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Africa’s astoundingly diverse region merges tranquil waterways with mottled plains, teeming wildlife with secluded shorelines and the familiar Africa we’ve come to know with the almost otherworldly. Stay in some of the world’s most luxurious safari lodges that call back to the era of explorers. Southern Africa is Africa as it should be experienced, as if transported back in time.
BY Kayleigh Causton
Luxtripper Travel Editor

We absolutely love Africa and we hope you do too!

Botswana

The Most Exclusive Look Into The Wild…

The best things in life cannot be rushed, and the same can be said of Botswana. The Okavango Delta’s flowing waterways are almost vein-like in appearance, creating gorgeous ridges within the grasslands that draws creatures you’d otherwise never see on a standard African safari. Don’t propel yourself through this gorgeous destination and risk missing it, Botswana is best enjoyed slowly through full immersion; in the quiet serenity of the river waters, in the breath you hold when you catch a glimpse of a leopard as it speeds past, and in the endless expanse of stars you’ll fall asleep under every night.

Five Star Services and Safaris

Expect perfect service from the second you arrive through to the moment you’re waved goodbye, expect to see elephants drinking from the rivers while you canoe along the silent lily pad-strewn waters, but don’t expect to be battling other jeeps to capture the perfect photo of the Big Five; on safari in Botswana you can experience the height of luxurious seclusion and exclusivity that no other safari can bring you, making it perfect for a honeymoon in Africa.

Stay in camps that are more lavish than most 5-star hotels, opt for a romantic sleep-outone night so you can really appreciate the stars and fall asleep to the hushed sounds of the wildlife that come alive after sundown. We absolutely adore Abu Camp which lets you walk among the African elephants, while Chitabe Camp puts you in heart of the safari and if you wake up at sunrise, you may even see the wildebeests and zebras in the near distance drinking from the waterholes! There’s no poor time to visit Botswana. Whether you dream of the perfect honeymoon in Botswana, or an all-inclusive family holiday,there's something for everyone. 

Namibia

Intergalactic Travel Without Getting Into A Rocket…

If you seek an adventure beyond the conventional safari that presents you with landscapes that almost transcend our planet in appearance, consider Namibia holidays. It’s impossible not to feel like you’ve landed on Mars when you’re faced with the achingly beautiful Namib desert; a burnt-orange endless landscape of sands with dunes the size of mountains all under a strikingly bright blue sky. Expect to take perfect photographs with not a single soul in sight, after all Namibia is the size of France and Germany put together but with just a two million-strong population. 

Discover Local Culture

Visit the native Himba tribes, whose skin and hair reflect the red-toned hues of the ochre pigment they cover themselves in to protect from the sun’s rays. Travel to the hauntingly beautiful Skeleton Coastline and see the remains of shipwrecks that have washed up after a battle with the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the fabled Deadvlei before the tour buses roll in to walk through what feels like a real-life Salvador Dali painting without the melting clocks. 

Wildlife lovers will still be able to experience Africa’s unique myriad of animals including zebras, wildebeests and the rare chance to spot Namibia's beautiful desert-adapted elephants. Stay here and you’ll fall in love with everything this destination has to offer. Opt for a honeymoon in Namibia and enjoy the breathtaking sunsets that can be viewed from your four-poster bed at Damaraland Camp, or escape for an all-inclusive family holiday and enjoy the fast-paced thrill you'll get from quad biking across the sandy plains at Serra Cafema Camp. A safari in Namibia turns you into a storyteller whose adventures seem almost unreal, and is perfect for those who dare to be different. It is also a year-round destination that can be enjoyed at any time.

Zimbabwe

Experience Africa’s Wild Heart…

Cast your mind to quintessential Africa and you’ll more then likely see visions of golden plains broken up by mottled green grasses, a solitary Acacia flat-topped tree silhouetted by a perfect sunset of red and orange, and a multitude of wildlife that could rival Noah’s Ark; what you’re imagining is a holiday in Zimbabwe, which is a destination perfect for every traveller. With two distinctly different National Parks to explore that each showcase not only the Big Five (lions, leopards, rhinoceros, elephants and cape buffalos) but also a wider range of wildlife and birdlife native to Africa, it’s easy to understand why Zimbabwe is considered one of the best destinations for the classic African safari. Throw in access to Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and you’ve got an action-packed adventure that also ticks off a lot of bucket-list worthy experiences. 

Zambia

Wake up to the sight of the elephants drinking from waterholes mere metres from your bed, relax in a refreshing swimming pool overlooking the wildebeests as they cross the boundless plains at Little Ruckomechi Camp and watch the most breathtaking sunset from a tranquil mokoro boat as it drifts along the silent river waters.

Feeling energetic? Tag on a few extra days in Zambia and enjoy the perfect luxury honeymoon in Africa. Fill your days at Shumba Camp with sunrise game drives that catch the more elusive wildlife that disappear during the day, thrilling balloon safaris that offers unrivalled aerial views of the buffalos as they blaze their trails across the savannah, and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit Victoria Falls and be enveloped in the mist that plumes from the valleys as the waters tumble into the plunging depths below. Travel to Zimbabwe and Zambia, and expect to create memories that you’ll never forget.

Madagascar

Soak Up The Sun And The Safari...

If your idea of the perfect African adventure blends both the thrill of game safaris with some well-deserved relaxation along a soft sandy shore, you should seriously consider holidays in Madagascar. The main island boasts beautiful riverine forests and dry grassy plains punctuated with ancient baobabs, providing a perfect landscape for leopards, elephants and lemurs to run wild, while the neighbouring island of Nosy Ankao’s glittering beaches and lush landscapes make it the ideal destination for working on that all-important tan. Stay at the gorgeous Miavana Resort and your days will be filled with whale-watching excursions, perfectly private romantic meals along the beachfrontoverlooking the blush-pink sunsets, and breathtaking helicopter charters across the coastline to national parks abundant in wildlife. This destination is perfect for a luxury honeymoon in Africa!

The Seychelles

Those looking for sunshine and relaxation need to consider holidays to the Seychelles. All 115 of the Seychelles gorgeous islands are blessed with mesmerising mountainsides coated in lush greenery, sparkling white sands, and bright turquoise waters full of healthy coral gardens, exciting shipwrecks and dazzling marine life; a divers paradise. 

Stay at Constance Ephelia and enjoy perfect seclusion along the verdant hillsides; an unrivalled position for enjoying sweeping uninterrupted sunsets across the ocean waters. Honeymooners opting for the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa will be blessed with adults-only exclusivity and private pools boasting all-day sunshine. The Seychelles compliments the thrill of the safari perfectly, offering sanctuary and laid-back island luxury to those who want an all-round experience that really showcases the diversity of this beautiful part of the world. If you dream of the perfect honeymoon in Africa, then you have to visit the Seychelles

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