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A natural paradise, Africa is home to some of the world’s quintessential luxury honeymoon and romantic getaway destinations, and for good reason. The continent’s mind blowing diversity ensures that there is something here for every couple to see and experience. Allow us to whisk you away to some of the most romantic and secluded regions and add a few unique adventures to your post-nuptial getaway to make it even more memorable.
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Read on to discover some truly unique experiences you can enjoy as a couple which are sure to add a little extra spice to your dream honeymoon in Africa.
Dining under the stars is taken to a whole new level at Tongabezi – an award-winning eco-lodge located on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia. Here, a private moonlit dinner for two can be arranged on a floating platform or ‘sampan’ right in the middle of the mighty Zambezi. Enjoy a three-course gourmet meal, paddled out by waiters one course at a time, surrounded by candles and the nocturnal chorus of Africa. This unique and extraordinary offering is the epitome of romance in the wild.
For a truly special honeymoon experience in East Africa look no further than the breathtaking northern wilds of Tanzania. Couples staying at the ultra-luxurious Chem Chem lodge can spend a memorable day celebrating their marriage or renewing their vows in a traditional Maasai ceremony.
This intimate and truly special Maasai blessing takes place on the flamingo-filled shores of Lake Manyara and includes singing by a Maasai choir as well as traditional Maasai attire for the couple. A private photographer is available on request to capture the special memories.
The vast landscapes that surround the luxurious andBEYOND Sossusvlei Desert Lodge are best experienced from above. This unique honeymoon experience takes adventurous couples on a scenic helicopter flip over jagged mountains, soaring dunes, white salt pans and magnificent rocky outcrops. And just to add an extra level of romance to this breathtaking adventure, couples can enjoy a delectable champagne picnic for two in a truly remote and inaccessible location, showcasing the unbelievable beauty of this pristine wild landscape.
Few things invoke romance more than the idea of a remote private island escape. Located on Nosy Ankao island, just off the north-eastern region of Madagascar, Miavana by Time + Tide is an intimate hideaway that brings together exclusivity and adventure for a honeymoon of a lifetime. Though it might be small (just 10 square kilometers in size) the island and surrounding marine protected reserve is packed with infinite experiences to pursue.
Explore the island’s pristine forests which are home to over 100 species of lemur and other exotic wildlife. Take to the sky in a helicopter expedition to spot migrating humpback whales and dolphins from above. Or dive below the azure waters to experience the vibrant reefs and colorful marine life underwater. The opportunities to make lasting memories with your loved one at Miavana are truly endless.
The luxury suites at Singita Lebombo feel as though they are floating between the river and the sky. These restorative sanctuaries are built into a cliff face, suspended above the N’wanetsi River and surrounded by thousands of acres of private untouched wilderness. Few romantic hideaways provide couples with the chance to truly immerse in the bush like this one. Glass walls and elevated wooden decks with stargazing beds invite couples to connect with nature, and each other, while discovering the magic of nature together.
Africa is home to the world’s only international quadripoint – a point that touches the border of four distinct territories. In this case, countries. Known as the “four corners of Africa” these four southern African countries all meet at the eastern end of the famous Caprivi Strip. They are Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Couples onboard the luxurious floating hotel, the Zambezi Queen, will have the unique opportunity to discover this incredible landmark on a walking tour of Impalila Island – an island bounded by the Zambezi river in the north, and Chobe river in the south. Here, adventurous honeymooners can climb a 2,000+ year old baobab to get a unique birds-eye perspective of the only place on Earth where four countries meet and two great African rivers meet up.
Over 3 decades ago, this breathtaking location in Kenya’s Maasai Mara was used for some of the most iconic scenes of the 1985 film, Out of Africa. Today, you and your loved one can relive the same moments during a stay at the exclusive Angama Mara Camp. A nod to the film’s renowned movie poster, follow your Maasai naturalist to the crest of the original Out of Africa kopje for your very own private picnic overlooking Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. This old-world, romantic picnic includes canvas safari chairs, a wicker picnic basket packed with elegant snacks, sparkling wine on ice, a blanket and comfy cushions, not to mention panoramic views of the sun setting over the Maasai Mara. It’s hard to beat.
Ever dreamed of soaring to the top of the highest mountain in Africa without having to undergo the arduous climb? Ruka Africa is an innovative Tanzanian aviation company offering guests unique flying safaris over Mount Kilimanjaro. This is a great add-on for adventurous couples who enjoy doing exciting things together.
The 1-hour scenic flight will see you soaring 21,000 feet over ancient volcanic peaks and colossal glaciers, formed well over 200,000 years ago. With minimal noise pollution, this really is a unique honeymoon experience to savor for those wishing to experience this iconic mountain in all its glory.
Embark on a multi-sensory wellness journey together on the tropical island of Zanzibar, where palm-lined beaches and warm, azure waters abound. The unique Zanzibar Spa at Essque Zalu Zanzibar has created a series of truly extraordinary spa rituals, drawing on the ancient traditions of the Maasai and their connection to the natural world. Couples can partake in a variety of special treatments, carried out by Zanzibarian and Tanzanian therapists who hold a deep knowledge of the culture. The treatments all take place in a specially designed ‘Maasai Village’ where couples can cocoon themselves in traditional tents and truly embrace the sights, sounds and smells of this age-old tradition. The signature 2-hour ritual, which takes place during or after sunset, is highly recommended for a truly unforgettable journey of the senses.
When it comes to top honeymoon destinations in Africa, we know best. This is just a taste of what your unique African honeymoon experience could look like. Contact a LuxVenture® Designer today, tell us what you liked, and we will craft a one-of-a-kind luxury honeymoon, just for you!