In today's time tight society, not all newlyweds can afford the luxury of a lengthy honeymoon. But choose wisely and you'll find that a short getaway can be just as romantic post-wedding. Here are some ideas to set you on your way...
Where to stay
If it's privacy you're after then look no further than Wolwedans Collection of Camps in Namibia. From the sweeping vista of desert dunes to the hulking presence of ancient granite boulders, this privately owned conservation area will take your breath away. Spending your honeymoon hidden away in the NamibRand Nature Reserve is the perfect escape for those who crave something out of the ordinary. Their philosophy is responsible tourism so you'll find yourself enveloped in simple elegance, and it's also the reason you won't find more than one guest bed for every 1000 hectares of nature. There are four spectacular camps to choose from, including Dune's Lodge with its panoramic views; Mountain View Suite for elegant solitude; Wolwedans Dune Camp for a rustic, yet civilized camping experience; Boulders Safari Camp for exclusivity; and Private Camp, set in a tranquil valley. There's also a host of activities for the energetic and not-so-energetic. Scenic drives and walks, as well as starlit bush dinners for two can be arranged - but if you yen is to sit in a hammock, wineglass in hand and just commune with nature, that's fine too.
Walking hand- in- hand with the guy or girl of your dreams along the sculpted dunes of the Sossusvlei rates pretty high on our list of swoon- worthy honeymoon activities. For topping the romantic scale though, we suggest a trip in a hot air balloon. This hour-long flight gives you a 360 degree view of Namibia's most impressive desert and there's a champagne breakfast to indulge you in afterwards.
How to get there
There are several travel options, with self-drive being the longest and definitely a preserve of the more adventurous (Namibian roads can be exciting, to say the least, for dirt-road novices). The Desert Runner is a road shuttle service linking Windhoek to the Sossusvlei area and the NamibRand Nature Reserve and operates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you are pushed for time, however, booking a seat on the DuneHopper is a must. This scheduled air taxi operates on fixed seat rates and flies from Windhoek and Swakopmund to Wolwedans. It is offered by a company called Nature Friend Safaris and can be booked directly or through your tour operator. South Africans do not need a visa for Namibia, only a valid passport.