Something a little different

Whilst experiencing a Big 5 safari is for most people a wholly different type of holiday there are those honeymoon couples who want to take the experience of their honeymoon a step further and really get off-the-beaten-track. Our honeymoon experts love planning particularly unique and interesting holidays and welcome the challenge of something out of the ordinary.

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What constitutes 'out of the ordinary' is a matter of opinion for each honeymoon couple however some examples of what we would consider 'different' include the following:

Botswana Honeymoon - canoe safari and desert quad biking

If you and your partner are looking for a unique honeymoon destination, look no further than the Botswana. Botswana is the definition of unspoiled Africa with arguably the best game viewing on the continent. It quite simply redefines the luxury of losing oneself in nature.

Begin your married life by flying in a light aircraft and helicopter over one of the most remote and awe-inspiring landscapes on earth and spend 5 days exploring the Selinda Spillway, the area linking the Okavango Delta and the Linyanti swamps. Days are spent exploring the water channels by canoe and on foot and the nights were spent camping on the banks of the river. Expect to encounter all manner of wildlife on this trip with the area particularly well-known for its birdlife along with elephant, buffalo, sable, roan lion, leopard and wild dog.

Selinda Canoe Trail

If you would prefer to stay on dry land for your honeymoon then maybe you might like to travel across Botswana's Makgadikgadi salt pans on 4-wheel drive quad bikes to Kubu Island, a granite extrusion covered with baobabs, one of Africa's most beautiful desert habitats. Spend 2 nights sleeping under the stars and 2 days exploring the pans. It is one of Africa's finest close-to-nature experiences. Follow this unique honeymoon by spending 3 nights in the luxurious Jack's Camp.

Namibia Honeymoon - Hiking

When searching for honeymoon ideas, Namibia might not be the first place to spring to mind, but the country is an exclusive getaway offering total isolation, romantic vistas, a huge diversity of landscapes and a wide range of activities. For active couples, Namibia will be a truly unique honeymoon destination, an adventure to bring lasting memories.

Dust off your hiking shoes for an exploration through the spectacular scenery of southern Namibia including a 4-night walking trail through the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon on earth and a 2-night hiking trail in the red sand dunes, gravel plains and imposing mountains of the Namib Desert.

The definition of romance is spending nights sleeping under some of the clearest skies on the planet. Other-worldly, eerily isolated, and infinitely vast, Namibia is more than a honeymoon destination, it's a spiritual journey.

Great Namibia Walking Adventure

Victoria Falls Honeymoon

Unique honeymoon destinations don't come more unique than a stay at Matetsi River Lodge in Zimbabwe. This remarkable lodge combines a safari with the scenic and adrenalin-filled experiences on offer at the spectacular Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Victoria Falls can be rather touristy and busy, however, as guests at Matetsi you will be able to enjoy the experiences at the Falls but retreat to a private, luxury suite with exceptional views of the Zambezi River.

While your days can be spent on action packed game drives, bush walks, fishing expeditions or canoe trips your nights will be spent under the stars around a camp fire toasting your married life to the sounds of the hippos and perhaps the odd lion roaring. When you can bare to drag yourself away from the lodge the nearby Victoria Falls offers an assortment of adventures such as gorge swings, helicopter flips and white-water rafting.

If you are looking for a luxury honeymoon destination, not only is Matetsi River Lodge the epitome of splendour, it also offers the pure luxury of having somewhere all to yourselves.

Matetsi River Lodge - Victoria Falls Honeymoon

Something different in South Africa

As far as luxury honeymoon destinations go, South Africa is easily one of the top contenders. South Africa is one of the world's most unique honeymoon destinations in that, unlike other places that provide simply one attraction, South Africa is an entirely diverse country offering a range of experiences with safari normally being the highlight.

Offering an abundance of Big 5 game reserves, one of the world's most beautiful cities, Cape Town, picturesque wine routes, exquisite mountain ranges and unspoilt, sun-drenched beaches South Africa is a world in one honeymoon. In addition to this, the 'Rainbow Nation' is home to many different cultures with a very interesting history.

Whether you are posing for photos at the top of Cape Town's Table Mountain, soaking up the sun on Durban's beaches or toasting the African sunset on safari, the country's first world facilities and excellent infrastructure make South Africa surprisingly stress-free to travel around, despite its size. Fabulous settings, luxury accommodation and high -lass service complete the package.

South Africa is one of the few places able to offer a safari, a city-break and a beach honeymoon in one trip. Here's one example:

South Africa - City, Safari and Beach

Some other different honeymoon ideas:

  • Tracking mountain gorillas and chimps in Uganda and Rwanda
  • Canoeing down the Zambezi River in Zambia
  • Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Hiking with wild chimpanzees in the remote Mahale Mountains National Park in Tanzania
  • Joining the ancient Bushmen of the Far Western Kalahari in Botswana on a safari
  • Visiting the Wahiba Sands of Oman, with the chance to meet the local Bedouin people
  • Partaking in a Dhow Safari in Mozambique's Quirimbas archipelago
  • Tracking lowland gorillas in the Republic of the Congo
  • Fly camping on safari
  • Going on a walking safari in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park
  • Joining a horseback safari in Botswana or South Africa
  • Treating yourselves to a luxury rail journey through South Africa
  • Participating in a mobile camping safari
  • Riding through Botswana's Makgadikgadi Salt Pans on a Quad Bike Safari and sleep under the stars

Whether something has caught your eye already or whether you are looking for inspiration for a honeymoon that is a little different, chat to your dedicated honeymoon specialist at Mahlatini who will excitedly devise and tailor a unique and entirely unforgettable honeymoon for you.

Selected Something Different Itineraries

Kruger Safari and Mauritius Honeymoon

Days
13
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $5,400 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Mauritius, South Africa
Locations
Ngala Private Game Reserve

Seychelles Magical three-island Honeymoon Paradise

Days
16
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $6,890 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Seychelles
Locations
Mahe, Denis Island, Enchanted Island

Outstanding Honeymoon on North Island

Days
9
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $23,380 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Seychelles
Locations
North Island

Southern Tanzania Luxury Escape Honeymoon

Days
16
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $9,830 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, Stone Town, Pemba Island

Exclusive Coast to Coast Mauritius honeymoon

Days
12
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $4,320 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Mauritius

Twin Island Luxury Seychelles Honeymoon - Banyan Tree & Raffles

Days
12
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $5,620 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Seychelles
Locations
Mahe, Praslin

Four Seasons Luxury Seychelles & Dubai Honeymoon

Days
12
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $10,770 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Seychelles, United Arab Emirates
Locations
Mahe, Dubai

Boutique Carana Beach hotel and idyllic Denis Island Honeymoon

Days
12
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $4,910 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Seychelles
Locations
Mahe, Denis Island