Top 10 Honeymoon Safaris and Retreats
Choosing your Honeymoon safari destination is a significant decision. You’ll both want the magical combination of romance, location, generous hospitality and relaxed spoiling to cement your love and see you into a joint future, which is why we are here to help guide you to the best place for yours.
Whether you choose to safari on the game rich African plains or opt for a few days relaxing at a coastal resort, you can be sure that all of your senses will be enchanted by the experience. Even better, you could opt for a combination of both. These are our ten Honeymoon safari recommendations.
- South Africa – Cape Town. Tintswalo Atlantic
The ocean sweetheart of the Tintswalo group, Tintswalo Atlantic is all about location. Set at the base of Chapman’s Peak in Cape Town’s Hout Bay, the lodge has recently undergone a rebirth after they suffered fire damage last year. Risen from the ashes in shades of sapphire, cobalt, indigo and teal it truly is a magnificent place, one with gentleness and respect for nature. Also quite possibly the closest you could get to accommodation at the sea.
The 5-star luxury lodge has ten uniquely designed suites, an inviting wooden deck and public area, a Spa for indulging treatments, heated pool and open kitchen offering indulgent relaxed meals. Activities from there vary from day trips to Cape Point to swimming with seals off Hout Bay. See more here.
- South Africa – The Oyster Box Hotel, Umghlanga Rocks
Found overlooking the Indian Ocean and the iconic lighthouse on Umhlanga’s beachfront, the Oyster Box Hotel is the ultimate in colonial charm and style. With 86 luxurious rooms and suites you will find your privacy and indulgence with either a sea view or in one of their garden Villas with private plunge pool. Enjoy fine dining in The Grill Room, a casual meal on the Ocean Terrace or decadent High Tea indulgence in the historic Palm Court.
Take in a movie in their 24-Seater cinema and enjoy a walk along the picturesque promenade. The award-winning Spa features a Turkish Hammam and Sensation. The entire manicured property is filled with the chatter of monkeys, exotic birds and perfumed flowers, while the staff are guaranteed to tend charmingly to your every need.
- South Africa – Mhondoro Lodge, Welgevonden
The 35,000ha malaria free Welgevonden Game Reserve is located a 3 hours drive from Johannesburg and has a lovely story of commitment to conservation and returning the land to its original state. Here the rangers guide you through early morning or late afternoon game drives as you search for Africa’s Big 5 and the highly endangered white rhino, which is protected by their renowned anti-poaching unit.
The Honeymoon Suite is a secluded standalone unit with private viewing deck, a heated pool and daybed ideal for leisurely afternoon naps. The main lodge is masterfully styled with a mix of African-meets-Europe contemporary décor and the food is focused on healthy living.
Other facilities include a gym, infrared sauna, star deck and unique underground hide that is connected to the main lodge through a 65m reinforced concrete tunnel and allows eye-to-eye encounters with wildlife at the waterhole.
- Mozambique – Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort
Imagine escaping to your own private island in the Indian Ocean to celebrate your nuptials. Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort has 12 private villas with four poster beds and personal plunge pool, loungers, in and out door showers and stylish contemporary finishes. The warm Indian Ocean waters will entice you in for a dip, you can stand up paddleboard or kayak, even windsurf, snorkel and scuba dive the fish rich coral reefs.
Sumptuous all day dining offers a delightful choice of exotic Mozambique flavours mixed with European classics and showcases seafood caught by local fisherman. This is true barefoot luxury in the Quirimbas Archipelago, a place that will be hard to leave.
- Botswana – Camp Okavango
Botswana’s magnificent Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta and home to a maze of deep lagoons, large lakes and hidden meandering channels, making it a mecca for game. Camp Okavango is a unique and exclusive African safari camp situated here on the remote Nxaragha Island, a hidden treasure in the heart of the permanent Okavango Delta that offers an unparalleled year-round water wilderness experience.
Accommodating only twenty-four guests in their recently rebuilt Safari suites, each with en-suite bathroom and raised wooden platforms set beneath the thick Okavango Delta vegetation. Camp Okavango is an eco-sensitive lodge, which captures the very essence of the area.
Water-based activities are on offer with experienced guides expertly navigating the mokoro (dugout canoe) through reed-lined waterways or explore by motorboat. For those wanting to get a little closer to nature, guided bush walks can be enjoyed on a number of the nearby islands.
- Zambia – The Royal Livingstone
On the banks of the Zambezi River, the Royal Livingstone Hotel is named after the legendary explorer who called Zambia’s iconic waterfall after his queen and evokes Victorian elegance and impeccable style, also offering unforgettable adventures.
All the luxury rooms and suites have a private veranda with views towards the mighty Zambezi. Enjoy a massage in a waterfront gazebo, or cool off in the pool. Recline in a comfy sofa in the lounge and spoil yourself with high tea and later sundowners on the deck overlooking Victoria Falls.
Location allows for unlimited access to the impressive Falls, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, enjoy a game drive or river cruise, kayaking on the Zambezi, white water rafting or a sophisticated dinner onboard the Royal Livingstone Express vintage steam train.
- Namibia – Little Kulala
Little Kulala is a luxurious desert retreat situated in the private 27 000-hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve with its towering dunes and clear starry skies. Accommodation consists of 11 thatched “kulalas” – the word means to sleep – which merge naturally into the desert landscape, each with private plunge pool, indoor and outdoor showers and a rooftop star bed for romantic star gazing, or even a night outside.
There is a large entertainment area including a library, wine cellar, craft boutique, lounge and dining areas. Activities at Little Kulala include exploring the towering dunes of Sossusvlei as well as other fascinating geographical formations of the region such as the Sesriem Canyon, also game drive and walks which bring the desert-adapted wildlife in the area to life. To crown it all, consider a hot air balloon ride.
- Tanzania – Serengeti Under Canvas
If you want to get away from it all and take in a true sense of African Safari, Serengeti Under Canvas is for you. A luxurious semi-permanent tented camp that moves around the Serengeti bringing guests within range of the massive herds of the annual Great Migration and thousands of Wildebeest.
This is the ultimate in luxury camping, complete with a private butler service, chandeliers, silverware, crystal, en-suite bathrooms and comfortable beds with fluffy duvets. Quite honesty you can’t get a better view of the migration and with only nine tents at each private campsite, the authenticity combined with the exclusivity out in the African bush, will create memories for a lifetime.
- Mauritius – One&Only Le Saint Geran
Mauritius is a popular destination for sun seekers and it’s easy to understand why, especially when staying at the unrivaled One&Only Le Saint Geran. Specialising in luxury resort living, many of the staff have been there for decades, proudly acting as custodians of the pristine peninsula and blue waters whilst carrying out a warm and gracious service.
Here with white sands on either side, all of the guest rooms have a sea view through the 4000 lovingly planted palm trees that have seen happy guests come and go, many regularly returning. But more than this the resort exudes a sense of space, calm and splendour. You may not want to leave your room, but if you do the beaches, blue waters, indulgent Spa and myriad of water sports on offer, as well as the many recommended tours around the island will keep you entertained.
- Seychelles – Four Season Resort Seychelles
Perched on the lush slopes of Mahé, the Four Seasons Resort overlooks one of the finest swimming beaches in all of Seychelles. The hotel’s dramatic position on a steep jungle hillside and glamorous castaway-chic feeling doesn’t disappoint with 67 villas resembling private residences.
Many villas spill dramatically down a forested hill offering spectacular views of the beach and turquoise sea below, others are set high up on the hillside and for the beach seeker, some along the coastline. All guarantee the utmost privacy, which means you’ll be forgiven if you find yourself imagining you are blissfully alone.