By Olga Reznikova
Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to spend in excess to have a good time. This is why we have taken our time to find you some of the best honeymoon destinations in Africa at budget prices. If you are searching for cheap and best honeymoon destinations in the African region, then you have come to the right place. Time to pick up your bridal box and head for the time of your life.
- Mara Leisure Camp, Kenya
This all-inclusive, luxurious camp is a great location for honeymooners on a budget. Located within the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, along the Talek River, this spot is a hidden gem for safari lovers. Being in the game reserve makes it easy for guests to go wildlife spotting on a whim. Visitors are invited on daily wildlife drives to see, lions, elephants, leopards, Cape buffalo and rhinoceros. Guests also get to meet with the famed Maasai community.
A 5-hour drive from Nairobi, the camp is also a 40-minute drive from the Keekorok Airstrip and the OlKiombo Airstrip. The best time to visit is from late June to October during the dry season. Price per couple at the camp is around $250 per night, all-inclusive.
- KnysnaGarden Route, South Africa
This quaint town offers picturesque landscapes of green mountains, which contrast with the sparkling waters of the rivers, ocean and lagoon. Knysna offers a great getaway for honeymooners with its warm beaches, nature trails and world-class golf courses
Guests can stay at the Under Milkwood Resort and enjoy a chalet with their own sun deck for $112 a night. September to October in the spring when it is moderately dry with perfect temperatures is the best time of the year to visit Garden Route.
- Etosha National Park, Namibia
Some of the best tropical honeymoon destinations can be found in Africa. The park is perfect for game viewing, and visitors to the area can expect to see many elephants, giraffes, rhinos, buck species, lions, and even leopards and cheetahs. Guests can also visit various floodlit waterholes where night game viewing is popular.
Guests to Etosha Park can opt to stay at the Toshari Lodge, 25 km south of the Anderson Gate into Etosha National Park and enjoy an outdoor pool and lush garden that is home to many birds. The best time to visit is May to September, being the cooler months in Namibia.
4. Zanzibar, Tanzania
Consisting of many small islands and two large ones, the Unguja and Pemba Island, Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania. It is situated 25–50 kilometres off the coast of the Tanzanian mainland, in the Indian Ocean.
Guests can visit the Jozani Forest Reserve, which is home to the Aders’ duiker and the rare Kirk’s red colobus monkey. There are also endless beaches for swimming, snorkelling, like on the private island of Mnemba which has an abundance of marine diversity. There is so much to explore in Zanzibar.
With lots of options for accommodation in the area, guests can choose to stay at the Spice Palace Hotel, a 4 – star hotel in Stone Town with an outdoor pool and sun terrace for $65 a night. The best times to visit Zanzibar are in the hot and dry months from December to February, and also June to October in the dry months of spring.
- Sal Island, Cape Verde
Located in Cape Verde, a volcanic archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa, Sal is an absolutely beautiful and picturesque island town. Popularly described as a beach lover’s paradise, it is a fabulous choice for a honeymoon with its numerous beaches of clear azure waters, morna music and rich Creole Portuguese-African culture. This spectacular island is alive all day and all night, and is one of the best honeymoon destinations in Africa.
Some lovely places to stay include, Hotel Tropical at $98 in Santa Maria, where guests can enjoy modern rooms with private patios and a lovely pool. The best time to visit is between October and June when it is windy, dry and with more pleasant temperatures than the hot rainy months.
- Hurghada, Egypt
A long stretch of sandy beach lined with lovely hotels, Hurghada is a famous beach resort town that lies along the Red Sea coast of Egypt. With its awesome marine life, this location is famous for scuba diving and other water activities.
Some lovely places to stay here include the Marlin Inn Azur Resort located along the beach in the Al Mamsha El Seyahi district at $79 a night. The best times to visit are April to June and September to November when the weather is at its best.
Finding the best honeymoon destinations on a budget in Africa might not be as difficult as imagined. There is a lot on offer with endless activities to boot. The right temperatures and absolutely magnificent views, Africa has a lot to offer the couple looking to get away, have fun and relax on their honeymoon.
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