The Perfect Length of an African Safari Honeymoon

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There is just something magical about African sunsets. Orange and red colors fill the sky as the sun says goodbye to another great day in Africa.

Benguerra Island in Mozambique
Dinner setup on Benguerra Island in Mozambique

But what is the ideal length of your trip to spend in Africa and more particularly for your honeymoon? Here are a few tips.

Best time to go on safari

Travel to Africa for your safari, you would like to travel at the ideal time. There is no perfect time for a safari, however, especially with Mother Nature in charge. But I can point you in the right direction.

The driest season, which would be from around July to October, would be the best choice for traveling in Southern Africa. The bush would be less dense and wildlife observation would be a little easier. They tend to congregate around water sources and these are primarily the most active areas.

Game drive during a wildebeest migration
Game drive during a wildebeest migration?

However, if you are travel to East Africa to witness the wildebeest migration, the best would be to go to the right region and at the right time of year. Since the migration would take place all year round, it would be enough to be in the right area at the right time.

For the famous river crossings in the northern part of the Serengeti, you will need to travel around July/August. If you fancy seeing all the hatchlings, the best time to travel to the southern Serengeti would be around February.

Priority List to Select the Best Safari Honeymoon Destination

Once you have chosen Africa as your honeymoon destinationthe next step would be to select the best country for your trip.

There are some great safari destinations in Africa. In Southern Africa, you will have the choice between South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Traveling to East Africa, Kenya and Tanzania are great options.

Romantic setting overlooking Tanzania
Romantic setup overlooking Tanzania?

However, most countries are great when combined. A big 5 safari in South Africa ending with a river cruise on the Chobe River in Botswana is an incredible safari. Or why not visit Tanzania and Kenya to experience the wildebeest migration and increase your chances of witnessing a river crossing.

Safari can be tiring with early morning and late evening game drives. Spending time at the beach after your safari would be ideal to relax and soak up the African sun. Depending on the number of countries you want to include as well as the destinations, your trip can last from a week to 15 days.

Three or four days are usually enough for each camp.

Depending on how many destinations you plan to include in your itinerary, around 3-4 nights would be enough in a safari camp. This would give you plenty of time to spot the wildlife on your to-do list, but also time to enjoy the lodge. Most safari lodges have stunning swimming pools with bush views. You can even have your own private plunge pool or sala. Great to spend your afternoons!

Romantic campfire in the African bush
Romantic campfire in the African bush?

There are also some great destinations to add to your safari and you wouldn’t want to miss them. There is the famous Table Mountain in Cape Town and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or Zambia when you choose southern Africa as your destination.

The Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania is a great addition to East Africa. Another amazing addition in East Africa would be a Gorilla trek in Uganda or Rwanda. These creatures are magical and a unique experience to observe up close.

How far can you stretch the budget

Traveling to Africa for a safari can quickly get expensive. But traveling on a budget doesn’t mean you have to cut your trip short. Most hotels and lodges offer special deals for honeymooners.

Whether it’s a free dinner or an activity at the hotel, some hunting lodges offer the bride up to 50% off for the duration of the stay. With a discount like this, you’ll be able to add about one or two extra nights.

Luxury Serengeti Adventure
Luxury mobile camp in the Serengeti

When traveling in Africa, there is no perfect length because there is so much to experience and see. But I wouldn’t recommend traveling for less than a week and then splitting your time between just two destinations. This would allow you to enjoy the surroundings and not spend too much time traveling. If you are traveling 10 days or more, you can add another destination. But don’t stress too much. Contact Discover Africa and we will be happy to help you plan your incredible honeymoon!

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