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Honeymoons in Africa

Romantic Recommendations from Extraordinary Journeys


Africa is the stuff of dream honeymoons and once-in-a-lifetime romantic journeys. The continent's cultures, wildlife, even its sunsets are incomparable. Extraordinary Journeys, an experienced tour operator that designs custom honeymoons and other trips that bring couples to Africa, has compiled this list of the top romantic safari camps, lodges, and hotels in Africa. If you're thinking of visiting Africa for the first time, it's advisable to work with such a company capable of turning your dream vacation into a reality.

1. Sindabezi Island - Zambia

© Sindabezi.
What is more magical in Africa than lodging in a magnificent tent on an island in the middle of the Zambezi, just above Victoria Falls? Illuminated by soft hurricane lights, the honeymoons tent, on a secluded sand bank, has a claw-foot bathtub for two. Go rafting, canoeing, sailing, bungee jump, horseback or elephant back ride -- then fall asleep to the sound of water softly lapping against the shore.

2. Zarafa - Botswana

© Zarafa Camp.
Part of a huge conservation project, this new and fabulous camp accesses 300,000 acres of pure wilderness. The copper bathtub lures them in and the wonderful scenery, wildlife, and guides will keep those who come to Africa on honeymoons entranced.

3. Serra Cafema – Namibia

© Serra Cafema.
A crowning glory above the Skeleton Coast, this camp combines it all: Kunene River, desert dunes, Himba village, waterfalls, all explored from self-driven quad bikes. This is the most fun experience to be had in Africa.

4. Mombo - Botswana

© Mombo Camp.
In the Okavango Delta, Mombo offers hands down the best game-viewing experience in southern Africa. Complemented by outstanding guides and accommodation, it is the ideal realization of luxury in the bush.

5. Joy’s Camp – Samburu/Shaba Kenya

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Tiny lights throughout the walls and floor of tents create absolute magic, competing only with the elephants that tend to congregate just outside. Fabulous managers, a wonderful hike along the Eyaso Nyeri River, and sheer beauty of the desert make this a perpetual hit with couples we send on honeymoons in Africa.

6. Cottars – Masai Mara Kenya

© Cottars.
To quote Urban Daddy: “Think of it like a time-capsule tour of the wilds of Kenya--not much has changed since Calvin Cottar’s grandfather started running safaris here in 1919. Your tent is lit with oil lamps, your porter sports a red fez, and that soothing jazz wafting into the warm breeze is coming from a vintage gramophone. About the only clue that you're still in the 21st century is the modern massage tent tucked behind the mess hall. (You'll allow it.)"

7. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge - Tanzania

© Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.
Over-the-top luxury characterizes this getaway for honeymoons in Africa that's perched on the edge of a natural wonder of the world. Roses everywhere, private butler, cozy fireside dinners. This has to be the ultimate romantic spot for those who love exuberant décor and pampering. Wildlife viewing here is exceptional.

8. Bushmans Kloof - South Africa

© Bushmans Kloof.
This opulent property tucked into the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains in the Eastern Cape is the perfect conclusion to great safari honeymoons. It features wide open plains, mystical rock formations, crystal clear waterfalls, and an abundance of flora and fauna. And when you're ready for bed, a trail of rose petals and candles can lead you there.

9. Kensington Place - South Africa

© Kensington Place.
This gem of a Cape Town boutique hotel is tucked into the exclusive suburb of Higgovale on the slopes of Table Mountain. One of the most sensuous hotels, it's studded with fine modern art and high-tech gadgets. Attentive service and great value for the quality makes it a highly desirable destination for honeymoons in Africa.
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