Best romantic tented camps for
couples in Africa:
our top five
Nothing is more romantic than a night spent sleeping under canvas, in an opulent tented camp with the sounds of the bush lulling you to sleep.
It is also the quintessential set up for an African safari holiday, bringing you and your partner closer to the surrounding nature than ever imagined.
Under a million stars, and kilometres from civilisation, the intimacy of a tented camp makes for a blissful honeymoon destination, or the perfect setting to rekindle the flame. Romance is guaranteed simply from your setting.
To get you inspired for where to book your next getaway, here are our list of the five best romantic tented camps for couples in Africa.
1. Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp, Morocco
This luxurious desert camp is nestled in the quiet and idyllic sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.
Perfect for honeymooners or couples seeking uncompromising privacy and solitude, this unique tented camp is best enjoyed as a romantic break away from the bustling towns of Marrakech or Fes.
You will arrive by camel and savour sunset together, before spending a special night under the stars at this beautiful oasis. Awakening in the morning to watch the sun rise over the desert and, for the thrill seekers, try your hand at sand-boarding before breakfast!
2. Somalisa Camp, Zimbabwe
Somalisa Camp, in the heart of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, will certainly get your heart racing (perhaps in more ways than one!). This is a place where people come to immerse in breathtaking wilderness, a place where one moment you sip on a gin and tonic listening to the distant roar of a lion and the next, you’re gazing over a congregation of elephant merely metres from your deck.
This award-winning camp, easily one of the best romantic tented camps for couples in Africa, embraces luxury and nature. Each canvas tent comes with its own slipper-style bathtub for you and partner to enjoy while gazing out at the plains and grasslands surrounding you. Of course, a stay here is not complete without venturing on one of their famous walking safaris or exceptional game drives.
3. Kigelia Ruaha, Tanzania
Kigelia Ruaha in Tanzania is a hidden gem and far from the beaten safari path. Ruaha National Park – despite its extensive size – remains a secret to most, meaning this understated romantic tented camp can beat to its own drum and provides couples a genuine retreat.
The small, but highly experienced team at Kigelia Ruaha provide guests with the freedom to choose how their day is planned. From walking safaris, to game drives and night drives (one of the best properties to do this in Tanzania), it is an exclusive experience in an even more exclusive setting. The only disturbance to your stay is of course the wildlife… this is the landscape of giants and you’ll certainly get close to elephants along the way.
4. King Lewinaka, Zambia
King Lewinaka camp sits in one of the oldest protected wilderness areas of Africa, Zambia’s Liuwa Plain. This is remoteness at its best, evoking pure romance. But if the location and wildlife isn’t enough, the luxurious tented villas (only six in total) will sure do the trick.
This gorgeous “sleep under canvas” property benefits from its location on seasonal flood plains, adding a new dimension to the African safari experience – motorboat, fishing and kayaking activities. Traditional 4×4 game drives are accompanied with bush walks, and couples can even opt to spend a number sleeping-out under the stars.
5. Wolwedans, Namibia
Wolwedans – in Namibia’s NamibRand Nature Reserve – is the destination for those who love to look to the stars, as well as couples seeking the ultimate luxury of space and privacy. NamibRand has been acknowledged as an International Dark Sky Reserve, so we’d suggest pouring a glass of red wine and spending a magical evening star gazing with your partner.
But there is so much more to the NamibRand. You can soar the desert skies in a hot air balloon, discover nature’s miracles on foot, or head out in a 4×4 to find desert-adapted flora and fauna. Picnics in the wild, sundowners on the dunes, and dinners by candlelight or by a campfire await. There are a few different camps in the Wolwedans portfolio, so something for everyone.