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Top 10 Romantic Places to Honeymoon in Africa

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Zebras in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Zebras in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

The continent of Africa hosts the perfect honeymoon destinations for those looking to embrace adventure, safaris, history, and beach experiences with a romantic twist. You are invited to embrace incredible insight into the natural beauty of hidden landscapes, welcome local culture, and witness breathtaking wildlife.

Elusive mythology captivates every visitor along the rolling sand dunes of the Sahara Desert, while historical trade routes reflect the combination of culinary traditions from India, Europe, and the Middle East. The continent has no end to the exciting, surprising, and majestic destinations for a unique honeymoon year-round. The following list offers a few top destinations for a unique and unforgettable honeymoon in Africa.

1. Masai Mara National Park, Kenya

Lion and lioness in Maasai Mara National Park, Kenya

Lion and lioness in Maasai Mara National Park, Kenya

The East African country of Kenya is home to the world-renowned Masai Mara National Park, which offers a breathtaking combination of open savannas, lush grasslands, and mountainous highlands. The region plays host to some of the world’s most captivating wildlife and romance emanates from the picturesque, peaceful countryside. Masai Mara’s popularity is immediately understood with massive herds of zebras and wildebeest stumbling across the gentle expanse of rolling grasslands, especially during the Great Migration taking place between July and November.

As a honeymoon destination, the Mara allows one to step back to a time when a classic African safari set the scene for ultimate romance. Few places in the world come close to providing the accessible adventures of the Masai Mara, which include meeting with local villagers and warriors, lounging in relaxing luxurious accommodations, rock climbing, classic wildlife safaris, and lounging by a pool with an unparalleled view of the national park.

Learn more: Kenya Safaris | Kenya Safaris for Couples

2. Okavango Delta, Botswana

Elephants in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Elephants in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Okavango Delta is one of Botswana’s premier safari destinations. The pristine beauty of the rising and falling waters feeds the untamed energy of the floodplains and the daily drama of the wildlife encounter, perfect for a distinctive honeymoon. Barking leopards, whooping hyenas, and the bone-rattling roar of lions mix with the tranquil babbling of the rivers provide a powerful soundtrack. Papyrus reeds conceal birds, hippos, and zebras along the watery banks.

Experiencing the splendors of Okavango Delta from above provides a panorama of the winding canals. Discovering the landscape and riverways at ground level reveals the more intimate characteristics of the parched trees and earth in the dry season or the flooded prairies in the wet season. The perfectly romantic backdrop for a private and luxurious getaway in one of Africa’s wildest destinations.

Learn more: Botswana Safaris | Okavango Delta Safaris

3. Serengeti, Tanzania

Wildebeest migration seen from hot air balloon in Tanzania

Hot air balloon over the Serengeti, Tanzania

The Serengeti is one of Tanzania’s most famous national parks and when paired with the neighboring Ngorongoro Crater, provides some of the best wildlife viewings anywhere in the world. A honeymoon in the Serengeti reveals the composed and untouched nature of East Africa where lions lounge in the hot sun, wildebeest migrate by the millions at the end of spring and start of summer, and teeming birdlife in the green season paints a picture of color in the bush.

Swahili for “endless plain,” the Serengeti offers endless romance through luxurious accommodations and experiences. Candlelit dinner for two on your private deck or drinks at sunset high on a mountain kopje or a hot air balloon rides at sunrise, the safari destination of Tanzania’s Serengeti remains timeless as a majestic icon of relaxation, exploration, and discovery.

Learn more: Tanzania Safaris | Serengeti Safaris

4. Zanzibar, Tanzania

Resort pier at sunset in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Sunset in Zanzibar, Tanzania

The splendor of Zanzibar off the eastern coast of Tanzania encompasses the treasures of the ocean, the marvels of sandy beaches, and a captivating cocktail of historical cultures. Zanzibar steps away from Sub-Saharan Africa’s stereotypical scenery of parading giraffes and acacia trees. It instead reveals a breathtaking island with access to frolicking dolphin pods, radiant coral gardens, and the antique city center of Stone Town, blending African, Arab, Indian, and European influences.

The island remains one of Africa’s premier serene getaways for couples eager to dip their feet in hot white sands and turquoise waters. Couples may also wander the narrow cobbled alleys of Stone Town, searching for hidden storefronts, lively teahouses, and delicious local cuisine wrapped in a myriad of heritage and spices. Whether relaxing in the sun, watching a brilliant sunset from the deck of a Dhow boat, or wandering to ghost islands appearing only at low tide, Zanzibar has history, natural beauty, and soothing luxury full of wonderful surprises during your Africa honeymoon.

Learn more: Tanzania Safaris | Tanzania with Zanzibar Safaris

5. Seychelles

Beach on La Digue island in the Seychelles

La Digue island in the Seychelles

Seychelles is a collection of approximately 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off Africa’s east coast, offering pristine beauty and ultimate seclusion for the perfect romantic getaway. Deserted coves and isolated beaches, tropical reefs, and private pools contain a royal ambiance when exploring a single island or hop to several destinations along the famous archipelago. Dive deep into the clear turquoise waters searching for vibrant tropical fish of the Indian Ocean or snorkel along the shimmering coral gardens in the Sainte Anne, Anse Major, Anse Soleil, and Baie Lazare marine parks.

Embrace the Seychellois culture and cuisine whether in the laid-back town of Victoria on Mahe or at your island resort. Romance, indulgence, and luxury combine with the exotic ambiance of tropical archipelago brimming with palm trees and overflowing with glowing sunsets inspiring private candlelit dinners and promising unending royal treatment.

Learn more: Seychelles Vacations & Tours

6. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Beach in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Egypt’s resort town of Sharm El Sheikh on the Red Sea shines like an oasis against the backdrop of the Sinai Mountains. The jewel along the golden coastline highlights Egypt’s lesser-seen coral reefs and palm-lined coast, serving as a grand setting for an unforgettable honeymoon in Africa. Beach-goers can relax on the golden sands and dip into the waters of Ras Muhammad National Park and embark on some of the most treasured snorkeling and scuba diving destinations the world offers.

Combine the welcoming cultures of Bedouins with dinner underneath the starlight and captivating treasures of contemporary Egypt’s focus on luxurious comfort. Whether hiking to the top of Mount Sinai, snorkeling at Tiran island, or simply lazing at your resort, Sharm El Sheikh represents a different side of Egypt for couples eager to blend ancient riches and immaculate seaside destinations.

Learn more: Egypt Tours & Vacations

7. Sabi Sands, South Africa

Two waterbucks in Sabi Sands, South Africa

Two waterbucks in Sabi Sands, South Africa

Bordering the southwest corner of the renowned Kruger National Park is the private reserve of the Sabi Sands. The game reserve reflects how South Africa captures the splendor of the natural world blended with the raw beauty of the “bush.” The absence of fences or borders separating the reserve from the greater grounds of Kruger National Park allows animals to travel across vast stretches of grazing land, easy for discovering any of the captivating wildlife that calls this region home.

The Sabi Sands offers the ultimate honeymoon retreat with close-range game viewing made possible by the habitats’ permanent water sources. Many luxurious accommodations provide a personal touch to every stay with elegance and quality a clear given. Romantic gestures such as private dinners at your luxury tent, a private plunge pool on your deck or a couple’s massage with a view to the wild around you will take your breath away.

Learn more: South Africa Safaris

8. Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Sand dunes of Bazaruto in Mozambique

Sand dunes of Bazaruto in Mozambique

With six islands to choose from and an easy boat or plane transfer from Vilanculos on the mainland, this setting off the coast of Mozambique is a true romance and honeymoon consideration. The ocean is a swirl of turquoise, and the white sandy beaches are brilliant under the southern hemisphere sun. Luxury resorts create a place of relaxation, pampering, and stillness. Indulge in romantic dinners on the beach or long walks on secluded stretches of the island.

The archipelago is a National Park and bursts with an abundance of ocean life. Sea turtles, butterflyfish, mantas, and dugongs can all be discovered while diving or snorkeling these warm waters. Local cuisine with Portuguese influence adds to the level of excellence you would expect from an idyllic island escape.

Learn more:  Bush and Beach Safari

9. Western Cape, South Africa

Cape Winelands in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Cape Winelands in Stellenbosch, South Africa

The magnificence of the Cape peninsula lends itself to the ultimate backdrop for romance. Vow renewal, honeymoons, anniversary celebrations or just two people looking to connect in one of the most incredible settings in the world, the Western Cape province is simply perfect.

Consider a romantic getaway that includes sipping cocktails from your private balcony in Camps Bay to an intimate dinner located in the center of a cave-setting wine cellar nestled amongst the vineyards of the Winelands. Travel a little further and add spark to your experience with a night or two submerged in nature, tucked away in a fynbos garden with views of the ocean as far as the eye can see. Luxury, intimacy, and love are guaranteed here.

Learn more: South Africa Safaris | Luxury African Safari Honeymoons

10. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

For something slightly different, discover one of the seven wonders of the world while lapping up luxury at your hotel or romantic Zambezi houseboat. In all its magnificence, the Falls are spectacular, and taking a romantic walk along the pathways offers many places to stop and stare in wonder. Luxury lodges in both Zimbabwe and Zambia provide a romantic escape in the presence of power.

The “smoke that thunders,” as the spray is referred to, can be seen from some four and five-star lodges while enjoying a local Zambezi beer while gently floating down the river of the same name aboard a boutique boat, your home for a few nights, is somewhat indescribable. For the more adventurous, Livingstone in Zambia offers activities for every thrill-seeker with the chance to sit in the Devil’s Pool at the edge of the Falls, the ultimate romantic location.

Learn more: Zimbabwe Safaris | Zambia Safaris

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Cheetahs in Masai Mara, Kenya

Cheetahs in Masai Mara, Kenya

With so many stunning settings and a plethora of experiences and adventures to choose from, Africa stands out as a frontrunner for romantic and honeymoon escapes. Mountains, open safari plains, white sandy beaches, ancient history, and rich culture ensure an intimate and luxurious getaway. Get your plans started and speak with a safari specialist by filling out a Trip Request or calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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