It’s the wedding of the year, and excitement is reaching fever pitch – yes, we are talking about the Royal nuptials between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Following all the razzmatazz, what the soon-to-be-weds are probably looking forward to the most though is their honeymoon, far away from the madding crowds. Seeing that Harry is a huge Africa fan, chances are that the Royal honeymoon will indeed be taking place on our beautiful continent – but which country and lodge will they choose? We’ve put together a few inspired guesses of our own…
South Luangwa, Zambia
Maybe not the most obvious choice, but this unassuming camp is the perfect destination should the Royal honeymoon couple decide to forego ultra-luxury in return for an authentically remote and wild Africa experience. Situated on the Luangwa River, Tafika is a traditional bush camp in the best sense – Harry and Meghan might not find silk sheets or plunge pools here, but the walking and mountain bike safaris through the wilderness are incredible, and the microlight flight experience across the river at sunrise would allow them to get far away from the seemingly ever-present paparazzi.
Possibly the best way to escape prying eyes is to hide away on a far-removed, exotic island – and Nosy Ankao ticks all the boxes. Located 3.5km off Madagascar’s north-eastern tip, the island forms part of a 15 000-hectare marine reserve and its super-swanky beach lodge, Time + Tide’s Miavana, would lure the Royal honeymoon couple with its palatial villas, spread out along a pristine shoreline of picture-perfect beaches. Harry and Meghan could go in search of the endemic lemurs, sifakas, turtles and rainbow-coloured chameleons, before flopping on the beach and enjoying some well-deserved peace and quiet.
3. Greystoke Mahale
Mahale Mountains, Tanzania
The adventurous Prince would love the experiences on offer at this Mahale Mountains camp. Located on the edge of the forest, beautiful wooden bandas are dotted along powdery white sand on the waters of Lake Tanganyika. The Royal honeymoon couple would probably spend the day trekking in the forest in search of the area’s most famous inhabitants – chimps – before sailing out onto the lake in a traditional dhow, followed by wild ginger beer cocktails and a barefoot dinner on the beach. The ultimate romantic, castaway experience that would surely impress the future Mrs Mountbatten-Windsor.
4. Little Mombo
Okavango Delta, Botswana
This would be a classic, yet truly spectacular choice for the Royal honeymooners. Little Mombo, the smaller sister of Mombo camp, is legendary amongst those in the know. Its location in the world-famous Okavango Delta means that Harry and Meghan would be able to catch some of the best game viewing in Africa – coupled with luxury picnics and indulgent couples’ spa treatments on their private deck. The recently renovated camp has a mere three suites, so discretion is guaranteed. The fact that it is also eco-friendly and involved in a number of conservation projects, including the reintroduction of black and white rhinos, would also appeal to the socially conscious couple.
5. Hoanib Valley
If the rumours are to be believed, this camp by Natural Selection is the current frontrunner for the Royal honeymoon – and it’s easy to see why. It’s brand-new for starters, and located in one of Namibia’s most remote and wild areas, Kaokoland – picture towering mountains, endless sand dunes, and vast expanses of desert. A joint venture between the local communities and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, a stay in one of the camp’s six tents would put the Royal couple in a prime position to experience this rugged landscape, tracking endangered rhino, desert-adapted elephant, and desert-adapted giraffe, before retiring to the comfort of their luxurious tent.