It’s Monday 10th September 2012 and the Great Honeymoon Trek!

I hope that all you newly engaged ladies out there are sitting comfortably and ready to take this on as a suggestion to your fiancé, how about a 500 day honeymoon!!??  At this point I hear groans from all the guys out there thinking what idea have I now planted, but have a read and tell me you are not jealous…

So for this week over to Anne and Mike:

“As a very special part of our 500-day honeymoon around the globe, the HoneyTrek as we like to call it, we had the privilege of traveling to three Robin Pope camps across Zambia and Malawi. From the historic Nsefu camp in the South Luangwa to the über chic Mkulumadzi in Majete Park to the tranquil Pumulani on Lake Malawi! We had the most romantic bush-to-beach escape.

South Luangwa  WildlifeRomantic  Sundowners

A chalet at  Nsefu

The history and intimacy of Nsefu camp totally drew us in. We loved that the rondavels have kept the original footprint and style from its early days as one of the first photographic safari camps in Zambia, blending into nature and bringing the animals that much closer. Watching the yellow baboons play outside our door, hearing the hippos snort and honk throughout the day, and admiring the elephants over breakfast really made us feel like we were on safari 24/7 not just during our two daily game drives.  Though venturing out in the Land Cruiser with our intrepid guide Yona brought some big thrills. Sightings of large genets, civets, mongoose, the endemic Thornicroft’s giraffe, herds of buffalo, elephants at every turn, six lions feasting on a kill, and the sheer abundance of wildlife throughout the park made us fall head over heels for South Luangwa.

View from our chaletLook what we spotted

The great outdoors has never felt so luxurious until Mkulumadzi. Our suite was complete with a canopy bed, plush seating areas, and sparkling bath fixtures–but the most impressive feature of all? A missing wall! Not separated from nature with panes of glass, the room invited in the breeze from the Mkulumadzi river and sounds of the bush…all with the comforts of a honeymoon suite. When we ventured out for a boat safari or game drive, our adventures were always filled with romantic surprises like champagne sun-downers or a private dinner on the river bank. For our final morning, we were dying to get in one of the famous Robin Pope walking safaris. Our guide Samuel couldn’t have been more knowledgeable (or charming). With a big Malawian smile he starts the hike with the statement, “A walking safari is the best safari in world…” At first we giggled, but after learning about the incredible intricacies and small wonders of the bush, we realized he may just be right.

Cycling through the villageBreakfast on the dhow

After an action-packed week in the wild, a relaxing visit to the shores of Lake Malawi was just the thing. Sunrise breakfast for two on the dhow, a beach BBQ, and sunbathing with a good book was an ideal first day at the heavenly Pumulani. On day two and three we kicked it up a notch with an exciting bike ride to a nearby village, kayaking, and a snorkel trip to see the lake’s world-renowned cichlid fish. We headed to our room for a soak in our claw-foot tub only to find it filled with rose petals, lit up with candles and aside a bottle of bubbly! The romantic evening continued with a private dinner served right on our lakeside balcony. What pampering!

The DhowHow romantic is this…

Robin Pope Safaris was the perfect balance of romance, relaxation, adventure, and indulgence for our honeymoon. We could be as lazy or ambitious as we wanted and the staff was always at the ready to help make the day’s dreams come true. Thanks to the whole Robin Pope team…we’ll be back!

Another romantic sundownerHandsome fella

It sounds amazing – thanks so much for sharing part of your trip with us all. If you are reading this and feel you need a bit more on what we offer honeymooners, have a look at our Honeymoon Safari (and see you soon…!).

So from me and the rest of the team have a great week.

Have fun

Emily

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