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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Ultimate Luxury African Honeymoon

Words by Green Safaris

The best luxury African honeymoons are made up of wildly beautiful and secluded wilderness settings and curated romantic experiences that allow you to connect deeply with each other. There is just such a place in Zambia that celebrates the kind of love that makes a long-lasting marriage.  

Photo courtesy of Stepan Vrzala

The Zambezi is Africa’s fourth longest river, and its journey is one that changes from a quiet flow to crashing waterfalls and rapids. Halfway between its start in northwest Zambia and where it meets the Indian Ocean off the Mozambican coastline, stands the world’s greatest curtain of falling water – Victoria Falls, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya or ‘The Smoke That Thunders’.

Photo courtesy of Alicia Erickson

Not only are the Falls a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, they are also one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Rainbows are constantly created in the Falls’ spray and at the very edge sits nature’s own plunge pool that, depending on the river levels, becomes either Devil’s Pool or Angel’s Pool. In other words, this is a location worthy of a honeymoon, because great love deserves a spectacular start to married life. And there is a world-class wedding and honeymoon planner waiting to make this happen for you.

Through her latest venture, Exalt Africa, Zambian-born Mwai Yeboah of Love from Mwai, has followed her heart back home, curating luxury African honeymoons and weddings that connect with the continent’s true and beautiful stories. And what better way to celebrate this than by hosting a honeymoon inspired by the gentle rhythm of the Zambezi River and the passion of Zambian artisans. 

Photo courtesy of Stepan Vrzala

Two of Mwai’s favourite venues for romantic getaways near Victoria Falls combine nature, culture, and community with bespoke luxury for the conscious traveller. Tongabezi Lodge and its sister property, Sindabezi Island Camp, are award-winning properties that invite you to dip your toes into Zambia’s soul, spirit, and sparkle. 

This honeymoon retreat immerses you in nature and luxury, taking hold of your heart from the moment you lay eyes on the river and bush beyond. From a sunset boat cruise complete with nibbles and glasses of bubbly to fine dining while floating out on the sampan, the Zambezi is a playground best enjoyed with your favourite person.  

Photo courtesy of Stepan Vrzala

The magnificent Victoria Falls beckons from a few kilometres downstream of Tongabezi and Sindabezi. Simply marvel at nature’s strength and beauty, take a guided tour of Livingstone Island, and even a thrilling swim in Devil’s or Angel’s Pool. Then, go deeper into the bush on an early morning game drive through Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, which provides sanctuary to white rhino, elephant, giraffe, and other wildlife. 

Photo courtesy of Stepan Vrzala

The Tongabezi Honeymoon House and the Honeymoon Chalet on Sindabezi Island are both utterly romantic and luxurious suites dedicated to honeymooners. Because they are so unique, many lovebirds choose to spend a couple of nights in each. Indulge in romance and pampering tailored by a team of staff that tunes into the details that turn a honeymoon into an unforgettable experience.

The natural beauty of the Zambezi wilderness transports you far away from the bustle of civilization. It is perfectly complemented by experiences and properties that immerse you in riverside exclusivity and elegance for the ultimate luxury African honeymoon.

 

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