Escape to the tranquility and remote wilderness of the bush with your loved one in any of these romantic safari destinations in Southern Africa.
Be it a honeymoon, special birthday or just time away to spend quality time together, Southern Africa is a treasure trove of luxury, romantic safari destinations that will have you both swooning. Thoughtful touches and extra spoils such as romantic turndowns, luxurious bubble baths with spectular bush views or laid-back picnics next to the warm Indian Ocean all make for a memorable way to say ‘I love you’.
Get ready to pop the champagne bottle and clink glasses in Southern Africa as you choose from our top four list of the dreamiest and romantic safari destinations.
Malawi – Liwonde National Park
Private deck attached to suite at Kuthengo Camp overlooking the Shire River at sunset in Liwonde National Park © Robin Pope Safaris
Even though it is one of the smallest countries in Africa, Malawi will leave you with butterflies in your stomach and stars in your eyes. With its pleasant climate, friendly people and unspoiled natural beauty, it is no wonder that Malawi is also known as ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’. While Lake Malawi often claims the spotlight, the untamed seclusion of Liwonde National Park is what captivates visitors.
Liwonde can be found up the Shire River. It is a relatively small wildlife park in comparison to the others in Malawi but still fully alive with healthy populations of herbivorous game, predators and birds. Furthermore, with the Shire River flowing along its western border, visitors can encounter game on a boat safari as well as on foot or in a 4×4 vehicle – each mode of transport offers a different experience.
Luxury bedroom with en-suite bathroom and private deck at Kuthengo Camp overlooking the Shire Liwonde National Park © Robin Pope Safaris
The ultra-luxurious and modern Kuthengo Camp is the latest addition to the Robin Pope Safaris’ family in Malawi. This is a small camp next to the Shire River accommodating a maximum of 10 guests in order to ensure that each guest enjoys a personalised safari experience. All the safari tents are en-suite, each with a bathtub and an outdoor shower, and the private deck flows seamlessly outward for breath-taking views of the Shire River.
Nambia – Damaraland
Elegant private suite with a long private deck showing off expansive views of the Damaraland © Mowani Mountain Camp
Damaraland, formally known as the southern Kunene Region in Namibia, is a place of contrasts. The harsh, near-barren landscape is home to an assortment of desert-adapted wildlife such as elephant, rhino, zebra and lion. As the light shifts from dawn to dusk, the seemingly uniform land of rocky outcrops and sand changes throughout the day to show the uniquess of soft curves or ragged edges.
The rich cultural heritage of the Damaras lives on in the local communities. The images percieved in the ancient rock engravings and paintings found at Twyfelfontein (ǀUi-ǁAis), Namibia’s first World Heritage Site, are insight into the lives of those living here many centuries ago. Morning drives to track rare desert-dwelling elephants and nature walks are immersive encounters with this exceptional landscape.
Dinner for two with an almost never-ending view from the shared dining area © Mowani Mountain Camp
Exterior sparceness gives way to comfortable and luxurious interiors in Mowani Mountain Camp, the ultimate desert retreat. Known for its silent seclusion and sublime exclusivity, Mowani offers its guests uninterrupted views from their suite’s private deck and open-air bathroom. Along with an en-suite bathroom and elegantly furnished lounge, these aspects all form part of the camp’s ethos of “luxury as nature intended it”.
South Africa – Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve
Hand-beaten copper tub overlooking the private deck and pool at the Hambleden Suite © Garonga
Hosting the famous Big 5 and luxury safari accommodation, safaris in South Africa are equal parts adventure and leisure. Outside of the Kruger National Park is the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve, which is a wildlife gem away from the maddening crowd visiting the popular Kruger. This conservancy teems with diverse animal, bird and plant life that are explored with expert guides.
Safari walks through the wilderness with a game ranger are a highlight and offer a different perspective to the traditional, albeit equally exciting, morning and sunset game drives. Each day is topped off with a chilled drink in hand watching the sky turn golden as the sun sinks below the horizon.
Sleep out deck with casual dining table and bed for a relax night under the stars in the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve © Garonga
Garonga is the epitome of a well-balanced safari. Guests can slow down and unwind at the intimate and exclusive Hambleden Suite at Little Garonga. This suite has a raised deck, two separate rooms, swimming pool, private indoor/outdoor lounge areas and a huge bathroom with a beautiful hand beaten copper bath tub and indoor/outdoor showers. The sleep out deck, massage sala, bush bath and star bath all contribute to Garonga’s philosophy of a ‘safari for the soul’.
Botswana – Moremi Game Reserve
Canvas tented suite at Gunn’s Camp nestled into the papyrus-clad banks of the Okavango Delta © Under One Botswana Sky
For many travellers, Botswana is the mecca of romantic safari destinations in Southern Africa. The game viewing in the Okavango Delta generally, and Moremi Game Reserve more specifically, is arguably amongst the best that the region has to offer. Moremi is a legendary reserve known as the ‘predator capital of Africa’ and characterised by merging rivers, flooded pans, forest and open plains.
This picturesque wilderness can be explored on guided bush walks, by a traditional ‘mokoro’ canoe or motorboat, making stops at the famous Chief’s Island, Mopane Tongue and Mombo Island. Some of the most endangered species of large mammals, such as the cheetah, rhinos, African wild dog and lion, along with over 500 bird species inhabit this rich ecosystem.
Mokoro safari starting from Gunn’s Camp along the waterways of the Okavango Delta © Under One Botswana Sky
Gunn’s Camp is an authentic and eco-friendly safari camp by Under One Botswana Sky that overlooks Chief’s Island and borders the Moremi, providing luxury accommodation and scenic views in the heart of this remote wilderness. The tents blend seamlessly with its natural surroundings and achieves a fine balance of comfort without isolating guests from the sights and sounds of the wilderness.
Take the pressure out of planning the ultimate getaway by discussing with us which of these romantic safari destinations is best suited for your travelling style, budget and time-frame.