South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Here, a remote, unspoiled valley harbors a happy and healthy population of elephants, lions, giraffes, and hippos under the hot African sun. On this particular trip, you'll get major bang for your buck and more profound animal- viewing, because for much of it, you'll be (safely) on foot.
The country's most respected operator and the originator of the walking safari, Robin Pope Safaris takes travelers out of big Land Rovers and plants their feet right down on the terrain. Their small-group Luangwa Bush Camping program includes leisurely day walks and hiking between campsites accompanied by dynamic expert guide Deb Tittle (and armed scouts, of course). The game viewing is spectacular: You'll spot hippos lolling in watering holes, leopards on the prowl, and herds of lions sunning themselves. But even adventurous couples enjoy a few indulgences -- this is your honeymoon, after all. The journey begins and ends at luxurious camps with chalet-style rooms and open-air lounges along river bends that are popular hangout spots for elephants and buffalo. Sandwiched in the middle is the real bush camping, but even those tents come with feather pillows, warm bucket showers, and gin and tonics (from $490 per person, per night, all-inclusive, robinpopesafaris.net).
What Else to Do
After you've done the bush, squeeze in some beach time. Tack on a few nights at Robin Pope's Pumulani, 10 tranquil villas a few hours away on Lake Malawi, where the sandy shore will trick you into thinking you're at the ocean (from $340 per person).
When to Go
Bush camping is offered from June to October.
How to Get There
A representative will meet you at Zambia's Mfuwe International Airport and then transport you the hour to Nkwali Camp, the starting point.