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One holiday you simply have to get right is your honeymoon. But with so many incredible destinations to choose from, how do you decide which country is best for a honeymoon? 

While there are many romantic places around the world, very few can offer an unforgettable experience like an Africa honeymoon. With soft-sand beaches, endless savannahs teeming with wildlife, and some of the most idyllic scenery on the planet, Africa has all the ingredients for a honeymoon you'll never forget.

Africa honeymoon destinations are as diverse as the continent itself and can be experienced as stand-alone destinations or in combination with each other. Africa offers luxury accommodation in spell-binding locations, discreet service and sumptuous cuisine, total privacy and exclusivity, and world-class travel logistics. Indulge in candle-lit dinners on a tropical beach or under a starry sky in the wilderness, make the most of your private guide for bespoke safari activities, or simply soak up the sun beside your private pool.

But where should I honeymoon in Africa, you may ask? Well, since 1998 we've tailor-made Africa honeymoons for thousands of newly-weds from across the globe – and even some of our own! Here is our expert advice on the best African honeymoon destinations...

Tanzania

1. Tanzania

Mnemba Island boat cruise, Tanzania | Go2Africa

The Serengeti National Park provides the stage for Africa’s famous Great Wildebeest Migration, but Tanzania is also a country of big cats, massive elephant herds and thriving chimpanzee-filled rainforests. And with Zanzibar and its Crusoesque Indian Ocean islands like Pemba and Mnemba within easy reach, it’s the perfect ‘bush-and-beach’ African honeymoon destination.

Once on safari, you can look forward to expertly guided game drives and there’s usually an opportunity to go hot-air ballooning. If you stay in private game reserves, you can also add walking safaris, night drives, off-road game viewing, and even mountain biking to your list of Africa honeymoon activities.

Best time to go on a Tanzania honeymoon:

Although Tanzania is considered a great destination for year-round game viewing, the most comfortable weather conditions in the country’s safari regions like the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire and Lake Manyara are generally during the June to October dry season. To witness the spectacle of the Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti, you’ll need to go on your Africa honeymoon between about November and August.

If it’s a tropical beach honeymoon in Africa that you’re after, the best time to visit Tanzania’s coast, Zanzibar and its islands is between June and March.

Why we love Tanzania for an Africa honeymoon:

  • Witness the Wildebeest Migration while staying at intimate safari camps
  • Enjoy secluded safari experiences in Ruaha, Nyerere (formerly Selous) and Mahale
  • See the Big 5 in the Ngorongoro Crater while staying at luxurious cliff-top accommodation
  • Have romantic bush dinners under a blanket of stars
  • Crown your safari honeymoon on a private island in the Indian Ocean

Our favourite honeymoon accommodations in Tanzania:

Serengeti, Tanzania
Aerial view of Singita Sabora Tented Camp. Swimming pool. Dining area. Bedroom suite. Main Lodge area. Bath with a view. Incredible landscape and wildlife.

Singita Sabora Tented Camp

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Biking Bird watching Game drives Hot air ballooning
Tanzania, Tanzania
A sophisticated retreat with spectacular views. Free flowing, open-air lounge. Luxurious suites. Soak up the panoramic views of the surroundings. Offering wonderful views at almost every turn. Jabali Ridge offers an infinity pool.

Jabali Ridge

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
4x4 Drives Bird watching Bush dining Bush walks
Zanzibar, Tanzania
A welcoming reception. Unwind in the lounge. Dining under the trees. A private dinner by candlelight. Beautiful room interiors. Large en suite bathrooms. The finest bed linen and soft furnishings.

Mnemba Island Lodge

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Beach activities Children's activities Deep sea fishing Kayaking

”Fantastic Serengeti and Zanzibar honeymoon”

Go2Africa did a fantastic job of planning and scheduling our honeymoon vacation. It was our first trip to Africa, and we needed considerable help and advice to ensure we could get the most from the experience. Go2Africa was also available for support and to answer questions during our trip, ensuring all our travel coordination and connections were met.

- ”Paul”

Namibia

2. Namibia

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in Namibia | Go2Africa

This friendly and easy-travelling country has excellent wildlife viewing in Etosha National Park, but its best African honeymoon destination has to be the Namib Desert.

During Namibia‘s dry season between June and October, the Namib is a mesmerising land of silent, primal beauty and night skies spilling over with stars. A visit to the famous Sossusvlei dunes – towering hundreds of feet above you – is a must-do activity. You can walk up a dune to greet the rising sun or take a hot-air balloon flight for a birds-eye view. You’ll also explore the desert with expert local guides, on the lookout for unique wildlife in a surprisingly rich and diverse environment.

Best time to go on a Namibia honeymoon:

The dramatic dunes at Sossusvlei can be visited year-round, and the dry winter months between May and October are widely regarded as the best time for game viewing in Etosha.

Why we love Namibia for an Africa honeymoon:

  • Enjoy total privacy in a sparsely populated country of big skies and dramatic scenery
  • Go on a romantic hot-air balloon flight over the world’s oldest desert
  • Sleep in a star-bed in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, Africa’s only Dark Sky Reserve and one of the naturally darkest (yet accessible) places on Earth
  • Revel in nomadic luxury in some of Africa’s wildest and most remote destinations like Damaraland, the Skeleton Coast and the Kaokoveld

Our favourite honeymoon accommodations in Namibia:

Sossusvlei, Namibia
Exterior of main area at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Aerial view of Sossusvlei Desert Lodge boma and pool guest area The arrival area at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. exterior of the suites at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. The interior of a guest suite. Incredible views from the lounge. Private dining

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Dune walks & drives Guided walks Hiking Hot air ballooning
Sossusvlei, Namibia
Main lounge at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge. Room interior at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge. Gaze out over the world’s oldest desert from one of the lodge’s sundowner decks. Discover this starkly beautiful landscape with a wonderful nature drive.
Cool off in the lodge’s swimming pool after a thrilling day of exploring the Namib Desert. The Dunes Lodge is perched on top of a dune plateau, overlooking panoramic vistas. The terrain is beautiful for photography, with many different facets.

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Bird watching Dune walks & drives Guided walks Horse riding
Skeleton Coast, Namibia
Game drives take you in search of desert-adapted elephant, black rhino & big cats. An ideal honeymoon destination, Hoanib Camp is surrounded by nothing except stunning, natural beauty. Bathrooms are large, modern & equipped with all you need for complete comfort. Wake up & watch the desert slip from one colour to another from the vantage of your bed. The camp's tented suites are a masterclass in innovative design & artistic appeal. A cosy fireside couch offers a familiar feel to this remote & utterly unique camp. Modern design, earthy colours & ethnic touches conspire to create an unmistakable ambience.

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Full-day safaris Game drives Guided walks Picnics

”Exactly what we had hoped for!”

From start to finish, the service, flexibility and responsiveness was excellent. Go2Africa ensured every detail was taken care of and answered all of our questions clearly (which was not my experience with other agencies). This trip met all of our expectations and was clearly communicated through the initial trip itinerary.

- ”Meghan”

Seychelles

3. Seychelles

Honeymoon in the Seychelles | Go2Africa

Idyllic beaches, clear warm water and a massage for two – that’ll be the Seychelles. A scattering of islands in the Indian Ocean – some large, some not much bigger than a city block – the Seychelles has a well-deserved reputation for romance and enjoys equatorial weather.

Activities to look forward to include just about every water sport you can think of, but there is hiking and mountain biking too. As for where to stay, there’s no more iconic place than privately owned North Island. This scrap of jungle-clad granite is the favoured African honeymoon destination for royalty and rock stars, guaranteeing a stay of unashamed but gentle indulgence at North Island Lodge – the only accommodation on the island. Your palatial villa comes with its own pool and a lounge that can be converted into a private cinema. And chat to the chef about your favourite dishes and you can enjoy them at the restaurant or in your villa, served by candlelight.

Best time to go on a Seychelles honeymoon:

Warm and sunny year-round make it a great spot for a honeymoon in Africa. The hottest months are December to April while the wettest are January and February. If you plan to scuba dive then April/May and October/November have the best underwater visibility.

Why we love Seychelles for an Africa honeymoon:

  • Soak up the sun on some of the best beaches in Africa
  • Enjoy world-class luxury at award-winning resorts and stylish beach villas
  • Service is superb and logistics are easy
  • Head for the private islands to enjoy footprint-free beaches and copious towel space

Our favourite honeymoon accommodations in Seychelles:

Private Islands, Seychelles
Aerial view of Denis Private Island and the surrounding crystal clear water. Spend the day lounging at the pool Comfortable sun loungers line the swimming pool looking out to the azure sea. Lines of palms welcome you to Denis Private Island Lodge. Denis Private Island main building. Comfortable lobby lounge. Enjoy exceptional scuba diving off the coast of Denis Private Island.

Denis Private Island Lodge

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Beach activities Bird watching Canoeing Day tours
Private Islands, Seychelles
Lounge area with evening views. Magical dining experiences. Communal area to mingle with the other guests. Sensational cuisine and dining areas. Spacious and netted bedrooms. Luxurious bathrooms with incredible views. Enjoy large and spacious family rooms.

North Island Lodge

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Beach activities Biking Bird watching Boat excursions
La Digue Island, Seychelles
The resort's sea-facing swimming pool with shaded loungers. Relax on the cushioned loungers, taking in the views, sea breeze and sunshine. Seychelles' pristine palm-lined, boulder-dotted beaches. Head to the seafront loungers for a lazy afternoon whiling away the hours with a drink and a good book. Indulge in a luxurious spa day. Melt away any stress in the spa jacuzzi. Enjoy delicious cuisine at the Combava Restaurant.

Le Domaine de L'Orangeraie

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Biking Day tours Snorkelling

La Digue in the Seychelles | Go2Africa

Zambia

4. Victoria Falls

Thorntree River Lodge in Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, Zambia | Go2Africa

With the mile-wide Zambezi River tumbling into the abyss, no wonder the Zambian name for Victoria Falls translates as ‘the Smoke that Thunders’. It is a destination as famous for its white-knuckle adventures like river rafting and bungee jumping as it is for romantic sunset river cruises and helicopter flights.

Best time to go on a Victoria Falls honeymoon:

Experiencing Vic Falls as a best African honeymoon destination depends on your expectations. The waterfall is in full flow from about March to July – this is when you will get the most spectacular views. From about September to December, there can be very little water going over Victoria Falls, and this is usually the best time for activities like white-water rafting and swimming in Devil’s Pool.

A good time to combine a safari with a visit to Vic Falls is between June and October, when game viewing is at its best in easily accessible destinations like Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa.

Why we love Victoria Falls for an Africa honeymoon:

  • Stand in awe of the world’s biggest waterfall, a bucket-list experience
  • Go on a romantic helicopter flight over the waterfall
  • Stay at tranquil and secluded riverside lodges on the Zambian side of Vic Falls
  • Have a picnic lunch on Livingstone Island

Our favourite honeymoon accommodations in Victoria Falls:

Victoria Falls, Zambia
Excellent proximity to Victoria Falls. Zebras, impala, giraffe & small antelope graze on grounds. Enjoy lunch along the Zambezi river. Dine under the stars. There are exquisite dining locations dotted throughout. Enjoy chilled drinks and light bites. Fine dining & top-tier bar.

Royal Livingstone by Anantara

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Day tours Private dining experience Spa treatments
Victoria Falls, Zambia
Only minutes away from the thundering Victoria Falls. Outside view of the guest area. Dine on delicious cuisine. Communal area to mingle with the other guests Relax in the spacious lounge. Stylish and welcoming reception. Spacious accommodation.

Victoria Falls Hotel

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Animal interactive experience Boat excursions Canoeing Cultural visits
Zambia, Zambia
Thorntree is one of Zambia’s most indulgent lodges. Dine by the boma. Viewing deck over the river. Stunning views from the guest area. Dine under the stars next to a sparkling swimming pool. Netted luxury bedroom suite. Stylish bathrooms.

Thorntree River Lodge

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Canoeing Cultural visits Fishing Game drives

”It was a dream trip”

This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our honeymoon safari was just perfect. Go2Africa planned an amazing trip – thank you for all your help and for answering our (too many) questions. During the trip, everybody was super nice and made us feel very welcome.

- ”Natalie”

Botswana

5. Botswana

Mokoro cruise with Baines' Camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana | Go2Africa

Go on safari to Botswana and see what Africa’s wildlife was like in the days of the first European explorers: elephants in their tens of thousands, big cats, wild dogs and rivers full of crocodiles and hippopotamus.

Game drives are the main focus when on safari in Botswana. You’ll head out in the early morning and late afternoons to look for big game, then return to camp with a spotlight to catch nocturnal animals on the prowl. Many lodges are set on rivers or in the wetland wilderness of the Okavango Delta, enabling you to explore by motorboat and mokoro (traditional canoe).

Some camps have only three or four suites, making them very private and ideal for a honeymoon in Africa. Romance is provided by 4-poster beds, outdoor bathtubs and private plunge pools. And for a truly special experience, you can spend a night in a sky bed that is open to the stars.

Despite some camps being situated on remote islands in the heart of the Okavango Delta, they still take ‘glamping’ to a new level. Think spa facilities, swimming pool pavilions and in-room, wood burning stoves in the middle of the Kalahari.

Best time to go on a Botswana honeymoon:

Thanks to a mild climate and an abundance of wildlife in heavyweight destinations like the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park, Botswana delivers superb safari experiences any time of the year.

But if you want to go when temperatures are cool, there’s virtually no rain, and the risk of malaria is at its lowest, then opt for an Africa honeymoon during the dry winter months of May to October. This is also when animals are concentrated in ever increasing numbers around the dry season’s last remaining water sources, which makes for phenomenal game viewing.

Why we love Botswana for an Africa honeymoon:

  • Glide through the Okavango Delta’s tranquil waterways on a traditional mokoro (think of it as the Venice of safari)
  • Combine luxury and adventure at intimate camps in remote locations
  • Enjoy some of the best water-based game viewing in Southern Africa
  • Spend a night in a romantic star-bed under the infinite Milky Way

Our favourite honeymoon accommodations in Botswana:

Okavango Delta, Botswana
Exterior of Sanctuary Baines Camp. The deck at sunset. Superb decor. Bedroom. Guest lounge.

Sanctuary Baines' Camp

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Boat excursions Game drives Guided walking safaris Guided walks
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Private villa swimming pool. Villa private lounge. Dining area. The fire deck. Thrilling game drives. Sail on a mekoro at sunset. Swimming pool deck.

Jao Camp

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Bird watching Boat excursions Bush dining Fishing
Makgadikgadi, Botswana
 The post-sunset glow on the horizon with the main lodge area lit up for the evening. Jacks Camp tent exterior. Guest tent - bedroom interior. Guest tent - interior. Guest tent swimming pool. Mess dining tent. Pool pavilion.

Jack's Camp

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Bird watching Fly camping Game drives Guided walking safaris

Sundowner drinks with Chobe Chilwero in Botswana | Go2Africa

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Mozambique

6. Mozambique

Azura Quilalea Private Island in Mozambique | Go2Africa

Looking for that out-of-the-way beach retreat with plenty of romantic comfort and great weather for your honeymoon in Africa? Try the Quirimbas Archipelago. A string of coral islands set along Mozambique‘s tropical Indian Ocean coast, the Quirimbas doesn’t get much colder than 24°C (75°F) at any time – day or night – and the water temperature starts at that and goes up to 30°C (86°F).

With much of the archipelago protected as a marine park, the Quirimbas is a natural choice for scuba divers and water sport lovers, but you don’t need to get your feet wet to enjoy the Quirimbas. This is also a destination of beachside massages and sunset cruises in a traditional dhow sailboat. Accommodation is lightly sprinkled across the islands – elegant, intimate lodges that tend to be the only one on the island.

Best time to go on a Mozambique honeymoon:

Go between May and September when there is barely any rain, and avoid the peak rainy months of January and February.

Why we love Botswana for an Africa honeymoon:

  • Tiny islands offer the perfect romantic retreats
  • Enjoy incredible snorkelling conditions
  • Explore enchanted forests and see unique marine life like turtles and dugongs

Our favourite honeymoon accommodations in Mozambique:

Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique
Fiery sunsets are best viewed from the main lodge deck, where you can also order a refreshing sundowner. Make the most of Mozambique's beautiful sunsets with alfresco dining at the lodge. Ibo Island Lodge on Ibo Island in the Quirimbas Archipelago near Pemba in northern Mozambique. Colourful and exotic interiors speak to the island's eclectic history and cultural influences. Spend lazy days relaxing at the poolside and enjoying the cool ocean breeze while staff tend to your every need. There are a host of exciting watersports to try, as well as snorkelling and boat cruises. The beachfront is just a stone's throw away, offering guests exquisite ocean views from the lodge.

Ibo Island Lodge

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Beach activities Bird watching Boat excursions Cultural visits
Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique
Nature-lovers can explore the island's tidal pools which attract rare birds, waders and migrants.
Water-based activities include sailing trips, paddle-boating, snorkelling, scuba diving, water-skiing and more.
Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa lines the shores of the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of Mozambique.
The resort is set on a small private island and offers beach chic accommodation at the water's edge.
The main lounge boasts spectacular views of the aquamarine ocean, and is ideal for relaxing with friends and family.
Each villa has sea views as well as a private plunge pool.
Have the pleasure of watching the sunset every evening over the dazzling horizon

Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Dhow cruises Fishing Kayaking Sailing

Aerial view of Azura Quilalea Private Island in Mozambique | Go2Africa

We visited nearby Ibo Island for a cultural experience – its history is fascinating – and explored Quilalea. We walked through the forest to enjoy a picnic on the other side of the island, and dined with our feet in the sand and the sound of the lapping waves just a few steps away.

Emma Hill, Africa Safari Expert

South Africa

7. South Africa

Tinyeleti Treehouse at Lion Sands Narina Lodge in Kruger, South Africa | Go2Africa

Vineyards, semi-deserts and savannahs – the Rainbow Nation offers such a diverse set of destinations, it’s hard to remember you’re in the same country. And it’s this sheer diversity that makes South Africa one of the best honeymoon destinations in Africa.

In beautiful Cape Town, the attractions of the Cape Winelands are a little more sedentary and include fine food, wine, cheese and chocolate tastings. We recommend staying in Franschhoek while honeymooning in South Africa. Ringed by craggy mountains, this quaint town lies at the heart of the Cape Winelands and boasts the reputation as the culinary capital of South Africa.

Over in the Kruger, game drives are the main safari activity. We recommend staying in the Kruger’s private game reserves: conservation areas surrounding the national park that are famous for exquisite safari lodges and world-class service. Not only will you be lapping up luxury on your honeymoon in South Africa, but you’ll also enjoy Africa’s best Big 5 sightings and special activities like guided walks and spot-lit night drives. Plus, some of the best safari honeymoon destinations in South Africa offer star-bed sleepouts that will allow you and your partner to experience a night under the star-filled African sky.

Best time to go on a South Africa honeymoon:

Safari destinations like the Kruger National Park delivers sensational game viewing between May and October (dry season), but honeymooners thinking about visiting Cape Town and its Winelands should know that this period is generally the area’s rainy season – especially from June to August.

While the Kruger’s risk of malaria is at its lowest during the dry season (May to October), South Africa’s malaria-free safari destinations like Madikwe Game Reserve and the Eastern Cape’s reserves offer great game viewing year-round.

Why we love South Africa for an Africa honeymoon:

  • Experience culinary excellence and world-class amenities in Cape Town, the Winelands and Kruger’s private reserves
  • It’s easy to get around, thanks to fantastic logistics and tourism infrastructure
  • Enjoy the best Big 5 game viewing in Africa
  • It offers unbeatable value for money

Our favourite honeymoon accommodations in South Africa:

Cape Winelands, South Africa
Lounge with a fireplace at La Residence. The dam at La residence. The swimming pool at La residence. The main front entrance at La residence. The Villa interior. Villa exterior. The villa lounge.

La Residence

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Day tours Horse riding
Kruger National Park, South Africa

Lion Sands Narina Lodge

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Bird watching Bush dining Day tours Game drives
Madikwe, South Africa
Exterior breakaway lounge at Jaci's Tree Lodge. Swimming pool. Private suite deck. A look into your Treehouse Suite. Treehouse Suite bath tub. Treehouse Suite interior. Bedroom interior at Jaci's Tree Lodge.

Jaci's Tree Lodge

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Bird watching Bush dining Game drives Guided walks

”The perfect honeymoon in South Africa”

It was one of the more expensive trips that we’ve been on, but it was worth every penny! We stayed at beautiful hotels and had the best service everywhere we went. Go2Africa planned the perfect honeymoon for us in South Africa. The entire process was seamless and they took care of every detail. We were a little nervous to travel during COVID, but Go2Africa did an amazing job of pre-planning COVID tests – the whole trip was stress free!

- ”Elizabeth”