(Closed) african safari honeymoon

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I booked everything myself, but we did 5 days in Cape Town, then flew to Johannesburg.  From there, we rented a car and had a ~5 hour drive to our safari lodge.  We went to Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa (it’s on the border of Botswana) and stayed at Impodimo Lodge and it was absolutely wonderful.  The guides were great, food was always delicious, and we were pampered like royalty.  You don’t HAVE to book through a travel agency – I didn’t, and everything turned out just fine. 

 

If you don’t want to do the drive from JoBurg to Madikwe, they also charter flights daily from JoBurg airport to Madikwe – we didn’t mind driving and it saved a significant amount of money, but if you’re looking to splurge, I’d recommend flying directly to the park.  If you want any more info or have any other questions, feel free to PM me!

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

I’d love to hear any tips on this!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Part of our honeymoon was an African safari.  We chose South Africa because of ease of travel and it seemed a safer place to go at the time.  We went to two private lodges – Londolozi and Singita Lebombo.  Both were extremely luxurious and ridicously expensive (but worth it!).  Singita is known for having the best hotels in the world!  We had an amazing time overall.

AFterwards, we spent 4 days in Capetown! 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

I am leaving in two weeks for a 21 day trip back to South Africa where I grew up not for a honeymoon but for a trip with my partner. We are doing a 4 day safari in Madikwe (no Malaria) and staying at two lodges (Jaci’s Tree Lodge and Thakadu River Lodge). Thakadu is fancy camping… you stay in a “tent” that has glass sliding doors and a gorgeous bathroom. We are then going to Cape Town for 6 days and then Plettenberg Bay for a week. I have winery tours and all the amazing things you need to do in CT booked and if you’d like you can PM me and I’d be happy to share costs and our itinery with you. It’s pretty detailed! I’m pretty biased as I’m from South Africa but it the most amazing country and a once in a life time trip that you will never forget!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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Laurencw :  It’s cool to know that someone from SA is going to Madikwe!  So many people mention Kruger, but in my mind, there is no comparison – Madikwe is the better reserve!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Botswana and Zimbabwe are less crowded overall and offered more animal sightings. We didn’t book through a company, just rented an all terrain vehicle and arranged our own stays at various reserves. South Africa was too touristy for my tastes but it’s generally more accessible. I’ve been to Kenya several times but never on safari there. The upside for that location is you could add a side trip to neighboring Uganda to see the gorillas.

The glamping opportunities are present in any of those countries. You can’t go wrong with any high end lodge on a reserve.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

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dispup :  I’ve been Kruger but it’s my first time in Madikwe and I’m so excited to be seeing a new part of such a stunning country!

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Hi all, I am thinking about going to Kenya in August for my honeymoon and just wondering how much you are spending? 

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We did a 5 day Safari in Tanzania for our honeymoon in September followed by a week on the beach in Zanzibar. It was absolutely amazing! We would highly recommend it! We booked our Safari through Waterbuck Safaris and booked the Zanzibar portion ourselves.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

 Following to know avg pricing as well. Maybe not for honeymoon but for a future trip.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

This is the type of honeymoon that I would love to have too! Following 🙂

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’m getting married in September 2017 and we booked a safari honeymoon. We will be spending 5 days on safari in Tanzania and 5 days on the beach in Zanzibar. Everything (including international flights) was booked through Mahlatini Travel. We are staying in only lodges, no tents. I didn’t want to rough it on my honeymoon! I can’t give any feedback on the trip yet, but it was really great to work with Mahlatini. They created a completely custom itinerary based on our time frame, interests, and budget. Hope this helps! 

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