Say I love you with a moneymoon

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iol travel dec 12 Serengeti REUTERS They can also go on a number of private safaris in some of Africas most wildlife-abundant areas including the Serengeti.

London - For many newlyweds, a honeymoon is an excuse to begin married life in style, by splashing out on a lavish holiday of a lifetime.

But one holiday operator has taken it to the next level, launching the world’s most expensive honeymoon, aimed at super-rich newlyweds.

The ultra-luxurious trip comes at an eye-watering price that would even put a dent in the pockets of the mega wealthy.

The exclusive package is being offered by leading tailor-made safari operator, Discover Africa, and costs nearly R3-million a couple, including transfers via private jet and helicopter but excluding international flights.

For R195 000 a couple a day, newlyweds can enjoy a helicopter ride over Cape Town, Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles; stay in a penthouse in an exclusive hotel on the city’s V&A Waterfront and sip sundowner cocktails on Table Mountain.

They can also go on a number of private safaris in some of Africa’s most wildlife-abundant areas including the Serengeti and take part in an adrenalin-pumping game drive in Tanzania.

iol travel nov 12 table mountain Newlyweds can enjoy a helicopter ride over Cape Town, Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles. Photo: Matthew Jordaan INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

Brides and grooms can also toast their nuptials on tours of vineyards and estates in the wine-lands not easily available to tourists, via a private 4x4 jeep with a specialist guide.

Other excursions on the trip include visiting a traditional Maasai village; shopping for a gift of Tanzanite jewellery and gorilla trekking in Rwanda.

What’s more, much of the accommodation is booked exclusively to give newlyweds the ultimate in privacy.

Andre Van Kets, co-founder of Discover Africa, said: “Africa is a hugely popular honeymoon destination – it combines romantic locations, beautiful wildlife and breathtaking experiences that will bring newlyweds even closer together – and we wanted to put together a package which combines all three of these aspects, along with some of Southern and East Africa’s most unforgettable sights.

“We have a number of honeymoon packages that cater for a wide range of budgets – from modest to unlimited – but this trip offers a degree of romance that is truly priceless.”

As if that was not enough, there are a number of exclusive extras available to add on, to make the trip even more special.

Guests can splash out on lavish souvenirs and gifts, including a bottle of vintage Dom Pérignon (R26 000), a Swarovski NC2 night vision telescope (R84 000) for evening safaris and the exotic Kopi Luwak coffee (about R3 000/kg) for which the beans are eaten and digested by the Asian palm civet or “toddy cat”.

Philanthropic couples looking to leave a meaningful mark on the continent can choose to do so in a number of ways – sponsoring the relocation of a rhino from South Africa to Botswana to help protect the species from poachers (R475 000) or donating to the Environmental Education Centre, to aid in the development of Singita Sasakwa’s future leaders (R84 000). – Daily Mail

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