The Best Honeymoon Destination in Africa – For All Budgets

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Best Honeymoon Destinations: Africa Edition!

When I backpacked East Africa for 3 months with my best friend,  Jordan, it was a common occurrence for one of us to turn to the other and say, ” Wow, this place would be perfect for a honeymoon.”

We would joke how we wish we were here with a significant other instead, so we could fully appreciate these romantic beach honeymoon destinations.

We still had our fun and found ways to show our platonic love in these beautiful African destinations. Pictured below is us in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Don’t we look happy?!

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We both vowed that once we found our forever partners, we would return to Africa for our honeymoons.

Why should you have a honeymoon in Africa?

1)  There are stunning locations,

2) that aren’t overcrowded by tours,

3) and once-in-a-lifetime adventure activities.

4) Also, you can earn some street cred and travel somewhere more adventurous.

5) Plus, Africa is huge, so you are bound to find something that tickles your fancy.

Although it’s too early to plan my honeymoon, it never hurts to know where I could potentially go with my future partner.

I decided to ask 12 other bloggers:

“What are the best honeymoon destinations in Africa?”

and compiled all their answers in this post!

Whether you are currently researching your honeymoon, or you are like me and just preparing yourself for when the time comes, here’s a

Guide to the Top Honeymoon Destinations in Africa

 

Note: The budgets included for each location can vary drastically, depending on if you want a cheap versus a luxury experience.  The budgets in this guide are estimates for midrange to high-end accommodations, to provide a comfortable, and honeymoon-like experience. If I recommend a hotel in this guide, then it is incorporated into the estimated budget for that destination.

This post highlights the best honeymoon destinations in Africa. If you want more country-specific details, I recommend purchasing a Lonely Planet guidebook.

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 Off The Beaten Path Honeymoon Destinations in Africa

Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique

Perfect for: Couples who want an under-the-radar & remote island paradise

Best Time To Visit: May to April

When rainfall and temperatures are lower.

Estimated Budget for 2 people: $1000 for 4 nights

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Quirimbas archipelago is one of the top honeymoon destinations in Africa, because of it’s beautiful, untouched islands.

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The Quirimbas archipelago is not easy to get to, but it is the perfect location for a honeymoon if you want to get off the beaten track. You can base yourself on Ibo island, where there are only a few different hotels. All the hotels are admirable, but they range from more budget-friendly, $80 a night, to ultra-luxury $800 a night.

Recommended hotel: Mwani House

When I visited Ibo island in 2018, this hotel just finished construction but was closed to the public. Jordan and I invited ourselves to check out the property. It was gorgeous with a pristine design and beach facing bungalows. The rooms, pictured below, aren’t even that expensive (less than $300 a night). 

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Recommend hotel for budget: Miti Miwiri

This hotel provides excellent value since rooms are ~$80. The owner has an interesting story. He originally came to Ibo islands years ago before there were any hotels. Ask him what made him stay.

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The main activity is an overnight camping or glamping excursion to the other remote islands.  An example of a trip:  Taking a catamaran or dhow to the different islands, having one of the local fishermen catch a fresh octopus and cook it over a fire for lunch, and then camping under the brightest stars. The next day you can enjoy the beach, which is essentially private since this area receives very few tourists.

Visiting Matemo Island is a must since it is the MOST BEAUTIFUL beach I’ve ever been to, and it feels like a private oasis. The beaches are as beautiful as the Maldives, but it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to visit.

Other activites include kayaking or diving.

Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Madagascar

Perfect for: Outdoor adventure lovers

Best Time To Visit: April – December

During the dry season

Estimated Budget for 2 people: $1000 for a 5-day guided tour

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Joss writes about sustainable travel for adventurous families at Little Green Globetrotter

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Traveling through Madagascar is excellent for adventurous newlyweds. 

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Madagascar has to be one of the best honeymoon destinations in Africa. My husband and I spent the month of October (this is towards the end of the dry season and a great time to visit) hiking in Madagascar’s National Parks for our honeymoon and were struck by just how varied the landscapes are across this island nation. Every park offers something different, but for us, the highlight was the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park.

The 10-hour bumpy drive and river crossing to get there is an adventure in itself! The photogenic Avenue of Baobabs is en route, and newlyweds must stop for a photo at the ‘Lovers Baobab,’ so named because of the two entwined trunks.

The park itself is spectacular, and I highly recommend the Broadway Route in the Grand Tsingy park, which will take you atop the limestone tsingy, through caves, across suspension bridges, and amidst the rainforest, where you are likely to see several species of lemurs, chameleons, geckos and more.

Three days here is a minimum (one for the Petit Tsingy, one for the Grand Tsingy and one for a relaxing and historically insightful trip on the Manambolo River), and you’ll find a range of accommodation options for different budgets. Adventurous newlyweds also won’t want to miss the extraordinary biodiversity of Ranamofana National Park. For those that want a beach fix, the pristine waters and white sand of île Sainte Marie will surely hit the spot! 

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Kesi To and Fro note: I am definitely adding Madagascar to my bucketlist. I love finding unique places, like Grand Tsingy pictured here.

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Seychelles

Perfect for: Couples who want something totally unique with a lot of activity choices.

Best Time To Visit: April – November 

Estimated Budget for 2 People: $1400 for 4 days

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Celebrities and royal families frequent the Seychelles for a honeymoon. 

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As an island cluster off the east coast of Africa, Seychelles is extremely popular as a honeymoon destination.  Celebrities and royalty like Prince William and Kate Middleton and Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston honeymooned in Seychelles.

Part of the reason is the ease of travel, as flights arrive directly from Dubai and Qatar.  Part of it is the uniqueness of hotels in Seychelles; there are not islands upon islands of cookie-cutter luxury resorts here.  But the biggest reason to visit Seychelles for your honeymoon is that it has some of the best beaches in the world.

National Geographic calls Anse Source d’Argent on La Digue island one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, though I found beaches beautiful enough to rival Anse Source d’Argent everywhere I went.

Honeymooners can choose from a wide variety of hotels: five-star resort to self-catering.  Seychelles is also great for hiking and endemic species such as the giant tortoise.  Octopus curry is the national dish, and seafood is on the menu everywhere.  There is a rum distillery and several marine parks.  You can be as active as you want, or you can lounge on some genuinely perfect beaches!

Benguerra Island, Mozambique

Perfect for: Couples who want a full-service luxury experience that’s off-the-beaten path

Best Time To Visit: May – November 

During the dry season, while the weather isn’t too hot

Estimated Budget: $5600 for 3 days at an all-inclusive resort

Includes all meal, drinks, activities, and other even a “butler” who’s with you for the duration of your stay.  

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This is the second time Mozambique is mentioned. Is Mozambique the future hotspot for honeymoons in Africa? 

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Mozambique, which neighbors South Africa, may not be on the radar for many honeymooners. But the islands off the coast of Vilankulos are the perfect way to bookend an adventurous safari trip or as a standalone option for travelers looking to relax.

Benguerra Island is the second-largest island in the archipelago and where you’ll find both luxury accommodations and a diverse range of excursions no matter what kind of honeymoon you’re after.

You can snorkel or dive in the beautiful surrounding reefs. Situated within the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, the waters are teeming with marine life. If you’re lucky, you may spot a dugong, a marine mammal in the manatee family. They’re rare but don’t migrate, so there’s no time of year that’s better or worse for dugong spotting. 

Additional excursions include indulging in the delicious food and cocktails inside the resort cabanas, island hopping to the nearby dunes, deep-sea fishing, visiting the local village, and taking sunset cruises on a dhow, which is a long wooden boat used by the locals for fishing.

Your resort will be able to arrange any excursion you’re interested in, even if it’s just romantic dinners on the beach. Resort options on the island include the Benguerra Island Lodge, Azura Benguerra Island, and &Beyond, the newest complex.

To get to Benguerra Island, you’ll need to fly into Vilanculos Airport, on the mainland of Mozambique. From there, you’ll need to arrange either boat or helicopter transfer to Benguerra Island; the option you choose will largely depend on your budget, as a boat transfer is a more economical choice.

Safari Honeymoons in Africa

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

Perfect for: Couples who love authentic and ethical wildlife adventures

Best Time To Visit: December – February or June -September

But can be done year-round

Estimated Budget: $3500 for 4 days

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Q: Why is Bwindi one of the best honeymoon destinations in East Africa?

A: Two words. Gorilla Trekking.

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Making a long, arduous, and uncomfortable journey deep into something called the Impenetrable Forest (also known as the Place of Darkness) doesn’t really sound like the ideal honeymoon at first. And yet, most people who do it describe it simply as “life-changing”. It’s a surprisingly powerful and moving experience, sure to deepen your bond with your partner.

People don’t come to Bwindi for a relaxing vacation or nightlife. There is one primary thing to do in Bwindi: gorilla trekking.

Trekking means following the tracks left by families of mountain gorillas, and hiking for hours until you find them. When (if) you find them, you stay there for only one hour. That is because of strict regulations protecting the gorillas. Bwindi and the nearby Virunga range are the only two places in the world that mountain gorillas live. They do not survive in captivity.

That’s largely why gorilla trekking is actually one of the most ethical animal tourism experiences you can have. It is extremely carefully managed by the governments, it is limited to very few people each day, and the funds go directly to conservation efforts and protections for local communities.

It’s an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience, and a unique way to start your future together.

Recommended hotel: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

This is ranked as the #1 hotel on Tripadvisor in Bwindi National Park. This lodge is situated in the clouds, with the most tremendous view. After gorilla trekking, this is the place to pamper yourself. 

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Kruger National Park, South Africa

Perfect for: Newlyweds fascinated by wildlife and want a honeymoon in the lap of luxury, with a side of adventure!

Best Time To Visit:  Winter – June to August

It’s still warm during the day with refreshingly cool nights. Also in winter, the animal concentrations are at their highest, so its best for game-viewing. You can also visit in the ‘green season’ of November to February but it will be very hot and humid.

Estimated Budget for 2 people: $1400 for a 4-day safari

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*Find more posts by James at  The Travel Scribes, a mid-thirties traveller who loves itineraries, photography and all things social.

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Kruger National Park is one of the top honeymoon destinations in South Africa because it caters to different budgets, and you can witness the “Big 5.”

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What better way to celebrate your nuptials than spending your nights in absolute opulence and your early mornings watching the sunrise over the South African plains with giraffes and zebras feeding right before you? There’s no doubt that an African safari honeymoon is great, and there is no more famous location than the Kruger National Park. 

If ticking off the Big 5 – buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino – from your bucket list is your thing, the ‘Kruger’ is the ideal way to spend your post-wedding week. One of the world’s largest national parks stretching nearly 20,000 square kilometers, the Kruger is a veritable feast for the eyes as you can see some of the globe’s most beautiful mammals, birds, and reptiles in the oldest conversation area in Africa.

It’s the perfect location for a romantic getaway as the area offers everything from budget-friendly boutique resorts to expensive luxury lodges complete with candlelit cuisine, private walking safaris, and almost unrivaled indulgence. No matter your budget, the Kruger National Park is an unforgettable honeymoon spot in Africa.

Spectacular Honeymoon Excursions in Africa

Hot Air Ballooning

Sossusvlei, Namibia

Perfect for: For the adventurous, luxury honeymooner

Best Time To Visit: All year

(It is closed from mid-Jan to mid-Feb)

Estimated Budget for 2 people: $1000

 (includes transfer, hot air balloon ride and champagne breakfast)

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Looking down on one of the most beautiful pieces of nature brought to us by Mother Earth. 

The moment the hot air balloon leaves the ground, it’s like you’re leaving a lesser part of the paradise you’ve been enjoying so far while being in Sossusvlei, Namibia. Immense rusty sand dunes with twisting ridges, laying beneath you like slain dragons.

The higher the balloon takes you, the more you realize pure heaven is above us all, up there in the Namibian sky. The views turn from amazing towards spectacular while slowly ascending—your personalized stairway to heaven.  No wait, more like an escalator to heaven! It’s so smooth.

Once you’re fully up in The Namibian sky, you no longer only get overwhelmed by the beauty of Namibian nature, but you’ll get utterly flabbergasted. Looking down on what is probably one of the most beautiful pieces of nature brought to us by Mother Earth. It humbles you while at the same time, a sheer moment of happiness turns the biggest of smiles on your face—emotion overflow, without exaggerating one bit. 

And what better way to celebrate admiring this beauty than with a glass of champagne? Your trip ends with a champagne breakfast in nature’s largest and most beautiful restaurant: right among the Sossusvlei sand dunes!

Volcano Trekking

Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

Perfect for: Thrill-seeker couples who want to partake in a one of a kind experience

Best Time To Visit: December to Mid-March or Mid-June to September

(It is closed from mid-Jan to mid-Feb)

Estimated Budget for 2 people: $850

 (includes cook, park permits, porter, warm weather gear, camping facility)

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The Democratic Republic of Congo typically does not show up as a honeymoon destination. But if you are looking for an active, uncommon, and adventurous honeymoon, then the DRC is perfect.  At the summit of the Nyiragongo volcano is the largest lava lake in the world. I’ve seen many volcanos throughout my travels, and Nyiragongo is on a whole other level. Volcano trekking in the DRC is one of the top two things I’ve ever done in my life. Gorilla trekking is the other activity in my Top Two list, and you can enjoy both of these experiences in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

To read the guide for hiking the Nyiragongo volcano click here

Stellenbosch Winelands, South Africa

Perfect for: Foodies & oenophiles (wine lovers), and adventurous couples that enjoy luxury

Best Time To Visit: February or March 

Great weather and you miss the December and Easter holiday crowds

Estimated Budget for 2 people: $200-$300 per day

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Stellenbosch Winelands is one of the best honeymoon destinations in South Africa, especially for food and wine lovers.

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The spectacular Winelands around Stellenbosch in South Africa is a world-class destination for honeymooners. The Winelands offer a vast variety of suited activities, world-famous for food and wine with adventures ranging from hiking, mountain biking to scuba diving, and parasailing, and of course, go to a game park to see the famous African Big 5 for the day.

The main activity here is wine tasting around Stellenbosch, driving between wine farms, tasting the award-winning wines. Combining this with an outstanding culinary experience is popular. The wine estates around Franschhoek and Stellenbosch have several world-renowned fine dining restaurants with accomplished international chefs and some of the most spectacular views in the world. The accommodation on the wine farms ranges from friendly guest houses to exclusive 5-star luxury hotel spas. Cape Town, Table Mountain, and the famous V&A Waterfront are only a quick drive away.

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Lamu Island, Kenya

Perfect for: Couples who want to experience Swahili culture and “ball out” on a budget.

Best Time To Visit: July to September

The dry season

Estimated Budget for 2 people: $1000 for 4 days

This is a very high budget for Lamu and includes staying at the recommended eco-hotel, Kizingo.  You can easily spend less

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Note from Kesi To and Fro: Jordan and I visited Lamu Island and realized it was a perfect, affordable honeymoon destination in Africa. We snuck some photos at this gorgeous-beach front villa. To my future husband, be warned, I love Lamu.

Lamu Island is influenced by both African and Arab cultures, which is seen in the cuisine.

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With the best beaches in Kenya, medieval stone towns of narrow streets, world-class villas, delicious local cuisine with a blend of African and Arabic cooking,   Lamu archipelago has a vibe that’s both chic and bohemian.

You can visit the Lamu town, a world heritage site. If you like adventures, you can go snorkeling in the coral reef that surrounds the Kiwayu Island,  swim with dolphins, sail down the Kenyan coast in traditional dhows, and a lot more.

As far as honeymoon destinations are concerned, Lamu is the kind of place that’s got everything you could ask for. And if you are on a budget, you can easily visit Lamu without burning a hole in your pocket.  Although, if you want to splurge, there are luxury hotels and high-end restaurants to do so. The best time to visit is from July to September when it’s the dry season. Lamu is not very expensive. A dinner for two can cost around $12, and you can choose various accommodations based on your budget. I would say $200-300 USD for 3-4 nights is a reasonable estimate for Lamu, if you aren’t staying in the ultra-luxury hotels. 

Recommended hotel: Kizingo

Kizingo is an eco beach resort. It’s more expensive than most places on Lamu, but it is highly reviewed. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the price. This is the place to stay if you want to be disconnected and detox from your phone and become one with nature. The service here is impeccable.

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Mauritius 

Perfect for: couples who want to spend quality time with each other in a paradise surrounded by white sand beaches, turquoise seas, and palm trees

Best Time To Visit: May to December

The weather is cool, dry, and sunny. Avoid the monsoon season (January to March) as Mauritius is prone to cyclones. 

Estimated Budget for 2 People: $700 for 4 days

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Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius’. By Mark Twain

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Mauritius is blessed with pristine white sand beaches, turquoise blue waters, and an abundance of natural beauty. With a laidback ambiance amidst the picturesque surroundings, Mauritius makes an ideal choice for newlywed couples.

Whether you like to watch the sunset at the beach or take part in adventurous activities with your better-half, Mauritius never ceases to amaze you. Mauritius offers a ton of activities like scuba diving, paragliding, whale watching, submarine rides, walking with Lions at the Casella Nature Park, and many more. After the hustle-and-bustle of your wedding, a calm and relaxing holiday on this island will add spark to your relationship.

Enjoy each other’s company while tasting some fresh seafood dishes. Mauritian cuisines are best known for their seafood dishes but they have a lot of things to offer for vegetarians as well. Mauritian cuisines are heavily influenced by the Chinese, European and Indian flavors. My favorites were Dholl puri and spicy King prawn Rougaille.

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Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

Perfect for: Couples who want a Santorini, Greece experience without the massive crowds.

Best Time To Visit: March to June or October to December

Estimated Budget for 2 People: $800 for 4 days

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If you’re looking for a dreamy African beach honeymoon away from crowds, Sidi Bou Said is a simply stunning whitewashed Mediterranean village in Northern Tunisia. The white-and-blue color theme is reminiscent of a Greek island, but the lush Tunisian interiors turn the beauty up to eleven. You can enjoy walking the town’s streets, enjoy the village’s fabulous seafood restaurants overlooking the water, and soak up the atmosphere at the sidewalk cafes. For culture and history, you can spend time in nearby Carthage, the ancient Carthaginian and Roman ruins. Nearby is also the stunning French St. Louis Cathedral.

You can enjoy Tunisia’s beaches during the day as well since Sidi Bou Said is right on the water.

I suggest you spend four or five days here before moving on to Tunis or Sousse. Alternatively, you can enjoy ten days here if you want to really spend time soaking up the sun and relaxing.

Tunisia is a great budget destination. Your accommodations will determine your overall budget. You can easily visit on $75 a day per person with some luxury, but for a honeymoon, you might want to increase your budget.

Tunisia is beautiful year-round, but it does get too cold in winter to enjoy the beach.

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Perfect for: Honeymooners on a budget who want to explore more cultural nuances of a destination.

Best Time To Visit: June – October

Estimated Budget for 2 People: $600 for 4 days

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Note from Kesi To and Fro: Just me and my fake lover, enjoying our favorite beach in Zanzibar, Kendwa Beach. 

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Clear waters of the Indian Ocean surround the small island of Zanzibar, a 2 hours ferry ride off the coast of Tanzania. Zanzibar has seen it all, from the sheiks of Oman and their lasting legacy to a somber history of the slave trade, followed by a series of colonial powers from Europe.

The first place you’ll see is Stonetown, which is beautiful chaos. Wake up early to roam around the dingy old lanes of Stonetown, and explore the iconic Zanzibari doors. Swahili, Arabic, Indian, and even Chinese traders inspired the doors. You can make a day trip to the nearby Prison Island, and meet old tortoises. Try to book a stay with the Dhow Palace Zanzibar during your stay at Stonetown.

On a stark contrast to Stonetown, Uroa and Jambiani beaches on the east coast of Zanzibar are serene. There are a few local fishing villages in the distance, and resorts that sprung up in recent times. There is also a unique tidal system. During low tide, you can walk as far as 2 KM on the sea bed, while at night, the ocean comes almost to your doorstep! A dhow boat cruise during sunrise is an essential part of a trip to Zanzibar, so is eating Zanzibari pizza.

Make it a point to visit the Kendwa rock beach for one sunset! The beach is one of its kind in entire Africa!

Recommended Restaurant: The Rock Restaurant

If you want a beautiful view while dining in a unique building, then visit the Rock Restaurant. Depending on the tides, you can either walk, swim or take a boat to the restaurant. This restaurant is more expensive than others on Zanzibar, but worth it for the scenery and experience.

And yes, that is me and Jordan, enjoying a romantic meal at The Rock. 

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Merzouga Desert, Morocco

Perfect for: Couples that enjoy camping under the stars.

Best Time To Visit: October – February

Estimated Budget for 2 people: $500 for 3 nights

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Merzouga in Morocco is a fantastic destination for all types of honeymooners who are looking for a mix of adventure and romance. Camel trekking on the vast dunes, watching the most incredible Sahara sunset, singing songs next at the Berber camp, camping underneath the brightly shining stars, and spending the night in a desert camp are just a few of the highlights on any trip.

For a perfect honeymoon, we recommend staying in Merzouga for at least three nights. Book one night in a desert camp (there are also luxury options), and the other two nights spoil yourself with an awesome desert hotel. The best time to go there is in autumn, winter, or spring. Avoid summer; it will definitely be too hot. The budget can be variable, depending on your needs. But at least you should calculate with 80 Euro per night.

  Best Honeymoon Destinations in Africa Conclusion

Africa has a lot to offer, from safaris to pristine beaches to Meditteranean vibes. I hope after reading this article, you are inspired to have a honeymoon in Africa.

Now that you have gone through this epic list, where in Africa do you want to have your honeymoon? Leave a comment below!

Want to learn more about traveling in Africa? This post shares 15 different travel blogger’s favorite country in Africa.

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