Luxtripper Travel Editor
Let us show you why we love Namibia so much.
Often overlooked for the classic safari destinations of Tanzania and Kenya, the announcement of Namibia being Harry and Meghan’s honeymoon destination of choice has left some a little puzzled, but they couldn’t have chosen a more dynamic, secluded and astoundingly unique place to celebrate their new life together. Namibia is home to one of the most sublime and stunning deserts in the world; think burnt orange sands and bright lapis blue skies, punctuated with the largest sand dunes in the world and hauntingly beautiful, untouched coastlines; it’s like experiencing intergalactic travel, without ever needing to hop into a rocket. Namibia is also home to the incredible Himba tribes, the astounding Dead Vlei (imagine stepping into a Salvador Dali painting), and offers the chance to see rare desert-adapted elephants in their natural habitat.
Namibia’s endless plains also provide the perfect landscape for a romantic, exclusive and luxurious escape; making it the perfect destination for an Africa honeymoon. Harry and Meghan’s honeymoon will be taking place at the gorgeous Hoanib Valley Camp, a brand new luxury camp that’s set to open in June 2018. This gorgeous and remote escape is centred on the incredible Hoanib River and offers incredible game viewing opportunitiesfor wildlife such as lions, elephants, giraffes and more. Harry and Meghan are known for their love of animals, and will undoubtably enjoy seeing the desert lions, springboks and catching a glimpse of the rare black rhino. This intimate camp features just six luxury tents, which all not only feature locally-made furnishings, but also solar panelling and a fantastic eco-friendly ethos. Harry and Meghan’s honeymoon will never be boring, with visits to the nearby Giraffe Conservation Foundation potentially on the agenda, as well as twice daily game drives that will get them up close with Africa’s most elusive wildlife. There’s plenty of room for romance and relaxation as well at Hoanib Valley Camp, with the promise of a refreshing pool to dive into whenever they wish to escape the heat, as well as romantic evening meals under Namibia’s endless starry night sky; if this doesn’t sound like the perfect Africa honeymoon, we don’t know what does.
Namibia: Kulala Desert Lodge
You don’t need a royal bank account to experience luxury in Namibia, another incredible choice for those set on Namibia’s unique landscape can opt for the beautiful Kulala Desert Lodge. All 23 of the camp’s ‘kulalas’ are located in the heart of the astounding Namibia Desert and boast beautiful wooden decks that promise breakfasts and sundowners with a view, as well as a flat rooftop for romantic sleep-outs under the starry night sky and a main area with a refreshing plunge pool.
If you dream of the classic African safari honeymoon, then look no further than the stunning Kicheche Valley Camp in Kenya. This intimate camp sits along the eastern side of the legendary Masai Mara National Park in the secluded Naboisho Conservancy, and features just 6 luxury tents. Every tent opens up onto a spacious terrace that overlooks the vast plains, and the location is perfect for exclusive game drives that offer fantastic opportunities to see the Big Five and the Great Migration. Stay at the Kicheche Valley Camp and your days will be filled with exhilarating jeep safaris, hot air balloon adventures over the plains and romantic sunset picnics surrounded by flickering lanterns.
Pair your exhilarating safari honeymoon with a romantic Zanzibar holiday and you’ll get the best of both worlds. We absolutely adore The Royal Zanzibar, which boasts gorgeous suites that all overlook Zanzibar’s pure white sands and aquamarine ocean waters, and features four dazzling swimming pools, a bubbling jacuzzi and a truly blissful spa. Spend your days soaking up the African sun along the beachfront, head to the waters for scuba diving, paddle boards and so much more, or embark on the one of the many excursions the resort offers that really showcase the beauty of Zanzibar.