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Top 5 Bucket List Experiences for Couples in Southern Africa

Africa is one of the most romantic destinations on the planet. The vast blue sky curve down to golden plains that extend to the horizon, bordered by navy and purple-hued distant mountains marching away. Africa stimulates the senses: the aroma of wild sage, watching the relentless hunt of a fish eagle, and the goosebumps that come with every leopard sighting. The days are delightfully hot, but the evenings are refreshingly cool. African hospitality is genuine and welcoming, and when it comes to great food and extravagant comfort, it’s difficult to top a leading safari resort.

If you and your partner are seeking for an adventure-filled and romantic setting, an amazing honeymoon, or a final jaunt before becoming family travelers, look no further. Southern Africa has something special for you!

1. Luxury at Thorntree River Lodge | Zambia

Thorntree River Lodge is a beautifully designed lodge located on the banks of Zambia’s magnificent Zambezi River in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. After a day of activities, unwind in the infinity pool, which fades effortlessly into the river horizon. Thorntree River Lodge is dedicated to fostering a sense of community.
After a refreshing sundowner cocktail while viewing a magnificent African sunset, spend the evening swapping safari stories around the fire in the subterranean boma before enjoying our African-inspired fine-dining experience.


Thorntree River Lodge, one of Zambia’s most romantic safari lodges. It combines a serene riverside environment with an eco-conscious attitude. African Bush Camps’ mindful attitude elevates your experience at our lodge in Livingstone Zambia by drawing inspiration from an eclectic mix of indigenous African culture and contemporary ideas.

2. Romantic Adventure at Nyamatusi Camp | Zimbabwe

Nyamatusi Camp is our eco-conscious flagship. Our Mana Pools safari resort is located in one of Africa’s most wild and inaccessible regions, on the banks of the Zambezi River, one of the world’s oldest rivers. This property embodies sustainable design by embracing comfort. It is entirely solar-powered and constructed entirely of natural materials, and it elegantly encapsulates its wilderness setting. Your Mana Pools safari unfolds against the backdrop of a wide riverine landscape, where epic encounters with the land’s giants await.

Our Mana Pools safari lodge features six deluxe tented rooms with panoramic views of the river and escarpment beyond. Each beautiful guest tent features soft drapery, air conditioning, an indoor and outdoor shower, as well as a private viewing balcony and plunge pool. Charging stations for those all-important cameras are strategically positioned throughout your guest tent. Your Mana Pools safari follows the river’s steady ebb and flow. From the comfy bar or refreshing pool, take in the magnificent sights and sounds of one of Africa’s last surviving wilderness hinterlands.

3. Stay in the Secret Riviera at Bumi Hills | Zimbabwe

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is truly enchanting, perched on a series of lonely hills in one of Zimbabwe’s greatest wilderness areas. With the Zambezi escarpment as a backdrop, this oasis of tranquillity looks down on the always dazzling waters of Lake Kariba. Not only is the shoreline of Kariba wildlife-rich, but the lodge’s proximity to Matusadona allows wildlife to easily migrate between the national park and Bumi Hill’s private concession, providing countless opportunities for game viewing with our devoted staff of guides.

The worries of contemporary life melt away in our tranquil spa, where our sparkling infinity pool provides a cool reprieve and unobstructed views of glistening Lake Kariba below. Our well-equipped gym is an energizing possibility for the energetic guest. Not only is the shoreline of Kariba teeming with wildlife, but the lodge’s proximity to Matusadona allows for free roaming between the national park and Bumi Hills’ private concession. Our enticing Lake Kariba lodge provides a playground on the lake.

Spend your days skimming the water or strolling around the surrounding area on a walking safari; uncover ancient mysteries hidden within the area’s unique fossilised dinosaur tracks. Guided walking safaris, stargazing, kayaking, birding, catch-and-release fishing, day and night wildlife drives in search of lions in particular, as well as absorbing cultural visits to our adjacent local community, are just some of the activities available.

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4. The Best of Both Worlds at Khwai Leadwood| Botswana

Khwai Leadwood is nestled among the trees on the edge of the Khwai Concession in the Okavango Delta’s Khwai Concession. This river is the only barrier between the Moremi Game Reserve and the concession, with hippos, elephants, and even lions occasionally crossing. Observing these animals manoeuvre across the water is awe-inspiring for even the most seasoned safari travelers.

An outdoor seating area at Khwai Bush Camp

Guests can experience game drives, walking safaris, and mokoro safaris during the day (water levels permitting) in pursuit of Africa’s big game, including lion, cheetah, leopard, wild dog, elephant, buffalo, hippo, and giraffe. Additionally, guests can embark on night drives to get up close and personal with some of Africa’s more nocturnal and elusive wildlife.

Khwai’s most compelling feature is without a doubt its abundance and spectacular animals — you’ll never be bored here! Guests may enjoy both adventure and relaxation as they play out their ultimate safari experience – from embarking on a morning walking safari to sipping a gin and tonic overlooking the Khwai River.

5. Exclusivity in the heart of the Matobo Hills- Khayelitshe House, Zimbabwe

Khayelitshe House is located in the heart of the Matobo Hills, just beyond the national park’s boundary. Enclosed by the distinctive balancing rocks and surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of large boulders, Khayelitshe House was named after the Ndebele words ‘Ekhaya’ and ‘Litshe’, which mean ‘Home in the Rocks’.

Khayalitshe House Matobo National Park Zimbabwe

The environmentally friendly design complements the property’s old and spectacular setting. Fully supplied and with four en-suite bedrooms with amazing views from every window, the property evokes an unmistakable sense of seclusion. The private area around Khayelitshe House encompasses over 1200 acres of breathtaking wilderness, providing a tranquil respite from the daily grind.

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