January 31

Romance and Adventure in Africa


January 31, 2023

Longing for an escape that offers reams of romance and adventure in abundance? Well, look no further! When it comes to romance and adventure – in Africa you CAN! Get ready for dreamy destinations that are jam-packed with lovey-dovey experiences and exciting expeditions.

Romance and Adventure in Africa - treehouse in Lion Sands

Africa is brimming with heart-stirring experiences, Image Credit: Lion Sands

1. Victoria Falls

First stop: Victoria Falls! Also known as "The Smoke That Thunders", this natural wonder is a site to behold. Located on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, it's not just any old tourist spot – it's one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But trust us, there's more to this place than just the chance to gawk at a whole lot of water...

aerial view of Victoria Falls

Discover romance and adventure in Victoria Falls

Romance in Victoria Falls

Visiting Victoria Falls promises plenty of "butterflies in your stomach" moments. Imagine dining on the edge of a gorgeous gorge, taking a private helicopter ride over the breathtaking waterfalls, or having a cosy candlelit dinner on the banks of the Zambezi.

And that's just the beginning! Treat yourselves to a couples massage at one of many luxurious spas. Or, make the most of the stunning sunset on a leisurely river cruise – bubbly in hand!

Sambesi-Fluss bei Sonnenuntergang

A superb way to relax and enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Zambezi, Image Credit: Royal Chundu

Adventure in Victoria Falls

Experience the thrill of bungee jumping, white water rafting, gorge swinging, and the flying fox cable slide as you feel your adrenaline surge. The thunderous sound of cascading waters 100 metres below only adds to the chaos of these adventures. Go one step further and take a dip in Devil's Pool; with a sheer drop and a up-close-and-personal view off the side of the Falls – it is indeed the ultimate infinity pool!

For a slightly more subdued experience, opt for a ziplining canopy tour where you can take in the stunning views of the Zambezi rapids and Victoria Falls Bridge. Whatever your preference, we know of many thrilling activities to get your heart racing!

Canopy Tour at Victoria Falls

Observe the riverine forest and Falls from a variety of different vantage points, Image Credit: Wild Horizons

2. Cape Town

Next up: Cape Town! This South African city is known for its stunning beaches, world-class wine regions, and breathtaking mountain scenery. Sip on some vino and enjoy a romantic dinner at sunset, paraglide, surf, hang out with penguins or take a scenic drive along the coast. Here, enchanting experiences never end!

Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront

Cape Town is a playground for leisure lovers, adventurers and jet-setters alike

Romance in Cape Town

Stand hand-in-hand with your loved one on top of the majestic Table Mountain, capturing a selfie as stunning views of Cape Town serve as the ultimate backdrop. Or, indulge in a luxury helicopter ride above the city, experiencing its beauty from a whole new perspective. As locals, our favourite pastime tend to be picnics in the Winelands and a myraid of other wild settings – there's no better way to savour the Mother City's serenity. 

As day fades into night, set sail on a sunset boat cruise, nestling into your partner's arms as you watch the sun dip below the horizon. Plus, with top-notch spas, restaurants and rooftop bars, Cape Town is your playground for a romantic getaway like no other!

A couple relaxing on a mountain edge looking over Cape Town's beaches

Relax on the edge of Table Mountain National Park

Adventure in Cape Town

Cape Town offers beautiful landscapes for hiking, mountain biking, trail running, and more exhilarating activities like abseiling down Table Mountain and sandboarding on the Atlantis dunes.

Wildlife enthusiasts can snorkel with seals around Duiker Island and explore the city's iconic shorelines through sea kayaking. And with an array of fantastic beaches, basins and bays, surfing, sailing, and swimming are also a given!

A city bursting with excitement and allure from both land and sea, Image Credit: Kayak Adventures Cape Town

3. Sabi Sand Game Reserve

The Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is a land of luxury safari lodges and top-notch game viewing in the heart of Big 5 territory. Part of the Greater Kruger National Park, it's the crème de la crème of game reserves in South Africa, and if you're looking for a Big 5 safari experience that's second to none, nowhere else in Africa can compare.

Couple drinking gin and tonic at Silvan Safari pool during sunset

A land lauded for its luxurious safari lodges and high-calibre game viewing

Romance in Sabi Sand

One of our top picks for a romantic rendezvous, Sabi Sand Game Reserve is saturated with natural beauty and seclusion. Enjoy early morning game drives snuggled beneath a blanket while searching for the Big 5. Stay at exclusive lodges with sexy villas and luxury suites, where you can relax in privacy and cherish each other's company. 

Moreover, you can take your romance to the next level with activities like private bush picnics, romantic dinners under the stars, and hot air balloon rides. The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is the perfect blend of relaxation and privacy, making it the ideal location for a romantic getaway.

Designed to ensure maximum privacy for the most romantic experience

Adventure in Sabi Sand

Nothing screams adventure more than immersing oneself in Big 5 territory. Imagine exploring untamed African terrain on foot, all the while knowing there could be a lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, or rhino lurking (or snoozing) nearby.

Luckily, bush walks in the Sabi Sand are guided by professionals with years of experience – allowing you to safely explore while still enjoying an electrifying experience! With its untamed wilderness and plenty of wildlife, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is a true adventure destination that offers visitors the chance to experience Africa's natural beauty up close.

Widely acknowledged as one of the last true wildernesses in South Africa

4. Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta swells with floodplains, riverine woodland and forest, all set against Botswana's cloudy skies. The serene setting makes it the perfect spot for a romantic getaway, while the many, many activities and adventure opportunities make it an ideal destination for an action-packed vacation.

The Okavango Delta from aerial perspective

Luxury safaris in Botswana at the Okavango Delta are unforgettable

Romance in the Okavango Delta

The tranquillity of the Delta creates a perfect ambience for couples to share intimate moments and create lasting memories. Its natural beauty is truly mesmerising. Imagine gliding through the Delta's waterways on a morning mokoro (dugout canoe) safari or sunset boat cruise, surrounded by serene beauty and the changing colours of the sky.

Another memorable romantic activity is a private dinner in the bush, where couples can dine under a blanket of stars while listening to the symphony of the Okavango Delta's nightlife.

An outdoor camp fire with the sunset

Magical moments on the Okavango Delta, Image Credit: Sanctuary Chief's Camp

Adventure in the Okavango Delta

Embark on an unforgettable adventure as you navigate through narrow waterways and discover hidden islands that are inaccessible throughout the rest of the year.

Experience the authentic way of transport of the Okavango Delta bushmen and glide through the picturesque rivulets while eerie reed banks stand guard on either side. And don't forget to keep an eye out for hungry hippos and those inconspicuous crocodiles that will delight you and make your heart beat even faster!

Mokoro ride at camp okavango

A watery web filled to the brim with exciting game-viewing opportunities

Experience Romance and Adventure in Africa

As you can see, Africa is a love-struck paradise, filled with adventure and romance, perfect for couples seeking a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

From hot air ballooning, candlelit dinners, and spa treatments to Big 5 wilderness walks, paragliding and bush picnics – in Africa, you CAN! So, grab your soulmate, pack your bags, reach out to our Travel Experts and head to Africa, where love and adventure await!

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About the author 

Michelle Welvering

Growing up, Michelle always wanted to become a world-renowned artist, a kickboxing-champion and an eccentric explorer – aka a Kickboxing Exploring Artist! After pursuing an education in Fine Arts and opening her own Kickboxing gym in Pretoria, an unexpected twist led her to a six-year stint as a travel consultant in South African tourism. She believes that all things happen for a reason and, driven by adventure, she was eager to find a more “wild” and cultural space to call home. This led her to wander the Western Cape coastline, fall in love with the city of Cape Town and, of course, her workplace, Rhino Africa.

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