here, but some of the things you might enjoy include romantic turn-down services, personal butlers and intimate bush yoga experiences, and you’ll definitely want to book in a relaxing couples’ massage and other pampering treatments if your chosen property has a spa or in-house therapist.
Dining with your darling
You will dine like a king and queen when you’re on safari, with tantalising fare tempting you at every waking moment, but it’s <where> you eat that will really blow your minds. That’s because special dining experiences for two are something all the best bush camps and luxury lodges excel at. Imagine private, candle-lit dinners in gorgeous, secluded settings where you’ll be served gourmet cuisine created especially for the two of you; enchanting bush banquets under the stars; and delicious picnic lunches artfully arranged in shady, picturesque spots with magnificent views of the remote African wilderness… and only the two of you to enjoy it all.
When you’re on your honeymoon in Africa, expect romantic dining experiences that are nothing short of magical.
Adventures with your love
If you really want to take things to the next level on your honeymoon, there’s a swathe of exceptional experiences and adventures that the two of you will still be talking about when you celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary.
Soar above the game-packed plains of the Maasai Mara in a hot-air balloon. Take to the skies in a helicopter to see the breathtaking Mount Kilimanjaro, the aquatic wilderness of the Okavango Delta or the thundering Victoria Falls. Board a light aircraft for an exhilarating scenic flight over the Skeleton Coast in Namibia or the Great Rift Valley in Kenya. Hop aboard an old wooden dhow and sail into a Zanzibar sunset. The choices are endless, but the results will be the same: amazing experiences and unforgettable memories.
When it’s time to say goodbye to the bush, say hello to the beach! Spending some time at an exotic beach paradise is the most relaxing and romantic way to unwind after an epic African safari. It will add a spicy dash of luxury and indulgence to your honeymoon, and after early morning game drives you’ll cherish the chance to sleep in and really relax with your beloved. Imagine long, lazy days on the beach, walking hand-in-hand on white sands and cooling off in crystal-clear tropical waters. As the days draw to a close you’ll sip romantic sundowners in the balmy evenings before dining al fresco, your table lit only by candles and the stars. It’s the stuff honeymoon dreams are made of.
For a bush-and-beach honeymoon combo you simply need to choose two locations (easily accessed by aircraft to ensure minimum time in transit) that will take you from a safari to a romantic island honeymoon finale – perhaps one of the exquisite islands in the Indian Ocean, such as Mauritius, Seychelles, the Maldives or the exotic spice islands of Zanzibar. Could there be a more perfect ending to your African honeymoon?
Sex and the city
For couples wanting a romantic city break while on their African honeymoon, intriguing and compelling cities beckon from all over southern and east Africa. But for an über-glam, sophisticated city break in one of the most beautiful metropolises on Earth, there’s really only one option: Cape Town. Cosmopolitan, super-fun and eminently Instagrammable, it’s packed with things that couples will love. There’s a great coffee culture, top shopping and an exciting culinary scene. And just a couple of hours beyond the city centre lie the vine-swept Cape Winelands, home to picturesque wineries and world-class tipples. A romantic road trip here is a must.
Back in Cape Town, don’t miss sundowners in glamorous Camps Bay or high tea at the iconic, pale pink five-star Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. To really ramp up the romance factor, go horse riding together on Noordhoek Beach or take a sunset cable-car trip to the top of Table Mountain, the magnificent flat-topped mountain that overlooks the city and offers unparalleled views. For a real treat and incredible bird’s-eye views of Cape Town, take to the skies in a helicopter and fly over the city, Table Mountain and the majestic mountain ranges of the Cape Peninsula, and the glistening waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean – this is where these two oceans meet. It’s a glorious sight and one that you’ll treasure together forever.
The three Cs
If you’re planning your honeymoon, it’s very possible that at least one of you is wearing some fabulous new finger candy, in the form of an engagement ring. If this is the case, you probably learned all about the “Four Cs”: the colour, clarity, cut and carat of diamonds. But we’re here to tell you about the “Three Cs”: city, canvas and coastline.
Basically, they’re the best things you can do in Africa: a city escape, a safari and a brilliant beach finale. A sublime honeymoon package option is one that combines all three Cs. So, for example, you can savour the cosmopolitan buzz of Cape Town, sleep under (super-glam) canvas while on safari, and then take time out on a beach or a remote Indian Ocean island – think Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius or Seychelles.
Our stress-free honeymoon planning process lets you concentrate on organising your wedding while we create the perfect honeymoon package and dream safari itinerary for you. It will include everything from international and regional flights, exceptional accommodation, VIP meet-and-greets, private chauffeurs, day tours, safari activities, city or beach breaks, restaurant bookings and many more surprises along the way.
We can also create a special safari bridal registry for you, so your family and friends can contribute to the most special holiday of your life. And because Africa loves honeymooners, there are always fantastic specials to be enjoyed, too – we can help you find the best ones.