Love is in the air – and nowhere more so than Africa. Once the preserve of adventurers and explorers, Africa is now celebrated for its outstanding natural beauty and stunning destinations. It all adds up to the perfect recipe for romance, so here is our list of the top 10 places to honeymoon in Africa:
There are no limits to love, and seemingly no end to the vast plains of northern Tanzania. Thrill to the thundering hooves of the migration, picnic beneath a spreading acacia tree, and fall asleep in your luxury safari tent while Maasai warriors stand guard. Or glide gently over the magnificent landscapes in a hot air balloon before gently descending for a champagne breakfast.
NORTH ISLAND, SEYCHELLES
Spacious, luxuriously appointed villas, expansive beaches of powdery white sand and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean provide the ideal honeymoon setting. Privacy and exclusivity are the watchwords here – you will feel as though you have your own private island. Each day at North Island is designed according to your whims, and the staff have an uncanny ability to anticipate your every need.
SEGERA RETREAT, KENYA
Picture yourself as Redford and Streep with an “Out Of Africa” experience at this Kenyan ranch-style lodge. Segera’s emphasis on holistic wellbeing is expressed in the delicious organic food, spa and yoga experiences. Probably Africa’s most luxurious sleepout option, the Bird Nest at Segera is also one of the most distinctive. Created to resemble an eagle’s nest, it rises above the surrounding treetops to give 360-degree views over the Laikipia region.
CAPE WINELANDS, SOUTH AFRICA
Dramatic mountains frame the fertile valleys of the Cape Winelands. Undulating landscapes and a perfect climate lie behind the area’s long history of world-class winemaking, and today you can enjoy mouthwatering meals washed down with some of the finest wines you will ever taste. And if you are still torn between, say, Napa or South Africa, remember which winelands have Cape Town on their doorstep!
Home to the world’s tallest sand dunes, the Namib desert glows with changing shadows and colors as each day begins and ends. Marvel at the special magic of dawn and dusk as the dunes awaken and slumber with the rising or setting sun. Be mesmerized by the sinuous shapes of the dunes, or take a tumble together and roll down a sandy slope – your inner child will love you for it!
Marrakech is a delight for all the senses, and one of the most fascinating places on earth to lose yourself in the moment. Each day promises delight, discovery and intrigue, from the dawn call to prayer to a rooftop sunset cocktail. Explore the Djemaa el-Fna open-air market and the Dyers’ Souk, then take time out in the green cacti garden of the Jardin Majorelle. Marrakech will linger long in your memories.
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, RWANDA
Spending time with mountain gorillas can be an incredibly moving experience – and for most people, it ranks as their most meaningful wildlife encounter. You’ll find your voice naturally reduces to a whisper, and seeing your loved one’s face light up with joy and wonder will make you feel closer to them than ever before. Rwanda’s Central African location means that the wildlife here is quite different from other African countries you may have visited. As well as gorillas, there are opportunities to see golden monkeys and many different Rift Valley bird species.
Tongabezi is legendary in Zambia, as much for its quirky décor and warm hospitality as for its stunning Zambesi riverfront location. The Treehouses let adults live out the ultimate childhood fantasy, only with the addition of hippos grunting and chortling nearby. Watch the setting sun sink into the mighty river from your alfresco bath, as birds fly to their roosts and the first stars start twinkling, then enjoy a romantic dinner on your private deck.
EARTH LODGE, SOUTH AFRICA
The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is known as one of the best places in Africa for predator sightings, but it can also be a rewarding spot to hunt down moments of pure indulgence. Enjoy a shared spa treatment at the Amani Spa offering holistic treatments that are entirely in keeping with the tranquillity of the bush setting, and are designed to heal, relax, and rejuvenate. Slip away – just the two of you – to a candlelit dinner under the stars. Make a wish on a shooting star or watch the constellations slowly rotate above you, as you enjoy the flavors and savor the opportunity to talk about the things that really matter to you – or enjoy a companionable silence, broken only by the distant roar of a lion as the African night comes to life.
CHEM CHEM LODGE, TANZANIA
Chem Chem Lodge has one of the loveliest settings of any lodge anywhere. That’s quite a claim, but it’s one that’s fully justified the moment you see its location on the eastern shores of Tanzania’s Lake Manyara. The 5-star lodge is set within luscious palm-island and consists of an opulent main house and eight secluded tent-style suites. Each suite is designed to evoke the spirit, luxury, and intimacy of an authentic vintage safari experience. Chem Chem is a place where time can stand still, and you can appreciate each moment at your own pace – unless of course, you accept the challenge of a run across the plains in the company of a Maasai warrior to jog your ancestral memories of being an African hunter.