While honeymoons may be postponed or on hold for now, the planning and dreaming continues. We’ve partnered with bridal stylist Samantha Levis, founder of The Bold & Bridal to put together a series of style lookbooks for a few of our most popular honeymoon destinations (see our Maldives and Paris honeymoon guides here).
Our third destination is inarguably my favorite to plan (and daydream about going back to): AFRICA. Read on for tips on how to approach your honeymoon style and a few “must pack” pieces that will keep looking your bridal best even after you say “I do.”
THE BOLD & BRIDAL says…
“Let’s be honest – a honeymoon in Africa is just as indulgent as it is adventurous. Arguably the most spectacular hotels, photos and setups (just thinking of those dinners in the wild) I have ever seen. Your packing can reflect this. Equal parts indulgent, equal parts practical.
Don’t fight your surroundings, breath in the natural beauty and be a part of it. I’m inspired by earthy tones and, of course, the wildlife. Leopard has oddly enough always been one of my favorite neutrals. Play with the prints (in earthy tones)!
Coming back to my idea of ‘I can only wear this here,‘ really have at it with the prints and live in the lap of luxury in these incredibly naturally beautiful hotels and surroundings. I love how fashiony this board is, but without trying too hard due to the muted colors.”
- Jewelry is really more of a *resorty* add-on for pool or mealtime. Let it be comfy and nothing too delicate – love these thick bangles from Aurélie Bidermann.
- A hero piece for this guide is Nili Loton’s perfectly crisp yet soft white button-down. With this board, the button-down goes with it all. Wear this with shorts or pants on safari during the day and twist & tie over a bikini for the pool. Back at camp, pair with the zebra shorts, leopard skirt, even cargo pants (but make it fashion).
- I adore the matching Self-Portrait khaki trench top + pants for the utmost chic, and comfortable safari photo and day. Throw on the button-down over it and of course add the jacket to be fully suited.
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- Aurelie Bidermann White Katt Bangle Cuff
- Saint Laurent Lou Studded Pony Hair & Leather Camera Bag
- Saint Laurent Lou Leather-Trim Raffia Camera Bag
- Aurelie Bidermann Black Bangle (similar)
- Dolce & Gabbana Cropped Zebra-Print Cotton-Blend Top & Twill Shorts
- Vince Suede Cabria Boots
- Zimmermann Empire Plunge Scarf Tie One-Piece
- Zimmermann Empire Pleated Zebra-Print Linen Shorts
- Gianvito Rossi Dallas Snakeskin-Embossed Metallic Leather Flat Sandals
- Loewe Basket Bag
- Gianvito Rossi Zebra Ankle-Wrap Sandals
- Zimmermann Empire Full Skirt
- Nili Lotan Hunt Utilitarian Cady Jacket
- Nili Lotan Athena Cotton-Voile Shirt
- Self-Portrait High-Rise Canvas Peg Trousers
- Self-Portrait Canvas Top
- Donni Camel Sunglasses Chain
Africa is probably my favorite type of honeymoon to plan, because it’s such a once-in-a-lifetime, life-changing experience. And there are SO many different ways to do it…
South Africa is pretty much a slam-dunk for couples who want a mix of everything. Start in Cape Town (stay at Belmond Mount Nelson, Ellerman House, or The Silo) for a few days exploring the city and sights, then spend a couple of nights in the Winelands (stay at La Residence or Le Quartier Français), and then head up to Sabi Sand Game Reserve – a private reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park – for 3 – 5 nights on safari (depending on how long, you can either stay at one or two lodges — I recommend Singita, Londolozi, Royal Malewane, Lion Sands, or Ulusaba). If you have more time, fly up to Mozambique for a few days in paradise on the Indian Ocean (stay at Azura Benguerra Island).
For couples who want to focus more of their time in “the bush,” the options go on and on. A magical start to a honeymoon would be a night at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, followed by a few different lodges in Kenya (such as Sasaab, Angama Mara, and/or Segera Retreat). Or start at Victoria Falls (stay at Victoria Falls Hotel) and then move down to Botswana (such as Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge, Belmond Khwai River Lodge, Abu Camp, and/or Mombo Camp), or Tanzania (such as Four Seasons Serengeti, Singita, The Highlands, and/or Serian Camps). Finally, after safari, a week in the Seychelles (stay at North Island, Four Seasons, or Six Senses Zil Pasyon) is the perfect ending to a honeymoon in Africa.
Most charter flights en route to the safari lodges do have luggage restrictions (often a soft-sided duffle with weight limitations), so be sure to take that into consideration. We recommend picking a few statement pieces that you can mix and match from this lookbook, with a good dose of athleisure and neutral casuals. The lodges do include laundry service, so you’ll want to bring items that can be worn multiple times!