Many couples head to an all inclusive resort or island getaway for their honeymoon, but some newlyweds want something different. A luxury safari camp offers a romantic experience that is guaranteed to become a once in a lifetime memory. Creating memories is the whole goal of a honeymoon, right?
Choosing the right safari camp can be crucial to your overall experience. You want luxury and pampering, but you also want an authentic look at the nature and wildlife. There are so many options, and it can be difficult to choose one. Here are five of our favorite luxury safari camps that are ideal for honeymooners.
One of Norman Carr Safari’s most luxurious locations was designed by award winning architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carsten. Chinzombo was awarded best new luxury safari resort in 2015. Guests arrive in the camp by boat and are greeted with refreshing cold towels and a signature beverage.
The decor can best be described as a cross between Restoration Hardware and classic safari antiques. A large open gathering tent where meals are served is equipped with lounges, chair swings, fire pits, and a classic bar that will make anyone want pull up a chair and order a scotch. Chinzombo has six luxury villas. All are equipped with a plunge pool and private patio overlooking the river.
Guest arrive at this South African lodge via a private air strip. Singita pampers its visitors beyond belief. From the moment you get off the plane, Singita is there to make sure every second is unforgettable. The camp features luxury accommodations and exceptional service. World class wine and food are served in abundance, and your every need is catered to. Each of the seven “birds nests” suites are perched in the trees overlooking the private game reserve. Each nest includes two beds. One is inside and one is out, so you can sleep under the stars and listen the hippos while staying under a draped mosquito net. You can also see elephants and giraffes from your outdoor bed during the day, or you could spend the afternoon at the spa or pool.
Sher Bagh defines off the beaten path luxury. This Indian resort's 12 luxury hand stitched canvas tents provide all the style of the 1920’s safari camps of the rajas. Each of the private verandas offer amazing views and a high level of comfort. In addition to the daily safaris, Sher Bagh offers cooking classes that help guests learn the basics of indian cuisine. The resort has a full service day spa, a lounge and a library bar.
Royal Malewane is a safari resort with its own private air strip in South Africa's Kruger National Park. Like Singita Lebombo, Royal Malewane is on a private reserve, so you will have the entire area to yourself. Royal Malewane has been named one of the best modern luxury safari camps in the world. It provides all the modern amenities of a five star hotel, but also gives guests the experience of a traditional safari camp. Malewane has a full service spa with a heated lap pool, traditional hot and cold baths, steam rooms, and small casitas which are used for treatment rooms.
The Retreat is the place for you if you like long game drives and an adventurous safari experience. The Retreat is located in one of the wildest game reserves in Africa, Tanzania's Selous Preserve. There are 12 private tented suites here. Each has a private viewing deck so you can watch the wildlife roam by while sipping your morning cup of coffee. The Retreat also has a “love nest.” This is a tree house room overlooking the watering hole where wildlife comes to drink.
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