Five Romantic Escapes With Sanctuary Retreats


What better way to enjoy time alone with your loved one, than by escaping to the most remote corners of Africa? All our camps and cruises offer a special honeymoon package including gifts for newlyweds such as sparkling wine on arrival, romantic turn downs, private candle-lit dinners, honeymoon baths, and more based on each camp. Whether you decide to cocoon up in the comfort of your luxury boutique-designed room or head out each day to experience the very best Africa has to offer is entirely up to you. Although, we thought we would share a handful of carefully curated experiences to make your romantic escape even more special.


Soak in a Star Bath at Sanctuary Baines’ Camp, Botswana

Connected to the main area by wooden walkways, each suite at Sanctuary Baines’ Camp features a luxury-designed interior and stunning views that surround them. All featuring world-class amenities, what makes this camp so special is the individual wooden decks overlooking the shimmering waters of the Boro River. After a long day exploring the Okavango Delta, return to the comfort your romantic suite and soak in your star bath to the sound of Botswana’s wildlife ever more vibrant at dusk and take it even further by rolling out your bed to sleep under Africa’s clear and starry night sky.


Cruising on the Nile

Our boats seamlessly blend contemporary Egyptian culture with authentic character. Each luxury cabin is perfectly designed to be a haven for intimacy all while enabling you to enjoy the views of the Nile scroll in front of your eyes. Finally, pamper your palates with gastronomic local dishes prepared by our talented chefs onboard immersing yourselves in the surroundings. Egypt is a country that excites the senses, so be careful, as you might just fall in love all over again.


Romantic Evening in the Bush

If a safari has been on your mind to celebrate your honeymoon, then let us take you on an evening of romance in the African bush. From intimate sundowners to stargazing, here is what you can expect from a romantic evening with us. Sundowners are a Sanctuary Retreats favourite and we love to spoil our guests on them. Let our team of experts bring you to some of the most remote and beautiful places in Africa from which you will have the pleasure of sipping on cocktails in a relaxed setting, all while soaking in the beauty of your surroundings. Whether in heart of Tarangire National Park, cruising on the Okavango Delta or enjoying your own little islet on the Zambezi, you will have your own share of paradise.

For lovers of the night sky, sit under the starry canvas of the African heavens. Be serenaded by the sounds of nocturnal wildlife while our world-class chefs prepare your dinner to be enjoyed under the moonlight.

Guests residing at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp may opt to head out after dinner at the camp for an evening of star gazing with our expert guide. Hunt for constellations and devour the Milky way with your eyes all while listening to the local stories behind each star.


Hot Air Balloon at Sanctuary Olonana, Kenya

Take your love to new heights in a hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara. Start your day in the seemingly empty plains of the Mara, where you will meet your crew and captain who will take you on a special journey through the African sky. Watch the balloon rise to the rhythm of the flames until finally, you find yourself swept off your feet and levitating above the ground. Now with your eyes fixed on the horizon, witness the first rays of sunlight curve over the edge of the world. Follow the sun's rays race one another beneath your feet to illuminate and bring to life the vibrant Masai Mara waking up under you. Revel in the serenity with your significant other before touching back on firm ground. Do not worry, the experience is not over just yet. While the flight is now a beautiful memory, the smell of a freshly cooked breakfast in the bush is the perfect way to immortalise this blissful morning in your hearts.


Romance Under the Trees at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma, Zambia

While the comfort of your private treehouse will make you stay in, we urge you to experience some of the unique activities Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma has to offer. Whether you wish to explore the region by land, water, or air, we have something installed for you. Retrace the footsteps of David Livingstone in a custom-built 4x4 to explore the national park in search of wildlife, cruise along the Zambezi aboard a canoe for a hippo’s view of the region, or take to the skies in a helicopter for unparalleled views of the Victoria Falls.

Finally, after a day out exploring, or relaxing by the pool soaking in the beautiful backdrop that is Zambia’s landscape, indulge in a spa treatment at the hands of our expert masseuse.

Should you wish to romanticise it up, ask our staff to take you out on a private islet to sip on cocktails at sunset before coming back to an exquisite meal to be enjoyed in the privacy of your room’s deck or the sunset deck (if the weather allows it).

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