If your idea of a dream vacation includes waking up to a herd of elephants having a drink or cosying up in the wilderness under the stars, these are the must-visit lodges amidst the African bush.
This luxury lodge in Tanzania, East Africa, allows for guests to get up close with wildlife - one of the lodges' highlights is its location right by the plains (there's a swanky infinity pool perched right above a watering hole!). If you're lucky, you'll catch the sight of a herd of elephants or lions having a drink just a stone's throw away! There are 77 guest rooms, suites and villas, all of which overlook the undulating Serengti plains, sundecks for lounging as you take in the magnificent scenery, as well as luxurious amenities. Visit www.fourseasons.com/serengeti/ This takes the term glamping to another level. You'll get exceptional views of the Masai Mara National Reserve from your tent - there are 40 in total, from classic to Superior, all of which gaze out to the plains and are inspired by the Maasai, a Nilotic ethnic group inhabiting southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. What you can do here: Go hot air ballooning, game drives, bush walks, or get to interact with the Maasai. Be there at the right time and you'll get to catch the seasonal Great Migration. P.S. Don't be surprised if you wake up to warthogs feeding right outside your tent. Visit www.andbeyond.com/our-lodges/africa/kenya/masai-mara-national-park. Image: &Beyond See also: 4 PICTURE-PERFECT SOUTHEAST ASIAN RESORTS FOR STYLISH WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS A blend of contemporary design and natural as well as tribal elements that enhance the natural bush surroundings - steel, wood, thatch, glass, water and sand -, the lodge comprises a total of 9 elevated villas, most of which overlook the Sabie River. Visit www.lionsands.com/our-lodges/ivory-lodge If you're up for your own Tarzan-style experience, definitely consider Lion Sands' tree houses. Far from roughing it out, these are decked with luxury amenities that allow you to enjoy the beauty of the untouched wild without sacrificing on creature comforts. The king of the jungle would be envious. Here are other unique honeymoon destinations (one with an underwater night club!) you'll love. Visit www.lionsands.com/our-treehouses. Images: @lionsandsgamereserve/Instagram This luxurious desert retreat is located within the private 27,000-hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve, where springboks, gemsboks and ostriches are common visitors. There are 11 climate-controlled, thatched "kulalas" (the word means 'to sleep'), each with a private plunge pool, both indoor and outdoor showers as well as a a rooftop star bed for cosying up under a starry sky. Some of the must-dos include visiting the Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei clay pans, as well as the 3km-long Sesriem Canyon. The Namib coast desert is also known for its clear night skies - perfect for a spot of romantic stargazing with your spouse. Visit www.wilderness-safaris.com/camps/little-kulala. Image: Wilderness Safaris, Little Kulala Royal Malewane If seeing the Big Five ( lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos ) up close is on your bucket list, then you'll want to head to the Royal Malewane located within the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa. This intimate and opulent lodge, which often sees famous faces like Elton John and Bill Gates, has just six colonial-style Luxury suites, two Royal suites as well as the Africa House, which has six en-suite bedrooms, plush furniture and antique furnishings. It's also listed as one of the top 50 resorts (2017) in the world by the Conde Nast Traveler. See also: 7 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HONEYMOON EXTRA SPECIAL Visit www.theroyalportfolio.com/royal-malewane