It is becoming increasingly popular for brides and grooms to honeymoon in Africa- and why wouldn't it be? Africa is a vast and beautiful country, filled with honeymoon photo-taking opportunities. When traveling to any city in Africa, couples should be aware of some basic things before deciding where to book their safari honeymoon. Here are some things to take into consideration before travelling to Africa on you honeymoon:
1. Vaccination List
Below is a list of some vaccinations that you should get before going to Africa. Consult with your doctor about what you need. Your doctor will be able to give you the vaccinations ahead of time. The recommended vaccinations are:
- Hepatitis A
- Yellow Fever
- Typhoid Fever
- Hepatitis B
- Medications to prevent Malaria, a disease that is spread by mosquitoes.
2. Basics to Bring
- List of vaccinations (most countries require you to have a list before entering)
- Clothes for any weather
3. Travelling Restrictions
Do your research before planning your honeymoon destination. Some African countries are constantly experiencing conflict. It might be a good idea to avoid these areas. Some home countries will prohibit travel to certain areas. Check with your local government agencies to see if there are travel warnings/restrictions.
4. Danger Advisories
Depending on the area of Africa, you might experience extreme weather, animal attacks, or illnesses like malaria, dengue fever, or other stomach-related issues. Also, mosquitos are prevalent in most of Africa. The use of mosquito nets and insect repellant are therefore advised.
5. Illegal Contraband
Depending on where you honeymoon, countries may have different laws on what you can take in with you. Typically, countries restrict the importation of certain medicines or alcohol. Check with your travel agency beforehand.
6. What are you allowed to take back?
Africa is home to some amazing animals, like elephants. Elephant tusks are made out of ivory. Taking ivory out of most counties is illegal. Check beforehand to make sure that you don’t take home illegal contraband.
7. Prepare for the weather
While Africa has a relatively hot, dry climate, certain desert areas can be quite cold at night. Make sure to pack clothes for both hot and chilly weather.
8. Travel insurance
No matter where you travel, it is a good idea to have travel insurance. Travel insurance can be taken out to protect you from financial loss and provide you with health insurance. The health insurance can be used in the foreign county in case you or your spouse get sick on your honeymoon.
9. Photocopy Documents
Having photocopies of all of your documents such as your ID and passport is important. Keep the photocopies at home in case they are lost during travel.
10. Let card and bank accounts know of travel
When travelling to Africa or any foreign country, let your credit card company or bank know that you are travelling. Most banks and card companies will decline excessive amounts or uses in unfamiliar countries. This is done in order to prevent fraud. Let them know ahead of time to avoid frustration later.
11. Plan the route and let people know itinerary
Plan your itinerary ahead of time and leave a copy with family or friends. In case something happens, your loved ones will know where you planning to be at all times during your honeymoon.