Africa Honeymoons, Safari Honeymoons

Africa is an outstanding honeymoon destination.  There is nowhere else in the world where you can experience such phenomenal wildlife in beautiful untouched wilderness, just a short hop away from a glorious Indian Ocean beach where a sun lounger with your name on it awaits you... This combination of adventure and relaxation is a perfect antidote to all the stress of a wedding, and an unforgettable shared experience to kick off married life.
Scroll down for everything you need to know about African Safari Honeymoons, including the best honeymoon destinations, safari lodges and the most romantic African beach honeymoon spots. Begin planning your dream honeymoon with the African honeymoon specialists. 

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The Best Adventure Honeymoon

  • Climb Kilimanjaro: For the truly venturesome duos out there, it’s got to be Kili. Probably the most unique African honeymoon out there, this will prove to be an extremely memorable start to married life.
  • Gorilla Trekking in Uganda: Most people’s minds go to Rwanda when considering a gorilla trekking honeymoon, but Uganda provides real adventure, whereas Rwanda can be very luxurious.
  • A walking safari in the South Luangwa Valley, Zambia: The mother of walking safaris, when exploring the African bush on foot there is nowhere better than the raw Zambian wilderness.
  • Diving with whale sharks off Mafia Island, Tanzania: Some of the best diving in the world happens here, and add on the chance to swim side by side with (quite literally) the biggest fish in the sea. And you have an adventure honeymoon of a lifetime.

The Best Luxury African Safari Honeymoon Destinations

  • The Okavango Delta, Botswana – Where else in Africa, and in the world, do you get such a huge amount of unbelievable wildlife in quite so magical settings, other than the pearl of Botswana, the Delta. You wake up in your luxury room to prehistoric scenes of African wilderness; it is the ultimate luxury honeymoon destination.
  • The Serengeti, Tanzania – The mother of all safari parks, home to the greatest natural event on the planet; the Great Wildebeest Migration and with some of the world’s best lodges & private reserves; a Serengeti safari offers unrivalled wilderness luxury if you know where to look.  
  • Sabi Sands – Completely private but with the infamous Kruger’s magnificent amount of wildlife, with Cape Town a stone’s throw away, Sabi Sands has got to be the most unique luxury honeymoon setting in the world.  
  • The Skeleton Coast, Namibia – The eerie stretch of Namibia’s coastline offers a completely bewitching safari experience. Many find it hard to put into words, but rest assured the lodges here are fit for a queen and offers perhaps the most unique of all African honeymoon destinations.

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East Africa Safari and Beach Honeymoon

  • Zanzibar – A fabulous island off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar has an array of amazing value romantic and botiquey hotels to choose from. Whether you are into relaxing on the beach, or tearing around the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar will have a beach hotel which caters exactly to you.
  • Fanjove – Ship-wreck chic and one of our absolute favourites – Fanjove offers private island seclusion at a mere $400 per person per night and is a really special honeymoon beach escapes.
  • Mafia & Pemba Islands – With world-class diving, both Mafia and Pemba are for those couples who enjoy adventure over uber-luxury. These islands are up and coming though, but we are regularly visiting to see what’s changed.

Southern Africa Safari and Beach Honeymoon

  • Madagascar: Tsarabanina in particular is the ultimate Indian Ocean getaway. About as far away as from anything you could imagine, romance is endless in this little slice of paradise.
  • Seychelles: The dream honeymoon destination in 2019; luxury in the Seychelles is boundless. North Island is the most sought-after honeymoon island in the world, and at $5,000 a head per night, so it should be!
  • Mauritius: A nice option for couples who crave Indian Ocean activities and feel most at home in 5* hotels, rather than small boutique lodges.

Why Go On a Luxury African Safari Honeymoon?

  • Africa is the best combination of beach and wildlife viewing in the world. If you are at all into animals, and at all into feeling the sand between your toes, then Africa is unquestionably your ultimate honeymoon destination.
  • Wilderness and seclusion is on offer in Africa - more so than in any other place on the planet. Romance can be found in every corner of Africa with floating candle lit dinners on the Zambezi, to sleeping under the stars - not a bad way to begin married life. 
  • Safari lodges and camps in Africa are famed for their ability to truly look after their guests. Many that we prefer to sell are intimate, cosy, characterful and with hugely attentive staff. On a honeymoon in Africa you certainly won't feel like "just another couple"... 
  • Logistically Africa is everything you could want from a honeymoon. The time to go is generally summer time, and most people choose to have their wedding at this time - extremely convenient. Also, after the stress of organising your wedding, a safari honeymoon in Africa really takes care of everything itself. From the moment the plane lands in Africa, you will be chaperoned and taken care of - no stresses about where to go for dinner! Everything is, quite literally, laid out on a plate for you to enjoy. 
  • A safari in Africa is, for many, a once in a lifetime experience and as is a honeymoon! Why not combine the two and share in this unforgettable and unique adventure? 

Safari Honeymoon

There is nothing more romantic than sipping champagne and watching a giraffe stroll by in front of the perfect African sunset. If you book with us, there are numerous safari honeymoon packages we can offer. The best way to spend a honeymoon is on safari, from your room to your wild encounters whilst out on game drive, you can be guaranteed that you will be mesmerized. If you're both feeling intrepid, then there are also other safari activities such as walking, boating and fly camping offered in certain areas so make sure you call us to make sure you get the perfect safari honeymoon.  

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Hand Picked Honeymoon Itineraries

East Africa Honeymoon Vs Southern Africa Honeymoon 

Africa is a vast continent with a huge variety of options to consider for your honeymoon. In the first instance, there is a broad distinction between East and Southern Africa.
East Africa includes Uganda and Rwanda (both of which offer gorilla trekking) and also Kenya and Tanzania.  Kenya and Tanzania are home to the phenomenal Great Migration, and each has their own Indian Ocean coastline and islands, notably Zanzibar. There are also some fabulous beaches in neighbouring Mozambique which are worth considering.  It is very easy to combine a fantastic East African safari adventure followed by some chillout time relaxing on a beach – we even do a few beach-safari-beach itineraries where time and budget permit. For more detailed information on Tanzania honeymoons please see Tanzania Odyssey.
Southern Africa includes Botswana, ZambiaZimbabweSouth Africa and Namibia, all of which have excellent safari options and beautiful African landscapes. These destinations combine well with Victoria Falls and/or Cape Town. It is also possible to add on beach extensions to MozambiqueMauritius, Madagascar, although logistically this is slightly trickier than East Africa, and can be expensive.
Some honeymooners are keen on the idea of the Seychelles. It is possible to add on a beach extension here following an African safari, and the Seychelles are absolutely beautiful, however you need to have very deep pockets and plenty of time available as rates are astronomical and travel logistics are time-consuming!  

When is the best time of year to go on an African Honeymoon?

Africa is enormous and each country’s climate depends on its own particular factors including latitude, altitude, distance from the sea etc.  For further information please see our individual country pages. 

In general terms, East Africa has an equatorial climate, with little seasonal temperature variation across the year, and it is dry in our summer. Southern Africa has different climate zones, but bear in mind that as it is south of the equator, their summer is December to March and our summer is their winter!

How much does an African Honeymoon Cost?

Africa offers a wide range of accommodation options of various styles, so to some degree an itinerary can be crafted to fit your budget whatever it may be - although of course the bigger your budget the more options you will have.

The most expensive element of an African honeymoon is the safari part; a night on safari is much more expensive than a night at a beach. Therefore it’s a matter of balancing your time and budget between safari and the beach in the way that works best for you. 

We recommend at least three nights on safari, as we feel that any less is too little to really ‘get’ the experience.  Four to six nights on safari is absolutely perfect in our opinion – much longer than this will be astronomically expensive and you’ll probably get safari’ed out.

The good news is that we have long-standing, excellent relationships with all our suppliers, so our clients often get special treatment and little extras (the best room in the lodge, a private dinner in the savannah, a surprise bush breakfast, rose petal filled baths…) which means you get the best possible value for your money.

African Honeymoon Planning – Africa Odyssey's Hints & Tips

1.  When planning your itinerary don’t try to fit too much in, or you will get exhausted and won’t enjoy yourselves. Give yourselves plenty of time to relax!
2.  Consider travelling in the off-season – you will pay less and could still get an incredible safari experience.
3.  Don’t head off on safari immediately after the wedding, give yourselves a little time to decompress first so you can make the most of the experience once you get there.
4.  Consider adding optional extras (such as a private vehicle while on safari, a night fly camping in the bush, or bungee jumping at Vic Falls…) for some very special memories.  
5.  We have some excellent honeymoon special offers, including 50% off for the bride at some lodges – ask us for further information!
6. For some further info, please see our blog for honeymoon ideas and inspiration. 

All inclusive African Honeymoon Packages with Africa Odyssey

We really love organising African Honeymoons!  We’ve done thousands of them and we’re very good at them.  Our in-depth knowledge and experience of all the different lodges and suppliers (both on safari and at the beach) enable us to work with you to create a honeymoon itinerary that is absolutely perfect for you, whether it be remote and rustic or chic and luxurious, and whatever your preferences and budget.

Although we try to make our website as detailed and comprehensive as possible, there is only so much of our 20 years of personal opinions and experience we can articulate in writing. By far the best thing to do is to give us a call toll free in the US on 1866 356 4691 or the UK on 020 8704 1216 or email us on [email protected] for a chat about your options. 

Other Honeymoon Ideas

Our sister company South America Odyssey offers honeymoons in South America including Peru Honeymoons. 
Contact us to find out more.

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