An ideal choice for honeymooners, Zambia, often referred to as the "real Africa" is an authentic wilderness experience away from the crowds. It particularly suits those honeymooners with a sense of adventure and a love of nature. Hosting some of the most remote and unspoilt wildlife areas in Africa, there is no end to the romantic sunsets and moments of peace and tranquillity.
This luxury itinerary explores two of Zambia's most iconic wildlife areas, the Lower Zambezi National Park and the South Luangwa National Park, both of which offer some of the best wildlife viewing on the continent due to the rivers which flow through them. Chongwe River Camp and Chinzombo Camp offer elegant luxury within a truly wild environment.
Spend your days on action packed game drives, walking safaris, fishing expeditions, canoe trips or simply lounging with a book in front of a hippo-filled river. Your nights are under the stars around a camp fire toasting your married life to the sounds of the African bush and perhaps the odd lion roaring.
Our honeymoon consultants have had many years of experience matching Zambia to the right people. We will have personally visited these camps and we know that they will offer our honeymooners exceptional personal service and attention to detail. The Zambian wilderness is romance personified and we are passionate about introducing you to the pure luxury of having somewhere all to yourselves.
Suggested add ons to this honeymoon could include a stay at the magnificent Victoria Falls, a city break in Cape Town or an extended beach stay in the Seychelles or Mauritius.
Our recommendation: Luxury Two Rivers Safari in Zambia.
Choose a honeymoon in Botswana and expect solitude - the pure luxury of solitude in a vast wilderness with arguably the best game viewing in Africa. It is here in Botswana's breath taking landscapes that you will feel miles away from wedding stress and city life and you can imbibe the utter peace that only Africa can offer.
A honeymoon is surely all about luxury and Botswana's luxury is in the unparalleled exclusivity it offers. With its unique tourism policy Botswana offers some of the largest herds of animals on the continent with the lowest visitor numbers, thereby offering its visitor a truly authentic experience.
This itinerary offers 4 nights in Botswana's gem, the Okavango Delta, one of Africa's premier wilderness sanctuaries. Only accessible via light aircraft, the Delta is a maze of waterways and lagoons guaranteeing phenomenal game viewing all year round including lion, hippo, leopard, wild do, huge herds of elephant and buffalo, cheetah and many many more.
Your time will be spent on action-packed adventures such as game drives, bush walks and boat trips and spend your evenings sipping gin and tonics around an open bush fire. After a romantic candlelit dinner under the stars, you will fall asleep to the sounds of the hippos grunting and the cricket's lullaby.
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge and Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp are luxurious, eco-sensitive camps which are a step above exclusive with only a select few sharing the surrounding expansive wilderness, making them perfect for honeymooners.
Offering the ultimate castaway experience with soft white beaches, clear blue waters and swaying palms, Mozambique is honeymoon heaven. Unlike some other islands offering large resort-style hotels, Mozambique is all about 'barefoot luxury', offering a shipwrecked feeling on virtually uninhabited islands.
It's not all about lounging on the beach though, Mozambique has some of the most pristine dive spots in the world and many other activities from snorkelling and fishing to traditional dhow cruises, island walks, sea kayaking local village tours, horse riding and castaway picnics.
Sheltered within a canopy of indigenous casuarina pine forest, Benguerra Island Lodge offers a rustic luxury style. It is an intimate lodge offering genuine hospitality and personalised service.
Your dedicated Mahlatini honeymoon specialist will have visited Botswana and Mozambique and will tailor this itinerary specifically with you and your partner in mind, all the while organising a few surprise extras to ensure those lasting memories.
Suggested add ons to this honeymoon could include a stay at the magnificent Victoria Falls, a city break in Cape Town South Africa or a stop in Botswana's incredible Makgadikgadi Pans and Kalahari Desert.
Our recommendation: Luxury Botswana and Mozambique Honeymoon
A world in one honeymoon, South Africa offers one of the world's most beautiful cities, Cape Town, an abundance of Big 5 game reserves, picturesque wine routes, unspoilt, sun-drenched beaches and exquisite mountain ranges. It's also the 'Rainbow Nation' as it is home to a large number of different cultures with a very interesting history.
Bordering the famous Kruger Park, the Sabi Sands Game Reserve is arguably the best private reserve in South Africa. It is one of the best places in the world to see lion and especially leopard. Wildlife sightings here are unparalleled, with guides driving off-road; something not possible in the National Park. Chitwa Chitwa Lodge offers luxury accommodation and outstanding levels of guiding.
A safari at Chitwa Chitwa provides honeymooners with an opportunity to reconnect with nature and step away from the technology of modern life, leaving behind the stresses of the wedding. Action packed early morning and afternoon/ evening game drives are combined with spa treatments, romantic picnics, champagne bubble baths, starlit dinners and sunset cocktails. The surrounding wilderness provides a romantic setting for this unique holiday of a lifetime.
Mauritius is one of the world's most population honeymoon destinations, and for good reason. This Indian Ocean island, with its year-round good weather and palm-fringed sandy beaches, ticks all the boxes for an idyllic, romantic retreat.
Mauritius offers honeymooners the right blend of activity, relaxation, luxury and the personal service you deserve for such a special occasion.
After months of wedding planning and stress this is the time for indulging in those much longed-for spa treatments or simply lounging on the beach. Bliss! When you do feel a little more active the expected water sports will keep you entertained as well as island excursions ranging from catamaran cruises, swimming with dolphins to deep sea fishing and walking with lions!
A firm favourite of the Mahlatini honeymoon consultants, the Angsana Balaclava is a 5 star hotel offering superior service and jaw dropping sunsets afforded by its glorious position in Turtle Bay on the North West of the Island.
Your dedicated honeymoon consultant will place high importance on creating fabulous and truly memorable experiences for your honeymoon couples and will go above and beyond arranging exclusive private dining experiences, flowers and champagne surprises in your room, spa treatments, luxury private airport transfers and many other memorable honeymoon extras.
The most popular add on to this honeymoon would be a visit to Cape Town which is easily arranged.
Our recommendation: Kruger Safari and Mauritius Holiday
Offering a whole new level of privacy with its exclusive resorts and private islands, the tropical Indian Ocean of the Seychelles is the barefoot luxury of your dreams. Expect breath taking lush tropical vegetation, deep turquoise lagoons and pristine white beaches. Its pure honeymoon paradise, undoubtedly one of the more romantic spots on the planet.
Enchanted Island Resort is an island getaway in the spectacular marine park, the Sainte Anne Marine Park. The island is so small with only 10 villas (each with a private infinity pool) that it will feel like you are on your very own island paradise. Adding to the luxury of the experience the villas have an outdoor shower and bathtub as well as a private walkway from each villa leading direct to the beach and ocean below.
When you and your new spouse are done lounging on one of the idyllic Enchanted Island beach or exploring the natural beauty of the islands, you can go kayaking or snorkelling or enjoy a spa treatment. What is a honeymoon without romantic dining? The cuisine in the Seychelles is a fusion of Indian, European and Creole with spicy dishes and fresh seafood.
A total contrast to your barefoot luxury in the Seychelles, Dubai is all dizzy wealth and towering skyscrapers. A dramatic blend of east meets west, it's a souring oasis in the middle of the desert. Combining adventure and mystical Arabian culture with utter extravagance, Dubai is the perfect backdrop for honeymoon romance.
Your stay will be at the Armani Hotel, housed within the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. With some rooms personally designed by Giorgio Armani, you can expect impeccable style.
There are plenty of activities to make lasting honeymoon memories, from a Seawings Seaplane tour, giving you a bird's eye view of all the iconic sights, to a trip up the Burj Khalifa or a dinner cruise on Dubai Creek. A desert escape is also possible where your honeymoon consultant will arrange a safari across the sandy dunes where you will dine under star-filled skies. Better yet, you and your spouse may want to take a camel ride against the desert backdrop, discovering traditional Bedouin Villages along the way.
Mahlatini honeymoon consultants will have chosen these hotels with the knowledge that they will provide you with a personalised service where staff go out of their way with little surprises and added extras to create the magical moments that truly 'make' a honeymoon. It's all a part of the bespoke service you will get right from the start.
It is entirely possible to tailor this itinerary to start with Dubai or perhaps add in another island in the Seychelles.
Our recommendation: Seychelles Island Retreat and Luxury Dubai Hotel.