Valentines Day is just around the corner and romance is in the air. And if you’re stuck on what to give that special someone in your life, forget flowers and chocolates and present them with the gift of an Africa safari for the ultimate romantic gesture.
With three of its African properties recently voted in the top 10 of the ‘Top 30 Resorts in Africa’ by the readers of luxe international travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, boutique safari specialist, Sanctuary Retreats has the perfect suggestions to woo any Valentine. Here are their top five romantic safari picks.
Sanctuary Baines’ Camp, Botswana
Channel your inner African Queen at Sanctuary Baines Camp. Set on a raised platforms above the Boro River in a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, Sanctuary Baines’s Camp features just five luxuriously appointed suites, each with a four-poster ‘sky bed’ for a romantic night under the stars and a private ‘star bath’ which can be set up on the deck. Seasonal mokoro (traditional canoe) rides and motorised boating are available during the Okavango flood season, and guests can also participate in the Camp’s exclusive interactive ‘Living with Elephants’ program.
Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge, Tanzania
Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge is truly unique. Set inside the Saadani National Park, in a magnificent coastal setting overlooking the Indian Ocean, guests can experience a traditional bush safari or simply choose to relax on the private beach on this beautiful and remote stretch of Tanzanian coastline. All suites have direct access onto the beach. As well as game drives in the quiet National Park, there is also snorkelling, turtle watching and sand bank picnics where you may even be joined by the occasional pride of lions!
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma, Zambia
Located just 10km upstream from the breath taking Victoria Falls, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is also guaranteed to take your breath away. The only lodge in the area able to offer guided walking safaris, the main lodge is comprised of 12 traditional Sussi tree houses connected by wooden walkways and set in giant ebony trees overlooking a bend of the Zambezi River. There are also two private two-bedroom Chuma houses, each with their own dining areas and decks with plunge pools, as well as a private chef and dedicated staff. The river comes right up to the lawns of the lodge, and an infinity pool makes a perfect setting for an evening sundowner with dramatic views over the Zambezi.
Sanctuary Retreats’ newest luxury safari lodge, South Africa’s Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, offers guests an unforgettable experience – falling asleep surrounded only by flickering lanterns while listening to a lullaby of roaring lions, crying jackals and laughing hyenas. The rustic double-storey structure is tucked away in a secluded part of Makanyane Safari Lodge’s private grounds overlooking a waterhole with spectacular views across the Madikwe Game Reserve making it the perfect retreats for romantics with a sense of adventure at heart.
While many come to Africa for the dramatic landscapes and plentiful wildlife, what they don’t expect is the dazzling night‘s sky. With hardly any light pollution in such remote locations, guests with Sanctuary Retreats are treated to the ultimate stargazing experiences – and one of the best is on offer at Tanzania’s Sanctuary Kusini Lodge. Sit atop the kopje (small hill) above the Camp as the camp manager takes you on a spectacular cosmic safari, unveiling the mysteries and beauty of the universe.
Right now you can enjoy a little extra on your Valentines safari getaway to any of these award-winning properties, with Sanctuary Retreats’ extended stay offer. Book 3 or more nights before 31 December 2015 and save up to 15% for travel in 2016 for these great promotional rates
Stay 3 – 4 nights and save 5%
Stay 5 – 7 nights AND save 10%
Stay 8 nights or more and save 15%
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