Kim’s Top 5 Romantic Destinations in Africa

There is something incredibly romantic to me about spending time in nature with a loved one, be it in the countryside, alongside mountains, on the riverside or the remote wilderness. Perhaps it offers the space and time needed to awaken all my senses.

Here are my top 5 romantic destinations in Africa which I have visited over the years.

#1 La Residence Hotel & Spa

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Where: Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa
Grading: 5*
Type: Country Hotel

Why do I love it?

  • It’s eclectic in style with relaxed sophistication
  • It feels remote & exclusive, being on a 30-acre private estate and working farm
  • The breathtaking views
  • Their rim-flow pool overlooking the vineyards
  • They produce their own wine (and wine is of course very romantic!)

Suggested length of stay: 3 nights
Kim’s Romance Rating: 9/10




#2 Tintswalo Atlantic

Where: Chapmans Peak, Western Cape, South Africa

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Grading: 5*
Type: Boutique Hotel

Why do I love it?

  • It’s a hidden oceanside retreat, remote and tranquil
  • The suites are very luxurious and all open up directly onto the ocean
  • It has an exotic island feel, with a mountain backdrop
  • The bathrooms
  • The sunsets over the Atlantic!

Suggested length of stay: 2-3 nights
Kim’s Romance Rating: 8/10

Perched on the pebbled beach, Tintswalo Atlantic



#3 Tanda Tula Safari Lodge

Where: Timbavati, Northern Kruger Park, South Africa
Grading: 5*
Style: Safari Lodge

Why do I love it?

  • Their luxury tented style rooms
  • The personalised service and excellent game rangers
  • Private bush meals for couples
  • Sitting around the campfire after dinner and stargazing
  • Hearing the sounds of the wild from your bed at night

Suggested length of stay: 3-4 nights
Kim’s Romance Rating: 7/10

Tanda Tula Safari Camp – Game drive at sunrise – Maike

Tanda Tula Safari Camp – Tented suite – Maike

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#4 Tongabezi

Where: Victoria Falls, Zambia
Grading: 5*
Style: Country Lodge

Why do I love it?

  • Exclusive hideaway located on the banks of the Zambezi river
  • The endless river views and sounds of nature
  • Romantic dinners on your private deck under the stars
  • Uniquely styled private suites, feeling one with nature

Suggested length of stay: 3 nights
Kim’s Romance Rating: 9/10




#5 Mnemba Island Lodge

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Where: Zanzibar, Tanzania
Grading: 5*
Style: Beach Resort

Why do I love it?

  • Its barefoot luxury with plenty of seaside adventures
  • Only 12 rooms – rustic styled villas on the beach
  • Unpretentious
  • A romantic hideaway
  • Ideal for short or long stays
  • It’s remote

Suggested length of stay: 4-7 nights
Kim’s Romance Rating: 9/10