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Where to honeymoon in Africa on a budget

Newlyweds wishing to celebrate their nuptials can plan their own budget honeymoon in Africa with the assistance of African Budget Safaris. Planning a honeymoon is simple and affordable with African Budget Safaris’ free service. The team of consultants assists clients in planning budget-friendly honeymoons based on their interests and preferences. 

With so many incredible destinations, newlyweds can enjoy a wide variety of romantic getaways in Africa, such as drinking cocktails on Zanzibar’s spectacular beaches at sunset or cuddling up on a dawn safari through one of Africa’s exceptional game reserves. Couples choose their destinations and a few places of interest, and the African Budget Safaris team creates an affordable and customised private holiday for them.

While some adventurous couples like roughing it in tents while listening to lions roar just outside their campsite, others may want to spend their honeymoon in luxury at a five-star lodge. To balance the budget and degree of comfort, couples are able to incorporate a little bit of both. Here are a few incredible African honeymoon destinations where newlywed couples can spend their first holiday together.

The Kruger National Park

Nearly two million hectares of pristine bushveld make up the Kruger National Park. Sightings of Africa’s Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo – are common, making this a popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts. Honeymooners can either explore the area on their own or relax and enjoy one of the park’s many game drives. 

Couples who prefer getting their heart rate up can sign up for a guided walk or ride their mountain bikes along one of the park’s eco-trails. Those partners that are more laid-back may prefer to take a leisurely drive around the park, stopping at picnic sites to relax with a few drinks and a pair of binoculars.

The Kruger National Park has something for everyone and it allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in Africa’s spectacular flora and fauna. There are also a variety of accommodation options to suit any budget.

For less than R400 per night per couple, rustic accommodation is available at the Tsendze Rustic Camp Site. Newlyweds can set up camp under the trees that provide shade from the African sun in the natural surroundings of the bushveld. Large herds of buffaloes and elephants wander the area around the Tsendze Camp. 

A gas-powered communal kitchen with fridges and dishwashing facilities, as well as ablution blocks with warm water and solar lights, are available at the camp. As there is no power at the camp to obscure the night skies, honeymooners can stare up at The Milky Way as they dream about the next chapter of their lives together.

The Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp is a terrific alternative for couples that enjoy camping it but also want access to a few extra conveniences. Couples can set up camp or upgrade to one of the camp’s chalets for around the same price as the Tsendze camp. With services such as a laundromat, grocery store, gas station and liquor store, the Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp has been nominated as Kruger’s best-run camp three years in a row. Newlyweds can go on self-drive safaris or go on guided game drives at various times throughout the day.

Water is available for most of the year in this section of the park, attracting a variety of wildlife. Sweet grasses flourish in this area, providing food for hungry impalas, zebras, buffaloes and wildebeest, which attract predators further up the food chain.

The Crocodile Bridge Safari Lodge offers more luxurious accommodation at Crocodile Bridge. The lodge is located on the banks of the Crocodile River, only a few metres from the park’s entrance. Stunning views from private decks, en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, free WiFi, and a swimming pool are just a few of the amenities available at this lodge.

Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is known for its exclusive tourism destinations. While going on safari in Botswana is more expensive than in South Africa, there are some reasonably priced options in this diverse ecosystem.

Botswana is home to one of the world’s largest inland deltas, a vast waterway made up of marsh, land, sand and pools of water. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the world’s most spectacular wildlife destinations and it’s the perfect place for a honeymoon that is an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Since this freshwater system attracts a variety of animals, water-based safaris provide close encounters with African wildlife. Hippos and crocodiles are submerged beneath the gleaming surface, while elephants splash around in the shallow waters to cool off from the midday sun. 

Couples can either enjoy the wildlife on the ground or take a helicopter tour to take it in from above. A walking safari tour with an armed ranger is available for more adventurous romantics who want to get up close and personal with Botswana’s magnificent wildlife.

Affordably priced accommodation is available throughout the area, including camping and chalets. The Sitatunga Camp is an affordable destination for newlyweds, costing less than R1000 per night. The camp offers activities including helicopter rides, day trips to the Okavango Delta, sunset cruises and horseback riding at nearby farms.

Zanzibar

This Indian Ocean island is located off the coast of Tanzania. Zanzibar is an ideal location for honeymooners that love the beach. Stone Town is a delight to explore, with its old colonial buildings and bustling markets. There are several guided walking excursions available and the famous Forodhani Gardens Food Market is a must-see at night. 

With its pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, the island is regarded as one of the best places to spend a honeymoon. And which newlyweds wouldn’t want a magnificent beach destination for their honeymoon, but at a far more affordable price than the Maldives or Mauritius. Zanzibar is the hidden gem of island getaways off the coast of Africa.

These destinations are incredibly diverse and different from one another. They each have their unique charm and offer their own experiences for newly married couples. For more information on booking a honeymoon in Africa, get in touch with African Budget Safaris.

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Written by Taryn Hill

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