Two big cats walking in front of a game drive

Best Safari Honeymoons in Africa

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Africa, with its vast savannahs, dense forests, and breathtaking waterfalls, offers a tapestry of experiences that promise an unforgettable journey into the heart of nature. From thrilling wildlife encounters to serene moments of elegant beauty, the romantic essence of a safari is ripe with not only memories to last a lifetime but a deeper connection to the earth and each other.

By embarking on a safari honeymoon in Africa that intertwines the beauty of the continent's wilderness with the intimacy of luxury travel, couples can enjoy an adventure that goes beyond the ordinary holiday.

Safaris balance the spirit of exploration with rejuvenating rest. An African safari honeymoon bestows on you the tranquillity of the patient game drive approach and the careful practice of wildlife tracking. Or even open-air gourmet meals at a vintage tented camp and relaxing couples massages within earshot of the melodic chorus of the wild.

These pockets of calm allow for poignant moments with each other against the backdrop of awe-inspiring natural beauty. Though a safari never stays still for long, as when the animals stroll into view or enchant you with the scramble of their magnificent wildlife migration, the refreshing excitement of the bush comes alive.

Here is our selection for the best safari honeymoons in Africa.

A game drive on a safari honeymoon in Africa

Kenya

In light of new beginnings, experience your honeymoon where the magic of the safari first started. Undertake a cultural journey through Kenya’s rugged north in search of lions, leopards, ostriches and antelopes. Stay at a lodge owned in partnership with the local Samburu people and experience their villages, camel rides and get insight into their way of life.

By making your way down into the heart of Kenya, you’ll land in the Maasai Mara, which gifts you an enthralling safari honeymoon in Africa for those seeking both romance and thrill amidst nature's grandeur. This iconic reserve is famed for its endless savannahs teeming with Africa's most glorious wildlife, including lions, elephants, and cheetahs, against the alluring hues of breath-taking sunsets.

Luxury camps nestled in the heart of the Mara provide an indulgent setting, allowing couples to immerse themselves in the wilderness while enjoying the comfort of gorgeous accommodation. Whether you're enjoying a hot air balloon ride at sunrise or a private dinner in the bush, the Maasai Mara offers a panorama of awe-inspiring beauty and exhilaration for your honeymoon.

Emakoko Kenya zebra

Tanzania

The rhythm of life in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park moves with the seasons. To witness the calving season or the theatrical river crossings is to see nature in its most raw and beautiful form. The Serengeti heralds a timeless safari honeymoon in Africa; the mighty plains, spotted with umbrella-shaped acacia trees and rocky outcrops, paint an iconic safari vista to commit to memory.

Tanzania extends couples an unparalleled front row seat to nature's spectacle of pomp and drama. The wildlife around the Serengeti is the most resplendent during the Great Migration, where millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle traverse through the wilderness in a cyclical quest for fresh grazing grounds.

Couples can explore the park through guided game drives, walking safaris and then retire to luxurious tented camps for a cosy retreat, where you can relax to the sounds of the Serengeti at night. Witnessing this splendour amidst the Serengeti's sweeping savannahs creates an atmosphere of wonder and intimacy, making every moment shared under the African sky exceptional.

Lion seen on safari in Tanzania

Zambia

Just beyond the safari experience lies one of the world's most awe-inspiring natural wonders, Victoria Falls, which presents itself as an idyllic scene for love to flourish. Stay in a luxury riverside lodge where you can wake to the sound of the falls and enjoy romantic sunset cruises on the Zambezi River. For the adventurous couple, the river proposes activities like white-water rafting, bungee jumping, and sensational flights over the falls that can add an adrenaline rush to your romantic escapade.

Continuing your journey to the unspoiled wilderness of South Luangwa National Park, you'll find yourselves in the birthplace of the walking safari, which can serve you profound encounters with nature. Explore the Valley of the Leopard to catch a glimpse of the elusive big cat alongside lions, hyenas, zebra, giraffes and wildebeests. By heading deeper into the park on a walking safari you can expect enriching wildlife encounters and return to gentle nights together by the fire.

Leopard resting in the bush as seen on safari

Rwanda

For couples seeking a unique safari honeymoon experience, Rwanda's Akagera National Park grants a true escape into nature. This park, with its rolling hills, impressive lakes, and boundless wildlife—the Big Five included—provides a tranquil setting for a honeymoon.

Head into the forest for an encounter with a habituated family of gorillas. The sight of a majestic silverback is particularly awe-inspiring, especially when you're on foot in their natural habitat.

Akagera combines the thrill of safari with the beauty of a lakeside retreat, offering boat safaris, night drives, and luxury accommodations that blend seamlessly into the natural environment. It's a place where love can grow amidst the quiet beauty of Africa's untamed landscapes.

Gorillas in the foliage in Uganda

At Niarra Travel, we specialise in creating impeccably curated luxury safari honeymoons in Africa that connect your journey with intention. Get in touch with our expert travel team on +44 (0) 20 3821 5994 (UK), +1 (833) 215 9353 (US) or at explore@niarratravel.com and we will help begin planning your perfect safari honeymoon experience right away.

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