Africa: Something inescapably romantic

There’s something inescapably romantic about Africa. Home to some of the world’s last great natural landscapes, it is a place of panoramic views and wildlife wonders that include the wildebeest migration, gorilla trekking and whale watching. And in Africa, the sunset burns late into the evening sky, heralding some of the starriest nights you’ll have ever seen.

Romantic travel in Africa has become a classic choice for couples from all over the world. Intimate safari camps and boutique hotels provide the accommodation; in-house spas, honeymoon suites with private pools & table-for-two-dining are among the treats.

The most famous East African destinations – the Serengeti and Masai Mara – are popular choices, especially in combination with the golden beaches of Zanzibar. In southern Africa, Victoria Falls, Cape Town, Botswana and the private Kruger reserves – the Sabi Sands – are well-established favourites for romantic travel.


Romantic Southern African Safari

Regardless of budget, romantic journeys should have the most dramatic of scenery and with destinations like Cape Town, the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls all falling into easy combination, a Southern African safari is a good place to start. Choose between top hotels and boutiques, tented hideaways and riverside villas as well as luxury trains, built into a tailor-made itinerary.

For the quintessential romantic safari destination in Southern Africa, it’s hard to better the Kruger’s private Sabi Sands Reserve. Some lodges only charge 50% for the bride and you’re assured of some of the best Big 5 viewing in Africa.


Safari & Indian Ocean Combinations

It’s one of Africa’s best travel experiences: a big game safari followed by the indulgence of a tropical beach holiday. Among the easiest ‘bush and beach’ combinations are Kruger/Sabi with Mozambique and Tanzania with Zanzibar but almost any combination can be created: Kenya has a long Indian Ocean coastline while Mauritius and the Seychelles have long combined with safaris in both Southern and East Africa.

For a different but greatly rewarding take on the traditional bush and beach experience, the golden beaches of Lake Malawi make a great combination with the classic game reserves of Zambia.

Romantic East African Safari

The dreamy ‘Out of Africa’ scenery of the Masai Mara and Serengeti has long drawn romantic travellers to East Africa. It’s a place of epic savannah views, champagne balloon flights and the great wildebeest migration, nature’s greatest wildlife show.  Some of its safari lodges are romantic masterpieces.

It’s easy to combine an East African safari with a beach holiday – Zanzibar is especially convenient -but why not try something different as part of your special journey? There’s wilderness walking in Tarangire Park, gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda, and off-the-beaten-track Rubondo Island in Lake Victoria.

Romantic Adventure Activities

Romance and adventure go together hand in glove in Africa. Start the day with a balloon safari over the Namib Desert or Serengeti. Mix game drives with canoe trips and walking safaris. Lunch? What about a picnic on Livingstone Island where the Zambezi thunders over Victoria Falls just yards away.

Dinners are special occasions: you’ll find a table for two on a viewing deck above a desert waterhole or delta lagoon, perhaps out in the bush under lantern-decked trees. As for your accommodation, choose from luxury tree-houses in the Sabi Sand and Zambia to old fashioned sleep outs on Botswana’s lunar-like Makgadikgadi Pans.

Selected Tours

Browse our recommended tours below, each featuring romatic travel in Africa. If you’d like us to tailor-make an itinerary or African honeymoon based on your needs and budget, then simply contact us and we’ll be happy to help

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Faultless service, attention to detail and quality of accomodations.

The communications and service from Walter was excellent, and we were continuously fully informed. The information package and book received on arrival were excellent. We felt that we had been allocated carefully selected lodges at each camp and every detail met or exceeded our expectations.
The safari tour was wonderful, and a particular feature was the variety offered at each location which combined perfectly

Carolyn (AU)
Outstanding experience!

We have booked at the Elephant Plains Lodge. We stayed there for a few nights and went on safaris. The lodge, the guide, the food and all the animals we have seen were fantastic. Really an outstanding experience. We can recommend Elephant Plains to everybody. Maybe you will not be as lucky as we were, becaucse we have seen the Big 5! But however you will not forget your stay at Elephant Plains.

Silvio (CH)
We had a wonderful holiday with no hitches, perfectly planned for us and so professional.

Though we live in Australia, Safari online made planning for our family holiday so easy. Walter understood our requirements and nothing was too much trouble. The holiday was everything we wanted it to be and so much more. Every camp was ideally suited for our family and we loved each day, every early morning and evening game drive. Thank you to Walter for his attention to detail and his friendly, professional and caring manner. It was a trip of a lifetime and one that we will talk about forever.

Mary (AU)
Exceptional service ensuring a wonderful holiday. Highly recommended

Attention to detail & service provided was first class, from our very first email to the last day of our trip. Walter went above and beyond to ensure that we were notified of any changes, even up to our last day with a change to our flight time, at short notice. The safari was so much more than expected, from the rustic to the exceptional, every camp was different in it’s own way and our highlights are hard to single out just one as each camp was great.

Cyndi and Dave (AU)
Absolutely Perfect

I was already last year in South Africa and Zambia organized by Safari Online. It was a absolutely gorgeous trip. Everything was perfect. This was the reason I booked this year in May and June an new trip to South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. I got everything I expected. It was a dream again. I know I´m coming back.

Bernard (DE)
Best experience ever!!

They provide us the most taylored and customized honeymoon possible! everything was much better than we expected. We loved the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere and everyone made us feeling so incredibly special and gave us a unique insight. Over our game drives we managed to see all the big five plus some!!

Salvatore (IT)
Karina was absolutely instrumental to our safari success.

Our experience with Safari Online was excellent. After becoming very frustrated trying to search for a safari destination on our own, we turned to Karina for help and she was a lifesaver. She responded to our requests promptly and gave us several options with links to each option; we ultimately chose Lukimbi. She then coordinated our flights to and from the property, arranged the drivers necessary to get us from the airport to the lodge and back again, and sent the appropriate paperwork to each of us to verify each step of the process. We had an amazing safari adventure at the lodge–the experience of a lifetime–and are so grateful for her help. We literally couldn’t have done it without her!

Chris (USA)
Trip of a lifetime: Five countries, six camps, Vic Falls, Big Five plus more game

In June/July 2016 we undertook a trip to Southern Africa to fulfill a lifelong intention. We stayed at six camps, safari style, and had a great time. All of our expectations were met or even exceeded. For example, we never expected to see honey badgers or sitatunga, given the secretive nature of those species, but we did! All travel arrangements and connections worked smoothly, which is astonishing since we had several dozen transfers and meeting points; all of the connecting personnel were prompt, professional, and welcoming.

Michael (USA)
The trip was sensational and tailored to our needs. Simply fantastic!

The care by Walter was great from planning to leaving Johannesburg. The accommodations were perfectly chosen. If after a few days you thought it could not be better, you were told otherwise. It was an increase every day, with the 3 days safari in the Kruger, including overnight in tree house, the grand finale.
I would book a trip anytime again at Safari Online.

Ulrike (DE)
Experience of a lifetime and wonderful service!!

Our extended family (16 travellers, including 8 children under ten years of age!) went on a wonderful safari adventure curated and organised by Walter Kohrs of Safari Online. It could not have been any better than we experienced. From our time in Cape Town, to visiting Victoria Falls, all the way through Zimbabwe and finally wrapping up at the amazing Chobe Safari Lodge, all the locations chosen by Walter were amazing.

His attention to detail, willingness to fine-tune and excellent responsiveness (over a period of several months!) could not have been better. He took time to visit us personally upon our arrival in South Africa, with lovely gift-packs and shared a wealth of advice, recommendations and tips. I cannot recommend Safari Online (and Walter Kohrs in particular) any higher. Absolutely amazing.

Oisin (AU)