Travel guide for planning a South Africa honeymoon

The Ultimate Guide to Planning a South Africa Honeymoon

If you’re thinking of  taking a South Africa honeymoon, or just planning a safari trip to Southern Africa, this travel guide is just what you need! It’s loaded with our best travel tips and recommendations from our amazing safari honeymoon in South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. 

(Note:  This post was originally published in 2016 in our travel blog, which we started and then quickly realized that, sadly, we don’t get to travel enough to support a travel blog. One day! I’m publishing it today in honor of our two-year wedding anniversary.)

If you’re considering honeymoon destinations, a South Africa honeymoon is the way to go! South Africa and the southern region of Africa have so much to offer . . . adventure, safaris, romance, culture, amazing food, wine touring, magnificent nature experiences, and more!

As I write this, we’re on a plane from Botswana to Johannesburg on the first leg of our journey home from our southern African honeymoon. I have to tell you, if we didn’t have our sweet little Hershey (our cat) to come home to, we’d be REALLY sad right now. We fell in love with Africa and it’s hard to say goodbye.

If you’re like us, you want your honeymoon to be a once-in-a-lifetime kind of trip. After considering a lot of incredible options, Tony (who planned our entire honeymoon and surprised me with it!) opted for Africa since he knew it’s been a dream of mine to go on safari.

Because of this, our honeymoon is very “safari-centric,” but we had an array of experiences from wine tasting to fine dining to seeing one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

There are so many ways you could plan a southern African honeymoon, but we’ll tell you what we did and how we did it, in the hopes that it’ll be helpful in your own honeymoon planning, or in making a decision about whether Africa is the right place for you.

Our itinerary

While we easily could have spent our entire honeymoon in any one of the countries we visited, we opted to see as much as possible of the southern region of Africa during our time here. So we spent time in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana (and about 30 minutes in Zambia).

Here’s what our itinerary looked like:

4 nights in Cape Town, South Africa
3 nights in Kruger National Park, South Africa
2 nights at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
2 nights in Chobe National Park, Botswana

And here’s how we got there (all flights were via South African Airways):

New York (JFK) to Cape Town (CPT) via Johannesburg (JNB)
Cape Town (CPT) to Skukuza Airport (SZK) (Kruger National Park)
Kruger International Airport (MQP) to Livingstone, Zambia (LVI); Zambia into Zimbabwe via car (Victoria Falls)
Zimbabwe to Botswana via car (Chobe National Park)
Kasane Airport, Botswana (BBK) New York (JFK) via Johannesburg (JNB)
Virgin Airlines from LGA to Dallas (DAL)

We used Lion World Travel to coordinate our trip, and they were fantastic. We would definitely recommend them.

On our flight out on South African Airways, we flew business class and it was quite luxurious (this is the way to go if you can afford it!). The food was very impressive, but the service, not so much. The attendants were not particularly friendly, and honestly we’ve had better and friendlier attendants flying coach on other airlines. For the price you pay to fly business class, you’d think the attendant could at least give you a smile every now and then.

Ditto for their small commuter flights between countries. We were amazed that you get a full meal on these short flights between countries, and it was really good food (much better than the meals you get in coach on international flights). But again, the attendants were not particularly friendly. However, the flights all left like clockwork and they’re very punctual, which was nice.

Cape Town

Cape Town is a coastal city in South Africa located on the shore of Table Bay. It’s a thriving and gorgeous city, and it’s one of those places that truly has something for everyone — a number of beautiful beaches, natural wonders like Table Mountain, fine dining and a plethora of great restaurants, a happening night life, great shopping, lots of history and historic sites (it was settled in 1652), cultural attractions, a diverse multicultural environment, and easy drives to the wine country and other areas of interest. This Cape Town travel site is a helpful resource.

Where we stayed in Cape Town:  Table Bay Hotel

Table Bay is a beautiful and iconic hotel in Cape Town, and we were told it’s where many celebrities stay. It’s located at the base of Table Mountain, with beautiful views of both the mountain and the bay. The decor feels bright but traditional… very happy and comforting.

Things we loved about the hotel were the beautiful views, all the windows in the common area that let in a ton of sunlight, the extensive breakfast buffet, the comfortable and nicely appointed rooms, the delicious iced coffee they make at the bar (like a coffee milk shake!), and the impressive and attentive service of the concierge.

The rest of the service, honestly, was hit or miss. The doormen were all so nice and friendly, but the servers at the morning buffet were often surly, unhelpful, or just absent (but there were some servers who were excellent), and the restaurant staff were okay but I think had more tables than they could handle.

We had afternoon tea in the hotel, and it was a little disappointing. We’ve heard from other people we met on the trip that the Belmont Mount Nelson Hotel has a spectacular tea, so we will definitely try that one next time.

I had a couple of massage treatments at the spa. The treatments themselves were very nice (and so affordable!), but the atmosphere in the spa was lacking. I was expecting the feel of a calm tranquil sanctuary when I walked in, but the waiting area felt more like an upscale doctor’s office, brightly lit with fluorescent lights.

After changing into my robe, I was seated on one of two sofas facing each other with two other people. As we sat there naked under our robes, we all agreed this was just a little awkward. Definitely not the tranquil relaxing experience I was hoping for! But again, the treatments themselves were very good and the prices were surprisingly low given the room rates at the hotel.

We definitely enjoyed staying here and would recommend it, but next time we will probably branch out and explore different options.

What we did in Cape Town

We did a few activities on our own, but we had a private tour guide for two days and that was a great way to see the sights and also learn a lot about the area and its history. Faizel with Thompson Tours was our guide and he was awesome.

Table Mountain

Said to be one of the new natural wonders of the world, the views from the top of Table Mountain are stunning. There’s a cable car you can take to the top and back down, or you can hike to the top and take the car back down (we were told you don’t want to hike back down because it’s much harder than the hike up). You’ll wait a really long time in line to get on the cable car, but it’s totally worth it.

Tip: Check on the availability for this the first day you arrive in Cape Town. It’s super windy there and the cable car often is closed due to the winds. Some people told us it wasn’t open their entire trip. We got lucky and were able to go up our first day there…it was closed every day after that. So do this the first chance you get! Your concierge should be able to help you buy tickets in advance so you don’t have a longer wait when you get there.

Wine Tasting

Our guide took us up to the wine regions of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek for wine tastings. While we didn’t necessarily love the wines, we did love the beautiful scenery and thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Franschhoek has a charming little town. Another couple we met stayed there a couple of nights and said they loved it. I think that would be a fun thing to do. They were also on their honeymoon, and said it was very romantic.

Cheetah Outreach

While in Stellenbosch, we took advantage of the close proximity to visit Cheetah Outreach, a nonprofit organization with the mission of raising awareness and helping to save the highly endangered cheetah. Their numbers in the wild have dwindled from 100,000 at the turn of the 20th century to only about 6,600 remaining today. It’s so sad, and we were glad to have this opportunity to learn more about the cheetah’s plight and make a small contribution to their efforts.

They have rehabilitated cheetahs on the property who can’t be released back into the wild, and offer “cheetah encounters” where you can get up close to a cheetah. They’re beautiful animals and this was a really unique experience. We also enjoyed visiting with their other rescued animals, like Sebastian the meerkat, their bat-eared foxes, and a big cat I’d never even heard of — the caracal.

Grace the Caracal

Another awesome experience if you’re an animal lover! You can learn more about Cheetah Outreach here.

Tip: I was wearing a dress and open-toe sandals because we were also touring the wine country that day. This wasn’t the best attire for this experience. Ideally, you’ll want to wear pants or shorts here because you’ll be bending and squatting down a lot to interact with the animals. Plus, their caracal has a fondness for toes, so they normally won’t let you in to see her if your toes are exposed. We noticed her eyeing mine a couple of times while we were in her area (which was just a little unnerving), but they were able to distract her with a toy. 🙂

Cape of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope

The Cape of Good Hope is at the tip of the Cape Peninsula, and is a protected nature reserve within Table Mountain National Park.

The views here are stunning and it’s something we definitely recommend doing while you’re in South Africa. We got there in time to have lunch at Two Oceans Restaurant. Admittedly, it’s a little “touristy” because everyone does it, but the views were beautiful and while the food wasn’t amazing, it was quite good. And if you’re lucky, you might even see a baboon! Be sure to make a reservation and if the weather’s nice, ask to be seated outside.

After lunch, we went to see the old lighthouse and the view from the very tip of the peninsula. We walked it because it was a gorgeous day and we were in serious need of some exercise, but it’s a long uphill walk. The other option is to take the “funicular railway,” or cable car, to the top.

We actually got to see the Cape of Good Hope from two vantage points — on the ground and from the air. The day after our trip to the Cape, Tony surprised me with a helicopter ride from Cape Town to Cape Point and back. It was cool to see it from these different perspectives, and we loved the helicopter ride. We used Sport Helicopters and had a positive experience with them.

Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach

penguins at Boulder Beach

Along the way to the Cape of Good Hope, we stopped to see the penguins. Yes, there are penguins in Africa! An entire colony of African Penguins lives there, having settled on this beach in 1982. Thanks to a series of boardwalks along the beach, we were able to see them in very close proximity in their natural habitat without disturbing them. They are so adorable and fun to watch. It was a terrific and unique experience. If you’re an animal lover like me, definitely add this to your itinerary.

Seal Island — Hout Bay

The morning before we headed to the Cape of Good Hope, we made a quick excursion by boat to see Seal Island, where a colony of seals lives. It was recommended by our guide and I enjoyed it, though I think Tony would have been fine skipping this one. It’s a short boat ride out to the island. They circle so you can see the seals and get some pictures, and then return to the dock. If you have some extra time on your hands and love animals, this would be worth doing (but I wouldn’t call it a must-do item).

Where we ate in Cape Town

La Colombe

Our favorite dining experience in Cape Town was La Colombe. The restaurant sits atop a mountain on the Silvermist estate, and chefs Scot Kirton and James Gaag create some incredibly unique, creative, and gorgeous dishes. Plus, the wine pairing is superb, and the service was outstanding.

We would definitely rate this a must-do if you’re a lover of creative cuisine. But — it’s so hard to get into this restaurant! Tony tried getting us reservations months before our trip, but they were booked solid.

Luckily, we were on the waiting list (be sure to do this if you can’t get a rez) and were able to get in thanks to a last-minute cancellation. And I do mean last-minute. We were literally on top of Table Mountain when we got the call, and had just enough time to get down the mountain, run into our rooms to change clothes (I didn’t even have time to shower or fix my hair!), and book it to the restaurant via Uber. And it was so worth it, no shower and all.

We weren’t as fortunate with The Test Kitchen, another iconic Cape Town dining experience. By all accounts (ones we’ve read and in talking to other travelers we met who were able to get in), this is an experience not to be missed if you can manage to get a reservation. As with La Colombe, start working on getting a rez the minute you know you’re traveling to Cape Town.

While in Franschhoek,we had lunch at La Petite Ferme, a charming hillside restaurant with gorgeous views of the mountain and vineyard. We ate on the patio and it was lovely. The food and wine were very good, and the service was excellent. Even their custom-designed dishware is gorgeous. Between all the driving, sightseeing, and wine drinking, this relaxing meal made for a pleasant respite.

La Petite Ferme

Another Cape Town restaurant worth mentioning is La Mouette. This restaurant is right in the city, and offered a pretty patio with a fountain and creative and tasty dishes. We did the tasting menus — Tony had the regular menu and I did the vegetarian tasting. Both were delicious. The service was friendly though a little slow and uncoordinated, but otherwise it was a really enjoyable meal.

One of our favorite things about traveling is trying the local cuisine, so for our last meal in Cape Town we wanted to try what most consider to be the national dish of South Africa — bobotie. It’s hard to describe, but it’s sort of like a curried meat pie.

Bobotie at Karibu

Our guide recommended Karibu Restaurant to find bobotie and other traditional South African cuisine, so this is where we went our last night in Cape Town.

It’s clearly a popular place and quite lively (and a little noisy), but it was a nice setting with good service. Their menu was extensive and we sampled a lot of local dishes, plus we got to enjoy some live entertainment with traditional African dance and singing during the meal!

The food was different from anything I’ve had, and we’re so glad we got to experience the true flavors of South Africa. I’m not a big meat eater, but meat is an important component of South African cuisine, so I ate more than my fair share of meat during this trip — and especially during this meal.

Kruger National Park — Dulini Resort

Dulini Resort at Kruger National Park

The next stop in our journey was Kruger National Park In South Africa for some very pampered safari-ing.

We flew from Cape Town to Skukuza Airport, which I have to say is the cutest airport I’ve ever seen!

Kruger National Park is in northeastern South Africa, and is one of the largest game reserves on the entire continent, with over 7500 square miles of protected land. And it is amazing — an absolute jewel and something I know the people of South Africa must be so proud of.

There are many game lodges you can choose from, and the choices can be a bit overwhelming. Tony took a lot of time researching all the options, and it really paid off because he chose the ideal place for us — the Dulini Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

Dulini is a truly special place, and one that I will never forget. It is by far my favorite of all the places we stayed during our trip.

It’s small and intimate, with only six private suites that are separate bungalows. Each suite is completely private, with the entire back wall made of glass. Even the shower is glass, so that you can always see outside and sometimes catch glimpses of wildlife passing by. It’s so luxurious and romantic.

The suites have private plunge pools overlooking the river (or in our case the riverbed, as sadly — at the time we were there — the drought had caused the river to dry up). It was still beautiful and peaceful, with a private deck and lounge chairs for reading and relaxing in between safaris.

Because you’re in such a remote area, all of your meals are had on the property. The food at Dulini was phenomenal — we were so impressed, especially considering how remote it is. Even more impressive, the chef told us that he’s committed to sourcing as much of the food as locally as possible. They’re planning to start a garden on the property soon.

We bought the honeymoon package, and they did such a nice job with it. Every day we had surprises at dinner and other things we weren’t expecting. I won’t spoil it for you, but just know that they go all out and it’s really something to look forward to!

Of course, the most exciting part was the actual safari! If you’ve never been on a safari, you basically go on a game drive in the early morning and again in the late afternoon. We would meet for breakfast at 5:30 am and then leave at 6:00, staying out until around 9:00. We’d have a break during the day, then meet back up for an afternoon snack and tea around 4:00 before heading out for our evening drive.

I’ll be honest — it’s tiring! But SO worth it. I have to admit there were times I would have loved to just stay in our beautiful room and rest, but I had a serious case of FOMO and wasn’t about to miss any animal encounters (good decision on my part). Every day we saw something new, and getting to see all of these beautiful animals in their natural habitat was like a dream come true. And some of them decided to get really up close and personal with us! It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced in my life.

Our safari guide and tracker (who lead all of the safari drives) were phenomenal. I can’t say enough good things about Lorance and Christoph. They were so knowledgeable and skilled, not to mention engaging, interesting, and funny! Our interaction with them combined with all the animals we saw made this a very special and unforgettable experience. We grew very fond of them and were sad to say goodbye. Of the three safaris we participated in, this was by far the best.

Another thing that really impressed us about our safari guide and tracker is the deep respect they showed for the animals and the habitat. It was clear they genuinely care about both and it showed in everything they did.

I actually kept a list (or tried to) of all the animal species we saw — I counted 32, though I likely forgot some. We saw all the Big 5 (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, and rhino), plus many other awesome animals — some of which we’re told are unusual to see, so we got really lucky. I won’t list them all so that you can enjoy being surprised by everything you see. It’s honestly too spectacular for words.

All the staff at Dulini were so warm, friendly, and welcoming. When you arrive, they greet you by saying “Welcome home,” and you really come to feel like you’re home there because of the phenomenal staff. I can’t say enough good things about them, so I’ll just say they’re a big part of what made Dulini so special for us.

Zimbabwe — Victoria Falls

The next leg of our journey took us to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Our travel there was interesting, to say the least.

There are a number of ways to get to Victoria Falls. We chose to fly from Kruger International Airport to Zambia, and then were driven to the border of Zimbabwe. The border patrol weren’t the friendliest people (which was a stark contrast to everyone else we’d met in Africa thus far), and this was the first time and only time during the trip that I felt just a little uneasy.

But we made it across the border just fine and were driven the remainder of the way to Zimbabwe, where we were picked up by boat and transported to Victoria Falls River Lodge.

Victoria Falls River Lodge is more primitive and less upscale than Dulini, but it was lovely. The rooms are actually fortified tents (though it doesn’t feel like a tent at all), complete with your own deck and plunge pool. They overlook the river, and we saw rhinos in the river one morning from our room.

I thought breakfast was their best meal of the day, but we enjoyed our dinners, too. The staff were very nice and accommodating. They also offered afternoon tea each day. All meals and tea were served on the open veranda overlooking the river.

Our stay here was short, only two nights, but we managed to fit a lot into that short amount of time. We arrived in time on the first day to take a boat tour along the river, where we saw elephants, a variety of birds, and crocodiles. Our guide was excellent and we learned a lot from him about the area’s history, environment, and the animals themselves.

The next day, we decided to forego the morning safari drive (we’d heard from other people visiting the area that you don’t see nearly as many animals here as you do in Kruger — which our fellow guests confirmed when they returned). For the first morning since we’d left Cape Town, we actually got to have a leisurely morning and it was just what we needed.

After breakfast, we went on a helicopter tour of Victoria Falls, which was spectacular. Getting to see the falls from above was breathtaking. Because we did the longer ride, we did a tour over the bush and got to see a lot of animals. Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and we definitely recommend you take the time for a helicopter tour and take in the falls from every vantage point possible.

Tip: If you suffer with motion sickness, you may want to do the shorter ride over the falls and skip the second part where you see the animals. The helicopter does a lot of heavy banking for that part of the ride that could easily cause motion sickness.

From there, we went to the park at Victoria Falls and walked the trail along the falls. The trail is paved and it’s an easy walk, so most people will have no trouble with this activity.

I do recommend wearing plenty of sunscreen, a hat, and bringing water (or if you have cash, you can purchase bottled water from vendors along the way).

The views along the walk were incredible and no matter how many pictures we took, we finally had to accept defeat — no picture could ever do justice to this awe-inspiring site.

From there, we had a tasty lunch at Lookout Cafe overlooking the Batoka Gorge. It really hit the spot after our walk along the falls. We were able to watch people ziplining and doing some sort of swing. I would have liked to do the zipline.

After lunch, we got back to the lodge and spent the afternoon reading and relaxing on the veranda — I was way overdue for some downtime. And while we skipped the boat ride that afternoon to do this, we still had some really cool animal encounters. We got quite the show from a group of monkeys on the front grounds, and we got to see baby warthogs that were only a couple of days old! They live right there on the property and they are the cutest things!

The next day, we had our breakfast, said our farewells, and were on our way to the final leg of our journey, Botswana.

 Botswana — Chobe National Park

We were transported from Victoria Falls to Botswana by car. We stayed at the Chobe Game Lodge, which is the only lodge inside Chobe National Park.

Unlike the other lodges, this one was quite large. It’s beautifully decorated with lots of colorful tile, and it felt more like a traditional hotel than a lodge.

As with the other lodges, all of the meals were served on property. While it didn’t compare to Dulini, the food was quite good. Some of the meals were table service, and some were buffet style.

Our room was comfortable and very nicely appointed. All the rooms had private balconies on the top level and the bottom-level rooms had a private patio.

We arrived in the afternoon, and after getting settled in our rooms, we were taken on a boat ride down the river. We saw elephants, buffalo, fish eagles, and several other animals. It was a beautiful day and a nice relaxing trip.

The next morning, we were up early again for our game drive. We saw the most lions at Chobe than anywhere else, and that was the highlight of our time here. We were able to get quite close to lion cubs and that was such a treat – they are so adorable!

The habitat here was very different from that of Kruger. Here it was very sandy and much more open, whereas at Kruger there were lots of trees, grasses, and dense brush. It was neat to see the varying habitats.

The whole feeling of this place was actually much different than Kruger. It’s hard to describe, but at Chobe I felt much more like we were in a park, whereas at Kruger you felt like you were truly in the wild and there was no feeling of being in a park. There was no off-roading here like we did in Kruger.

There were even proper bathrooms in the middle of nowhere that we’d stop at along the game drive! In Kruger, your bathroom breaks took place behind the giant termite mounds – or a tree for the guys. I kind of preferred this actually.

We were only in Chobe a couple of days and had the same guide both days. Maybe it was just our particular guide, but we didn’t enjoy our experience with her nearly as much as with our Dulini guides. She wasn’t very engaging, and gave just a minimum of information about the animals we saw. Whereas we had an ongoing conversation with our Dulini guide and tracker, with her it felt more like a tour guide giving a tour.

To us, the setting at Chobe felt more “tame” than at Kruger. For this reason, plus the traditional hotel feel of the lodge, I think it would be an ideal choice for someone who’s a little nervous about going on safari and isn’t quite as comfortable outdoors or getting too close to the wild. It lets you have the safari experience in what (to us) felt like a more controlled environment, and then return to a more traditional hotel setting.

All that said, we really enjoyed our time in Chobe, loved seeing all the lions and cubs especially, and thought the lodge was beautiful.

After two nights here, it was finally time to end our amazing journey and say goodbye to Africa. And now here we are on a plane heading from Botswana to Cape Town. We’ll have a six-hour layover before departing for New York, where we’ll switch airports and return to Love Field in Dallas.

For us, Africa was the ideal honeymoon. It offered romance, adventure, culture, amazing food, and the unforgettable experience of the safaris. It was also easy visiting here because everyone speaks English (and several other languages!). We absolutely recommend it as a honeymoon destination, though it won’t be for everyone.

Below are a few travel tips based on our travel here, and also some things to think about if you’re considering a safari/Africa for your honeymoon.

Travel tips for southern Africa

As a newbie to African travel, I definitely learned some things I’ll want to remember for my next trip, and I hope they’ll help should you decide to venture to Africa (and I hope you will!).

Travel advice:

  • Malaria was a low to moderate risk in the areas we traveled. I recommend seeing your doctor before you go and taking anti-malaria drugs — for the peace of mind if nothing else. We did not take them, and every time I got a mosquito bite I was thinking, “I hope I don’t get malaria.” I wish now I’d taken them so I wouldn’t have had that worry in the back of my mind. And apparently the illness can show up for as long as a year after, so now I’ve got 12 months of wondering if I’ll have malaria!
  • There are gonna be bugs — just be prepared to deal with this (more on this below).
  • Don’t wear flared skirts or dresses in Cape Town — it’s extremely windy there and you’ll have to spend all your time holding down your skirt so that you don’t flash people.
  • The power plug adapter needed in southern Africa is pretty unique to this specific region, and there are several that might be used (Type C, D, M, or N), and they are not easy to come by. The majority of places we stayed required a Type C. I definitely recommend buying a couple to bring with you. You can learn more about the different power plug adapters here.
  • At the airport before leaving, convert some dollars to the currency of whichever country you’re visiting first (rand if you’re heading to South Africa). That way you’ll have currency for tipping, etc., plus it’s just always a good practice to enter with some local currency. Then once you’re in country, go to an official bank ATM and withdraw money for more local currency — you’ll get the best exchange rate this way.
  • Southern Africa’s cell phone service is primarily GSM, so just be sure your SIM card is a GSM-network card.
  • Everyone in all the countries we visited spoke English (and several other languages!), which makes traveling through this region very easy for English speakers.
  • Schedule in some down time — especially if you’re on your honeymoon. We did a destination wedding in Cancun, and between the travel to Cancun, the wedding itself, and the long tiring journey to Africa, we were exhausted by the time we arrived. But we hit the ground running the minute we got there and kept up that pace for most of the trip. In hindsight, I think we should have scheduled in some down times during the trip (especially after first arriving), and I recommend doing this if you’re going there on your honeymoon. We like to take in as much as we can, but you don’t want to be exhausted while you’re doing it.

Things to bring:

  • Really good sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Binoculars (Dulini provided binoculars to use, but the other places did not)
  • Safari hat (I wasn’t going to buy one of these and look like a typical tourist, but I wished I had by the time it was over. The sun can be brutal on safari and this will protect your head and face from getting burned.)
  • Scarf (This was one of the best things I brought on this trip, and I probably used it more than any other item I brought. I would wrap it around my head to keep my hair from flying everywhere and getting tangled when we were in open vehicles or when it was so windy, I wrapped it around my face to protect me from inhaling dust and dirt, and it kept me warm when it was chilly, but could be easily removed when it started warming up.)
  • Layered clothing and long sleeves/pants to protect from bugs, thorns, etc. You’ll be doing lots of sitting on the game drives, so be sure your pants are comfortable and not confining.
  • Sunglasses
  • Power plug adapters (see above)
  • Hair products for humidity + wind

Some things to consider for a southern African + safari honeymoon:

  • It’s quite tiring with all the early morning game drives and being on the go so much. If you’re interested in a more relaxing, laid-back honeymoon experience, the safari probably isn’t the best choice for you. Cape Town, however, could provide that more relaxing pace and there’s plenty to do there to keep you occupied and awed for many days.
  • If you love animals, then an African honeymoon should definitely be on your short list. The safaris were awe-inspiring, and something I’ll remember for all my days. It was such a special and memorable way to celebrate our marriage.
  • If you’re not a big outdoors person, the safari is not the place for you.
  • Ditto if you’re really freaked out by bugs. There’s no getting around it — there are just a lot of bugs in Africa. We had our room overtaken by termites one night (it rained that night and they come out of the ground when it rains), and encountered a bug that can blind you by spitting in your eye.

I hope what we shared about our travels to South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana will be helpful if you’re considering these areas for your honeymoon, or just planning a trip there. To me, it’s a very special place and one that I’ll be eager to return to.

I’ll close by giving a big shout-out to my new husband for planning the entire trip and doing such a phenomenal job of it — you NAILED it, babes!

If you have questions about our visit or about traveling there, post it below in the comments or drop me a line and we’ll be glad to help!

Photo credits:  Valerie & Anthony Wong

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