The newlyweds are set to jet to Namibia shortly after their nuptials, according to reports.
It’s the wedding of the year, and it’s only a few weeks away.
But while headlines are currently dominated by what Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will wear, eat and say when they tie the knot in the UK on May 19, we’re looking a little past their big day.
The American actress and fifth-in-line to the British throne certainly deserve a break after the stress of planning a royal wedding, and have already settled on where they’ll be jetting off to spend their first few weeks as husband and wife.
The couple will honeymoon in Namibia, according to multiple media reports, after a source confirmed to Travel + Leisure magazine that the two will visit the southwestern African nation.
The continent holds special memories for the pair, who holidayed in Botswana just one month after meeting on a blind date.
“I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly… All the stars were aligned—everything was just perfect,” Prince Harry revealed in an interview shortly after announcing their engagement.
“We camped out with each other, under the stars. She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.”
Markle’s ring even contains a central diamond sourced from Botswana, a nation the Suits star added “is important to us”.
For those of us in the UAE hoping to follow in the couple’s footsteps, Namibia unfortunately can’t be reached by a direct flight – but there are lots of connections en route to the capital of Windhoek, with popular routes including stops in Johannesburg or Addis Ababa.
Travellers can also fly from the UAE to Walvis Bay, a coastal town, with just one stopover.
Namibia is renowned for its diverse wildlife, and tourists can embark on a number of awe-inspiring safaris, taking in everything from sand dunes and grasslands to national parks.
While not confirmed, 36-year-old Markle and 33-year-old Prince Harry are rumoured to be staying at a luxurious camp in Kaokoland, a remote and rugged area in the north-west that’s a perfect base for visiting the Skeleton Coast National Park.
Natural Selection’s Hoanib Valley Camp is an exclusive, eco-friendly retreat with just six bedrooms, and it promises an “elegant, intimate” stay.
The camp runs on solar power, with each tent enjoying a spacious deck and private veranda – however it’s set to open in June, meaning the couple wouldn’t be jetting off immediately after their wedding, if they are indeed staying there.
We’ll bring you more on the official honeymoon destination when we have it… but in the meantime, we’re busy planning our dream Namibia travel itinerary.