Did you know nearly six million couples are likely to get engaged on Valentine’s Day? As the world celebrates the month of love by making a lifelong commitment to one another, let it be known that Africa knows romance!
There’s a romantic holiday and then there’s a romantic holiday in Africa. The latter is one which brings a different meaning to the traditional romantic escape. The ‘butterflies in your tummy’ feeling not only occurs when rose petals pave the way to your room, but when you’re snuggled up in a game vehicle peered down upon by a by a tower of giraffe.
Robin Pope Safaris’ Stanley Safari Lodge in Livingstone, Zambia sets the standard high for wild romance in an intimate African setting. Here’s how they do it:
The open-air concept suites.
The struggle to get out of bed every morning won’t be because you’re overworked and tired, but rather due to the fairy tale-esque views that one can witness from staying in the plush king-sized bed. The giddy reality is, you can view the spray of the Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River, and the sunset all while snuggled up in bed – thanks to the open-concept design of the room.
Tip: Go for the Honeymoon Suite complete with a plunge pool if it’s available.
The attention to detail.
Every guest has a personal staff member to care for their every need during their stay at the lodge. A personal concierge will organise meals, activities, and tours and take the stress away from the day-to-day planning. No celebration is too small and the kitchen staff will always be around to tempt you with a sweet treat.
Tip: Celebrating a honeymoon, anniversary, or birthday? Let the staff know ahead of time!
The glorious-sized bathrooms.
His and hers sinks, a sunken bathtub, and a walk-in shower all made of local stone set this bathroom apart from your average hotel room. After an action-packed day in Livingstone, the hardest decision will be whether to rinse off in the bathtub or shower. Either way, you’ll be reminded that you’re in Africa with the distant roars of lions and the twinkling night sky in sight.
Tip: Make it easy on yourself and indulge in both!
The sunset dinners by the infinity pool.
Mealtimes at the lodge are wherever you’d like them to be. However, there is a favourite spot amongst guests and that is a sunset dinner by the pool which overlooks the valley. Baobab trees dot the horizon while the slight spray of the falls reminds you that Zambia’s natural wonder of the world is only a few kilometres away.
Tip: Grab a signature G&T before the sky paints the town orange, pink, and purple.
The close proximity to the Victoria Falls.
Victoria Falls or as the locals would call it, ‘the smoke that thunders’ is famed for being one of the most naturally majestic and romantic destinations in the world. It is here, where hundreds of people choose to exchange vows every year. ‘I do’s’ aside, you will certainly fall in love with the falls and more in love with your partner during the fully inclusive guided tour.
Tip: The best time of year to visit the falls is during the winter months between July and September, but there are advantages to each season that shouldn’t be overlooked.