Celebrating a special occasion in the Wild

Wild Zambezi's travel network partners • 3 October 2020

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There's something incredibly special about celebrating a significant life event (an engagement, a birthday or anniversary, Valentine’s Day, wedding, honeymoon, Christmas gathering, Mothers’ Day/Fathers Day etc) with a few days on safari in a wild place.  Here's a chance to completely unwind away from ordinary life, and indulge in a bit of spoiling amid the beauty and peace of the natural world. 

Wild Zambezi's travel network partners are well practiced at arranging something REALLY awesome and creative to celebrate a special occasion.  

In this WILD ZAMBEZI TRAVEL FEATURE, some of them have shared their "Special Occasion" secrets with us.... 

1.  African Bush Camps - Kanga Camp - an armchair safari right at the edge of a watering hole
2.  Caribbea Bay Resort - a romantic, sunset proposal on a remote island on Lake Kariba  
3.  Musango Safari Camp - a whole month of celebrations this September!
4   Safaris 4 Africa - breath-taking moments carefully planned to create life-long memories for your special occasion
5.  Spurwing Island - has years of experience in creating very special moments in the wild for celebrating any occasion
6.  Travel Portfolio - special surprises in fabulous wild places for any celebration
7.  Zambezi Cruise & Safaris -  a stylish themed celebration overlooking Lake Kariba, with sunset and beach extravaganzas laid on for a special party.


1.  African Bush Camps - Kanga Camp in Mana Pools

Celebrate a special date in the calendar with a unique safari experience in the vast wilderness of the African Bush. At African Bush Camp’s Kanga Camp, we have something we call the ‘armchair safari’ to mark a memorable time with a loved one, sharing in the awe-inspiring sights of wildlife approaching the edge of Kanga’s main deck. Picture yourself at the watering hole during your Mana Pools safari. Mealtimes are punctuated by wildlife moving quietly in to slake their thirst. Spotsearch nocturnal animals from the viewing deck as they drift in after dark, mere meters from your dinner table! 


2.  Caribbea Bay Resort, Lake Kariba

Put a ring on it – on the Lake
Farai called ahead; he wanted to give his girlfriend Jackie a memorable experience, but was clueless as to how to go about this special occasion, one thing he did right, was book their stay at Caribbea Bay Resort. By the time the couple checked into the hotel, everything was already set, the hotel had arranged for an escape to the shores of Musambakaruma, a secluded Island in Kariba for a romantic afternoon picnic with gourmet delights after which the couple was set to enjoy a private sunset cruise. Aboard the boat, an intimate tone had been set with roses and some soothing music, in that dazzling moment when the sun kissed the sky goodbye, creating the perfect frame for Farai’s plan, Jackie turned to find Farai on bended knee, an emerald ring in his hand, it was a real life rom-com moment that ended in tears of joy and loving kisses. She said yes, honestly, who wouldn’t after such a well thought out proposal, courtesy of the Caribbea Bay Resort team. The evening ended with the happy couple enjoying a beach dinner, sipping on champagne enjoying the beautiful night view of Lake Kariba.


3. Musango Safari Camp

Lake Kariba

September 2020 has been one whole month of celebrations at Musango Safari Camp.  In addition to celebrating its own 28th anniversary this September, this lovely family-friendly camp set on an island in Lake Kariba clocked up no less than 328 years of birthdays, a 54th wedding anniversary and an engagement - all in the month of September!  Not bad going in the first few weeks after COVID lockdown, guys!


4.  Safaris 4 Africa - experienced travel and safari planner

We at Safaris 4 Africa love to help you and your loved ones celebrate a special anniversary, birthday or just a special day. There are so many ways to make that day special away from all the pressures of everyday life.   Prior to lockdown in Zimbabwe we were so fortunate to have planned for an anniversary trip at Changa Safari camp.  Whilst the lucky couple were thrilled with their breath-taking tented accommodation, what they loved the most was the specially run romantic bath with bubbles and candles looking out towards the bush and the lake beyond. There is nothing more romantic and special.  Why not spoil yourself?  Contact us at Safaris 4 Africa and we will help you put together that unique trip to commemorate your own special occasion. 


5. Spurwing Island - Lake Kariba

Special occasions in one's life deserve something...well... SPECIAL.  And there's no better setting to celebrate than on the waters of Lake Kariba with the blue and purple hills of the Matusadona mountain range as your backdrop.  At Spurwing Island we pride ourselves in going that extra mile to create something really memorable for your birthday, anniversary, wedding, family gathering or re-union.  
Anniversaries and Engagements:  Sundowner cruise/ game drive- we can arrange for champagne to be chilled and snacks to be prepared at a fabulous spot on the lake or in the National Park, with the spectacular Kariba sunset as your backdrop.  Our professional guide will then lead you to your very own romantic set up all ready for you to get down on one knee...
A Birthday is always a "special day” but why restrict it to just one day? Celebrate an 8th or an 80th and anything in between with an endless series of special moments at Spurwing island.  Kids birthdays are always a winner with specially organised treats like   scavenger hunts bush skills fun organized by our skilled an knowledgeable guides.
Weddings and Vow Renewals : Begin your new chapter in the company of Mother Nature and all her glory.  Immersing yourselves in the spectacle of the wild under bright star-lit skies is ‘romance personified’ - something you'll never forget.


6. Travel Portfolio - experienced travel and safari planner

It was Jane's birthday and she was out on safari with her family.  Out on a game-drive one evening, they noticed a beautiful set up on the shores of Lake Kariba, and assumed a romantic proposal was about to happen.  Nope.... it turned out to be none other than a special surprise birthday celebration for Jane! Special drinks and snacks in a fabulous setting - arranged by Travel Portfolio in conjunction with Changa Safari Camp management and staff.  What better way to celebrate?!


7.  Kariba Safari Lodge (Zambezi Cruise & Safaris)

Splendid beaches, day and night magnificent vistas of Lake Kariba and dressed to kill – all melds together to make a Special  Celebration in the Wild.  An elaborate 3-night 4-day birthday was recently held at Kariba Safari Lodge, voted Best New Establishment 2019 by Zimbabwe's Association of Travel Agents (AZTA). With stunning views of the Lake and the subtle scenery of winter colours gently changing to summer brightness, this was the perfect setting for a jet-set crowd.  The afternoon party, with everyone dressed in white on the stunning deck, watching the sun set, went on into the small hours of the night.  The day spent on Kariba Safari Lodge private beach had a Moroccan theme and everyone kicked back and relaxed.   The finale of a black and gold-themed dinner was savoured to the last morsel.  

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