Plan a safari for your honeymoon
What is more romantic than beginning married life with a real adventure? A honeymoon spent on safari is memorable in every sense; Wake up to the smell of fresh coffee over the African savannah, enjoy the thrills of game drives and exceptional service in the day, and fall asleep to the sound of lions and hyena cackling in the distance.
Embark on a safari honeymoon in South Africa – a destination of beautiful cities, picturesque wine routes, phenomenal private safari experiences, and dramatic mountain ranges. Kenya and Tanzania offer a more authentic and wild experience. Some of the experiences include private candlelit dinners in the bush and once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon rides over the game-filled plains.
A safari honeymoon can be as ‘rugged and wild’, or as luxurious as you would like. Accommodation on safari can range from simple tented camps, sleeping under the stars and hearing the sounds of the bush, to much more luxurious lodge with plunge pools, private game drives, and personal butlers.
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Honeymoon Itinerary Ideas
All of our safari itineraries are curated and designed with you in mind. To give you some inspiration, here are some of our itineraries that have been designed with honeymooners in mind. Our specialists can customise everything and add as many romantic surprises and experiences as you wish!
Serengeti National Park & Zanzibar Island11 NightsFrom $7,667 PPAn itinerary that beautifully combines the iconic Serengeti National Park with the romance of Zanzib...
Cape Town, Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal Coast14 NightsFrom $7,146 PPA spectacular 14 night luxury trip visiting some of the highlights of South Africa; Cape Town, Sabi ...
Nairobi, Amboseli National Park, Meru National Park, Masai Mara National Park, Diani Beach11 NightsFrom $8,655 PPA luxury flying safari which takes you to three national parks in Kenya. These will give you an all-...
Cape Town, Klaserie Private Reserve, Johannesburg, Mauritius14 NightsFrom $4,548 PPExplore Cape Town, join game drives watching exotic African wildlife in a private reserve in the Gre...
Chitwa Chitwa, InterContinental, Johannesburg, Mahe Island9 NightsFrom $4,289 PPThe perfect family adventure, watching for the Big Five in famous Sabi Sands, and a beach escape in ...
Cape Town, Madikwe Game Reserve7 NightsFrom $5,588 PPDiscover iconic Cape Town sights, explore and sip in the Cape Winelands, and marvel at the wildlife ...
Our Recommended Africa Honeymoon Destinations
Choosing which country to go to for your luxury African honeymoon can be overwhelming as each offer a unique and memorable safari experience. With that in mind, we would recommend these options as good places to start:
Botswana has some of the most pristine and unspoilt wilderness in Africa, the perfect place to get away from it all on honeymoon. Botswana operates a policy of low visitor numbers, so you get your own piece of Africa to enjoy away from the crowds. With so much space its easy for couples to have intimate dinners, baths under the stars and really re connect with nature. Botswana has no shortage of luxury tented camps to choose from to make your honeymoon memorable. There is a wide range of reserves including the deserts of the Kalahari, the water ways of the Delta and the flood plains of Moremi.
South Africa offers a huge range of experiences for a couple looking celebrate. Cape Town and the winelands offers gourmet restaurants and vineyards as well as lots of activities for people looking to explore. There are white sand beaches all along the coast and stunning nature reserves to hike in. There are 100’s of safari lodges and camps to meet every budget and taste. The lodges offer so many incredible experiences for couples, sleeping out under the stars in the middle of a reserve is an amazing experience to share with your partner. South Africa is also suitable for a self drive if you want to be independent on holiday.
Located in East Africa, Tanzania is a fantastic option for honeymooners. Parks like the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater are famous for their exceptional game-viewing opportunities and iconic landscapes. Much of Disney’s The Lion King was inspired by the plains of the Serengeti National Park, and of course, romance blossomed between Simba and Nala. Tanzania also offers some stunning islands like Zanzibar which can be combined easily with a safari in northern or southern Tanzania. With good internal airlines, you can enjoy lion sightings in the morning in the bush, and cocktails on the beach by the afternoon.
Our Recommended Safari Camps for Honeymooners
A huge part of your Africa honeymoon is your safari lodge. Whether you are doing a flying or driving itinerary, the staff at your safari camp will be responsible for the food, the guiding and the overall ambiance of your stay. Our specialists have stayed in the majority of safari camps and lodges across Africa and have seen the romantic gestures being set up. There’s nothing quite like romance in the bush.
Our Personal Experience
One of our Africa specialists, Elaine Learmonth, spent her honeymoon on safari in South Africa. She enjoyed the combination of Cape Town, a South Africa safari and time on the beach at the end.
“We flew from Cape Town to Durban in the KwaZulu Natal Province, rented a car and set off. We drove to a lovely private game reserve, Nambiti Hills. This is a big 5 reserve (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo) and they run morning and afternoon game drives. The suites are widely spaced for privacy and have a huge bathtub overlooking the reserve. The lodge has a spa and a massage was a welcome treat. They have a great honeymoon package offering all sorts of complimentary extras. The game viewing in this area is not as concentrated as it is in the more popular areas like Kruger, but we still saw all the Big 5 while we were there. The benefit of going on safari in Kwa Zulu Natal is that the prices are more competitive, and the lodges are more accessible. You can also easily combine it with some time on the beach as the coast is just a five hour drive away.
Thonga Beach Lodge is a very special place. This is African luxury on a wild and beautiful beach. They do romance and celebrations well at Thonga Beach. The honeymoon suite has private deck and plunge pool. They arrange private dinners overlooking the sea, in room spa treatments and amazing bubble baths. We went kayaking on Lake Sibaya where we watched Fish Eagles fly overhead and hippos and crocodiles relax in the water around us. I remember going snorkelling and coming back to the lodge to a glass of champagne and homemade cakes, I don’t think a day gets better than that!”
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The Best National Parks for your Luxury African Honeymoon
When it comes to deciding where to go for your luxury African honeymoon, there is a wealth of choice. Whether it’s east or southern Africa, we would recommend these particular national parks and reserves.
Serengeti National Park
Of course the iconic Serengeti National Park is included in the top national parks for honeymooners. There are so many reasons why the Serengeti is, in our opinion, one of the most romantic of national parks. The first is the captivating sunsets over the vast savannahs – it’s picture perfect. The second is the size of the national park. You can stay in areas in the Serengeti (like Grumeti and the eastern plains near Namiri) that are more or less untouched, which is a huge attraction for honeymooners. The third is the that the Serengeti homes some of the most romantic and authentic safari camps in all of Africa.
Image credit: Olakira Migration Camp, Asilia
The Okavango Delta
Botswana safaris are some of the most exclusive experiences in Africa. The Delta is still a wilderness, a place to get away from people and reconnect with nature. The number of visitors is very tightly controlled, you can experience the beauty of the area as it has been for hundreds of years. The Delta is a huge network of water ways, best explored on a mokoro (a local canoe). There is just you, your partner and your poler gliding through the channels surrounded by sights and sounds of the wilderness. There is minimal artificial light so the star gazing is exceptional, lodges will organise a private dinner on your deck out in the reserve. Many lodges offer guests the opportunity to sleep out under the stars.
Ruaha National Park
Located in southern Tanzania is a fantastic park called Ruaha National Park. This park is renowned for its dry landscapes, red soil and impressive baobab trees. The park, along with the Selous Game Reserve, is off the beaten track for Tanzania safaris. Where most people visit the northern parks, these southern parks offer an exclusive and romantic safari experience like no other. It is often the case that you can enjoy a whole day of game drives without seeing a single other vehicle. The camps in Ruaha are set in remote locations and offer the ultimate privacy.
Image credit: Jabali Ridge, Asilia
Sabi Sands Private Reserve
The Sabi Sands is renowned as one of the best safari areas in Africa and for having some of the most luxurious lodges. There is an exceptionally high concentration of wildlife in this area and is one of the few spots in Africa where leopard sightings are commonplace. The reserve has a range of lodges that cater specifically for couples looking to spend time together in the wilderness. The lodges offer so many special experiences including outside bubble baths and intimate dinners for two out in the bush. Some lodges offer a ‘sleep out’ in the reserve, your guide will drive you out into the bush with a picnic dinner to a raised platform under the stars. Here there is a bed set up for you to sleep out under the stars.
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Samburu National Reserve
Located in central Kenya, the Samburu National Reserve is a great choice for honeymoon couples looking for fantastic game-viewing and unique accommodation. The reserve itself can get a little busy, especially, like with the Masai Mara, in the peak months of August and September. That said, there are lots of accommodation choices that are located outside the reserve itself and offer remoteness. For example, Saruni Samburu is a luxury lodge located outside the reserve and sits on a rocky kopje overlooking an extensive valley. Similarly, Sasaab Lodge is located north of the reserve and offers honeymoon couples ultimate luxury – private plunge pools overlooking waterholes, spa treatment area and private dinners. These lodges both offer privacy, remoteness but also good accessibility into the park.
Image credit: Sasaab Lodge, Safari Collection
Madikwe Game Reserve
This beautiful reserve is just a four hour drive from Johannesburg Airport and offers world class game viewing in a malaria free area. Madikwe is up near the Botswana border and is a remote part of the country. The perfect destination to find some quiet and enjoy the beauty of the African bush. The reserve is home to the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) as well as excellent cheetah and wild dog sightings. The general public is not permitted into the reserve, only people staying at the lodges can go on safari in the Madikwe Reserve. The reserve specialises in luxury lodges with all the special touches a honeymoon requires. The lodges offer private plunge pool, four poster beds, bathtubs with views over the reserve, evenings star gazing and private dinners.
Image credit: Jamala Madikwe
Africa safari honeymoon Q&A
Elaine our Africa Specialist
How much is an African safari honeymoon?
This really depends on the country you go to, the accommodation you stay in and the time of year you travel. Safari camps and lodges can charge anywhere from $300 per person per night, to $1,500+ per person per night. These prices are different to other destinations or holidays as they include all park fees, conservation fees, game drives, guiding and food. We customize all itineraries and tours so if you have a budget in mind, the best option is to let us know so that we can discuss some options.
Where are the best safari honeymoon destinations?
For an African safari honeymoon, there are lots of options but we would recommend South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania and Kenya. These countries offer very good game-viewing experiences and the accommodation and guiding levels are very high. Generally speaking, the camps and lodges in these destinations are very experienced with honeymooners and, although we are bias, they really do offer some of the most memorable and exclusive honeymoon surprises. For example, sleeping in a luxury treehouse with elephants drinking from the waterhole below you, or private candlelit dinners overlooking the Lion King inspired expansive plains with nothing but a bottle of champagne and the sound of the bush.
Where is best to combine safari and beach on my honeymoon?
A popular choice for honeymooners is to combine a safari with a beach stay. Many safari destinations in Africa are combinable with the beach. For example, the Serengeti National Park and Zanzibar Island is a very popular combination for honeymooners travelling to Tanzania. For Kenya, you can combine a safari with the southern coast such as Mombasa or Diani Beach, fly over to Zanzibar, or fly direct from Nairobi to the Seychelles. For southern Africa, combinations with Mauritius or Mozambique work well with safaris in South Africa and Botswana. We will arrange all of the logistics, from the beach accommodation to the internal flights and transfers to make your honeymoon completely stress-free.
Which lodges are best for an African safari honeymoon?
There are so many incredible safari camps and lodges across Africa to recommend for honeymoon couples. In general terms, we would recommend smaller and more intimate safari camps for honeymooners, as opposed to larger and more chain-like lodges. This is because they are more remote and private, but also offer a much higher level of service and personality. From the moment you arrive, the staff, managers and guides will know your name and will make an effort to make everything perfect for you. Before we offer some suggestions, it’s important to find out what sort of accommodation you are looking for, whether that’s a luxury tented camp or a safari lodge.
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