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People say your wedding will be the best day of your life. And in one sense, it is. But for many couples, the adventure truly begins on the honeymoon.
Of course, many couples fantasize about a romantic post-wedding trip to Hawaii or a carb-fueled trek through Italy. But what about all of you adventurous brides out there that long to take the trip of a lifetime with your new husband? More and more newlyweds are taking the plunge and heading on an African Safari for their honeymoons. Here are six reasons you should consider an African Safari honeymoon.
1. Because the flight really isn't that bad. Promise.
Yes, if you're traveling from the U.S., you're in for a fairly long haul. (Flights from New York City to Kenya will have you in the air for around 16 hours.) But don't let your anti-red eye fears keep you from seeing such a magical part of the world. By the time you deplane at your destination (like Nairobi), the flight will be a distant memory. Enjoy the rare unplugged quiet time on board and take a much-needed post-wedding snooze on your new hubby's shoulder. You'll be there soon.
2. Because you should see the way animals behave in the wild.
Maybe you've experienced Animal Kingdom's "Kilimanjaro Safari" or you have a season pass to your local zoo. And you've probably seen The Lion King (which is based loosely on life in the Masai Mara). But spoiler: None of those compare to driving through the bush and spotting a herd of elephants (baby "ellies" included), a pair of mating leopards, or a lone giraffe walking along the horizon. Getting to see animals in their natural habitats is incredibly rare and very special. It all feels so simple — eat and try not to get eaten. (Man, we're overcomplicating things here at home!) And after seeing animals in the wild, you're probably going to want to return that season pass to the zoo.
3. Because you can totally have it your way.
Whether you're looking to splurge on a swank luxury glamping experience or want to go the legit Out-of-Africa camping-in-the-wild route, you can find a way to customize your trip to best suit your honeymooning desires.
4. Because the locals are the best.
Make sure you spend an afternoon visiting a local Masai village. The people are kind, generous, and eager to show visitors their homes. They live in such stark contrast to our everyday lives, it will be an eye-opening, humbling moment that you and your new husband will remember forever.
5. Because it's not dangerous.
The shots required depend on when and where you're traveling and your safari company or travel agent can let you know exactly what you need.
People hear horror stories every few years about someone dying on a safari, but those cases are rare and, in most instances, because the person did something to invade an animal's space.
Safari guides are pros at understanding animal behaviors, and you will never feel like you're in harm's way — respect the animals and the land, and they'll leave you alone.
6. Because it'll be the adventure of a lifetime, kickstarting your entire lifetime of adventures.
Going on an African safari is not necessarily your typical get-it-on-nonstop honeymoon. You will sleep in bug nets every night, and honeymoon lingerie need not apply. But your heart rate will skyrocket every single day during game drives, and you're sure to love going to bed (bug net included) next to your new husband, slack-jawed looking back at the day's adventures. (Maybe pick up some lingerie when you get home to make up for lost time.)