With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, many may have romance on their mind – and how better to enjoy time with a loved one than exploring the vast plains of Africa or relaxing on an Indian Ocean island? Here are Africa’s Top 6 most romantic properties, for 14th February as well as any other time of the year!
Singita Sweni Lodge, South Africa
Singita Sweni Lodge sits amongst hundreds of trees on the edge of the Sweni River in the Kruger National Park. With such close proximity to the water, you can enjoy unforgettable sightings of free-roaming African wildlife. Recently refurbished, the luxurious rooms have game-viewing decks, indoor/outdoor showers, and complimentary mini-bar. Feel at one with nature, and enjoy an adventurous camp-out on a star-bed whilst listening to birds and mammals settling down for the night and rising with you come dawn.
North Island, Seychelles
North Island provides a super-exclusive and private tropical hideaway. Featuring eleven spacious villas constructed with local materials, the island property has been built with romance in mind. Besides the glorious scenery of the Indian Ocean, the highlight of North Island has to be the five-star service. Guests can request their preferred dishes, including fish freshly caught from the sea! After a day in the sunshine, pamper yourselves with a spa treatment especially created to relax body, mind, and soul.
&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania
A number of travellers visit Africa solely to stay at this fabulous property on the rim of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. Crater Lodge has wonderful views of wildlife across the crater floor. The property is split into three camps, each with a butler to attend to your every need. Enjoy an evening by the log fire or a private candlelit dinner, surrounded by lavish furnishings described as ‘Maasai meets Versailles’!
Zarafa Camp, Botswana
This beautiful four-room tented camp is situated in the private Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana and renowned for its incredible sightings such as wild dog, cheetah, lion, leopard, and herds of elephant. The guest accommodation is authentic yet luxurious, featuring decks leading out to a private plunge pool. Here you can relax by the soothing waters of the nearby lagoon, which attracts plentiful wildlife. This classic property is one of the most romantic and exclusive camps in the country – a real ‘eco’-gem offering superb service.
Bisate Lodge, Rwanda
Bisate is the newest and most luxurious eco-lodge to open next to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Designed in traditional Rwandan style, the buildings are domed with draping thatch roofs. This is the perfect high-end base from which to track the park’s famous mountain gorillas. Guests can also go on treks to see golden monkey, enjoy village visits, and even participate in some of the lodge’s local conservation efforts. Though the volcanoes themselves are dormant, this is the perfect location to set your love ablaze!
&Beyond Mnemba Island, Zanzibar
Located a short boat-ride off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar, Mnemba Island is an unspoiled private hideout. Surrounded by clear blue waters and gorgeous coral reefs, the property offers a wide range of activities from snorkelling and kayaking to spa treatments and the simple pleasure of discovering the island barefoot on unspoiled white sands. Guest accommodation consists of ten stunning private suites, each designed to reflect island life and complete with your own stretch of beach!
Julian Carter-Manning is a Co-founder and MD at Yellow Zebra Safaris. Yellow Zebra Safaris is an award-winning luxury and adventure travel company specialising in ‘Safari Africa’.
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