Nothing is more special than falling asleep to the wild hum of the African bush; couple this with a honeymoon and you have yourself the most romantic adventure this world has to offer. Any experience in the African wilderness is sure to be wildly romantic, but I have compiled the very best honeymoon experiences across the continent which will kick off married life in style.
Sleeping under the stars in The Selous, Tanzania
Safari camps come in many shapes and sizes, from solid brick structures, to the classic tented yet very spacious under canvas experience. One adventure which takes you back to the basics of safari magic, is a night sleeping out under the stars in your own private “fly camp”. A few safari lodges around the continent offer this experience, where you leave main camp one night with your own private chef and butler to spent the night sleeping under a thin mosquito net in the middle of the wilderness.
Guards watch the area so you are not left to your own devices, but this experience completely immerses you into nature and offers a truly magical perspective of the African bush. In my view, it is the most romantic wildlife and wilderness experience on the continent. The best night under the stars can be found in the watery and wild Selous Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania at the luxurious Sand Rivers on the banks of the Rufiji River.
Sunset dinner on the Zambezi
From the beautiful Tongabezi Lodge you can enjoy a candlelit dinner, not only in the secluded Zambian wilderness, but also in the middle of the mighty Zambezi river… there is nothing quite like seeing the blood red sunset shimmering across the Zambezi, and there is nothing quite like tucking into a delicious three course moon and candlelit dinner – marry these two together and you have one of the most memorable and romantic evenings in safari Africa.
Hot-air balloon ride over the Masai Mara
Wake up at 4am to the early morning stir of the African bush and venture off on an experience like no other. Time a hot air-balloon ride well in between July and September and you may catch the epic Great Wildebeest Migration. There is surely no better a way to appreciate the sheer enormity of the greatest show on earth than from a bird’s eye view. The thousands of galloping big grazers below are like flies in the distance. After an hour of soaking up tiny elephants drinking, stampeding wildebeest, eagles soaring and the beautiful undulating Masai Mara landscape, you are greeted back down to safari reality with a glass of bubbly to round off the morning. Definitely something to get up early for, and scenes which you will remember for years to come.
Helicopter ride over the Victoria Falls
The Victoria Falls attract visitors from all over the world. It is spectacularly dramatic. Seeing the mighty Zambezi crash and fall to the ground is an amazing thing to witness, and seeing this from the air offers one of the most impressive views in Africa. You can enjoy a 15 minute helicopter ride, which is the best way to see it. The longer you do, the more expensive it gets and you can get the full experience from this short amount of time in the air. Helicopter rides are always special, but buzzing around the Victoria Falls is something quite different!
Dine on a private beach off the coast of Tanzania
Tanzania’s coastline is full of barefoot luxury beach paradises. Fanjove Private Island is the most reasonably priced beach experience in Africa, and also happens to be one of the most romantic. The beaches are wide, white and powdery, the water is warm and bright turquoise – it is safe to say Fanjove is encapsulates the romance of Indian Ocean ship-wreck chic. It is an exceptional option for honeymooners seeking a secluded private island experience without breaking the bank. Owned by a safari company, Fanjove knows how to look after their guests, and nothing showcases this more than when the sun goes down and the sparkling wine comes out in your private slice of paradise…
Marc Harris is Managing Director of Africa Odyssey. Africa Oydssey is run by a team of award-winning experts offering tailor-made African safari holidays.