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The 7 Most Romantic Safari Lodges In Africa

Planning a couples safari trip? There’s so many romantic safari lodges in Africa that deserves to go straight to the top of your bucket list. To narrow things down, we have the lodges from South Africa to Kenya, that go above and beyond for couples.

Whether you’re planning a honeymoon safari or just want some R&R, these places will impress. As for when to go? June to October is your best bet for a great safari season. 

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1. Elewana Loisaba Star Beds – Kenya

Handcrafted four-poster wooden beds sit on raised wooden platforms jutting out from a thatched-roof accommodation and are rolled out each night for guests to enjoy the most memorable sleep under the endless African sky.

Sounds like paradise? It really is. Home to elephant and a healthy population of lion,  Loisaba is a prime example of a great collaboration between conservation, community, ranching and tourism.

2. Londolozi Lodge – South Africa

Londolozi is right on the Sand River, in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve within the famous Greater Kruger National Park.

Each of the five camps here have a uniquely different vibe, yet all are beautiful. The Private Granite Suites feature outdoor bathtubs where you can watch elephants play in the river. A sunset river bar and sunken cocktail lounge are high above the Sand River for even more views.

3. Ivory Lodge – South Africa

Ivory Lodge thinks of everything – from your champagne of choice in the maxibar to unique dining under the stars. Guests staying at Ivory Lodge can also spend a night or two in a luxury treehouse.

The Kingston Treehouse is built on boulders, across a small drawbridge, with lanterns to light the way. The pictures speak for themselves…

4. Jack’s Camp – Botswana

A safari here is an extremely unusual desert safari experience; you’ll explore Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, walk with San Bushmen and spend time with wild meerkats.

Bedouin-style tents have the comfiest four-poster beds you’ll ever sleep in, while a jaw-dropping swimming pool underneath a tent is unlike anything you’ll see anywhere else.

5. Baines’ Camp – Botswana

With star baths and sky beds on your private deck, this is a total romantic oasis. Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is built on raised platforms high above the Boro River with just five luxury tents that are linked by wooden walkways. Take an outdoor candlelit bubble bath or watch hippos from the edge of the pool.

There’s also an opportunity to go walking in the bush with the semi-habituated elephants of the camp.

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6. Stanley Safari Lodge – Zambia

Stanley Safari Lodge is an elegant and luxurious getaway, with colonial suites and a private plunge pool that evokes the elegant era of old school travel. Head out in the open-top safari jeeps or have a historic four-course dinner experience aboard the steam train.

From every room at Stanley Safari Lodge, you can see the distant views of the spray of the Victoria Falls. It doesn’t get much better than this.

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7. Cottars 1920 Camp – Kenya

This award-winning private safari camp is in the famous ‘seventh’ natural wonder of the world, the Maasai Mara in Kenya. Owned and managed by the oldest established and continuing safari family in Africa, this is old world luxury at its best.

The camp has pretty family tents even have living rooms with fireplaces, and you can also have a ‘safari bath’ outdoors.

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Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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