Stanley Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zambia
For Romance in the Wild
When it comes to romantic safaris, small is better, which helps to explain why the 10-unit Stanley Safari Lodge is perfect for canoodling couples in search of privacy. Splurge on the Livingstone Suite, pure colonial Africa, and so close to Victoria Falls that you can see the spray—not to mention the sunset. The staff will serve private dinner à deux for you anywhere on the lodge grounds. Guided game drives are, of course, the order of the day—sometimes in neighboring Botswana, to see the world’s largest elephant population in Chobe National Park; other times in Zambia and even in Zimbabwe. More options: Riding an elephant through the bush or taking a guided walk alongside some cute baby lions. Take a sunset cruise on the Zambezi or, for the brave, canoe or raft down part of the river (watch out for hippos and crocodiles). Visit the nearby traditional village of Mukuni, ruled by His Royal Highness Chief Mukuni, Monarch of the Victoria Falls. Finish each day with soothing sundowners on your private terrace.