African countries for a baecation on a budget

February 18, 2023
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Best African locations for a couple’s retreat

One of the year’s most romantic days has come and left love still in the air. According to statistics, many couples in love go on a St. Valentine’s Day trip. Specialists of inDrive, one of the most popular ride-hailing apps in Africa, have compiled a list of the most beautiful and budget-friendly cities worthy of a romantic date considering the economic crisis on the continent. 

Top African destinations for couples

South Africa, Johannesburg 

If you’re in Johannesburg, South Africa, there are plenty of affordable romantic activities to enjoy. One of these is the Johannesburg Art Gallery, which contains almost nine thousand art pieces. You and your significant other can wander through the halls for free and take in the various works of art. The gallery is in Joubert Park, the city’s central business district, and can be accessed by car, Gautrain, or a ride-hailing service.

You and your Valentine could enjoy various ethnic cuisines, from tacos to Ethiopian injera platters and South African dishes, without breaking the bank at Maboneng. This part of Johannesburg was an industrial zone, but now it’s a vibrant hub for the city’s young and dynamic population.

Ghana, Accra 

Ghana is the most idyllic spot for couples to explore in Africa and is a sight to behold. As the most tranquil nation in Africa, it offers secure and budget-friendly activities, such as mesmerising beaches where you can organise a romantic picnic and take a revitalising dip. Labadi Beach, near Accra, is an ideal spot to spend quality time with your partner in nature without overspending, with convenient access to public transportation and ride-hailing services.

Bojo Beach is the perfect spot to have a luxurious and enjoyable time. It provides a romantic experience without having to spend a lot of money. It is divided into two sides, and the most thrilling part is to paddle across to the other side in a canoe or boat.

The city of Lagos is a treasure trove of experiences.


Karura Forest, in Kenya, is one of the biggest urban gazetted woods in the world. It is conveniently accessible with a city scooter rental or ride-hailing service. Couples can enjoy delicious, affordable gourmet food in the forest. Over 200 species of birds live in the woods, and you can watch many of them on a budget-friendly guided Eco-tour of the best places to watch them.

You could also go for a two-hour bike ride in Karura. Not only is this a great way to exercise, but it also allows you to spend quality time with the one you love.


If you and your partner are in Lagos, Nigeria, the Lekki area is the place to go for a royal experience. It is home to the Nike Gallery, owned by the famous Nigerian artist Nike Okundaye. This gallery has a wide selection of contemporary and traditional Nigerian art; you can visit and view these works at no cost. The staff will greet you with friendliness and even provide traditional Yoruba clothing for you to wear, making you feel like royalty.

You can experience the musical culture of Nigeria at a low price by visiting the New Africa Shrine, a must-see destination in Lagos. This place pays tribute to the renowned Fela Anikulapo Kuti, also known as Abami Eda, a Nigerian musician, bandleader, composer, political activist and Pan-Africanist.

Although we expect a more prosperous future in Africa, take advantage of the tremendous budget-friendly Valentine’s Day activities happening in African cities. Many unique experiences can be easily reached within the city through different transportation methods, such as ride-hailing services based on a revolutionary pricing system called peer-to-peer pricing, which enables passengers and drivers to bargain for a fare.

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