More and more couples are seeking a blend of adventure and relaxation for their honeymoon. Imagine combining an exhilarating safari with a relaxing beach escape. This desire has given rise to the popularity of twin centre honeymoons - a seamless mix of two distinct experiences.
Here are some of our favourite twin centre honeymoon destinations in Africa:
1. South Africa
Celebrated for its gorgeous weather and diverse landscapes, South Africa is the quintessential honeymoon hotspot.
It is perfectly located to combine Big 5 safari experiences with idyllic luxury beach and city breaks within its own borders. A diverse combination is sure to excite even the most intrepid honeymooners. With many bespoke options to choose from, whether you want to start in the bustling Cape Town to visit Table Mountain, its Blue Flag beaches and surrounding Winelands, or jump straight into a wild safari adventure, South Africa never fails to exceed expectations.
Kenya stands as Africa's timeless destination, enticing honeymooners with iconic vistas of elephants against Mount Kilimanjaro, hot air balloon rides over the Maasai Mara, and the proud Maasai culture. It is the land that 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.
Mauritius is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful paradise islands in the world and for this reason, is very popular for 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.
With convenient routings from many safari destinations across Southern and East Africa and a year-round tropical climate, Mauritius is an idyllic beginning or end to your safari and beach adventure, no matter when you choose to travel.
Mozambique borders South Africa and 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 get away from it all.
Why choose between the soft-white beaches and swaying palms of Mozambique’s coastline and an exhilarating Big 5 safari? Mozambique is perfectly located for a twin centre honeymoon, combining a Southern or East African safari adventure with a rejuvenating and luxury castaway experience.
The Seychelles is synonymous with romance. The stunning vistas, pure white sand beaches, exotic greenery, turquoise blue seas and spectacular sunsets all create the backdrop for an unforgettable romantic experience. 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.
Experience the best of both worlds, immersing yourself in the thrills of a classic African safari and the idyllic indulgence of a Seychelles island holiday, all on one unforgettable journey. Seychelles is great combined with a Kenya safari.
Pairing a Tanzanian safari with a Zanzibar beach stay is a match made in heaven. 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?
Ready to start planning your twin centre honeymoon? At Mahlatini, we’ll customise a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon itinerary that reflects your specific interests, passions and dreams.