Love is in the (African) Air: Most Romantic Gay-Friendly Places in Southern Africa

Oh, mon amour… there's just nothing like staring into the eyes of someone you love in a setting dripping with romance. And no, we're not talking about been-there-done-that Paris. We're talking about mysterious Africa. Or, more specifically, the most romantic gay-friendly places in Southern Africa. Who's up for some saucy romance in sunny Southern Africa with your main squeeze? We knew you'd be! Here's where to go, according to our fabulous LGBTQ+ African Travel Experts.

couple-of-men-enjoying-at-the-beach_211552951.jpeg Explore the most romantic gay-friendly places in Southern Africa

Love at First Safari

Of course, we'll start our list of the most romantic gay-friendly places in Southern Africa with sexy safari settings! This is Africa, after all. Just warn that significant other of yours that your eye might wander a bit…from spellbinding landscapes to lovely lions and star-lit skies…sigh, there's way more than your partner to admire – no matter how hot they might be, Africa will always be hotter!

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1. Sensual Silvan Safari

We'll kick off the list with a bang – with the World's Leading Luxury Lodge. And to wear that crown, she surely must deliver quite a bang! Well, honey, get ready because she more than delivers on all fronts. Silvan Safari is located in Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve in Kruger National Park, and is famous for its sightings of the elusive leopard.

With an extensive gin collection keeping you hydrated and floating on a happy cloud, pools overlooking wildlife-rich bush, massive luxury suites, to-die-for fine dining, the best wines from across the world (but especially South Africa!), and artwork that will move you around every corner, it's perfection.

silvan-safari-lodge_D6A7278-1.jpg The World's Leading Luxury Lodge, Silvan Safari

Why We Love it

silvan-safari-exterior-main-lounge-area-03.jpeg Where you'll spend much of your time, the pool

2. The OG Jock Safari Lodge

Jock Safari Lodge is the original private safari lodge in Kruger National Park. It will give you all the feels, with its modern yet authentic design inviting you to step into her loving embrace. Each suite overlooks the riverbed, giving you complete privacy and making you feel like you're in your own little world. We also love the spacious decks, delightful plunge pools, Salas and outdoor beds.

When you're not in your room romancing away, the safari activities offer plenty of adventure, from game drives to wilderness walks, bird-watching and admiring the local biodiversity. Plus, you can drift off to your happy place at the Pilgrims Rest Retreat Spa. Enjoy hitting a few golf balls? The nearby Leopard Creek Country Club is the place to be.

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Why We Love it

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3. The Great Duba Plains

Now, let's take you to the remote romantic plains of Botswana…with few people but packed with exciting wildlife to see! If you really want to escape reality, this is the place.

Only accessible by light aircraft, you'll fly straight to your dream safari setting in the renowned and mysterious Okavango Delta. With only five tented rooms, you don't have to share the experience with a throng of other eager tourists making it all the more romantic!

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Why We Love it

duba-plains-camp-rooms-luxury-tent-deck-01.jpg One of the most romantic gay-friendly places in Southern Africa, Image Credit: Duba Plains

4. Sensational Sandibe Safari Lodge

Set within the private Moremi Game Reserve, Sandibe Safari Lodge seduces you upon first sight. Not only because it's surrounded by breathtaking wilderness, but it looks like it's straight out of an interior magazines with its pangolin-inspired design.

Raised above the papyrus-lined Okavango Delta banks, your suite offers the utmost privacy with incredible views from everywhere, including your plunge pool!

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Why We Love it

sandibe-safari-lodge-activities-game-drive-01.jpg Relaxing game drives, Image Credit: andBeyond Sandibe Safari Lodge

Sexy City Slicker Settings

Cape Town is a proposal dream come true. It has so many vantage points from which to admire its famous sunset displays, whether it's from one of the pristine beaches, a mountain top, a fancy restaurant, or a sunset cruise.

5. Cape Grace

Ooh, we love this one. Its convenient setting is slam-bam in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, which means all the hottest places are only a leisurely stroll away. If you enjoy a tipple or two, their Bascule Whiskey Bar, wine selection, and crafted cocktails will delight, and its restaurant will whet your appetite. We can book you a whiskey tasting to experience the full monty.

We also love their spa, and after having one of their cupping therapy massage sessions, you might just feel like you've cheated on your partner…yes, it's that good! The interior of this place will make you feel all the romance, with Dutch colonial décor. The marina views are also divine, especially in the mornings when you throw open your balcony doors to let the ocean breeze in.

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Why We Love it

cape-grace-facilities-restaurant-02.jpg Romantic setting for your Cape Town visit, Image Credit: Cape Grace

A Bit More Remote Opulent Oceanside Romance

Now, we love our city. But sometimes, you just want something a bit more remote. Well then, fancy some seaside relaxation? Follow us to immaculate coastlines only two hours out of Cape Town…

6. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos is located in Gansbaai, close enough to the city to make it convenient but far enough that you feel like you're escaping. Find yourself between ocean, mountains and forests for a rendezvous with Mother Nature like no other.

Of course, it has all the luxuries you could dream of when you stay at one of its accommodation options, namely Garden Lodge, Forest Lodge (perfect for romance!) and Luxury Private Villas.

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Why We Love it

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A LOT More Remote Island

Island living, anyone? The wildly wonderful Mozambique is still a bit of a hidden gem in Southern Africa. Although we'd kind of like to keep it that way, we'll let you in on why we love it…

7. Barefoot Bliss at Benguerra Lodge Mozambique

Ready to kick off your shoes, dig your toes into powdery sand, and soak up the sun for that holiday glow? Benguerra Lodge in Mozambique is one of our absolute favourite island getaway destinations because it's close enough to reach easily but it feels like it's on a different planet.

Found in a marine conservation area, it's a dreamy beachside location to just relax. Or, trot along on horseback as the sun sets on the horizon, enjoy alfresco dining under the stars, explore the underwater world, and more.

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Why We Love it

Header-dhow-bar-at-andBeyond-benguerra-island-on-a-mozambique-luxury-beach-resort.jpg Keep the cocktails coming, Image Credit: andBeyond Benguerra Island

Let’s Get You to Southern Africa

Alright, go on…say those three little words you're dying to say… Let's. Start. Planning! Contact our fabulous LGBTQ+ African Travel Experts today.

See you soon, lovebirds ;-)


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