Inspiring Romance and Honeymoon Ideas
Choosing the perfect destination for a honeymoon, intimate wedding or celebration together can feel overwhelming. If you are dreaming of something that you will be talking about for years to come, then look no further than exploring the magic of Africa. Africa truly is the perfect recipe for romance. With sweeping landscapes, abundant wildlife and less crowded but more exclusive islands, Africa is an exciting mix of adventure, culture and relaxation. There’s something so alluring about waking up to a chorus of animals and heart-stirring vistas of wild Africa, with the people you love. Days are filled with thrilling game drives, walks, spa treatments, relaxing poolside, enjoying sundowners and other surprises.
Photo Credit: The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, South Africa
When it comes to great food and extravagant comfort, it’s difficult to top a leading safari lodge or camp. Enhance your safari with bespoke experiences such as sleeping under the African sky in a Star Bed. Make your wedding or vowel renewal special with traditional Maasai blessing. We know African romance and we can’t wait to connect you to the heart of Africa.
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For 45 years, African Travel has crafted award-winning safaris by specialists who have lived and traveled extensively in Africa and who have organized many small weddings, honeymoons, and celebrations. Here are their five tips for planning a perfect safari.
Work with an expert who exclusively knows Africa and can guide you to the best camps and lodges to match your travel style. African Travel’s long-running track record and buying power means you have a lot of choice and can Safari, Your Way.
Compile a list of dream wildlife and locations. Our safari specialists often recommend experiences you cannot fnd online or in a guidebook.
We love private conservancies, reserves and camps. There is more flexibility in game drives and limited number of guests. Since most of these lodges and camps are small and intimate, you’ll want to book now to reserve your space.
Having a 24/7 Concierge Service on hand will help ease your worries. Our local team assists with any changes.
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®! Include immersive experiences that have a positive impact on both the people and wildlife.
African Travel provides a worry-free experience. Travel confidently knowing the award-winning safari outfitter is part of a family-run company that is backed by a $300 million Peace of Mind Promise.
SAFARI, Your Way MEMORABLE MOMENTS To build your own unique journey, here are some can’t miss African experiences we love to include in trips. Or you can match a destination with experiences based on your travel style below. ADRENELINE SEEKER
Soar above some of Africa’s beaches, falls and wildlife
Face-to-face encounter with our closest relative
Victoria Falls | South Africa
Rwanda | Uganda
TREEHOUSES & SKY BEDS
Victoria Falls: Devil’s Pool swim, zip line, walking and water safari URBAN DIVERSIONS Cape Town: Yoga at Table Mountain, art walk and at home cooking class MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Kenya: Adopt an elephant, shop with a purpose, spot the Samburu 5 and meet endangered white rhinos.
Watch the stars, as lions roar in the distance
See the Okavango Delta from a unique point of view
Kenya | South Africa
Island paradise and over water bungalows
Visit the world’s most stunning winelands
Indulge in a decedent dining experience
Seychelles | Mauritius
Ride among grazing herds
Soar above spectacular sights
Enjoy some of the world’s best diving
South & East Africa
South & East Africa
Tanzania | Mozambique
FALL IN LOVE WITH AFRICA Find the right Africa just for you with one of these special journeys.
Like the stripes on a zebra, no two human fingerprints are the same. The same is true for each person’s ideal safari. African Travel specializes in crafting magical journeys to suite each guest’s personal travel style and interest. Whatever your dreams of Africa, use one of these three ideas as inspiration - or mix and match - to create the perfect safari just for you.
AFRICAN ROMANCE This popular safari artfully combines Cape Town, Kruger National Park and one of the most Eden-like beach retreats in Mozambique.
THE JOURNEY Begin with four days of cultural explorations in Cape Town with private tours of the city, Cape Peninsula and foodie walking tours of the Winelands followed by an amazing three nights at Simbabili Game Lodge and four unforgettable nights on Azura Benguerra Island.
A SAFARI MATCH This safari satisfies adventurous city, beach and bush interests while allowing downtime in beautiful places.
AFRICAN TRAVEL BENEFITS A Cape Town driver to bring you to Table Mountain, on tours to unique neighborhoods, and more. Special dinners and incredible suites and villas. Helicopter transfer to Azura Benguerra Island. A guided island hop with snorkeling on Two Mile Reef and ending with a picnic feast and chilled rose at North Point Beach.
African Travel Tip: Instead of an island,
considering extending your stay in South Africa and visiting another one of its buzzing cities like the surfing mecca of Durban. Or add on several days in Victoria Falls. Photo Credit: Azura Benguerra Island
LOCALLY HOSTED Our local hosts love sharing Africa with you. Include a private guide throughout your journey or use them when you need it.
A BLESSED JOURNEY Tanzania and Kenya offer unique wedding and blessing experiences. One of the most unforgettable ways to celebrate love is an intimate ceremony or a Maasai blessing conducted by village elders.
THE JOURNEY Build up to the blessed moment with equally amazing experiences. Adopt and visit an orphaned elephant, thrill at game drives in Kenya’s Maasai Mara and Tanzania’s Serengeti, and celebrate with unforgettable sundowners.
A SAFARI MATCH Whether planning your wedding, renewing vows or celebrating an anniversary, this is a truly intimate experience for any occasion.
AFRICAN TRAVEL BENEFITS Along with the quintessential East Africa experiences, a supporting cast of wildlife and some very stylish camps and lodges, you’ll have a team to make every dream come true. We know how to find the best hair and make up artists, entertainment and special guest experiences so your day and whole safari is magical.
African Travel Tip: Consider our Enchanting
MEANINGFUL MEMORIES Every safari includes immersive experiences with the locals and wildlife.
East Africa. Explore the Serengeti and Maasai Mara, and then escape to Zanzibar. If you are hosting a wedding or celebration, arrange for guests to continue on while you relax on the “Spice Island.”
Photo Credit: Mara Bushtops, Kenya
KENYAN SKIES Explore two distinct wildlife regions while staying at luxurious lodges and tented camps, including Mahali Mzuri, Sir Richard Branson’s luxury safari camp, voted #1 Hotel in the World by Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best 2021.
THE JOURNEY This eight-day adventure is jam packed with different ways to explore Kenya’s Laikipia and Maasai Mara regions. Enjoy bush walks, horseback rides, mountain biking, and exciting day and night game drives then relax and share stories around the boma.
SAFARI MATCH This safari is perfect for active travelers who enjoy visiting an interesting mix of bucket list and emerging destinations while staying at some of the world’s best and most sustainable places.
AFRICAN TRAVEL BENEFITS Charter flights between camps to maximize your time in the wild. Experience a night like no other in a four poster Star Bed. Participate in several MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experiences like going behind the scenes with anti-poaching rangers.
African Travel Tip: Interested in more hidden
gems? On the Captivating Kenya itinerary, spot the Samburu 5, search for endangered rhino with Nairobi as a backdrop, and visit Kenya’s first community owned elephant sanctuary.
Photo Credit: Mahali Mzuri, Kenya
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Every safari includes MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experiences and supports a child’s education or wildlife conservation.
THE PERFECT HONEYMOON By Amber Dedekind
Africa was an easy choice when my now-husband and I decided where we should go on our
honeymoon. We wanted adventure, beauty, culture, and relaxation, all wrapped into one vacation.
As a travel destination, the continent of Africa has a lot of misconceptions, and we were surprised by how many people were interested in why we had chosen it as a honeymoon destination. It wasn’t until I described what our days would look like did our friends understand why we chose Africa. So, let’s look at a day on safari in Botswana at Xigera Safari Lodge.
A DAY ON SAFARI On our first day on safari, we woke up in time to watch the sunrise and cuddle on the couch on the deck with a warm cup of coffee. We were delighted to see a herd of elephants in the distance. After relaxing, we had a refreshing outdoor shower before we met our guide for our first game viewing activity. A PASSION FOR WILDLIFE Tops, our guide for the next three days, is just as excited as us to head out to see what the delta has to show us today. We spend the morning with the elephants learning why they’re whacking themselves with dry grass (to get all the rocks out of the roots to protect their teeth). We can tell if an elephant is left or right dominant (their tusks are more worn on their dominant side). We find a pair of ostriches nesting their eggs that are about to hatch and learn that males are darker in color than females. We have a cup of coffee next to a deep pool of water full of hippos and learn they spend their days submerged to protect their sensitive skin and escape the heat.
AN EXHILARATING ADVENTURE
A FEAST FOR THE SENSES
Even though we are sitting back in a surprisingly comfortable off-road vehicle, the whole experience is exhilarating. We’ve seen giraffes, unique birds, zebras, antelope, and red lechwe, and with each sighting, it’s more exciting than the first.
We ate a tapas-style lunch, accompanied by the perfect glass of wine, that blew away all expectations. We savored each bite as we ‘cheers’ to the beautiful view of the bush.
Tops is educating us on animal tracks in the dirt, showing us how we can see fresh tracks versus old, and how the lions will walk on dirt roads at night, but in the day, they stay hidden in the brush.
Xigera Safari Lodge makes it so easy to relax. Starting with the suite, the living room is both beautifully decorated and infinitely comfortable, with a large leather couch that wraps around the room. The mini-bar has an array of ingredients to
make different cocktails. A handwritten note suggests trying the Elephant Gin with a slice of dried grapefruit, a suggestion we took seriously. To nobody’s surprise, it was delicious. Away from our suite, the lodge offers top-of-theline spa treatments, massages, and an outdoor pool that offers views of a waterway that passes in front of the property. The library is full of literature suited to many interests and is the only common area that has wifi, allowing you to really disconnect and unwind. ADVENTURES AFLOAT We arrive in the evening for our next game viewing activity, ready to see the delta by boat. June through September is the dry season, so we have a quick drive to the boat launch, but you can take the boat directly from the lodge during other times of the year.
“Can you believe we’re here? Can you believe we’re married? Can you believe this is our honeymoon?”
We hop in the boat, which has a glass-bottom section to see below. My first thought was a bout of concern that we wouldn’t be able to see anything, but I was quickly proven wrong as my husband, spotted a crocodile entirely out of the water about 15 feet away from us.
Shortly after, we see a baby crocodile no longer than a foot and a half scurry through the water on the edge of the grass. Tops and Bboy, our captain, tell us these two sightings are incredibly unique since the most common sightings are of them still as a statute. This sunset boat ride is filled with colorful birds flying past us, an array of plant life that all contribute to the greater ecosystem. With one last sunset photo, our boat ride comes to a close, we hop into the 4x4, and head back to the lodge… or so we thought. Instead, we arrive at a large clearing as the sun sets between two tall palm-looking trees. The lodge staff has set up a delicious-looking spread with meats, cheeses, house-made jerky, and a bar where a gentleman suggests the signature cocktail. I’ve yet to be disappointed with a recommendation, so without even asking what the drink was, I said, “yes, please.”
By the end of our safari adventure, we had seen more than we could have imagined. We saw elephants shaking giant trees to get fruit, we saw more hippos than we could count, and in the end, Tops found us lions, just as a mother lion and her three cubs crossed a waterway. Our honeymoon in Africa was just as much exhilarating as it was peaceful, and above all, it was the perfect honeymoon.
Drink in one hand, husband’s hand in the other, we sit in this clearing and enjoy the sunset. We can’t help but say to each other, “can you believe we’re here? Can you believe we’re married? Can you believe this is our honeymoon?” Photo Credit: Xigera Safari Lodge, Botswana; and Amber Dedekind
BEST OF THE BEST
On the 11-day safari you can recharge and re-wild at the new Xigera Safari Lodge. Delight in the desert magic of the Makgadikgadi. Take a fascinating walk with the Zu/’hoasi Bushmen and meet the famous meerkats. Spot uncommon species like sable and wild dog in Botswana’s most prolific widllife areas.
WE KNOW Romance
LIVE THE AFRICAN DREAM We find the right Africa just for you. Plan your custom safari now. Contact your favorite travel advisor to book your African adventure