Africa Adventure Consultants offers expert ideas for a worry-free safari experience
No longer content merely lounging by a pool, couples are craving the exotic and memorable to start their married lives, according to Kent Redding, co-founder of Africa Adventure Consultants (AAC). Increasingly, that more adventurous take on the honeymoon involves an African safari – even for celebrity newlyweds like Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, who chose Tanzania for their post-nuptial getaway. Walking barefoot on a private white sand beach; sunset cruising in a native wooden moroko; tucking in for the night in a luxurious stilted treehouse; spotting lions from a motorboat safari on the Chobe River…An Africa safari honeymoon can be both wild and romantic. “You can still lounge by the pool,” assures Redding. “But why not make it a private plunge pool overlooking some of the world’s most famous wildlife viewing?”
An Africa safari honeymoon can be the adventure of a lifetime – and it can also be worry-free. The expert staff at Africa Adventure Consultants recommends these 10 tips for ensuring the smoothest of safari honeymoons:
- Pace yourself: While a safari is exciting, it can be quite exhausting with early wake-up calls to catch wildlife at its best and long game drives. Be sure to set aside one or two mornings or afternoons of relaxation to enjoy Africa’s quieter side. Arrange a couples massage under the African sky or sleep in and lounge by your private plunge pool while watching the wildlife come to you.
- Personalize: Work with your African safari travel planner to create some special-for-you romantic moments like a candlelit bush dinner.
- Indulge: The wedding is over. Let go of diet worries and enjoy the wonderful food and unique dining experiences. You’ve earned a treat.
- Pack appropriately: No need to lug everything and the kitchen sink. Most African camps have laundry service so you can pack lighter – and save room for those only-in-Africa souvenirs.
- Embrace privacy: Unless you’re planning to travel with friends and family, arrange a private tour. “A honeymoon isn’t the time for a group trip with strangers,” says Redding. “You want to set your own pace and tailor your experience to who you are as a couple.”
- Go wild: Add some real adventure to spice up your relaxation with a little drama – like shark cage diving or a horseback safari.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff: Leave any concerns in the capable hands of your camp manager, who is used to navigating the blips of traveling in Africa. Relax and enjoy the ride of being on Africa time.
- Hit the beach: Africa has an amazing variety of beaches. Splash in the surf on a secluded white sand beach – or take the opportunity to whale watch, visit penguins, snorkel or ride horses.
- Splurge: Budget enough to create the once-in-a-lifetime experience you envision. And if you need a little help, a growing trend has couples requesting money to help create special experiences in place of more traditional wedding gifts, often using online websites like honeyfund.com to point gift-givers in the right direction.
- Delegate the planning. You’ve done enough planning for your wedding. Let a specialized tour operator like Africa Adventure Consultants help you design and plan a just-right trip personalized to you. AAC’s experts have visited the destinations and can give you firsthand feedback to ensure a unique and romantic adventure.
Mixing adventure and romance is nothing new for AAC’s Redding, whose partner in founding AAC is wife Kelly McElroy. “We understand the potential of travel to provide profound connections and enduring memories,” says Redding. “Every couple’s dream honeymoon is unique. Couples can start with one of our five honeymoon tours or start from scratch, requesting a completely customized itinerary.”
Africa Adventure Consultants offers romantic-adventurous 8-to-11-day honeymoon tours around itineraries based in Victoria Falls/Botswana, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania. Details on all of the AAC honeymoon safaris are on the company website at www.adventuresinafrica.com.