Post # 1
My finance and I would like to have an africa honeymoon next year. Preferably one week of honeymoon beachy luxury and then 2 weeks of roughing it adventure. We want to see lots of animals and local culture and avoid the tourist traps and. Heavily westernly influences parts of things while still remaining safe. We’d like to mostly have free independent reign because we hate tour groups and being hemmed in to schedules but a day or two of safari would be cool just to guarantee we see some animals and are safe. Some of the countries we’ve been looking at are: Namibia, madagascar, botswana, malai, unganda, zambia and perhaps seychelles islands for some beachyness. I’m open though and want to hear peoples perspectives and what is most cost effective and how much we should plan to save bare min (excluding tickets which we have a rough idea of).
Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all who can help!
Post # 3
We are thinking about going to Mombasa. Have you looked into Kenya?
Post # 4
I’ve looked into something like this a little, changed my mind about it for other reasons. But I found a group called “Rafiki Adventure Safari” that looked pretty cool. Never got too far into planning though. Just looking, a 4 day Kenyan Luxary Safari is about $1000/person.
Post # 5
If you want to keep it cheap, I would avoid Namibia if I were you. I did some fieldwork there a few years ago, and it is a really expensive country compared to neighboring African countries (like Botswana). Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the country while I was there, but it is Not. Cheap. Also, it was hard for us to find any kind of food or culture that was not heavily influenced by Europeans.
Have you thought about going to NW Africa instead of the southern part of the continent? I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana (the southern end of the country), and I absolutely loved where I was. It is really cheap (you can live on $20/month and be good to go), there is a lot of culture, there are beaches, and there is rainforest. Maybe something worth checking out…. Have fun!
Post # 6
I would check out Botswana and Zanzibar (for the beach-y party). A lot of people we met on our honeymoon in Southern Africa had been to those two areas and they seemed to be less expensive.
Post # 7
Check out Zanzibar or the coast of kenya for beachiness. I spent some time in Uganda and the people I lived with loved Lamu- its on the coast in kenya, not terribly touristy and very cheap. I’ve been to South Africa, kenya and Uganda. I absolutely love Uganda- I worked at a clinic there so I’ve spent a few months there but didn’t do a lot of touristy things there. If you go there, even though its expensive, you should definetly go gorilla trekking- its amazing. And if you do, PM me or something and I can get you some info on some people who work with pygmies- you can help build a mud hut or just learn about the pygmies and its pretty remote and probably not touristy. The clinic I worked at is actually at the entrance to the forest. Uganda is a beautiful country with great white water rafting and some beautiful mountains. However, its not stereotypical “Africa”. if you’re thinking safari, like Lion king style, Kenya is probably where you’ll get the most bang for your buck. Safari in the masai mara was AMAZING! You are definately not the only person there, but still, the animals were incredible. And you can find some very budget friendly safaris that you can even set up when you get there. I liked SOuth Africa too. its very easy to travel around. However, very easy travel also means very touristy. As for safety- I felt very comfortable travelling around africa not with tourists groups. yes, I stuck out. Yes, people were constantly bugging me for money. But, being outside of tourists groups also let me meet lots of people who lived there who truly just wanted to tlak with someone new. I found most everyone to be very friendly and helpful as long as you treated them with respect. its all a matter of being aware of your surroundings. Have fun- I wish we’d had the time to do that for our honeymoon. I still have a dream of renting a land rover with a tent on the top and hitting the open road.
Post # 8
I spent some time in Tanzania a few years ago and I would highly recommend it. You can do the beach in Zanzibar, but also safari for chap! Arusha is one of the big safari hubs in East Africa. Its a beautiful place!