There are so many wonderful places to honeymoon in Africa....a continent of stunning sunsets, exceptional wildlife and beautiful moments. Which begs the question where do you start first....!
"There is no better place to start your married life together then in the unforgettable wilderness of Africa. From the moment you land on this unique continent you will receive the truly remarkable and infamous African hospitality. Your every need is taken care of and all you need to do is to relax and enjoy.."
Always dreamed of a safari though Africa, though you wanted to share it with someone special? Africa is quickly becoming the destination hot spot for a luxury African honeymoon safari. With so much luxury and adventure threaded through this amazing continent it is not hard to see why!
Gorgeous pristine beaches with romantic walks on the hot soft sand to game drives spotting an abundance of wildlife. Finishing with sundowners on dusk as the sunset set’s over another perfect day in untouched wilderness. Africa can cover anyone’s dream honeymoon all at once!
There is adventure and hiking for the more energetic newlyweds, there is isolation and peace in the most beautiful places for others. Those who want to feel like the only two people on the earth, there is relaxation where you can recover peacefully from wedding stresses.
There is no better place to start your married life together then in the unforgettable wilderness of Africa. From the moment you land on this unique continent you will receive the truly remarkable and infamous African hospitality. Your every whim will be taken care of, all you need to do is relax and enjoy.
In no particular order see our selected favourites…….
Londolozi – South Africa
Located on the Sand River in the heart of the Sabi Sands Game reserve within the Greater Kruger National Park. Londolozi is famous for its commitment to luxurious accommodation, fine dining and service that is exquisite! You will be taken care of and made to feel like you are the only people in the lodge. While maintaining a high standard of global ecotourism, this family run business will show you all the beauty that Africa can hold with an abundance of wildlife at your doorstep and personal touches so that you don’t need to worry about a thing.
Honeymooners are treated to a private luxurious safari land rover with a couples couch for private game drives, these are usually combined with picnic dinners for 2 and champagne sundowners at sunset. If you would rather stay in, there is a double bathtub under the stars or a heated personal swimming pool, both with divine views over the grasslands where elephants could just wander by. Feel like being a bit active? They can help with that too with bush yoga retreat, a wilderness spa and meditative walks. There is no doubt that Londolozi is definitive luxury.
One & Only Nyungwe House – Rwanda
As the new kid on the block in Rwanda One and Only’s new Nyungwe house is hard to beat! Combining a gorilla trek with this lodge and you will be in for an unforgettable experience, that you will be talking about for the rest of your lives. Nestled in the foothills of the forest covered mountains are small clusters of rustic style retreats with a front row seat to the sights and sounds of pure nature. Nyungwe House is set amongst the tea plantations of Gisakura on the edge of the iconic Nyungwe National Park. The lush and diverse habitat is home to over 13 different species of primate and 20% of all apes in Africa. That’s not all there is an abundance of birdlife, orchids, butterflies and many more fascinating creatures both big and small.
This is definitely a great destination for those that want luxury and don’t want to sit around, as there is so much to do at this gorgeous lodge. There is the canopy walk that is the only of its kind in East Africa, and unmissable experience. To see the flora and fauna both above and below, trails galore for all levels of fitness, nature boot camps, helicopter rides, and treks to see the the Colobus Monkey’s or Chimpanzees. For those that just want to unwind there is a spa with treatments to reset the body and mind.
At night you have the chance to do the nocturnal walk or just stay back and star gaze with unadulterated views of the heavens. This is one unforgettable experience!
Ehlane Plains Camp – Tanzania
On the far eastern plains of the Serengeti National Park is the remote wildlife-filled pocket of the savannah and home to Ehlane Plains Camp. This area is unique, unspoilt, silent, remote and truly exciting. A true African experience as you have access to an abundance of wildlife surrounding this amazing and luxurious camp.
If big cats are on your bucket list then this camp is for you. With only eight tents and no borders or fences the wildlife will come and go as it pleases. Stay alert, eyes open, the thrill of the safari is right here!
The honeymoon suite has a “Star Dome” an Arabian idea of an open rooftop. Recline on large cushions and fall asleep under the immense star filled sky. With no light pollution, nothing between you and the universe, the clarity of the views of the heavens is second to none.
During the day there are options for walking safaris, balloon safaris and game drives. You can be as active or inactive as you want. This is your special time and Ehlane Plains camp will make sure it is one to remember.
Elewana Kilindi – Zanzibar
If you want the perfect beach honeymoon then Elewana Kilindi – Zanzibar is the answer. Set in 50 Acres of lush tropical gardens on one of the most perfect beaches in the world. Each Pavilion Suite has wide arched glassless window giving you spectacular views over the Indian Ocean. A gentle breeze waving through each room will carry the sounds of the colourful birdlife surrounding the area.
Each pavilion provides a perfect intimate retreat for every guest, with a private tropical garder served by a dedicated butler, privacy is guaranteed. This wonderful butler will offer you a wide selection of places to enjoy your meal and should you wish to leave your oasis of tranquillity the butler will help organise and arrange any activity you wish to do.
There is so much to do on this spice island, from your water activities like a dolphin and snorkelling tour, Deep sea fishing or a private sunset Dhow cruise. There is historical Stone town tours or spice island tours plus so much more. The dining experiences will leave you in awe, and the view of the stars from your own corner of paradise will be undeniably amazing.
Islands of Siankaba – Zambia
The Islands of Siankaba is a luxury lodge located on 2 private islands in the middle of the beautiful Zambezi River. For those that want a remote African experience it doesn’t get much better than this. Priding themselves on their amazing dining experiences and catering for only 14 guests at a time you will have a personal service and maximum comfort. Being so close to the magnificent Victoria Falls means you have an abundance of activities at your disposal from White water rafting, quad biking, gorge swing or a helicopter ride over the falls. However, it is also for those who want to take a step back and enjoy the remoteness of this gorgeous property. Whether it be a sunset cruise, guided nature walk or an island picnic lunch, Islands of Siankaba will look after anything you require.
The honeymooners staying here will often find an aromatherapy bath for two after their sundowners cruise followed by an exquisite romantic starlit meal on their private deck. The perfect place to stay if the majestic Victoria Falls is on your must see list!
Ol Donyo Lodge – Kenya
Ol Donyo Lodge really is a cut above the rest when it comes to luxury. As one of National Geographic’s Unique lodges of the world you know you are staying somewhere really special. The lodge sits in the thick woodland of the Chyulus with views over the plains to Mount Kilimanjaro. This all inclusive lodge will give you a view of Africa like no other. Set on 275,000 acres of private wilderness to explore you will have a truly African Safari experience with all the luxuries you didn’t even know you wanted.
There are only 6 suites here and all have their own plunge pool and intimate Star beds can be set up to allow couples to enjoy the thrill of sleeping under a canopy of endless stars. For the more active honeymooners you have a whole banquet of activities to choose from, whether it be guided bushwalks, horse riding (All experience levels), Mountain biking or wildlife viewing in an open air hide. Fly camping is also available for those guests staying a while longer and you can’t forget the spa treatments available in your room. Ol Donyo will make your honeymoon a truly remarkable one.
Selinda Explorers Camp – Botswana
Located on a remote stretch of the Selinda Spillway, in the heart of the private 130,000 hectare Selinda Reserve, this camp is an intimate delight designed in the style of the early explorers. This camp holds an atmosphere of bush elegance mixed with a relaxed bohemian style. The staff have an attention to detail to ensure that you are well looked after, outstanding guides to show you the best of Africa and cuisine to die for this camp is an especially unique experience.
You can spend a day on a guided walk or floating alone on a canoe (Dependant on the water levels) watching the world pass you by or you could relax in the hammock listening to the sounds of the abundant wildlife surrounding this unique and fascinating camp.
If you want a honeymoon with a difference while getting a spectacular African experience than this camp is for you!
Alphonse Island – Seychelles
If romance and indulgence is high on the honeymoon list than Alphonse Island is a must! Set on a private island this tranquil paradise is a dream destination for those needing to get away after wedding stresses. This amazing location coupled with its infamous service and impressive range of recreational activities make Alphonse Island the ultimate honeymoon escape. On arrival you will be taken to your own piece of paradise complete with sparkling wine, ocean views that are out of this world and soft white beaches only a few paces away.
The luxury of this island needs to be experienced to be believed. Quiet picnics on secluded beaches, romantic candlelit dinners, sunset cruises, surreal encounters with an abundance of marine life and blissful spa treatments all in an exquisite environment. There is a wide range of activities like fishing, scuba diving, cycling or snorkelling. There are uplifting spa treatments for mind, body and soul.
Alphonse Island prides itself on creating perfect honeymoons and guarantees to fulfil your fantasies of a private romantic sanctuary in an isolated destination.
Tswalu Kalahari – Botswana
Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest private game reserve with over 110,000 hectares of spectacular grassland and mountains. Another amazing lodge that has been listed as National Geographic Unique lodges of the world and it doesn’t take long to figure out why!
Each day is tailored to the client and what they would like to experience in this picturesque and fascinating part of Africa. Renowned for its brilliant wildlife sightings from wild dogs to the endangered desert Rhino and Aardvarks you won’t be disappointed, and if meerkats are on your must see list then this property is for you!
With many optional activities from horse riding, walking tours, community visits and game drives. Or you can spend time in the exquisite spa for the pampering you deserve.
The property is split into 3 lodges, The Motse and Tarkuni , the Private Motse Suite has a private sundeck overlooking the waterhole for perfect wildlife viewing. Where the Tarkuni is your ultimate taste of luxury with you own chef and host, private game viewing vehicle, a gorgeous starbed and private swimming pool.
There is also the Malori, the sleep out deck that offers the guests an unparalleled experience of sleeping under the fabled “Diamond Skies”. You have never seen a sky like this, untouched by pollution and absolutely magic.
While you are here take the opportunity to learn about the true meaning of ecotourism and conservation as this camp is a front runner in helping the wildlife and local communities.
Abu Camp – Botswana
Abu camp is the ultimate luxury destination mixed with Elephants and it doesn’t get much better than that. Set in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, this diverse habitat has made it the perfect destination for Elephant conservation and become home to the Abu Herd of elephants which have been rescued from exploitative situations or saved from harm which ultimately will be reintroduced back into the Okavango. During your time here you will get to know these elephants on a whole new level, seeing their cheeky personalities and developing a new understanding of wildlife surrounding you. It will change the way you see the world.
Abu aims to provide the very best in luxury safari accommodation with impeccable service and extraordinary safari and wildlife experiences in one of the largest and most diverse private concessions in the Okavango.
Each room at Abu camp comes complete with a generous deck with a secluded outdoor copper bathtub and private plunge pool, overlooking the endless lagoon views.
Being in such a diverse destination means there is a lot of ways to explore this unique destination. Driving game drives are available as well as mokoro (Traditional dug-out canoe) tours to glide along the waterways and see animals from a new perspective. Optional scenic flights can be arranged and well worth doing to see how amazing this waterway really is.
Ngaga Camp – Republic of Congo
For those that want a truly remarkable and memorable experience you can’t go past Ngaga Camp in the Ndzehi Forest on the western boundary of Odzala-Kokoua National Park, North-west of the Republic of Congo. Now before you see the words CONGO and automatically write it off remember there are 2 countries with the word Congo in the title. This congo is extremely safe and the capital city Brazzaville has recently been named one of the safest African city in the 2017 World economic forum and Forbes recently included it in the 10 new coolest cities to visit, mainly because of its safety.
One of the best things about this camp is being completely surrounded by thick beautiful rainforest. This forest is untouched and with only a few lodges in existence in the area there is an abundance of wildlife. The Western Lowland gorilla is tracked on foot directly from the camp, as you walk you may encounter one of the other 9 different species of primate in the area including the crowned and Moustached monkeys or the central Chimpanzees. An experience with the Gorillas really will be something special and a moment you won’t forget for the rest of your lives together.
In this area there are so many species that are unique to the Republic of Congo with both flora and fauna and you will love getting to explore this gorgeous rainforest during both day and night to discover it all!
This is such a unique destination and it will not disappoint. Ngaga camp will ensure you have a special time with private meals on the river deck below camp and catering to your needs whatever they may be. The congo hospitality is a warm and welcoming one and you will feel part of the family when you arrive. Saying goodbye to these smiling faces will be hard as you will fall in love with this country and its people.
There are so many wonderful places to honeymoon in Africa and compiling this list to only 11 was so hard as we have so many favourites. Here at Reis Voyage we have such a high level of knowledge for all things Africa, it is in our heart and in our soul. Once you step foot on this amazing continent you will definitely understand why.
If you want to start your marriage with a glorious honeymoon we can help, perhaps you want a second honeymoon or maybe even a third… who could blame you with amazing destinations like these!