HONEYMOON AND ROMANTIC GETAWAYS

Africa is a continent overflowing with exotic adventures and romance. To many people it is a life time dream! Junction Africa can tailor an itinerary to fit any occasion, carefully considering a traveler’s budget and time frame. Every honeymoon should be a unique and wonderfully romantic getaway and for newlywed couples, it is often the only opportunity for a truly dynamic vacation before they start a family. Many honeymoon couples have traveled to a variety of countries so Africa is often the one place neither of them have experienced. Many newlyweds wish to spend some romantic time at a beautiful beach. The good news is that the continent of Africa not only has some of the most romantic camps and lodges available anywhere in the world, but they also have some of the most remote and beautiful beaches as well. If the honeymooners are departing immediately after the wedding, we would suggest a few days at the beach before the safari time in the bush. If however the wedding is a few weeks or months prior to the honeymoon, then we would suggest safari time in the bush first, followed by the relaxing beach time. Southern Africa – has a variety of deluxe accommodations. The country of South Africa has some very romantic lodges and camps in its game parks and also some wonderful beaches, spas, golf courses, cultural villages and wine tasting. Cape Town is a prime destination for honeymooners. South Africa can be easily combined with Mozambique which offers some very romantic beach getaways or Botswana/Zambia for additional game viewing. East Africa – has fabulous game parks including the Masai Mara in Kenya & the Serengeti in Tanzania. Accommodations can include a lodge, a permanent tented camps or mobile camping. Wonderful beach excursions can be included to the exotic island of Zanzibar, or the tiny island of Lamu. Islands of the Indian Ocean – the Seychelles, Mauritius and Madagascar, all have amazing cultural diversity and unique flora & fauna, but they also have unbelievably romantic beaches, offering that “Barefoot Luxury” experience.

Below is just a small sampling of some of Africa’s Romantic Retreats!

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CHALKLEY TREEHOUSE

Lion Sands/Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

For the nature-enthusiasts, adventurists, and romantics, the Chalkley Treehouse on the Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is where it’s at. With a panoramic view of South Africa’s magnificent wilderness and an open-air layout, the Chalkley Treehouse allows you to watch the transformation from day to night. Situated securely on a 500 year-old leadwood tree, the Chalkley Treehouse is lit by the subtle glow of 19th-century-style lanterns, and exudes romance and intimacy. Above the white, linen-lined bush bed you will find sheer, white-canopying cloths to keep bugs from entering. The dark wood platform of the treehouse is fenced by thick, unobtrusive branches that take away nothing from the gorgeous view surrounding you. In addition to these features, the treehouse also includes a bedside table, bathroom facilities, and a bush vanity table. Guests are escorted to the tree house at sunset, where drinks and a scrumptious picnic dinner await them. After your meal you will have complete privacy where you can soak in the soothing sounds, scents, and sights of the African bush with your loved one. The experience of being completely immersed in nature without any exterior sounds and sights from civilization is an extremely rare and highly-rewarding treat. The hours of African dusk can be enjoyed relaxing and absorbing the vastness of the bushveld as it transforms from day to night, before turning in for slumber beneath the incredible night sky.

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DESROCHES ISLAND LODGE

Desroches Island, Seychelles

While privacy, exclusivity and isolation are the greatest attractions, Desroches Island is clothed in exotic island jungle that guests can explore by bicycle, boat, through snorkeling & diving or by discovering unique fauna and flora on foot. Keeping yourself occupied while on the island is a treat to be indulged at your own pace. Desroches Island is one of the largest islands in the Amirantes Archipelago group, considered to be some of the most pristine and untouched islands in the world. Located 5° south of the equator, Desroches Island is blessed by one of the world’s healthiest malaria free climates and promises guests year round summer days with temperatures never dropping below 70 F. The island has a diverse offering of luxurious accommodation designed to blend seamlessly into the natural island surroundings. Enclosed by the exotic island jungle and a mere stumble away from the beach, all the accommodations on Desroches Island are sensitively designed to elevate the sensuous island atmosphere and with 8 miles of immaculate white sand beaches and endless crystal clear waters, Desroches Island is a safe haven for romance, relaxation and island discovery.

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TONGABEZI LODGE

Livingstone (Victoria Falls), Zambia

While privacy, exclusivity and isolation are the greatest attractions, Desroches Island is clothed in exotic island jungle that guests can explore by bicycle, boat, through snorkeling & diving or by discovering unique fauna and flora on foot. Keeping yourself occupied while on the island is a treat to be indulged at your own pace. Desroches Island is one of the largest islands in the Amirantes Archipelago group, considered to be some of the most pristine and untouched islands in the world. Located 5° south of the equator, Desroches Island is blessed by one of the world’s healthiest malaria free climates and promises guests year round summer days with temperatures never dropping below 70 F. The island has a diverse offering of luxurious accommodation designed to blend seamlessly into the natural island surroundings. Enclosed by the exotic island jungle and a mere stumble away from the beach, all the accommodations on Desroches Island are sensitively designed to elevate the sensuous island atmosphere and with 8 miles of immaculate white sand beaches and endless crystal clear waters, Desroches Island is a safe haven for romance, relaxation and island discovery.

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LITTLE KULALA LODGE

Sossusvlei, Namibia

Little Kulala is a luxurious desert retreat situated in the private 37 000-hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve – the gateway to Namibia’s Sand Sea with its towering dunes and clear starry skies. Accommodation at Little Kulala consists of 11 climate-controlled, thatched “kulalas” (the word means ‘to sleep’) which merge impeccably into the timeless desert landscape, with exquisite fittings and fixtures, and innovative bleached decks – each with a private plunge pool. Each kulala has a rooftop ‘skybed’ for romantic stargazing, with both indoor and outdoor showers. Little Kulala features an elegant entertainment area which includes a library, wine cellar, craft boutique, lounge and dining areas. Dining under the clear Namibian skies is a highlight. The interiors have been designed to provide an all-natural and unique experience in this most beautiful environment. The extensive use of neutral colours, gorgeous textures and natural light reproduce the soothing pastel tones of the desert. Pure linens, cottons and mohair dyed with natural vegetable dyes all make for a very organic camp which takes its inspiration from its surroundings, notably from the magnificent Dead Vlei in the middle of Sossusvlei. The overall mood and feel is cool, serene, organic and sheltering. Desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok eke out an existence and are sparsely distributed around Little Kulala. Smaller creatures such as bat-eared fox and aardwolf can be seen at night in the cool desert air. One bird, the aptly named dune lark, has its entire global distribution limited to the area, so dependent is it on the area’s characteristic sands. Activities at Little Kulala start with morning guided drives to the spectacular towering dunes of Sossusvlei, through a private gate into the reserve. Sossusvlei is situated within the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world, which itself is part of the Namib Naukluft National Park that stretches 400km south of Walvis Bay and is sandwiched between the west coast and the escarpment that runs parallel more than 100km inland. Its huge dunes and flat valley floors make up the archetypical view of the Namib that is world famous. Guided drives and walks are also offered on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve with incredible views, desert-adapted wildlife and plants.

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SANCTUARY SWALA CAMP

Tarangire Game Reserve, Tanzania

Sanctuary Swala is located in a secluded part of Tarangire National Park and has twelve luxurious canvas pavilions, all shaded by acacia trees and all with views over the waterhole and plains in front of camp. The main area is situated right under a big baobab tree, a common sight in these parts of Tanzania. The dining area, lounge, deck and small library all feature a chic, contemporary African design with a traditional thatched roof. This main area is lifted on stilts allowing a wide view of the grasslands of the Tarangire right in front of the camp. The stunning infinity pool overlooks the nearby waterhole often visited by elephants as well as the big cats that are often seen. The relaxing pool area also provides the perfect place to sip a cocktail and cool down after a day of game viewing. Sanctuary Swala has been renovated to the highest eco- friendly standards and has a particularly low carbon footprint. Each of the twelve canvas pavilions is shaded by tall acacia trees and all are within sight of the well frequented water hole. They are unashamedly luxurious and exquisitely furnished but still close enough to nature to permit an exciting night under canvas. The tents feature a spacious open plan arrangement with comfortable king or twin beds, campaign chairs and plush sofas and boasts an en-suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor shower for that extra bit of luxury. Sip cocktails or enjoy scrumptious dinners on your own private veranda and watch the waterhole which regularly draws lions, leopards and resident bull elephants while your own personal attendant caters for your every need.

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GOVERNOR’S IL MORAN CAMP

Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya

Governors’ Il Moran Camp is the perfect alternative for those seeking that extra bit of luxury and intimacy while on safari. With only 10 guest tents that are hidden under a canopy of ancient trees, Il Moran provides complete privacy in a serene setting along the banks of the Mara River. With the character of an original hunting camp, Il Moran recreates an atmosphere of traditional safari, authentic, romantic and wild. Each tent has its own extended veranda and is furnished to a superior standard with beds made from selected wood from fallen, ancient olive trees, all with intricate hand carvings, as well as ensuite bathrooms, each with a Victorian style bath, flush toilets and double basins. Dinner is served by candlelight in the open dining tent or alfresco by the river. IL Moran is an ideal camp for honeymooners and couples who are looking for a very special safari experience. Enjoy exciting game viewing opportunities in Kenya’s best game park, the Masai Mara. Il Moran uses well-designed vehicles and exceptionally highly trained and experienced guides to give clients un-matched game-viewing and photographic opportunities in the world’s prime wildlife area. For those looking for a wildlife viewing adventure of a different kind, Hot Air Balloon Safaris are offered over the Masai Mara. The adventure begins just before dawn. Departure is from a perfect natural launch site behind Little Governors’ Camp, flames from the hot air balloon burners light the darkness as the crews inflate their craft. The first, pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies as the hot air balloon fills, then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-colored canopy, you’re off for a game-viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective.

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BAINES CAMP

Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Named after the 19th century explorer and painter Thomas Baines, this is Sanctuary’s smallest camp with just five suites. An eco-friendly property built using only commercially grown wood, with over 150,000 recycled aluminum cans incorporated within the walls to provide insulation. The camp is raised above the permanent water of the Boro River while wooden walkways connect the main areas and luxury rooms. The swimming pool and the wide wooden deck that surrounds the main dining and sitting room is the ideal place to relax while observing the varied wildlife present here. See prowling lions looking for prey at the edge of the lagoon that the camp overlooks, or watch one of the many elephants who live in the area. The five suites at Sanctuary Baines’ are opulent and luxurious, with ensuite facilities and four-poster beds. Traditional safari ceiling fans create a cooling breeze at even the hottest times of the year. Should you wish, your bed can be wheeled out onto the private wooden deck for a night under the stars, overlooking the shimmering waters of the Boro River where hippo can often be spotted. Or take an indulgent soak under the stars on your own private viewing deck in our opulent star bath. At Baines’ Camp, the sky’s the limit.

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INDIGO BAY ISLAND RESORT

Bazaruto Island, Mozambique

Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa is an exquisite island destination situated on Bazaruto Island, the largest island in the Mozambican archipelago of the same name. It offers visitors the quintessential Indian Ocean island holiday as well as a gateway to the unspoiled beauty of the surrounding area. The largest of the archipelago islands, Bazaruto is one of Africa’s premier scuba diving destinations. Divers are able to see over 100 species of coral, thousands of tropical fish species, five kinds of dolphins, four whale species and sharks, all five marine sea turtle species and the largest population of the rare dugong on the African east coast. Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa offers world-class luxury and facilities, its elegant yet natural design perfectly complimenting the beauty of its tropical location overlooking Indigo Bay on Bazaruto Island. The guest areas, as well as the luxury Beach Chalets and Bay View Villas, have been constructed of natural materials like reed, soft-fringed thatch and wood in order to blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings. Each chalet and villa offers complete luxury, with air-conditioning, mosquito screens, sumptuous en-suite bathrooms, mini-bars, 24-hour power, satellite TV and telephone access. A choice of separate, inter-leading and shared veranda chalets and villas are available. Spectacular restaurants specializing in seafood, and characterful bars with original walls dating back to the early Portuguese traders, provide the focus of Indigo Bay’s living areas. Nearby, the activity center is the base for a host of Mozambique island-based activities, such as diving, fishing, snorkeling and water-skiing. A dive-training pool is available for guests wanting to hone their diving skills or take up one of several dive courses on offer. Those simply wanting to relax can laze around the beautiful swimming pools, drink cocktails (ask for a caiparinha!) at the wet bar, or while away time at the beach snack bar. And for ultimate hedonism, the ultra-luxurious Sanctuary Spa offers a range of pampering treatments to revitalize the weariest of souls.