10 Romantic Destinations in Africa

There’s no doubt that romantic destinations in Africa are the best in the world. Africa is filled with some of the most beautiful and perfect places fit for a proposal or a honeymoon. Here are the Top 10 spots across the continent to make your proposal or honeymoon extra special.

Kirstenbosch Garden – Cape Town

Known as one of Africa’s most beautiful gardens, the Kirstenbosch Garden, which has the Table Mountains overlooking it, is an ideal spot to declare your love and wish to spend the rest of your life with your loved one. The garden was established in 1913 to promote, conserve and display the extraordinarily rich and diverse flora of southern Africa and was the first botanical garden in the world to be devoted to a country’s indigenous flora. It has a variety of plant life, including fynbos and cycads. It lies in the heart of the Cape Floristic region, also known as the Cape Floral Kingdom, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004, thus making it one of the best romantic destinations in Africa. Kirstenbosch is open to visitors every day.

Pemba Island – Tanzania

Pemba Island, located approximately 30 miles (50 km) from Zanzibar in Tanzania, is one of East Africa’s most idyllic and romantic gems. It remains largely untouched by mass tourism, which means you’ll fully enjoy the warm crystal blues beaches, an abundance of mangroves and lagoons and great diving spots to see untouched coral reefs and abundant marine life, as well as enjoy the company of friendly locals.

Morocco

Enjoy the beautiful sand dunes of the Sahara Desert while on camel back on a desert tour in Morocco. You and your partner will get to explore Berber nomadic life while experiencing the beauty of the largest hot desert and the third-largest desert in the world after Antarctica and the Arctic. Take a customized desert tour of the valleys of the Sahara Desert, namely Draa Valley, Ziz Valley and Dades Valley, or travel from Marrakech to Fes or to the Zagora dunes; Merzouga or Erg Chebbi is a must. Trips vary from two to four days.

Mount Kenya

Thought of by many as one of the most romantic destinations in Africa, Mount Kenya is Africa’s second-highest peak and is believed to be the home of Ngai, god of the local Kikuyu people. Its peaks are crowned with snow and its slopes are thick with forest, making it the ideal romantic destination. The mountain is best seen at djawn, when the early morning light creates a beautiful silhouette high over the surrounding plains. The forests are ideal for game viewing; if you’re in the mood for a challenge, mountain climbing is available.

Mauritius

The East African island nation of Mauritius is an ideal romantic getaway for proposals and honeymoons. One of many beautiful destinations to choose from is Cap Malheureux, which is located on the island’s northernmost tip. It’s most famous for its picturesque little red-roofed church, Notre Dame Auxiliatrice. There’s a fishing village just north of Grand Baie with magnificent views over the offshore islands of Coin de Mire, Ile Plate and Ile Ronde — a perfect place for a secluded stroll or a picnic for two. Another must-visit site is Riambel Beach, where you and your partner can enjoy horseback riding at sunset.

Manda Island – Lamu Archipelago of Kenya

Located in the Lamu Archipelago of Kenya is Manda Island. You and your loved one will enjoy beautiful architecture, white sand and crystal-blue beaches, as well as great food and friendly locals. What makes this a romantic getaway is its picturesque scenery.

Kakum National Park – Ghana

If you and your partner are nature lovers, then a romantic tour through Kakum National Park in Ghana is an ideal proposal location. The national park is a dense tropical rain forest in southern Ghana, which is home to more than 40 species of larger mammals, including forest elephants, forest buffalo, Mona-meerkats and civets. It’s also a bird watcher’s paradise, as it is home to more than 250 species. The highlight of the park is a stroll on the Canopy Walkway. Built 30 meters (98 feet) above ground and crossing several bridges, the walkway measures approximately 1,150 feet in length and connects seven tree tops, providing access to the forest. You get a unique view of the forest on the walk with the assistance of trained guides. The park also has a campsite, should you want to stay overnight.

La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort – Lagos, Nigeria

La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort, located in Lekki in the city of Lagos, is a private resort situated on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and bordered by the fresh waters of Ikegun Lake. Named one of Nigeria’s best beach resorts, couples can enjoy strolls on the beach, fishing or simply taking in nature — visitors can observe up close a wide variety of flora, birds and wild animals in the resort’s mangrove forest.

Ibo Island – Mozambique

Ibo Island is a beautiful piece of paradise in Mozambique. No wonder it’s one of the most romantic destinations in Africa. Accessible by boat or plane, the island, which is known as the central island of Mozambique’s Quirimba islands, is home to peaceful fishing villages and a wide variety of indigenous bird species. It is also home to one of the largest mangrove forests in Africa. It is the perfect remedy for wanderlust, where couples can enjoy the warm Indian Ocean, great Mozambican cuisine and the beauty of nature.

Maloti-Drakensberg Mountains – Lesotho and South Africa

If you and your partner enjoy the beauty of mountains, the Big 5 and the warm South African weather, then a visit to the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Park, which straddles the border between South Africa and Lesotho, is a must.
Attractions at the park include the majestic Maloti-Drakensberg Mountains and animal populations, including blesbok, oribi, duiker and leopard. You can hike while exploring important paleontological sites, as well as sites of late Iron Age settlements that define Basotho origins.

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