Trip of a Lifetime: Planning an African honeymoon
If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience then an African honeymoon is for you. The continent has so much to offer, depending on your tastes, but it’s definitely more suited to the couple who likes unusual holidays and real adventures.
Because it’s still quite unchartered territory, it’s hard to choose the perfect spot that will suit both you and your fiancée.
Here’s what you need to know to plan the perfect African honeymoon…
African Honeymoon: Book with a travel expert
First things first. If this is your first time visiting Africa and you’re hoping for a safe and smooth trip, you’re always better off booking with a travel expert that specialises in African travel. They can figure out what it is you’re hoping to see, what you can visit with the time you have and hook you up with safe accommodation, safaris and tours.
African Honeymoon: Where to go
Africa is a vast continent with endless lists of things you can see. Here are a couple of things to get your wish list started.
The Rift Valley in Kenya is an amazing stretch of land situated among extinct volcanoes where you can see the lava rock formations from ancient eruptions. In this valley, you’ll have the opportunity to see and visit with members of the local Maasai tribe, who will often be found tending to livestock while draped in beautifully bright clothes. You may even witness some tribal dances.
Not just the setting for a cartoon, Madagascar has amazing landscapes for anyone who likes being outdoors. This is the world’s fourth largest island and here you can experience a wide range of scenery from rain forests and beaches to deserts.
The home of Mt. Kilimanjaro, this is a favourite amongst thrill seekers and hikers visiting the African continent. Africa’s tallest mountain will have you trekking through four different climate zones and gives you some of the world’s most breath-taking views.
This is the place to go if you love the outdoors. Visit the Devil’s Pool or take in the spectacular Victoria Falls – both of which are great experiences whether you opt for the adrenaline junkie’s version or simply enjoy a leisurely experience. There are also a number of safari experiences, as well as the must-see Southern Cross, which is a legendary star formation you can’t leave Zambia without experiencing.
Malawi is known as the “warm heart of Africa” because the local people are so famously warm and friendly. Here, you and your new wife can enjoy amazing sunsets with the smell of campfires, the sound of singing and interactions with friendly locals. Nyika park is a must-visit, which will lead you to Lake Malawi (Lake of Stars) and the Great Rift Valley. You can explore by jeep, but hiking and cycling is also an option. Don’t forget to keep a lookout for antelope, zebra and leopards.
The Nyungwe Rainforest is an amazing experience, located in the southwestern part of Rwanda, bordering Burundi, Lake Kivu and the
Democratic Republic of the Congo, as it’s one of the most species-rich areas in all of Africa.
Don’t even think of visiting South Africa without seeing the Table Mountain, which will make for amazing photos. You can also enjoy sunning yourself on the beaches of Cape Town.
African Honeymoon: What are ‘The Big Five’?
Ah, the famous Big Five. This is related to safaris and the animals you must see during your trip. It consists of elephants, rhinos, Cape buffaloes, leopards and lions, and is definitely a popular one on travel bucket lists. Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater is a great place to see them all.
African Honeymoon: What to pack
It really does depend on where you decide to go and whether you’re backpacking or bringing a suitcase. Do bring one or two nice dinner outfits – it is your honeymoon after all – and a day bag for water, sunscreen and your camera.
Be sure you have all of your travel documents and passport in order well in advance. Your passport should be valid for at least six months after your trip to be safe. Your vaccinations should also be all up to date and you’ll need to get these at least a month before you travel.
African Honeymoon: Vaccinations
While it does depend specifically on the area you’re going to, there are some common vaccinations that everyone travelling to Africa should get.
- Yellow fever
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Diphtheria pertussis
Rabies is also recommended, but you should talk to a doctor about where you’re going and follow their advice.