In November of 2018, Anne and I spent our (one-year-late) honeymoon in Africa. We took a month off from our busy schedules to really get up close and personal with animals and nature. It was one of the best experiences in my life, and I’m excited to share it all with you guys.

I didn’t have real solid plans of turning this trip into a whole travel series. After all, I did this because I wanted to spend time with my wife and enjoy the nature. But what I saw across different countries in Africa just had to be documented. It was so unreal to be walking amongst elephants, gorillas, and packs of lions. So what I compiled below aren’t exactly like my other travel series. They’re more raw, more candid, and a bit more relaxed. Exactly how I wanted to feel on my honeymoon.

Of course, I still wanted it to be educational and informed. So below you’ll find all the places we stayed at and visited, in case you’d like to craft your own Africa journey one day. I highly recommend it.

PART 1

We flew Cathay Pacific’s newest route: Manila to Hong Kong, then Hong Kong to Cape Town, South Africa. This was a really long flight, lasting over 17 hours in total. It was crazy long, so I’m glad we got to relax and get comfortable in Cathay Pacific’s business class lounges and seats.

When in Africa, you have to go to the safaris. Getting this close to such wild animals in their natural habitat was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s truly a marvel how these animals are so beautiful and strong, but also at the mercy of man’s actions.

This is the only time I get to kiss a long-legged beauty who isn’t Anne.

Hanging out with elephants was a whole other story. These massive creatures can easily kill you with a swipe of their trunk or tusk. But they also resonated with such gentleness and intelligence that you don’t see with any other type of animal. Photographing them was pure joy.

This guy posed for me for over 5 minutes!

Here’s where we stayed, in order of appearance in the video below:

  • Athol Place, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Little Vundu in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
  • Somalisa Acacia Camp in Hwange, Zimbabwe
  • Thorntree River Lodge, Zambia
  • One Forty-Eight Giraffe Sanctuary, Nairobi, Kenya

Here are the places we visited, which I highly suggest you check out:

  • Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg
  • Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
  • Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
  • Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia
  • Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe Giraffe Center, Nairobi
  • David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Watch part 1 here:

Like the music? Check out the songs used here:

  • As Long As We Go – Cecilia Lindh
  • Lounge Lizards – Jack Elphick
  • The Powers of the Universe – Of Power
  • Green Hills – Sebastian Forslund
  • 7 Years to Life
  • Dark Green Lines – Sebastian Forslund
  • Dynamite Castle – Sebastian Forslund

PART 2

For this part of the trip, it was all about Rwanda and seeing gorillas. I suggest you spend at least a week in this beautiful country. Here, we went to the Volcanoes National park, just 3 hours away from Kigali. We stayed at the Sabinyo Silverback lodge, did 2 gorilla treks, and as well as a visit to Diane Fossey’s grave.

There’s so much to see and learn in Rwanda, and it does take time to find the gorillas. These massive, mountain gorillas radiate with power, but also a sort of innocence. It’s different experiencing it in real life. It was heartbreaking to discover that only about a thousand of these majestic animals exist in the wild. Despite their sheer strength, they’re still vulnerable to the many atrocities humans cause to them and their environment. For more information, check out this documentary on Netflix called Virunga. It’s about a group of people who dedicate and risk their lives to protect the endangered mountain gorillas. The main predator of these species that share many qualities with us, are humans.

You can also learn more and help these beautiful creatures by checking out the website of the African Wildlife Foundation.

Watch the video here:

PART 3

The final leg of our Africa adventure was spent in Tanzania and South Africa. Here we wrapped up the trip by hanging out with adorable chimpanzees and enjoying delicious dishes in Cape Town.

Literally, hanging out.

These feisty chimpanzees may be cute, but they’re still wild animals! They’re also very strong and can easily injure anyone who gets too close. So we admired them from a safe distance.

We stayed at these two hotels, Arusha Coffee Lodge, Tanzania and Greystoke Mahale, Tanzania.  We got to spend time in this beach-like lake and soak up some sun. Things get really candid in this video as we just relaxed in paradise. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.

This trip was definitely one for the books, and I hope you all liked these glimpses into our one month trip. Should I make a whole travel series in Africa?? Let me know in the comments below!

Erwan Heussaff
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