Whether you’re single or coupled, or going to pop the question this Valentine’s Day, here is a list of the most romantic spots on the continent. Our list includes the iconic Victoria Falls, Lake Malawi (pictured below), and the dunes of Namibia. So whether you are looking to pamper yourself or a loved one, there’s something for everyone.


Victoria Falls Zambezi River-Zambia
Why not take the plunge at Victoria Falls? Not literally, silly, but this natural wonder (one of seven in the world) is a perfect place to ask, “Will you or won’t you?” Boat over to Livingstone Island where you and your angel can brave the Devil’s Pool followed by lunch. Then stay overnight at close-by Tongabezi Lodge, one of Africa’s most divinely romantic places, and celebrate your betrothal with a heavenly candlelight dinner on a private sampan afloat in the beautiful Zambezi River.
Fabulous Four Seasons Hotel
The Great Sphinx of Giza, world’s oldest known monumental sculpture, asks this riddle: What creature has a ring finger with no ring? Solve it by slipping a ring on the hand of your lovebird. View Egypt’s other archeological wonders, then return to your aerie at Cairo’s fabulous Four Seasons Hotel. Designed in French Empire style, a nod to the country’s Napoleonic history, rooms and furnishings are grand and a stained glass window illuminates the lobby in keeping with your afterglow.
The Residence resort in Tunisia.
Orange blossom-scented hot towels proffered on arrival at The Residence Resort in Tunisia will immediately melt you into a matrimonial mood. Settle in, and then head to the great Roman ruins at Carthage, just outside of Tunis. Ancient stone classical columns silhouetted against silvery moonlight create magic. Presto! Change-o! You’re engaged.
Xugana Island Lodge, a luxury lodge in Okavango Delta-Botswana
Like Elizabeth Taylor, Botswana is known for diamonds. It’s the world’s largest producer of gem diamonds and has the single richest diamond mine in the world. Instead of “coals to Newcastle” bring that sparkler to Botswana and give it to her at Xugana Island Lodge, a luxury lodge in Okavango Delta, overlooking a lagoon. Pop some champagne (Graham Beck Brut, perhaps) as you pop the question. If this doesn’t set the mood, what will?
Kasbah Bab Ourika, that is, a dreamy bed and breakfast with views of the Atlas Mountains.
Morocco for remembrance! With its bustling souks, ancient cities, Sahara desert and camel safaris, there are numerous sites for romance. Take the start of that beautiful friendship to another level: Whisper, “Come with me to the casbah!” Kasbah Bab Ourika, that is, a dreamy bed and breakfast with views of the Atlas Mountains. And remember: while a kiss is still a kiss, a proposal seals the deal.
Murchison Falls, where the White Nile roars through a gap in the rocks.
From Uganda’s Paraa Safari Lodge, take a boating safari to Murchison Falls, where the White Nile roars through a gap in the rocks, just 23 feet wide, then plunges 141 feet to a swirling pool below known as the Devil’s Cauldron. Disembark and climb up the embankment. On top, the falls can be seen pounding away, just like your heart. Ask for her hand here on the wilder shore of love.
Pole Pole, an Italian-owned, “green” luxury lodge with seven bungalows
Make her an offer she can’t refuse on Tanzania’s Mafia Island, but wait until the tide ebbs to steal her heart. A beach of salt-white sand, swaying palm trees, and the glorious, turquoise-blue Indian Ocean will abet a “yes.” The romance will continue at Pole Pole, an Italian-owned, “green” luxury lodge with seven bungalows – perfect for holing up with your honey in a hammock.
Namib, the world’s oldest desert
Let the camel go down on bended knee and save yours for a night in the Namib, the world’s oldest desert. Abenteuer Afrika will arrange a fly-in safari and a private dinner on a dune, a dandy (and sandy) place to become affianced.
Likoma Island at Kaya Mawa-Malawi
Can you canoodle on a canoe? Definitely! The place to do it is on Lake Malawi, which lake explorer David Livingstone dubbed “Lake of Stars” because of its amazing shimmer. Stay on Likoma Island at Kaya Mawa, a beach resort that’s so romantic, you won’t need any other prop to bolster up your courage to propose. The stars in your eyes will shine like those in the lake.
Ghanian Palm Trees.
Some couples’ cup of tea is to be steeped in a country’s culture. Immersion Journeys offers a refreshing tour of Ghana, home to a hundreds-year-old, deeply-rooted heritage of kingdoms and tribes. With a coastline on the Atlantic, tropical forest and savanna plains, it boasts a diverse ecology and eclectic mixture of indigenous species – the jungle elephant, rare turtles and of course birds and bees. And getting back to basics, isn’t this the perfect place to pop the question?