Under an African HONEY -Moon
Few places in the world are as evocative and romantic for a honeymoon as Africa... And here are a few special honeymoon offers to tempt you!
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Few places in the world are as evocative and romantic for a honeymoon as Africa. From the muted colours of dawn to the bright blue skies and baking sunshine of the day – to breath-taking oranges and red of sunset, only to be replaced by pitch black night skies twinkling with bright stars and the Milky Way. Add to this sensory mix fresh air, the captivating sounds and smells of the bush, birdsong and beautiful scenery that ranges from endless sandy beaches to mountains, from plains dotted with wildlife to lush Winelands - not to mention tiny rural villages to cities like Cape Town, oozing culture, history and warm hospitality. The perfect escape – under an African (honey)moon…. And here are a few special honeymoon offers to tempt even further!
Garonga Safari Camp – Limpopo Province, SOUTH AFRICA
Garonga is an exclusive 12-bed tented safari camp situated west of Kruger National Park in South Africa's Limpopo Province. This lodge is so special that despite being an intimate bush camp, it was recently voted 2012 #1 All Inclusive Resort in the World by TripAdvisor with a perfect score by previous guests! Garonga’s holistic philosophy is to offer a ‘safari for the soul’ - an unhurried and intimate wildlife encounter with some of Africa’s big game (4 of the Big 5 excluding buffalo) but with the emphasis on relaxation. Romantic “musts” include the tree-house picnic, the bush bath for two under the stars and even a wildly romantic sleep-out on a deck in the bush! There are two daily guided game drives and a bush walk - but guests set their own pace at Garonga – so honeymooners might just opt for some chill-out time in their hammock on the private deck, to lounge around the pool – or be pampered at the bush sala/spa.
Garonga has a fantastic honeymoon package based on a minimum 4-night stay where the Couple will receive a Bride and Groom’s 45 Minute massage each, a complimentary bottle of Champagne on arrival plus complimentary return transfers (if required - worth about £140) to either Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa Airport. For shorter stays the same benefits apply, minus the road transfers. The rate includes all meals, teas & coffees, game drives, bush walks, sleep-out excursions and bush baths. Soft drinks, house wines, local beers and spirits and laundry are also included - excellent value for money!
Garonga also has an incredible wedding package for an amazing R7480* (around £580) including a wedding cake, wild flower bouquet, bottle of bubbly, Bride and Groom massages, a private dinner, decorations, a safari vehicle, the minister and all paperwork! A lot of couples opt to exchange or renew their vows on the tree house deck which is spectacular. (*2013 price quoted).
The Blue Train – SOUTH AFRICA
The Blue Train is an all inclusive luxury rail cruise, showcasing some of South Africa's most spectacular scenery whilst guests are pampered on-board whilst travelling the 27 hour overnight journey between Cape Town and Pretoria. By day elegant private suites provide generous lounges, changing, as night falls, into subtly lit en-suite bedrooms with butler service. The Blue Train has been voted The World’s Leading Luxury Train at the World Travel Awards no less than 8 times including the last 3 consecutive years – with a nomination to retain its title in the 2012 Awards.
The Blue Train boasts a club car, non-smoking lounge and, at times, an amazing observation car. Dinner is an elegant affair in the dining car, complimented by fine cuisine and award winning South African wines. The Blue Train is an icon of South Africa and a journey of a lifetime for discerning travellers. Perfect for honeymooners!
When better to do it than on your honeymoon? The Butlers and staff make sure they spoil honeymooners on board with sparkling wine, rose petals and gifts.
Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyards - Franschhoek, SOUTH AFRICA
Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyards combines the best of the Cape Winelands with luxurious 5-star accommodation, fine wines, gourmet cuisine and some of the best views in Franschhoek – often referred to as “the French Quarter”. Honeymooners can enjoy romantic picnics in the vineyards, cellar tours, long walks and horse riding - not to mention relaxing in one of the most romantic settings imaginable. They also offer spa treatments. All rooms in this boutique hotel are spacious with king sized beds – but the expansive Cap Classique Suites are perfect for honeymooners seeking the ultimate indulgence as they each have a large private terrace and plunge pool for the ultimate in romantic seclusion.
Mont Rochelle’s “Honeymoon Special” is an exceptional gift to newlyweds, offering the bride accommodation at a 50% reduced rate, per booking for two people sharing for a minimum of three nights, including full English breakfast daily and a room upgrade when availability allows.
Alternatively, the “Honeymoon Hideaway” package offers couples 3 nights of luxury from R18 000 (around £1,375) for two people sharing. This superb offer comprises luxury accommodation in a plush Pinotage Suite, with a delicious full English Breakfast each morning; and a 5-course Degustation dinner for two at Mange Tout, paired with Mont Rochelle wines on the night of arrival; as well as lunch at the Country Kitchen on a day of choice. Special romantic touches include fresh fruit and flowers, handmade truffles and a bottle of French champagne awaiting in the suite on arrival. Adding to the experience is a sensuous Couple’s Massage (45 minutes), as well as an hour’s exclusive use of the Wellness Centre with its Jacuzzi and Sauna. Rounding off this perfect honeymoon package, is a cellar tour and wine tasting of Mont Rochelle’s wines, plus a ‘Best of the Winelands’ Private Wine Tour, which includes a hearty lunch on one of the surrounding wine estates.
Steenberg Hotel – Constantia, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA
Steenberg is synonymous with exquisite hospitality, wine, golf, spa and history - ideally situated a mere 20 minutes from the centre of Cape Town. A historic wine farm on the foothills of the magnificent Stone Mountain, provides the setting for this gracious boutique hotel. It's a beautiful destination... combining the peace and serenity of exquisite accommodation amongst vineyards with an award winning winery and a 18-hole championship golf course and a luxury spa. With a choice of dining experiences Steenberg is the ideal honeymoon hideaway!
Steenberg has a great honeymoon package based on couples staying 2 nights in a Standard Luxury Room including some romantic extras such as a special surprise Honeymoon turndown on their 1st evening, breakfast daily, a bubbly tasting including a canapé selection for two at the exclusive “Gorgeous by Graham Beck” champagne bar followed by a 3 course dinner Set Menu in Catharina’s Restaurant during their stay, a wine tasting and cellar tour at the Steenberg Winery followed by a picnic or tapas at Bistro Sixteen82, as well as complimentary transfers to restaurants and shops within 5km radius.
Motswari Private Game Reserve – Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, SOUTH AFRICA
“Arrive as a visitor and leave as a friend.” Set deep in the Timbavati, Motswari Game Reserve promises rich game viewing as its boundary with the famous Kruger National Park is open allowing for the free flow of animals. The Timbavati is also known for its unusual white lions.
Motswari has been in operation for over 30 years and is one of the original traditional game lodges, which guarantees an authentic safari experience with bush as far as the eye can see and simple luxuries that don’t intrude on your experience. Nature is unaffected by man’s need to shape his environment and Motswari, a family-owned reserve, prides itself on its conservation values, exquisite cuisine, award-winning wines and luxurious accommodation.
With 150 kilometres of wide horizons and untamed wilderness, Motswari is an unforgettable experience – perfect for honeymooners!
2013 Honeymoon Early Bird Offer – Book your honeymoon before 28 Feb 2013 for travel throughout 2013 to qualify for Motswari’s Early Bird Special whereby the Bride pays just 50% of the daily accommodation rate, based on a minimum 3 night stay. The honeymoon package also includes a private dinner on the veranda and a bottle of sparkling wine.
Fancourt Hotel – George, SOUTH AFRICA
Fancourt is South Africa’s premier luxury resort situated in the heart of South Africa’s famous “Garden Route”, just 7km from the historic town of George and the airport. It is a fantastic base from which to explore the many attractions of the Garden Route rather than moving from hotel to hotel and day trips could include the beach, an elephant sanctuary, the Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm and even boat cruises on the Knysna Lagoon. Fancourt has a wide and diverse range of leisure facilities should you wish to just “stay and play” including a world class spa, leisure centre and three championship golf courses including the famous “Links” ! The resort is superbly landscaped on 613 hectares of lush countryside with the majestic Outeniqua Mountains as the perfect backdrop. Fancourt offers 115 rooms on the resort as well as the new “Manor House” boutique accommodation, which features 18 luxury suites offering personalised, butler-style service – perfect for honeymooners wanting that extra bit of exclusivity. Fancourt also offers stylish and sophisticated wedding facilities including ballroom and gazebo, with the picturesque gardens and Outeniqua Mountains providing a beautiful backdrop for your special day.
Fancourt offers some great extras for honeymooners including:
Complimentary Sparkling wine and orange juice on arrival
Complimentary access to the sauna, steam room, tepadarium, gymnasium, Roman bath and Jacuzzi
Complimentary use of Fancourt's 4 tennis courts of which two have floodlights
Complimentary use of the 2.5, 5 and 10km leisure trails
Complimentary Parking/Valet Parking
Complimentary safe keeping of luggage in the Luggage Room
Complimentary use of Fancourt's VIP Airport Lounge at the George Airport on Departure
Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa – Bazaruto Island, MOZAMBIQUE
Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa is that dreamy, tropical island paradise surrounded by palm trees, white sand and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean you might have always dreamed about for your honeymoon! Located on Bazaruto Island off the coast of Mozambique, this idyllic island resort is the perfect base from which to soak up the sun, totally relax and wind down after your big day – and experience some of the world's best diving and fishing, indulge in an array of water sports, or simply relax in your luxury beach chalet.
Honeymooners are in for a treat at Indigo bay with sparkling wine in their room on arrival, an authentic Dhow cruise to look forward, Honeymoon surprise gifts, Romantic turndowns and a complimentary Spa Rasul treatment for two. On top of this, if staying a minimum of 4 nights, the bride receives 50% discount off her accommodation in a standard beach chalet with standard includes. Not applicable in Honeymoon beach chalet and Villas. Please note the dhow cruise is non-private, so there may be other guests on-board.
Medjumbe Private Island – Quirimbas, MOZAMBIQUE
Located in Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago, Medjumbe Private Island is just 800 metres in length and 350 metres wide. True decadence and pleasure await at this romantic and exclusive island getaway. Accommodation consists of 13 en suite thatched chalets all centred around maximising their views – complete with outdoor showers, private sun decks, hammocks and plunge pools! A perfect backdrop of endless white sand and translucent sea mesmerises all who visit, whilst the untouched marine environment allows for constant new discoveries, whether your passion is diving, fishing, snorkelling, or simply exploring unspoilt beaches.
Honeymooners staying 5 nights at Medjumbe Private Island, the ultimate tropical island paradise, enjoy 50% off the bride’s accommodation for 4 nights, and the fifth night free. This offer can be used in conjunction with their best available rates. Rani also offers romantic treats for the bride and groom to make sure their honeymoon is unforgettable. The best gift for the best honeymoon ever!
The ‘Southern Dream’ – Selous Game Reserve and Zanzibar, TANZANIA
Vast, pristine and largely undiscovered, the spectacular Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania is a World Heritage Site and the largest expanse of game reserve in Africa. Covering 55,000 square kilometres of rolling savannah, lakes, rivers and deltas, it is four times the size of the Serengeti and larger than Switzerland. Home to the largest concentrations of elephants in the world, this unique wildlife arena also boasts some of the most exclusive and pioneering boating safaris that Africa has to offer. Combine this amazing safari with an island escape and head off to the exotic Spice Island of Zanzibar. The Zanzibar Serena Inn is idyllically situated on the sea-front of ancient Stone Town, and flanked by an exotic mix of sultan's palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbours, and bright bazaars, and is a haven of tranquillity and opulence amongst the bustle of one of Africa's most ancient and most enchanting towns. Not to be missed for honeymooners is a day trip to Serena’s private Mangapwani Beach Club to relax on the beach and enjoy their amazing seafood barbeque feast!
The Package includes: 3 nights full board accommodation, including beverages (a selection of fine wines, spirits and soft drinks) at Selous Luxury Camp or Mivumo River Lodge
Domestic Flights – Dar es Salaam/ Selous / Zanzibar / Dar es Salaam
Return airstrip transfers from Steiglers Airstrip.
2 Game Drives per day
Transport in a 4 x 4 WD Safari Cruiser (seat in vehicle arrangement).
2 nights accommodation on half board basis at Zanzibar Serena Inn.
Return airport transfers at Zanzibar
Guided Stone Town Tour in Zanzibar
The Package excludes the international flights to Dar es Salaam, Airport departures taxes, Game reserve entry and concession fees of USD50.00 and USD25.00 /person /day respectively as well as Night Drives in the Selous.
For brochures or more information on any of these packages contact or call (01403) 243619. We recommend booking all honeymoons through your preferred travel agent or tour operator and are happy to provide a list of suggested travel specialists with personal experience of these properties if you get in touch with us.