The majority of newlyweds choose to honeymoon in typical tropical locations like the Caribbean, Hawaii, or Fiji. Other popular (cliché) destinations include European countries like Italy and France. Consider something a little more unconventional: a romantic African safari for a more unique honeymoon experience.
Imagine yourself and your new spouse floating down the Zambezi at sunset in a canoe or sitting at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro wrapped in each others’ arms and enjoying the sheer beauty of the natural wonder. Perhaps your honeymoon might include a hike to Victoria Falls, a bike ride along the sand dunes, a picnic close to one of Africa’s mighty lakes, and a safari in the Masai Mara.
Your honeymoon can be as adventurous or as tame as you want. Just be honest with your travel agent and state your expectations. However, there is something to be said about sharing some real adventure with your partner. Don’t be afraid to come out of your comfort zone to experience the thrill that comes with an Africa safari.
Because this is your honeymoon, it is a good idea to make sure you get some pampering. The wedding planning was stressful and you both deserve a relaxing vacation. Tell your travel agent you want a package that creates the perfect balance of adventure and the luxury a honeymoon should entail. Maybe you can get the best of both worlds by staying in an elaborate lodge with a private pool and spa at the beginning and end of your honeymoon. In the middle, you might stay in the heart of the bush right up close with the wildlife. Many of the national parks can accommodate a range of needs.
Africa is a unique honeymoon destination because it offers such diverse options. If you have your heart set on that romantic beach hideaway, you can still have that in Africa, particularly on the islands of Mauritius, Zanzibar, and Seychelles. So perhaps you can stay at one of these places and take at least one overnight trip to one of Africa’s many parks for a safari.
Whatever you choose, an African safari is one way for newlyweds to really get to know each other, which is one goal of the honeymoon. In your private accommodations, at the camp in the heart of the African bush, or on that remote island, you will have little distraction. You can focus on each other. Stepping out into the wild to have an adventure with the animals and your spouse is a great way to strengthen the newlywed bond and will give you something to talk about for years to come.