A honeymoon calls for a real adventure-one that is just as inspiring and memorable as the wedding. While many people choose island destinations or jaunts through Europe, an even better idea is to plan a romantic getaway in Africa.
Between the majestic animals, stunning landscapes, and distinct culture, your honeymoon is sure to be one that inspires a lifetime of adventure together.
If you want to get started on your planning, here are 17, breathtaking African honeymoon ideas.
1. Elephant Viewing and Afro-Bedouin Tent Camping, Botswana
The Abu Camp, in the south-western area of Botswana, offers Afro-Bedouin tents that are both luxurious and romantic. Each tent is large, airy, and has its own shaded deck that looks out over the lagoon.
The camp features a library for lazy mornings of reading, and a gym for those who like to stay active. There are guided nature walks and a fire-pit to warm yourselves up while eating dinner that is paired with local wines.
When you’re not lounging around the safari camp, take a game drive to view the animals, or do an intimate elephant encounter tour where you can become part of the herd.
2. Chobe National Park, Botswana
Head to Botswana for a multi-day journey of animal viewing in the many national parks. You’ll start your trip in the Sanctuary Chobe Chillwero, a luxury fifteen-room retreat that sits right on the Chobe River.
Situated right beside Chobe National Park, you’ll be in a prime location for viewing the animals. In fact, this park has one of the largest elephant populations in the entire country. Offering a split-level swimming pool with a view, and the country’s only full-service spa, you can relax in luxury during your stay.
3. A Sea Safari and Beach Chalet
Not all African honeymoons have to include elephants and lions. In fact, there are plenty of opportunities to relax on the beach around Africa instead. A stay at the Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa may be the perfect African getaway for beach lovers.
It overlooks a tropical lagoon and is one of the top scuba diving locations in Africa. On your visit, you may get a look at thousands of species of tropical fish, four types of whales, five types of dolphins, sharks, and a variety of sea turtles.
When you aren’t viewing sea life, you can retreat back to one of the beach chalets or luxury villas that overlook the bay. All of the chalets have air conditioning and mosquito nets, and are constructed of natural wood and thatch so that they blend in with the environment.
4. Eco-huts and Fire-cooked Meals in Namibia
Located in the north-western region of Namibia, is the eco-friendly, Camp Kipwe. It’s situated right on the Aba Huab River and is known for offering a traditional, African safari with a fresh perspective.
The camp is surrounded by natural boulders, which is why the suites have been build in the shape of domes to blend into the natural landscape. Each hut has its own viewing deck, half-outside bathrooms, and walls that are built out of boulder, rock walls, cement, and mopane branch roofs. Even the dining area, reception, bar, and lounge are made out of natural materials and have a view of the river. All hot water on site is provided by wood-burning boilers and dinners are cooked over a fire.
Guests can enjoy the swimming pool that has been built into the rocks, go elephant viewing, take nature walks, go on guided tours, and view ancient rock engravings.
5. Safari Camp and Katavi National Park in Tanzania
Located at the edge of the Chada Plain, this secluded safari camp sits amongst a canopy of acacia and tamarind trees. The traditional safari tents offer decks to view the landscape and animals, as well as en-suite bathrooms, bucket showers, and eco-flush toilets.
During the day, take a 4X4 vehicle safari to get a glimpse of buffalo herds, lion, leopard, pods of hippos, crocodiles, and elephant. Finish the day off with dinner and evening drinks beside the campfire.
6. Walking Safaris and Luxury Tents in Zambia
Known as a romantic, honeymoon destination, Chiawa Camp offers luxury tents with timber floors, Egyptian cotton sheets, king-sized beds, and a claw-foot bathtub.
The tents sit in privacy and have indoor/outdoor bathrooms, river views, and plenty of wildlife activities. Game drives can be done in 4X4 vehicles, as well as on the water and on walking trails.
The camp is close to Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park, which is home to many of the country’s most intriguing wildlife.
7. Sunset Cruise and Chobe National Park in Botswana
Famous for its wildlife, Chobe National Park is a prime spot for African safaris. While this is so, there is only one permanent game lodge located on site. The Chobe Game Lodge has romantic suites that offer a plunge pool and a separate lounge, making it perfect for a honeymoon.
Go on safari via a 4X4 vehicle, or on one of the boats down the river. Guests can take romantic, sunset cruises, on the double-decker riverboats. Expect to see herds of buffalo, lion, elephants, wild dog, red lechwe, puku, giraffe, sable, and antelope.
8. Traditional Canvas Tents and the Chobe River in Botswana
For the more adventurous couple, stay in a traditional canvas tent overlooking the Chobe River. These safari tents are situated right next to animal trails and have en-suite bathrooms, a double bed, and hot water bucket showers.
You’ll be fed with home-cooked meals and have a personal butler to take care of all your needs. From camp, you’ll be able to watch the families of elephants bathe and drink from the river. Also expect sightings of buffalo, hippo, Nile crocodiles, spotted hyena, sable, lion, and zebra.
9. Luxury Beach Villas in the Seychelles
Located on Praslin Island of the Seychelles is The Constance Lemuria, a five-star retreat overlooking the sea. The suites are elegant, with many of them featuring swimming pools on their own private beach.
Enjoy the wide open sided restaurant and bars as you dine with a view of the natural surroundings. In fact, the resort has five different bars, and three restaurants, including one that is situated right on the beach. There is also a spa, gym, and plenty of water activities to keep both newlyweds busy.
You can see a roundup of the best beaches in the Seychelles here.
10. Luxury Glamping and Boat Cruises
Located in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, DumaTau Camp is one of the most luxurious tent accommodations in Botswana. It can be found right on the border of the famous, Chobe National Park, which is home to plenty of wildlife.
The canvas tents are airy and offer viewing platforms so that guests can enjoy views over the African plains. The dining room and lounge overlook the lagoon and game drives can be taken during the day and at night.
Guests usually get a chance to see kudu, zebra, impala, giraffe, and buffalo during their stay. When the water levels are right, the staff will take guests on the barge out into the Linyanti River for better views of the animals and plants.
11. A Coffee Farm and Culture in Tanzania
For the couple that takes a big interest in local culture and rustic settings, Gibb’s Farm may be the perfect choice. It overlooks the Ngorongoro Forest and Rift Valley, and was one of the first guest houses in the region.
It started off as a coffee farm that was established back in the 1920s and has been converted into a rustic inn filled with luxurious trimmings. Romantic getaways and honeymoons are what this retreat is known for.
There are 17 cottages that feature original wooden beams, local artwork, flower and organic vegetable gardens, and panoramic views. Go on birding or biking adventures, take a daytime game drive, and learn about the local traditions.
12. Shower Under The Stars on The Serengeti
The Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp is located right along this famous national park in Tanzania. It’s surrounded by lush forest and the Grumeti river, making the views spectacular and wildlife viewings likely.
The tents here are worthy of glamping as they are filled with luxury amenities and natural architecture. You may even see hippos floating down the river right from camp. The separate showers are open so that you can look up at the stars at night, and the furnished decks give you plenty of space to relax.
Guests who love nature photography will be especially happy with the wildebeest and zebra sightings if they come during Africa’s Great Wildebeest Migration.
13. Sunset Cruise and Scuba Diving in Mozambique
This is one of the oldest inhabited islands of Mozambique and was once used a trading post back in its heyday. Stay in the luxury, Ibo Island Lodge which is situated right on the beach, and is made up of three mansions that are steeped in history.
Guests can enjoy the bar, pool, and roof-top restaurant that offers exquisite views of the pink sunsets. The suites are decorated in hand-made, local furniture, colorful fabrics, and have large marble showers. Some of them have private verandas, baths, and outside showers too.
When you aren’t relaxing in your romantic suite, try taking a sunset cruise, going scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking through the mangroves, or learning about the culture in the nearby, local communities.
14. Solar-powered Camp and Bushwalks in the Kalahari
Located inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is one of only two remote camps. Visit the Kalahari Plains Camp between November and February to get a view of the zebra migration as well as the Kalahari Black-mane lions and cheetah.
The tents have a sleep-out area that gives you views of the night sky without any of the light pollution that you may get in other destinations. Enjoy the lounge and bar, as well as the swimming pool. All of the hot water and electricity are provided by the solar panels so that you can have an eco-friendly honeymoon.
Take a 4X4 vehicle safari and get a glimpse of how the local San Bushmen survive the harsh conditions.
15. Mountains and Waterfalls in Malawi
Ku Chawe is one of the top mountain resorts in all of Malawi. The hotel overlooks the Zomba Plateau, which sits at 2200m above sea level. Expect some epic views of the countryside and the rugged mountain ranges during your stay.
A hike or drive around the area will show off plenty of waterfalls, streams, and a whole selection of wildlife. While exploring the area, guests often come across leopards, eagles, baboons, and the augur buzzard.
16. Lake Views and Cultural Experiences in Malawi
Kaya Mawa is a luxury beach lodge that sits right on the edge of Lake Malawi and perfectly integrates the local community from the construction of the lodge to the staff that run it.
The rooms have been built working with local textile factories that empowers single mothers living in the area. Most of the staff here have been recruited from local villages so that guests can experience the local culture while getting a top of the line treatment.
The lodge has a rustic, chic feel and is the perfect destination if you love the beach and the sea. Spend some time in the spa or get PADI certified so that you can take a dive and explore what awaits under the sea.
17. Scuba Diving and Cottages in Tanzania
Located on a former cashew and coconut plantation is Klnasi lodge, a luxury beach resort. It’s a protected marine park, so expect lots of nature to make up the stunning views from your cottage.
All rooms are designed and decorated according to the local ‘Shirazi’ style, and have a veranda for enjoying the weather and the views. This is a great honeymoon destination for couples who are interested in scuba diving. Take a day on a dive boat and explore the underwater scene with a picnic lunch in between your dives.
From beaches and mountains to savannahs and desert, Africa is a diverse destination. If you’ve got a honeymoon to plan, get in touch today to start planning an African adventure for you and your loved one.