5 Destinations For Adventure-Loving Couples
There is nowhere in the world quite like Africa. In the beauty of its wild spaces and the uniqueness of its many cultures lies an enigmatic romance - it is an affair that lasts a lifetime. Africa attracts all those for whom romance and adventure are inextricably connected. If this is true for you, these five African destinations should prove irresistible - after all, they have a surplus of both for your perfect honeymoon:
The true spirit of Africa is embodied in Tanzania’s iconic sights, and to witness them with the person you love most is to experience a depth of emotion many people spend their lives trying to find. Tanzania’s beating heart is evident in every sunrise over Mount Kilimanjaro; in every one of the Great Migration’s million wildebeest. Adventure-seekers will find countless ways to experience this country’s wonders- from floating in a hot air balloon over the Serengeti, to spending a night under canvas at the Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp.
Morocco may owe its reputation for romance to the 1942 classic, Casablanca, but these days it is Marrakech, not Casablanca, that will get your heart racing. There are few cultural experiences as exciting as the dim, delicious chaos of the city’s famous souks- and after hours spent haggling, serenity and seclusion can be found nearby at the spectacularly romantic Kasbah Tamadot hotel. Opportunities for adventure abound outside the city, too- including visiting the mountain villages of the Berber people, and experiencing the wildlife of the Saharan desert via camelback safari.
More than a fifth of Botswana is protected as a national park, giving it an untouched beauty that evokes the romance of the early explorers at every turn. With a landscape that includes vast salt pans, arid desert and lush grasslands, Botswana offers an adventure as varied as it is unforgettable. Perhaps its greatest attraction is the blue-and-gold wonderland of the Okavango Delta, where game can be encountered at close quarters either via mokoro canoe, or through the elephant safaris of luxury lodges like Abu Camp.
4. South Africa
From teeming game parks to coastal whale watching and shark diving hotspots, South Africa’s wildlife is perhaps its most obvious drawcard. It is also a country of incredible diversity- both in terms of its culture, and its many different ecosystems. From rugged shores to verdant winelands and scorching desert, South Africa’s many different faces offer unlimited potential for adventure. South Africa’s cuisine also sets it apart from other African destinations, and at restaurants like that of the Cape Grace, couples will discover that there are few things more romantic than a mouthwateringly good meal.
If the definition of adventure is to experience the unusual and exciting, Madagascar certainly fits the bill. There, the level of endemism is so high that ninety percent of the wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth- including over a hundred subspecies of lemur and many more exotic birds. Madagascan waters also thrive with life, particularly around the tiny island of Nosy Be. There, pristine beaches and breathtaking sunsets provide a romantic footnote to days spent scuba diving, whale watching or fishing- whilst accommodation options like the Vanila Hotel offer the last word in luxury living.