Bow & Arbour

... 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 South Africa

 
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south africa

For all its troubles, South Africa is one of the most beguiling nations on Earth. A travel log would be seemingly incomplete without it. You might know it for apartheid: separateness. Racial separation was written into law in 1948 and persisted once South Africa severed ties with Britain, becoming a republic in 1961. That system came tumbling down in 1994 as Nelson Mandela was elected president in a landslide victory for the African National Congress (ANC).

As with many developing countries, South Africa is not without its challenges, but it remains a foremost destination in Africa. If you’re after a varied experience, from Winelands to Kruger, Madikwe to Cape Town, this is a country that keeps both the perspective and experiences fresh.

We’ve visited this great southern land in excess of ten times and we feel there is still so much to explore. Topping our list at the moment are the northern reaches of Kruger, where we consistently find big tuskers and a general absence of other tourists, and of course, Cape Town, or Camps Bay more specifically. Cape Town is actually a fantastic place to explore as you would any other cosmopolitan city. Rent a car, arrive at your AirBnb and then start ticking those majors off the list: Table Mountain, Klein Constantia, Boulders Beach, Chapmans Peak, V&A Waterfront, Bo Kaap – the list is endless, which is what makes CT such a good place to either start or end a honeymoon.

The other fortunate thing about South Africa is it has something to offer year-round. Furthermore, with a well-developed tourism infrastructure, trips on short notice are easily arranged. Finally, and this is not an insignificant statement, if we had to choose the ‘most balanced’ destination in terms of luxury, comfort, efficiency and wildlife sightings, all at an affordable price, South Africa would win that prize, principally due to the rand’s favourable rate of exchange. 

 
 

Our Top south africa
Honeymoon Picks

 
 

Dulini River Lodge

This isn’t just Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Dulini River Lodge’s six luxurious suites overlook the Sand River itself, making game viewing from the comfort of your room an enthralling possibility. 

Set amidst ancient and mood-setting ebony trees, this is a place of privacy, intimacy and the Big Five. Each suite comes appointed with a heated plunge pool and the attention of a personal butler for the duration of your stay. The central dining boma has no ceiling, or rather a ceiling of stars, meaning you won’t miss anything on those spectacularly clear nights.

Dulini’s location really is idyllic, and sometimes its expert guides don’t seem necessary. Why? Because every now and then you bear witness to a leopard strolling through camp.

// OUR RECOMMENDATION //
Spend 4 days here before deciding between Cape Town or Victoria Falls, or both!

Rockfig Safari Lodge

Ah, don’t we just adore Rockfig… As Timbavati’s most exclusive offering, Rockfig provides isolation and exclusivity in abundance, which we like. 

Situated north of the famed Sabi Sand Reserve, Timbavati is part of the Greater Kruger ecosystem and home to all of the Big Five. Whilst we never guarantee anything in the way of game sightings, we can vouch for Rockfig’s knowledgeable guides, who’ll do everything in their power to make your time at Rockfig live long in your memory. We’ve never really understood why Sabi Sands’ reputation precedes that of Timbavati, especially given lower tourist numbers, equivalent quality game sightings and the existence of white lions (sometimes). But we suppose that is to your advantage, so enjoy it!

The lodge itself draws simple inspiration from the surrounding wilderness, and doesn’t try too hard to impress; it does that effortlessly. Rockfig’s overall ambience is relaxed and congenial, lending to a focus on the wilderness, a blissful bush vibe and good times with each other (or family).

// OUR RECOMMENDATION //
In terms of wildlife and wilderness, Rockfig should tick all the boxes, so Tongabezi might be in order from here?

Arathusa Safari Lodge

Middle of Sabi Sands? Check. Luxurious? Check. All-inclusive? Check. Affordable? Amazingly, check. Arathusa combines everything so well and is difficult to look past for a genuinely absorbing honeymoon safari in Greater Kruger. 

As with many lodges in this region, the Big Five grace the landscape, and the overall wildlife experience is exceptional. The thirteen suites offer a combination of elegance and comfort, and four of them have been built for privacy and exclusivity, making them the ideal honeymoon options.

And because you’ll be so busy filling the memory bank here, you’ll really enjoy the infinity pool and full-service spa. We have, and they’re amazing!

// OUR RECOMMENDATION //
Sabi Sands will blow you away but if you’d like to add to the adventure and authenticity, try Kavinga in Mana Pools National Park.

Singita Lebombo

As with Botswana, we’ve had to select a money-is-no-object option for South Africa too. Singita Lebombo is situated in one of our favourite parts of Kruger, and it has thought of everything. Cuisine, location, wildlife, design – all raging successes.

The lodge call itself an ‘architectural icon of the safari world’ and we can disagree. Cantilevered suites of class extend out from the rock face and offer unrivalled views of the Sweni River and the foothills beyond. Interiors are equally arresting. You’d call them lavish without verging on gaudy. 

Singita Lebombo is special. That’s a word that gets thrown around too much these days but here it is warranted. You’ll remember your trip for a splendid fusion of experiences, relaxation, cuisine and design. Book it!

// OUR RECOMMENDATION //
If you’ve chosen Singita Lebombo we advise combining it with a few relaxing days in Cape Town.

Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Shamwari Private Reserve plays host to a number of luxurious spots to stay, but you’re really here for Shamwari’s simplicity and convenience. An ideal self-drive destination, especially if you plan to take in the Garden Route, Shamwari might not feel as authentic as other wilderness destinations, but you’ll see the Big Five and other animals affordably.

// OUR RECOMMENDATION //
More of a self-drive destination, particularly from Port Elizabeth, so let us know if it tickles your fancy!

 
 

One other thing
about South Africa

 
 

self-drive travel

South Africa’s tourism infrastructure is invitingly conducive to self-drive travel. That might sound scary but you can definitely do it. Of course, we’ll be here to help you with bookings, route plans and such, but if you’re adventure-oriented, you owe it to yourself to travel this way. Not only will it be life-changing, and we mean that, but in discovering Africa’s wildernesses you’ll discover things about yourself you never imagined. Just do it. 

 
 
Bow & Arbour Testimonial
 

James and Sammy were so helpful in organising our honeymoon to South Africa. We started planning it ourselves but quickly realised we needed experts. From there we didn’t look back - thank you!

benji & caitlin, Australia