Africa’s 10 Most Romantic Honeymoon Safari Lodges
Africa; the most romantic and mesmerizing continent in the world. The ultimate honeymoon destination. At this time of year many romantic souls are in the early stages of planning their big day, and we feel it only right that we share with you our selection of the best honeymoon safari lodges and camps in Africa.
It’s not all about rose petals and champagne. We’ve hand-picked the most exceptional properties that offer guests something unique; an exclusive and poignantly African romantic experience that will remain in your memories forever and that you’ll find very hard to beat.
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The ultimate in African luxury, this private camp on its very own island deep in the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta is widely recognized as the finest safari camp in Africa. Accessed only by light aircraft, and with exquisite individually designed tents linked to the main lodge via elevated walkways, the views change constantly according to the ebbs and flows of the surrounding river systems. From your personal outdoor ‘sala’ (double bed) lie back and stargaze and witness what is arguably most best and most dense population of big game in the world.
Widely considered the most exclusive accommodation on the spice island of Zanzibar, Asilia Matemwe is a luxurious and tranquil beach retreat. Secluded private villas (each with their very own butler!) feature sparkling plunge pools, hammocks and breathtaking views of the ocean. Enjoy a relaxing massage in the comfort of your villa and indulge in butler service of your choice of unbeatable seafood each day. Matemwe Retreat has it’s own private beach for guests and is steps away from some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world. An eco-conscious escapism retreat, the walls are made from local ancient stone, the furniture from local coconut wood and the interior soft furnishings made my local Zanzibar women.
Londolozi was the first game reserve in the world to be awarded Relais & Chateaux Status and was voted No. 1 Hotel in the World by Conde Naste Traveler’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards. Honeymooners are treated to a private luxurious safari landrover with couple’s couch for private game drives through world-renowned reserve, picnic dinners and champagne sundowners at sunset. Your space is created through their highly personal touches. Indulge in your own idyllic private granite suite’s double bathtub out under the stars, it’s heated swimming pool and unparalleled views over the grasslands. The lodge boasts a bush yoga retreat, wilderness spa and meditative walks. Londolozi certainly provides unsurpassed Africa luxury.
Nkwichi is a hidden paradise on the secluded shores of Lake Malawi. Off-the-grid, it is a tranquil utopia that can only be reached by boat. Nkwichi is completely integrated with nature; built entirely with local materials, rock pool baths carved from primordial boulders, and is entirely dedicated to the conservation of local cultures and wildlife. Snorkel or canoe off it’s 8 secluded beaches, and spend an unforgettable night on the Lake of Stars Bed – a night out in the open, under the stars, with your own telescope on a deserted virgin beach. Need we say more?!
The finest lodge at Lion Sands Sabi Sand, Ivory Lodge is the epitome of elegant luxury in one of the most exclusive wildlife destinations in the world. The private suites are designed with simplicity and sophistication. From your own private deck with rim flow pool view wildlife along the bank of the Sabie River. Spend an exquisite night in Chalkey’s Tree House, out in the elements over the reserve listening to the roar of lions below, as you sleep peacefully and safely in the warm night air after a luxurious romantic dinner under the stars. Recently voted one of the ‘coolest hotels in the world’, for this very reason!
Built above the very site where George Adamson raised and released orphan lions and the setting of the film ‘Born Free’, Elsa’s Kopje in Meru National Park is considered one of the most spectacular locations and lodge designs in Africa. The honeymoon suites, with outside baths, private pools and decks overlooking the vast expanse of Meru, take advantage of the natural curves of the hillside. It is hardly visible, built to be eco-friendly, using minimal power and achieving Kenya’s first eco-rating in 2003. Steeped in African romance, Elsa’s Kopje, and Meru NP is also home to the largest diversity of animal species in East Africa.
Located on the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana, one of the largest salt flats in the world, Jack’s Camps is designed in true East African 1940s style. 10 spacious and luxurious canvas tents with 4 poster beds, oil lamps, Persian rugs and outdoor showers provide ultimate comfort and romantic ambiance. In season the Great Wildebeest Migration passes through the dusty pans around the camp. A unique and unforgettable night spent sleeping out on the pans under the milkyway is an unsurpassed experience that cannot be missed.
The Grumeti Reserve is a private concession bordering the magnificent Serengeti National Park and was established to protect the path of the Great Wildebeest Migration. In season, and all year round, game viewing is spectacular. With 3 beautiful Singita lodges to choose from, each within a 45min drive, many choose to spend a few nights in each to soak up their opulent luxurious ambience. Take a hot air balloon from Sabora Camp, indulge in contemporary barefoot elegance at Faru Faru and safari on horseback at Sasakwa Camp. Pure African bliss.
A lodge built with romance in mind on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, up stream from Victoria Falls. Stay on their Private Island, Sindabezi, and take a trip down the Zambezi to witness for yourself the sight Livingstone saw when he first cast his eyes on Victoria Falls, ‘The Smoke That Thunders’. Enjoy a candlelit dinner floating on a Sampan on the Zambezi River with every course brought to you via canoe, and try the his and her relaxation and rejuvenations treatments. A lodge worth getting married for!
Baines Camp, is an intimate luxury hideaway where elephants roam freely just meters away from your private balcony. It is also the only camp where you can walk with the elephants. The camp is built from recycled cans collected by the local communities for a small fee, and transformed to form the backbone of camp structures. Your private deck will be a magical oasis with your star bath and sky bed lit with oil lanterns. Take a Mokoro excursion into the Okavango Delta, night drives and walking safaris in the private Moremi Game Reserve. A beautiful, calm haven of romance.