Top 3 Beach & Bush Luxury Safari Honeymoons

February 26, 2019

Grab a chair, pour yourself a glass of wine and get ready to find out the best in beach and bush luxury safari honeymoons in Africa.

Luxury safari honeymoon ideas are wildly diverse and trying to choose a single destination that ticks off both partners’ expectations can be a little tricky. In Africa, there are those special countries where you can experience both the remote inland bush and the coastal blue ocean all in one trip. You can sight wildlife at daybreak on a game drive and end off the day sipping on cocktails while overlooking the Indian Ocean.

These three world-class African destinations are what luxury safari honeymoons are made of:

Magical Tanzania

If you want the best of both worlds when going on a Tanzanian honeymoon, include a trip to Zanzibar and neighbouring islands like Pemba and Mafia. This way, the beach-bum gets to relax on a soft, sandy shore and the wildlife safari enthusiast gets their fill of bush exploration in Selous Game Reserve. Striking landscapes, abundant wildlife and completely dreamy accommodation make this honeymoon destination the whole package.

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Breakfast on a sand bar whilst on a boat safari in the Rufiji River at Sand Rivers Selous © Nomad Tanzania

Honeymooners are looked after like royalty in Tanzania. Superb luxury safari lodges offer couples special touches like private bush baths, alfresco candlelit dinners and riverside picnics. After encountering different wildlife with an expert guide in Selous Game Reserve, sunsets are a magical time to be enjoyed with a chilled drink in one hand and your loved one’s hand in the other.

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Bungalow with private plunge pool and ocean view at Fundu Lagoon on Pemba Island © Fundu Lagoon

Pemba Island is reached by speedboat from Zanzibar and is an off-the-beaten-track getaway destination that is beach-chic luxury at its best. It is one of the best places off the East African coast to go diving and snorkelling among the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean. After a day spent enjoying the sand, sea and sun, you can indulge in a romantic dinner on the beach under a sky illuminated only by the stars above.

Sublime Kenya

With its profound natural beauty, exquisite wildlife and friendly people, a Kenyan honeymoon is a sublime way to open this new chapter of your lives together. This is a 5-star romantic experience, with elegant safari camps in the middle of breath-taking locations like the Maasai Mara National Reserve and beach resorts that will leave you feeling pampered and tranquil.

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Romantic bush bath at Cottar’s 1920s Safaris overlooking the Maasai Mara © Partime Travellers

Morning and evening bush activities in the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the Loisaba Conservancy will immerse you in the natural beauty of Kenya’s wilderness that teems with wildlife year-round and sees large herds during the migration season. This honeymoon will give you the chance to spend quality time together in intimate luxury safari camps where service is with a warm smile and all expectations of the perfect African safari are consistently met.

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Indian Ocean views from a bohemian-chic beach cabana at Afrochic Diani © Elewana Collection

This fantastic bush experience is topped off by some downtime on Diani Beach, which lies south of Mombasa. White sand beaches are fringed by swaying palm trees and lapped by the azure Indian Ocean, an idyllic setting to learn a new water sport or just indulge in a relaxed, barefoot lifestyle for the final leg of your honeymoon.

Indulgent South Africa

A South African honeymoon is a luxurious and relaxed getaway to the continent’s most southern part. As you unwind on your private veranda overlooking the best of the country’s national parks at sunset, glasses will clink as you celebrate the beginning of your married lives together. The beauty of the coast and warm waters of the Indian Ocean will have you both wishing you had just one more day to spend together in seaside bliss.

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Executive suite with private pool at Savanna Lodge in Sabi Sands Game Reserve © Savanna Lodge

Luxury game lodges in top Big 5 territories are a mainstay of a truly memorable South African honeymoon. Journey to Kruger National Park and neighbouring Sabi Sands Game Reserve to experience fantastic wildlife sightings on daily game drives and birding on guided bush walks along with fine dining and spa treatments only a few steps from your private suite.

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Large interior of luxury suite at The Windermere in Port Elizabeth © The Windermere by Mantis

Travelling towards the coast, you will have the opportunity to learn from local communities about historical and cultural aspects of ancient rock art as well as tracking game in the Kariega Game Reserve. The town of Port Elizabeth will play host to the beach part of your South African honeymoon and typically mornings waking with the sun rising over the ocean.

Chat to us about planning your beach and bush luxury safari honeymoon in Africa.

Note: Feature image taken by Valorie Darling for Cottar’s 1920′s Safaris in Kenya


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