Its holiday time! Where are you planning to wind off at? Honeymooners, or couples on romantic retreats are spoilt for choice in Southern Africa. These are some of the best experiences on offer.
A lunar rainbow at Victoria Falls
Lunar rainbows, or moon bows, take place in the light of the full moon and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is one in only a handful of locations where they occur. The marvel can only be seen during the day before, during and the day after a full moon and when the water level is high. The Victoria Falls also has very little light pollution, resulting in a more clearly visible lunar rainbow than those found in other parts of the world. Victoria Falls rainforest opens and operates during full moon so that people can view this spectacle.
Sani Valley Nature Lodge
Honeymoon packages are tailored to each individual couple in Lesotho. On arrival you will receive a chilled bottle of champagne and a box of irresistible chocolates to set the mood for your stay. A picnic lunch out on the boat, or down near the waterfall away from everyone is a lovely experience. When you eventually make it back to your lodge a quiet Jacuzzi before dinner set up in your Lodge, with candles. The memory of sun sets over the lake will forever stay on your mind.
A secluded picnic
Couples staying at Beyond Benguerra Island in Mozambique can enjoy a castaway picnic in a completely isolated island setting. The island’s North Point extends out into the sea and offers views of the open ocean on one side and the waters of a calm bay on the other. The location is ideal for swimming, or couples can take a beach walk for miles in either direction without encountering anyone else. Alternatively, they can take a 30-minute boat cruise to Pansy Island, which they can explore while the lodge team sets up a picnic spread. Afterwards, guests can add on a sunset horse ride, or a cruise around the bay in a traditional dhow.
Epicurean picnics at Warwick
Warwick combines locally sourced ingredients from artisanal suppliers to put together special picnics. Couples can choose from a range of picnic areas across the Stellenbosch, South Africa wine estate, including the lush lawns with umbrellas and over-sized cushions, the forested courtyard, or the eight picnic pods, which offer total privacy.
Bahurutshe Cultural Village
This delightful diversion is a recreated Hurutshe village in Botswana. It offers accommodation in traditional rondavels, arts, crafts and dancing, and Sunday brunch with local cookery. Educational cultural tours for couples are frequently conducted. Honeymoon Lodges are situated on the Lake, with Jacuzzis and five star finishes. Privacy is paramount and tranquillity is a given. Spar treatments on your deck overlooking the Southern Drakensberg. On an escarpment watching your partner sip champagne in the Jacuzzi is a honeymoon moment which is very hard to beat.
Hot-air ballooning in Kafue
Guests staying for three nights or more at Wilderness Safaris’ Shumba or Busanga Bush Camps in Zambia’s Kafue National Park can enjoy a complimentary hot-air balloon trip and explore the 28 000-hectare Busanga Concession from above. They are likely to see wildlife, including red lechwe, hippo and buffalo, and the trip is followed by a champagne breakfast. Unfortunately, the hot-air ballooning season runs from August until the end of October.
Book a yacht
Stationed at the V&A Marina in Cape Town, The Princess Emma is a 26-metre yacht, designed for cruising. She is operated by a reputable captain and crew and features four en-suite cabins with rosewood and cherry finishes. The deck has a dining area as well as sunbeds and a swimming platform for easy access to the water. Guests can explore the Cape Peninsula from Clifton to False Bay.
Horse riding in the Serengeti
Singita Explore offers tailored riding safaris, enabling guests to combine long horse rides exploring remote areas of the reserve, with afternoons spent back at camp relaxing. By exploring the area on horse, guests can get much closer to herds of wildlife, such as zebra and giraffe. Singita Explore is a private use camp on the plains of the Serengeti, in Tanzania, and comes with the services of a private guide, chef, camp host, camp staff and a choice of activities such as game drives.
A bush bath at Mana Pools
Ruckomechi Camp in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools features a ‘bath-with-a-view’. Guests can book the bath, which is located in a secluded and scenic spot overlooking the Zambezi River. The bath will be drawn with bubbles and lit with lanterns, from which they can enjoy the views.
Author: Gesture Chidhanguro