Choosing where to go for your honeymoon may be one of the trickiest holiday decisions that you will ever need to make. After the hectic nature of wedding planning and the whirlwind of your most fabulous day, your honeymoon should be the perfect time for you and your other half to sit back and reflect on your future together. What better way to start married life than embarking on an adventure together in a far-flung destination; a place that you may never have considered travelling to? From seeing wild animals in their natural habitat in Africa to trekking the peaks of the Atlas Mountains, we’ve picked out a bunch of honeymoons that are perfect for the most out-there, thrill-seeking couples.
Go outdoor 'fly camping' in Tanzania
Fancy getting up close and personal with a pack of lions while they tuck into their prey? Or how about observing a herd of magnificent-looking elephants plodding along slowly on a grassy plain? Then a safari in Tanzania would be a great option for you. For even more of a thrill, try outdoor ‘fly camping’, where you cosy up together and sleep in the wilderness with only a simple mosquito-netted tent coming between you and the elements. Drift off to the sounds of animals howling in the distance, bringing you completely back to nature. This sensational safari experience can be booked through Nomad Tanzania.
Join a cattle drive in Patagonia, Argentina
Immerse yourself in beautiful Argentina's national culture by joining a cattle drive in the Patagonian Lake District. You'll work together with the local gauchos (the country's equivalent of cowboys) to drive a herd of a thousand cattle to their summer pastures up in the The Andes. This will be a truly memorable experience for both of you to share – riding high above the clouds in the mountains, galloping along Patagonian beaches and bathing in hot springs 2,500 meters above sea level. Bookings can be made through MacDermott's Argentina.
Experience heli-skiing in the Canadian Rockies
Head to the wilderness of British Columbia, close to the Alaskan border, to experience some of the best heli-skiing the world has to offer. Side by side with your loved one, you'll have the opportunity to ski on fresh, light and untracked powder every day, in one of the earth's most beautiful areas of natural wilderness. The majestic mountains offer 14,375 vertical feet of heli-skiing per day – definitely not for the faint-hearted. At the end of an exhilarating day on the slopes, retreat back to your luxurious lodge, where you can indulge in a couple's massage or a warm soak in the jacuzzi. The heli-skiiing trip can be booked through Scott Dunn.
Go 'glamping' and see the Northen Lights in Lapland
Venture towards the snow-filled winter wonderland of Swedish Lapland, on the inside of the Arctic Circle, for a truly one-in-a-lifetime, fairytale-like experience. Stay in the Aurora Safari camp near the Rane River Valley, an ideal place to see the Northen Lights and explore Swedish forests and lakes. When night falls, cosy on up in a traditional Nordic Lavvu tent, and warm up beside blazing wood burners. Other romantic activities here include husky-sled rides, reindeer spotting and snowshoe walks in the stunning wilderness. The 'glamping' experience can be booked through Original Travel.
Trek in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Strap your walking shoes on and head to the Atlas Mountains, just outside Marrakech, for a terrific trekking honeymoon. Experience a traditional Kasbah, an old Islamic fortress, from which you'll start your journey from. Spend your days taking in the awe-inspiring views of the mountains and the Azzaden Valley, and see a side of the world that's barely touched by the modern way life. It's not all hard work though – after a day of walking, you can relax in a Moroccan hammam (Turkish bath) back at base camp. Trips can be arranged through Responsible Travel.
Surf in the waters of Mozambique
For couples that thrive on the thrill of catching waves, a honeymoon on the coast of Mozambique is a brilliant choice. With long white beaches, turquoise blue water and empty breaks, this undeveloped surfing destination is a dream come true. For a little slice of luxury after a day out in the water, stay at the contemporary White Pearl resort, which has its own private beach and suite with view of the Indian Ocean. This sensational surfing getaway can be booked through Line Up Explorers.
Cruise on a houseboat along Kerala's backwaters, India
Get aboard an old-fashioned bamboo houseboat and float gently down the backwaters around Alleppey in Kerala, and take in the beautiful, palm-fringed canals along the Arabian Sea and inland waters. The boats are comfortably furnished, with contemporary designs and modern facilities. Enjoy the simple life while reading, sunbathing and relaxing, or try your hand at a spot of fishing. The on-board chefs can whip up delicious South Indian meals for you in the small kitchen. When you feel like it, hop off the boat and visit one of the many markets inthe small towns and villages along the way. Try the houseboat experience through i-escape.
Cycle through the French Alps
For couples who appreciate scenery as much as sporty activities, a cycling holiday through the stunning French Alps combines both passions. Surround yourself with stunning views as you pedal hard up and down the roads that hug the mountains. Enjoy a ride along Lake Annecy, lunch at a local bistro along the way, and cool off after a long days' travel with a cool swim in the clear waters of the lake. The cycling adventure can be booked through Trek Travel.
This article was written by Anna Chittenden, the founder of Lost Guides.