• Craig Howes

21 Best Romantic Places in Africa to Honeymoon

Updated: Nov 20

Africa is a land that is full of romance. If you are looking for the perfect unforgettable honeymoon destination, look no further than Africa. From secluded beaches to luxurious safari lodges, Africa has something for everyone.

Couple Romantic dinner with lantins in Zambia Thorntree River Lodge- African Bushcamps- Photo Craig Howes
Thorntree River Lodge- African Bushcamps- Photo Craig Howes

This blog post will explore some of the most romantic places in Africa for a honeymoon. So pack your bags and get ready for the honeymoon trip of a lifetime!


See our: Best African Countries for Safari & Top 10 Family Safaris


What makes African Honeymoon Destinations so unique?

There are many things that make African honeymoons so special. First and foremost, Africa is an incredibly diverse continent. Whether you are looking for a beach vacation, a safari adventure, or even a cultural experience, Africa has it all.

Another reason why African honeymoons are so special is because of the luxury accommodations that are available. From 5-star hotels to private villas, you can find the perfect place to stay for your honeymoon.

Lion Sands

Finally, Africa is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. From the majestic mountains of Tanzania to the stunning beaches of Mozambique, Africa is a photographer’s dream.

Clifton Beach- Cape Town


Now that we’ve talked about what makes African honeymoons so special, let’s explore some of the most romantic places to honeymoon in Africa.

Things to keep in mind

When planning your African honeymoon, it is important to choose the right time of year. The weather and wildlife viewing conditions vary from country to country. Choose a time of year that will allow you to experience the Africa that you have always dreamed of.


Types of honeymoons in Africa

Beach honeymoons

If you are looking for a relaxed and romantic honeymoon, then a beach destination is perfect for you. Africa is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. From the powdery white sand beaches of Mauritius to the dramatic coastline of Cape Town, there is a beach destination for every taste.


Safari honeymoons

For couples who are looking for a more adventurous honeymoon, a safari in Africa is the perfect option. There is nothing more romantic than spending your days exploring the African wilderness with your spouse. Whether you are spotting wildlife on a game drive or relaxing in your luxury safari lodge, a safari honeymoon is sure to create lifetime memories.


Cultural honeymoons

For couples who want to learn more about African culture, a cultural honeymoon is a perfect option. There are many different cultural experiences to be had on the continent. From exploring ancient ruins to learning about traditional African medicine, you can find a cultural experience that interests you.


Combine Safari and Beach Honeymoons

One of the best parts about honeymooning in Africa is that you can easily combine a safari destination with a beach vacation. For example, you can start your honeymoon with a few nights in a luxury safari lodge. Then, you can fly to the coast for a relaxing beach vacation. This is the perfect way to experience the best of both worlds.


Now that we’ve explored some of the different types of honeymoons in Africa, let’s take a look at our favourite honeymoon destinations in Africa.


1. Bazaruto Island, Mozambique

If you are looking for a secluded and romantic honeymoon destination, look no further than Bazaruto Island in Mozambique. This small island is located off the coast of Mozambique and is accessible only by boat or seaplane. The island is home to pristine white beaches, azure waters, and luxurious resorts. There are also a number of activities to keep you occupied during your stay such as diving, snorkelling, fishing, and windsurfing.

Things to do in Mozambique

  • Swimming with whale sharks and manta rays in Tofo

  • Island Hoping around Quirmbas in a dhow

When is the best time to visit Bazaruto Island, Mozambique?

The best time to visit Bazaruto Island is between the months of April and November. This is the dry season in Mozambique and the weather is warm and sunny.

2. Sabi Sands, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park is one of the most popular safari destinations in Africa. However, it is also an incredibly romantic place to honeymoon, making it the perfect romantic getaway if you love being in the bush!



Spend your days on safari spotting African wildlife and your nights relaxing in a luxury safari lodge. Kruger National Park is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy some quality time with your new spouse.


Sabi Sands is home to some of the best safari lodges in Kruger National Park including

Londolozi, Ulusaba, Singita, and Dulini.

We would also recommend combining your Safari honeymoon with a trip to Blyde River Canyon, one of the most beautiful places in South Africa. Blyde River Canyon is a short drive from Kruger National Park and is well worth a visit.

When is the best time to visit Sabi Sands, Kruger National Park?

The best time to visit Sabi Sands is between the months of May and September. This is the dry season in South Africa and the weather is warm and sunny.


3. Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar is an archipelago off the coast of Tanzania that is made up of two main islands, Unguja and Pemba. This tropical paradise is the perfect place to relax and enjoy some quality time with your partner on beautiful sandy beaches. Spend your days lounging on the beach, snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean, or exploring the historic Stone Town. Zanzibar is a truly romantic destination that will leave you wanting more.


Beachfront Villa in Zanzibar, Tanzania

For couples who are looking for a beach vacation, Zanzibar is the perfect destination. This small island off the coast of Tanzania is home to stunning white sand beaches, azure waters, and luxurious beachfront villas.

Villa Zanzibar is a luxury beachfront villa that offers couples the perfect blend of privacy and luxury. The villa has its own private plunge pool, a Jacuzzi, and a team of attentive staff to cater to your every need.

If you are looking for a secluded and romantic honeymoon destination, Villa Zanzibar is a perfect choice.


When is the best time to visit Zanzibar?

The best time to visit Zanzibar is between the months of June and October. This is the dry season on the island and the weather


4. The Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Okavango Delta is a large inland delta in northern Botswana. This pristine wilderness is teeming with wildlife and is the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature. There are a number of luxury safari lodges located in the Okavango Delta where you can relax between game drives and bush walks. The Okavango Delta is a truly unique honeymoon destination that will leave you with lifelong memories.


When is the best time to visit the Okavango Delta?

The best time to visit the Okavango Delta is between the months of June and October. This is the dry season in Botswana and the weather is warm and sunny.

5. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and is a must-see for any Africa honeymoon itinerary. Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The best way to experience the falls is by taking a helicopter ride over them. This will give you an unparalleled view of this natural wonder.

The Thorntree River lodge is the best place to stay when visiting Victoria Falls. The lodge is located on the banks of the Zambezi River and offers stunning views of the river and the surrounding wilderness.


When is the best time to visit Victoria Falls?

The best time to visit Victoria Falls is between the months of April and May or September and November. These are the dry seasons in Zambia and Zimbabwe and the weather is warm and sunny. However, if you want to see the waterfall at its fullest, you should visit between the months of February and March when the rains are heaviest.


6.The Serengeti, Tanzania

The Serengeti is one of the most iconic safari destinations in Africa. This vast plains region is home to a large variety of wildlife including the big 5, lions, elephants, giraffes, and zebras. Spend your days on game drives and your nights relaxing in a luxury-tented camp. The Serengeti is the perfect place to discover the magic of Africa.

East Africa is known for its luxury safari lodges and the Serengeti is no exception. The Four Seasons Safari Lodge is located in the heart of the Serengeti and offers guests an unparalleled safari experience. The lodge has its own private game reserve where you can go on game drives, bush walks, and hot air balloon rides.


When is the best time to visit The Serengeti?

The best time to visit the Serengeti is between the months of June and October. This is the dry season in Tanzania and the weather


7. , Namibia

Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan located in the Namib Desert in southern Namibia. This area is renowned for its incredible sand dunes, which are some of the tallest in the world. Sossusvlei is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy some quality time with your spouse.

If you are looking for an intimate lodge in Namibia, Desert Hills Lodge is a perfect choice. This lodge only has six rooms, each with its own private deck overlooking the desert.

When is the best time to visit Sossusvlei?

The best time to visit Sossusvlei is between the months of April and September. This is the dry season in Namibia and the weather is warm and sunny.


8. The Masai Mara, Kenya

The Masai Mara is one of the most popular safari destinations in Africa. This vast game reserve is home to a large variety of wildlife including lions, elephants, giraffes, and zebras. Spend your days on game drives and your nights relaxing in a luxury safari lodge. The Masai Mara is the perfect place to discover the magic of Africa.

Photos by Craig Howes While you are in Kenya you can pop across and enjoy the white sand beaches along the coast in Mombasa, the largest city in eastern Kenya or you can head across to Lamu, a breathtaking island in the Indian Ocean and which is also one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in Kenya.


When is the best time to Visit the Masai Mara?

The best time to visit the Masai Mara is between the months of June and October. This is the dry season in Kenya and the weather is warm and sunny.


9. Lake Malawi, Malawi

Lake Malawi is a large freshwater lake in Africa. The lake is home to a huge variety of fish and is a popular destination for scuba diving and snorkelling. There are also a number of luxury resorts located on the shores of the lake where you can relax and enjoy the stunning views.


Places To Visit in Malawi:

  • Lake Malawi National Park

  • Lake Chilwa

  • Nyika National Park

  • Kasungu National Park

Things To Do in Malawi

  • Snorkelling

  • Sailing

  • Wildlife safari at Liwonde National Park

When is the best time to Visit Lake Malawi?

The best time to visit Lake Malawi is between the months of November and March. This is the dry season in Malawi and the weather is warm and sunny.


10. The Sahara Desert, Tunisia

The Sahara Desert is the largest desert in the world and covers much of northern Africa. This vast expanse of sand is an incredibly romantic place to honeymoon. Spend your days exploring the dunes by camel or 4x4 and your nights relaxing under the stars. The Sahara Desert is a truly unique honeymoon destination that will leave you with lifelong memories.


When is the best time to The Sahara Desert?

The best time to visit the Sahara Desert is between the months of October and April. This is the dry season in Tunisia and the weather is warm and sunny.


11. The beaches of Anse Source d'Argent, Seychelles

The beaches of Anse Source d'Argent are some of the most photographed in the world. This idyllic stretch of sand is located on the island of La Digue in the Seychelles. Spend your days lounging on the beach, swimming in crystal-clear waters, or exploring the surrounding jungle. Anse Source d'Argent is a truly romantic destination that will leave you wanting more.



When is the best time to visit Seychelles?

The best time to visit Seychelles is between the months of October and April. This is the dry season in the Seychelles and the weather is warm and sunny.


12. The Winelands of Franschhoek, South Africa

The Franschhoek Valley is one of the most picturesque wine regions in the world. This idyllic region is located in the Western Cape of South Africa. Spend your days exploring the vineyards, tasting the local wines, and enjoying the stunning views. The Franschhoek Valley is a truly romantic destination for any wine lover. Make sure you do a wine-tasting tour.


When is the best time to Visit Franschhoek?

The best time to visit Franschhoek is between the months of February and April. This is the dry season in Cape Town, South Africa


13. The city of Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech is a vibrant city located in central Morocco. This historic city is renowned for its markets, mosques, and gardens. Spend your days exploring the sights and sounds of the city and your nights relaxing in a luxury riad. Marrakech is the perfect place to experience the exotic culture of Morocco.


When is the best time to Visit Marrakech?

The best time to visit Marrakech is between the months of October and April. This is the dry season in Morocco and the weather is warm.


14. The island of Mahe, Seychelles

Mahe is the largest and most populated island in Seychelles. This idyllic island is home to stunning beaches, lush jungles, and crystal-clear waters. Spend your days lounging on the beach, exploring the jungle, or snorkelling in the reef. Mahe is a truly romantic destination that will leave you wanting more.

When is the best time to visit Seychelles?

The best time to visit Seychelles is between the months of October and April. This is the Seychelles dry season, and the weather is warm and sunny.

15. The crater lakes of Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Lake Nakuru is a large soda lake located in central Kenya. The lake is home to a large variety of birdlife including flamingos, pelicans, and storks. Spend your days exploring the lake and its surroundings and your nights relaxing in a luxury lodge. Lake Nakuru is the perfect place to experience the beauty of Africa.


When is the best time to visit Lake Nakuru?

The best time to visit Lake Nakuru is between the months of December and March. This is the dry season in Kenya and the weather is warm and sunny.

16. Le Morne Mauritius

White beaches and palm trees surround the small island of Mauritius. The island is home to luxury resorts, golf courses, and stunning natural scenery. Spend your days lounging on the beach, exploring the island, or enjoying the many activities on offer.


Best time to visit Mauritius

The best time to visit Mauritius is between the months of May and December. This is the dry season in Mauritius and the weather is warm.


17. Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique

The Quirimbas Archipelago is a group of 32 islands located off the coast of Mozambique. This idyllic region is home to pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and luxury resorts. Spend your days lounging on the beach, swimming in the sea, or exploring the surrounding jungle. The Quirimbas Archipelago is a truly romantic destination that will make for a trip of a lifetime.


Best time to visit Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique?

The best time to visit the Quirimbas Archipelago is between the months of October and April. This is the dry season in Mozambique and the weather is warm and sunny.


18. Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is a vibrant city located on the southwestern tip of South Africa. This cosmopolitan city is home to a number of sights and attractions including Table Mountain, Boulders Beach Penguins, and the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Spend your days exploring the city and your nights relaxing in a luxury hotel. Cape Town is the perfect place to experience the best of South Africa.

Best time to visit Cape Town, South Africa

The best time to visit Cape Town is between the months of October and April. This is the dry season in South Africa and the weather is warm.


19. Mountain Gorillas, Trekking in Uganda

Uganda is home to a number of mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. Spend your days trekking through the jungle in search of these elusive creatures.


Check out our guide to Gorilla Trekking Here!

Uganda is a landlocked country located in East Africa. This scenic country is home to a number of national parks and wildlife reserves. You can enjoy tracking chimpanzees in Kibale National Park or searching for mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Uganda is the perfect place to experience the wild beauty of Africa.


Best time to go Gorilla Trekking in Uganda?

The best time to go gorilla trekking in Uganda is between the months of December and February. This is the dry season in Uganda and the weather is warm.


20. Reunion Island

Reunion Island is a French island located in the Indian Ocean. This scenic island is home to a number of volcanoes, beaches, and hiking trails. Spend your days exploring the island or relax in one of the many luxury resorts. Reunion Island is the perfect place to experience the best of French culture.

Best time to go to Reunion Island?

The best time to visit Reunion Island is between the months of May and November. This is the dry season on Reunion Island and the weather is warm.


21. Mana pools Zimbabwe

Mana Pools is a national park located in northern Zimbabwe. This scenic park is home to a number of wildlife including elephants, lions, and buffalo. Spend your days on game drives or exploring the many walking trails. Mana Pools is the perfect place to experience the wild beauty of Africa.


Best time to visit Mana Pools

The best time to visit Mana Pools is between the months of May and October. This is the dry season in Zimbabwe and the weather is warm


Luxury African Honeymoon lodges

There are many luxury African honeymoon lodges to choose from. Some of the best include:

-The Palacina Suite at The Residence in Mauritius

-The Presidential Suite at The Oberoi in Mauritius

-The Royal Villa at The Palace Port Ghalib in Egypt

-The Presidential Villa at The Beach Club in Seychelles

-The Royal Suite at The Banyan Tree in Seychelles

-The Presidential Villa at The Four Seasons in Mauritius

-The Penthouse Suite at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in South Africa


Luxury African Safari Honey lodges

There are many luxury African safari lodges to choose from. Some of the best include:

-The Bateleur Camp at The Kruger National Park in South Africa

-The Royal Suite at The Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa

-The Presidential Villa at The Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania

-The Royal Pavilion at The Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa

-The Presidential Suite at The Okavango Delta in Botswana

-The Camelot suite at The Sossusvlei Dune Lodge in Namibia

Ultimate Safari and Beach Honeymoons

If you want the best of both worlds, consider a safari and beach honeymoon. Spend your days tracking lions in the Serengeti and your nights relaxing on the beaches of Zanzibar. This is the perfect way to experience the best of Africa.

The Ultimate South Africa Honeymoon

Combine a luxury honeymoon Safari with Cape Town for an unforgettable experience. Spend your days exploring the Kruger National Park in search of the Big Five. Then, head to Cape Town to enjoy the city sights and nightlife. This honeymoon package is the perfect way to experience the best of South Africa.

or the perfect safari and beach honeymoon, Kenya is a top destination


Best place for a hot air balloon safaris?

There are a number of great places to go hot air ballooning in Africa. Some of the best include the Maasai Mara in Kenya, the Serengeti in Tanzania, and Mana Pools in Zimbabwe.


Honeymoon ideas for those who love the outdoors:

  1. Hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa

  2. Walking Safaris in Mana Pools, South Africa

  3. Sailing in the Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique

  4. Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

  5. Searching for the Ethiopian Wolf in Simiens Mountains

  6. Mountain biking in Lesotho

  7. White river rafting or canoeing down the Zambezi River, Zambia/Zimbabwe

  8. Horseback riding in the Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

  9. Rock climbing in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco

  10. Seal Diving in Cape Town

  11. Boat Safari on the Chobe River, Botswana

  12. Camel trekking in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

  13. Hot air balloon ride over the Maasai Mara, Kenya

We Hope you enjoyed the article, Let us know if you have any other great honeymoon spots to add to the list


Article by Craig Howes

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