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... Honeymoons

 
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our honeymoons

What inspired us to create wedding zines® has now also inspired us to craft honeymoons: a good story. In your story of life, we’d love for a Bow & Arbour safarimoon to feature in your wedding planning.

Weddings are as much stories as they are celebrations and we adore them being told through wedding zines. And to us it was only logical we extend those stories, ergo honeymoons!

In authentic Bow & Arbour style we will not send you to places that are common. Our dream for you is bigger than that. We’d like your honeymoon to be transcendent in terms of what it does for your mind and new marriage. In short, we’ll send you to places your friends have not been. To places free of the commonalities you’ve grown weary of. To places you’ll return to.

We’ve started our safarimoon offering with itineraries focusing on six of our favourites: Victoria Falls, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. They’re all places with myriad experiences and eclectic cultures but in all cases we have chosen locations that will give you a balance of adventure, relaxation, culture, wildlife and of course, luxury.

It might sound confident, but all of our itineraries are once-in-a-lifetime in their nature and to cap off the feel-good factor, all profits from your honeymoon are donated to the Diwa Zambezi Conservation Fund. Shall we start planning?

 
 

Honeymoon in Botswana

 
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botswana

“Nowhere in Africa have I felt such a closeness to the wild dramas that are Botswana's daily stock. I love listening to lions roar just beyond the circle of my campfire light. I love the contrast of desert and delta, the endless horizons of the salt pans, the sense of a delta world in motion that is never the same from one year to the next, and the sense that here in Botswana, the world of wilderness, wildlife and wild places survives intact.” – Anthony Ham

We’ve used a quote because that’s the sort of introduction Botswana deserves. When it comes to luxury, this is Africa at her sparkling best. Since achieving independence from Britain in 1966, Botswana has flourished as one Africa’s most successful nations. And following the discovery of diamonds at Orapa in 1967, the nation has generally gone from strength to strength. 

Botswana is a jewel of a honeymoon safari destination because the landscapes and experiences are so varied. Think how different the Okavango Delta, Kgalakgadi, Makgadikgadi Pans, Chobe, Savute and Central Kalahari are and you’d be forgiven for thinking they spanned a couple of continents, let alone one nation. 

The overall abundance of wildlife in Botswana exponentially increases your chances of capturing a once-in-a-lifetime moment such as lions feeding or baby elephants playing in the mud. So pack your camera and strap on your hiking boots because you are certainly in for an adventure. 

 
 

Our Top botswana
Honeymoon Picks

 
 

Khwai Tented Camp

The Okavango Delta’s community-run Khwai Concession plays host to this wonderful oasis, complete with its lagoon views. As with most of our partner camps, Khwai Tented Camp does a good job of blending in with its environment – there is nothing gaudy here. 

Consisting of six en-suite permanent tents, the style of which you’ll grow accustomed to in Africa, the camp manages a timeless feel of romance and simplicity. You’ll be transfixed by the lagoon views from each room, and you’ll notice the camp’s sustainability efforts; another reason we’ve included this camp in our list. It goes without saying your wildlife encounters here will be varied and absorbing. Think lion, cheetah, leopard, wild dog, elephant, buffalo and giraffe, all in one day!

Once the Khwai dream is fully realised it’ll be something to behold. Replete with solar farm and water recycling, Khwai caps it off nicely by contributing a portion of profits to the Khwai Community Trust, which empowers local people to see various social enterprises to completion.

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After your taste of the Okavango Delta, head to the Victoria Falls to up the adrenaline stakes a little.

Kwetsani Camp

You know us, we love remote and wild. Well, Kwetsani absolutely delivers this as one of the most isolated camps in the Okavango. Situated on an island adorned with palms and fig trees, Kwetsani’s tree houses are beautifully appointed and the views will have you pining to get started on one of the many activities on offer. 

Another attraction of this camp is its location allows for a combination of land and water-based activities. So whether you’re keen on a mokoro trip, helicopter flight, game drive or casual drink by the pool, the team at Kwetsani will have your needs comprehensively covered. 

Finally, as with most of the Okavango Delta’s camps, Kwetsani is a conservation success story, with the camp dedicated to community upliftment programs in Jao village nearby.

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If you have the budget, combine with another camp in the Okavango Delta, or alternatively, head east to Victoria Falls for a stay at Victoria Falls River Lodge before venturing to Hwange or Mana Pools.

AndBeyond Expeditions

We get it. The Okavango Delta is a place well documented in safari lore. But it can be expensive. Fully-inclusive mobile camping expeditions are a fantastic way to take in some of the most breathtaking wilderness in the world, without breaking the bank.

We offer a variety of expeditions but eight-night options are our recommendation. You’ll start in Kasane and make your way through Chobe before enjoying two nights in the spacious and comfortable Savute Under Canvas. Continuing on with your blended camping and lodge journey, you’ll finally venture to Nxai Pan National Park, where tours are normally timed for the annual zebra migration. We mentioned getting the camera ready…

If spending a good amount of time in Botswana affordably is important for your honeymoon safari, it’s difficult to go past this option.

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Your glamping adventure over, put your feet up at Matetsi River Lodge near the majestic Victoria Falls.

Chief’s Island

If money is no object and you’d like to see the very best of what Africa has to offer, look no further than Chief’s Island in the middle of Moremi Game Reserve, which itself is in the middle of the Okavango Delta. This is the largest landmass in the delta and the combination of fertile soils and a plentiful water supply means an abundance of plains game and those that follow: predators.

The island is home to two of our favourite camps: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp and Mombo. Both are exquisite in their design and no detail has been overlooked. Personal service is thoughtfully combined with a gorgeous setting and exceptional game viewing. It’s difficult to put these two into words, but in a world where wilderness areas are ever-diminishing and authenticity is rare, Sanctuary Chief’s and Mombo have managed to dispel that reality and retain a sense of, ‘all shall be well and good in the world.’

And in case you missed it, this is where Botswana’s rhinos are found…

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Hopefully you’ll have managed the Big Five here, so…… Cape Town? Or Victoria Falls? Over to you!

San Camp

Here’s something a bit different. Located in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, San Camp exudes the sub-continent more than it does conventional southern Africa. But then again, the Bedouin-style white tents on the shores of a salt pan scream oasis in the desert… Perhaps you’re starting to feel the sense of different we’re talking about.

The panoramas here are something to behold, and your photos are made all the more stately by the desert palms which serve as perfect frames. 

Each tent comes standard with en-suite bathroom and a spacious veranda, although it’ll be hard to spend much time in yours due to exciting activities on offer. Quad biking, meerkat encounters, lunar exploration and Zu/’hoasi Bushmen interactions are just the beginning.

So, if you ever want to visit one of the most isolated regions on earth and forget the day-to-day of home, try San Camp. It’ll deliver.

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Since you’re in Botswana, let’s contrast the desert salt pans with the watery wilderness of Kwetsani Camp.  

 
 
Bow & Arbour Testimonial
 

We had the most amazing trip ever.  The Tour Operators, their teams, guides etc were just fantastic.  Way beyond our expectations.  The attention to detail at all the Lodges and every aspect were outstanding. We had amazing game drives and saw so much. THANK YOU just really doesn’t begin to express how Patrick and I feel and how extremely grateful we are to you both for arranging this spectacular holiday for us.  We just can’t wait to plan the next one.

anne & patrick, Australia