The romance of Africa has long captivated and inspired everyone from explorers to writers, which suggests that an African safari honeymoon could be the ideal way to celebrate newly wedded bliss. For couples looking for the ultimate luxury escape, what’s not to like about an experience that delivers up total seclusion, surrounded by an abundance of wildlife, but with all of the amenities of a top boutique hotel?
Here are Sanctuary Retreats’s top suggestions for ensuring your honeymoon will deliver memories guaranteed to last a lifetime.
The thrill of your first safari is hard to beat – there is something about this type of travel that gets under your skin, and makes you long for more. But the excitement needn’t start and end in a safari jeep. For couples looking to really kick-start the adventure of married life and get hearts thumping, Sanctuary Retreats also offers up a number of outdoor activities from bush walks with elephants in the Okavango Delta to gorilla trekking. But for those looking for the ultimate Out of Africa experience, a balloon ride at Kenya’s Sanctuary Olonana, sailing high above the Masai Mara is hard to beat, followed up with a delicious champagne breakfast.
For many couples a honeymoon is the first chance to unwind after months of organising their wedding. So in addition to great wildlife viewing, look for safari lodges that allow you to savour some well deserved rest and relaxation. A spa treatment is a must after a long day in the African bush and most Sanctuary Retreats properties offer guests a comprehensive selection of holistic treatments and body therapies guaranteed to soothe the body and calm the mind. Alternatively, soak your cares away in a ‘star bath’ on the deck of one of the luxuriously appointed suites at Sanctuary Baines Camp. Set high on raised platforms above the Boro River bordering Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve, this is the perfect après safari indulgence.
They say that the way to the heart is through the stomach, and for Sanctuary Retreats a remote location is no barrier to fine dining – be it an intimate three-course meal served on your private veranda or a bush picnic surrounded by the sights and sounds of the savannah. Our favourite? A picnic on Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge’s private beach situated on on a beautiful and remote stretch of Tanzanian coastline where you may even be joined by a pride of lions.
What could be more exotic than reclining under a glorious canopy of stars? Sanctuary Retreats’ newest luxury safari lodge, South Africa’s Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, offers guests an unforgettable experience – falling asleep surrounded only by flickering lanterns while listening to a lullaby of roaring lions, crying jackals and laughing hyenas. The rustic double-storey structure is tucked away in a secluded part of Makanyane Safari Lodge’s private grounds overlooking a waterhole with spectacular views across the Madikwe Game Reserve, making it the perfect retreats for those romantics wild at heart.