Romantic safaris in Africa are some of the best ways to escape the hustle and bustle with your nearest and dearest. With wide-open plains topped by starlit skies, sunsets that will have you swooning, and wildlife sightings that will delight and move you, Africa is a favourite safari destination. Our continent beckons and dazzles couples from all over the world to experience her hypnotic beauty for themselves. Fall even deeper in love with each other as you adventure across African soil together, with more privacy and once-in-a-lifetime experiences than anywhere else on the planet.
Without further ado, here are our top 5 destinations for romantic safaris in Africa.
TANZANIA & ZANZIBAR
Tanzania, Africa’s sensory masterpiece and a remarkable destination for couples, is the ultimate romantic escape. Be enthralled by the Great Migration, sail over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon, and fall in love in the wild under luxury canvas tents. This bush and beach destination will enchant you with its natural beauty, captivating beaches, whimsical towns, archaeological sites, and rich culture.
Nothing says romance like combining the beach and the bush, and Africa’s islands are some of the most authentic and thrilling. Along with the Serengeti, Tanzania’s spice island Zanzibar has made TripAdvisor’s 2022 trending destinations list, owing to the island’s rich history, which includes the UNESCO World Heritage Stone Town old quarter. Think clear warm waters; and amazing coral reefs rich in marine diversity — a favourite among our top romantic safaris in Africa.
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South Africa is one of our recommended destinations for romantic safaris in Africa. Offering an unforgettable experience for couples, with electrifying Big Five safaris, exceptional adventure activities, a rich cultural heritage, and a unique history, there is something here for every couple. Imagine champagne breakfasts, vibrant sunsets, guided safaris, and luxurious lodges. South Africa offers a variety of bush lodges where you can sleep under the stars in a treehouse, swim in a private plunge pool, soak in an outdoor bathtub with a view, or relax with a soothing couples spa treatment.
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Kenya, Africa’s most renowned safari destination, is a couple’s dream. Nothing says ‘romantic safaris in Africa’ quite like Kenyan safaris — a legendary destination where the famous ‘Out of Africa’ was born. Couples opting to visit Kenya during a romantic safari will enjoy endless opportunities to get back in touch with nature. From guided game drives, romantic bush dinners under a blanket of stars, and dreamy days in luxury accommodation — all of this while admiring the breathtaking natural beauty in one of the most unspoiled places on the continent.
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A romantic safari in Botswana is unlike any other, as it is renowned as a wildlife sanctuary with magnificent natural beauty. The country exudes romance and adventure, with the glittering Okavango Delta as the star of the show. Couples will be tempted by vast wilderness, romantic cruises, and serene mokoro rides in a watery wonderland. Reconnect with the great outdoors and each other under starry skies, admire blazing sunsets, indulge in candlelit dinners or leisurely picnics on remote islands, and take in all the special moments Botswana offers.
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VICTORIA FALLS & ZIMBABWE
Couples searching for the perfect blend of romance and adventure will find it in Victoria Falls. Couples can expect a memorable experience as they enjoy a tailor-made itinerary that suits their personal preferences. The marvellous Victoria Falls serves as the perfect backdrop for those sweet moments that will last well into a couple’s golden years.
While Victoria Falls is the obvious choice for romantic safaris in Africa, Zimbabwe is big game territory and home to safari destinations that combine romance and adventure. Lake Kariba, the world’s largest man-made lake, offers a handful of lodges on the wild lakeside shores, with land and water-based game viewing, as well as walking safaris. Visit Mana Pools National Park for a more traditional safari experience — it boasts an abundance of water that attracts animals such as elephants, buffalo, lions, leopards, and rare wild dogs.