“So how did you propose?” That’s what your children are bound to ask you one day. And February offers more than enough chance to pop the question thanks to Valentine’s Day and 2016 being a leap year.
Southern Africa has never been more affordable for international visitors thanks to current exchange rates. And where could be more romantic to propose than on safari at a stunning safari lodge?
Here’s a few of Wild Wings Safaris‘ favourites lodges where romance just seems to be permanently in the air.
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, Sabi Sand
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge has to be one of the top honeymoon destinations in Africa. Looking out across the Sabie River to the famous Kruger National Park, Ivory Lodge has six luxurious and exclusive suites, each custom-built with romance in mind. There is not only a private viewing deck and plunge pool, but also indoor and outdoor showers, a cosy fireplace in winter and a serving hatch for your breakfast or dinner to be discretely delivered.
Staff will do their utmost to make you feel like pampered royalty thanks to their friendly hospitality. They’re even very likely to remember your name, your food preferences and your favourite drink.
For a really ‘starry-eyed’ experience, you could opt for a night in the heavenly treehouse – a lofty platform overlooking the bush with a dreamily draped four-poster bed and private area, where you’ll be served a delicious meal. You’ll be able to enjoy a night under the stars wrapped in absolute luxury and privacy.
Madikwe Hills, Madikwe Game Reserve
Malaria-free Madikwe in South Africa’s North-West Province offers superb Big Five game viewing and some of the finest safari lodges in Africa. Among these, Madikwe Hills is arguably one of the best positioned and most romantic.
Built into a rocky hill, it overlooks an active waterhole where you can watch wildlife come to drink from the privacy of your suite. Get cosy in front of the fireplace or snuggle on the giant four-poster bed with uninterrupted views over the surrounding African bush. Then after a sunset game drive, return to a freshly-drawn bubble bath, strewn with rose petals and surrounded by soft candlelight.
Londolozi Private Granite Suites, Sabi Sand
World-famous Londolozi’s flagship Private Granite Suites offers three exclusive, ultra-luxury suites carved into the rocks on the banks of the Sand River. With one of the best positions in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, each of the suites is perfectly positioned for ultimate privacy and uninterrupted river views in an unsurpassed game-viewing area.
Enjoy an al fresco bubble bath on the rocks, or an intimate, candle-lit bush dinner on your private deck. Londolozi excels in all things idyllic – arrange your own ‘honeymoon vehicle’ for game drives, complete with dedicated guide and tracker, or perhaps a private picnic in a quiet bushveld corner would tickle your fancy. During your stay you can expect romantic turn-downs, champagne sunset drives, bush yoga sessions, couples massages – whatever your heart desires!
Little Ongava, near Etosha
With just three luxurious suites, Little Ongava near Etosha is an exclusive, romantic safari destination in one of the best game viewing regions of Namibia. It’s set on a hill with spectacular views over the surrounding bush and the busy waterhole below from virtually every corner of your lavish suite.
Designed for privacy, romance and pure luxury, you can take it for granted that your safari will be unforgettable and the service, cuisine and hospitality unsurpassed.
Dulini Game Lodge, Sabi Sand
Dulini is one of Wild Wings Safaris‘ favourite game lodges in the game-rich western sector of Sabi Sand Reserve. Dulini Game Lodge is small and intimate, hidden away among towering tamboti and jackalberry trees on the banks of a dry riverbed.
The six exquisite suites offer incredible luxury and privacy; each with its own indoor and outdoor shower, and a secluded deck with a romantic plunge pool overlooking the bush. The service and cuisine at Dulini is also out of this world.
You can enjoy an intimate candlelit dinner on your own private deck, or deep in the African bush, or on the soft sands of a dry riverbed while you sip fine wines from their renowned cellar.
Morukuru Owner’s House, Madikwe
In the shade of an ancient morukuru tree, Morukuru Owner’s House is an exclusive, intimate two-bedroomed villa, which is perfect for romantic getaways. Spacious and lavish, every creature comfort has been catered for, including the latest digital technology if you simply have to be connected every now and again.
It has a cosy, romantic fireplace, two private viewing balconies, your own custom wine cellar, indoor and outdoor showers, and the famous bushveld bath with its backdrop of a cascading sheet of water from the rim pool.
You’ll have your own dedicated staff to attend to your every wish: a butler, a chef, a dedicated guide and your own personal open safari vehicle.
Phinda Vlei Lodge, KwaZulu-Natal
A romantic and exclusive safari lodge with only six spacious suites, Phinda Vlei offers you seclusion and peace. You’re very likely to see more wildlife than people during your stay!
It’s set on the edge of a sand forest and overlooks a wetland system, and you’ll be able to watch the antics of the surrounding wildlife from almost wherever you are in the lodge – the numerous lookout points, your private viewing deck and plunge pool, your bedroom, or even your shower.
Enjoy intimate dinners in the privacy of your suite or deck, or set on the edge of the vlei. On chilly nights, cosy up around a crackling fire before snuggling down into a warm bed.
All that’s left to do is wish you good luck. We hope she or he says yes!