If you’re looking for an ‘off the beaten path’ spot for a romantic retreat, Africa is poised as the next exotic paradise
Sanctuary Retreats, a collective of luxury safari lodges, camps and river cruise ships located in some of the most remarkable locations in the world, brings to you an ‘under the stars’ experience of the five stunning starlight activities in South Africa and Africa, recently added into their portfolio. Here lies one of the planet’s best viewpoints of the night sky, thanks to clear skies free from pollution and obstructions, that are best enjoyed in a number of ways offered across their African properties.
1. Bath under the stars
Give in to your most intimate of fantasies with the opulent Star Bath offered in each of the five exclusive suites at the Sanctuary Baines’ Camp. It is one of the most untouched wildlife destinations in Botswana, built high above the Boro River. The suites boast a bath tucked away on a private viewing deck, festooned with a golden hues of suspended lanterns.
2. Fall asleep below a twinkling sky
Leave the noise and air pollution behind, and slip into a slumber serenaded by the sounds of wildlife and the warm flickers of camp light at the scenic Sanctuary Safari Lodge, South Africa. The Star Bed experience is available in a secluded part of the lodge’s private grounds, overseeing a waterhole and the Madikwe Game Reserve, home to striking African wildlife.
3. A cosmic safari
The Cosmic Safari by Sanctuary Kusini, Tanzania brings a whole new meaning to all star-studded inferences. After dark, guests will be whisked off on an unforgettable safari under a dazzling night sky on top of a kopje (small hill with panoramic views) to experience the beauty of the faraway galaxy and its constellations. This permanent camp is located in the remote southern part of Serengeti.
4. Open-air bush barbeque
No African experience is complete until you’ve had a taste of the nighttime Bush Braai, or African barbeque. At the Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, you will be served a rustic cum fine-dining meal of the finest local and imported meat and vegetables savoured under a web of glimmering stars. An excellent selection of wine is available to complement the grilled meal as you settle in, surrounded by specially constructed fire pits.
5. Nightlife in the wild
Nighttime brings out the rare, nocturnal creatures of the wilderness. Go on an adventure with the Night Safari at the Sanctuary Swala, Tanzania, for a close-up of animals like the bushbaby, African wild cat, lions, foxes and more. The safari’s specialised lighting makes it easier to witness wildlife in the cover of the dark. It is also located in an exclusive site of the Tarangire National Park that boasts a fabulous landscape.