Are you getting married in 2015? Not sure how to surprise that special someone? Or planning to give your parents a memorable anniversary treat? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. Check out our exclusive compilation of Africa’s best romantic getaway spots. Either you’re a budget or luxury spender, we’ve got you covered.
Serene. Traquil. Beachy. Medieval. That’s the definition of this surprisingly amazing island. Tucked away within Kenya’s northeastern coast, Lamu island parades some of Kenya’s best hotels and white sand beaches which are ideal for romantic vacations. Founded in the 14th century, Lamu is an untapped and un-spoilt tourist hub and this World Heritage town is the best preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. At Lamu, time stops, as the island’s romantic and hospitable aura catapults you into a world of intimacy and relaxation. Remember to checkout the Lamu Museum and Lamu Fort; you’ll love them.
Take a break from the cosmopolitan hustle and bustle of the Lagos megacity and escape to this stunning paradise at Ilashe Island in Lagos. Surrounded by beautiful coconut trees and fantastic scenery, La Manga resort has a collection of tastefully furnished luxurious villas, which can be customized for your romantic experience. The island can be accessed from Ikoyi and Victoria Island via a 15-minute boat ride. Each of the villas in the resort has four spacious bedrooms with large sliding doors that open to a private balcony with a full breath taking ocean view. Fun activities on the island to keep you upbeat and relaxed include massages, bubble baths, movies at the lounge, beachfront lounging under the cooling bamboo canopies, mini-golf, quad biking and karaoke, among others.
Shut your eyelids for a moment and imagine a honeymoon haven with incredible floral scents hanging heavy in the air; coupled with turquoise waters sparkling in the midday sun. Now open your eyes. Welcome to the Seychelles, an Indian Ocean archipelago of 155 islands and home to the UNESCO-designated sites: Coral atoll Aldabra and Vallée de Mail, (a.k.a the Garden of Eden). Do you know that Mahé, Praslin and La Digue are the most popular of all the islands? If you choose to tour Mahé on your next visit, it’s advisable to renting cars than hiring taxis as the latter could be quite expensive. Visit the stunning Baie Ternay Marine National Park for some diving and snorkeling; the bubbling Victoria market for some fresh fish, fruits, vegetables and local delicacies; and the conservative Seychelles Natural History Museum for some interesting sights. Mahé boasts an amazing array of 65 silver beaches, restaurants, cafés, bars and casinos in the tiny capital, Victoria. So make the most of your visit. You’ll love every bit of it.
If there are three things you must do before you die, traveling to Marrakech should be one of them. This beautiful city is one of nature’s best gifts to humanity. Be sure to experience the tasty and fascinating breakfast dishes of the Riads of Marrakech. If you don’t know, the Riads are traditional Moroccan homes, some of which have been turned into exquisite and romantic vacation spots. Look out for the majestic Majorelle Gardens. The green, lush and calm atmosphere of this gorgeous garden is therapeutic. And remember to visit the Mythic Oriental Spa for some quality massage as well as the Marrakech Ramparts where you can circle the huge walls that surround the city on foot or on a rented bike. The ancient Median and the Ben Youssef Madrasa are stunning historical and architectural sites you should also not miss.
The great Victoria Falls is definitely one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. It is often referred to as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world. The thunderous noise and sights of the cascading water is indeed a wonder to behold. Depending on your adventurous disposition, you can either choose to simply watch the falls from the Bridge alongside your loved one or go do a bungee jump together. Even more daring is the Devil’s Pool, which is a small pool close to the edge of the waterfall. Tourists are only permitted to come near this pool during the dry season when the water tide is very low. Wrap up your evenings at romantic accommodations along the Victoria Falls such “The Honeymoon House” where rooms are in separate cottages and private decks where you can dine alone.
#2 JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
So what makes Jo’burg a top contender on our list? Simple. Over the past decade, Johannesburg has grown to emerge as Africa’s leading megacity showcasing modern infrastructural facilities, man-make lakes, botanical gardens, shopping malls, entertainment centres and amazing historical sites. A visit to the Apartheid Museum takes you on an emotional journey into South Africa’s past. Get set to encounter the country’s oppressive past via the film footages, photographs and artefacts that illustrate the evils of that era. Move on from there to the tranquil Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam. This is a cool spot for some romantic stroll through the walkways and garden shades. You might be lucky to encounter a live band playing at the time of visit. Before checking into any of the city’s hotels for dinner, be sure to pop into the Oriental Plaza. This is a must-visit spot for those who have never been to India. The plaza parades over 300 shops selling numerous merchandise such as spices, home ware, jewellery and clothings. Remember to look out for a restaurant called the World of Samoosas for good quality Indian food. You’ll love it.
Zanzibar offers arguably the best of all romantic travel getaways in Africa. From private islands to beach resorts, experiencing Zanzibar is simply the ultimate Indian Ocean experience. Your loved one will be eternally grateful for this trip to paradise. Watch whales, see dolphins and swim with whale sharks. For the tender hearted, engage in the island’s amazing water sports such as scuba diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, water-skiing and sailing on traditional local dhows. Then retire to your private cottage after a long day at sea for some shower before dining on fresh lobster at a private table set up on the beach for you two. This is simply heaven on earth. Or don’t you agree?