When thinking of romance and travel, Africa may be the last romantic destination to consider. More known for its safaris, to summiting the highest mountain peeks, there’s much more to the continent to spark or reignite love than what you think…
Here are five romantic destinations you could visit for a memorable love odyssey:
The ‘ochre city’ oozes richness in colour, flavour and history; some of the elements that make up the perfect love story. Marrakech is a major city in the Kingdom of Morocco, and boasts some of the most beautiful Medieval architecture to wonder through hand-in-hand. For more inspired walks, explore the stunningly preserved Jardin Majorelle gardens which designer Yves Saint Laurent took on to preserve and keep open to the public, as a thank you to the city he now calls home with his partner.
The Namib Desert, Namibia
To find perfect solitude with your one and only, the Namib Desert, which in Nama origins means “vast place”, offers endless sand and stillness to surrender to. Its a romantic destination which truly creates a sense that nothing else really matters while staying in one of its luxury campsites or enjoying one of its many available activities, such as a horse ride in Swakopmund.
Cape Winelands, South Africa
What more can you ask for to set the mood than the birthplace of some of the worlds’s most delicious wines. Enjoy a romantic dinner for two in one of the Cape Dutch farmsteads, perfectly nestled in these Cape valleys or indulge in the historic art of stomping wine barefoot.
Going with the flow? Climb aboard a small wooden dhow and set along the Pemba beaches at the foot of the Indian Ocean. “The Green Island” as its also known, has been carefully preserved to offer it’s authentic island beauty, the perfect backdrop to fall in love. Enjoy snorkelling through its awe-inspiring coral reefs, or savour its freshly caught fish made all the more irresistible by the spices of Zanzibar.
If your love flows deep, then a getaway to Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania should show it like no other. While the Lake stretches at the edge of Tanzania, it also borders the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, and Zambia. Take in your surroundings where nature lovers can witness a variety of birds, mammals, and even butterflies while staying at one of its boutique resorts.