2015 BRIDES Best Honeymoons: The Top 10 Resorts in Africa

Our editors teamed up with TripAdvisor to bring you the best African resorts for your newylwed getaway! From the wild safari tours of South Africa to the beaches of Mauritius, this incredible continent has a lot to explore

Updated 06/02/15

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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.

The "2015 Brides Best Honeymoons" top-resort lists were based on the quality of TripAdvisor reviews of properties with more than 30 reviews and a significant percentage of honeymoon reviews.

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Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel in Mauritius

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Africa isn't all safari lodges and wildlife drives. This island resort draws couples with its doting service, sweet location (white sand, great kitesurfing), and palapa-shaded sun beds tucked into nooks with Indian Ocean views; Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel

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The Oberai in Mauritius

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This posh, elegant beach resort has manicured lawns studded with palm trees, a lovely pool surrounded by carefully clipped flowering bushes, and a pristine beach you can check out from your own private terrace; The Oberai Mauritius

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Garonga Safari Camp and Makalali Private Game Reserve in South Africa

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If you dream of wild animals and luxury, get thee to this safari camp just outside Kruger National Park. Located in the Makalali Conservancy, this resort features 12 posh tents, a pool, and safari drives aplenty; Garonga Safari Camp

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LUX Grande Gaube in Mauritius

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Divers and golfers head here for the spectacular natural scenery, but honeymooners often come for the privacy. Here, you can swim with dolphins and take a day trip to a private island for some quiet beach time for two; LUX Grande Gaube

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Sands Resort & Spa in Mauritius

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The Indian Ocean will be your backyard at this luxe spa resort. Spend your days water-skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, or kayaking and your nights at the beach bar as local bands and dance troupes perform; Sands Resort & Spa Mauritius

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LUX Le Morne in Mauritius

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This chic resort — set between the dolphin-filled surf and craggy Le Morne mountain — offers a sexy infinity pool, plus every water sport and activity known to man (including tennis); LUX Le Morne

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The Residence Mauritius

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Located on the eastern coast of the island, this 163-room beach resort has colonial-style rooms (think white shutters, ivory fainting couches, and cool marble bathrooms) that are crisp and elegant, set against a long white-sand beach; The Residence Mauritius

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Maritim Resort & Spa Mauritius

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At 215 rooms, this sleek resort sprawls along the coast, with landscaped grounds, waterfalls, an equestrian center, and a giant spa. Other creature comforts are four bars and five restaurants — including one that features traditional Mauritian cuisine; Maritim Resort & Spa Mauritius

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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse in Franschhoek, South Africa

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Think of this six-room hotel, on Cape Town's western edge, as a boutique guest house. Just an hour from the center of the city, you can use it as a home base for touring the town and visiting the local wineries or before setting off on a honeymoon safari; Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse

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Derwent House Boutique Hotel in South Africa

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Located in the center of Cape Town, this modern boutique hotel is right near Table Mountain. Make a cable-car ride to the top your first stop, then check out the town's gallery scene and nightlife; Derwent House Boutique Hotel

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