After a year like last year, many of us are yearning to fly away and make up for the occasions we couldn’t celebrate because of the pandemic. If you’re looking for a timeless memory, either for your honeymoon celebration or a romantic escape for two, then an African safari is just what you’re craving. Picture a classic East Africa safari, with the Masai Mara and Serengeti as a backdrop, paired with a soft-sand island escape. Right?! It’s the perfect plan for a romantic getaway with a bit of adventure added in.
Based on an itinerary we followed ourselves last year, we’ve lined up some of our top picks to inspire you:
Land in Kenya and kick-start your adventure with a night at Giraffe Manor, a boutique hotel famous for the giraffes that poke their necks into the breakfast room hoping for a treat. Then spend three nights at Angama Mara, an intimate safari lodge situated high above the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley in the famously game-rich Mara Triangle.
Transferring to Tanzania, spend three nights at Singita Faru Faru in the Serengeti. Nature feels deeply restorative in this contemporary and organic-styled lodge. While you’re there, a hot air balloon ride and private bush dinner are a must.
End your adventure in a bungalow at Mnemba Island where you can enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean in your own private island paradise. With only 12 rooms, this is the most exclusive property in Zanzibar. Upon your arrival, you’ll immediately know you’ve landed in activity heaven, so prepare to choose from a marvelous list of things to do, including paddle boarding, snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking (all of which are inclusive during your stay). Other available activities are yoga, spa treatments, deep sea fishing and scuba diving certification courses.
A honeymoon to East Africa offers easy access from the USA. There are non-stop flights from the east coast and several other flight options to satisfy all travelers (and mileage plans). A trip like this is sure to make you feel connected, refreshed, and grounded – particularly if it’s your first big trip since the pandemic broke out.