1.07.2011

Feature Friday: Hills of Africa


I cannot think of a better place to spend a honeymoon than in the most wildly beautiful and adventurous place on earth – Africa. Some of you might be thinking, Africa? for a honeymoon? Yes! Africa can be whatever you are looking for in a honeymoon –exciting with safaris, exploring, scuba diving, helicopter rides, OR it can be luxurious and relaxing with spa days, hammocks on the beach and wine tasting.

Hills of Africa is the ultimate travel agent – whether you want a ready-made itinerary, or something completely unique and customized to you and your partner’s needs, Hills of Africa is there for you every step of the way. With destinations in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique, there are a wide range of activities and accommodations that will suit anyone’s taste.

 

Native Zimbabwean, Sandy Salle and her American, sister-in-law, Meredith Hill, started Hills of Africa in 2000. Hills of Africa is based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, where agents are able to conduct the planning and customization of your safari. Sandy and Meredith have ensured that the Hills of Africa staff are knowledgeable and helpful to assess and customize your needs and wants every step of the way.


One amazing activity you might expect to experience on a Hills of Africa is a visit to Victoria Falls - one of the 7 wonders of the world and the largest waterfall on earth. After a trip to the Falls, you can relax with afternoon tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel, one of the accommodation options on your safari. Victoria Falls Hotel has welcomed its 5-star treatment and amenities to many celebrities, political leaders, and other VIP’s in the past.



Other romantic experiences include wine and olive oil tasting in Cape Winelands in South Africa. You may have gone wine tasting before, but I doubt you have done it by bike or horse. Horseback riding and bike rentals are available to speed up the distance between tasting destinations or you can explore the roads and vineyards to get a scenic overlook of the area. Of course, you always have the option of exploring by foot but where is the fun in that?

If you imagine spending your honeymoon on a remote island where you can sunbathe and relax in hammocks along the shore, then Zanzibar and Mozambique will be first on your itinerary. Zanzibar and Mozambique both have pristine and ridiculously gorgeous beaches where you can truly relax and enjoy the simple joys of a crashing wave and a grain of sand. If you crave activity, explore the seas and find underwater creatures among vibrant coral.
 
A Sample Hills of Africa Honeymoon Safari Itinerary:
Trip Name: Beaches of Mozambique and Botswana Safari

Length of travel: 12 days

Countries Visited: Mozambique and Botswana

Highlights: On picturesque Benguerra Island, a gorgeous villa on a pristine beach with its own pool, sundeck, and chef gives you all the privacy you desire. Take a romantic cruise at sunset, and fall in love all over again. Enjoy a snorkel trip, Land Rover game drives, and big-game viewing including lions, cheetahs and zebras. While in the Okavango Delta, stay in tree-house camp chalets with an open, airy feel and a superb view of the surrounding plains.

More Sample Itineraries

Remember, itineraries can be completely customized so if you are looking for more adventure or if you want more couple’s massages and romantic dinner cruises, than that is what you shall have.

In addition to making your trip phenomenal and seamless, Hills of Africa has earned The Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa trademark. Meaning, they provide fair wages and working conditions for their employees and respect their environments. By booking your safari with Hills of Africa, you are helping promote the well being of the businesses of the areas you visit.

I know I have been gearing this adventure to honeymooners but it does not have to be just for honeymooners. In fact, Hills of Africa also has Family Safaris and they always welcome friends and other small groups. For more information and photos, check out the Hills of Africa website, blog and Facebook page.




1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing our love of Africa with your readers. Going to Africa really is a life-changing trip. Hugs, Sandy

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