South Africa & Mozambique Honeymoon

A 'Bush to Beach' Itinerary

Your honeymoon is the perfect time to splurge on a the safari of your dreams. Take two weeks to relax on this "bush to beach" vacation, where you will experience the best of Southern Africa. Start at one of many luxury safari lodges in Sabi Sand, a private conservation area near Kruger National Park in South Africa. After a week of early-morning game drives and incredible close-up wildlife encounters, travel to the secluded beaches off the coast of Mozambique. There you can relax, snorkel among pristine reefs and watch humpback whales. This 12-day Africa itinerary offers the adventure of a lifetime, without any of the stress associated with planning.

When to go: The safari area of Kruger/Sabi Sand is in the low veld to the northeast of Johannesburg. Summers (December-March) are hot and wet, and winters (June-September) are warm and dry. 

Learn more: Download our free comprehensive Luxury Safari Guide for everything you need to know, from planning and packing to how to take great wildlife photos and more.

Itinerary Highlights

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  • Enjoy Big 5 game drives in South Africa
  • Take a stunning helicopter ride to Benguerra Island
  • Experience huge dunes, crystal water, whales, reefs and secluded beaches in Mozambique
  • Scuba dive off Benguerra Island
  • Go deep-sea fishing

Trip Overview

Day 1 : Johannesburg
Day 2 - 6 : Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Day 7 - 11 : Benguerra Island, Mozambique
Day 12 : Johannesburg

Day 1 : Johannesburg

Depending on your arrival time you may want to spend one night in Johannesburg to recover from jet lag. Alternately, you could fly straight to your safari destination. If you choose to stay in Johannesburg, stay at the Hideaway Report-recommended Fairlawns Boutique Hotel

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

This distinguished neoclassical villa, converted to a hotel in 1997, is surrounded by tranquil, parklike grounds that sweep down to a lovely pool.

Leopard in a tree in South Africa
Elephant in South Africa

Day 2 - 6 : Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Sabi Sand is a group of fenceless private game reserves adjacent to Kruger National Park, South Africa's largest national park. The private reserves provide a wealth of opportunities to view the Big 5 of African wildlife (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino) in an area where you can drive off-road with an experienced guide. Sabi Sand also has one of the highest concentrations of leopards in Africa. Many of the animals are acclimated to the presence of vehicles, offering the opportunity to get closer to wildlife than you could imagine.

Choose from one of the many Hideaway Report-recommended safari lodges below for a luxurious South African safari experience. To help decide where to go, read "How to Choose an African Safari," by our editor-in-chief, who has been on more than 30 safaris in his lifetime.

Londolozi Private Game Reserve

This deluxe riverside enclave is set under a canopy of ebony trees on its own private game reserve.

Royal Malewane

This lavish safari lodge is set within the Thornybush Private Game Reserve along the western fringe of Kruger National Park.

Singita Boulders Lodge

This superb luxury lodge on a private tract of riverfront land in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve borders the unfenced boundary of Kruger National Park.

Benguerra Island dhow
Private plunge pool at Azura Benguerra Island

Day 7 - 11 : Benguerra Island, Mozambique

After a week of early-morning safari drives, you will be craving time to relax and decompress. Benguerra Island is part of the remote Bazaruto archipelago and is home to crystal-clear water, endangered dugongs, huge sand dunes and some of Africa's best scuba diving. 

Azura Benguerra Island's restaurant serves delicious locally sourced seafood. Take time to tour the school (which is supported by the resort) or have the resort arrange an island-hopping day trip. Spend the rest of your time either relaxing in your private plunge pool or deep-sea fishing. 

Azura Benguerra Island

Set in the protected marine reserve of Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, this ecologically sensitive lodge is on Benguerra Island.

One of the most memorable parts of a trip to Benguerra Island is the helicopter trip over Bazaruto Bay en route to the resort:

Day 12 : Johannesburg

It is a relatively easy trip back home via Vilankulos and Johannesburg to all international destinations.


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