Waking up at 5 a.m. might not sound like the ideal way to start the most romantic trip of your life, but early wake ups notwithstanding, an African safari is, without doubt, one of the most romantic ways to honeymoon. Not only are you totally secluded in the middle of nowhere ("the bush," as it's called), but you also get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to spot all kinds of wildlife—elephants, leopards, lions, hyena, wild dog, hippos, crocodile, water buffalo, and more—in their natural habitats. The experience is wholly invigorating and awe-inspiring (watch lions hunt and kill their dinner, and you'll be thankful we took ourselves out of the food chain).
Where you choose to honeymoon should be based on your goals as a couple. For example, if you want to spot all the Big Five, you might choose South Africa. Those with deep pockets should look to Botswana, which has some of the most luxurious camps on the continent (hence the recent visit by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle). Kenya and Tanzania offer vast Serengeti landscapes and the chance to witness the Great Migration, while Zambia and even Ethiopia offer "I got there first" bragging rights.
Another way to make your friends and followers jealous: Choose a brand-new or recently refreshed safari camp—with stunning accommodations, plunge pools, and modern amenities to make the experience that much more luxurious. Here, we've rounded up the top new and renovated lodges to help you plan the most amazing African safari honeymoon.