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A honeymoon safari in Africa

It's all about wild animals, romance and fiery African sunsets

Once the “I dos” have been uttered and the thank you cards sent, the best bit of married life begins: the honeymoon. Probably one of the most important holidays you’ll ever take, the decision of where to go is of great importance – and may we suggest Africa? A honeymoon safari definitely brings the goods when it comes to once-in-a-lifetime trips and the continent is bursting with epic landscapes, experiential safaris, striking culture and some seriously slick camps that will stir your heart. Still not convinced? Here’s why we think an Africa honeymoon safari should be top of your list…

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Experience a digital free holiday. Credit: Oliver’s Camp.

On a honeymoon safari, there are no distractions

There’s nothing less romantic than ringing phones, blaring televisions or various other fruit-themed devices – and a safari is a true escape from it all. Aside from the fact that there’s often no phone signal in remote corners of Africa and Wifi is only accessible in a small area of camp, there are far too many wonderful sights to absorb to be looking at your phone.. The sound of traffic is replaced with chirping birds, the campfire is your television and the only rowdy neighbours you’re likely to encounter are troops of cheeky monkeys. Now if that doesn’t sound like a perfect honeymoon destination, away from the stresses of modern life, we don’t know what does!

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Indulge in a luxury stay at the Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge.

Luxury is the name of the game

On an African safari, every creature comfort comes standard. Indulgently deep baths, plush king-size beds, fluffy towels, exceptional cuisine, luxurious accommodation and doting friendly staff. All your wishes are granted, no matter how extravagant. And if the staff discover that you are on honeymoon, they may even step it up a notch. Although you are away from the hustle and bustle of civilised cities, you still have access to all modern gadgets, should you want them. But chances are you’ll choose campfire stories over television and lounging on the daybed over browsing the internet.

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Snorkel your way through the glistening blue waters of Lake Malawi.

A honeymoon safari is original

It sometimes seems that the only option for a honeymoon is an island retreat filled with white sand and umbrella-adorned cocktails. And whilst there’s nothing wrong with the beach (in fact, you can even add some ocean-side R&R to your honeymoon safari – see here for ideas), if you’re looking for originality, Africa is hard to beat. The continent is a place like no other and the heady mix of animals, landscapes and cultures is dizzying. From classic destinations like Tanzania’s Serengeti and the simply spectacular Victoria Falls, to off-the-beaten track gems like Lake Malawi and gorilla trekking experiences, she is full of mystery and magic. Visit Africa and you will always have stories to tell and a bank of golden memories richer than Richard Branson.

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Explore the sun-kissed beaches of Vamizi Island.

You can get the best of both worlds

Africa may be synonymous with wild animals and never-ending savannahs, but if you choose an African safari honeymoon, you don’t have to forfeit the beach or a few days in the city either. How about Cape Town, the city that’s frequently voted the most beautiful in the world, for art galleries, Michelin-star restaurants and more wine than you can shake a stick at? Or even Johannesburg with its up-and-coming art scene and plethora of fascinating galleries? As for the beach, if you’re in southern Africa, consider adding Mozambique or Mauritius to your itinerary for some beach R&R, or if you’re in East Africa, check out Zanzibar or Kenya’s Lamu Island for some sultry sunshine.

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Get up close to the wildlife of the Serengeti. Credit: Allen Earnshaw

Romance comes standard

An African sunset is something special. It’s almost as if the sky is putting on an exhibition of vibrant watercolours just for you and someone has turned up the saturation. But sundowner drinks with this fiery backdrop are only the beginnings of romance on safari! Experiencing things for the first time together, the thrill of watching wildlife up close and personal and snoozing under skies that are ripe for stargazing are memory-making events for sure and all add a distinct air of Out of Africa romance to your honeymoon safari…

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Drift along the Okavango Delta in a mokoro. Credit: Mombo Camp

There’s plenty to do

4×4 game drives are certainly one of the main activities on a honeymoon safari and provide the best chance of seeing the cast of the Lion King up close, but if you don’t fancy bumping around in a car twice a day, no fear! Botswana is famous for its water-based mokoro and boat safaris in the Okavango Delta, Kenya is an excellent choice for those who fancy game viewing on a horse riding safari and Zambia is the king of walking safaris, especially in the South Luangwa. For a real dose of adventure, a climb to the top of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, might be just up your street, or, if you just want to sit back and a sip a cold G&T, that’s absolutely fine too.