In my line of work, travel sprees are a given: as a business consultant, I have so far explored Europe, Asia, Australia and much of the Americas, and I have recently visited Africa as well. During my last visit to Southern Africa, I fell in love with the amazing landscapes, silky beaches and charming islands still untouched by mass tourism industry. The pitch-perfect setting and charming intimacy of some of the most splendid landscapes I have ever seen gave me an idea on where to spend the honeymoon with my soon-to-be wife. I did some research, and I am very excited about the forthcoming trip to Mozambique, so I want to share my take on the best destinations for a romantic getaway in Africa in the hope that it might inspire you to take one of these jewels into serious consideration when planning your honeymoon.
One of the hottest honeymoon destinations along with the Caribbean and South Pacific, the Seychelles boast lush tropical vegetation, impressive biodiversity and fantastic beaches. For me, the most captivating island in the archipelago is Praslin: one of the least populated islands in the group, this pearl in the midst of the Indian Ocean is blessed by moderate tropical climate and ample sunshine throughout the year, with average temperatures at 78.98 °F in the summer and 79.16 °F in the winter. In the 18th century, it used to be a hideaway for pirates and Arab merchants, so if you are eager to go treasure-hunting during your honeymoon, Praslin Island is probably your best bet.
The silky beaches of Zanzibar: Place where magic happens
A sandy resort off the Tanzanian coast, the Zanzibar Archipelago is a place of tropical magic, adventure and untouched wildlife where couples can enjoy long, sun-kissed beach afternoons next to turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and explore some of the world’s most captivating landscapes. For honeymooners eager to hide away from the rest of the world, the quiet village of Nungwi on the Unguja Island is an excellent destination marked by warm water, silky white-sand beaches and moderate temperatures (February is the hottest month of the year, with 82°F on average). If you decide to spend your honeymoon in Zanzibar, you will have a one-time opportunity to take a cruise through lavish mangroves, visit the historical district of Stone Town and explore the charming ghost islands which arise from the ocean during low tide.
Home to some of Africa’s loveliest beaches such as Tofo, Wimbe and Zalala, Mozambique is a splendid choice for couples looking to spend their nuptials sipping Pinacoladas in the shade of palm trees. With average temperature at 82°F, clear azure waters and abundant sunshine throughout the year, Mozambique is a go-to for lovers of water sports, beachside lounging sessions and bold explorers alike. While adrenaline junkies are welcome to inspect picturesque marine life, whale sharks, manta rays and impressive coral reefs during diving and snorkeling sessions, couples who prefer the comfort of secluded tropical islands will certainly appreciate the chance to visit the charming islands in the Bazaruto Archipelago which are for the most part still untamed by man. As far as accommodation deals go, you can easily find lodgings that fit your honeymoon budget through propertymaputo.com. My future spouse and I have already booked a lovely mansion on the coast for mid-March, and luxury accommodation is highly popular among tourists, so you should hurry if you intend to visit the country any time soon!
Couples who prefer daring adventures to beachside delights should definitely give Masai Mara a go. One of Africa’s best-known national parks, Masai Mara is home to a wide range of animal species and it also takes pride in a unique culture, customs and crafts, which makes it all the more appealing for couples eager to learn the ways of the locals and conquer the woodland paths few dare to take alone. During a tour of the national park, you will see lions, cheetahs, gazelles and zebras living side by side, and if you visit Masai Mara in October, you also stand a good chance of witnessing the Great Migration.
In Africa, you can have it all: beachside fun, exciting safari rides, solitary island tours and leisurely nights under the palms, all yours for the taking! I for one cannot wait for my African honeymoon to begin!
Oliver Hyde is an experienced business consultant from the UK. His job allows him to travel, which also happens to be one of his greatest passions. Recently, he discovered the truth behind the saying “The only man I truly envy is the one who has not yet been to Africa… he has so much to look forward to.” Being a wanderer, he rarely stays at the same place for a long time, but Africa stole his heart. He had been travelling through the continent for more than a year. You can follow his travel adventures on Twitter .