Africa: The 10 Most Romantic Experiences
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Let Africa be a part of your milestone celebrations which you can celebrate in exquisite style.These experiences are all ones that will leave lasting memories long after the trip is over.
1. FLOATING ABOVE IT ALL ON A HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE – AFRICA
There are many places throughout Africa where you can take a romantic hot air balloon ride for two. To float above incredible landscapes and spot wildlife from above is exhilarating. Some of the most stunning places for a hot air balloon flight are the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, the Masai Mara in Kenya, and the Namib Desert in Namibia. The flights start early morning and end with a romantic champagne breakfast in the bush.
FLOATING ABOVE IT ALL ON A HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE – AFRICA
2. PICNICKING ON THE BEACH (OR OTHER SCENIC SPOT)
There are some genuinely incredible opportunities for private dining throughout Africa. Try the “Castaway Picnic” offered by andBeyond Benguerra Island. What’s more, you get to experience a gourmet picnic for two on one of the most remote sites on the archipelago. Feel as if you’re castaways on your private island with just the white sands and playful dolphins to keep you company. You can even recreate the epic romance of Karen Blixen’s Kenya with the Out of Africa picnic at Angama Mara. A Maasai naturalist will escort you to the kopje featured on the movie’s poster, where you’ll find checked blankets, comfy cushions, canvas safari chairs, elegant picnic food, and sparkling wine.
PICNICKING ON THE BEACH (OR OTHER SCENIC SPOT)
3. SOAKING IN A BUSH BATH
Private outdoor bathtubs are found in some of the finest safari lodges throughout Africa, including the Londolozi Private Granite Suites. These luxurious outdoor baths allow you to combine the relaxation and indulgence of a warm bubble bath with the unbelievable views and stunning wildlife that you’ll only find in Africa. Add a glass of champagne, and you’re beloved, and what more could you want in a romantic moment?
SOAKING IN A BUSH BATH
4. GLIDING THROUGH THE WATER IN A MOKORO – AFRICA
Mokoros are traditional wooden canoes found mainly in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. They are a silent and peaceful way to navigate the delta’s floodwaters, and getting up close to the stunning beauty of nature is about as romantic as it gets. Toast to your relationship as you listen to the calls of the birds as the sun sets over the delta.
GLIDING THROUGH THE WATER IN A MOKORO – AFRICA
5. RECEIVING A BLESSING FROM A MAASAI ELDER – AFRICA
At Angama Mara, couples who want to renew their vows or celebrate a milestone anniversary can do this at an authentic, low-key sunset celebration in the boma or shamba. The husband is presented with a Maasai shirt and beaded walking stick, and the wife with a traditional beaded skirt, top and beautiful Maasai jewelry. They arrive in the boma accompanied by singing and dancing maidens and warriors. After a performance by the warriors, the elders will bless the couple.
Asila Africa offers a traditional Tanzanian blessing for visitors celebrating an anniversary, wedding, or vow renewal at its camps in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater region, and Tarangire National Park. These ceremonies include traditional Maasai or Kuria clothing and jewelry for the couple, Maasai dancers, and a bush meal.
RECEIVING A BLESSING FROM A MAASAI ELDER – AFRICA
6. SLEEPING OUT UNDER THE STARS – AFRICA
Another iconic African experience is sleeping in a treehouse-style accommodation or a star bed under the stars. The romantic spot is for two, and you can spend your evening listening to the sounds of the wilderness as you reconnect with your partner.
SLEEPING OUT UNDER THE STARS – AFRICA
7. SOARING ABOVE THE LANDSCAPE IN A HELICOPTER
You’ll probably have your fair share of road transfers and charter flights during your trip to Africa. Still, another way to experience the landscape (and a lovely way to celebrate a milestone anniversary) is with a helicopter flight. We can include a helicopter transfer between lodges, a memorable helicopter safari where you can search for wildlife, or even a scenic flight over Victoria Falls to allow you to have a one-of-a-kind view of “The Smoke That Thunders.”
SOARING ABOVE VICTORIA FALLS IN A HELICOPTER
8. TASTING YOUR WAY THROUGH THE WINELANDS OF AFRICA
The Cape Winelands region offers some of the world’s best wines, so if you and your partner are wine lovers, this is the perfect place to toast a milestone anniversary. Delicious food, gorgeous views, and charming hotel options make the Cape Winelands a very romantic and luxurious celebration spot.
TASTING YOUR WAY THROUGH THE CAPE WINELANDS, SOUTH AFRICA
9. CRUISING ON A PRIVATE DHOW FOR SUNDOWNERS
A dhow is a traditional type of sailboat used in the Indian Ocean. There are many places in Mozambique and Zanzibar where you can take a private dhow cruise to celebrate your anniversary or vow renewal as you watch the sun go down over the turquoise waters. The ultimate in romantic luxury!
CRUISING ON A PRIVATE DHOW FOR SUNDOWNERS
10. RELAX ON A PRIVATE ISLAND IN AFRICA!
If you want to incorporate some relaxing beach time into your romantic safari, andBeyond Mnemba Island Resort in Zanzibar is perfect for couples who want a secluded and private feel to their experience. With just 12 rustic-chic beachside bandas, Mnemba Island is an exclusive hideaway for couples looking for unpretentious luxury. With various water sports activities, those who aren’t ready to relax can enjoy the destination.
RELAX ON A PRIVATE ISLAND IN AFRICA!
When you’re ready to plan your next trip, whether to celebrate a special milestone or to experience Africa, Inspired Travel Designs would love to be a part of your planning process to add in the exceptional experiences that will make your celebration one for the record books! I’d love to chat!
This article was done in conjunction with Hills of Africa and Inspired Travel Designs.