From top to bottom, Africa’s cup runneth over with adventure and romance, with memories that will last a lifetime, spiced with unforgettable wilderness experiences and unexpected levels of comfort.
In the Wild: Tanzania
andBeyond, a pioneer in conservation and development top luxury safari camps, is finding its Fly Me Around East Africa Safari to be a top-seller among honeymoon travel planners. It proposes that newlyweds explore the classical safari landscapes of Tanzania’s renowned Serengeti or Kenya’s Maasai Mara—sites of one of the world’s largest wildlife migration and among the world’s most celebrated wilderness areas. In these parts, couples can stand on the edge of an ancient caldera and marvel at the wildlife haven in its depths at the Ngorongoro Crater, home to 30,000 protected animals; be spellbound by the pink flamingos at Lake Manyara, while looking out for elephant herds and tree-climbing lions; and enjoy the white sands, balmy waters and colorful coral reefs of Mnemba Island in the Indian Ocean. The key to this 7-night safari is to discover the scenic highlights of East Africa for less, booking seven nights at any combination of andBeyond all-inclusive lodges in Kenya or Tanzania, with all flights between camps included in price, starting at $5,400 per person sharing.
While this itinerary can be tailored to suit clients’ exact preferences, andBeyond suggests the following routing, starring the richest of wildlife and a selection of the most luxurious of their lodges. Spend two nights at Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, with accommodations in an elegant, stilted treehouse, with a spacious sitting area, viewing deck and lovely en-suite bathroom. From here, drive to the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge for a 2-night stay in a suite fitted with en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. Fly on for a 3-night stay in Serengeti National Park at a choice of andBeyond’s very choice lodgings: Klein’s Camp, Serengeti Under Canvas or Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp. Certainly the grandest finale to this wondrous wildlife itinerary would be a 3-night Fly Me to Mnemba getaway, complete with a luxurious beachside banda, days filled with scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, beaching or doing nothing on this private island paradise off Zanzibar Island. Prices start at $2,490 per person sharing. For more information, call (888) 882-3792 or visit andbeyond.com.
On an Island: Botswana
Head for Botswana and spend time away together tucked into Little Vumbura, situated on a beautiful island accessible only by boat in a private concession in the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta. Surrounded by water and lying close to large rivers, water-based activities are just as popular as those on land, both offering spectacular and diverse wildlife sightings year-round. Little Vumbura is a beautiful 6-room tented camp. Each well-appointed tent has en-suite facilities and a deck offering incredible vistas. A plunge pool and reading area overlook the floodplains and a star deck leads off over the water from the dining area. Prices, starting at $903 per person per night, include accommodations, all meals, local drinks, 2 daily activities such as game drives, night drives, boating and mokoro (dugout) excursions.
For more information, visit wilderness-safaris.co.za.