Valentine’s day is just a few days away and a romantic getaway always readily comes to mind.
If you are still stuck as to where to go this year, this is a well curated list of eleven romantic destination spots within Africa that you should consider visiting to have a memorable Valentine’s day experience.
1. Casablanca, Morocco
Without a doubt, Morocco’s largest city is a wonder to behold. From the busy city landscape to the calm waters by the beach, Casablanca is a must-see for lovers and adventurers. There is plenty to see and do in this Arab city.
It is filled with ancient architecture with records of French influences and couples can spend a day exploring old buildings or shopping at the largest mall in Africa, the Morocco Mall.
2. Capetown, South Africa
Often tagged as one of the best places in the world to visit, Cape Town, South Africa serves travelers and tourists with expansive views of the Table Mountain.
Couples can spend a day at the Cape Town Waterfront taking cruises and tours or just enjoying lunch or tea at one of the best restaurants in South Africa.
If you’re the classy type, set a course for the Cape Winelands to engage in wine tasting adventures only an hour from the city Centre. The scenic vineyards allow for an intimate time with that special someone.
3. Badagry, Nigeria
Whispering Palms is located within the lush tropical landscape, swaying palm trees and pristine beaches of Badagry.
Toast your special moment together with an intimate luxury sunset ride on the beach, or indulge in a romantic dinner with your partner while watching the sunset.
The resorts offer various amenities such as a mini zoo, classic restaurants and comfortable hotel rooms that will definitely enhance the mood throughout your stay.
This is an ideal destination for those seeking romance or utter relaxation.
4. Port Louis, Mauritius
Located in Mauritius, Port Louis is an island nation off the eastern coast of Africa.
It is surrounded by the Indian Ocean and is home to some of the island’s finest resorts and the Flic en Flac Beach, known for its beautiful turquoise lagoon.
5. Diani, Kenya
Diani, Kenya is often described as a tropical paradise, and for good reason. The Diani Beach has shallow waters at the shore, perfect for intimate romantic dips in the Indian Ocean.
For an unforgettable valentine getaway, get up early to watch the sunrise by the beautiful beach and palm trees or relax on the white sands while watching the sunset.
6. Accra, Ghana
Labadi Beach has been known as Ghana’s most beautiful beach for many years. It fosters an atmosphere for romance with the Atlantic Ocean washing over its coast, swinging waves back and forth to create a beautiful backdrop for lovers.
Every visit to Labadi Beach welcomes you with a concert or performance booming with youthful energy unlike any you’ve experienced elsewhere.
The beach is located in the Greater Accra region of Ghana which gives you the opportunity to shop for African food, attires and souvenirs.
7. Kaduna, Nigeria
This enchanting medieval style resort sits amidst the Kajuru village in the trade city of Kaduna. The hideaway is perfect for couples dreaming of a romantic haven with spectacular views, peace and tranquility, glittering night and nature at its best.
Wake up to spectacular views of Kajuru village and enjoy breakfast served with true ‘Naija’ hospitality. Enjoy a barbeque or cookout and relax by the pool. If you are in the mood for some self-care, head to the sauna and loosen up your nerves.
Kajuru is an ideal place to visit for an awesome romantic getaway.
8. Zanzibar, Tanzania
Zanzibar may be one of the most famous archipelagos in the Indian Ocean, but there’s more to it than luxury hotels and infinity pools.
Even besides the beaches and the safaris, numerous romantic adventures await you and the lover. For instance, you could enjoy a quiet retreat, at Chakwa, a modest fishing village, and watch the pink sunrise over Michamvi Peninsula.
9. Calabar, Nigeria
Deep in coastal southeastern Nigeria lies the great Obudu hills. Wrapped around the multicultural ethnicity of the people of Calabar, the city and the hills are filled with numerous wonders stretching further than the eyes can see.
One can explore the modern city untouched by the effects of political unrest, or explore the captivating hills. At only a few minutes by air to Calabar, couples can take a short weekend trip while still enjoying a great valentine experience.
`10. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Addis Ababa is Ethiopia’s capital city situated in the magnificent Ethiopian Highlands creating a cool and pleasant atmosphere for love.
An ancient city bursting with culture, Addis Ababa has more to offer than meets the eye. Couples can take time out for African safaris at Omo Valley and discover ancient tribes and animals.
Coffee lovers will be thrilled to learn that Addis Ababa has an engaging coffee culture, famous for its locally made coffee variant. Addis Ababa is one of the most affordable cities to visit in Africa so you can have a great time without burning a hole in your pocket.
11. Cape Verde, Senegal
Cape Verde is fast rising among favorite vacation destinations in Africa. And what’s not to love about it? From the local cuisine, to whale watching, to the rich upbeat dances, you’re sure to have a swell time with your loved one. Also, don’t forget to jump in the sand dunes while you’re there.
Go on, have lots of fun!