An African honeymoon is for animal-lovers ready for an adventure on the wild side.
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! With the exception of bears, you’re sure to see lions and tigers while cruising through the savannahs of the Serengeti. For the adventurous couple, a luxurious honeymoon safari will allow you to enjoy a little bit of everything—from exhilarating game drives to sunset cocktails on your private veranda—all the while soaking up the beauty and serenity of a place unlike any other.
While Africa is home to many game reserves, Tanzania claims bragging rights to the infamous Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro. In fact, Ngorongoro is often called the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and is home to over 30,000 animals and wildlife. You’ll descend 2,000 feet into lush rainforests, which now grow in this ancient collapsed volcano, while snapping shots of lions, zebras, buffalo, rhinos, elephants, gazelles and wildebeest.
Not far from Tanzania is its neighboring country, Kenya. Traverse the Athi Plains, which lead to Amboseli National Park, home to the legendary Maasai tribe. Spend a day in their “manyatta,” or village, learning about tribal customs and traditions. If experiencing Africa’s beauty on land just isn’t enough, ascend by hot air balloon and enjoy breathtaking views from the sky as you drift over the great herds of the desert plains. Bonus: A champagne brunch awaits your descent!
Luxurious Kenyan lodging includes the Mount Kenya Safari Club, the exclusive private resort offers plenty of leisurely activities including horseback riding, golf, croquet, fishing in the trout streams, tennis, and a health club.
Another option for the newlyweds is the exclusive Tortilis Camp in Amboseli, dominated by views of Kilimanjaro. Stay in one of the camp’s 15 private luxury tents. Not one tent is within view of another and each has its own private veranda. Jambo, Africa!
New in 2013
REI Adventures will take couples off-roading in Botswana, mountain biking in Namibia, and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Choose between tent-camping and deluxe lodge accommodations.
- Travel time to East Africa: 2 hour drive to Los Angeles; 18-24 hours to Africa connecting via Paris, London or Amsterdam
- Best months to go: December to March (their summer)
- Average Hi/Lo temps: 82/59