For many animal lovers, a safari honeymoon is as good as it gets. On this trip of a lifetime, you can sleep out in the wilderness, in a posh tent, or at a remote lodge full of decadent luxuries. You wake early and set off, camera in hand, in search of some of the most graceful and imposing wild animals in the world, a.k.a. the famous Big Five: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo (though you may also see long-necked giraffes, cheetahs, hippos, and zebras as well). At night, you fall asleep under a blanket of stars that are so bright, you think you've never really seen the night sky before.
More and more honeymooners are combining a safari escape with a beach or diving vacation in Zanzibar, Mozambique, or Mauritius, an island off the southeastern coast of Africa. There, you can relax on the soft white sand, under the shade of a thatched palapa umbrella, or snorkel hand in hand to see the colorful world of underwater life.
Another option: starting or ending your safari or beach honeymoon with a visit to Cape Town. This vibrant city has a lot to offer couples who want to learn the local history, taste the town's famed fusion of flavors, and explore the art scene and nightlife. And then there are the vineyards and farmlands that lie just outside its borders, home to some of the best vintages and local ingredients in the world.
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