Africa Travel Articles
Africa's Most Romantic Escapes
Author: Sandra Mallinson
Date: February 2013
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it seems only right to bring you Africa’s most romantic escapes. But don’t expect just the usual ‘candlelit dinners’ and ‘petal-strewn bathtubs’: our experts have ditched the clichés and sought out exceptional experiences and secluded escapes - this is romance with an African twist.
Truly Romantic Safari (Botswana)
Botswana's Okavango Delta is known the world over for its phenomenal game viewing but for something truly special, we’d highly recommend a stay at Baines' Camp.
Baines' Camp offers all the usual safari activities you’d expect in the Delta: morning and evening game drives, guided walking safaris and gentle mokoro journeys along reed-lined waterways – but it’s the evenings when this little camp truly shines.
After a day of game viewing, slip into an outdoor bubble bath on your private viewing deck or ask for your four-poster bed to be wheeled out so you and your loved one can snuggle down under a soft duvet and blanket of stars as hippos snort in the river below you.
You can also go walking with Doug, Sandi and their ‘family’ of three adopted (and now fully grown) elephants: Jabu, Thembi and Morula. Spend the morning with the elephants as they forage for food and take showers in the lagoons, followed by a picnic out in the African bush.
Tell Me More: Baines' Camp is an intimate lodge with just five luxurious suites set in a private reserve in the Okavango Delta.
Cycling from Beach to Beautiful Beach (Seychelles)
For picture-perfect tropical beaches, La Digue tops the list. Although it's the fourth largest island in the Seychelles, you could probably cycle from end to end in about an hour. But that's not the point.
Instead, pedal off at a leisurely pace past towering palm trees and ox-drawn carts in the direction of Anse Source d'Argent. This magnificent stretch of sand, strewn with massive granite boulders is one of the most photographed beaches in the world, and after you've seen it you'll know why.
In the afternoon, continue your journey to Anse Patates in the north for a spot of snorkelling, or find your own palm-fringed cove to enjoy in blissful privacy.
Tell Me More: The best way to experience the Seychelles is to do a little island hopping: our Three Island Escapade or more exclusive Island Hopping Paradise holiday both combine a stay on La Digue with the larger islands of Mahe and Praslin.
Private Dining and Couples Spa Treatments (Cape Town)
Famous for its timeless luxury, the grand old Mount Nelson Hotel (or "The Nellie” as she's affectionately known to the locals) serves up all manner of treats to honeymooners and those looking for a romantic escape.
Ease your way into your day with a blissful couples massage at the hotel’s Librisa Spa – one of Cape Town’s leading day spas - then relax over morning tea in the spa garden. When you’re ready to set out and explore the city, the Mount Nelson staff can prepare a hamper of tasty treats to be enjoyed on top of Table Mountain or on Camps Bay’s famous beach.
In the evening we’d recommend the private dining experience in the ‘wine cellar’ of the hotel's Planet Restaurant. Far from being dark and dingy, this ‘cellar’ has three glass walls of gently glowing wine racks housing row upon row of wine – the effect is truly beautiful!
Tell Me More: Set in nine acres of landscaped gardens, the Mount Nelson is a luxurious city hotel with an air of old world elegance.