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Our Most Romantic Safari Experiences 

Robyn Simpson | February 14, 2024

Discover our most romantic safari experiences at each of our unique destinations spanning across Zambia and Malawi

In many ways, love is a celebration of smaller acts: a coffee placed on your bedside in the morning; cooking a loved one’s favourite meal; and your children choosing not to leave soggy towels on the bathroom floor. But, every now and then, a bout of bravado beckons and nothing screams epic romance quite like an African adventure. 

Green Safaris is, in many ways, a love project. It’s our mission to not only introduce you to a more conscious method of exploration but to fall in love with the environment, with our people, and with each other — be it for the first time or all over again. 

Romance is steeped into our essence, which means that feeling the love is not limited to couples. It’s a guarantee for every traveller who visits our properties. Whether you’re looking to celebrate this with your partner, your family, friends or yourself, we have offerings at each destination that are bound to light your fire. 

If you’re looking to linger in love longer, explore our itineraries

Love Island 

If feeling like the only people on Earth is what you’re after, Kaya Mawa’s secluded location in a bay off Lake Malawi will do the trick. Here, on Likoma Island, privacy takes precedence with access to pristine beaches and tucked-away accommodations. Between bubble baths and sundowners, we’ve curated a host of experiences that Cupid himself would envy. 

Enjoy a romantic dinner on the beach, accompanied only by the gentle lapping of the lake. Our head chef, Cephus, brings his expertise from his time at a 2-star Michelin restaurant in Holland, ensuring that your time here is spent deliciously. Beyond these lakeside rendezvous, romance permeates every aspect of your stay, from indulging in treatments at Kaya Spa to taking a midnight dip in your private plunge pool.

Our romantic room recommendations: Ngani, Makungulu, Nkhwazi and Mbamba, and our honeymoon house, Madimba. 

Kafue Connection

Far from the crowds that Kafue National Park draws, you’ll discover our private piece of paradise, located on the Kafue River. At Ila Safari Lodge, silence is celebrated, offering you the space to disconnect from chaos and reconnect with each other.

We’ve gone the extra mile to ensure uninterrupted serenity with the inclusion of experiences like our silent safari, made possible with the introduction of electronic game vehicles. When you’re not exploring the landscape, loll in alone time with a special dinner, set up and serviced by our Green Team on your private deck. Or head to the infinity pool, where cocktails for two always seem to taste better. 

Our romantic room recommendations: Our Luxury Couples tents, all fused with the outdoors, have outdoor showers and baths — the perfect place to soak, glass of bubbly in hand, and watch the sunset. 

Love on the Plains

Got love on the brain? Make that love on the (Busanga) Plains, where our one-of-a-kind nests are waiting at Chisa Busanga Camp. “Lovebirds” is given tangibility here, where you have the unique opportunity to live like a swallow in a nest … a very opulent nest, that is. 

The nests alone cater to travellers seeking seclusion and intimacy. Revel further in romance with a sundowner on your private deck. If you do decide to leave the nest; fly the coop; spread your wings, it will be oh-so worth it. An exclusive dinner or picnic on the Plains awaits, where witnessing thousands of antelope (lechwe) on the move isn’t uncommon.

Each nest includes all the creature comforts of home, plus that private deck overlooking the landscape, perfect for stargazing after dark. We also have a nest with an electric lift.

Riverside rendezvous 

At Sausage Tree Camp, located in the Lower Zambezi National Park, incredible game viewing retains our value as an authentic safari destination. But it’s our attention to detail and emphasis on luxury that elevates. This is the pinnacle of bush chic, and there’s plenty of room for romance. 

There are few experiences more magical than enjoying a meal in nature, which you can do when staying here. Level things up with a river lunch, during which you can dine with your toes dipped in the Zambezi. Our sandbank locations are handpicked by our team and move depending on the season and the height of the river.

If the allure of the water gets under your skin, get even closer to it with a privately guided boat or canoe safari, where you can see — in unobstructed detail — the life that thrives alongside (and in) the Zambezi. Then cool off at our lap pool, where sundowners are accompanied by the hum of hippos and passing wildlife, before retreating to your Luxury Tented Suite

Victoria Falling 

First love, for many, is accompanied by sweaty palms and a racing heart. Victoria Falls tends to have the same effect, not only for her good looks but mighty aura. Our Livingstone Island Experience offers you the chance to soak it all in — quite literally if a dip in Devil’s Pool is up your alley. 

Located on the Zambian side of the chasm that separates us from Zimbabwe, you’re not only offered a completely safe way to swim, but a collection of experiences that makes the Falls so much more than a pitstop. A short distance (15 and 12 km) upstream from this natural wonder is Tongabezi Lodge and Sindabezi Island Lodge, where you’ll find a lot to love at both properties. 

The Honeymoon House at Tongabezi promises tranquillity with its boho-chic decor and outdoor bathtub overlooking the Zambezi River, while the Honeymoon Chalet at Sindabezi, complete with a four-poster bed and hammock on your private deck, is the epitome of an island hideaway.

Both lodges celebrate the best the the Zambezi River while retaining all things adored about a traditional safari holiday. The proximity of the water elevates with experiences like a sampan dinner, where you can indulge while bobbing on the river, beneath the stars, and sandbar sundowners on the riverbank. 

The New York Times once described the Falls as “a place worth getting married for,” if you needed another reason to swoon. 

Love that lasts

Make use of our Wings and Wheels programme: All final transfer flights and drives to, from, and between our lodges (for bookings of four nights or more) will be included in your Green Safaris experience. This also means that staying at more than one of our properties just makes sense! 

Read more about this offering here

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