What Makes a Top Honeymoon Lodge in Africa

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“Do what you did in the beginning of a relationship and there won’t be an end” – Anthony Robbins

After months and months of wedding planning, you’ve said your vows, danced till your feet hurt and now you’re on your way to a top honeymoon lodge in Africa. This first holiday together as a newly married couple is the trip of a lifetime and deserves to be spent at a top honeymoon lodge. With all your needs taken care of and special touches everywhere you look, all that wedding stress will fall away, and your first steps into married life will be blissfully romantic.

If you’re looking for a top honeymoon lodge in Africa that speaks the language of love, these three features will put you on the right path:

The bath

Outdoor canvas bath © Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camps

True indulgence is taking an open-air bubble bath with a spectacular view of the great African outdoors. The dappled afternoon sunlight over the Masaai Mara makes the safari bush bath at Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camps in Kenya a dream come true.

Sunken outdoor bush bath © Garonga Safari Camp

Luxury lodges that offer couples special outdoor baths really know what honeymoons are all about. And an outdoor bath is the epitome of romance. At Garonga Safari Camp in South Africa’s Makalali Nature Game Reserve, a candlelit setting envelops the sunken outdoor bath in a warm ambiance on a cool evening.

Freestanding outdoor bath at the Honeymoon House © Tongabezi

When on honeymoon, the special touches really matter in helping you celebrate your love. At Tongabezi in Zambia, a stunning view of the mighty Zambezi River is topped off with chilled champagne and rose petals.

Outdoor stone bath at Apoka Safari Lodge © Wildplaces Africa

Some of the magic is not guaranteed, like a herd of buffalo rambling past or the cry of a fish eagle above, but when this does happen it makes the entire experience that much more special. Apoka Safari Lodge in the remote Kidepo Valley in Uganda ensures that days spent in the bush on a game drive or on foot are worthy of some downtime in a rustic stone bath.

The bedroom

The Sleep Out Deck © Garonga Safari Camp

A swoon-worthy honeymoon is not complete without a dreamy bedroom. It’s not just about the bed but all the unique luxuries that make it special. The Sleep Out Deck is the embodiment of Garonga Safari Camp’s motto ‘safari for the soul’. A four-poster bed is accompanied by a private dining table so that as soon as the sun sinks behind the horizon, the night is all yours.

The Honeymoon Tent © Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camps

As the first registered safari outfitter in Africa, Cottars is already renowned amongst discerning travellers looking for that bespoke safari experience. And the Honeymoon Tent with en-suite bathroom makes Cottar’s even more famous among newlyweds. If it weren’t for the beautiful natural setting that teems with wildlife around you, you may never want to step out of this elegantly furnished and spacious, open-plan tent.

The Honeymoon House © Tongabezi

Another feature that makes for a spectacular holiday bedroom is a great view. If this is important for your honeymoon, then the Honeymoon House at Tongabezi might just be perfect for you! Soft linens complement natural elements used in the bedroom furnishings. The indoor luxury is carried outdoor to the wooden deck that offers a captivating view of the Zambezi River and surrounding bush.

Luxury Suite at Apoka Safari Lodge © Wildplaces Africa

Apoka Safari Lodge boasts local, high-quality craftmanship throughout its 10 luxury suites. From the bed to the woollen carpets beneath, most elements in the bedroom are handmade from locally sourced materials. Not pressed for space in the Kidepo Valley, the bedrooms at Apoka are spacious and secluded for absolute privacy.

The pool

Private plunge pool on the deck of the Honeymoon House © Tongabezi

For many newlyweds, the perfect honeymoon safari is equal parts adventurous and relaxing. Unwinding by the pool back at the lodge is a good way to end off a day spent exploring the bush. At Tongabezi’s Honeymoon House, you can do so from the privacy of the plunge pool built into your suite’s exclusive deck.

Natural stone-carved pool at the main area of Apoka Safari Lodge © Wildplaces Africa

The pool at Apoka Safari Lodge is hand-made and carved out of the rocky outcrop upon which the entire lodge is built. It has been designed to fit, quite literally, into its natural surroundings and from the edge of the pool, you can spy plains game roaming past.

Private plunge pool at The Hambleden Suite at Little Garonga © Garonga Safari Camp

On clear nights in South Africa, you can enjoy star-gazing whilst floating in the pool at The Hambleden Suite within the Little Garonga complex. Lazy afternoons spent alternating between lounging poolside and cooling off in the water are topped off by the panoramic view of the magnificent Makalali.


Plunge pool © Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camps

The pool at Cottars is a tranquil oasis that allows you to close your eyes and reflect on the day’s sightings and encounters with the abundant and energetic wildlife of the Maasai Mara. With a cocktail in hand, the warm sun overhead and the stillness of the Kenyan bush around you, relaxing by the pool at Cottars comes naturally.

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