With a population of over one billion, Africa contains fifteen percent of the world’s people, and over one thousand languages are spoken.
This massive continent has so much to brag about; the Nile River, which is the longest in the world. It also has the largest desert, the Sahara; and the largest waterfall, Victoria Falls.
The highest mountain in Africa is Mt Kilimanjaro, towering over 19,000 feet; and half of the gold mined on earth is from a plateau in South Africa, called Witwatersrand.
Added to this, Africa has the largest animal, the African elephant; the world’s tallest animal, the giraffe; the world’s largest reptile, the Nile Crocodile; and the gorilla, which is the world’s largest primate. There are so many animals, reptiles, and birdlife on one continent that it would take a lifetime to see everything that Africa has to offer.
In fact, it’s so large that it is bigger than Spain, and was only discovered and colonised in 500 AD. As Madagascar was settled so recently, it’s a paradise for wildlife, and contains more than half of the world’s chameleons and many species of lemur. Over ninety percent of Madagascar’s wildlife is found nowhere else on earth. Not only is Madagascar an island of incredible animal and plant life, including the unique Baobab tree, but it boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Africa.
For something more adventurous, hike through a lush rainforest, admire the native plant life, and encounter the Indri Lemur with their striking black and white coats.
Mozambique, in South-East Africa, has 2,470 kilometres of coastline offering stunning beaches, coral reefs, and large marine life. With its subtropical climate and slow-paced island atmosphere, this is the perfect honeymoon destination, with the option to do as much, or as little as you choose. Brightly coloured coral reefs can be explored by snorkelling or scuba diving, or for a more relaxed experience, take a reef cruise at sunset.
Soak up the sunshine by the aqua waters, or set out on a big-game fishing cruise. The waters around Mozambique have an abundance of turtles, dolphins, manta rays, and even dugong. Whale sharks and humpbacks can be seen as they migrate along the Mozambique channel, and flamingos make an appearance on the beaches at certain times of the year. There are towns to explore with their colourful Portugese-colonial architecture, and the influence of Swahili, Arabic and European cultures can be seen in the north half of the country.
The national foods of Mozambique include an abundance of fresh, local seafood, and in true Portugese style, Peri-Peri is used to flavour everything from seafood to steak. Exotic fruits such as mango and papaya are cheap and in plentiful supply, and coconut and cashews are used liberally in the traditional recipes of Mozambique. With so much to see and experience, Mozambique is something a little out of the ordinary, and the perfect honeymoon destination.