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Top 5 Romantic Safaris in Africa

With sweeping landscapes, abundant African wildlife and less crowded, but more exclusive islands, Africa truly delivers the most unforgettable romantic vacation experiences. Whether celebrating a honeymoon, enjoying a milestone moment, or renewing vows, we know African romance and have put together our top five most romantic safaris filled with African Travel’s favorite meaningful moments. Get ready to fall in love!

 

Tanzania

Enjoy lunch with the elephants

Classic under canvas safaris is getting sexier especially in Tanzania. Arusha was ranked #8 in TripAdvisors 2022 trending destinations rankings and its easy to see why as the gateway to so many adventures seeing the famous flamingos in Lake Manyara and chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains to exploring the world heritage Negorongoro Crater and Serengeti Plains. The Grumeti reserve is seeing an influx of new and revamped camps including andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge. On our Tantalizing Tanzania safari, the revamped Singita Sabora Camp boasts intimate 1920s-style letting you explore the untouched wilderness area of the Serengeti in the private Grumeti Reserve.

 

Explore an African Island

Guests on our African Romance itinerary can enjoy a unique exciting island hopping experience.

There’s nothing more romantic then pairing the beach and bush together and Africa’s islands are some of the most intimate and exciting. Along with the popularity of the Serengeti, Tanzania’s spice island Zanzibar has also made TripAdvisor’s 2022 trending destinations in the world list thanks to the island's rich history including the UNESCO World Heritage Stone Town old quarter; clear warm waters and amazing coral reefs rich with marine diversity. Our Enchanting East Africa visits both the Serengeti and Maasai mara and Zanzibar and you can add a Maasai blessing conducted by village elders to make it even more romantic.

 

Mozambique’s islands are also drawing attention including the launch of the first Banyan Tree resort’s new private island paradise Ilha Caldeira later this year. Another popular island is Azura Benguerra Island. One of our most romantic escapes is African Romance  which pairs Cape Town and a Kruger National Park safari with the intoxicating island. Friends will be envious of stories of island hopping, snorkeling and diving and relaxing on the shores of the Indian Ocean.  

 

South Africa’s Best Hotel

Soak in the incredible views at The Oyster Box Hotel

Cape Town is well known as one of the world’s best cities, but one of our other favorites is Durban and its charming Oyster Box, a five-star luxury hotel, and national treasure, overlooking the Indian Ocean.  Not only is the Oyster Box the inspiration for the legendary love affair between our chairman Stanley Tollman and his wife Bea, but it also tops many list for South Africa’s best hotel. We love combining these two coastal towns in our South African Splendor or the ultra-lux Experience South Africa where you get a chance to explore the nearby Kwazulu-Natal Midlands, the Nelson Mandela Capture site and meet extraordinary artists and have afternoon tea at Ardmore Ceramic Art.

 

Front row seats for the Great Migration

Kenya is the birthplace of the modern safari and along with Tanzania one of the best places for a front row seat to the Great Migration as well as great year round game viewing. Under Kenyan Skies delivers epic explorations of two distinct wildlife regions while staying at luxurious lodges and tented camps, including Mahali Mzuri, Travel + Leisure’s 2021 #1 World’s Best Hotel in the World.  The journey also features a visiting to the Laikipia Plateau and one of the most exciting ways to experience Africa at night with a night a four poster Star bed at the Loisaba Conservancy. Laikipia and its many groundbreaking conservancies including Ol Pejeta where you can see chimpanzees and Ol Jogi are fast becoming one of the it places to stay in Kenya along with the Maasai Mara and Amboseli National Park. Sanctuary Tambarare set to open in June 2022 will be another place to add to the list.

 

Be Beguiled in Botswana

Xigera Safari Lodge

For a truly intimate safari experience, Botswana is the gold standard. The government has ensured that camps stay small and our footprint in the natural habitat even smaller. The country has seen an influx in revamped lodges and new camps, so you’ll just want to pick what land and water safari suits your style. For fly fishing and bird lovers, the Nxameaseri Island Lodge in our Amazing Botswana has been redesigned to show off the peaceful beauty of the Okavango Delta. For lovers of innovative design and sustainable travel, pairing the new Xigera Safari Lodge, the Ultimate way to see the Okavango Delta, with Duma Tau situated between two elephant highways in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve or the 1940s style Jack’s Camp in the Makgadikgadi is a must. If you want to go further off the grid, then stay a few days at the new Mashatu Ephorbia Villas.

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