Romantic holiday in Zambia
Zambia’s tented camps and lodges are growing in stature. They may not yet be as well-known as those in neighbouring Botswana and South Africa, but they offer excellent value and are ideal for couples and honeymooners looking for an all-inclusive romantic break. Zambia has a reputation for smaller, more intimate camps and lodges. These are often owner-run, with attentive, friendly guides and staff who have a reputation for being both supremely knowledgeable about the local fauna and flora, and extremely accommodating to guests. Many of Zambia’s best intimate lodges are also situated in the most pristine corners of the country. These stunning, hard-to-reach wildlife areas are often empty of other visitors, with no access for day trippers and no other camps or lodges for miles around.
Spending time in such magnificent, unspoilt wilderness is the sort of romantic experience that feels like a dream. Think of elephants sauntering past your flung-back chalet windows, and outdoor sunset baths overlooking the African plains. Of course, it’s also the sort of experience that comes at a price – expect to pay anything from $600 to over $1000 a person a night for the most exclusive tented camps and lodges. This will usually include park fees, all meals, alcoholic beverages, wildlife excursions, activities and transfers. For an all-inclusive luxury safari, this is very competitively priced for the region, especially considering that Zambia offers some of the very best wildlife viewing in Africa. For that once-in-a-lifetime experience with a loved one, Zambia is an underrated delight that still feels very much like Africa’s best-kept secret.
To top it all off, be sure to include a few days at Victoria Falls – one of Africa’s great highlights and arguably the most impressive waterfall in the world. The falls are at their most inspiring from March to June when the flow of water is at its greatest and huge plumes of mist and spray pour up into the skies. If you live in the region, it makes an excellent spontaneous break. Local carriers offer frequent flight specials to Livingstone and last minute package deals, many aimed specifically at couples, are also regularly available. Whether it’s a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, a walk through the evergreen forests of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, or a helicopter flip over Victoria Falls, a romantic holiday to one of Africa’s most legendary landmarks is one that will not disappoint.