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Moonrise from the Chalkley Treehouse at Lion Sands. Image courtesy of Sabi Sands

Love is meant to be an adventure.
-Gordon B. Hinckley

It’s February, the month of Valentines, which got us thinking: What do travel and romance have in common? Well, for starters, both have been known to get one’s heart racing and create memories - and stories! - to last a lifetime. Africa, in particular, is an unforgettable destination for couples and Wild at Heart Journeys works with many travelers who are looking for an African adventure to celebrate their honeymoon or perhaps a recent engagement or anniversary.

Whether on the beach or in the bush, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite romantic experiences for couples that are tailor-made for adventures of the heart.

 

The Underwater Room at Manta Resort

The Manta Resort on Pemba Island, located off the coast of Tanzania, is a destination that exudes the relaxed and remote atmosphere that other now more developed areas of Zanzibar used to offer. And for the adventurous, Manta’s Underwater Room, anchored within a natural hole in the island’s untouched coral reef, is truly a heart stopping, out of this world experience! Roughly 250 meters off the shore of Pemba’s stunning white sand beach, Underwater Room guests stay in a three level, hardwood-clad floating suite that has been called “the most stunning hotel room ever.”

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Your personal floating paradise. Image courtesy of Manta Resort

The Underwater Room’s top deck is a lounging area for sun worshipping or stargazing while the landing deck, at water level, includes a covered lounge area and bathroom. The showstopper, though, is downstairs: a glass windowed, underwater bedroom with a nearly 360 degree view of the surrounding reef and wide variety of tropical fish. At night, underwater spotlights entice more elusive squid and octopi to the glass panes. When Wild at Heart Journeys owner Robin Francis recently stayed in the underwater room, she became acquainted with one of Manta’s well-known reef denizens, a trumpet fish named Nick, who has taken up permanent residence outside the room. Really, who can blame him?

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The Underwater Room at Manta Resort on Pemba Island. Images courtesy of Manta Resort

Guests are transported to the room by wooden boat and deliciously-prepared meals are delivered to be enjoyed on the private floating suite. The room is also equipped with all the “desert island” essentials needed on your own floating paradise: an open air shower, fully stocked bar fridge, kayak/snorkel/fins, and a cell phone should any assistance be needed.

 Nesting in the Trees

From under the sea to up in the air… treehouses are another uniquely intimate type of accommodation we can arrange for our African travelers.

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The Kingston treehouse at Lion Sands. Image courtesy of Sabi Sands

Lion Sands, located within South Africa’s Sabi Sands game reserve, offers three luxurious treehouse bush bedrooms equipped with all the lavish details of a five star resort. Guests would be hard pressed to find a more romantic roost for sunsets and stargazing in all of South Africa. Lion Sand’s Chalkley, Kingston, and Tinyeleti treehouses are all beautifully appointed and perched elegantly above this premiere game viewing destination, offering close encounters with elephants, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, and African antelope - sometimes without even leaving the comfort of your tree.

The Nest at Alex Walker’s Serian is nestled inconspicuously amongst the branches of a lone Warburgia tree overlooking Kenya’s famous Mara river. Fittingly, a nest-shaped wrought iron bed is surrounded by “walls” of green foliage from the surrounding treetops. All the essentials are available in The Nest, including lanterns, coffee, delivered meals, and even a loo. This laid back treehouse is particularly suited for couples who would enjoy daily walking safaris (the area is a vehicle-free zone) and falling asleep to the sounds of hippopotamus in the river.

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Breakfast in bed in the trees at The Nest. Image courtesy of Alex Walker’s Serian

Bush and Beach Dinners

Whether for special occasions or simply to cap off a day of game viewing and exploring, there is no experience quite like a candlelight dinner in the African bush. Most of the camps we work with offer some version of the bush dinner, ranging from a lantern-lit picnic under the stars to elaborate five course meals. Bush dinners include meticulously authentic touches - such as locally sourced cuisine, handcrafted textiles and decor, and often singing, dancing, or storytelling by local guides - all under the spectacular African night sky.

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The thrill of a lantern-lit dinner in the bush. Image courtesy of Sabora Tented Camp Singita Grumeti

Similarly, island and coastal locations like Manta Resort will set up private, romantic dinners on the sand, timed to the stunning backdrop of an African beach sunset. Guests can enjoy the freshest local catch and perhaps a bonfire to linger into the evening, listening to the waves lapping on the sand.

Bush Baths

As an alternative (or in addition to) spa time, we recommend our romance-minded travelers experience the very unique and sensuous indulgence that is a “bush bath.” At Cottars 1920’s Camp, one of the oldest safari camps in Africa, honeymooners - and other couples - can enjoy a traditional canvas bath set on a persian rug outside their tent, perfectly positioned to contemplate the beauty of Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Outfitted with original campaign furniture and antiques, Cottars tents and the bush bath transport travelers to the “golden age” of safari - with modern luxuries, of course.

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 Bush baths at Cottars 1920’s Camp (l) & Ruckomechi Camp (r). Images courtesy of Cottars and Ruckomechi

Ruckomechi Camp, in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools, is a seasonal camp that boasts one of the most romantic bush baths in all of Africa. On a wood deck below a sprawling tree, guests can soak in the environment - literally - from a bubble-filled, candle-lit claw foot tub as the sun sets along the Zambezi river. You never know… the elephants just might join you!

Creating Your Custom Experience

At its heart, love is the creation of a deeply personal, shared story. Whether it’s one of the romantic ideas here or some other type of activity (food, wine, riding, trekking, or even climbing Kilimanjaro), Wild at Heart Journeys specializes in creating custom African travel experiences that will fill the pages of your own personal love story… one journey at a time. Contact us to get started.

 
 
 

Robin Francis of WAHJ has been providing African travel services for over 10 years and travels frequently to the continent to meet with partners and experience their lodging, amenities, and activities first hand. Partners regard her as one of the most knowledgeable African travel consultants in the US, who has also invested in giving back to the communities she works with. Robin and WAHJ are available for complete travel booking throughout Africa or consulting on bookings made through other providers.