For animal lovers from around the world, African safaris are the ultimate experience. With a deep colonial tradition of comfort in the wilderness, you can choose from rustic to decadent as you tour this region’s national parks and private game reserves on a search to set your gaze (and your camera!) on the big five: lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalo.
Where to Go: Many honeymooners choose to add on a few days in the cool, urban city of Cape Town and the nearby wine country as a complement to the days in the remote african bush. Don’t leave without riding the cableway at Table Mountain, walking on the beach and shopping at the Pan-African market for crafts and mementos.
Where to Explore: Sign up for the Mount Nelson Chef’s Table experience, and you’ll be seated inside the posh resort’s kitchen for a peek inside the every movement of a chef. So what will you learn to cook? The seasonal menu changes every day based on what’s fresh, which might include local game like wild bird or duck terrine as well as honey-glazed springbok (a local antelope). They have a vegan menu too, if your time in the bush put you off eating meat for a while.
Where to Stay: The colonial-style, pink-hued, circa 1899 Mount Nelson sits between Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean and offers easy access to the city sights. the hotel has a distinct grandeur about it, with the type of old-fashioned formalities that royalty (and honeymooners) have come to expect. Picture waking under a goose-down comforter, afternoon tea of finger sandwiches and scones on fine china, massages and rooibos-clay wraps at the Victorian-style spa, followed by sundowner cocktails by the fireplace (room rates start at $719 a night; mountnelson.co.za).
Photo Credit: Mount Nelson