Finally, I have made time in my life to update my blog. It’s been over two years since my last post, and a lot has happened since then, but that’s a post for another day!
Carrying on from where I left off: honeymoon destinations. And today we are travelling to the continent of Africa. ‘Africa’ is, in my class at least, regularly referred to as a wonderful land of one country and one climate: hot and sandy. Despite having a 5ft world map on the wall, and having studied different countries of Africa, having pupils who were born in, or have family in different African countries – there is still a massive misconception as to what ‘Africa’ means. So here is the place to set it straight! Africa is a continent, not a singular country. Africa is big. Like over 30m km2, (Europe in comparison is only just over 10m km2). And hey, look at this fantastic map from Kai Krause to show how many ‘major’ countries fit inside the space of Africa.
Africa is not just deserts and poverty. Yes, there are deserts. But also there are jungles, and grasslands, and sprawling cities. Yes, there is poverty, but also incredible prosperity. There are places that do not have clean drinking water, but also 5 star resorts with crystal clear fountains. There is Ebola and HIV aids, but also a fantastic thirst for education and a strength of people to overcome and help. Africa is a land of juxtaposition, a land of history and future. So why not visit this ginormous, and beautiful landmass on honeymoon?
Possibly most famous for its safaris, and the opportunity to see all of the big 5, Kenya offers some of the most abundant flora and fauna in the continent. Spend time at the beach, spend time in a jeep, take a visit to the national parks or to see Mount Kilamanjaro, whatever you choose, Kenya has an adventure for you. Head to Kenya for THE safari.
- South Africa
On the southern tip of Africa, lies the beautiful country of South Africa. Choose between white sandy beaches and a chance to take a dip with a great white, or luxurious lodge safaris with a chance to spot the big 5. South Africa is both natural and modern (and also has an amazing tourism advert: check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv1MU_Nh8ck) Head to South Africa for luxury, diversity, nature and wine.
One of the most historically interesting countries in the World. A country on temples and monuments, of pyramids and ruins. And all thousands of years old. If you want something a little more modern, then Sharm El-Sheikh is the place to head. Full of high quality hotels; all offering diving expeditions, snorkeling, relaxation, sunshine, and trips to the major attractions of the Valley of the Kings, the pyramids at Giza and the temples at Luxor, you can have a high adrenalin, relaxing and cultural trip all rolled into one. Head to Egypt for photo opportunities, and to eat a KFC mere meters from Great Pyramid of Giza.
Tourism is tightly controlled in order to preserve the ecosystem of the 100+ islands and islets. The Seychelles may seem expensive to visit, but your honeymoon is a once in a lifetime trip, so why not splash out and indulge? The temperature is pretty consistent throughout the year, however rainfall does peak through the winter months, with January being the wettest month of the year. Head to the Seychelles for a natural paradise.
Pristine beaches? Check. Perfect sunsets? Check. Waterfalls, volcanoes, golf, local markets and deep-sea fishing. Mauritius is a place where you could spend an entire fortnight in one of the incredible all-inclusive hotels, but I will always recommend getting out and seeing the local culture. Proviso on Mauritius: local laws and customs are not overly welcoming to same-sex couples. Head to Mauritius for a place to unwind and relax.
In the north of Africa, Morocco offers many travelling gems. But Marrakech is the jewel in its crown. Go on an adventure through the medieval maze of the Medina’s tiny streets. Trade in the markets. Visit both mountain and desert. Travel by camel and meet the locals. Head to Marrakech for old world bazaars, and a different pace of life.
25 km off the coast of Tanzania, lies the island archipelago of Zanzibar. Birthplace and childhood home to Freddie Mercury, Zanzibar offers untold beauty and year round high temperatures. Spend your days sailing and your nights star gazing. Or simply soak up the ambience of paradise. Head to Zanzibar for warm weather, blue skies and crystal clear water.
- Cape Verde
Also known as Cabo Verde, is a volcanic archipelago to the North-West of the African continental land mass. Cape Verde is often described as the region’s most Westernised country, and is known for its, soft, sandy beaches, watersports and shipwreck diving, as well as its morabeza – the Creole word for the open, welcoming, relaxed hospitality of the Cape Verdeans. What more could you want for a honeymoon destination? Head to Cape Verde for exciting activities, relaxing locations and unparalleled hospitality.
Famed for its plant and animal life, Madagascar is certainly a great choice for couples that love nature and hiking. But there is far more to the country than flora and fauna – there are also stunning golden beaches to relax on, and underwater reefs to dive. Head to Madagascar for the very best that nature has to offer.
- Victoria Falls
When thinking of the majesty of Africa, nothing is more awe-inspiring than Victoria Falls. The falls and lake are worth a trip in their own right, but the local area also offers fantastic opportunities for a safari. Head to Victoria Falls to understand Livingston’s words: “No one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”
I guess that it should go without saying that you should always check out the travel advice from the FCO (if you are UK based) before booking a trip anywhere. Especially at the moment with the risk of Ebola in several countries – Ebola is not everywhere – Africa is massive (if you hadn’t gathered that already), and most countries are not affected in the slightest by the breakout. My blog is written purely from an ‘ideal’ view point – and time changes how ideal places are to visit!
Is your perfect honeymoon in Africa? Did you visit this continent for your honeymoon? Let me know in the comments below.