With the engagement between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle confirmed, so arrive the rumors about exactly what the most-talked-about wedding of 2018 will entail. But what comes after the nuptials? The royal honeymoon of course.
The spotlight is on Botswana, given the prince’s enduring love of Africa and it was, after all, where the couple spent time together early in their relationship (shortly after they met, he invited her on holiday there, for five nights camping under the stars and cruising down the Okavango Delta in the north of the country) and the source of the centre diamond in Markle’s ring.
It is a magical sight, flying from Maun over the extraordinary vista of the Okavango Delta – a vast and rich wildlife habitat and one of the most remote, and beautiful places on earth. The sense of privacy it offers makes this an even more desirable location for two people at the center of the world’s press attention and makes it an ideal honeymoon location. Here we explore some three of the luxury Wilderness Safari camps in the region.
King’s Pool Camp
King’s Pool is the flagship Wilderness camp situated in the Linyati Reserve with views stretching over to Namibia, in an area with Africa’s highest density of elephants. The thatched, modern, and comfortable rooms are on raised structures surrounded by the lagoon and perfect for viewing the elephants and grunting hippos from the comfort of a daybed. You easily adapt to the 5.30am wake-up call followed by a quick breakfast, before heading out into the vast expanse of the African bush. The guides will anticipate and narrate the predators, the birdlife, and smaller wildlife. After a long, dusty day in the vehicles, the exceptional staff is there to greet you with a cocktail in hand, part of what makes the Wilderness experience so special, the warm and attentive staff who treat you as if you are in a family home.
Vumbura Plains Camp
Situated in the private Vumbura concession in the north of the Okavango, Vumbura Plains have two North and South camps of seven rooms each, simply decorated with huge walk-in showers. Exceptional game viewing is available from the water or from the vehicles all year round. Experience the tranquility of the Okavango being gently poled through the reads from a mokoro, (a dug-out canoe), seeing every lilypad, insect, and frog in close-up. Back in camp, enjoy the plunge pools on the wooden decked balconies of each room. Don’t miss out on the spectacular night drives, searching for nocturnal creatures, and navigating the deep water on the floodplains. But it’s nothing that the vehicles can’t contend with, and you’ll be back to camp in time for a late candlelit dinner.