8 EAST AFRICA HONEYMOON IDEAS
Planning a honeymoon? Here are 8 incredible itinerary ideas for an unusual, authentic and unforgettable East Africa honeymoon.
With pristine white sand beaches sprinkled between old fishing villages and lowland tropical forest, it’s understandable why visitors are willing to make the journey to the northern realm of Lake Malawi.
Despite being less developed and less populated, the north is perhaps most famous for its endless beaches where you can soak up the sea and sunshine in blissful isolation.
The northern shores of Lake Malawi support an impressive array of freshwater fish, with a greater variety than any other lake on earth. It's the perfect place for snorkeling, scuba diving and boating, and you’ll be sure to spot some of the 850 species of the mouth brooding cichlids.
Not all activities are under water, with plenty of wild places to explore on land too. Limited traffic and a plethora of trails mean bicycles are the perfect way to get around and explore. You can cycle from Chintheche to the bustling harbor town of Nkhata Bay for the day.
With an almost Caribbean feel amidst verdant mountains, Nkhata market hawkers sell freshly barbecued fish and handmade crafts. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars, where you can watch the ruby red moonrise with an ice-cold sundowner.
For the more adventurous travelers, embark on an exhilarating mountain biking excursion along intricate bush trails through Malawi’s most picturesque valleys, rivers, forests, farms and tea plantations. If you prefer the ground beneath your feet, you can experience Malawi by hiking through the forest trails searching for endemic species with your local guide.
The only way to get a true idea of Lake Malawi’s magnitude is to soar above it by light aircraft flight to the remote Likoma Island. With uninterrupted panoramic views of Mozambique’s wild coast, Likoma Island offers authentic beachside luxury that’s near impossible to leave.
The best time to visit Lake Malawi is between May and October. During this time, the weather is warm and dry and makes for the best beach weather. The rains arrive in January and February, bringing lush green vegetation but also muddy trails, flood risk and higher mosquito activity. For music and art lovers, the Lake of Stars Festival is hosted in September which could make a fun addition to your itinerary.