The Best Places in Africa to Go for a Romantic Holiday

Move aside Paris, there’s a new romantic holiday destination in town and she goes by the name of Africa.

Whether sipping cocktails on a secluded island, relaxing in the countryside charm of a wine farm, or enjoying the symphony of the bush on safari is more your style, Africa offers some of the most romantic places to go on holiday.

Regardless if it’s your honeymoon, babymoon or your golden 50th anniversary, the varied landscapes of Africa offer a host of different experiences that will suit even the most discerning traveller’s needs  – all on one continent.

Romantic Safaris in the Bush

What is a visit to Africa without a safari? You probably already know that our safari experiences are unparalleled. The world-famous Kruger National Park is big, in reputation and in size. Spread across two million hectares, it is home to the Big 5, as well as a multitude of other animals.

The reserve has several private concessions such as the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, where there’s no shortage of luxury accommodation. Sharing an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, it’s home to the highest concentrations of large game per hectare in Southern Africa. 

With bucket-list romantic experiences such as sleeping under the stars, it’s the ideal way to celebrate your relationship with your significant other.

Escape to the Winelands for a Romantic Getaway

Fine dining paired with wine is a match made in heaven. A hop, skip and jump from Cape Town, the Cape Winelands awaits you with its vineyard-carpeted valleys and some of the best wines in the world. 

Take a day trip through the Constantia Wine Route, where you will find wineries that date back as far as 300 years. For internationally acclaimed wine experiences and restaurants with a French flair, head to Franschhoek, also referred to as the ‘food and wine capital’ of South Africa. The historic towns of Paarl and Stellenbosch offer a wide variety of wine farms located a short drive from one another.  

Finally, the Breede River Valley offers unspoiled scenery and is the largest wine-producing valley in the Western Cape.

Romance in the City

Cape Town’s juxtaposed blend of city, mountain and ocean is a favourite romantic getaway for many. With an electric atmosphere and never-ending itinerary of activities, you won’t run out of things to do. 

One of the New7Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain acts as the city’s backdrop and is an iconic landmark. But there’s more to the city than this impressive mountain. Peruse the Kirstenbosch Gardens to admire the Cape Floral Kingdom, take a scenic drive through Chapman’s Peak, and visit all the excellent beaches that Cape Town is celebrated for. The city centre offers award-winning food and wine, as well as a lively nightlife scene with restaurants, clubs and pubs scattered throughout. 

Romantic Island Getaway

If you’re looking for an island getaway, look no further as there are many to choose from. 

Mauritius is the textbook romantic destination with stretches of silky sand lapped by turquoise water, palm trees reaching for the cotton-wool-strewn sky, towering cliffs and wild forests. You can easily spend your entire holiday lazing on the beach as the weather is good all year round and adventurous travellers can enjoy water-based activities such as kitesurfing, scuba diving, water-skiing, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling, and much more. 

A chain of islands in the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar Archipelago is another paradise setting. Unguja is the largest of these islands and is more commonly known as Zanzibar, mainly consisting of flat stretches of beaches. Next to it lies Pemba, a lush island overflowing with forests and rich in crops such as mangoes, coconuts, bananas and cassava. It also offers the best all-year-round snorkeling of all the islands. Stone Town is the capital of Zanzibar and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its cultural charm stems from a history with the spice trade, resulting in a blend of African, Arabic, Indian, Persian and European influences. 

Although it’s probably best known for conjuring up images of lazing on the beach, there’s more to the Seychelles than your generic postcard depicts. Found off the coast of East Africa, northeast of Madagascar, it’s comprised of over 100 islands. Favoured by many celebrities, it’s home to a number of unique flora and endangered species.

Madagascar will seduce you with about 5,000 kilometres of glimmering coastline, 250 islands and 450 kilometres of barrier reef. Highlights include the Isalo National Park where you can admire the Jurassic sandstone massif, see adorable lemurs and dive with whale sharks.

Last but not least, Mozambique is a scuba diver’s dream with 400 kilometres of coral reef islands, and is home to the Machangulo Private Nature Reserve, making it the perfect destination for a beach and bush holiday. 

Why Choose Africa for Your Romantic Holiday

  • You can combine your beach holiday with a city and safari trip in a heartbeat

  • The varied landscapes mean you will get to experience a range of different activities 

  • There are numerous luxury private game reserves throughout Africa where you can enjoy exclusive game drives

  • Africa will charm any traveller with her natural splendour and unforgettable sunsets

  • It’s home to plants and animal species that you can’t see anywhere else in the  world, as well as some endangered species

  • Multiple award-winning restaurants and wineries

Book Your Romantic Holiday in Africa Today

How can you possibly choose from all of these alluring options? Well, you don’t have to. We can easily give you expert advice and tailor your getaway to include various destinations.

Why not embark on a romantic beach and safari tour by venturing through Cape Town, experiencing a Big 5 safari in Sabi Sand, and ending the trip on a tropical note in Mozambique. 

Does this sound like a dream? As African safari experts with first-hand experience, we’ve welcomed over 120,000 travellers to our continent by creating tailored, unforgettable holidays for them. Contact our travel experts for an obligation-free quote today and make your romantic holiday a reality!

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