Africa

Exotic Africa – The Perfect Honeymoon Haven

written by | Posted on June 1st, 2011

Few would argue with the idea that Africa is a synonym for exotic, with its myriad cultures, timeless history and millenniums of romantic adventures.

So, what better place then, than Africa to cement life-long memories for a couple starting their life together—perhaps a honeymoon in legendary Morocco or Egypt, maybe a rich, unforgettable game viewing experience during the great migration from the plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in Kenya, coupled with a pre- or post-stay along the sugar-colored beaches of Mozambique or Mauritius, or even all three.

tanzania The diversity of the African continent hides a treasure trove of once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon experiences that weds never-to-be-forgotten travel adventures with unique luxury accommodations for that special honeymoon experience. Micato Safaris’ The Tanzania Spectacular Safari, for example, priced from $8,295, takes newlywed couples to intriguing and alluring places such as the Ngorongoro Crater, the alluring Serengeti Plains and, of course, the mysterious and the mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro—all visited in unrivalled luxury at astounding properties, offering a five-star honeymoon experience in harmony with nature you could only get in Africa.

The couple’s honeymoon adventure begins upon arrival in Tanzania’s gateway city Arusha, where they’re met and whisked away by their safari director to the five-star Arusha Coffee Lodge, an idyllic escape tucked away in a verdant coffee plantation designed around an original plantation house, where couples overnight in a plush Plantation Suite, enjoy the pool, cozy up to the fireplace or simply enjoy the view of majestic Mt. Meru from the private balcony. The next day, after a plantation tour and an al fresco lunch, couples fly to Tarangire, for a 2-night stay in supreme luxury at Tarangire Treetops with views to Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley wall from the private balcony of a treehouse perched atop an age-old baobab or marula tree—again, a thoroughly African experience. The ecosystem here varies between dry and dusty, and green and swampy, and at each different landscape, couples experience that system’s own cast of creatures. In addition to a game drive, there’s a full slate of activities available from tracking game on foot to visiting the local Maasai people, plus a night game drive under a blanket of stars, before returning for a nightcap at the split-level lounge.

After a couple of blissful nights and a gourmet lunch, the newlyweds fly to Lake Manyara and begin the scenic ascent through the wildlife wonderland of the Ngorongoro Crater, the unofficial “eighth wonder of the natural world.” It’s a huge crater serving as an ancient amphitheater forming a unique haven for wildlife with over 20,000 animals thriving in near-perfect conditions. “Home” here is the serene and solitary Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, perched on the eastern rim of the crater with incredible views and from where the couple will descend 2,000 ft. into the crater, passing lush rainforest and thick vegetation, before arriving at the big show—the largest concentration of animals in Africa in a variety of environments, including grassland, swamps, forests and lakes. Here, they’ll view a seemingly infinite variety of animals—lions, zebras, buffaloes, rhinos, elephants, gazelles and wildebeests, just to name a few.

Two nights pass by too quickly here, but there are more adventures waiting after a flight to the legendary Serengeti, a land brimming with wildlife. The base here is Migration Camp, alluringly set on a magnificent rock outcropping with spacious, richly furnished tents, all superbly secluded so they blend into their natural environment above the Grumeti River. In the famed Serengeti, couples can opt for a game drive, explore the area on a guided game walk, or just lounge beside the pool back at camp, where they’ll still be able to enjoy the ongoing drama of the bush before heading home.

Contact: (800) MICATO-1; micato.com

Or, book a honeymoon haven directly for your newlywed clients at Bilila Lodge Kempinski, offering the new Honeymooners package. It’s a truly romantic experience amidst one of the world’s most dramatic and inspiring settings, the famous Serengeti. Here, couples can spoil themselves African-style in a luxurious Terrace Suite on a full-board basis that includes an unforgettable daily game drive during their stay to experience the Serengeti, where they’ll experience first-hand Africa’s elusive “Big Five” and never forget sharing their first sightings of the incredible wildlife that roam the plains.