There are few destinations as romantic as Africa. Vast blue skies curve down to golden grasslands that roll to the horizon, framed by distant mountains marching away in shades of navy and purple. Africa awakens your senses: the scent of wild sage, the cry of a fish eagle, and goosebump-inducing leopard sightings. The days are deliciously hot and the nights comfortably cool. African hospitality is warm and sincere, and when it comes to fine dining or lavish luxury, a leading safari lodge is hard to beat.
If you and your travel partner are looking for a setting steeped in adventure and romance, an unforgettable honeymoon, or a last jaunt before you cross over into the realm of family travellers, look no further. Here are my Top 5 African Bucket List Experiences for Couples.
Set over 12 days, this decadent escape takes you to Singita lodges in two world-class safari destinations – South Africa’s Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve and Zimbabwe’s Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve – before whisking you off to Mozambique's dazzling Azura Boutique Hotel, set on a private island in the Bazaruto Archipelago. This safari is about big game thrills, elegant settings, very fine dining, and a generous dose of blissful relaxation.
Fill your holiday snaps with extraordinary moments and lifelong memories. Be spellbound together as you catch sight of a leopard resting nonchalantly in a tree, his iconic coat providing almost perfect camouflage. Float dreamily above an underwater wonderland of teeming coral reefs and stroll, hand-in-hand, along postcard-perfect beaches.
This is my favourite tour for couples because it balances the wild call of adventure with the barefoot luxury of a tropical island.
Experience the classic romance of Botswana’s Okavango Delta and the legendary Savuti in the Chobe National Park. This 7-day safari is about superb game viewing and lavish accommodation in sensational settings. It’s with good reason that Botswana appears regularly in the Top Ten bucket list destinations in Africa. Since the 1960s, the government has encouraged low volumes of visitors at higher rates per person. This means luxurious lodges that host an intimate average of 24 guests in vast tracts of unspoiled wilderness. It’s your assurance that there won’t be a traffic jam at every leopard sighting.
Often, the best travel moments are the simplest ones – when you find yourselves sitting side-by-side in the hushed radiance of a fiery sunset, raising a toast to the utter beauty around you, and to each other.
We also recommend: If you'd like to add on Victoria Falls to your luxury Botswana honeymoon, then we'd recommend the 7-day Magnificent Vic Falls, Chobe & Delta Safari, a trip that is full of exceptional activities and adventure, as well as classic, luxurious accommodation.
This definitive East Africa adventure combines the four most celebrated game reserves in Kenya and Tanzania over eight nights. Take in the vast grasslands of Kenya’s Masai Mara, the tree-climbing lions of Tanzania’s Lake Manyara, the extraordinary Ngorongoro Crater, and the teeming plains of the Serengeti. This is arguably the most spectacular game viewing tour in Africa.
Travelling as a couple is all about unforgettable moments. This tour places you in an ‘Out of Africa’ setting, surrounds you with top class hospitality and thrills you with abundant wildlife. You’ll take home the warmth of the African sun kissing your skin, the scent of wild basil, and the low, spine-tingling moan of a lion calling at dusk. Together, you have witnessed all this and more on your East Africa safari.
We also recommend: Combining multiple, iconic destinations into one magical itinerary is an amazing way to experience the very best of Africa. For a trip that takes you from the tip of Cape Town to the plains of Kenya, we suggest our 19-day Honeymoon Cape Town, Victoria Falls & Kenya, a luxurious trip that takes time to explore each destination and is filled with unforgettable experiences: an exclusive train journey on Rovos Rail, hot-air ballooning over the Masai Mara and private tours of the Cape's Winelands.
This 7-day adventure takes you into the pristine rainforests of Uganda, home to the endangered mountain gorilla. Step into the wild heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda and experience authentic gorilla trekking, as well as the opportunity to search for rare birds or golden monkeys.
A gorilla trek is an unforgettable experience: after trekking - sometimes for a few hours - through the dense rainforest, your guide will alert you to the presence of the gorillas. You'll be able to spend up to one hour observing them in their natural habitat, feeding, eating and sleeping. Little ones are often quite curious and may even approach. Be sure to remain still and sensitive to the animals and the environment.
This life-changing experience is at the top of anyone's African travel bucket list, and with a trip that combines this extraordinary experience with stays in comfortable, upmarket lodges, you'll want to come back for more.
We also recommend: If trekking is your thing, but you'd like something less rugged, then our 10-day Kruger Walking Safari & Beach Adventure combines both the thrills of walking amongst Africa's wild animals and the tranquility of an on-the-beach getaway.
This 9-day safari begins in Tarangire, home to some of the largest elephant herds in East Africa and excellent birding in the area's wetlands. You’ll also explore the game-rich landscapes of the extraordinary Ngorongoro Crater. Finally, you're whisked to the world famous Serengeti to witness the Wildebest Migration, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
This has got to be one of the most fulfilling safaris in East Africa – and your accommodation is in very comfortable lodges and camps. The accommodation has the ambiance of laidback luxury but the settings give you front seats to some of Mother Nature’s greatest spectacles. I highly recommend this journey for those couples with a taste for rugged beauty and authentic wilderness encounters.
We also recommend: Our 14-day Honeymoon Mara, Serengeti & Zanzibar is also a superb bucket-list safari for those romantics wanting utter luxury and adventure. A top activity is hot-air ballooning over either the Masai Mara or Serengeti - two of Africa's greatest reserves. End your trip with a beach holiday that includes some of the best diving in the Indian Ocean.