UK +44 (0) 20 8704 1216
USA +1 866 356 4691

Botswana Honeymoons

A honeymoon is one of life’s chances to really push the boat out, and there are few places as well suited to a romantic, once-in-a-lifetime trip as Botswana.

Why choose Botswana for your honeymoon?

  • Exclusivity is the name of the game in Botswana, by deliberate design of the of the government (‘high value, low volume tourism’), and where you have exclusivity you have privacy. 
  • Designing a honeymoon to suit two different personalities is effortless, as Botswana offers such huge variety: you can take a trip in a mokoro (dug out canoe) in the morning, a game drive in the afternoon, and be tearing around on a quad bike the next morning - or you could elect just to sit in an infinity pool with a G&T, of course. The choice is yours.  
  • Botswana hurts the wallet, we’re not going to lie, so a honeymoon – particularly before the expense of children – is a great time to consider visiting.
  • Between May and October (when many couples choose to get married) Botswana happens to be at its peak and offers truly outstanding game viewing. 
  • The staff throughout Botswana know how to turn up the romance for their guests - little extras that are either free, or won’t break the bank: sundowners and private dinners on a floating deck across a lagoon, a private helicopter transfer, private beach BBQ or candlelit dinner (even land-locked countries have beaches!), a mokoro trip to sleep out under the stars on a deserted island - Botswsana is a truly magical and romantic honeymoon destination. 

  • Which are the most romantic lodges for a Botswana honeymoon?

     
    Most accommodation throughout Botswana is very well-suited to honeymooners by reason of its seclusion and privacy, but we’ve got a few favourites up our sleeve! In the Delta, you can find Little Vumbura which is handsome, quiet and secluded with only 6 tents; it offers some of the best water and land-based viewing in Africa. But at $1500+ per person per night in peak season, you’re paying a lot for it!

    Little Mombo is a great choice for those unused to safaris or Africa, as there is no need for compromise (this camp is way beyond ‘hot and cold running water’). Only 3 rooms make up the entire camp, but with enough staff behind the scenes to man a large hotel it really does cater to your every need. A refurb this year will make this camp one of the best in the Delta.

    In the Savute/Linyanti areas you also have some incredibly romantic spots including Zarafa – this Relais & Chateux / Nat Geo Unique Lodge of the World is regularly voted as the best safari experience in the whole of Africa. With just 4 villas, the service is phenomenal and your every wish will be anticipated. As an added bonus, you will win dinner party honeymoon top trumps for ever after - $2000+ pppn - ouch!

    We also love Savute Safari Lodge for the wildlife viewing. Overlooking a waterhole, you can spot much wildlife from the Camp, even from the pool. Nevertheless you’d want to be out on the vehicle - even though off-roading is not allowed, you are likely to bump into the barrage of wildlife for which Savute is famous.

    The Best Botswana Honeymoon lodges

    Botswana Honeymoon Itinerary planning

     
    Botswana has a great network and circuit of light aircraft, including a little Cessna which hops from one lodge to the next, making it easy to travel in any direction. Our most popular itinerary includes 5 or 6 nights in the Delta (2-3 nights in each of two lodges), then moves up to Savuti for 3 nights, then on to Zambia (Vic Falls). This itinerary, which also works perfectly in reverse, takes in a variety of different landscapes, wildlife and game-viewing options. For the more adventurous, or for those who have been on safari before, a week in the Linyanti/Savuti/Delta areas could be followed by 3-4 days around the Makgadikgadi Pans where the second biggest mammal migration takes place (that of the zebra) and where the fight for survival is at its most prevalent. 

    The most popular combination of a Botswana honeymoon with other countries, tends to be a week or ten days in the Botswana wilderness, then on to the Zambia side of Victoria Falls for some R&R, and some adrenaline activities for those so inclined (rafting, canoeing, bungee jumping etc). This is a great multi-country itinerary as it doesn't require a return to Johannesburg airport - it’s a short and painless hop from Chobe, in the north east of Botswana, over the border to Victoria Falls.
     
    Botswana is land-locked, so for a beach extension many honeymooners fly down to Johannesburg to connect to elsewhere in Southern Africa (Mauritius and Southern Mozambique) or even up to Zanzibar in Tanzania. Alternatively, if a beach is not strictly required, then Cape Town provides a wonderful, relaxing environment in which to unwind for a few days after a Botswana safari honeymoon.

    Although we send far fewer honeymooners to Botswana than, say, to Tanzania, this is a reflection of its higher prices rather than its inherent quality! A Botswana honeymoon is right up there in our top African honeymoon recommendations.

    Our favourite areas in Botswana

    How much does a Botswana Honeymoon Cost?


    Botswana offers a wide variety of safari camps in terms of luxury and style. The premier camps in Botswana are some of the most luxurious in Africa, and they also offer some of the best game viewing on the planet. However, a lot of the private concessions also have more classic, authentic safari styled camps, so you can still have great game viewing at a slightly more affordable price. In high season, prices start at around $950 per person per night, rising up to $3,000 pppn. Low season sees these prices dropping down to between $500 and $1,500 pppn. Botswana works very well with a stay in Victoria Falls and Cape Town pre and post safari. These destinations are a lot more economical than the safari, which can keep the overall price down. For example, prices for a mid-range 6-night safari with a couple of nights in Victoria Falls and Cape Town would range from around $6,900 pp off season to around $9,200 during peak season. A more luxurious option would range from around $7,500 pp off season to $18,000 during peak season,  June to October.

    When is the best time of year for a Honeymoon in Botswana?


    Located in the southern hemisphere, Botswana's seasons are the other way round from the northern hemisphere (our summer is their winter and so on). The best time to go on safari in Botswana is actually during their winter dry season, when the Okavango Delta is flooded and the game viewing is at its best. Weather-wise, it’s not too hot but can be very cold early morning, which means the animals will still be quite active during your first game drive of the day. During their summer (our winter), Botswana is very hot during the day. The rainy season runs from mid-December to mid-March, but unlike other African countries the rains are not too severe. There are a few pros and cons for the different seasons, so it is best to get in contact and chat with one of our Botswana Experts. Or click here for more information.


    Top 5 Honeymoon tips


    One of the private concessions will give you a raw, private, quieter safari and an extremely intimate overall experience - perfect for honeymooners.
    Don’t head off on safari straight after your wedding! You will be shattered and miss out on a day or two of safari. Ease yourself into your holiday, for example starting with a romantic Cape Town city break and ending at Victoria Falls with an action packed safari in the middle...
    Don’t try and do too much as a safari can be tiring. Stick to the Okavango Delta and Linyanti over a 6 – 8 night period. 
    Several of the camps in Botswana now offer sleep outs under the stars - a truly magical and captivating expernce. These need to be reserved well in advance so please let us know if you are interested. 
    You don’t have to travel in the peak season to have a great safari. Sometimes going slightly off season will still give you an incredible safari experience, but for a fraction of the cost. 
     

    Luxury vs Adventure for your Botswana Honeymoon?


    Botswana's unrivalled luxury and exclusivity unfortunately come with a price tag to match. Even the simpler lodges are far from basic, and standards of hospitality are very high. However, it is possible to have some incredible and affordable adventures in Botswana. For keen riders, there are a couple of very good riding operators where you can spend a week in the saddle getting very close to the animals - a really different kind of honeymoon and definitely unforgettable! Or you could choose to spend your nights sleeping under the stars, only waking to canoe down winding rivers with an audience of drinking elephants.  

    Botswana vs East Africa Honeymoon?


    Botswana and East Africa are both great destinations for a honeymoon safari; they both offer a range of different safari viewing experiences and diversity of beautiful landscapes.  The game viewing is very similar in each but they differ in how the safari is operated and the style of camps and game viewing areas. For a honeymoon safari we tend to lean more towards Botswana, for the intimacy of the private reserves and the outstanding service and hospitality at the lodges.  


    How to combine a Botswana safari with the beach?


    Being a landlocked country, Botswana does not combine quite so easily with a beach break as some East Africa destinations.  The closest destination is Mozambique, famous for its spectacular white sandy beaches which are probably some of the best in Africa. Choose between the Quirimbas and Bazaruto Archipelago chains - both have world class boutiquey lodges and pristine beaches. Further afield you can also combine Seychelles or Mauritius, although you will need to factor in considerable extra travel time. Flight connections are such that any combination of Botswana safari and beach is likely to require a night in Johannesburg in transit - if you have the time available it is still entirely doable however, and an option worth considering..

    Client Reviews

    [100% based on 5 reviews]

    We had just an amazing time and can’t imagine a better experience for our honeymoon and first ever (certainly not last) safari. Thank you so much again for organizing such an awesome trip!
    rating stars rating stars rating stars rating stars rating stars
      MORE +

    TALK TO ONE OF OUR EXPERTS


    Call
    Email
    Chat




    itineraries


    Although we tailor-make all our trips we have reproduced a number of popular itineraries here

    learn more

    Map of Botswana

    Map of Botswana Botswana - Okavango Delta Botswana - Moremi Botswana - Linyanti Botswana - Chobe Botswana - The Pans Botswana - Central Kalahari
    Odyssey Travels Tanzania Odyssey Asia Odyssey South America Odyssey