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Botswana Honeymoon Safaris

A honeymoon safari in Botswana is one of the most romantic ways to begin your marriage. You’ll be compiling cherished memories of luxury in the African bush. If you’ve been dreaming of an African honeymoon, you should definitely consider Botswana. With its vast-open spaces ranging from lush waterways to sandy desert vistas, its locations couldn’t be more extreme and romantic. And the wildlife viewing is phenomenal. But most importantly, Botswana does exclusivity at its best. There are no queues or crowds here, and lodges are mostly intimate and personable. It is hard to beat when it comes to quality in the safari industry.

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6 Questions About Botswana Honeymoon Safaris


6 Questions About Botswana Honeymoon Safaris

Answered by Ariadne van Zandbergen

Is Botswana recommended for a honeymoon safari?

“Botswana is absolutely recommended for a honeymoon safari. Botswana’s safari industry works on a high-quality/low-impact model. This means that you’re in for a very private, immaculately planned experience. Perfect for a honeymoon. Visitor volumes are deliberately kept low in Botswana, so every adventure and wildlife encounter feels unique and special. You won’t be queueing to catch a glimpse of a predator or to get to the breakfast buffet. This sets the scene for an idyllic bush escape. With a lot of planning leading up to the big day, a wedding can be quite a stressful event. A honeymoon should be the time to focus on each other in a peaceful setting. Being in nature will feel like a breath of fresh air. It’s easy to find romance in the African bush. Think of drinking a cup of coffee with the chorus of birds at dawn, or watching a herd of elephant drinking at a waterhole. Perhaps sharing sundowner drinks on a hilltop overlooking the savannah plains, or sitting around a campfire at night, then snuggling up under canvas while listening to a hyena whooping in the distance. It’s these kinds of occasions that will make a Botswana honeymoon safari unforgettable.”


How many days are ideal for a Botswana honeymoon?

“Although there is no ideal length for a honeymoon safari in Botswana, I think you should be away for at least 10 days. Longer is obviously better. If you’re traveling from afar, you’ll want to make the long journey worthwhile. And a honeymoon is a special kind of holiday, so you won’t want to rush it. If you are planning to spend the full duration of your holiday on safari, I would recommend you choose a 10- to 14-day itinerary. That is a very nice amount of time to really immerse yourself in the safari vibe. You’ll have plenty of time to see the highlights without moving around too quickly. If you intend to add another component to your tour, for instance time on the beach or in Cape Town, I would say five to seven days would be a reasonable length for a Botswana safari. However long you choose to stay in Botswana, the main thing to keep in mind is to try to not cram too much into your schedule. Rather spend quality time in a few locations.”


Which romantic places do you recommend?

“Botswana is filled with romantic places, and you can’t go wrong with a honeymoon safari here. Wherever you go, you’ll find serenity and raw beauty in remote wilderness areas, some of which we recommend below. The Okavango is perfect for honeymoon safari tours. Gliding in a mokoro (wooden dugout canoe) through the wondrous waterways of the Delta is a unique experience. There is no shortage of wildlife either. Chobe National Park is another great destination for honeymooning couples. A boat trip on the Chobe River is guaranteed to get you up close to drinking elephants, and they might even cross the river in front of you. It’s a short hop from Chobe to visit Victoria Falls (Vic Falls), whether you stay in Zambia or Zimbabwe, or on a private island in the middle of the Zambezi River, between the two. Seeing Vic Falls for the first time is mind-blowing, and if you weren’t married already, this would be an enchanting place for a proposal! For something different, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, one of the largest salt pans in the world, offers a hauntingly stark landscape. It’s the perfect setting for Africa’s second-largest migration of wildebeest and zebra, but without the crowds. The truth is, wherever you go in Botswana, you’ll have the opportunity to stay in some of the most captivating lodges in Africa. Whether you want to indulge in unadulterated luxury or you’d like to stay close to nature in a rustic ecolodge, Botswana does it all with flair and personable service.”


Can we extend our trip with some time on the beach?

“A honeymoon safari in Botswana is easily extended and paired with a beach holiday. The country itself is landlocked, but most visitors to Botswana come through Johannesburg, the main air hub for southern Africa. Idyllic island beach destinations such as Mauritius, and Seychelles are only a short flight from Johannesburg. These islands specialize in romantic honeymoons. You might be spoiled with a dinner on the beach under the stars, a surprise massage for two, or perhaps a champagne sundowner cruise. The white sandy beaches and turquoise waters will offer a dream setting for relaxation after your busy safari schedule.”


Are there special honeymoon safari packages available in Botswana?

“Many highly rated operators offer honeymoon safari packages to Botswana. Botswana ticks all the boxes for an intimate holiday. When organizing your honeymoon safari, your operator will choose the most appropriate destinations and lodges in consultation with your wishes. Some lodges might have a dedicated honeymoon suite offering some special touches, such as a bathtub outside, a sunset view or a lounging spot between the trees where you can relax together. The lodges are usually informed about your happy occasion and the staff will go out of their way to make your stay memorable. You can expect them to have a few surprises up their sleeves. Just go with the flow. There are many activities that can be incorporated into your honeymoon. These are the kinds of things that will make memories you will carry with you for the rest of your lives. Imagine gliding over the Okavango Delta wetlands on a balloon safari, walking through the desert with San Bushmen or quad biking over Makgadikgadi Pans for the ultimate adrenaline rush. This should be the trip where all your dreams come true.”


Will we get enough alone-time on a honeymoon safari?

“As long as you don’t cram too much into your itinerary, there will be plenty of time to spend together without a guide or other guests during your Botswana honeymoon safari. A honeymoon is all about spending precious time together and making memories with the person you’ll spend the rest of your life with. I would recommend booking a private safari as opposed to a group safari for your honeymoon. There is usually some flexibility on a private safari as your guide won’t need to juggle the needs and preferences of different clients, only you. Even on a private safari, you’ll probably have some shared activities such as boat cruises and game drives. Keep in mind that you can always skip a game drive and opt for a leisurely morning at the lodge. The staff might even be happy to serve breakfast on your private patio. Some lodges are located at a waterhole, and an afternoon spent in the lodge might also be a nice alternative to a drive. Just communicate with your guide when you want to take some time to relax and your schedule will be organized accordingly.”


Botswana Reviews

4.8/5 356 Reviews
Brian Jackman  –  
United Kingdom UK

Brian is an award winning travel writer, author of safari books and regular contributor to magazines such as BBC Wildlife and Travel Africa.

A dream of water in a thirsty land

In a troubled world there is nowhere safer than this most politically stable of African countries. The people are welcoming. English is widely spoken and when it comes to wildlife viewing Botswana is sensational. That’s because its policy...

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Heather Richardson  –  
South Africa ZA

Heather is a British travel / conservation journalist, and has written for publications and broadcasters such as the BBC, Departures, the Telegraph and the Sunday Times.

Delta safaris and silence on the salt flats

The only thing to fault about Botswana as a safari destination is the price – it’s expensive. That’s part of the country’s high cost, low volume tourism strategy that favours small camps with high price points to keep reserves and...

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Leigh Jelicich  –  
New Zealand NZ
Reviewed: Apr 7, 2024
Chobe National Park is a must for the wildlife enthusist

We had the best day trip from Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park. We were picked up on time by 2 lovely guys who gave us so much local information on the way to the border. Our border crossing was seemless, our giudes handed us over to...

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Victor Goldstein  –  
Brazil BR
Reviewed: Feb 19, 2024
Wonderful Experience

We had a Wonderful Time , since the support with Pamela with booking, the guide and driver T , the chef and his assistant Sidney, we will never forget Chobe !! Wee saw more them 1000 elephants on those 2 days!!

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Anthony Nicholson  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Feb 19, 2024
great trip - saw an incredible amount of wild life.

We were informed we that we would be picked up from our hotel at 10,00 a.m. in the morning. At 10.00a.m. exactly Simon and his assistant arrived at the hotel in a very clean air conditioned vehicle. The vehicle was spacious and first class....

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Michael C Conis  –  
Australia AU
Reviewed: Dec 16, 2023
Phenomenal beauty, amazing people, faultless

Staff enthusiasm was unprecedented, all gave 100percent to ensure we had the best experiences possible. No requests were too much. Food was exceptionally overwhelming and wild life experiences were next level. The trackers passion in...

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