A romantic honeymoon in Africa... This is where grand sunsets herald starry night skies. Wildlife whispers are all surrounding in the vast wilderness. Modern creature comforts present themselves in bygone era fashion, releasing mind, body and spirit deep within the heart of nature. It's enough romance to spark a wildfire and loved up newlyweds can only fan the flame.
For many Australians the perceived complexities of booking a honeymoon in Africa lead them to overlook this beautifully adventurous destination. The good news is, organising a honeymoon in Africa isn't hard when you engage the help of the experts at Bench Africa. This boutique travel company specialise in planning holidays to Africa and their first hand knowledge will ensure you experience the best of Africa. Bench International can offer some seriously affordable packages as well as tailor made personal itineraries to suit you and your budget. Plus 24/7 support while you're on your honeymoon in Africa means total peace of mind.
To further excite your senses we asked Bench International to share their top romantic experiences on a honeymoon in Africa.
Sleep Out Under the Stars
Several safari camps offer the option of sleeping out under the African night sky – either on the deck of your room, or on specially constructed sleep-out decks slightly set away from the camp. There is nothing more romantic than looking up at the starry sky through your mosquito net with lanterns shimmering all around you, and falling asleep to the sounds of the African bush. Our favourite three places to enjoy a sleep-out experience are: Kruger National Park (South Africa), Okavango Delta (Botswana), and Sossusvlei (Namibia). For the more adventurous travellers, you can go fly camping in the bush for a night while staying in the Selous Game Reserve (Tanzania).
Hot air Balloon Safari
For a special treat, why not spend the morning drifting over the beautiful wilderness below in a hot air balloon and enjoying a champagne bush breakfast on landing. For views over the expansive grassy plains and wildlife of East Africa, you can do this activity in the Masai Mara (Kenya) or the Serengeti (Tanzania). For views over the magnificent sand dunes and desert, you can do a hot air balloon ride in Sossusvlei (Namibia). An in depth description of the hot air balloon safari experience can be found here.
Sunset River Cruise
Witness the famous African sunset in its full glory from a boat cruising down one of Africa’s many rivers. A sunset river cruise not only offers the best vantage point for sunset, but also amazing photographic opportunities of wildlife coming to drink in the evening light. As you watch the sun disappear on the horizon, you will be enjoying your drinks of choice and delicious snacks – the perfect end to another magical day in the bush! Our favourite places to enjoy a sunset river cruise are: Chobe National Park (Botswana), Lower Zambezi National Park (Zambia), and Selous Game Reserve (Tanzania).
Private Bush Dinner
For the ultimate romantic dining experience, a private and secluded clearing is prepared for an elegant dinner in the middle of the African bush. As the sun swiftly sinks, the setting is illuminated by a magnificent log fire. The table setting is as sophisticated and elegant as found in the finest restaurants with wild flower arrangements that grace starched white table linen. Candles flicker in the darkness, throwing golden lights on the table cloth as smiling waiters serve a delicious dinner. After dinner retire to the warmth of the campfire where brandies and liqueurs are served as you absorb the peace and beauty of an African night. Our favourite places to enjoy a private bush dinner are: Masai Mara (Kenya), Samburu(Kenya), and Serengeti (Tanzania).
Bush Spa Treatments
Take the couples massage experience to an entirely new level with the backdrop of the African wilderness and the sounds of the bush all around you. Most safari camps and lodges offer a selection of spa treatments aimed at relaxing your body, mind and soul. The products used are inspired by the wisdom of Africa's traditional healers and celebrate Africa's vibrant heritage, communities and plant life. Following your spa treatment, you can continue your game viewing in style while you soak in a heavenly herbal Jacuzzi or simply relax on the spa deck overlooking the bush. Our favourite places to enjoy a bush spa treatment are: South Luangwa (Zambia), Kruger National Park (South Africa), and Chobe National Park (Botswana).