Africa and romance go hand in hand and it is no surprise that Africa is an ever popular destination for honeymoons and special occasions. The Safari Index has hand-selected some of our favourite romantic safari lodges and camps that offer an all-round superb safari experience, exquisite dining and all in an exceptional setting. All these game lodges and camps go the extra mile to make you and your loved one feel that extra bit special. Romance, Safari, Africa.


The Outpost, Pafuri

The Outpost Lodge lies in the Makuleke Contractual Park, a vast and remote wilderness area in the far northern Kruger National Park. It is bordered to the north by the Limpopo River and Zimbabwe, and to the east by Crooks Corner and Mozambique. The Big 5 Makuleke Contractual Park measures some 26 500 hectares, and is well-known for its abundant…

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Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Surrounded by the mountains and sand dunes of the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is an escape to the world as it should be: sheer silence, total tranquillity and romantic luxury. From stargazing to intimate picnics in the desert, this is an extraordinary desert wilderness. Nestled deep in the heart of Namibia's ancient Namib Desert in Southern Africa, the lodge…

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Zambezi Queen Houseboat

Located along the banks of the great Chobe River, the Zambezi Queen, affectionately known as the ZQ, offers world-class sophistication in one of the most remote locations on earth. With only 14 suites, the ZQ is as unique and adventurous as it is comfortable and elegant. In fact, it is unsurpassed in all aspects and the last word in Luxury…

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Savanna Game Lodge, Sabi Sands

Situated in the world renowned Sabi Sands Game Reserve, the Savanna Lodge is an exquisite camp well positioned on the edge of an open plain and waterhole. The staff pay excellent attention to guests in a warm, friendly and efficient manner. The large and open plan common area, overlooking the pool and surrounding open bush, is the main meeting point…

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Baines’ Camp, Okavango

Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is located on a huge private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. Set in a grove of trees, and surrounded by papyrus beds, this low-impact and environmentally-friendly camp has been built using commercially-grown wood and recycled tin cans. Named after the 19th century explorer and painter Thomas Baines, this camp is raised above the permanent…

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Saadani Safari Lodge

Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge offers an astonishing combination of beach, bush and river with a variety of wildlife within and surrounding the camp. The sand beach stretches towards the horizon in both directions and from the open ocean, you can sail into the river mouth and possibly pass hippos and crocodiles. Each of the five Maridadi suites, nine Classic Banda…

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Samara Karoo Lodge

The Samara Karoo Lodge on the Samara Private Game Reserve is a luxurious camp styled on a traditional Karoo farmhouse. There are thick patios around the entire exterior, offering guests the opportunity of relaxing on a farm porch and soaking up the magic of the Karoo. There are 6 suites in total, accommodating a maximum of 12 guests at a…

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Singita Sweni

Sweni Lodge is a small six-suite camp in a private concession in the Kruger National Park. The camp is certified ‘green’ and has a minimal impact on the local environment. The spacious and sumptuously decorated suites merge a modern-styled urban apartment with natural materials. The glass-walled rooms are situated along the banks of the Sweni River, offering fantastic panoramic views.…

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Singita Boulders Lodge

The staggering architecture of Boulders lodge is something to celebrate – a pleasing mix of stone, natural materials and flowing modern design. Ten private suites are spread out along the river bank - in addition there are two family units that can accommodate groups of four together. These family units can be used as exclusive residences away from the rest…

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Marataba Safari Lodge

Set amongst thick acacia bushveld overlooking a waterhole, with a stream running through camp is the Marataba Safari Company’s exquisite luxury tented camp. Marataba is situated in a very productive (for game viewing) 23,000 hectare private concession within the Marakele National Park - one of the newer National Parks in South Africa. The main lodge boasts a brilliant architectural design…

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