Most Romantic Destinations in Africa: Our Top 5 Picks
Every corner of Africa is magnificently beautiful and breathtaking – what could be more romantic than exploring this vast and mysterious continent?
Here is our selection of the most romantic destinations in Africa.
1. Marrakech, Morocco
For couples seeking a romantic getaway Marrakech offers a hypnotic and magical atmosphere straight out of the Arabian Nights.
The ´Red City´ welcomes many honeymooners each year looking for a romantic way to spend quality time together. Its fabulous palaces, lush palm groves, wonderful restaurants, tranquil gardens, ancient city walls, and colorful bazaars combine to weave a magical spell that charms and seduces visitors. Many of the riads in Marrakech have roof terraces where you can laze together, glass of wine in hand, watching the sun set over the rooftops, while the hustle and bustle carries on in the streets below.
Located at the doors of the Kasbah, Les Bains de Marrakech, or public bath, makes for an unforgettable date — whether you want private spa treatments or just a luxurious soak. Alternatively take a walk with your partner around the renowned Majorelle Garden – the perfect backdrop for a special romantic break in Morocco.
There’s so much to do in Marrakech, but it’s also a great base to explore the surrounding area and one of the most romantic day trips from Marrakech would be to see the amazing Cascades D´Ouzoud, North Africa´s largest waterfall.
2. Praslin Island, The Seychelles
If you’re looking for a romantic setting where it’s just you, your loved one, and the great outdoors, the island of Praslin is it. With stunning white sand beaches, hidden coves and lush tropical forests covering the hills, the island once called “the original Garden of Eden” is a magical place to kick back and relax with your mate.
There’s little to see and do, beyond swimming or scuba diving to see the exotic underworld of the Indian Ocean, but you’ll probably be more tempted to relax on the beach, in front of some astonishing cliff faces, in the mostly brilliant sunshine.
However you spend your time, you’ll have one of the world’s most romantic destinations as your backdrop.
3. Bazaruto Island, Mozambique
Want to experience a stay on a breathtaking tropical island where the sun always shines and the sea is always warm? Bazaruto Island, in Mozambique, is as close as you’ll come to island paradise anywhere in the world. This island measures just 22 miles long and four miles wide and is fringed by crystal white beaches and an impossibly blue sea. In addition to spending time on the beach and unwinding in one of the island’s luxurious spas, couples can explore the island’s natural beauty by going on scuba diving and snorkelling trips.
The island has many accommodation options, with the majority of them being ideal destinations for a romantic getaway or honeymoon. Most of the lodges are exclusive and personal, ensuring that your holiday is a memorable one.
4. Zanzibar, Tanzania
A holiday to Zanzibar is perfect for a romantic beach break and a relaxing getaway. Zanzibar, the magical island where the fusion of Arab, African, Indian and European cultures has created a pace of life, a style of cuisine, and a colourful tapestry of architecture, heritage, myth and magic that is found nowhere else in the world. Romance will blossom as you wander the narrow, shaded streets of Stone Town, the capital city, on a sultry afternoon.
Once you’ve explored the fascinating streets of Stone Town, and perhaps bought some fine souvenirs it’s time to head to the beach. The beaches in Zanzibar are a paradise, interspersed with picturesque fishing villages, where the people live a simple way of life, unchanged over the years. There are more than 25 fantastic beaches in Zanzibar, and some are so peaceful and remote that the only noise breaking the silence is likely to be the ocean.
The chance to relive the allure of long ago can be yours as you and your loved one set sail from Kilele Square in a traditional wooden Dhow for some of the small islands off Stone Town.
5. The Namib Desert, Namibia
A holiday in Namibia can be magnificent – just imagine sleeping under the sparkling stars, whilst the Namib Desert with its almighty saffron-hued dunes and the Naukluft Mountains isolate you from the outside world!
Romantic and adventurous all at once, camel trekking is a great way to spend time with your significant other. Discover the desert on a camel ride and marvel at the beautiful scenery of this immense ocean of sand. Even more romantic is a full excursion by camel trekking, dinner with the nomads, followed by a night of star gazing and sleeping under the desert night sky. You will awake to one of the most stunning sunrises you will ever see!
Terrifying, beautiful, desolate, and romantic all at once, the sprawling Namib Desert can provide the ethereal landscape for an unforgettable vacation.
There can be no consensus on the 5 most romantic destinations in Africa, but these were our top picks of the spots to share with the one you love.