If there is one natural wonder in Southern Africa that epitomises the feeling of falling in love, Victoria Falls is it.
It is the sheer magnitude of witnessing the world’s biggest curtain of falling water that will get your heart-racing and fill your stomach with fluttering butterflies when you see Victoria Falls. The dazzling colours of a rainbow caught in the mist will keep you mesmerised as will cruising along the Zambezi River while the sunset transforms the gentle ripples into shades of orange, pink and purple. It is the tailoring of a luxury Victoria Falls honeymoon by a dreamy Zambian lodge that achieves a balance of exhilarating adventure and relaxing downtime while enjoying the cathartic effects of nature.
If it’s true that couples that travel together, stay together, here are five good reasons to choose Victoria Falls as your first big romantic retreat as a married couple:
- Iconic natural beauty
Crowned ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, Victoria Falls is well-deserved of its UNESCO World Heritage Site status considering its staggering 100-mile plummet into the Batoka Gorge. In fact, it is about twice the height of North America’s Niagra Falls.
Livingstone Island at sunrise © Izla Photography
It is impossible to not be utterly captivated by this example of nature’s magnificence and as a shared experience on your Zambian honeymoon, it is the ultimate celebratory toast to this new chapter in your lives.
- Electrifying adventure activities
If you are thrill-seekers and enjoy adrenalin activities, you can take the plunge (literally!) off the Victoria Falls Bridge on a tandem bungee jump or take a helicopter flip with the Flight of Angels into the big blue above the Falls.
Swimming in Devil’s Pool on the edge of Victoria Falls © Tongabezi
Take a step together into Devil’s Pool – nature’s own plunge pool – and peek over the edge of the Falls. What a great way to bond together by challenging your fears, turning them instead into exciting experiences.
- All-out relaxation
Part of the attraction of Victoria Falls is its location within the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. It means you can include a traditional wildlife safari by game drive or boat where you can see giraffe, elephants, buffalo and sable antelope, among other incredible animals.
Boating safari on the Zambezi River © Izla Photography
At the Falls themselves, you can walk through the rainforest carpeting the bottom of the Falls in the Batoka Gorge. Then, what better way to end off each day on your luxury honeymoon in Zambia than on a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River with the glass of wine in one hand and your partners’ hand in the other.
- Special curated moments
At a top Victoria Falls luxury lodge, like Tongabezi on the Zambezi River, you can expect special extras, personalised surprises and romantic touches that will make your Zambian honeymoon a dreamy fairytale come true.
Sundowners on a Zambezi River sandbar © Gerben van der Waals
Some seriously swoon-worthy experiences to incorporate into your honeymoon are a sampan dinner in the middle of the river under a star-studded Zambian sky, a boho-chic style picnic lunch or sundowners on a river sandbar and a pampering massage treatment on a wooden deck overlooking the river.
- Laid-back luxury lodgings
When not at the Falls, lodges on the Zambezi offer stunning river views from suites specially designed for discerning newlyweds that understand that the honeymoon experience is as much about the special touches at their chosen lodge as the natural splendour that surrounds it.
Luxury en-suite bedroom with full river view © Tony Barnett
Imagine a private deck with a plunge pool protected by lush greenery where birds flitter about and look out to the river that is dotted with pods of lolling hippos. What about an open-air bathtub brimming with bubbles and complemented by a bottle of bubbly on the side for that romantic alfresco soak.