From scenic wonders and wildlife adventures to beautiful beaches and fascinating culture, Africa is the perfect choice for couples who have just tied the knot, looking for a romantic honeymoon destination. There are exceptional places for newly married couples to celebrate the start of their new adventure together. Here is our list of seven extraordinary honeymoon destinations across Africa, ranging from Mozambique in southern Africa to Kenya in East Africa.
Best time to visit Mozambique for a honeymoon safari: April to November
Why is Mozambique an ideal honeymoon destination?
The Mozambique Islands, surrounded by pristine beaches, offer newlyweds the opportunity to enjoy the serenity of the warm waters and spectacular views from its sandy beaches. There are luxury hotel options that cater to couples on honeymoon, such as the White Pearl Resort in Mozambique, often with special extras such as romantic sundowners, stargazing, turtle walks (from August to October) and ocean boat safaris.
On a trip to Benguerra Island, one of Mozambique’s jewels, honeymooners can experience a wide range of activities including dhow cruise, fine dining, garden tour, helicopter scenic flight, high tea, horse riding, island drive, massage, spa treatments, sailing, scuba diving and whale watching.
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Best time to visit Botswana for a honeymoon safari: May to October
Why is Botswana an ideal honeymoon destination?
Known for its lush and scenic labyrinth of waterways, Botswana’s Okavango Delta is teeming with diverse wildlife and amazing birds. Couples can enjoy floating along these beautiful waterways in a traditional mokoro (canoe) safari, a peaceful way to observe the wildlife and stunning scenery.
Botswana also has some of Africa’s premium luxury lodges, many of which are romantic hideaways, perfect for honeymoon couples looking for an idyllic retreat in the heart of Botswana’s wilderness. In addition to offering stunning views and superb lodges, Botswana also offers wonderful wildlife adventures, witnessing magnificent animals like lions and elephants roaming the landscapes and along the waterways of protected reserves.
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3. South Africa
Best time to visit South Africa for a honeymoon safari: May to September, year around for Cape Winelands
Why is South Africa an ideal honeymoon destination?
South Africa’s Cape Winelands is the perfect romantic getaway for newly married couples, who want to stay in luxurious accommodation surrounded by picturesque landscape, dine on delicious food and enjoy fine wine. Cape Winelands is a year-round safari destination: summer days are warm and pleasant, making it an ideal time to visit the Garden Route coastline as well as the winelands. In winter, the weather is cooler and visitors can cosy up around a fire in the evenings with a superb meal and excellent wine.
Honeymooners could also combine their romantic wineland safari with wildlife adventures in top spots such as Kruger National Park, home to abundant wildlife, including the big five, the little five and the birding big six. Discover South Africa’s remarkable wildlife areas on game drives, game walks, mountain bikes, birding trips, and much more.
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Best time to visit Namibia for a honeymoon safari: July to October, October to March for Skeleton Coast.
Why is Namibia an ideal honeymoon destination?
Visiting one of Namibia’s jewels, Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, is a great way to start a honeymoon safari. The picturesque salt and clay plan is surrounded by high red dunes, a stark contrast against the blue skies. Namibia offers visitors a chance to explore the fascinating scenery and spot its unique desert-adapted wildlife. After a rewarding day taking in the incredible scenery, honeymooners can enjoy a candlelit dinner by the campfire under the incredible canopy of stars – some lodges even offer the romantic option of sleeping out under the stars!
Visitors also have the option to choose a fly-in safari to various destinations in Namibia with remarkable bird’s eye views of the extraordinary landscapes such as the Naukluft mountain range, Skeleton Coast with its shipwrecks, the ochre-coloured dunes of Sossusvlei, old diamond mines, coastal harbours and towns.
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5. Victoria Falls, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Best time to visit Victoria Falls for a honeymoon safari: March to June for scenic views when the water levels are the highest, August to December for swimming and white-water rafting.
Why is Victoria Falls an ideal honeymoon destination?
Straddling the borders of Zimbabwe and Zambia is a perfect honeymoon destination, magnificent Victoria Falls. One of the ‘Seven Natural Wonders of the World’, there are stunning views of the Falls from both the Zambian and the Zimbabwean side. When you plan a trip for the dry season, also known as the low-water season, you can swim right on the edge of the Falls in the Devil’s Pools on the Zambian side of the falls – a thrilling honeymoon experience!
On the Zimbabwean side, visitors can explore the bustling markets of Victoria Falls town, buying souvenirs in the market while the beautiful colonial Victoria Falls Hotel offers the perfect romantic accommodation and is the best spot for afternoon tea with views of the Victoria Falls bridge. The hotel’s amenities include a beauty spa and swimming pool.
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Best time to visit Uganda for a honeymoon safari: June to August, December to February.
Why is Uganda an ideal honeymoon destination?
Uganda offers honeymoon couples the perfect mix of romance and adventure: head into the beautiful rainforest in search of gorillas and chimps and search for wildlife in national parks on game drives, while enjoying the stunning landscapes and romantic lodges at the same time. Uganda has a healthy primate population as well as the big five, many other wildlife species and abundant bird life, which can be seen on drives, walks and boat cruises.
On safaris dedicated to couples on honeymoon, special touches might include relaxing massages, romantic bush dinners, evening sundowners while watching a beautiful African sunset – the perfect way to end a thrilling day on safari.
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Best time to visit Kenya for a honeymoon safari: June to October
Why is Kenya an ideal honeymoon destination?
A premium safari destination, Kenya has it all: diverse national parks with remarkable wildlife, romantic accommodation, scenic beaches, and superb marine life. Diani Beach is a beautiful honeymoon destination on the Swahili coast, offering a wide range of activities such as dolphin tour, dhow cruise and dinner at a cave restaurant. Diana Beach, and other scenic coastal spots, can be combined with a wildlife safari to create the perfect bush and beach honeymoon.
Floating through the skies above Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve in a hot air balloon is the ultimate romantic experience and one of the best ways to start a honeymoon adventure in the heart of one of Africa’s most spectacular parks. There is superb year-round game viewing in the Masai Mara National Reserve, although to see the annual wildebeest migration you need to visit around August, when the wildebeest are enjoying the lush vegetation of the Masai Mara before they head back to Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.
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Other African honeymoon destinations
- Madagascar: Vivid natural reserves, biodiversity including lemurs, mountainous backdrop, baobabs
- Zimbabwe: Luxury camps, Victoria Falls, Zambezi River canoe safaris, wildlife sightings, scenic gems
- Zambia: Walking safaris, Victoria Falls, boat and canoe safaris, adventurous activities, remote parks
- Tanzania: Wildebeest migration, big five sightings, bush and beach combos, beautiful island of Zanzibar
- Rwanda: Gorilla trekking, wildlife sightings, mountain rainforest, picturesque Lake Kivu
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