Honeymoon 101 – Planning the Perfect African Honeymoon

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Congratulations on your engagement! Planning a honeymoon is an exciting part of the journey into married life. And what could be more magical than embarking on this adventure in the captivating continent of Africa? 

If the idea of a dreamy African honeymoon has crossed your mind, you’re in for a treat. Southern and East Africa offer an array of breathtaking destinations and experiences that will make your honeymoon unforgettable. In this guide, we’ll walk you through planning the ultimate African honeymoon, filled with romance, adventure, and luxury.


Southern Africa: Cape Town, Safari, and Mozambique Beach Bliss


Cape Town: The City of Love

Your journey begins in the enchanting city of Cape Town, nestled between the towering Table Mountain and the glistening Atlantic Ocean. Cape Town is a haven for honeymooners, offering a delightful blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and a thriving culinary scene.

Where to Stay: Consider beginning your adventure at the Pod Hotel, a trendy boutique hotel in the heart of the city. Its chic design and central location make it a practical choice. Alternatively, for a touch of luxury and the chance to enjoy a mountain-view room on a higher floor, you can opt for either the Winchester Hotel or the One & Only hotel. These accommodations, situated in prime locations, will serve as ideal launchpads for your exploration of Cape Town’s vibrant neighborhoods.


Wine Lands: Sip, Savor, and Romance

After a few days in Cape Town, venture into the nearby Wine Lands for a taste of South Africa’s world-renowned wines. Imagine cycling through rolling vineyards, sipping on award-winning vintages, and indulging in exquisite gourmet picnics.

Where to Stay: Clouds Estate is a hidden gem in the Wine Lands, offering luxurious suites with panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. It’s the ideal place to unwind and celebrate your love.


Safari Dreams in Kruger National Park

From the wine country, head to the iconic Kruger National Park for a safari experience like no other. Kruger is home to the famous Big Five and a myriad of other fascinating wildlife.

Safari Options: You can choose between Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge or Saseka Tented Camp, both offering an intimate and luxurious safari experience. Get ready for thrilling game drives and the opportunity to witness Africa’s magnificent creatures up close.


Mozambique Beach Paradise

To end your Southern African adventure on a tranquil note, make your way to the pristine beaches of Mozambique. This coastal paradise is renowned for its crystal-clear waters, vibrant marine life, and endless stretches of sandy shores.

Beach Options: Consider Sussurro or &Beyond Benguerra for an idyllic beachfront stay. These resorts offer private villas, water-based activities like snorkeling and diving, and the perfect backdrop for romantic strolls along the beach.

Masai, entertaining tourists on the beach in Nungwi. Zanzibar, Tanzania, East Africa.
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East Africa: A Safari and Island Romance

Maasai Mara: Where Dreams Take Flight

Your East African adventure kicks off in the Maasai Mara, a wildlife haven known for its spectacular annual wildebeest migration. The Maasai Mara is a photographer’s paradise, and the sheer beauty of the landscape will leave you in awe.

Where to Stay: Choose between Maasai Mara’s finest lodges, such as Bateleur Lodge, Angama, or Olonana, each offering unparalleled views of the savannah and luxurious accommodations.

Serengeti: Where the Wild Things Roam

Fly from the Maasai Mara to Tanzania’s Serengeti, a vast wilderness that’s home to some of the world’s most magnificent creatures. Serengeti promises exceptional game viewing and a chance to witness the Big Five in their natural habitat.

Where to Stay: Book a stay at Mila Tented Camp or Singita Grumeti for an exclusive safari experience. Pioneer Camp is another fantastic option, known for its elegant simplicity and excellent wildlife sightings.

Ngorongoro Crater: A Natural Wonder

Don’t miss a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater, often referred to as Africa’s Eden. This unique ecosystem is home to an abundance of wildlife, and the crater’s beauty is simply mesmerizing.

Where to Stay: &Beyond Crater Lodge is perched on the rim of the crater, offering unrivaled views and luxurious accommodations. It’s the perfect place to soak in the natural splendor of the crater.

Zanzibar: Spice and Serenity

After your incredible safari experiences, it’s time to relax on the pristine beaches of Zanzibar. With its spice markets, historical Stone Town, and azure waters, Zanzibar is the ideal place to unwind.

Beach Options: Consider Zuri Hotel, Zawadi Hotel, or White Sands for your beachfront retreat. These resorts offer water activities, spa treatments, and the perfect setting for romantic sunsets.

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Adventurous Additions: Rwanda and Madagascar


For the adventurous at heart, consider adding a visit to Rwanda to see the awe-inspiring mountain gorillas. Stay at Bisate Lodge or Gorilla’s Nest for a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with these incredible creatures. Continue your adventure in Madagascar, where the Nosy Be archipelago awaits with its pristine beaches. Tsara Komba Hotel or Miavana by Time and Tide offer the perfect blend of luxury and adventure. Anjanjavy is another excellent option, known for its unique wildlife and beautiful landscapes.

Paradise Islands in the Indian Ocean

If your heart desires more island paradise, look into the Seychelles, Maldives, Mauritius, and other Indian Ocean destinations. However, be mindful of flight connections, as they can be tricky. These islands offer overwater bungalows, powdery beaches, and a sense of tropical bliss.

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Tips and Tricks for Planning Your Dream Honeymoon

  • Plan Early: Book your honeymoon at least 8 months in advance to secure availability and avoid interfering with your wedding planning.
  • Budget Flexibility: Allow some extra cash in your budget for unforeseen expenses or last-minute upgrades.
  • Explore Options: Make a list of potential lodges and hotels, and consult with a travel planner to choose the perfect fit for your honeymoon.
  • Flight Considerations: Research flight options to avoid inconvenient connections and ensure smooth travel.
  • Logical Itinerary: Plan your destination route in a logical order to maximize your experience.
  • Save the Best for Last: Whether it’s the safari or the beach, end your honeymoon with the highlight of your choice.
  • Travel Planner’s Help: Lean on your travel planner for guidance and assistance with every aspect of your honeymoon. 

Crafting Your Dream Honeymoon with German

Now that we’ve painted a vivid picture of your dream African honeymoon, it’s time to bring it to life. Crafting such an exquisite journey requires meticulous planning and expert guidance. That’s where German, the author of this article, comes in.

With years of experience in curating unforgettable African experiences, German is your key to unlocking the perfect honeymoon. His expertise and attention to detail ensure that every moment of your journey is tailored to your desires.

From the wild wonders of Botswana to the serene beaches of Zanzibar, the lush vineyards of South Africa, the thrilling safaris in Kenya, and the historic wonders of Egypt, German will handcraft an itinerary that surpasses your wildest dreams.

Africa offers a tapestry of experiences for couples seeking the ultimate in luxury and romance. If you’re ready to embark on this unforgettable journey, consider scheduling a free consultation with German. We’ll work closely with you to understand your preferences and curate an unparalleled honeymoon experience that’s tailored just for you.


Ready to embark on your unforgettable South African adventure?

Schedule a FREE planning session with German today and let’s turn your dream trip into reality.

What Our Clients Say

Brendan Magauran
Brendan Magauran
Incredible! Beyond expectations. German guided us on an absolutely amazing trip to Cape Town, Franschhoek, Hermanus and a safari at Thornybush game reserve. Every recommendation was spot on from a restaurants to a guided tour of Cape Point, the Hop on hop off bus, where to visit in the wine country, lodging in a beach front suite in Hermanus. As for the safari at Thornybush - WOW! More than we could have ever imagined in terms of luxury and game sightings. Thank you German. Looking forward to our next trip with you as our guide. And yes, we have told all family and friends, this is the man to contact for their travels.
Ellen H.
Ellen H.
We feel beyond lucky to have found Nanan Travel! We are from the USA and are DIY-ers, used to making our own travel arrangements. When planning for our bucket-list trip to S. Africa, it quickly got overwhelming and stressful to differentiate among the innumerable safari options on the internet, figure out domestic flights, assess safety concerns, find a private driver to tour Cape Point, etc. We did not want to travel with a tour group, nor use a global internet travel agency, so I looked for a travel agent actually based in Cape Town so that we could deal with just one person who really knew the area. I found Nanan based on location and reviews, then was sold by their individualized approach and willingness to help with as much or as little of the planning as one wants. We reached out to German de la Melena and he answered immediately, even though it was a Sunday evening in Cape Town, wanting to hear all about our wishes so that he could work on things promptly and have a suggested itinerary by the time we woke up the next morning! He was thoughtful, conscientious, friendly, worked within our budget and did not try to upsell us, gave us options and even incorporated some specific requests we had. From that initial contact on, all the stress and worry about our upcoming trip went away! After designing a fantastic itinerary for us, the true test of an amazing travel agent came when my husband injured himself the week before our trip and couldn’t travel, requiring us to postpone for 4 weeks. While we were dealing with stressful health issues, we gave German our medical documentation and he took care of the rest. He had to change all of our reservations and domestic flights, and went above and beyond to do so without our incurring more expense. What a huge relief! German remained remarkably responsive before and during our trip, able to advise on any question and troubleshoot any problem, reachable by What’s App in minutes. Between the great itinerary and the peace of mind, working with German and knowing he had our back truly made all the difference in our experience being the trip of a lifetime!! Thank you, German! You deserve more than 5 stars and I will refer everyone I know to you!
Pablo Berenbaum
Pablo Berenbaum
Exclente organización. Hoteles, tours, impecables !!! Gracias Germán x las sugerencias, el viaje fue INCREIBLE !
Faisal Alaali
Faisal Alaali
I cannot say enough great things about Nanan Travel. He organized a spectacular trip to South Africa for me, and every detail was absolutely perfect. From the boutique hotels to the incredible safari stays, everything was top-notch and exceeded my expectations. The entire trip was seamlessly planned, and I never once had to worry about a thing. The accommodations were luxurious, the guides were knowledgeable and friendly, and the overall experience was truly unforgettable. Last part was the stay in Cape Town before heading back home. The city is absolutely stunning, and I was able to explore all it had to offer thanks to the amazing recommendations from German. I highly recommend Nanan Travel for anyone looking to plan a trip to South Africa or any other destination. Their attention to detail, personalized service, and overall expertise make them the best in the business. Thank you German for an incredible journey that I will never forget!
Manuel D
Manuel D
Hemos pasado días espectaculares en Sudáfrica y Zimbabue, toda la organización de nuestros hijos con German funcionaron perfectamente. Todas las actividades, lodges, tours, safaris, fueron perfectos, así como el trato recibido en cada lugar fue muy personalizado, haciendo que este viaje sea inolvidable. Cada detalle funcionó a la perfección. Nanan Travel es 100% confiable y recomendable.
Monica C
Monica C
Acabamos de llegar a Lima después de un viaje soñado a Africa. Mi hija y su esposo, que habían hecho Safari el año pasado por su Luna de Miel, querían que los cuatros papas viviéramos y sintiéramos toda la adrenalina y experiencias que ellos habían vivido, así que no lo pensaron dos veces y nos invitaron a este viaje único y maravilloso. Gracias Nanan Travel, gracias German, hemos vivido lo que realmente quisieron transmitirnos los Manuela y Rodrigo, los lugares visitados, las atenciones, los hoteles y su staff, todo, y la experiencia de estar con los animales asi de cerca es única. Si quieren hacer un viaje soñado, no dejen de contactar a German, escriban a Nanan Travel, y no se arrepentirán. Gracias por Todo!!
Gustavo Rivera
Gustavo Rivera
Fue espectacular, desde el momento en que llegamos a Cape Town hasta que llegamos a Lima de vuelta estuvimos súper engreídos, los lugares escogidos para descansar , los guías, todo lo conocido !!, realmente un viaje de ensueño, recomendado a mil !!! Gracias Germán, eres un capo !!!
Violeta Rivera
Violeta Rivera
Espectacular ! hemos pasado unos días increíbles con un servicio de primera Volvería hacer el mismo viaje mañana mismo !!!
Lizbett Arevalo
Lizbett Arevalo
If you want to sit back, relax and enjoy… German is the way to go! My 16 YO son and I had the best dream trip came true to South Africa thanks to him! I can’t thank you enough German! Starting from Cape town then Safari and meeting my best friend in Johannesburg… I call it an OVER THE TOP kind of vacation🤩🤩🤩🙌🙏❤️🐆🐘🇿🇦🦁 🦏
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