Ah, Africa, few places in the world are more romantic. Imagine, sunsets beneath a burning African sky, awe-inspiring safari encounters, amazing wildlife and of course, epic accommodation destinations, this continent offers travellers all this and so much more…
If you’re planning your honeymoon, take inspiration from the Royal newlyweds and choose Africa as your honeymoon destination. Leave the stress (and decisions) behind you because we’ve put together a list of ten top African honeymoon ideas and destinations for you and your special one to enjoy:
1. Chobe National Park – and the bespoke Chobe Game Lodge
Located in Botswana, Chobe National Park is famous for being home to the African Elephant, a gentle giant among beasts. In fact, Chobe National Park has the highest concentration of elephant herds anywhere in Africa!
And happily, it’s also home to the amazing, five-star-rated Chobe Game Lodge, a dreamy space that happens to be the only permanent game lodge in the national park.
Here, as they enjoy lush lodge interiors and excellence all round, love birds can experience enthralling game drives, sunset cruises along the beautiful Chobe River, game viewing from small boats – and even post-dinner stargazing!
And what setting could be more spectacular for a honeymoon than Chobe Game Lodge, which overlooks both the magical Caprivi Plains and Chobe River?
Destination: Chobe National Park, Botswana
Where to stay: At the eco-friendly, bespoke Chobe Game Lodge – where else?
The love factor: Romantic sunset cruises, gorgeous accommodation suites and incredible game viewing – all of which will make your honeymoon truly memorable!
2. Sabi Sands Game Reserve – staying at the chic, yet rustic Tydon Safari Camp
Bordering the spectacular, world-famous Sabi Sands Game Reserve (itself part of the Greater Kruger), Tydon Safari Camp lies tucked away in the shade of indigenous trees… This camp offers visitors a truly unique honeymoon, and magnificent, yet unfussy tented safari camping experience, in one!
As you and your loved one embark on a traditional African safari, equipped with chic tents (and en-suite bathrooms), you can enjoy intimate, comfortable surroundings, capped by superb service.
After settling in, couples can embark on a sunset safari game drive in Sabi Sands Game Reserve. The reserve is famed for its vast number of leopards, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these and other incredible African wild life!
Upon your return to camp, a warm fire will tempt you outside, where you and your significant other can enjoy sipping on some good drinks, as food is prepared and then served under the stars in the Boma or in the camp’s main dining area… Talk about an amazingly romantic way to celebrate your African honeymoon!
Destination: Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa
Where to stay: In the chic and rustic Tydon Safari Camp.
The love factor: Aside from a romantic, rustic camping experience in Africa, it’s hard to beat a sunset safari drive with your loved one, before dining under the stars or retiring back to the comfort and warmth of your elegant tent!
3. Azura Benguerra Island – staying at the idyllic beach paradise Azura
If your idea of a honeymoon is an escape to an exotic, award-winning Mozambican paradise, then you’re in luck because Azura on Benguerra Island offers you just that… and more!
Situated on an unspoilt island (within a marine national park) and surrounded by sugar white sands and aqua waters as clear as glass, the five-star Azura holiday resort is a dream straight out of any beach lover’s imagination!
Not only does it offer amazing beachfront villas – each with its own infinity pool and beach views – but, as it falls within the Bazruto Marine National Park, couples can enjoy, you guessed, ocean safaris! The archipelago offers some of the world’s finest diving, snorkelling and big game fishing, providing you with access to amazing coral reefs and sea life.
And, if that doesn’t excite you, then the thought of a luxury boutique resort, and having your own dedicated Mozambican host to look after you during your entire stay, surely will.
Destination: Azura Benguerra Island, Mozambique
Where to stay: At the luxurious Azura resort – it’s an island paradise!
The love factor: What’s not to love about an island paradise with the one you love?
4. The Kalahari – staying at The Motse, a place of casual elegance
What could make for a more memorable honeymoon experience than exploring (and staying in) the unique, otherworldly Kalahari? Nothing, except the additional perk of staying at The Motse, one of Tswalu Kalahari’s two lovely properties!
Here, besotted newly-weds can enjoy being whisked away to the foot of the Korannaberg mountains, where The Motse’s secluded, traditional legae (‘little houses’) offer suites designed around barefoot luxury and creature comforts.
During the romantic getaway, couples can explore the awe-inspiring red sand dunes, discover ancient rock art and maybe even catch sight of the black-maned Kalahari lion…
Otherwise, for those less outdoorsy, dip into an infinity pool or watch game visit the watering hole from the comfort of your own private deck.
Destination: Tswalu Kalahari, Namibia
Where to stay: In the island of calm that is The Motse.
The love factor: There are few things more romantic than experiencing the life-changing Kalahari with your loved one, while still enjoying every possible creature comfort!
5. Makgadikgadi Pans National Park – staying at the lovely Leroo La Tau
Yet another Botswana treat is the dreamy Leroo La Tau, which lies on the western bank of the Boteti River (the eastern bank forms the boundary for the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park).
This lodge is the last word in modern, thatched suites and inviting interiors… And at Leroo La Tau, lovers can escape for some quality downtime, while still enjoying some amazing outdoor experiences too.
Head for a late game drive in search of the Big Five… Or, if the waters are high enough, why not enjoy soothing boating fun out on the Boteti River? Guided nature walks are also up for the taking (if you’re in the mood for a stroll).
Guests are assured the chance of seeing amazing wild life, while enjoying a truly comfortable and dreamy stay in beautiful Botswana!
Where to stay: At the quietly lovely Leroo La Tau.
The love factor: Whether you head on a late safari drive or guided nature walk, few things can be as romantic as sharing in unique African experiences with your loved one in Botswana!
6. Victoria Falls – staying at the magical Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Few places in Africa are as well-known and enchanting as Vic Falls… So if you’re looking for the perfect place to kick-start marital bliss, it is surely the African answer.
And, because you’re going to want to linger longer, The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge makes for the ideal travel base. This elegant, award-winning lodge – surrounded by the African wilds – offers love birds a truly memorable stay.
Best of all, its close proximity to Victoria Falls (it’s situated on a plateau just 4km away!) means you can easily see the Falls up close, as you enjoy an excellent guided tour.
Another unique experience is a half-day elephant back safari. Run on the privately owned Nakavango Estate (positioned some 10 km away from Vic Falls), guests can enjoy a guided talk on African elephants, an introduction to the elephants – and of course, a wonderful ride, which will last for between one to two hours. (Don’t fear, you will have an experienced guide with you on the elephant.)
If you want to preserve the memory with something more tangible, you can purchase videos, photos or digital discs post-safari.
Destination: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Where to stay: At the beyond beautiful Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.
The love factor: It’s Victoria Falls, so it is already one of the most beautiful and romantic places on earth – but add in a luxurious lodge, game watching and an elephant ride in case that isn’t incredible enough!
7. Cape Town- staying at the Welgelegen Guest House
One of the world’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town is an alluring place that will draw you in with its vineyards, mountains, ocean and people and make you never want to leave. This is a city you definitely want to savour with your loved one. Right around the corner from the trendy Kloof Street in the heart of Cape Town, restaurants, bars and delis are just a short walk away. And not to mention one of the world’s natural wonders of Table Mountain!
Enjoy the fireplace indoors during the winter and visit the white sand beaches during the summer. See the African penguins at Boulders and go wine tasting in the vineyards of our wine regions only 45 minutes drive away. Take a boat to Robben Island and learn about our Nelson’s Mandela’s years as a prisoner there and the shape our history took as a country.
Destination: Cape Town, South Africa.
Where to stay: Welgelegen Guest House, Cape Town
The love factor: Savour our local wines in front of the fire or enjoy the fireplace in your own room. The truth is that you never have to leave your love nest but while situated in Gardens, Cape Town, you will definitely want to.
8. Okavango Delta – staying at the uniquely situated Xugana Island Lodge
Widely recognised as the most stunning permanent water site in the entire Okavango Delta – Africa’s largest and greatest natural oasis – the Xugana Lagoon is a truly special place… and near it, one finds Xugana Island Lodge.
The unique lodge overlooks the vast body of water, ensuring an incredible setting, which is further enhanced by the lodge’s thatched, lagoon-facing chalets and private viewing decks.
During their stay, couples can enjoy romantic, peaceful boat cruises or even try their hand at fishing! Better still, embark on a soothing trip in an eco-friendly canoe, or walk about the lagoons and islands.
Whatever you choose to do, your stay at Xugana Island Lodge is sure to be a special one!
Destination: Okavango Delta, Botswana
Where to stay: At the peaceful Xugana Island Lodge.
The love factor: A romantic dinner on a floating deck, as the sun sets, anyone?
9. Botswana – staying at the charming Camp Moremi
Located in Botswana’s world-famous Moremi Game Reserve, this unique camp offers travel-loving newly-weds the perfect place to celebrate their honeymoon.
In a region where beauty and game viewing are a given, this camp offers a charming sanctuary, equipped with modern thatched safari tents, private decks and dreamy décor.
During your romantic stay, you can enjoy amazing game viewing in open 4×4 vehicles, with the possibility of sighting leopard, cheetah, wild dogs or lions.
Or, if you prefer, take to the water and explore the channels by boat… It’s the perfect opportunity to go bird watching and see other aquatic life!
One thing is certain: you two will leave Camp Moremi with many incredible memories, having experienced your happy African honeymoon.
Where to stay: In the blissful Camp Moremi.
The love factor: The chance to stay at this special camp in Moremi Game Reserve, a place of world-renown.
10. Sossusvlei – staying at the incredible Namib Desert Lodge
If you want to stay in one incredible location, then Namib Desert Lodge – situated 60km north of Sesrium, the Sossusvlei gateway – is your ticket to just that!
Encircled by spectacular fossilised dunes, Namib Desert Lodge is a hidden oasis, tucked away behind palm trees and blessed with poolside views.
There are plenty of great activities to enjoy beyond the lodge – but if you simply want to stay put and savour every moment in each other’s company, then the lodge can keep you satisfied with buffet-style breakfasts and dinners on request; laps in sparking pools (a welcome respite from the heat!) or just simply, with its everyday comforts.
Destination: Sossusvlei, Namibia
Where to stay: At the unique Namib Desert Lodge.
The love factor: The setting: it’s truly out of this world!