Best Places for a Romantic Getaway in Africa


Romantic getaway destinations in Africa for those who love to travel with the one they love.


Choosing where to go for a romantic safari in Africa can be difficult, especially when all the options seem to offer something unique in their own romantic way.

Here’s our guide to the best places for a romantic getaway in Africa.

Masai Mara, Kenya

The Masai Mara is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas and offers wild romance at its best. Situated in the southwest of Kenya, the Masai Mara is renowned for hosting the greatest show on Earth, The Great Migration. Over a million wildebeest migrate through the grassy plains of the Masai Mara in search of greener pastures with predators in hot pursuit.

Romantic Activities:

Take your love to new heights on your romantic safari in the Masai Mara. Indulge in a hot air balloon ride and enjoy the magnificent setting while soaring peacefully over the grassy plains with a magnificent bird’s eye view of all the animals below.

Hot Air Balloon Safari in the Masai Mara.

At the end you can indulge in a romantic champagne breakfast in the middle of the Mara. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any dreamier.

Where to Stay:

Cottars 1920s Camp in the Masai Mara is themed around the original spirit and essence of a yesteryear safari.  Expect an experience reminiscent of a golden era of romance including professional guiding, adventure and elegance in a timeless setting with panoramic views and boundless wildlife.

The camp has 10 tents in total (one unique honeymoon tent, five double tents and four family suites), all with en suite bathrooms. The entire camp is designed around achieving complete privacy for those on their romantic getaway.

Honeymoon Suite at Cottars 1920’s Bush Camp.

For the ultimate romantic experience, they offer guests the wild romance of a Canvas Bush Bath. Imagine a traditional style safari canvas bath that is set on a Persian rug in the open-air outside your tent. Guests can enjoy a bubble bath sipping champagne and taking in the beauty of the Masai Mara. Some wildlife may wander by while you enjoy the expansive view over the Mara plains.

Canvas Bush Bath at Cottars 1920’s Bush Camp.

Makalali Conservancy, Limpopo, South Africa

Makalali Conservancy is set in the Lowveld region of Limpopo, South Africa, an hour west of the world-renowned Kruger National Park. This private, Big Five nature reserve offers the ideal destination for a romantic getaway complete with magical sunsets and breath-taking views perfect for those couples looking to take things slow on their romantic getaway. After all, Makalali translates to ‘place of rest’ in the local Shangaan language.

Romantic Activities

Go for a stroll with your loved one and a qualified guide in the Makalali Conservancy. You have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the smaller creatures and vegetation often missed on game drives.

Where to Stay:

Garonga Safari Camp is an exclusive camp set in the Greater Makalali Private Nature Reserve. The camp consists of 6 luxury tents each with its own private deck and spectacular views overlooking a dry riverbed. This camp is ideal for couples who enjoy the experience of being part of the bush together.

Romantic views at Garonga Safari Camp. © Garonga Safari Camp

For the ultimate romantic experience this camp offers a “Sleep Out” in the wilderness. The “Sleep Out” is a viewing deck featuring a four-poster bed where guests can enjoy a private dinner overlooking a waterhole and spend the night alone in the bush, under the shooting stars.

Sleep Out deck at Garonga Safari Camp. © Garonga Safari Camp

Victoria Falls, Zambia

The Victoria Falls is one of Africa’s most popular attractions and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The wide Zambezi River drops some 100 meters into a narrow gorge and this waterfall lies like a curtain across the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Aptly named by the locals as “Mosi oa-Tunya” meaning “the smoke that thunders” it is a natural wonder that will leave you speechless.

Romantic Activities:

The best way to appreciate the Victoria Falls with your loved one is to view it from the air on a helicopter flight. Get ready to be blown away by the beauty of the Victoria Falls when you truly see its magnitude from this bird’s eye view.

Bird’s eye view of the magnificent Victoria Falls.

Where to Stay:

For the ultimate romantic experience away from the crowds we suggest a stay at Robin Pope Safaris Stanley Safari Lodge. It is a tranquil and intimate lodge with only 10 private cottages located just three kilometres from the Falls.

Suite at Robin Pope Stanley Safari Lodge. © Robin Pope Safaris

The views from this lodge provide ultimate wondrous romantic backdrop for any getaway. The views of the Victoria Falls’ spray, the Zambezi River and an African sunset are uninterrupted and can be experience from every room.

Romantic Dinner at Robin Pope Stanley Safari Lodge. © Robin Pope Safaris

Chobe River, Botswana

The Chobe River runs along the northern border of Chobe National Park in Botswana. This area is renowned for hosting great elephant concentrations during the dry season. It is the perfect destination for couples who want to see these giants on their romantic getaway as well as a range of other animals including the other members of Africa’s Big Five and an abundance of birds.

Romantic Activities:

Sail together into the sunset on a romantic sundowner boat cruise. Toast to your love while listening to the distant call of an African fish eagle, watching wildlife as they come down to the river.

Where to Stay:

To stay where all the Chobe River action is we suggest a romantic houseboat getaway on one of the Zambezi Queen Collection’s Chobe Princess’. With only a small number of guests per boat, staying on one of the three Chobe Princesses offers a private and unique safari holiday.

© Zambezi Queen collection

Rekindle your love as you drift down the Chobe River and spot incredible wildlife scenes. You’ll be able to completely relax on an intimate river safari without having to leave the boat. Guests can simply laze on a deck chair with an ice-cold drink in hand while soaking up the tranquillity that surrounds them.

© Zambezi Queen collection

Zanzibar

Zanzibar is an idyllic destination for the couples looking for an island escape on their romantic getaway. Located off the coast of East Africa this beautiful island, with its soft sandy beaches, is steeped in culture and history, offering visitors more than just its beauty.

Romantic Activities:

With romance in mind, we suggest a sunset cruise on a dhow, a traditional wooden sailboat. This is the best “front row seat” to arguably one of the most memorable sunsets that you will ever experience.

Romantic Sunset in Zanzibar

Where to Stay:

For a romantic experience we suggest a stay at Kilindi Zanzibar. It is a lover’s paradise. Comprising of 15-domed Pavilion Suites set in lush tropical gardens a stay here is an intimate retreat.  Each suite has its very own private plunge pool, and possesses a separate but extraordinary ‘rainfall’ shower room with spectacular views of the ocean.

To top off this luxurious romantic experience, a butler is assigned to each room, available to organise romantic sunset beach dinners and snorkelling adventures with dolphins.

© Kilindi Zanzibar

Just like Charles Schulz once said, “In Life, It’s Not Where You Go, It’s Who You Travel With”.

These are just a few of our favourite romantic safari destinations. Which one is your favourite?

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