With so many wonderful destinations for a honeymoon safari, one of the first things we will have to determine is which country or countries will be the best fit for you. Some of this may come down to budget and the time of year that you will be looking to travel.
A good place to start would be with our Signature Safari Models – this will help you narrow down what experiences are most important to you and then we can help guide you in terms of how best to achieve that safari plan.
If your vision for your honeymoon safari includes spending time together under canvas, in a traditional luxury tented camp, then we might look at some options for a safari in Kenya or Tanzania. If it is the quintessential wide open plains of the African savannah, dotted on the horizon by the occasional lone acacia tree that you have in your mind, then a safari to East Africa will be a good fit for you. Depending on the time of year, you may also be able to experience the Great Wildebeest Migration in the Maasai Mara or the Serengeti, and we often recommend including a few nights in a private conservancy or concession to give you a sense of the variety of landscapes and activities on offer. The Ngorongoro Crater, chimp trekking in the Mahale Mountains, the Serengeti, and Zanzibar can all be part of a honeymoon safari to Tanzania. There is also a direct flight from the Serengeti to Rwanda, making it logistically easy to combine Tanzania with gorilla trekking in the Virunga Mountains, another bucket list safari experience.
Kenya is one of the most exciting and diverse countries to include on a honeymoon safari, both for the incredible variety of landscapes and wildlife areas and for variety of activities on offer. There are many excellent private concessions and wildlife conservancies that offer off the beaten path experiences like tracking big game on foot, bush walks, hikes to secret waterfalls, visits to authentic cultural villages, horse back riding, camel riding, day and night game drives, learning about conservation efforts, scenic helicopter flights, and more. We often like to combine time in some of these areas with a few nights in the world famous Maasai Mara, which offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the world, and many wonderful options to experience time under canvas in a traditional tented camp. Many honeymooners opt to begin or end their trip with time on Kenya’s coast or on the romantic and easily accessible Zanzibar Island: a perfect end to a safari and to relax and unwind on a white sand beach with warm turquoise waters.
Spanning the breadth of the continent, South Africa is particularly known for productive lowveld game reserves in the east, the historic Zulu battlefields of Natal, the wild coasts of the Eastern Cape, the expansive Karoo and Kalahari in the northwest, the ‘Garden Route’ and the Western Cape with its Mediterranean feel. These areas provide excellent game viewing, wild spaces, botanical wonderlands, breathtaking deserts, beautiful winelands, and historical relevance. Cape Town is one of our favorite cities, with an amazing culinary scene, a fresh and exciting vibe, beautiful Cape Dutch architecture, a thriving art community, successful sports teams – it is no wonder it is called “The Mother City!”
Botswana has some of the most famous wildlife destinations in Africa, from one of the world’s biggest inland deltas, the Okavango, to the vast expanse of the Makgadikgadi, right up to the diverse Selinda-Linyanti and Chobe River. Botswana’s great wildlife is complemented by a variety of great activities on offer, such as helicopter rides over the stunning wetlands, quad biking through the Makgadikgadi pans, sleep outs, visiting habituated Meerkat colonies and spending time with the fascinating Khoisan hunter gatherers. They are the best trackers and bush savvy people, possibly in the world, and spending time with them is always a highlight on any trip.
Amazonia spans 2.7m square miles and one in ten of every living species is found in its neo-tropical rain forest! Brazil alone has 1,837 different types of birds – one in five of the world’s bird species. Needless to say, there is a lot of exploring to do! It has taken many years to find the right kind of Amazon experience – one that has enough luxury but doesn’t compromise the wilderness experience, easily accessible, and also can be visited at a time of year when the insects aren’t so prominent (it is the jungle after all!). We have found some beautiful lodges from which to base out of, with dedicated conservationist owners, superb culinary teams, excellent wine lists and stunning positions within primary Amazonian forest.
Our favorite time to visit is at the onset of the “garua” season whereby the weather is drier than earlier in the year and there is a peak in bird behavior, turtle nesting and the arrival of the pelagic species. The islands can nevertheless be experienced all year round there will always be interesting things going on, however we don’t recommend August and September when the seas get very rough and cold. The best way to experience the Galapagos islands is to take a small yacht and visit the outermost islands which are too far for day trips out of Santa Cruz and have fewer visitors. Because of the uniqueness of the many islands the visitor sites are strictly regulated by the park officials and we always try to include different “out of the box” experiences.
Patagonia is one of the most spectacular places on the planet. The area can experience very quick changes in weather patterns and you can literally get four seasons in a day. Having said that, by March the fall colors take hold, winds die down, and the peak of the local holiday season subsides. Many of the activities revolve around enjoying the wide open spaces. Guanacos roam the Patagonian steppe, condors and caracaras soar above as you experience the vistas from custom made jeeps, by foot, horseback, boat, and even kayaks. The fly fishing is fantastic and we love the hikes around El Chalten as well as Torres del Paine and the Big Ice hike on Perito Moreno glacier.