Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will walk down the aisle May 19 at the most anticipated wedding of the year. And sure, the royal wedding will be cool and all, but once they walk out the doors of St George’s chapel and get the reception over with, the newlyweds' fun will really begin as the two travel lovers jet off on their honeymoon.
But where will they go? A source has confirmed to Travel + Leisure that Harry and Meghan have indeed chosen Namibia as the country where they will spend their first vacation together as husband and wife.
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After taking a closer look at Namibia, it’s easy to see why the couple decided to go there for the ultra-romantic honeymoon of their dreams. In fact, if you’re planning your own honeymoon, or simply want to go somewhere unforgettable with your partner, you should seriously consider Namibia, as this southwestern African nation is filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences to offer.
Why Namibia Is so Unique
Yes, Namibia has plenty of safari tours to choose from, but that's not the only reason to go.
In Namibia, visitors must check out the Sossusvlei sand dunes, which they can access by car and then climb around by foot. While exploring the area, they may be able to spot animals you probably wouldn't expect to see in the desert, such as zebras, antelopes, ostriches, and even lions. The wet season is ideal for this, as the animals gather around the temporary watering holes to drink.
In Namibia, visitors like Meghan and Harry can also go visit Kaokoland in the northwest, which is home to the Himba tribe, one of the last nomadic tribes in Africa.
And you can also plan a flying safari over the Skeleton Coast to get a bird's-eye view of the dramatic Namibian landscape.
Why Namibia Is Ideal for Harry and Meghan
Namibia's points of interest and luxury camps are extremely remote. It’s also one of the least densely populated countries in the world. In fact, it’s so remote that you have to charter a bush plane to get to many of its safari destinations, truly making it one of the few places in the world where privacy is essentially guaranteed. For that very reason other famous and highly private people like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie choose to frequent the nation. In fact, Brad and Angelina even chose to have one of their children in Namibia due to its intense privacy factor.
As for Harry, Namibia is still part of the Commonwealth, so it makes sense as a British royal that he’d choose to go there for such an important moment in his life.
Where Harry and Meghan Might Stay
It’s rumored that the pair will be staying at the country’s newest luxury camp, Natural Selection's Hoanib Valley Camp.
“We think frills are great, but they are no match for thrills, especially when it comes to African safaris. Don’t get us wrong, we love a great bottle of wine and soft sheets as much as anyone. But for us, the greatest luxury of all, by far, is experience,” the tour company explained on its website. “That’s why we’re creating a portfolio of welcoming camps and one-of-a-kind experiences that are full of unique soul and colorful character, with extraordinary staff, located in the very heart of where the wild things are.”
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Hoanib also has a camp along the Skeleton Coast, so if Meghan and Harry choose to move around the country while they are there, they can do so.
Of course, Hoanib isn’t the only game in town. If you’re looking to book an equally royal safari vacation, read up on all the top safari companies in the world. Who knows, you may end up sharing a Jeep with royalty.