Africa

Out of Africa Come Romantic Retreats

written by | Posted on May 29th, 2012

Guests can either bask in the luxury and island tranquility, or enjoy watersports and join excursions to catch a glimpse of tiny, undiscovered villages nearby. In addition, guests can opt for helicopter rides to view the spectacular Kalambo Falls, take in a spa treatment, and go fishing, game viewing or water skiing.

The award-winning resort has a first-rate restaurant considered one of the best in the region.

Contact: firelightexpeditions.com

botswana

Some expert African travelers consider Botswana the destination of choice for a taste of the so-called African experience. For honeymooners, it offers unparalleled experiences that can add zest to a different type of honeymoon. Botswana is where safaris on elephant backs were practically invented and there are activities galore for newlyweds including treks into the fabled Kalahari Desert. Some go as far as saying that if Africa is the most bewitching continent on earth, then Botswana is the sorcerer.

Zarafa, a chic and romantic nook, is a camp where honeymooners can opt for private dinners, private pools and spend nights in a canvasstyle luxury tent overlooking the Aibadianja Lagoon.

The brainchild of National Geographic filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, this intimate 4-tent camp on a private 320,000-acre reserve overlooks a lagoon teeming with hippos and elephants. Big cats, wild dogs, and other game are common throughout the area.

It is very romantic, accommodating a maximum eight guests, each receiving personal service. Every tent features a private pool, private bath and outdoor showers that could easily have the best view in Botswana.

Zarafa is in the Okavango Delta and the solitude, service and richness in animal viewing and hiking plus the nights spent under the southern constellations make it a magical spot.

This all-inclusive resort is ideal for those who seek complete solitude and comfort. Rates are $1,150-$1,800 pp per night dbl. Contact: greatplainsconservation.com/zarafa

morocco

Away from wild game, tropical weather and in the continent’s extreme north, where Africa touches the Mediterranean, Morocco offers newlyweds an experience unrivaled because its culture is so different from others in the continent. Couples coming here will feel like they’re living amidst the pages of an Arabian fairy tale as Morocco is firmly entrenched in a culture that’s centuries old and where the pull of romance is as enchanting and melodic as the call from a muezzin from a lonely minaret at dusk.

At the foot of the Atlas Mountains on the plain considered the gateway to the South Moroccan desert, Ouarzazate, the “door to the desert” in central Morocco, is full of lush oases. This is also home to Dar Ahlam, an all-inclusive, 13-suite cluster of magnificent structures that look like red sandcastles. This mirage-like vision, a Relais & Chateaux property, is one of the most romantic places in Africa.

As befits a resort owned by a French theater director, Dar Ahlam ($925-$2,500) offers an unqualified romantic atmosphere highlighted by choreographed, candlelit dinners in locations that stretch from olive groves to rooftops and long romantic moonlight treks into the desert.

If that isn’t romantic enough, guests can also choose to spend a night in a tent for two among the majestic sand dunes that stretch away from the area or to explore little-known desert towns nearby.

Contact: relaischateaux.com/darahlam


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