We are sure that brides and grooms would agree that the most stressful decisions during the planning phase of a wedding are the seating plan and choosing a honeymoon destination…

By the time the big day arrives, couples generally look forward to some time-out in order to destress and celebrate their new life together. So the question is, what better way is there to relax than on a safari in the African bushveld?

Here are just some of the top safari honeymoon destinations in Africa that allow you to escape and relax after the wedding chaos!

1. Dulini Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands

Dulini Private Game Reserve encompasses three sophisticated lodges set in idyllic riverbank locations of the Sabi Sands. The exclusivity, personalised service, and well-appointed suites offered at Dulini, Leadwood, and River Lodge are why we regard Dulini as a top safari honeymoon destination.

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Professional and passionate guides and trackers ensure that you safari experience in exceptional and that you have the best opportunities to spot the iconic Big 5. The Sabi Sands is well-known for its incredible big cat sightings.

Private dinners, spa treatments, and special touches in the rooms are arranged to ensure newly-weds have an unforgettable experience.


2. Bumi Hills, Zimbabwe

Set within the breathtaking Zambezi escarpment and overlooking Lake Kariba is the luxurious Bumi Hills Lodge. Located in one of the finest wilderness regions, Bumi Hills provides an extraordinary safari experience; with opportunities to see the Big 5 and experience guided walking safaris, boating safaris, sunset cruises, spa treatments, and twice daily game drives.

The lodge boasts ten spacious luxury suites and a two bedroom villa for those couples who enjoy the extra space and services of a personal butler. Bumi Hills has plenty of experience with newly-weds, making it a top safari honeymoon destination choice.


3. Madikwe Hills, Madikwe

Positioned in the lesser-known private Madikwe Game Reserve amongst huge boulders and century-old Tamboti trees, Madikwe Hills blends in seemingly with the natural bushveld surroundings. With 75 000 hectares of pristine wilderness to explore, Madikwe Hills offers an exceptional big five safari experience and incredible opportunity to view endangered animals such as cheetah and wild dog.

The lodge has ten ultra-luxurious and spacious glass-fronted suites that overlook an active watering hole. The staff ensure that guests are well taken care, with newly-weds often treated like royalty.

Little Madikwe Hills is a 2-bedroom private villa that comes with its own game drive vehicle and game ranger, as well as a personal butler and chef!


4. Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, Sabi Sands

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is a classic safari lodge that nestles in a private concession of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. The lodge was designed to offer exclusivity and unhindered luxury in eight villas that are raised above the ground and overlook the gorgeous Sabie River.

With a spacious bedroom, en-suite bathroom with outdoor shower and wardrobe area, private lounge area with fireplace, private pool, expansive viewing deck, and a covered patio; Lion Sands Ivory Lodge leaves nothing to chance when it comes to luxury.

The lodge also offers a unique set of activities, including morning and afternoon game drives, guided walking safaris, hippo tours, bird watching, astronomy, local school visits, wildlife lectures and rejuvenating spa treatments. It is certainly one of the top safari honeymoon destinations in South Africa.


5. Nyamatusi, Mana Pools National Park

A new kid on the block, Nyamatusi is a modern and sophisticated tented camp that sits on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River in the pristine Mana Pools National Park. The free-flowing design and use of natural materials makes one feel like they are one with nature.

The six split-level Luxury tented suites offer an intimate safari experience and the hospitality team are friendly and attentive. Mana Pools National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers incredible up-close encounters with the Big Five and has the highest concentration of hippo and crocodile in the country.

The camp activities include open-vehicle game drives, walking safaris, canoeing safaris, bird watching, and fishing expeditions. Nyamatusi will undoubtedly be high up on the list of top safari honeymoon destinations in Africa.

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