Post # 1
My Fiance and I have decided we don’t want to go anywhere our friends have gone on their honeymoons, so we decided we are going on Safari in Africa! Everyone looks at us crosseyed when we tell them, but we are so excited about the out-of-the-box idea! Has anyone been so that we can get some pointers???
Post # 3
i haven’t been but i think that is awesome and you will have the greatest time. i’m jealous! my grandparents went on a safari (like 20 years ago so i don’t think they’d have much advice) but they always said it was the greatest trip they ever took, and these were people who spent their lives travelling all over the world. make sure to go to your doctor soon though and tell them about your plans…there are a couple of shots you will may need to get before you go, and don’t forget malaria medicine! vaccines sometimes need to be given over a course of a few months so don’t put that off too long.
Post # 4
That’s not crazy, that’s awesome! My FH and I chose St. Lucia because we wanted to go somewhere that noone else that we knew went.
Post # 5
That sounds awesome! I agree about getting the shots.
Post # 6
That should be amazing. We were looking at that as an option (we ended up going to Thailand) but for the places and time of year we wanted it would have been 25k+.
Definitely get a really good camera. My friends had their safari pictures made into a personal coffee table book they were so amazing.
For the shots and malaria meds-see if you can find a doctor that specializes in tropical medicine or a travel clinic. I had problems getting good information on my options.
Post # 7
OOh we’re doing the same thing!! We leave on 9/26. We’re staying at Singita Boulders in Kruger National Park:
And then we’re going to Mozambique for 6 days. I am INSANELY excited! As for vaccinations, Fiance and I got Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Tetanus, all of which were covered by insurance. We also got prescriptions for anti-malaria pills, which we have to take while we’re there. I thought the whole process of getting ready to go would be much more complicated that it actually was!
I would also check on the restrictions on luggage–we can only bring bags that weigh up to a certain amount and that are soft on all sides, so that they can fit properly into the small prop plans that take you out to the safari lodge.
I’m so excited to see another safari-goer 🙂 PM me if you have any questions!
Post # 8
I’m seriously jealous! I’ve been dying to go on safari since I was a kid. I don’t think it’s crazy at all for a honeymoon. Have fun!
Post # 9
I’ve been, and it’s awesome. Where in Africa are you planning to go?
Post # 10
@hilsy85: How did you plan your trip? Was this DIY or planned through a travel agent? We’re trying to figure out how to start planning out Safari Honeymoon, too. We’re even going to try out the honeymoon registries since a trip to Africa isn’t going to be easy on the pocketbook.
Post # 11
@KayMeiBee: We used a travel agent–going to Africa isn’t like going to Europe! I don’t know if we would have been able to book it on our own, because we have no familiarity whatsoever with Africa; plus, we needed to book several flights on prop planes to get us to and from the safari lodge, and it was just easier to have someone basically walk us through it .
We used Frosch Travel (http://www.froschvacations.com/) in conjunction with (http://www.wilderness-safaris.com/).
We’re staying at Singita Boulders in Sabi Sand Reserve, and then going to Victoria Falls for 2 days, and then going to Mozambique. I can’t wait!! Let me know if you have any other questions 🙂
Post # 12
How very awesome!!! Africa is the most amazing continent! I’ve only been on safari in Kenya but from all I’ve heard, it’s fairly representative of safari experiences across Africa.
First of all – vaccinations and medications – definitely. You will need a Yellow Fever vaccination and a certificate in your immunization book (your drs office or travel clinic should have that for you). You’ll also need Hep A, typhoid, tetanus, polio booster, diptheria booster, and they also recommend meningitis. For malaria pills, I recommend Malarone. Several of the pills have quite scary side effects but Malarone has had great reviews. I took it and had absolutely no side effects.
Second of all – advice on arranging the trip: I know it’s your honeymoon but you may want to look into small group adventures. I’ve done several tours around the world that have had couples on their honeymoons on them and they’ve always loved them. It’s kind of nice to have all the arrangements taken care of for you, knowing that you’re going to see all the important sights and not have to worry about safety or practicality. For ideas of great companies, try GAP adventures or Intrepid Travel. Reasonably priced, authentic experiences, and ecologically/culturally responsible companies.
Africa is so amazing and I am insanely jealous. I wanted to go back there with Fiance after our wedding but he is set on New Zealand (which I also have no objection to) so it looks like a return to Africa will have to come a bit later. Keep us all posted on what you decide to do! Happy planning!
Post # 13
Thanks for all the advice! I’ll definitely be checking out a travel agent… and looking into getting all those vaccines. It sounds like I’ll have some pretty sore arms for a while!
Post # 14
That’s amazing!! I’m so jealous!! That sounds like such an amazing trip! You are going to have so much fun!
Post # 15
You will have the most amazing experience ever! We are going to Egypt and people look at us crosseyed too.
Post # 16
Why do people look at you funny? That sounds amazing. My dad went last year and said the monkeys were mean. hehe.
My Fiance and I want to go Alaska. We havnt told anyone yet. I bet people will be surprised though. We both want to go there and we travel often. Were going to Hawaii in Nov so its not like Alaska is the only trip we get to take.