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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...


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
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Singita Sabora Tented Camp

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Biking Bird watching Game drives Hot air ballooning
Tanzania, Tanzania
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Jabali Ridge

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
4x4 Drives Bird watching Bush dining Bush walks
Mnemba Island, Tanzania
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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”


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
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Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Dune walks & drives Guided walks Hiking Hot air ballooning
Sossusvlei, Namibia
Main-Tent-Dunes-Lodge Room-Interior-Dunes-Lodge Gaze out over the world’s oldest desert from one of the lodge’s sundowner decks. Wolwedans Dunes Lodge nature drive Cool off in the lodge’s swimming pool after a thrilling day of exploring the Namib Desert. SALA-at-Private-Camp Wolwedans Dunes Lodge dunes and mountains

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Bird watching Dune walks & drives Guided walks Horse riding
Skeleton Coast, Namibia
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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”


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
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Denis Private Island Lodge

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Beach activities Bird watching Canoeing Day tours
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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.

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Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Biking Day tours Snorkelling

La Digue in the Seychelles | Go2Africa


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
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Royal Livingstone by Anantara

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Day tours Private dining experience Spa treatments
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Victoria Falls Hotel

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Animal interactive experience Boat excursions Canoeing Cultural visits
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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”


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
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Sanctuary Baines' Camp

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Boat excursions Game drives Guided walking safaris Guided walks
Okavango Delta, Botswana
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Jao Camp

Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Bird watching Boat excursions Bush dining Fishing
Makgadikgadi, Botswana
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Jack's Camp

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

Sundowner drinks with Chobe Chilwero in Botswana | Go2Africa