Island honeymoons and romantic getaways in the Caribbean are taking the back seat to some of the most exotic, out-of-this-world destinations off the coast of Africa. These islands boast warm oceans, white sand beaches and cultural experiences that are truly once-in-a-lifetime. Award-winning outfitter Great Safaris combines the traditional African safari and an island getaway in Mozambique, Seychelles, Zanzibar or Mauritius.
Honeymooners will fly off the coast of Mozambique for a romantic hideaway from the rest of the world in one of the relatively untouched tourist areas of Africa. The island of Benguerra is a beautiful and unexplored destination. Bazaruto archipelago, a National Park of Mozambique, sustains a diverse range of fauna and flora including forest, savannah and wetland ecosystems. The archipelago is deservedly known as the "Pearl of the Indian Ocean". Here guests will be able to relax in the beauty, but also participate in a range of beach and sea activities as they choose.
Seychelles is truly a tropical paradise on the east coast of Africa in the exotic, warm Indian Ocean. As one of the accommodation options, travelers can stay at Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove. Set in a lush tropical garden, situated at the tip of the beautiful beach of Beau Vallon, the fully-renovated 5-star resort and spa hotel is built around a private and secluded cove. Travelers will have a spectacular ocean view. Sweethearts will never forget the five days on this luxurious, tropical island.
Zanzibar, a spice island, is a tropical idyll true to its reputation. Zanzibar town is filled with old historic buildings, and to prove it there is a story behind each one. The island is dotted with several ruins from the turbulent times past and along the east coast there are endless beautiful beaches and inviting aquamarine waters. Travelers can also journey to clove capital of the world - Pemba Island, otherwise known as "the Green Island". Offshore lies the Pemba Channel, blessed by a multitude of fish, this is recognized by game fishermen as some of the finest waters off the east coast of Africa.
South of Zanzibar, Mafia Island sits at the mouth of the Rufiji River. This is another favorite haunt of big-game fishermen and scuba divers, boasting some record catches and a magical coral paradise. The amazing mermaid-like dugong breeds among the grasses of the Majira Channel, which also plays host to the awesome great white shark. On the beaches of small islands to the east of Mafia, the giant sea turtle lays its eggs.
The small volcanic island of Mauritius is situated in the warm Indian Ocean, surrounded by magnificent coral reefs and an abundance of exotic sea life. Romance will blossom in this most exotic island, with lush subtropical forests and more than 90 miles of white sandy beaches. Transparent lagoons are protected from the open sea by the world's third largest coral reef which almost surrounds the island. Mauritius’ historic capital, Port Louis, still retains much of its charm, with many interesting landmarks and a bustling marketplace selling every exotic spice imaginable and a variety of leather goods, gifts and souvenirs. Great Safaris’ guests can relax and enjoy this tropical escape paired with any mainland safari.
Lovebirds traveling with Great Safaris normally start their adventure off with a safari in South Africa or Kenya to view some of the best game in the world at the infamous Kruger National Park and the Masai Mara. Kruger National Park is a premier game sanctuary where couples will see a large variety of animals ranging from which will likely include the “Big 5” (elephant, lion, cape buffalo, leopard and rhino) to more than a million and a half wildebeest to the hippos of Samburu.
Couples can also take advantage of Great Safaris’ promotion for their World’s Greatest Romantic Adventure through November 30th to Cape Town and Kruger National Park. For each traveler, their companion will receive 50% off.
About Great Safaris:
Great Safaris is an award-winning luxury African safari outfitter offering the convenience of a US booking office coupled with seven fully-staffed on-site offices in Africa. Destinations include Botswana, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Uganda, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, the Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Great Safaris offers luxury programs to help adventurous travelers explore Africa and create enriching life experiences. For more information please visit Great Safaris’ web site at www.greatsafaris.com. Great Safaris is a recipient of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime award, and a proud member of the United States Tour Operators Association, ASTA Tops, and ARC.