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 Victoria Falls

 
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Victoria falls

You might continuously hear contrasting stories from the visual home of the Victoria Falls: Zimbabwe. While Zimbabwe has suffered economically since the beginning of the new millennium, it remains one of the safest and most diverse countries to visit in Africa. Headlined by the Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-tunya, meaning The Smoke that Thunders, this is a country of breathtaking beauty, friendly peoples and game encounters likely to be memorable for their exclusivity. 

The Victoria Falls were named by explorer David Livingstone, and believed to be first seen by him in November 1855. Named in honour of Britain’s Queen Victoria, the waterfall was just one feature in Livingstone’s almost entire mapping of the Zambezi River. But this place struck a chord in his heart, as he later wrote, ‘scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.’

Today’s border towns of Livingstone in Zambia and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, are perfect gateways for a honeymoon safari to the area, or as just the starting point for one encompassing other areas of Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana as well. Options really are abundant here and the tourism infrastructure is strong, ensuring your heart’s content by the conclusion of your trip. Naturally however, one thing that can’t be missed is the walk through the Victoria Falls National Park and rainforest as you approach the famed curtain of water. If you’d like to spend up to a week here, get ready for everything from interesting meals and white-water rafting, to helicopter flights and rhino tracking. 

 
 

Our Top Victoria Falls
Honeymoon Picks

 
 

Matetsi Victoria Falls

Set on a private 15km stretch of the Zambezi River, and just 40km from Victoria Falls town, this is an all-in-one honeymoon safari destination. As a five-star location, the trimmings all come as standard: a butler service, the best wildlife guides in Africa, premier local and international cuisine, included activity options, on-site facilities as noted below, and the opportunity to witness large herds of buffalo and elephant within the Matetsi Private Reserve. Furthermore, as part of our honeymoon offering, tours of the Victoria Falls and high tea at the stately Victoria Falls Hotel, also come as standard inclusions. 

In addition to its private wilderness concession, Matetsi Victoria Falls has a safari boutique for souvenir purchases, a fitness centre, massage sala, wine cellar, lap pool and even a library. Given its location, Matetsi allows for water-based activity options including canoeing, sunset cruises, fishing and boat excursions. 

// OUR RECOMMENDATION //
Spend 4 days here, and round out your weeklong honeymoon safari with 3 nights in Chobe or Savute in Botswana.

Tongabezi

Understated, refined and committed to the exciting spirit of Zambia and the wider Victoria Falls region. Architecturally unique accommodations have been built right on the banks of the Zambezi offering romantic seclusion and breathtaking views. As with all of our recommendations, you can expect king beds, luxury en suite bathrooms, meticulous service and an overall haven of relaxation. And, if the mainland has you slightly bored, why not try a couple of nights in the honeymoon house on Sindabezi Island, right in the middle of the Zambezi River?

What we also love about Tongabezi is its commitment to sustainability. Some measures include water recycling, organic garden produce, near 0% charcoal usage and the use of solar energy. 

// OUR RECOMMENDATION //
Spend 4 days here before venturing into Botswana or Zimbabwe to sample the celebrated Chobe or Hwange National Parks.

Victoria Falls River Lodge

A relative newcomer in the region, we’re big fans of this one. As with our two other favourites, the lodge is located on the banks of the Zambezi River and boasts 13 luxury tented suites, each with a private deck and plunge pool, and 5 secluded island treehouse suites on the private Kandahar Island. Gazing skyward from the starbed anyone?

Built within Zambezi National Park, the lodge is ideally situated for exploring the wider region. As part of your stay here you can expect a morning activity and afternoon activity as standard, options of which include river cruises and game drives. 

// OUR RECOMMENDATION //
Spend 4 days here before trying the charm of Cape Town.

 
 
Bow & Arbour Testimonial
 

From our initial flight in a light aircraft from Lusaka to our first lodge on the mighty Zambezi River to our first driving and walking safaris we knew we had made the perfect choice for our two weeks of adventure. Over the following fifteen days and nights we experienced so much. The accommodation, food, attention to detail and hospitality we experienced was perfect. The big five were ours for viewing, the photography opportunities were there for the taking and every moment was one to be treasured. Thank you Sammy and James!

tracy & ted, Australia