A honeymoon safari in Zambia

Who says you have to lie on the beach for a week after a wedding? If you’re an active soul then spotting big cats, antelope and giraffes will keep you looking forward to what the next day will bring.

In the Lower Zambezi national park you can watch herds of elephant tramping across the terrain in search of food. Their numbers, once depleted by poachers, are rising again after conservation efforts. You’re bound to see zebras galloping about. The more brave and curious among them might even come over to investigate what you are

Or in the Kafue park you might spot prides of lions in one of their two favourite activities of hunting and sleeping – much like any other cat really.

The dense woodland of South Lunagwa park provides a home for different animals – for birds and all the creatures who like to scamper rather than run, so it’s great for walking safaris.

Accommodation options range from luxury lodges with their own mini-spas to sleeping under canvass, surrounded by the sounds and smells of nature. So if you want five star-comfort or explorer thrills, it can be arranged.

And the Zambia landscape isn’t all plains and forests. The country is home to a stretch of the spectacular Victoria Falls, where the Zambezi River cascades more than 100m into a rocky gorge.

You won’t find yourself far away, because you can get wet on the cataract’s footbridge where mists swirl around you. Or, if that’s nowhere near close enough, you can go whitewater rafting on the bubbling water below, or even abseil or bungee jump down to it.

For something just as close to the action, but less hair-raising, you can swim at the edge of the Falls in Livingstone Island. Either way, you’re always be thrilled.

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