The magazine, first published in 1867, says: “of all the most socially acceptable reasons to take a whole bunch of time off from work, a honeymoon may just be your splurgiest, most over-the-top trip.
“We’ve combed the planet for the best romantic holidays across every climate, season, and category—from short-hop mini-moons to far-flung forays into the exotic.”
Top of the list is Australia’s Top End, followed by Morocco, Paros in Greece and Sumba in Indonesia.
On Zimbabwe, the magazine writes:
“Zimbabwe is in a renaissance period, and there’s a lot of new innovation,” explains Wil Smith, of Deeper Africa.
“In neighboring nations, safari companies have raced to the top, trying to outdo each other with their luxury glamping efforts. And although tourism can be a force for good—both for conversation and the community—the need for air conditioning, hot showers and refrigeration could consume an embarrassing amount of petroleum-based fuel. But in Zimbabwe, the new eco-luxury model is aimed at striking a balance between impact and experiences,” Smith continues, citing Ingwe Pan Camp as a prime example of measured luxury.
“It’s built near a watering area that attracts wildlife to the camp, so less fuel is consumed on game drives. Electricity is provided by solar panels which is sufficient to power low-energy lights and appliances, and the entire camp is designed to be dismantled so that the land can return to its natural state in less than two years.”
Teresa Sullivan of Mango Safaris endorses Zimbabwe as a destination that’s “more about adventure than top luxury, which is so refreshing in today’s safari camp scene.”
Hwange Bush Camp, and Sapi Explorers Camp are her favorites.
Finish your trip at the decidedly swank Chikwenya (https://wilderness-safaris.com/our-camps/camps/chikwenya) or at one of African Bush Camps’ outposts, which have helped breathe new life into the Mana Pools National Park—an area, despite its mandate, that relies on private funding to buoy its conservation efforts.
United States business news agency, Bloomberg recently named Zimbabwe as one of the 24 must-visit destinations for 2020.
International celebrities such as Michal Douglas and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, as well as Trai and Grace Byers, visited the country this Christmas boosting the country’s image as an attractive tourist destination.