23 Oct 2014 | By Sun International
Honeymooning in Zambia at the Royal Livingstone
As your wedding approaches, you're probably looking for the perfect honeymoon destination. You want to go somewhere romantic, obviously, perhaps with a few adventure options thrown in for some outdoors fun? And with all that wedding planning finally behind you, you're in need of a dose of luxury (okay, a double dose).
Have a peek at Zambia. The mighty Victoria Falls is one of the most breathtaking sights in the world, and certainly ticks all the boxes when it comes to romance. Plus, there are loads of fun things to do, like heading out on safari or swimming on the edge at Devil's Pool. Adventure? You'll have it.
But what about that double dose of luxury? You'll get nothing less than the royal treatment, at The Royal Livingstone.
If you want to spend your honeymoon enjoying luxury accommodation in Zambia, with gratuitous views of the Victoria Falls, sumptuous cuisine, and high teas fit for the queen, not to mention a buffet of things to do to fill the pages of your first Mr and Mrs photo album, then The Royal Livingstone is the place to go on honeymoon.
Zambian romance is Out of Africa
If you've got sweeping images of Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in mind, circa the film Out Of Africa, they'll come to life at this Victoria Falls hotel. It's a classic 5-star African honeymoon experience that comes wrapped up in the colonial elegance of a bygone era, with all the trimmings of modern comfort. From the welcome cocktails on arrival to the romantic turn down service, you'll feel as though you've stepped through time into a world that was designed with lovers in mind.
Wake up to breathtaking views of the Zambezi River from your private terrace before enjoying your first breakfast together as husband and wife - served in the intimacy of your room with sparkling wine. While it is your honeymoon and you'll be forgiven for not wanting to leave the plush comfort of your room, Victoria Falls is just a few hundred metres away and begging to be explored.
Flight of angels
David Livingstone famously said of the Victoria Falls that "scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight." Though nothing can compare to your newlywed buzz, a flight over the Victoria Falls will certainly come close. You'll gaze upon one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World with a sense of awe and wonder in your heart before turning to each other and declaring that you'll do it again on your fiftieth wedding anniversary.
Elephant back safari
There's a certain kind of intimacy involved in riding an elephant into the wilds of Africa. Besides your lofty game viewing perspective, you get to interact with Africa's gentle giants on a personal level. Elephants are also much quieter than a game drive vehicle, which adds a sense of silent reverence to the surrounding bush. Sharing the experience with the love of your life however, is what makes this one of those memorable moments that you'll cherish forever. Take plenty of photos. You're going to want to show them to your kids.
Swim on the edge at Devil's Pool
Take a dip together in the world's wildest infinity pool. Devil's Pool, a natural rock pool perched on the very edge of the Victoria Falls, will definitely get your adrenaline pumping. After an exciting boat road and a short swim, you'll need to take a leap of faith and jump into the pool. All that stands between you and the sheer drop of the falls is a rock wall, hidden just below the water’s surface. You won’t be swept away by the force of the water, but you may be swept away by the thrill of the experience.
Sundowners at The Royal Livingstone
Celebrate your bravery afterwards with a sundowner at one of The Royal Livingstone's two sun decks. As Livingstone wrote in his journal, "At 6 o'clock the sundowner ritual begins." This colonial tradition allowed for groups of friends to visit with each other and exchange their daily news over a drink. While you and your significant other toast your future in the golden glow of the legendary African sunset, it'll make perfect sense to carry this tradition home with you and reconnect daily over a classic colonial sundowner. Cheers!