AFRICA: Winter Romance and Victoria Falls
WINTER AT VICTORIA FALLS – NIGHTS AT STANLEY SAFARI LODGE WHERE TO FALL IN LOVE ALL OVER AGAIN
“Scenes so lovely they must have been gazed on by angels in their flight.” David Livingstone
VICTORIA FALLS, Zambia (05/2010) Winter in Zambia – May, June, July and part of August is a compellingly romantic time to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World – Victoria Falls, and to stay at one of Zambia’s most romantic hideaways – Stanley Safari Lodge.
In Zambia’s wintertime, Victoria Falls (a UNESCO World Heritage site) are at their highest, the spray so strong, visitors get deliciously soaked. Thus, the experience is more than just being there and seeing it – it’s feeling it and tasting it. Hearing is involved, too. When guests stay nearby – at five-star Stanley Safari Lodge, for instance, it’s the first thing heard on awakening in the morning. The sound is like that of distant thunder and indeed the local name Mosi-oa-Tunya means “the Smoke that Thunders.” The spray is most visible during the Zambian winter months, and can be seen from the rooms, main house and gardens at Stanley Safari Lodge.
Another not-to-be-missed phenomenon is the Lunar Rainbow – a rainbow of the moon or moonbow created when light from a full moon is refracted as it passes through the mist of the waterfall. It can be seen the day before, the day of and the day after the full moon. What could be more romantic?
In Zambia’s winter the temperature drops considerably at night – it can get down to between 46 and 50 though sometimes as low as 41 degrees Fahrenheit. As manager Rick Versteegh says, “It’s chilly, hence time for a nice fire in our fireplace in the lounge where our guests gather in the evenings for drinks. And after dinner our big fireplace is lit and everyone gathers around the blazing fire to enjoy a nightcap.”
But privacy is available, too, and Stanley Safari Lodge has 10 beautifully appointed rooms, four of which are suites where moon-struck lovers can seclude themselves. Each suite has a private plunge pool with deck or terrace, a lounge area, a bedroom and a bathroom with bath and separate shower. The Honeymoon Suite and Family Suite are open suites, so guests can absorb the sights and sounds of the African bush fully. The Livingstone Suite and Stanley Suite are closed suites featuring colonial interiors that evoke the elegant era of Stanley and Livingstone.
For those who find their thrills out of doors, there is a host of activities available too, from canoe safaris to elephant rides to river rafting, bungee jumping and more.