We are continually finding that honeymooners are requesting a honeymoon which combines two or more components in it, for example to have an action packed safari and a romantic tropical island beach holiday in one. These holidays, which are termed ‘Twin Centre Holidays,’ are growing in popularity.

If a couple sees their honeymoon as a once in a lifetime holiday to Africa they may want to pack in as many attractions as possible and these attractions may fall across a few regions or across the boundaries of two or three countries. An example of this would be guests who wanted to see Cape Town in South Africa, Victoria Falls in Zambia and experience a safari in Botswana.

South Africa would be the country we would say most of our clients would include in a twin centre holiday. South Africa itself is an extremely popular honeymoon destination, largely because of its incredible weather and scenery but also because it offers some of the most luxurious hotels and game lodges in the world. Unlike other destinations in the world that provide simply one attraction, South Africa is an entirely diverse country offering a range of experiences, a Big 5 luxury safari normally being the highlight. A favourable
exchange rate means not only is the safari one of the most reasonably priced in Africa but when you are out in South Africa you can truly spoil yourselves on spa treatments, romantic meals, adventure activities and shopping sprees.

South Africa is can be combined with any number of countries however the most popular for honeymooners are island beach locations such as Mauritius, Mozambique and the Seychelles.

Twin Centre Holidays

Mauritius is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful paradise islands in the world and for this reason is very popular for weddings and honeymoons. This picturesque island is renowned for the hospitality of the locals, the elegant hotels and spas and some of the world’s finest beaches and lagoons. Many hotels and resorts are particularly suited to honeymooners offering discounts and special honeymoon extras.

Mozambique borders South Africa and it offers a very different beach experience from the likes of Mauritius or the Seychelles. Here the lodges are small and intimate offering a rustic luxury, Robinson Crusoe type of experience as opposed to the larger resort style hotels of the other two islands. The beaches are arguably the most untouched of all the beaches on this coast of Africa and it is a dream location for divers or couples looking to really get away from it all.

In many ways the Seychelles represent the absolutely ideal honeymoon destination as it is quite simply one of the most romantic places on earth. The stunning vistas, pure white sand beaches, exotic greenery, turquoise blue seas and spectacular sunsets all create the backdrop for an unforgettable romantic experience. This combined with discreet and exotic island-retreats offering the ultimate in stylish luxury make the Seychelles the perfect honeymoon choice. Many of the hotels have special offers for honeymooners including discounted rates, complimentary champagne in your room, candle lit dinners, spa treatments and sunset cruises.

If you are after an East African Safari, both Mauritius and the Seychelles can be combined with Kenya.

Kenya is arguably the most well known of holiday destinations in Africa. Honeymooners have for years been drawn to its quintessential images of herds of elephants in front of snow capped Mount Kilimanjaro, hot air balloons above the Masai Mara and the proud Masai warriors. It is the land which inspired Karen Blixen’s ‘Out of Africa’, a place of vast plains and abundant wildlife. With every champagne toast at sunset and every action packed game drive, a honeymoon in Kenya is sure to provide lasting memories.

If you don’t want to go as far as field as Mauritius or the Seychelles to combine your Kenyan safari with a beach element, you can enjoy your beach break on the exquisite Kenyan coast beaches or the Tanzanian islands of Zanzibar or Pemba.

Twin Centre Holidays

A very popular trip is combining a safari in Tanzania with a beach stay in Zanzibar. A safari here is most typically in line with people’s vision of a traditional safari, with its huge herds of animals. Tanzania offers such a wide diversity of scenery on safari from the vast flat plains of the Serengeti to the unique volcanic crater at Ngorongoro to the flamingo
filled Lake Manyara. Coupled with this memorable safari, what can be more romantic than
a stay on Zanzibar with its warm tropical waters and white palm-lined beaches?

There are an abundance of combinations to consider when planning a honeymoon to Africa including some as fun as adding to a safari and beach combination, a gorilla tracking experience in Uganda or Rwanda.

Africa beautifully lends itself to providing a diversity of experiences in one trip. Mahlatini will help and advise you on logistics and the merits of various combinations – there is often the risk of trying to do too much in one trip as well. Whatever you decide to do, the abundance of experiences will certainly provide lasting memories.

Photography Credit: Constance Lemuria in Seychelles, Benguarra Lodge in Mozambique, Cotters 1920’s Camp by Cheli and Peacock, Klein’s Camp by And Beyond

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