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Wednesday
Oct022019

The Best Honeymoon Safaris

CHOOSING THE BEST HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS IN AFRICA

Planning a honeymoon is the perfect excuse to check something major off your bucket list and really splurge on luxurious one-of-a-kind travel experiences. For many couples who want to celebrate the start of their next chapter in life with a mix of luxury, adventure, and relaxation, there is no better dream honeymoon than the combination of a thrilling luxury safari in Africa paired with an escape to an exotic beach destination. We usually recommend that couples start their honeymoon with a four or five night luxury safari and then relax and unwind - and process the amazing experience! - with at least four nights at a fabulous luxury beach resort. So where should you go and why? It depends on your travel style and what you want to see and do.

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HEART POUNDING ADVENTURE & CULTURE

Where to go: Tanzania - Serengeti & Zanzibar

Why go here: Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park is ground zero for the Great Migration, when 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and other game chase the rains on their never ending quest for food and water. The animals traveling in large numbers attract predators like lions and leopards, and the resulting show is nature at its most stunning. After a few days of game drives, you’ll be ready to unwind in Zanzibar, just a short 1.5 hour flight away. Zanzibar has a main island where Stone Town is made up of busy marketplaces, cobblestone streets, and fascinating cultural experiences like a music festival held in an old stone fort. Nearby, private islands with some of the most picturesque white sand beaches in the world are home to luxurious, tranquil resorts.

When to go on safari: The migration is never ending, and passes through different areas at different times of year.

Highlights: Soaring over the migration in a hot air balloon; a romantic sunset sail on a traditional dhow

CLASSIC BIG FIVE SAFARI & TOP NOTCH LUXURY

Where to go: South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve & Seychelles

Why go here: Sabi Sand is a private game reserve just adjacent to Kruger National Park, which means the same high density of wildlife without the regulations of the national park (think night game drives and walking safaris). The region is known as one of the best places to tick off all of Africa’s big five - elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino, and leopard. The luxury lodges in Sabi Sand in are some of the best on the continent, with excellent amenities like private plunge pools and world class spas. And for travelers without limitations on budget or time, the Seychelles encompass some of the most stunning, luxurious, private beaches on the planet. Scuba diving and snorkeling in the most pristine water you can imagine, deserted island picnics, and spa treatments are just a few indulgences perfect for honeymooners at the best Seychelles beach resorts. If you have time, spend a few days in Cape Town between your safari and Seychelles to experience the excellent food and nightlife and outdoorsy activities like swimming with penguins or climbing Table Mountain.

When to go: The best time for a safari in South Africa is the dry season which is May to September (however if you’re planning to go to Cape Town too it will be chilly there at this time).

Highlights: Sabi Sand Game Reserve has an especially high concentration of leopards.

ALTERNATIVE SAFARI & BAREFOOT LUXURY

Where to go: Namibia & Mozambique

For couples who may have already been to one of the more traditional safari destinations like South Africa, Tanzania or Kenya, Namibia is a perfect choice for a romantic but alternative safari experiences. Quad biking in the vast Namib with its desert-adapted wildlife, climbing the giant dunes of Sossusvlei, flying over the foggy and mysterious skeleton coast, and sleeping out in a desert star bed top some of our favorite honeymoon experiences in Namibia. Likewise, Mozambique is an exotic beach destination known as “the pearl of the Indian ocean” with more than 1500 miles of coastline and several private islands reachable only by helicopter. This is the perfect place to experience Robinson Crusoe-style barefoot luxury.

When to go: Although Namibia can be a year round destination, summer (November to February) is very hot in the desert

Pro tip: if you have time, mix up your time in Namibia with a few days in the desert and a few days at the coast for a more varied experience.

Planning your luxury safari and beach honeymoon can be overwhelming with so many fantastic options! A trusted travel advisor at Epic Road will guide you to make the best choices.

Monday
Dec112017

MOZAMBIQUE LUXURY TRAVEL TIPS 

There are many reasons why Mozambique is a top choice for a luxury beach vacation. Mozambique has so much to offer - private islands, untouched wilderness areas, deserted sandy white beaches, incredible marine life, freshly caught seafood, and adventurous activities to fill your days. The perfect backdrop for a honeymoon or romantic holiday, Mozambique is also ideal for family vacations, getaways with friends, and bucket list trips for retirees.

There are many types of adventurous activities in Mozambique. For experienced scuba divers Mozambique offers plenty of opportunities for world class scuba diving and one of the best diving spots is Neptune’s Arm, an underwater island surrounded by pristine reefs just waiting to be explored. Mozambique is also one of the best places to swim with whale sharks, in fact Tofu Island is considered the whale shark capital of Africa. You can also participate in a sea turtle conservation program during nesting season with a reputable organization. Other ways to experience the beautiful surrounding land and sea are snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, horseback riding, and swimming with dolphins.

Where should you go in Mozambique? The Bazaruto Archipelago is made up of six stunning islands where you’ll find some of the best beaches in Mozambique. Tourism is still relatively new to the region, so the resorts that have sprung up are remarkably secluded with plenty of privacy and opportunities to feel like a castaway on a deserted island, with all of the luxury amenities you can imagine within reach - barefoot luxury at its best.

The best time to visit Mozambique? The optimal dry season runs from April to December, and the wet and rainy season (Mozambique’s summer) goes from January to March. Turtle nesting usually takes place from November to March, Whale shark spotting generally takes place December to March.

How do you get to Mozambique? The capital, Maputo, is just a 45 minute flight from Johannesburg, which is an international hub with direct flights from the United States. We recommend experiencing Mozambique by combining it with a luxury safari in Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe/Victoria Falls, or Botswana, as direct charter flights can be arranged fairly easily.

Check out our complete page on Mozambique including our favorite luxury resorts, and email hello@epicroad.com to plan your upcoming dream trip!