Africa has always been popular with the royals – particularly when it comes to marriage proposals. It was during a holiday to Mount Kenya, in a log cabin 10,000 feet above sea level, that Prince William famously asked Kate to be his wife.
So ever since Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle were snapped arriving in Botswana, to celebrate the American actress’ 36th birthday with a safari holiday, there have been rumours of an engagement.
The southern African country is very special to Harry. He first visited Botswana in 1997, after his mother, Diana, died.
“My dad told my brother and me we were going to Africa to get away from it all,” he told reporters earlier this year. “This is where I feel more like myself than anywhere else in the world. I have this intense sense of complete relaxation and normality here.”
Like his brother, William, the prince is a committed conservationist and has visited Africa on many occasions to work with wildlife and community projects.
But if he does decide to pop the question, which resorts might be suitable for a royal celebration?
Sanctuary Baines’ Camp
Camping in the bush is one thing, but at this idyllic five suite camp, guests can even sleep beneath the stars on a four-poster, linen-draped bed.
At special request, beds can be wheeled from rooms onto outdoor decking for a night of listening to elephants munching at the branches of acacia trees, and hippos snorting from waterways.
There’s even the option to have an al fresco bubble bath in a golden claw-foot tub (with champagne, of course).
Set in the heart of the Okavango Delta – a seasonal floodplain – the camp is ideal for sighting wildlife by 4WD or boat. For more information, visit sanctuaryretreats.com
Duba Plains Camp
Also located in the Okavango Delta, this camp enjoys it’s own seclusion as part of a private reserve – meaning only guests from the five tents can go on game drives through the 77,000 hectare area.
Owned by National Geographic film-makers Beverly and Dereck Joubert, it has a strong conservation ethos and community outreach programme, which would likely appeal to Harry and his humanitarian girlfriend.
The camp is famous for its lion pride who became experts at hunting buffalo. The pride has since split, but the unusually muscular, swimming lions are still an attraction. For more information, visit greatplainsconservation.com
&Beyond Chobe Under Canvas
Far more accessible than other parks in Botswana, Chobe can be crowded. But the lure of large elephant herds (one of Meghan’s favourite animals) still draws visitors.
One way to avoid people (almost) altogether is by staying at andBeyond’s mobile camp, which shifts to several different quiet locations around the park.
Although power supply is limited and hot showers are with a bucket system (much more luxurious than it sounds!), it’s still an extremely comfortable experience – with the benefit of really understanding what it feels like to be out in the wild bush. For more information, visit andbeyond.com