Travel Spotlight: Africa
Africa has always been an exotic place that I’ve always had a wanderlust for! Hopefully one day my hubby and I will be able to partake in the adventures that so many other people have experienced in Africa. In preparing for our future honeymoon, I’ve compiled a list of top African lodges for that perfect honeymoon for the couple that also shares our love for adventure (and most of the lodging dollars go towards conservation in Africa as well - bonus!). While African safaris don't come cheap, it is a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Greater Kruger National Park
5 star luxury hotel in the heart of South Africa, it boasts reviews of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The hotel offers experienced staff on hand for dining, spa services, safari services and even hot air balloon rides over the plains of Africa. It's more for a romantic honeymoon package where you can get pampered, but also add some adventure if you want.
Sasakwa, Serengeti Plains, Serengeti National Park Area, | +27 (0) 21 683 3424
12 lodges/camps in 5 wilderness regions of Africa, this group offers luxury African safaris for an intimate experience. Voted Best in 2016 by Travel+Leisure, there are different camps that offer a variety of services in varying regions. The Sabora Tented Camp features thick Persian rugs and mahogany chests in their suites. Faru Faru has suites with a swimming pool overlooking gathering elephants. The flagship lodge is Sasakwa Lodge with views of the Sirengeti plains, as well as spa and yoga services and numerous wildlife sightings.
A conservatory that Sustainability
Giraffe Manor is part of the Safari Collection - four luxury boutique camps and lodges in Kenya (the most famous of which is Giraffe Manor located in Nairobi). It was founded in 2009 by a couple.
Giraffe Manor is famous for the opportunity to eat and dine with the many giraffes they have on the conservatory. They also have an elephant sanctuary and art gallery on site. From what I've read on reviews, a one (1) night stay would be sufficient to spend your time here if you want to leave room to see the whole of Africa. Check out their website - their rooms are pretty gorgeous!
Keep in mind they close in May for maintenance.
Top Bucket List Things to do in Africa
Go on a Safari
The "big five" is the common thing one must see in Africa - in their natural habitat. Kenya is the most popular safari destination, and Masai Mara Reserve is the most popular area. From July - October, zebras and wildebeests migrate, known as the great migration, and something to to consider trying to witness!
If you're interested in getting to Masai Mara, know that it is about 168 miles from Nairobi (Kenya's capital city) - and the roads to get there are poor and only 4WD accessible. It also takes about 6 hours to get there. Some people opt to fly, which is about a 45 minute flight. You can purchase a ticket individually to the Reserve, or you can go on a safari package (obviously, individual tickets are cheaper, but find your own way there)
Lodging in Masai Mara (note, there are budget accommodations, but below are the luxury ones that range from $150 to $500 a night)
- Mara Serena Safari Lodge
- Keekorok Lodge
- Simba Lodges
- Heritage Hotels LTD
- &Beyond Under Canvas - for the non-hotel/tented option, they move with the animals; there's no cut on luxury though (they have butlers, hot showers, and flushed toilets)
Masai Mara isn't the only place in Africa for a safari, click here for other safari locations.