Couple holiday in Zambia

Because of its relative late start in the global safari market, Zambia is perfectly positioned to offer couples the kind of unique experiences that its neighbours cannot. Many of its lodges, hotels and tented camps are small, intimate and owner run, which means there is healthy competition and a real commitment to giving guests a once-in-a-lifetime, truly memorable experience. Finding the best region in Zambia for a couples’ vacation depends largely on your budget. For remote exclusivity, wildlife destinations such as Liuwa Plain National Park on the Barotse Floodplain and South Luangwa National Park in the Luangwa Valley offer the kind of all-inclusive, fly-in safaris befitting a Hollywood-style honeymoon. Generally, the more central parks such as Kafue National Park and Lower Zambezi National Park have a broader range of accommodation to suit couples looking for a more affordable break. Then there are the Upper and Lower Zambezi valleys where close proximity to airports in Livingstone and Lusaka make destinations such as Victoria Falls and Lake Kariba great for couples and honeymooners looking for a short holiday.

Couples will find that Zambia is less crowded as other flagship safari destinations, credit: Africa Stay

Highlights

For couples who love wildlife holidays, Zambia offers something truly unique. Towards the end of the rainy season, as the rivers swell to bursting and turn much of the landscape into inaccessible wetland, a handful of lodges remain open, offering guests the chance to fly in and experience a safari by boat. Certain lodges in Liuwa Plain and South Luangwa National Park are best known for these ‘Emerald Season,’ experiences. Floating through extraordinary scenes of submerged trees, beneath dense, green canopies alive with birds, makes for a romantic vacation unrivalled anywhere else in the world.

The go-to African destination for romance has it all, not to mention memorable wildlife, credit: Classic Journeys

More affordable safaris and some of the best dry-season game viewing in Zambia can be found inside the Lower Zambezi National Park, where 4x4 self-drive travellers are welcome and the scope of accommodation includes budget lodges, luxury tented camps and campsites. Of course, no couples’ holiday is complete without a visit to Victoria Falls. The go-to African destination for romance has it all – sunset cruises on the Zambezi River, the wild rush of water over Mosi-oa-Tunya’s misty walkways and a range of all-inclusive holiday packages for a wide range of budgets.

Travel tips

Because Zambia’s lodges, hotels and tented camps are usually smaller and more intimate than those of its neighbours, they also tend to get booked up quicker. Book at least six months in advance to avoid disappointment, and a year in advance if possible. Ensure you have up-to-date health and travel insurance and vaccination certificates. Guests should consider their choice of clothing too. Revealing items, such as very short shorts and short skirts, can cause offence and are generally frowned upon. Homosexuality is illegal in Zambia and public displays of affection (whether same sex or heterosexual) may also cause tension, although it should be noted that within the confines of lodges and hotels these attitudes are more relaxed. While rates are generally given as per person sharing, some lodges will offer special couples’ rates for extended stays. It’s important to ask whether these include Zambia’s compulsory bed levy, which is from $10 a person a day and can add up quickly if not included in the price.


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