Honeymoon Hidden Gems

It’s the end of the year and as most of the northern hemisphere is celebrating under a heavy coat of snow, in other parts of the world, summer has just started! While popular destinations in Africa like Mauritius or Seychelles are getting jam-packed, discerning honeymooners should look out for more discreet but stimulating locations. Forget those overdone, overbooked destinations; Africlectic brings you 4 of the Most Beautiful and Intimate Honeymoon Spots in Africa. 

  • Safari in Tanzania –   Africlectic recommends: To choose a lodge in the Serengeti where you can witness the Great Migration of the wildebeest and zebras, from January to May.

 England’s Prince William put the jungle back on the romantic getaway menu when he asked Kate Middleton to marry him while on a ten-day safari in Botswana and Kenya. Good news is, you don’t need to have royal blood to afford the magical sundowns, the night drives and candlelight dinners in the savanna. A safari honeymoon is the best way to escape from the urban stress and pollution and to enjoy some real intimacy with your partner. Plus, Tanzanian national parks host some of the most luxurious and renowned safari lodges in Africa. A devoted and qualified staff will make you feel at home and your safety and privacy are assured. Not to mention the world-class gastronomy standards.

  • Sea, sun and sand in MozambiqueAfriclectic recommendsIbo Island from November to February (summer)

It’s the end of the year and as most of the northern hemisphere is celebrating under a heavy coat of snow, in other parts of the world, summer has just started! While popular destinations like Mauritius or Seychelles are getting jam-packed, discerning honeymooners should look out for more discreet but stimulating locations. Many of them have the five stars hotel resorts, green Indian Ocean’s waters and white sandy beaches in common, but Ibo has a plus: its culture. Vestiges from the slave trade and other colonial ruins are still present in the old stone town of Ibo and because of its rich historical and cultural heritage, the island is being considered for World heritage Site status. From its dramatic past to its distinctive features, Ibo Island is the perfect setting for an island romance.

  • Desert rats in NamibiaAfriclectic recommends the highest sand dunes in the world, and Namibia’s most spectacular sight.

The Namib desert is available to honeymooners who want to push their quest for privacy to the extreme. And nature has prepared the perfect scenery for the occasion: colorful dunes and amazing diurnal wildlife to marvel at, and dozens of shooting stars by night. Most lodges have rooftop platforms to fully enjoy the vibrant Namibian sky. Summer, which lasts from December to late March, is obviously the best time to try the Namib(because of the freezing nights during winter). From February to March, rainfalls occur and the very responsive desert soil produces fields of ephemeral but beautiful plants; one of the most delectable natural exhibitions, for your viewing pleasure.

  • Buddymooning in Cape Town: Yes, we said ‘intimate’ in this article’s first sentence, but the latest trend on the honeymoon market is everything but intimate…

It is called ‘Buddymooning’: a study has proven that more and more newlyweds want to embark on their special journey… with their friends! Bradford Wilcox, a sociologist and director of the National Marriage Project explains that with 65% of couples cohabitating before marriage, the honeymoon is less likely to be a major turning point in their relationship. Buddymooners usually look for affordable but interesting spots where they can get together, discover and enjoy the location’s riches and live an unforgettable experience. Cape Town, which is designated by many as Africa’s best and most heterogeneous destination is up to this challenge. From December to March, the South African summer is in full swing and outdoor activities are more enjoyable. From the historical resources such as Robben Island to the very impressive Table Mountain and the abundant marine life, the variety of activities will leave the buddymooners full of happy memories.        So, Africlectists, which one do you think would be the best honeymoon nest for you; the mysterious Tanzanian jungle or the sparkling Cape Town atmosphere; the Sandy Namibian oasis or the paradisiac Mozambican island? We want to know!  

  • Liguy

    Finally! A guide that depicts our Africa just as she is: beautiful. Great selection of destinations. Sea, sun and sand in Mozambique sounds very relaxing. Personally, I don’t know about the jungle and desert things; it certainly speaks to the more adventurous among us. Hey Africlectic/Ivy, any idea how much honeymoon packages would cost for those destinations?
    Great article.

    • http://www.africlectic.com IvY Ben Mun

      Hello Liguy and thanks for your comment! Well, the prices will depend on the country you depart from, the season and other factors. But booking in advance will undoubtedly help you save a few bucks :)