First things first – Cameron and I are not married, nor are we engaged. However, given that we are a traveling couple in our mid-twenties we get asked quite a bit about honeymoon destinations. The question “where would you recommend for our honeymoon?” pops up in our inbox often and we love shedding light on the subject.
Many North Americans turn to the Caribbean or Europe given the close proximity to North America. For similar reasons, Australians may turn to Southeast Asia for the perfect getaway. These continents are fantastic! We love sipping cappuccinos in Italy, dancing through the streets of Paris, and enjoying long massages in Thailand. Although, there is one continent that may be overshadowed, but it is certainly a honeymoon experience to have – Africa.
I bet you knew where that was going considering we’ve spent the last five months in Africa, and have fallen so in love that we even bought a car here! Let me convince you why a honeymoon in Southern Africa will be one of the best choices of your life. Here are some of my favorite destinations in Southern Africa.
A Tropical Honeymoon in Mozambique
We have sung praises about Mozambique in the past. We went into the country uncertain of travel there and left with a strong desire to return immediately. The highlight of many travelers itineraries in Mozambique are Vilanculos and Tofo Beach. Tofo Beach is just near Inhambane and easy to reach from Maputo. Do you want to swim with whale sharks on your honeymoon? Then head to Tofo Beach and check it off your bucket list.
Vilanculos is the gateway to the stunning Bazaruto Archipelago. It is here that some of the last dugongs reside (and you may even get lucky and see one). Bazaruto Island is an isolated white sand island offering incredible views of the bright blue Indian Ocean. AndBeyond Benguerra Island is the perfect honeymoon lodge, situated in between Vilanculos and Bazaruto Island. If privacy is something you value, than andBeyond’s Benguerra Island will not leave you disappointed. Each of the ten casitas and the two cabanas provides a private pool, solar-heated showers, sundecks, and even a butler service. You will never have to leave your casita if you don’t want to. We strongly recommend getting a little active on your honeymoon and to go diving and see the stunning marine life.
No matter where you are in Mozambique, the food is African cuisine at its finest. Seafood is the general fare in Mozambique and every night on honeymoon you can be whisked away with fresh crayfish, prawns, crab and of course a local 2M beer (or “dos M,” as the locals call it).
A City Escape in Cape Town
We spent two months in Cape Town, so it would be hard for me not to mention this wonderful city as a top honeymoon destination. If you are looking for an active honeymoon with beautiful views then Cape Town is the answer. Table Mountain is the main attraction in the city – and once you arrive and see the mountain tower over Cape Town you will see why. The active honeymooners will find enjoyment hiking the mountain and the adrenaline seekers will be sure to get a rush abseiling down it. There are also many other stunning things to make your honeymoon fulfilling. From driving Chapman’s Peak, to diving with sharks, to visiting the Cape Winelands there is enough to fill an itinerary for months. (We did!)
There are an endless amount of hotels to stay at in the city, but we fell in love with the One and Only Cape Town, located right next to the infamous V & A Waterfront. This is one of the most exclusive hotels in Cape Town and is a surreal place to spend some quality honeymoon time.
Even if you aren’t a city person, Cape Town still has that power to enchant all visitors. Have I mentioned it may be the most photogenic city in the world and that it is one of Lonely Planet’s top cities to travel to?
A Safari in Sabi Sands
Of course, I can’t say Africa is a honeymoon destination and not mention a safari! It’s true that Africa brings out all walks of life and South Africa is no exception. Fancy seeing a dazzle of zebra or a herd of elephants? Well, there is no other place in the world that will offer you the experience that Africa will. Just outside of the massive Kruger National Park is Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Sabi Sands offers visitors the same great variety of wildlife, with much less tourism. Want to tell friends and family about your honeymoon upon return? Then a leopard sighting and a photo is probably sure to impress them. Leopard sightings are a regular occurrence at this private reserve, maybe that’s why they label themselves as “the best place in the world for safari.”
Those lodges that you see all the fancy people staying at? The ones where you can bath while watching an impala roam free just meters away? Those are the kinds of beautiful lodges that are in Sabi Sands Reserve. Lion Sands River Lodge is just one of the impressive lodges that offer the ultimate African honeymoon experience. With heated swimming pools, indoor and outdoor showers, and even a bush bedroom there is little to complain about on honeymoon.
These are some of my favorite destinations in Southern Africa to travel through. The best part is you don’t have to organize a trip to these locations yourself. African Safaris is a highly reputable company based in the US that organizes trips exactly with these honeymoon destinations in mind. They specialize in honeymoon destinations across Africa and have been creating dream worthy trips for a long time. We have most of Africa ourselves, but we have also had some help planning from 5-star Trustpilot rated companies like African Safaris too. It really makes a special trip that much simpler and hassle free. The easiest way to get started with them is by calling +1 (646) 381-2044 or if you prefer email try [email protected].
Africa is a land dying to be uncovered more. The wildlife, the people, the scenery, the activities. All of it will give you a special honeymoon that is different from the rest. As Earnest Hemingway said, “I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy.”
This post was written in collaboration with African Safaris. As always, all opinions are our own.
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