Africa is a destination that has it all! From tranquil beaches, safaris, deserts and incredible mountains, there isn’t a better place to celebrate your honeymoon.
Africa is an incredibly diverse continent with many countries, each of which offers its own unique experiences. Before you decide on your honeymoon destination, it is helpful to know what you and your partner are looking for. Are you yearning for a private island getaway, a safari in the wilderness or a city adventure?
No matter what your choice is, Africa combines it all. From pristine wildlife regions and untouched coastlines to luxury accommodation in landmark locations, here is our list for our top five honeymoon destinations in Africa.
Experience the magic of Africa on a safari honeymoon. There is nothing more romantic than being in the bush with your loved one.
From game drives across the rich, open landscapes, to falling asleep under the glow of the stars, African has it all. A safari honeymoon offers couples a deep sense of wonder as they explore the African wilderness with their loved one.
From boutique camps in the Serengeti to luxury lodges in the Okavango Delta, safari lodges specialise in small, thoughtful touches that will make a honeymoon in Africa memorable. Newly-weds can head out for game drives at sunrise or in the late afternoons to spot the famous Big Five or explore the wetland wilderness by motorboat.
Think private candlelit dinners under the stars, hot air balloon rides over the desert plains, fireball sunsets, outdoor couple’s massages and waking to the sound of birds chirping in the distance. Fairy tales really do come true on safari honeymoons!
We recommend that you spend three to four nights at one safari lodge and move to a different lodge or destination after a few days. These are our top recommendations for safari accommodation in Africa.
- Kruger National Park – Pair a South African safari with a trip to Cape Town or the Garden Route
- Botswana – Enjoy exploring the Okavango Delta in land and sea safaris
- Namibia – A whole new world, embark on safaris across the desert
- Zimbabwe – Visit the world-famous Victoria Falls after a safari in Zimbabwe
Being on honeymoon in Zanzibar is like a blissful dream. So much more than crystal clear beaches and pearl-white sand, Zanzibar is the perfect island getaway for two. A Zanzibar honeymoon combines the best of both worlds – the island life and city life.
The Zanzibar Archipelago is composed of many small islands and two major islands, Unguja and Pemba. The stunning coastlines are characterised by swaying palm trees and turquoise waters teeming with starfish, turtles and dolphins.
Go snorkelling and explore the depths of the Indian Ocean with your loved one, or enjoy the sunset while sailing on a traditional dhow. Honeymooners can even go kitesurfing on the beaches.
Although the gorgeous beaches are a must, any honeymoon in Zanzibar should include time exploring the ancient city of Stone Town. A UNESCO world heritage site, Stone Town is known for its architectural design and unique history. Couples can explore the local market or go on a spice tour on horseback.
We recommend combining a honeymoon holiday in the Serengeti in Tanzania with a trip to Zanzibar.
Seychelles is the perfect answer to an exotic escape for two. Private, laid back and breathtakingly beautiful, Seychelles has a well-deserved reputation for romance. The untouched beaches and warm ocean waves are just the beginning of what this tropical destination has to offer.
Seychelles combines relaxation with adventure. Couples can spend their days soaking up the sun, walking along the coastal paths or snorkelling through the dazzling coral reefs. Travel to one of the main islands and get a taste of the local markets and culture or find a private spot and open a basket of delicious local snacks.
Seychelles is home to rare and beautiful species both in and out of the water. The flora, fauna and marine life will leave you and your partner immersed in the natural beauty.
Cape Town Honeymoon
Cape Town, well-known as the Mother City, is one of the most diverse destinations for a honeymoon in South Africa. Home to several stunning beaches, nature reserves, wine farms, urban streets and landmarks, this city is an unforgettable place for a romantic honeymoon.
Honeymoon getaways in Cape Town range from luxury five-star hotels overlooking the ocean and cozy cottages tucked away in the mountains, to award-winning resorts in the heart of the city. This vibrant destination is a melting pot of art, culture, nature and delicious food!
Imagine strolling along one of Cape Town’s soft sand beaches or watching the sunset over the horizon on a boat cruise with a glass of bubbly in hand. Spend your honeymoon sipping award-winning wines around the incredible Cape Winelands or dining at some of the best restaurants in the world.
Cape Town is a maze of hidden gems and has no shortage of romantic things to do with your loved one.
Sitting just off the east coast of Africa, Madagascar is a destination that everyone dreams of going to. Madagascar is home to the world’s 3rd largest coral reef system, making it an ideal location for couples who love to explore the ocean.
Madagascar is probably the most unique honeymoon destination on this list. With a melting pot of cultural influences and exotic wildlife, this destination is an African gem. Although this island may not have the reputation of extremely luxurious hotels, the real beauty of Madagascar is its exotic flavours, unspoilt landscapes and colourful sights and smells.
Madagascar is characterised by romantic walks along white-sand beaches, thatched bungalows with sweeping views of the ocean and warm evenings under the glow of the stars. There is a vast amount to do in Madagascar that is sure to make lasting memories for any honeymoon couple. From activities like kayaking to hiking and tropical safari to see the iconic lemur birds and vivid chameleons to the richest reefs found in the world today.
A honeymoon in Africa leaves any couple spoilt for choice! Choose between a stunning wine region in South Africa, postcard-perfect beaches, vibrant cities and world-class safaris. Or don’t choose at all and mix two destinations for a two-part adventure!
Combine the excitement of the bush with the relaxation of an island for the perfect honeymoon!
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