Planning your honeymoon can become quite an ordeal with high expectations to find that perfect place, for those picture perfect memories. Where you decide to go will depend largely on your interests as a couple and whether you’d prefer to keep busy with sights and activities or simply unwind by the beach or pool and enjoy your well deserved rest and relaxation after the big day.
We’ve compiled this handy list of where to go when so you can ensure you get the best travel time for the African country you wish to visit on your honeymoon. While the weather can’t be guaranteed, we’ve taken every effort to ensure the general climate is at its best for the month listed so you can concentrate on the more important things on your honeymoon.
January - Zanzibar
The tropical spice island conjures images of perfect white beaches, palm trees and azure blue oceans. With colourful coral reefs along the East coast and a number of atolls and islands to explore - Zanzibar is a diver’s dream and offers spectacular scuba and snorkelling opportunities. Fishing, sunset dhow trips and dolphin cruises are also a firm favourite. Sip cocktails on your beach lounger or enjoy a relaxing spa treatment; A perfect setting for any honeymooner’s dream escape!
February - Rwanda
The perfect time to go trek the rare and endangered Mountain Gorilla of Rwanda in the tropical forests of the Virunga Mountains. The Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is ideally located in the hills and offers a spectacular views from your private patio and a luxurious stay for your gorilla trek. Snuggle in front of the roaring fire in the privacy of your cottage or enjoy a revitalizing massage after a day out biking, walking or visiting the nearby village.
March - South Africa
With a wide variety of sights and places of interest, South Africa is an ideal destination for that perfect honeymoon. It’s easy to combine a beach location like Cape Town, Durban or the Garden Route with a safari adventure in the Eastern Cape or Kruger area. Include sight’s like Table Mountain or the winelands with a few days in pampering luxury at Grootbos Private Game Reserve or Bushmans Kloof for the ultimate romantic experience.
April - Namibia
The ideal place to take advantage of luxurious outdoor living owing to the fantastic climate, Namibian lodges offer a range of romantic outdoor locations. Spend an intimate night out admiring the starry milkyway surrounded by the rolling red sea of dunes in the Namib Desert at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge. In northern Damaraland there are desert elephant and rhino to track and admire at the secluded luxury camps where one can truly escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
May - Madagascar
The adventure island awaits those who wish to explore the many facets of this exciting country. From tropical forests and lush beaches to semi-desert baobab forests, there is a variety of wildlife to discover on Madagascar. Beaches are washed by the warm ocean and with leisure water sports and tropical island relaxation. The remote Constance Tsarabanjina Lodge makes for the best getaway for those wishing to go ‘off-grid’ and escape to luxurious tropical island perfection.
June - Botswana
What could be more memorable than waking up to a scrumptious breakfast followed by an elephant back safari into the Okavango Delta? At Abu Camp you’ll get just that! There are also many other fantastic lodges that will pamper you between your wildlife viewing excursions where you’ll not only explore the African wilderness but also enjoy many romantic moments in between.
July - Tanzania
As the Great Migration prepares to cross into the Masai Mara you’ll have the opportunity for a hot air balloon ride at dawn where you’ll soar over the top of the massing herds of wildebeest. With champagne firmly in hand and the vast plains of the Serengeti spreading below your feet, there are few more memorable ways to kick off your honeymoon!
August - Kenya
There are few more iconic tented safari camps than in Kenya’s Masai Mara. With views onto the river and surrounding escarpment where game can be seen roaming freely from the comfort of your terrace. Romantic lantern dinners under an African sky filled with stars are made complete by the night sounds of the wilderness - exhilarating yet peaceful in the African bushveld.
September - Zimbabwe
A perfect location for an all round honeymoon, Zimbabwe offers an ideal combination of adventurous game viewing and relaxing poolside at its fantastic game lodge locations. Victoria Falls offers romantic sunset boat cruises, elephant back safaris and even walking with lions while the ‘Flight of Angels’ over the Zambezi gives a unique perspective of the roaring Zambezi as it plummets over the falls. With varied landscapes to the north and south there really is so much to see and do!
October - Malawi and Zambia
Nestled in the centre of the southern part of Africa, Malawi is often overlooked as a destination owing to its more ‘remote’ location. We recommend combining a safari in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park with the Malawi beaches for the ideal romantic hideaway experience. The game rich Zambian park offers luxurious safari experiences with the beautiful lakeside Malawian lodges providing every comfort for a superb beach location.
November - Island getaways
There’s no time like November to visit the tropical paradise islands of Mauritius, The Seychelles and the Mozambican Islands. With azure water, clear blue skies and long, deserted white beaches, there are few places that can offer a better romantic experience. Imagine dinners at the waters edge with lanterns and starlight as your companions with the soft lulling of the waves as they lap the shoreline - a must for every romantic getaway!
December - South Africa
With Summer reaching the shores of South Africa, December makes for an ideal time to get out into the wilderness and beaches on its sunny shores. The northern coast is a diver’s paradise with Leatherback turtles and reefs to explore while inland the many private game reserves offer fantastic wildlife viewing experiences. Retreat to your suite’s private plunge pool, get pampered in the spa or book a romantic dinner on your terrace - every opportunity for an intimate getaway is possible.
If you are interested in visiting any of the places mentioned in our blog then get in touch with us on 020 7843 3500 and our experts can start planning your dream African honeymoon today.
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