Valentines in the Bush: 4 Spots for African Ambiance and Romance

By Karen Loftus

These top spots are for the jetsetting couple with an unending appetite for action and adventure and a thirst for Africa’s best cocktail, culinary and cultural offerings. The two of you can expect soul sating sundowners, mind-blowing beauty, endless game, African ambiance and enough seductive twists and turns and provocative fodder to please the sexiest of souls.

Africa has long set the seductive tone for globetrotting artists, explorers and romantics. So, if looking to up your romance ante, there is no better place on the planet to the set the stage for a romantic rendezvous than in an idyllic African oasis. Grab your travel savvy sweetie for Valentine’s Day or for any day where you would like to be treated like an African King and Queen.

1. Zambia – Sindabezi
Many savvy travelers add Victoria Falls, known as Vic Falls, on the front or back end of any Southern African itinerary. If in Zambia on an African adventure, it’s an easy finish to your trip. After a few walking safaris in Zambia with Norman Carr’s crew, the man that put that act on the African map years ago, head to Vic Falls for an aquatic African adventure.

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Sindabezi’s private island and Sindabezi’s honeymoon chalet is as idyllic of a spot you will find anywhere in the world. The individual chalet with an old fashioned claw foot bath tub for two, traditional hurricane lamps, candles, thatched roof and soul sating silence will quickly set the romantic tone.

Grab a helicopter ride over Vic Falls, white water raft or tandem kayak in the Zambezi, track rhinos or elephants or simply take a more passive approach with floating candlelit dinners on the river or a couple’s massage on that decadent deck.

2. Tanzania – Singita’s Sasakwa Lodge
Sasakwa is one of Singita’s three lodges in the private concession (350,000 acres) in the Grumeti Reserve, which means you will have that seductive stretch of Africa all to yourself.

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Sasakwa Lodge is built in the style of an old Edwardian manor house. Stone walls, deep verandas, high ceilings, stately furniture and a meticulously curated collection of African art gathered throughout Africa give the lodge it’s Edwardian meets jetset style.

Each exclusive cottage has a private infinity-edge pool overlooking the expanse of land below. The bedrooms beckon with beautifully appointed four poster beds complemented with African influences throughout with touches of wood, leather and grass, alongside crisp linens and hand-crafted furniture.

If looking to embrace the English ambiance, you can opt to horseback ride for your game viewing or go the more traditional route with a gorgeous private game drive, topped with a sundowner or dinner under the stars.

You will feel insanely spoiled at Singita. Rest assured Micato Safaris will meticulously sort out all things Singita and will make all of your Tanzanian arrangements including a business flight on Qatar, which sets the spopiled tone straight out of the gate.

3. Botswana – Letaka Safaris
For a sexy slice of rustic chic romance, head to Botswana and let Letaka take over. The bush boys of Botswana will ensure an authentic immersion into Africa. This slice of safari life is for the more ruggedly romantic couple.

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You will have your own private tent where you and your safari sweetie will shower under the stars. You can let the laze of the days pass you by on your private veranda in between abundant game drives and rest assure that you will never look at bread the same way again. You will be spoiled silly with fresh baked bush bread, baked underground every day.

There is nothing quite like the king of the jungle roaring mid-meal reminding you that you are merely a visitor. That is just the beginning as you will experience an abundance of bush theatrics daily in the Moremi Game Reserve, the Khwai Concession Area and the Chobe National Park. You will fall truly madly and deeply for Botswana’s elephants so get ready for a knee weakening need to take one home with you.

Top that off with the unimaginable beauty each day seen with the string of Southern African sunsets, complemented with the best sundowners…ever. Aardvark Safaris is your go to for arranging all things Letaka and Botswana. Be sure to start your Botswana-thon at &Beyond’s Xaranna on the Okavanga Delta. It’s a great way to decadently decompress after the long flight.

4. Namibia – Wilderness Safari’s Doro Nawas Camp
There are no words that can come close to capturing the magic that is Namibia. It’s easy to see why so many couple’s from around the globe choose Namibia after the big I Do. The red ruby sand, the undulating dunes, the cobalt blue sea, the haunting beauty of the Skeleton Coast and a wee bit of the bush, make this otherworldly oasis unlike any other, anywhere.

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After Swakopmund, Sossusvlei and the Skelton Coast, head to Damaraland for a subtle slice of their bush life. There are no large concentrations of wildlife there, but the arid environment is a picturesque backdrop and home to desert-adapted elephant, gemsbok, springbok and variety of other species including the endangered black rhino and cheetah.

Slip in to Wilderness Safaris Doro Nawas Camp, located in the dry Aba-Huab River Valley, within the Doro Nawas Conservancy in central Damaraland. It commands spectacular views of the Etendeka Mountains and the red sandstone cliffs of Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first World Heritage Site. The diverse and dramatic landscape varies from unimaginable tabletop outcrops, small canyons and dry riverbeds, to savannah and rich grassland vistas.

Your villa with its mix of natural stone and canvas walls with wood and glass doors and a thatched roof seamlessly blends in to the natural sand and safari surroundings. Finish a dusty day in the bush with a shared outdoor shower. Cap that off with a private sundowner and some stargazing on your own veranda where sexy sleepovers under the stars are encouraged.

Nobody does it better in Namibia than Wilderness Safaris. Aardvark Safaris will set up all things Wilderness and will sort out your Namibian itinerary including your overnight in the Exclusive Olive Grove Suite in Windhoek upon arrival. Prepare to be swept away.