Gorilla trekking 

A true bucket list experience, we recommend gorilla trekking in either Uganda or Rwanda, and either combine nicely with a more traditional safari elsewhere in Africa. The gorilla trekking itself comprises anywhere from 1-3 hours of hiking up through the Virunga Mountains to spend an hour up close and personal with these gentle giants. There are about 15 gorilla families in the greater Virunga massif and each is completely unique in its family characteristics and personalities – some families have babies, some are larger family groups, and most have political dramas going on amongst their ranks. One thing is for certain – this off the beaten path experience never fails to wow!

Gorilla trekking safari

Sleep under canvas: Safari “Glamping”

There are few things more romantic and exhilarating than sleeping under canvas in the African savannah. All of the tented accommodations we would recommend for your honeymoon would include large double beds with crisp white linen, and en suite with flush loos and hot safari bucket showers, so whilst you would hardly be “roughing it,” you will certainly get the experience of being fully immersed in the natural world. 

My favorite memory of being in a tent with my husband was being gently woken by him in the middle of the night, to a family of elephants passing silently in front of our tent, illuminated only by the moonlight and the faint glow from a parafin lantern outside our tent. Absolute magic!

Horse ride through the bush

There are several places in both East and Southern Africa where you can experience the bush from this extraordinarily unique vantage point. Being on horseback in the bush means that the other animals around treat you as part of the herd, and you can experience being in and amongst herds of giraffe and zebra, for example. This is a perspective few others get to experience, and there are opportunities for both horse riding enthusiasts and novices alike!

Chimpanzee trekking

There are several places on the continent that afford you the opportunity to spend time with habituated troops of chimpanzees. The trackers who escort you to visit with the chimps have in many cases grown up alongside the chimps, and will fill you in on the telenovelas of their lives – there’s never a dull moment with these guys, and the scenery and locales are breathtaking, unique, and magical in and of themselves!

Track big game on foot: Walking Safaris

This is another opportunity to explore the bush from a unique perspective, learning from your guides how to track big game on foot, and awakening all of your senses to the sounds, smells, and sights all around us. If lucky and the wind blowing in the right direction, you may even be able to get close to Elephant, Buffalo, or Rhino on foot! This is something to really get your blood pumping!! Of course this is only available at properties with expert walking guides who understand animal behavior and who carry a rifle.