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Zimbabwe Honeymoon Safaris

There are few possible trips more romantic than an exclusive African honeymoon safari, and Zimbabwe is an ideal destination for just such an experience. Apart from the exceptional wildlife-viewing possibilities, stunning landscapes and welcoming locals, Zimbabwe is well known for its highly professional safari industry. Most safari destinations here are also far less crowded than those in many other countries in Africa. Careful planning is a must, to make sure that the trip you have in mind matches the trip you end up having. But such are the possibilities in this wonderful country that you can get ready for an experience as special as you dream it to be.

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7 Questions About Zimbabwe Honeymoon Safaris

 
 

7 Questions About Zimbabwe Honeymoon Safaris

Answered by Anthony Ham

Why is Zimbabwe a good choice for a honeymoon holiday?

“Zimbabwe is an excellent choice for a honeymoon holiday for many reasons. First among these is its winning combination of beautiful national parks and incredible variety of wildlife. These things are important on any safari, not just a honeymoon safari. But you’ll want to get the basics right and enjoy a fantastic safari as a starting point. Also important when it comes to a Zimbabwe honeymoon safari is the country’s experienced and professional safari operators. Many such operators, especially those at the luxury end of the market, have extensive experience in combining a safari with those special touches that are so essential on a honeymoon. Most accommodation has dedicated safari rooms or tents for honeymooning couples, and the service you can expect will be well suited to your needs, with discreet service, private dinners and other tailored activities. For the most part, Zimbabwe receives far fewer visitors than other safari destinations, meaning less-busy parks and possibly a more intimate experience.”

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Are there recommended activities for a Zimbabwe honeymoon safari?

“You’ve chosen to go on safari for your honeymoon, which means viewing wildlife is almost certainly high on your list of desired experiences. Just because you’re on your honeymoon doesn’t mean that your passion to see a lion or an elephant or whatever animal it is you’re interested in has lessened. How you see those animals may be something you wish to consider. For example, you may want to organize a private safari, where you’ll have the guide and vehicle or vehicles just for you. Other activities might include private meals, such as exclusive dinners or bush breakfasts away from other guests. Some safari packages and accommodation also offer activities such as hot-air ballooning, walking safaris and more. Many accommodation choices have spa or massage centers, and most of these centers have packages for honeymooning couples. Remember, too, to be very clear about what you’re looking for when approaching a safari tour operator, because not everyone has the same ideas when it comes to what is and what isn’t romantic!”

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What are the most romantic places for a Zimbabwe honeymoon safari?

“The answer to this question will vary from one person to the next. For some people, it will be the quality of the safari and the accommodation that will determine where they go in search of romance. For others, it might be the remoteness of the experience that is key. Whatever you have in mind, you’re in luck because Zimbabwe has somewhere to suit just about any honeymoon safari imaginable. Victoria Falls is one of Africa’s most popular attractions, and it has both advantages and disadvantages as part of your Zimbabwe honeymoon safari. On the plus side, it has an extraordinary array of choices when it comes to accommodation and activities, and the operators of tours have lots of experience in organizing honeymoons. On the negative side, the actual falls can get crowded and be the opposite of a quiet and intimate honeymoon experience – though this will only be a minor inconvenience if you choose a hotel or lodge with a secluded location. When it comes to wildlife, Hwange, Mana Pools, Matusadona and Gonarezhou National Parks are all outstanding safari destinations. Hwange and to a lesser extent Mana Pools and Matusadona also have numerous high-end accommodation options suited to a memorable honeymoon experience.”

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Can we extend our honeymoon trip with a beach holiday?

“Yes, this is definitely possible, despite Zimbabwe being entirely landlocked (excluding Lake Kariba, a beautiful destination that runs along the Zambian border but supports too much wildlife for a conventional beach holiday). It is easy to combine a Zimbabwe safari with a beach experience in a neighboring country, but if you plan on doing this, choose a safari operator with significant cross-border or international experience. South Africa is the most obvious choice for a beach and safari combination with Zimbabwe. Popular options here include Cape Town and the nearby Cape Peninsula and Garden Route. However, if you travel during the southern hemisphere winter (April to September), this part of South Africa tends to be quite cool and damp, so you might prefer to head to the sunnier Indian Ocean beaches around Durban and elsewhere in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Other possibilities include Mozambique, or even Malawi with its lake beaches. Recommended Mozambican beach destinations with hotels that regularly cater to honeymooners include the Bazaruto Archipelago, Vilanculos and Ponta Mamoli. All these places are in the south of Mozambique; at the time of writing, most government advisories advised against travel to northern Mozambique because of ongoing conflict in the region.”

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Are there special honeymoon safari packages available in Zimbabwe?

“You’ll have plenty of choice when it comes to choosing honeymoon safari packages for your trip to Zimbabwe. As with any safari, it pays to ask around and make inquiries with as many tour operators as possible. If some that you contact can’t offer dedicated honeymoon safaris, there will be plenty of others who will. As we’ve said before, it’s important that you are very clear about what you would like your holiday to involve, because not everyone has the same idea when it comes to a romantic honeymoon experience. Those with the most experience, and with the most options in terms of accommodation, itineraries and activities, will almost certainly be those at the luxury end of the market. That doesn’t mean that you can’t find budget honeymoon safaris in Zimbabwe. It does mean, however, that your choice is likely to be a little more limited in the budget price category.”

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What kind of accommodation can I expect?

“Many mid-range and almost all luxury or top-end accommodation choices will have at least one dedicated honeymoon suite or safari tent. These are usually a little removed from the rest of the accommodation, at least when it comes to tented camps. These may include his and hers accessories, outdoor bathtubs with views of the surrounding countryside, and an area for more private dining, also often with a beautiful sunset view. In many places, it’s not just about where you’ll sleep, but as much about the service. The best places will offer personalized, discreet and professional service, whereby dedicated staff will be ready to anticipate your every need, while ensuring that you have all the privacy you could wish for. Don’t be embarrassed to ask about the service side of things, and then compare what each operator and their chosen accommodation has to offer.”

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Will we have enough alone time on a honeymoon safari?

“The simple answer is that you will have as much time alone while on your honeymoon safari as you are willing or able to pay for. One option, and it’s usually the most expensive one, is to organize a private safari. That means that you should have your own private vehicles for transfers and for game drives, as well as your very own guide for you alone. You can also arrange for private activities, such as private dinners or breakfasts. On this kind of a trip, you will indeed have a lot of time alone. If you’re on a group safari, you’ll be sharing a game-drive vehicle or a transfer vehicle, as well as a guide, but this can also be a wonderful way to enjoy the company of other travelers. Other activities, such as meals, can be enjoyed in more privacy, even on a group safari. When it comes to accommodation, your room or tent may be in a more private or secluded spot, away from the other rooms or tents. This is very often the case in tented camps, less so in lodges.”

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Zimbabwe Reviews

4.3/5 109 Reviews
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Sue Watt  –  
United Kingdom UK

Sue is an award-winning writer who specializes in African travel and conservation. She writes for national newspapers, magazines, Rough Guides and Lonely Planet.

Zimbabwe: A Country on the Cusp…
5/5

If I had only one chance to go back to Africa and could choose only one country, it would be Zimbabwe. I first visited, going to Victoria Falls, at the height of the country’s toughest times back in 2004, when a trillion-dollar note...

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Emma Gregg  –  
United Kingdom UK

Emma is an award-winning travel writer for Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveller, Travel Africa magazine and The Independent.

Classic Safari Zone on the Road to Recovery
5/5

Zimbabwe’s once-thriving safari industry crashed during the 2000s, and while it was initially slow to recover, the pace has picked up in recent years. Even so, while safari companies, lodge owners and tourism officials have done their...

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Tracey Geyser  –  
Spain ES
Reviewed: Feb 9, 2024
It has a natural beauty, the local people are friendly, the wildlife good but the roads terrible.
4/5

We used Serious fun tours for our 4 days in Zim. we wanted to do Victoria falls and a game drive. We got so much more. What a pleasant experience! They communicated well from the start. They offered the biggest variation of things to do...

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Caroline Page  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Jan 17, 2024
Zimbabwe is a beautiful country with amazing scenery, great animal sightings, & friendly people!
5/5

Our family (four adults) had an amazing time on our trip to Zimbabwe. We loved the scenery on our drive from the Vic Falls airport to our first accommodation stop (Robins Camp). We saw so many wild animals just on that drive alone including...

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Eunice Sameke  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Nov 19, 2023
Fantastic place to visit and knowledgeable guides
4/5

Zimbabwe is a beautiful and peaceful country. We had an amazing time visiting Victoria falls and Chobe. All guides were very knowledgeable. I would recommend anyone wanting to visit Zimbabwe not to hesitate.

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Mary  –  
New Zealand NZ
Reviewed: Jul 26, 2023
Wonderful wildlife, but poor conditions for its people
4/5

Victoria Falls was amazing - the sound and power of the water was incredible. Hwange National Park was a wonderful experience, numbers and variety of animals was fantastic. Elephants, giraffes, impalas, baboons, zebras, lions, spider...

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