Combining these two celebrated Southern African countries will give you the bush and beach luxury honeymoon you have both dreamed of while experiencing more of the region’s diverse wildlife safari and coastal highlights.
Your honeymoon is a toast to your love and the beginning of an exciting new chapter in your lives. It might even be the biggest – if not the first – trip you have taken together, which means romance, luxury and a touch of magic have to be intuitively threaded throughout. This special holiday should offer a spread of activities tailored in a way that balances relaxation and adventure.
This sounds impossible, right?
Well, it’s not!
Southern Africa will make you firm believers that fairy tales really do come true. From exploring famous safari spots in a variety of ways to secluded alcoves along Africa’s southern most point, this region will keep you captivated throughout your honeymoon. As we mentioned in Part 1 of our Bush and Beach Luxury Honeymoon Safari blogs, it is recommended that you begin your holiday in the bush where days begin early and end late to line up with wildlife activity; then head to the beach to relax and recharge before returning home.
For couples that travel together, this luxury honeymoon in Southern Africa will fill your first steps into marriage with love, laughter and happy memories to last you a lifetime:
Explore the watery wonderland and highly productive floodplains of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, then cross the border into South Africa where you can kick off your shoes and relax on the Indian Ocean shoreline in De Hoop Nature Reserve just a few hours outside of Cape Town.
For wildlife enthusiasts, a Southern Africa safari is often about encountering all members of the mighty Big 5 (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino). In the private concessions that make up this iconic destination, there are endless opportunities to see big – and small – game, along with endangered species like African wild dogs and hundreds of beautiful bird species by game drive, boat or even hot air balloon.
Botswana is well-known for its luxury honeymoon safaris. A particularly romantic setup for a night is the ‘skybed’, where you fall asleep together on a raised platform under the stars and wake up to the sunrise and bird song of the bush at dawn. Then, all the creature comforts and special extras at a well-appointed camp or lodge will complete your unforgettable Okavango Delta safari.
South Africa makes a great addition to a Botswana safari. You can either choose to enjoy more of the bush safari experience or head straight to the coast for a bit of seaside relaxation. Cape Town offers the ‘city break’ option, while the surrounding coastlines are great for spending some quality time together in seclusion.
Each morning, you will be greeted by the sun while at an elegant lodge overlooking the Indian Ocean. You may even see a pod of dolphins swimming playfully through the waves or whales breaching above the surface as they come up for air. This part of your honeymoon is the time for leisurely walks along the shoreline in the evening and rising late in the morning to a scrumptious brunch.
Contact us to discuss your tailor-made luxury honeymoon safari that combines the wild adventure of the bush with a relaxing seaside holiday.
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