The sheer beauty, adventure and romanticism of an African honeymoon safari makes it the ideal way to celebrate your marriage.
Safari honeymoons are becoming increasingly popular amongst newlyweds as they combine stunning landscapes, natural beauty, fun and a vast array of exotic animals.
Buffalo, rhinos, elephants and leopards await visitors to the great safari nations of Africa, but such a trip requires forward planning and research. If you are thinking about spending your own honeymoon on safari, there are some very important issues to consider.
Choosing the right experience
It is possible to combine all the elements of a honeymoon and a safari in a tailor-made holiday package, but you will need to have an idea of what you want to get out of your trip. Do you want to escape into the wilderness, or are you looking for a little more indulgence? There are some excellent safari packages available for all budgets – from luxury accommodation to safari camps with stunning views.
The high-end lodges are equipped with luxurious furnishings and a range of modern conveniences, and the regular camps have everything you might need within their custom made insect-proof tents that allow you to sleep in a comfortable bed under the stars.
Beyond your accommodation, if you are looking to spend some quality time alone, there is always the option of embarking on your own self-drive safari as a couple. This is only available in public parks, but is a great experience for newlyweds. Otherwise, you can hire a guide to take you to the best places to observe wildlife and the beautiful landscapes of Africa.
Selecting where to visit
There are several fantastic locations for a safari in Africa; however, most of them are located in the east and southern part of the continent. Kenya, for instance, is home to the renowned Masai Mara Game Reserve, which is part of the Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem. This game reserve is famed for its abundance of wildlife, and the awe-inspiring sight of huge herds migrating across the plains during The Great Migration. Also in Kenya are the soda lakes of the Great Rift Valley which are very popular with safari lovers and perfect for romantic getaways.
The nearby country of Tanzania is also home to the Serengeti National Park, as well as the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. Another particularly fascinating area for safaris is the Ngorongoro Crater, which is a volcanic crater that is home to 30,000 wild animals and the world’s densest populations of lions.
If you are more interested in seeing primates up close, Rwanda is probably the best place to visit. Home to Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees, Rwanda gives visitors the unprecedented opportunity to see a range of primates in their natural habitat. Other countries known for their stunning safari opportunities include South Africa, Botswana and Zambia. Talking through your options with a safari specialist will help you decide on the romantic safari that is perfect for you and your partner.
Considering activities to do together
Kenya, South Africa and Zanzibar in particular are home to some stunning beach resorts that are true tropical paradises. You can always add a few days at the beach to your honeymoon package, so that your holiday is a mix of adventure and relaxation. The tourist areas of the great safari nations are also home to luxury accommodation, exclusive restaurants and areas of outstanding beauty. Africa Safari Classics are able to organise romantic add-ons to your trip, including champagne breakfasts, bush dinners, sundowners, night game drives, balloon safaris and exciting water sports.
Preparing for the trip
The best time to head off on safari is during the drier winter months – which in the southern hemisphere are June, July, August, September and October.
Before jetting off, also remember that you and your partner will need the required injections to travel to Africa, so make sure to research or ask your travel agent what you need to arrange. If the honeymoon is a surprise, make sure to let your new bride or groom know in time to get immunised.
Being at one with nature on safari is one of the most romantic ways to spend a honeymoon. With a little planning and preparation, you can ensure you start off your married life in the best possible way.
This post was written by Africa Safari Classics, providers of bespoke safari holidays in Africa.