Where to visit on a continent that has something for everyone.
As far as faraway honeymoon destinations go, you can’t quite beat Africa. It’s like a getaway on steroids. You want wildlife? How about elephants, lions, giraffes or penguins roaming free. You prefer activities? Consider hot-air balloon rides or a Gorilla trek. You love fine food and wine? Check out the Cape Winelands for some of the finest in the world. You just want to relax and sunbathe? You can’t beat the remote tranquility of the islands of Mauritius and Seychelles.
“Africa has its own unique, exotic energy,” explains Murray Gardiner, director and owner of Giltedge Travel, an owner-managed, hands-on travel operation in service since 1999. The agency focuses on destinations throughout the continent, from East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) to Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique) to the Indian Ocean islands (Mauritius and Seychelles).
If you're looking for a place where you can learn, experience and create exciting memories as you start your lives together, Africa may be just the place for you. It is also a wonderful place to get the most value for your money. With offices in both South Africa and the U.S., Giltedge has the unique advantage of helping clients both stateside and once they land at their destination. Plus, having an African office keeps their cost down. “Our rates are also extremely competitive by having our ground operations in Cape Town,” adds Gardiner.
Read on for the expert’s insider guide to Africa:
Give South Africa 10 days and it’ll give you a world of experiences. Gardiner suggests a honeymoon that combines Cape Town’s sophistication and charm with Cape Wineland’s vineyards and Kruger National Park’s premier private game reserve.
First, there’s Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel, a luxurious property with a touch of modern bohemia, in Capetown. Next, there are two nights at the Franschhoek Country House & Villas near the Huguenot Mountains and Stellenbosch and Paarl, two of South Africa’s most lauded winemaking towns.
Round out your honeymoon on the savannah at the Lion Sands River Lodge on the banks of the Sabie River (well-situated to view elephants, leopards, water buffalos, lions and even rhinos). Not a bad way to spend a honeymoon—in under two weeks.