HONEYMOON DELIGHTS - Safari & Sea Honeymoon

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Day 1

    

Victoria Falls (Zambia)

Day notes

On arrival at Livingstone Intertnational Airport you will be met by a representative of the company and assisted with your road transfer to the lodge.

The road transfer take around 30 - 45 minutes.

Your adventure begins at the magnificent Thorntree River Lodge, located on a quiet stretch of the mighty Zambezi River, upstream from Victoria Falls.

Begin your honeymoon in style, enjoy a guided visit to the picturesque Vic Falls, relax on a sunset cruise or track protected rhinos on foot, you can even ease into your getaway with a full body massage at the in-house spa – Thorntree offers you a range of options, the choice is yours.

OVERNIGHT: Thorntree River Lodge (FI)

Transfer from Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport [LVI] to African Bush Camps Thorntree River Lodge

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Company

Safari Logistics

Mode

Transfer

Vehicle Type

Minibus / Safari vehicle

Pick up

Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport [LVI] (Livingstone International Airport)

Drop off

African Bush Camps Thorntree River Lodge (Thorntree River Lodge)

Transfer

Check-in to African Bush Camps Thorntree River Lodge

Expert tips:

Thorntree River lodge is set in Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, just 20 minutes from the famousVictoria Falls.The lodge has drawn inspiration from local customs and cultures to create a modern and contemporary design with tented roof structures to maintain the feel of Authentic Africa.

There are eight standard tented suites and two family suites that are situated along the edge of the mighty Zambezi River. Each unit has its own indoor and outdoor bathroom as well as a luxurious private plunge pool, deck and direct river view.

The main lodge consists of a lounge with an open dining area, where the fine dining experience of African cuisine will come to life. The communal deck is set on the edge of the stunning riverside and is home to a sunken boma area and infinity pool. Wooden decking floats on the edge of the river and moves with the water levels to create an illusion off sailing a boat.

Take advantage of a combination of wildlife, culture and adrenalin activities on offer in the area. From our lodge in, we offer daily excursions to the Zambian side (and Zimbabwean side – in the dry season) side of The Victoria Falls, private river cruises, cultural visits, fishing expeditions, canoeing, rhino tracking and game drives, all included in your stay. Additionally, we can book external activities such as guided rainforest walks, bungee jumping and helicopter flips over ‘The Smoke thatThunders’ on your behalf.

Day 2

    

Victoria Falls (Zambia)

Day notes

Discover the area with the various activities on offer from the lodge.

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is perfectly situated along the mighty Zambezi River, just a stone’s throw away from the breath-taking Victoria Falls. It is a place of unique and adventurous experiences, be it heart pumping or soul-soothing there is something for everyone here. Fancy yourself a bit of an adrenaline junkie? Have a go at bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge or conquering the Zambezi River on an inflatable raft. It’ll be an enthralling break from your time on safari.

As soon as you’re ready to get back to the wildlife, you can easily explore the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park which is home to a variety of animals including elephants, giraffe and zebra. Meanwhile, the romantics can enjoy exceptional sunsets cruising along the famous Zambezi River. For those looking for something different to break up their trip, Livingstone might just tick all of the boxes for you.

OVERNIGHT: Thorntree River Lodge (FI)

Expert tips:

Victoria Falls is a famed must-see on any visit to Southern Africa. A waterfall of truly epic proportions, also known as “the smoke that thunders” – to this day Victoria Falls remains one of the most spectacular natural seven wonders of the world.

Whatever time of year you see the Falls, there’s no doubt you will be awe-struck, but visit between February and June in particular and you’ll witness first-hand how the Zambezi River fills from the rains in Northern Zambia and Angola, causing an enormous and powerful volume of water to flow over the Falls.

Victoria Falls Town is an amazing place base yourself while you explore the area, offering travellers an incredible experience. From the breath-taking falls to the historical buildings and local food it is a truly immersive and rememberable experience. Victoria Falls is an adventure lovers dream, during the dryer months take a dip in Devil’s Pool right on the edge of the falls – not for the faint-hearted – or enjoy the year-round opportunities for bungee jumping, helicopter flights and white-water rafting.

January is the summertime, with warm daytime temperatures around 30°C. The afternoon summer rains bring a freshness to the season and landscapes, replenishing the plants, waterholes and rivers. Summertime in Mosi-oa-Tunya brings dramatic late-afternoon thunderstorms, which are an exhilarating show of the power of Mother Nature. At the Falls, the summer rains are yet to fully filter down from the highlands, so the water level is medium to high, depending on how much rain has fallen over the previous months.

Day 3

    

Southern Hwange National Park

Day notes

After a leisure morning check out of the lodge in time for your road transfer to Victoria Falls International Airport. The road transfer can take up 1 hour 30 minutes and includes a border crossing.

A light aircraft flies you over to Hwange National Park from Victoria Falls airport. It's a 45 minute flight from Victoria Falls International Airport landing at Manga Airstrip with a 30 minute game drive transfer to camp

When the wheels touch down your guide will be waiting for you, this is where your safari adventure begins. You’ll be captivated by large elephant herds, big cats, wild dogs and other exciting wildlife.

With a dedicated elephant pool at the edge of camp, you can enjoy spending some time with these gentle giants over your 3 nights.

Days are spent out exploring in a game vehicle or on foot while evenings are sparked with romance around the fire listening to the sounds of the wild and reminiscing about the animals you encountered.

OVERNIGHT: Somalisa Camp (FI)

Check-out from African Bush Camps Thorntree River Lodge

Transfer from African Bush Camps Thorntree River Lodge to Victoria Falls International Airport [VFA]

Details  
Company

Safari Logistics

Mode

Transfer

Vehicle Type

Minibus / Safari Vehicle

Pick up

African Bush Camps Thorntree River Lodge (Thorntree River Lodge)

Drop off

Victoria Falls International Airport [VFA] (Victoria Falls International Airport)

Transfer

Scheduled Charter Flight from Victoria Falls International Airport [VFA] to Manga Airstrip

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Flight Company

Safari Logistics

Mode

Scheduled Charter Flight

Departure

Victoria Falls International Airport [VFA]

Arrival

Manga Airstrip

Ticket Class

Economy

Scheduled Charter Flight

Fully Guided Trip from Manga Airstrip to African Bush Camps Somalisa Camp

Details  
Company

African Bush Camps

Mode

Fully Guided Trip

Vehicle Type

Safari Vehicle

Pick up

Manga Airstrip

Drop off

African Bush Camps Somalisa Camp (Somalisa Camp)

Fully Guided Trip

Check-in to African Bush Camps Somalisa Camp

Expert tips:

Hwange is known as ‘the land of the giants’ for its big elephant herds and Somalisa, set on a private concession in the heart of Hwange National Park is famous for its up close encounters with elephants that love to drink from the pool in front of camp. Tucked away under the dappled shade of an acacia grove, along the edge of an ancient seasonal flood plain, Somalisa provides guests with breathtaking views of the golden savannah plains of Hwange.

Somalisa has seven elegant sail tents and is a place of simple luxury where the focus is on out guest experience to ensure a safari adventure that exceeds your dreams.This intimate bush camp is perfect for relaxing with friends and loved ones. Your tent is replete with modern appointments such as a fan, a battery charging station, wood-burning fireplace and private viewing deck.Your bathroom, worthy of a special mention, is inspired by the romance of yesteryear, boasts an indoor and outdoor bathroom and features a copper slipper-style bathtub and endless views across the vast plains beyond.

With a full solar power farm and water purity system which allows the camp to recycle 80% water used. Somalisa Camp is leading the way in eco-friendly safari accommodation and has been awarded the first GOLD GreenTourism Certification in Zimbabwe.

Day 4 - 5

    

Southern Hwange National Park

Day notes

Explore Hwange National Park with the various activities on offer from the lodge.

OVERNIGHT: Somalisa Camp (FI)

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Expert tips:

Hwange National Park is the largest in Zimbabwe, covering an impressive 14,650 sq km, with the main entrance located a two-hour drive or 30-minute flight south of Victoria Falls. The park is named after a local Nhanzwa chief, and was once the royal hunting ground for the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi, before being classified as a protected National Park in 1929.

As you’d expect from a park of this size, the breadth of wildlife species is astounding. Over 100 species of mammals reside here, whilst almost 400 species of birds decorate the skies. Perhaps most exciting is the 40,000-strong population of tusker elephants, whose presence is world-renowned and a joy to watch day after day.

The dry season (from July to October) is the best time to visit Hwange, as large concentrations of wildlife– particularly the wonderful elephant herds – descend upon the area to drink from the waterholes in order to survive in this hot and unforgiving environment. Yet, whilst the rains from December to March will see the wildlife dispersing across the park, thus making them harder to spot, the summer showers also bring forth stunning vegetation. This ensures mesmeric bird-watching opportunities as the local population finds itself bolstered by the migrants coming down from the Northern Hemisphere. Hwange National Park truly is a year-round wonderland.

Teeming with wildlife, Hwange is home to the worlds largest population of elephant, along with buffalo, sable, roan antelope, giraffe, wildebeest, impala, gemsbok, hyena, wild dog and over 400 bird species including the racket-tailed roller, carmine bee-eater, and southern ground hornbill to name a few.

January in Hwange is a very green affair. As the rains hit the desert sands, the vegetation comes to life turning the landscape into a photographers dream. Generally, the rainy season consists of dramatic afternoon thunderstorms with large billowing clouds. The rains can continue into the night, cooling things down from the usual hot temperatures during the day. January is a great time of the year for birders as the migrants are in full breeding plumage to attract mates for the season. There are lots of baby impala and other animals around that are a month or two old. Larger family herds of elephant and the younger bulls have moved off into the deeper Mopane woodlands. Older bulls and some family herds remain and will still frequent the waterhole. With less competition at the waterholes, now that the larger herds of elephants have moved off, it gives the smaller animals a chance to come out and be seen. Animals like African wild cats, bat eared foxes, steenbok other shyer animals are seen more often at this time of the year. Lion, leopard, and cheetah are resident and so remain in the area, but may still be tricky to see as they patrol their territories which can extend past the concession boundaries. Wild dogs are seen occasionally as they move large distances each day in search of prey. January is a great time for photographers with green vegetation and often very dramatic cloud formations and clear air. Walking safaris may not always be possible as the vegetation can be too thick, which can be dangerous. Birders will also love this time of the year with the extra numbers of species due to the migrants in the area. With the mixed habitats of Hwange, the bird numbers are quite high. Daytime temperatures can go into the high 30°C but with the rains, this can drop down making it quite cool and so a light jacket or fleece is advisable.

Day 6

    

Johannesburg

Day notes

After your time in the bush, you’ll fly back to Victoria Falls Airport for your own onward flight to Johannesburg for a quick overnight in South Africa’s urban playground, before the beach adventure begins!

You will be met on arrival and transferred to The Peech Hotel, a peaceful haven in the upmarket Melrose suburb.

The luxury rooms are set throughout the lush gardens, and the hotel offers an exquisite on-site restaurant.

OVERNIGHT: The Peech Hotel (B&B)

Check-out from African Bush Camps Somalisa Camp

Fully Guided Trip from African Bush Camps Somalisa Camp to Manga Airstrip

Details  
Company

African Bush Camps

Mode

Fully Guided Trip

Vehicle Type

Safari Vehicle

Pick up

African Bush Camps Somalisa Camp (Somalisa Camp)

Drop off

Manga Airstrip

Fully Guided Trip

Scheduled Charter Flight from Manga Airstrip to Victoria Falls International Airport [VFA]

Details  
Flight Company

Safari Logistics

Mode

Scheduled Charter Flight

Departure

Manga Airstrip

Arrival

Victoria Falls International Airport [VFA]

Ticket Class

Economy

Scheduled Charter Flight

Scheduled Flight from Victoria Falls International Airport [VFA] to OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]

Details  
Flight Company

British Airways [BA]

Mode

Scheduled Flight

Departure

Victoria Falls International Airport [VFA]

Arrival

OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]

Ticket Class

Economy

Scheduled Flight

Transfer from OR Tambo International Airport [JNB] to The Peech Hotel

Details  
Company

The Peech Hotel

Mode

Transfer

Vehicle Type

Minibus

Pick up

OR Tambo International Airport [JNB] (OR Tambo International Airport)

Drop off

The Peech Hotel

Transfer

Check-in to The Peech Hotel

Expert tips:

With design and comfort the core essense of The Peech DNA, combined with flawless service and an illustrious history of satisfied guests, this marks Johannesburg’s top rated Boutique hotel as a landmark hotel. An icon.

The Peech was originally a private residence built in 1950’s and a family home for more than 40 years. Purchased by James Peech in 2002, and first opening it’s doors as The Peech Hotel in 2004, the property has since been restored and developed to become Johannesburg’s most iconic boutique hotel, offering five different room types, two restaurants and two acres of lush gardens.

The Peech is consistently ranked as one of TripAdvisor’s top Johannesburg hotels, and has received the Travellers’ Choice Award every year since 2012. The hotel was named the “Best City Boutique Hotel in Africa” at the World Boutique Hotel Awards in London in 2014.

Day 7

    

Missing Point

Day notes

This morning you’ll fly out to your beach destination.

First stop is Pemba Airport where you’ll be met on arrival and transferred on a stunning helicopter flight to a private Northern Mozambique island.

For 5 blissful days at Azura Quilalea you can explore the turquoise waters, sandy beaches and palm trees of this secluded slice off heaven.

You’re spoilt for choice to explore the island as you wish – get active with water activities and nature walks, or simply enjoy each other’s company in the privacy of your villa.

OVERNIGHT: Azura Quilalea Private Island (FI)

Check-out from The Peech Hotel

Transfer from The Peech Hotel to OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]

Details  
Company

The Peech Hotel

Mode

Transfer

Vehicle Type

Minibus

Pick up

The Peech Hotel

Drop off

OR Tambo International Airport [JNB] (OR Tambo International Airport)

Transfer

Scheduled Flight from OR Tambo International Airport [JNB] to Pemba Airport [POL]

Details  
Flight Company

South African Airlink [4Z]

Mode

Scheduled Flight

Departure

OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]

Arrival

Pemba Airport [POL]

Ticket Class

Economy

Scheduled Flight

Charter Flight from Pemba Airport [POL] to Missing Point

Details  
Flight Company

Azura Quilalea

Mode

Charter Flight

Departure

Pemba Airport [POL]

Arrival

Missing Point

Ticket Class

Economy

Charter Flight

Check-in to Missing Point

Expert tips:

Azura Quilalea is a hidden gem, somewhere to retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life, with a relaxed and understated ‘Robinson Crusoe’ castaway style that belies the comforts and experiences on offer.

Snorkel the island’s shores, dive from the main beach, kayak the mangroves or relax beneath the giant baobabs on the island. Azura Quilalea’s nine seafront villas offer the ultimate private luxury hideaway in a stunning undiscovered destination, an untouched paradise for just a discerning few to discover. It is the only island in Mozambique with a house reef, accessible directly from the main beach, making it a fabulous destination for snorkellers, scuba divers and lovers of marine life. It is also home to more than 50 giant baobabs and 180 species of migrating birds.

The main bar and pool area offers plenty of areas to relax in whilst enjoying views of the ocean. The informal lounge coming off the bar area offers satellite TV and a laptop with internet access. The Jellyfish Dining Room is open on the sides to make best use of the trade winds that are wonderfully cooling on a summer night. There is also a wine cellar for private dining and to showcase the proprietor's wines. We have a fully equipped PADI Dive and Watersports Centre, a feature Baobab reception and a boutique with local crafts and designer beachwear.

Blessed with a tropical climate, temperatures rarely fall below 24°C—even at night. The water is gloriously warm with a temperature that ranges between 24-30°C. Throughout the year, the East African Trade winds bring welcoming cool breezes and our villas are positioned to take advantage of the relief from the heat they bring. The Islands are not strongly affected by local weather patterns and tend to receive, on average, a quarter of the rainfall received by the mainland. There are several months of the year when there is no rain at all. This makes our landscape arid, and challenges our water supply, but means endless days of sunshine for our guests.

Day 8 - 11

    

Missing Point

Day notes

Unwind ... relax ... explore ... discover ... it's the perfect place for it all!

OVERNIGHT: Azura Quilalea Private Island (FI)

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Scuba Diving

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Fishing

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Kayaking

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Snorkelling

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Turtle Beach Picnic (Praia da Tartaruga)

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Ibo Island Tour

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Dining

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Jellyfish restaurant

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Private Wine Cellar

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Beach Picnics

Expert tips:

Quilalea Island is one of the Southernmost islands in the pristine Quirimbas Archipelago, 30 nautical miles North of Pemba. It has one of the only safe deepwater moorings in the area, where the Portuguese and Arab traders traditionally found sanctuary for their dhows. Along with its sister island Sencar, it is one of the few properties in the entire Archipelago to lie within a fully protected marine reserve, ensuring an abundance of marine life.

The island is approximately 86 acres in size and apart from Azura at Quilalea staff and guests, it is completely uninhabited. The island is covered in indigenous vegetation, with statuesque age old baobab groves and stunning flora and fauna, a real nature lovers' paradise. There are 4 large sandy beaches on the island, the villas are spread along 2 of them, the main beach always has boat access, and remote and beautiful turtle beach is home to dozens of nesting turtles which our guests are often lucky enough to see. It is also an excellent spot for a private picnic lunch.

 

Day 12

    

End of Itinerary

Day notes

After an idyllic trip, you head back via helicopter transfer to the mainland, Pemba Airport – and set off back home, where you can live in the glow of the perfect getaway and reflect on a lifetime of memories made.

Check-out from Missing Point

Charter Flight from Missing Point to Pemba Airport [POL]

Details  
Flight Company

Azura Quiulalea

Mode

Charter Flight

Departure

Missing Point

Arrival

Pemba Airport [POL]

Ticket Class

Economy

Charter Flight
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