Villas, lodges and places to stay in Africa

Faced with the diversity of the world’s second largest continent, how do you choose holiday rentals? There are villas, lodges, cottages and wine estates galore... Made up of 53 countries, and limitless cultures and landscapes, the choices are wide open to you. Perhaps you would like to explore the bustling markets of North Africa’s Morocco where you can wander the labyrinthine alleyways. When you’ve had a enough, why not escape to the refuge of a riad for your holiday rental – the traditional Moroccan townhouse, set around a courtyard, often with a plunge pool to cool off in, and a rooftop terrace to have your sundowner. East and South Africa are home to the safari – numerous national parks where you can seek out the Big 5, or some of the lesser known African mammals. Here the options for holiday rentals are vast: you can stay in lodges, or in self catering huts and holiday houses.

Cape Verde is an enchanting location for holiday rentals. With year-round sunshine, local music, great food, water sports, culture and gorgeous landscapes, what more could you want?
The ‘jewel’ of East Africa, with some of the continent’s best beaches, magnificent wildlife and breathtaking scenery – a holiday villa or lodge in Kenya will give you a bit of everything.
This North African country will capture your imagination – starry nights under shifting sand dunes, the hustle and bustle of markets, the peace of the mountains. Find a hotel or private riad in Morocco so you can soak it all up.
At the southern tip of Africa you will find this extraordinarily diverse country. Holiday rental properties here abound – whether you’re after wine tasting or wildlife watching, you'll find a suitable holiday house or cottage in South Africa .
Take a wildlife safari at dawn, snorkel in turquoise waters at lunchtime and then bask on a white sand beach until dusk – a holiday in Tanzania offers you a truly unique and memorable kind of lifestyle.

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South Africa itself is Africa’s most popular holiday rentals destination; you can be tasting wine in the country’s famous Stellenbosch wine region, stay in an apartment in lively Cape Town, or head for the east of the country and rent a lodge on the edge of the Kruger National Park, or a farmhouse on a game reserve. Away from Africa’s mainland, are numerous islands, both large and small. From Lamu and Zanzibar to Madagascar and the Seychelles, if you are seeking the beach life, then there are numerous options. East of the African mainland you’ll find (amongst others) the Seychelles, best known as a honeymoon holiday rentals destination, Zanzibar – Africa’s ‘spice island’ and Madagascar, home to countless rare species of flora and fauna. Or go West of the mainland in search of a holiday home on the Cape Verde islands; wild, volcanic islands off the coast of Senegal. Whatever you are looking for in your African holiday rental, you are likely to find it!

Where to go for a honeymoon? Africa or Elsewhere?

Your honeymoon is the most exciting holiday of your life. It may be the only holiday you ever go on where it is allowed, and more so encouraged, that you raise the bar on your budget and treat yourself to the best luxury and extravagance that money can buy. It is the holiday that seals the deal on your wedding and is when your life together begins. But deciding where to go can be a minefield! There is a huge amount of choice, from a diversity of destinations to all sorts of different types of accommodation.

The first thing to do is to discuss how much you’re prepared to spend on the honeymoon and what type of holiday you both want. Once you’ve done that, you have a wealth of options to choose from. Do you want a romantic beach retreat, or a stylish city break? Or perhaps you’re thinking along the lines of a luxurious safari, or an eco-lodge in the rainforest under the stars? Even if you’re on a tight budget there are no fewer options – how about a cosy cottage in the middle of a picturesque English landscape?

Some of the most popular honeymoon destinations are places like the Seychelles and Mauritius, where you can be guaranteed a warm Indian Ocean climate, picture perfect white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, and a bigger selection of lavish honeymoon properties than you’ll know what to do with. Alternatively, if you still want beaches and sunshine but you don’t want to go so far afield, why not think about one of the Italian islands like Sicily or Capri, which have stunning accommodation overlooking mountains, ancient ruins and sparkling waters. Whether you’re by the coast or nestled in an olive grove you are guaranteed romance, beauty and superb cuisine.

If your idea of the perfect honeymoon doesn’t take you quite so far from the big city, then how about a honeymoon in New York? There are few places so exciting in the world as the Big Apple and with skyscrapers, shopping and nightlife it is the perfect holiday destination for a cosmopolitan couple. As a complete antithesis to a city destination, you could consider getting off the beaten track and venturing somewhere like South America. If you’re a nature lover and you want to completely get away into the wilderness then Argentina or Patagonia are idyllic. You will find no less luxury and the nightlife is still buzzing if that’s what you’re looking for, but you will also feel like you are doing something different and really exploring some of the world’s hidden wonders.

Last, but certainly not least, the UK has a wealth of gorgeous and romantic honeymoon destinations. There are self-catering hideaways nestled in the countryside, chic apartments in every town and city, cottages with stunning sea views, and luxury yurts and cabins hidden in forests. Tropical getaways are lovely but all you really need for a wonderful honeymoon is you, your partner and a private, romantic setting, wherever in the world that might be.
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