As featured in the Royal Wedding edition of Country Life.
James and Amelia were married in November. They wanted to plan a special, top of the range, heavenly honeymoon to Africa.They enjoy exploration and travel, history and culture, luxury, delicious food and even better wine.
Amelia said, "We did a sunset dhow boat cruise and saw flamingos on a neighbouring island. Our butler was the most amazing man ever and waited on us hand and foot and was so earnest! I wanted to take him back to London with us! It was the most remarkable experience and utterly relaxing."
James and Amelia had been given 3 nights at the Ellerman House in Cape Town as a wedding present (lucky them), a wonderful, small luxury Hotel of top quality. They wanted to do a guided day, which included a township tour to get orientated, and then be a tourist visiting Robben Island and Table Mountain and a few good restaurants.
Cape Town: Spend the first three days in the select Ellerman House facing the sea, with its own pool. It has a feel of a supremely comfortable country house with a grand piano in the drawing room and its own art collection on the walls. It is a great place from which to explore Cape Town or just relax and enjoy the view.
Winelands: A love of good food and wine means a stay in the winelands is a must. Franschoek is beautiful, central and has the advantage of having some of the best restaurants in the area, many within walking distance. To continue with the "best of th best" stay in the pool room at The Franschoek, part of the "Last Word" stable of quality accommodation.
Lunch at La Petit Ferme was "particularly delicious".
Amelia said: "The hotel in Franschoek was stunning."
Safari phase: Transfer to the MalaMala Game Reserve bordering the Kruger where Rattray's Lodge is a place in which to be pampered in true honeymoon style. It is the lodge of choice for king size beds! The large en-suite cottage overlooks the river, with an abundance of wildlife and an absence of humanity. Game viewing is exclusive to the camps so the chances of spotting each of the Big 5 on game drives in an open 4 wheel drive vehicles is much higher than elsewhere. Amelia said: "We saw the Big Five in one day, we had a guide all to ourselves and they drove off the track so we had wonderful animals sightings. Our room was gorgeous, the food was amazing, the staff were very polite, there were few guests to staff which made it feel very personable and we were with a very nice American couple who were sweet."
The Beach: For the final week stay in Mozambique at Benguerra Lodge, situated on the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago. It is beautiful and secluded with dazzling white beaches, a warm blue ocean where you can enjoy some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling in the world and truly relax in a pristine environment. Your casita is on the beach and you have your own personal butler. A wonderfully romantic way to end the honeymoon and start the rest of your life!