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Best Places to Honeymoon in Africa

Africa is a land of beauty, nature, and natural wonder, and is one of the last destinations in the world that hasn’t been overrun by tourists or commercialized by corporations. In Africa, travelers from all over the world can experience the beauty of the country, the local culture and people, and the awe-inspiring wildlife in their natural habitat. While Africa offers a plethora of honeymoon experiences, newlyweds looking for that unique, one-of-a-kind trip are sure to enjoy the following.

Safari

Africa is renown for its wildlife, natural vegetation, and undisturbed countryside. For visitors looking to experience beautiful beaches and see endangered animals in their natural environment, an African safari couldn’t be more ideal. Safaris in Africa differ greatly and allow travelers to do as much or as little as they want. For honeymooners interested in gorillas, chimpanzees, and monkeys, a safari in the Kibale Forest National Park located in Uganda and home to 12 primate species, is the perfect excursion. Honeymooners can watch monkeys eat, play, and swing through the trees free from attacks as the animals are generally habituated to human onlookers.

Another incredible place to go on safari is Botswana. Newlyweds can explore the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta. The delta is home to a number of different animals including elephants, lions, cheetahs, and baboons. While the delta isn’t quite off the beaten path (thousands of tourists visit the delta each year), honeymooners can opt for one of the small resort lodges (some accommodate less than 30 people at a time), and enjoy luxurious facilities along with their privacy.

Quirimbas Archipelago

For honeymooners looking to enjoy the beach together, the Quirimbas Archipelago seems like a mirage. Located off the coast of Mozambique, these undiscovered islands offer newlyweds the beautiful weather, pristine beaches, and privacy they desire. Although most of the islands in the archipelago are uninhabited, the small human population makes for an intimate setting where honeymooners can snorkel, dive, or swim without seeing another tourist for miles. Newlyweds won’t have to worry about fishing for their dinner (although that’s an option too), as many of the luxury lodges and bungalows offer Mozambican cuisine, world-class chefs, and luxury dining accommodations.

The Garden Route

For the adrenaline junky newlyweds, secluded beaches and spa pampering just doesn’t cut it. Instead, honeymooners craving adventure, excitement, and heart-stopping activity should venture to the Garden Route, located along the southeast coast of South Africa. While some Garden Route visitors come for the nature preserves, sandy beaches, and romantic luxury villas, the area is widely known for river rafting, sky diving, bungee jumping, and, yes, shark cage diving. Honeymooners can get their hearts pounding by bungee jumping from the Bloukrans Bridge, the highest commercial jump in the world (216 meters, more than one tenth of a mile), zip-lining through the beautiful Tsitsikamma Forest on a canopy tour, or even paragliding over the sandy beaches (classes required). And for newlyweds who really want to see Africa’s wildlife, great white shark cage diving is offered at Dyer Island.

Africa is the perfect place for honeymooners to celebrate their union, enjoy each others company, and start their marriage off right. Whether newlyweds intend to venture on a safari, bathe on a secluded beach, or cage dive in shark-infested waters, Africa offers the ultimate honeymoon experience. It is one that newlyweds are sure to remember for years to come.

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