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Romantic Safari: Top 12 Getaways

September 16, 2021 According to AAC's Consultants

Whether you’re commemorating an anniversary or going on your honeymoon, Africa has several alluring options for a romantic safari. From romantic safari camps in the bush, beach villas and even a vineyard in the Cape Winelands, here are the dreamiest romantic getaways in Africa, curated by the safari experts here at AAC.

1) La Residence – Cape Winelands

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La Residence is surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Cape Winelands

Get out of the hustle and bustle of Cape Town and treat yourself to some of Africa’s best wine and cuisine! Because La Residence is situated on a working farm, diners will be treated to impeccably fresh produce. Additionally, each of the 16 suites is uniquely decorated, following its own color scheme and accompanied by an eclectic, yet sumptuous collection of antique decor, chandeliers and carpets. All in all, this boutique hotel is mesmerizingly romantic!

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One of the suite’s interiors

If you’re type that enjoys luxury trains, check out our 14-Day Deluxe Tour to South Africa. This safari is big on the romance, as well as fine dining and wines!

2) Amalinda Lodge – Matobo Hills NP

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One of Amalinda’s unique suites

Every relationship is unique, so why not celebrate yours at the undeniably unique Amalinda Lodge. Built among granite kopjes within Zimbabwe’s Matobo Hills National Park, each of the 9 rock and thatch suites conform to the natural formations of the rocks. Therefore, each suite configuration is unique. Each suite is also individually decorated  with hand-crafted furniture and romantically draped beds. Consider adding a visit here to one of our many Southern Africa itineraries.

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The infinity pool conforms to the natural shape of the granite kopje

Our client Patricia Little had this to say about her visit to Amalinda back in August:

“On to Amalinda — the highlight of my trip. I want to go back! You gave me such good advice about staying here and staying longer. I loved every bit of it. My guide Brightwell and I had a blast, climbing over the hills, seeing rhino on a walk (OMG!), spending quiet times with the ancestors as we explored the San rock paintings, visiting villagers and having an impromptu lesson in thatch cutting from some highly-amused women. Phil, Sharon and the team were super responsive. I am all ready to go back in January and already planning my next trip!”

3) Savanna Lodge – Sabi Sands

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What’s a romantic safari without a candle lit dinner?

If we had to choose one honeymoon safari lodge in the Sabi Sands, it would be Savanna Lodge. Tantalizingly, it offers one partner a 50% discount on their stay and Big 5 game viewing. The lodge has an undeniable “Classic Africa” aesthetic. With a recent refurbishment, each of the 9 tented suites have a plunge pool and Victorian bathtub. Our 10 Day Romance Package combines this lodge with a visit to Cape Town and the nearby Cape Winelands. 

Romantic Safari - Savanna Lodge

The tented suites have simple, yet elegant interiors

But don’t just take it from us – our honeymooners and clients celebrating their anniversary have been raving about this lodge! For example, Dave & Drew Brophy had this to say their honeymoon:

“Our stay at Savanna Lodge was definitely our most enjoyable part of the trip.  Neil (our guide) was fantastic.  Between him and the other guests we were paired with, we had an absolute blast!  The staff and all the special touches (dinners, baths, dessert wine, etc.) were all very much appreciated and made each night so incredibly special!  We’ve talked up the safari and Savanna lodge specifically to all of our friends and family!  We want to go back!”

4) Singita Sabora Tented Camp – Serengeti

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Contemporary design and decor puts the emphasis on the surrounding Serengeti plains

Simply put, Singita Sabora Tented Camp is the pinnacle of contemporary luxury. The nine lavish tented suites have a light aesthetic and enough amenities to satisfy anyone. These include air-conditioning, a private meditation deck, indoor and outdoor shower, bathtub, an outdoor sala with daybeds, a private fitness area and dining space. In additon, a spa and tennis courts are available.

Romantic Safari - Singita Sabora

Singita Sabora Tented Camp is located in the ultra-exclusive Grumeti Reserve

Located in the ultra-exclusive Grumeti Reserve bordering the Serengeti, this area is not only a great place to see the Great Migration, but has superb year-round game viewing. Besides game drives and guided walks, guests can also arrange hot-air balloon rides, offering views as unforgettable as the occasion you’re celebrating! To learn more about the Grumeti, read our latest Stay Longer, Stay Remoter post. And for a superb itinerary featuring Singita Sabora, feast your eyes on our 12 Day Exclusive Safari to Tanzania.

5) Mara Nyika – Maasai Mara

The simple elegance of a campfire in the bush

Across the Kenyan border is another superb anniversary destination: Mara Nyika, one of the newest luxury camps in the Maasai Mara. After a day of watching a river-crossing in the reserve or viewing the resident wildlife within the exclusive Naboisho Conservancy, couples return to a stylish, exclusive camp nestled under umbrella thorn trees. And with only 5 tents, the staff at this intimate camp will surely keep the two of you pampered! Worth noting: honeymooners and couples celebrating a 40 or older wedding anniversary receive 25% off accommodation costs. Speaking of exclusive, this romantic camp is featured in our 10-Day Kenya Exclusive Locations Safari.

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The gorgeous, spacious interior of a tented suite at Mara Nyika

To hear a client’s perspective, Robin Fleck and her husband had this to say about their romantic safari to Mara Nyika in May:

“What a first-class operation! The ambiance at Mara Nyika creates such a special, authentic safari experience. No detail is overlooked. From the leather stools utilized for bush breakfasts and sundowners, to the exotic, luxurious furnishings in the “tents”, to the bath-tubs with a view, we were in awe of our surroundings. The staff could not be more welcoming and kind. The dining experience includes beautifully-presented, delicious cuisine in gorgeous settings that change, meal by meal, evening by evening. If your idea of paradise, like mine, includes lots of lanterns flickering in the dark, as you sip sparkling wine at a candle-lit table set with beautiful china and silver (being waited on as if you were royalty), and listening to lions calling in the black distance, this camp is the place for you!”

6) Mashatu Euphorbia – Mashatu Game Reserve

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Active game viewing is the focus at Mashatu Euphorbia

For our active adventurers, Mashatu Euphorbia is a must for your romantic safari! After days spent game viewing walking, visiting a photographic hide, biking or even horseback riding, couples can then enjoy their own spacious and stylish villa. Adventure safaris don’t need to be rustic, as the indoor-outdoor showers, bathtub, expansive deck and private plunge pool can attest! It just so happens that our 12-Day Active Wildlife Safari of Southern Africa combines the exciting activities available at Mashatu with the wildlife-rich MalaMala Game Reserve.

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The interior of one of the 8 villas

Two of our more adventurous clients, David and Carolyn Levin, had this to say about their safari in the Mashatu Game Reserve:

“David and I cannot thank you enough for our perfect Africa trip! We especially loved Mashatu, which felt very special to us. Daniel, our guide, was just wonderful – great driving, tracking, explaining, keeping us warm and comfortable, and busy, etc. The variety of animals we saw was astounding. We did spend time in the elephant hide, which we both loved. Mashatu will always have a special place in my heart, you know?”

7) Bisate Lodge – Volcanoes NP

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The thatched, luxurious villas of Bisate Lodge

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is one of Africa’s most special wildlife experiences. Therefore, what better way to celebrate you and your partner’s special occasion than by staying at Bisate Lodge. The 9 thatched suites luxuriously exhibit Rwanda’s cultural fabric through architecture (the suites are shaped like Rwandan baskets) and the use of furniture and decor with geometric designs. In between treks, couples can enjoy the lodge’s superb cuisine and massages. And with new dayroom facilities, guests can go straight from their final gorilla trek to Kigali airport back home.

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From design to decor, each thatched suite is characteristically Rwandan

Back in 2019, Miles Nolting visited Bisate Lodge while on safari in Rwanda – in his opinion, it’s one of the most spectacular lodges he’s ever been to! The great thing about gorilla trekking in Rwanda is that it combines very seamlessly with safaris in other countries, and especially in East Africa. So while you take a look at our 4 Day Gorilla Trekking Extension in Rwanda, start dreaming about the rest of your romantic safari itinerary!

8) Tswalu The Motse – Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

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For those chilly Kalahari nights, couples should cuddle up by the fire!

Couples that value an exclusive and unique safari experience should consider the luxurious Tswalu The Motse. To give you an idea of the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve’s exclusivity, only 28 guests are allowed at a time in this 275,000 acre reserve. The orange Kalahari sands and fiery sunsets also make for very romantic sundowners! An added romantic element: honeymooners that stay 4 nights get 50% off their last night. In addition, they get some complimentary perks, including a sleepout in the “Malori Starbed”, private wine tasting, massages, champagne and a private in-suite dinner. Our 15-Day “Diamond Skies’ Safari to South Africa is perfect to take advantage of this great offer!

Romantic Safari - Tswalu The Motse

Tswalu Kalahari is one of Africa’s most exclusive reserves

To get a sense of the safari experience here, take a look at safari consultant Elena Theodosiou’s trip. Or you can read an excerpt of the glowing review David & Katrina McIntyre gave us:

“This is our third trip to Africa. But after 5 nights at Tswalu The Motse, this is the first time we’ve felt compelled to write a letter such as this. Our guide OB was incredible, but it was the subtle things and just sheer thoughtfulness that set him apart. The Kleinjan restaurant was a combination of theater, fine food and wine, and incredible service. It was like nothing we’ve seen in our travels. The entire staff not only excels in their profession, but brings an unending happiness and energy to everything they say and do. There was deep thoughtfulness in everything we saw, touched and experienced. We take home with us a tiny glass vial of red Kalahari sand that was thoughtfully gifted to us by the Tswalu team.”

8) Kwando Kwara Camp – Okavango Delta

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Few things are as romantic as sitting by a fireplace watching an Okavango sunset!

A romantic safari to the Okavango Delta is a great idea, and by staying at Kwara Camp, a reasonably priced idea as well! Couples are treated to big, airy canvas tents built on elevated wooden platforms. Another bonus: the minimum age for guests is 18 years. Even more good news: thanks to special AAC pricing, couples save more than 25% for a 3-night stay during the Green Season (mid-November to March)! Take a look at your potential savings with our 12-Day Botswana Kwando Wing Safari.

Romantic Safari - Kwando Kwara

Kwando Kwara’s refurbished camp is very suitable for a romantic safari!

Though Kwara offers day and night game drives, the focus is water activities, like mokoros (dugout canoes) or motor boating. Imagine watching an elephant comes down to the river to drink right in front of you!

10) Zuri Zanzibar – Zanzibar

Private dining along the Indian Ocean coastline

Some would say a honeymoon or romantic getaway is incomplete without a visit to a tropical paradise. If that’s your motto, then consider Zuri Zanzibar, located near the northernmost point of Zanzibar. In Swahili, “zuri” means “beautiful”, and this resort and its oceanfront views are certainly that! And with 55 bungalows, suites and villas, it’s one of the smaller, more intimate resorts on the island.

An ocean view from one of Zuri Zanzibar’s villas

The island of Zanizbar is located near the Tanzanian mainland, and as such, a visit their combines well with a romantic safari to East Africa! To see how, take a look at our 14-Day Tanzania Safari and Spice Coast.

11) Lemala Mpingo Ridge – Tarangire NP

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Lemala Mpingo Ridge has stellar views of Tarangire’s plains

Perched atop an escarpment overlooking Tarangire National Park, the views from Lemala Mpingo Ridge are captivating. Alison Nolting, after visiting in November, describes the camp’s setting as “classic Out of Africa”. To maximize your enjoyment of these views, each of the 15 tented suites have a large private deck with sunken day bed and a decadent bathtub – bottle of champagne included!

Romantic Safari - Lemala Mpingo Ridge

Why not enjoy a couples massage during your stay?

Mpingo Ridge is especially tempting for honeymooners. Stay 5 or more nights here and at least one other Lemala camp, and the bride gets 50% off and the groom gets the 1st night for free! If that sounds tantalizing, then you’ll love our 12-Day Best of Tanzania Premier Drive/Fly Safari! The itinerary is split between 2 nights at Tarangire, 2 nights at the Ngorongoro Crater, 2 nights in the Central Serengeti and 2 nights in the Northern Serengeti.

12) Puku Ridge – South Luangwa NP

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One of 8 “safari retreats” at Puku Ridge

A safari to South Luangwa is undoubtedly wild, and with a stay a Puku Ridge, undoubtedly romantic as well! Completely rebuilt, this intimate camp has luxury amenities in abundance. These include indoor-outdoor showers, a large bathtub, private plunge pool, air-conditioning, and a “sleep-out tower”. Couples can choose to relax there in between game drives, or enjoy a night under the stars.

Romantic Safari - Puku Ridge

Atop each “safari retreat” is a sleep out bed

Puku Ridge is well located for couples to explore the park. The camp offers activities like day and night game drives, guided walking safaris (a South Luangwa trademark), and a photographic hide. If you desire to go canoeing or boating, then combining your safari with a visit to Chiawa Camp in Lower Zambezi is highly recommended. Stay 7 nights combined at these two camps and you’ll get 2 nights for free! You’ll get just that with our 12-Day Classic Safari to Zambia.

 

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