When it comes to wooing your sweetheart or planning a romantic experience, we believe that love should not be limited by geography, because here’s a list of the most romantic places in Africa. In fact, finding yourself on a trip somewhere exciting, away from the normal hustle and bustle of everyday life, is even more reason to grab the proverbial bull by the horns and get romantic (obviously we don’t condone actually grabbing bulls by their horns nor getting romantic with them in any way, shape or form). Animals disclaimers stated, it’s time we focus on how you can sweep your significant other off their feet by presenting five of the most romantic places in Africa.
If you were ever asked to imagine a more romantic setting, you’d certainly struggle to do so! Victoria Falls is not only a beautiful and exotic destination for lovers, but it also serves to stimulate the senses while offering a range of adrenalin pumping adventures – which makes it a lot like actually falling in love!
If you and your plus one love nature, then you’ll be delighted by the opportunity to stroll through the rain forest that offers picture-perfect vantage points of the towering “Smoke that Thunders”, which locals lovingly call the Victoria Falls.
Alternatively, you can choose from a variety of unique adventures that will make for romantic memories that’ll last a lifetime! From canoeing along the Zambezi River to enjoying a candlelit dinner on the riverbank; from sunset cruises which allow ample opportunity for game viewing to outdoor bubble baths and showers at a local lodge – if you and your loved one can dream it, the chances are that Victoria Falls will be more than able to live up to your most romantic of expectations. Victoria Falls is definitely one of the most romantic Places in Africa.
Renowned around the country as the Mother City, Cape Town is one of the best destinations for travellers who’re looking to get their romance on. As one of the top tourist destinations in the world, it offers something for everyone, no matter whether you’d like to keep is classy with an intimate dinner or add a touch of old-world charm to the evening with a ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
The Terroir Restaurant set upon the Kleine Zalze Wine Farm delivers all the romance with its vineyard surroundings and European-inspired menu that boasts local produce and seasonally relevant ingredients. Alternatively, you can make the most of the World Wonder that is Table Mountain as you and your loved one take a trip to the top via the cable car to enjoy a glass of bubbly and the 360-degree views, while the sun sets in the background. Since roses are usually quite vital to any romantic experience, you can even surprise your lady with the chance to pick her own from a wide selection of aromatic roses at Chart Farm in Wynberg.
If your romantic aspirations have sent you off the beaten path, then there’s no better destination to head towards than Knysna. A remarkably beautiful village set along South Africa’s picturesque Garden Route, Knysna offers an abundance of romantic activities to fill the hours in a day. If you and your loved one are feeling a little energetic, then take yourselves out on the waters of the Knysna Lagoon aboard a Canadian-style canoe.
One thing for which Knysna is known is its oysters, meaning that you can’t miss out on sampling of these tasty shellfish. Add another level to the experience by touring an Oyster Farm, which will not only include a taste test of these renowned aphrodisiacs, but also include some history about the Knysna Heads and the quaint little town around you. To top off the whole experience, we highly recommend dining aboard the only paddle-driven vessel in South Africa as you cruise around the Lagoon. Not only can you sip on a cocktail while basking in the glow of the setting sun, but you’ll also be able to gorge yourselves on a 3-course Mediterranean buffet.
If you’d really like to dial the romance up a notch, there’s probably nothing more you can do than sweep your special person away to the island of Zanzibar for a little loved filled holiday. Located off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar offers a melting pot experience of multiple cultures, diverse cuisine, island adventures and pristine coral reefs. Test your sea legs aboard a deep sea fishing vessel as you go on the hunt for yellow fin tuna or blue marlin. If the idea of romance is intertwined with history, then take a tour of the waterfront Stone Town, which was originally built in 1883.
One of the most prominent buildings in the town is the House of Wonders, which has since been converted into a museum that offers a unique insight into the diverse Zanzibari culture. If you’d like to top off a romantic weekend of island loving, you can enjoy a romantic sunset aboard a Dhow, a handcrafted wooden sailing vessel that will certainly add an element of old-world charm to any romantic outing.
Offering a less popular island experience, Madagascar is an island paradise surrounded by crystal waters that has proven itself time and time again to be a worthwhile honeymoon destination. Make the most of your natural surroundings as you tour the various National Parks found on the island.
Masoala National Park covers a vast expanse of rainforest and includes three marine parks. It also plays home to ten species of lemur, the much-loved primate that’s a wonder to behold. Add a little cultural flair to your romantic experience with a visit to one of the country’s most sacred spots, the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga.
Once home to Madagascar royalty, the village is home to artifacts of the island’s great king surrounded by walls made of solid rosewood. Lose track of time during a romantic visit to Ile Saint Marie, an island with protected bays and wrecks of several pirate ships, which can be viewed in the shallow waters off the island. With clean, still water, couples can enjoy a spot of snorkeling before spending an afternoon whale spotting during summer and early fall.