There are few better places in the world to enjoy a romantic, candlelit dinner than at a table for two set on Africa’s beaches, bushcamps, and matchless natural splendor. It may be too late to spend this Valentine’s Day in Africa, but it is not too early to get a jump start on making next year’s celebration unforgettable.
So where would Bushtracks’ safari planners go for a romantic escape in Africa?
An Island Safari Paradise on Zanzibar
Turquoise-blue waters, fine white sand beaches, and coral reefs in a secluded setting. Picture yourself in a white-washed bungalow surrounded by lush gardens and hammock-slung verandas overlooking the Indian Ocean. One of the very few boutique lodges on the north coast of Zanzibar, Matemwe Lodge offers superb snorkeling and diving at a beach used only by its guests and the neighboring fishing village. When not beachside, you can explore historic Stone Town, take the Spice Tour, or search for monkeys in the Jozani Forest, 20 miles away. Best of all, if you want a little safari with your sand, you can connect your Zanzibar visit with game drives in one of Tanzania’s world famous game reserves like the Serengeti.
Adventure by Day, Luxury by Night in Zambia
Life’s luxuries are taken to a whole new level when enjoyed in a remote setting, and after a day of active exploration. Prepare to have your expectations exceeded in every way at wildly luxurious Chinzombo in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley: six villas designed by award-winning architects with spacious living areas, cooled bedrooms, and private plunge pools on shady decks overlooking the Luangwa. Set within 60 acres of private land, the camp’s riverside location teems with wildlife, giving you direct access into one of the most game-rich areas of the National Park.
The World’s Oldest Desert in Namibia
Flanked by famous red sand dunes that stand out starkly against the blue sky and flush red in the early morning sun, Sossusvlei’s clear starry nights are a perfect backdrop for romantic dinners. Little Kulala Lodge puts you up close to the iconic dunes and inside a 91,500 acre private reserve perfect for guided nature drives, walks and eco-sensitive quad biking. An optional balloon safari sets out at first light to soar silently over the magnificent dunes of the world’s oldest desert, with a champagne breakfast awaiting you at your landing site.
Start planning your romantic safari.
The first version of this article was posted on 14 Feb 2014 at 4:02 PM.