Exotic Africa – The Perfect Honeymoon Haven

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On the last stopof their Kenya adventure, they fly to the Maasai Mara, Kenya’s top game viewing destination. Here, they enjoy two nights at the elegant and luxurious Fairmont Mara Safari Club, with daily wildlife activities that will certainly involve in-depth and up-close viewing of lions, cheetahs, elephants and a variety of other species. Package is priced from $7,495.

Contact: (800) 421-8907; africantravelinc.com

botswana Botswana, known as “Old Africa’s Last Refuge,” mainly because the landlocked nation is underdeveloped, thanks to the severe Kalahari Desert that blankets half the country, leaving it with a relatively small human population, including some of Africa’s last remaining Bushmen. Great Safaris has a unique program there in this truly “wild” safari destination that’s perfect for the adventuresome honeymoon couple—The Great Wing Safari.

It begins with a flight from Johannesburg to the small frontier town of Maun in a bush plane that maneuvers low over the Botswana wilderness for aerial game viewing. Two nights are spent at each of three distinctly different Botswana camps that are unique in design and personality (most are tented) and located in specific ecological enclaves offering a smorgasbord of activities. “Water” camps specialize in wildlife activities aboard boats and mekoros (canoes), while the fauna focus is birdlife, hippos, crocodiles and other wetland species. Often on the menu are exciting walking safaris. The “land” camps are into the pursuit of the big land mammals in open 4×4 vehicles that allow couples to get close to the wildlife.

Couples can choose from the most upscale of the Orient-Express Safari Camps—the Khwai River Lodge, Moremi; Eagle Island, Okavango Delta; and the Savute Elephant Camp, Chobe—or the lower-priced, but still luxurious Desert & Delta Safaris lodgesand camps, including the iconic Chobe Game Lodge, Savute Safari Lodge, Camp Moremi, Camp Okavango, Xugana Island Lodge and Leroo La Tau. Tell your couple clients they should consider adding a Victoria Falls stopover, or a visit to a lodge in the fabulous Hwange Park. Priced from $4,265 for the Classic and $5,635 for the Premier.

Contact: (800) 409-7755; greatsafaris.com

morocco Morocco is still another Africa destination that should not be overlooked as a great honeymoon destination and one that can easily be combined with a beach or safari add-on. Escapade Vacations—An Isram Company has an exotic 9-night program, Fez & The Cities by Private Car, that’s perfect for honeymooners seeking the exotic coupled with affordable pricing.

The program features private tours to and around the cities of Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Erfoud, Fez and El Jadida, where they’ll spend their nights in some of Morocco’s most luxurious hotels—two nights in the Kenzi Menara Palace in Marrakesh; one night in theBerbere Palace in Ouarzazate; one night in the Kasbah Xaluca in Erfoud; two in the Sofitel Palais Jamai in Fez and three nights in the Kerzner Mazagan Resort in El Jadida.

In addition, they’ll enjoy sightseeing with local licensed guides in Marrakesh and Fez, the Fantasia Dinner Show in Marrakesh, a romantic sunset excursion by 4×4 to the Sahara Dunes at Merzouga and, of course, a private car with English-speaking guide/driver. The program is priced from $3,009 pp dbl through Nov. 11.

Contact: (800) 223-7460; isram.com/escapade/index.htm

mozambique & mauritius Finally, one of the most popular add-ons for Africa-bound honeymoon couples is a pre- or post-beach stay at one of Africa’s incredibly beautiful island beach resorts. Goway Travel has two such programs under its Stays of Distinction category that fits the bill perfectly for couples eager to add a unique beach experience to their honeymoon adventure.

In Mozambique, Goway’s Medjumbe Private Island is a tiny, pristine island with bewitching ocean views and stunning coral reefs, known for its barefoot luxury, privacy and unparalleled hospitality. Its signature is stylish simplicity with delicious seafood, some of the world’s premier diving and fishing, and a wealth of romantic delights. The 13 palm-thatched beach chalets on Medjumbe are just steps away from the Indian Ocean, nestled on the white sand offering privacy and seclusion and luxuriant accommodations furnished in crisp blues and whites, with full en-suite bath, indoor and outdoor shower, air-conditioned with ceiling fans and mosquito nets, plus a private plunge pool with stunning Indian Ocean views. Even the central dining area, decks and patios are designed for privacy and barefoot luxury.

In Mauritius, the Maravida Villas Resort and Spa is nestled on the west coast of the island, overlooking the serene turquoise lagoon of Tamarin Bay. The Maradiva Villas, inspired by Indian cultural heritage, is an idyllic five-star offering ideally situated on the part of the island famous for its amazing sunsets and its dry and warm climate, even during winter months.