A luxury safari is number one on the travel list for many newly wedded couples. Waking up to the sounds of the bush and seeing some of the animal kingdom’s largest predators roaming freely beside you is a once in a lifetime experience. So you’ll be pleased to hear you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to five star boutique safari lodges in the South African national parks.
Bush Lodge at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
The Bush Lodge in South Africa has been at the renowned Sabi Sabi game reserve for decades, but if you are looking for something new on the honeymoon scene, you’ll be pleased to hear that two brand new luxury villas have just been unveiled.
Think five star boutique but with the au naturel vibe that safari-loving couples are looking for on their honeymoon. So you’ll open your lodge door to find innovative raw grass wallpaper, leadwood sculptures and twinkling chandeliers made from salvaged sticks.
Expert safari guides are here to take you on both day and night safaris into the wild African bushveld of Kruger National Park where your chances of spotting the Big Five are high.
On your return to your lodge, you can spot game from the large decking area, sink into his and hers bath tubs or enjoy a traditional ‘boma’ dinner, which is officially heralded with the traditional kudu horn. Turn down service, and special touches for honeymooners are also available and they recommend the Mandleve Suite for something extra special.
Earth Lodge at Sabi Sabi Game Reserve
Also in the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, the Earth Lodge is considered one of the most environmentally sensitive lodges in Africa and is perhaps the one which will most put you most in touch with nature.
Choose from 13 opulent cave-like suites that have been cleverly sculptured into the earth and offer the perfect location for stargazing.
The tones in the rooms are neutral and calming, with enchanting African sculptures and huge windows that offer views from your bathtub out into the bush.
Sabi Sabi offers various services to make sure your honeymoon has that special touch too. So whether it’s a romantic dinner beside a watering hole, a candlelit dinner in your suite, or a visit to the indulgent Amani Spa at Earth Lodge, there’s romance aplenty for newlyweds to enjoy.
The Tree Houses at Lion Sands
You may have read about Chalkley’s Treehouse on Oh So London in 8 Amazing Places to Sleep in the World. It’s so special, it’s definitely up there in best honeymoon safaris.
Lion Sands has four lodges in total and if sleeping under the stars sounds like your dream come true, you can choose to spend one night in one of their three very special tree houses. They’re all perfectly safe and come with shower facilities and the luxury you’re looking for, yet as they’re open to the elements, they put you that little bit closer to nature than the lodges do.
Choose from the Kingston Treehouse accessed by a charming drawbridge and home to Africology products; the Tinyeleti Treehouse (best for sunsets and stargazing) and the most close to nature of them all (and my personal favourite) Chalkley’s Treehouse.
For wildlife roaming free beside you, spectacular sunsets and unforgettable romantic touches, your honeymoon doesn’t get much more special than this…
Until next time x
Are you going on honeymoon soon or have you been on a spectacular safari? If so, do share your stories and inspiration in the comments below.