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May 2007 Travel Zambia 33 where you are. And just to reassure you that you were right to eschew Paris, you’ll find a ‘.................................French-trained’ chef, whose bush kitchen haute cuisine has earned him a reputation as one of Zambia’s finest. Chiawa Camp (www.chiawa.com) also aims to offffer honeymooners the ultimate in luxury under canvas, with .................a Victorian bath, ‘his and hers’ wash basins, and a shower big enough for two – all with a river view. ....You can expect ‘romantic surprises and meals in many difffferent locations’, including even a candlelit dinner on a boat floating downriver – with an attentive helmsman, to ensure the ‘surprises’ are not too alarming.................... Chiawa can arrange the wedding, too, .................offffering various locations for the ceremony: marooned on a private island; afloat on a pontoon; back at the flower-strewn camp; or beside a lagoon in the middle of the bush. Nuptial touches include a local choir and a ‘bush’ wedding cake. Neighbouring lodges will help out in accommodating larger wedding parties. Victoria Falls… in love Honeymooning at Victoria Falls leaves your marriage with a lot to live up to. When it comes to romance, this world-f-famous spectacle is surely Africa’s answer to Venice. The owners of Tongabezi (www.tongabezi.com), just upstream from the Falls, claim to offffer the ultimate African honeymoon destination. The.e.e.e.e.e.e.e.e.e.e.e.e.e.e.e.e.e.e.e.e.e. elegant Honeymoon House was ‘built with romance and indulgence in mind’, with its private balcony overlooking the Zambezi being tailor-made for a romantic starlit dinner. Alternatively try the ‘Sampan dinner’, served on a floating deck in the middle of the river, where your meal arrives by canoe to the grunting applause of hippos. Honeymooners here get a 24-hour ........personal valet to attend to their every need – or disappear for a while, if so required. And Tongabezi does weddings, too: you can even tie the knot on Livingstone Island, at the very lip of the falls. If being marooned in the river takes your fancy, then Tongabezi has a private island, Hideaways TONGABEZI “When it comes to romance, this world-famous spectacle is surely Africa’s answer to Venice.” >>

34 Travel Zambia May 2007 Lodge life Sindabezi. This is a genuinely exclusive retreat, with electricity replaced by the more rustic charms of wood fires, hurricane lamps and hot bucket showers. By night the sights and sounds of the river lap at your doorstep. Book the whole island and you also get a private guide, boat and vehicle. Further upstream, t....................he Islands of Siankaba Lodge (www.siankaba.net) is another island paradise – in this case, two islands connected by overhead walkways. The ......................tented chalets are raised into the forest canopy, with private balconies over the river. The honeymoon suite, a recent addition, is hidden away for greater privacy. There’s nothing so rustic at the River Club (www.wilderness-safaris.com), which is all Edwardian-style elegance and creature comforts – right down to the massage tent overlooking yet another glorious sweep of the Zambezi. This makes a perfect location for amorous indolence, and honeymoon-enhancing suggestions from the owners include moonlight croquet and original Zimbabwean port: no doubt a winning combination. Bush brides Most lodges in South Luangwa National Park offer something extra for newlyweds. Space and privacy are the themes at Robin’s House (www.robinpopesafaris.net), where not only do you get the whole house to yourself, but also a private guide and vehicle with which to seek out the area’s abundant game. Robin Pope Safaris has also put together a wedding package,.,.,.,.,.,.,. catering for either a private ceremony for two or a more formal affair for up to 60 guests. Romance is guaranteed, with an altar beneath the shaded magnificence of an ebony grove, plus the whole package of bubbly, banquet and bouquets. Before retiring to the sumptuous honeymoon suite, the happy couple can enjoy special sundowners on the Luangwa in a canopied, flower-strewn banana boat. Mchenja (www.normancarrsafaris.com) offers a true bush camp honeymoon. Each of its five individually designed tents, overlooking the Luangwa, has an inside roll-top bath and an outside shower. With a maximum “Your meal arrives by canoe to the grunting applause of hippos.” THE BUSHCAMP COMPANY CHONGWE RIVER CAMP ROBIN POPE SAFARIS WILDERNESS SAFARIS