Bill suggested Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Since returning from his first trip to Africa he had felt it would be a magical, romantic place to be married. I agreed and through an angel of a travel agent we arranged for a ceremony at the Safari Lodge in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Africa.
On June 17th at three pm, we stood in the open veranda on the third floor of the lodge and repeated our vows before a magistrate and two local witnesses. Behind us was a watering hole teaming with Elephant, Kudu, Cape buffalo, Zebra and Wart hogs. Beyond that was the African bush, broken only by the gleaming waters of the Zambezi River. I felt like pinching myself, but then, if I was dreaming, I didn’t really want to wake up.
That night we sat out on the lodge's veranda and ate dinner by candlelight. A troupe of four young men serenaded our table with African love songs, finishing their performance with The Lion Sleeps Tonight. The setting sun turned the sky vivid gold and red. Lions roared somewhere out in the deepening shadows.
Bill took my hand, gently kissed it, and whispered. "I love you."
My world was perfect - beyond anything I imagined.
The next day we flew to Hoedspruit, South Africa, the gateway to Krueger National Park. We spent our honeymoon on photo safari at the Edeni Game Reserve and for five days we observed wildlife: Lions, Elephants, Buffalo, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena and South African Wild dogs to name just a few. Then it was back to Johannesburg and home. Before the plane left the tarmac I was already wishing I could come back.
|My husband, Bill, just before the wedding|
|Me, just before the wedding|
|Third Floor of the Safari Lodge|
|Table decor of African Protea and greens|
|After our vows, standing with the Magistrate|
|Lion photographed in Edeni Game Reserve, South Africa|
|The Trail down to Victoria Falls|
|Dining Hut at Camp by Limpopo River in Zimbabwe|
|Baobab Tree in Zimbabwe|
|Wild Elephants along the Zambezi River|
|Victoria Falls from Above|
|Giraffe in Edeni Game Reserve, South Africa|
|Sunrise in Edeni, South Africa|
|South African Wild Dogs, South Africa|
|Inyala Buck in South Africa|
|Young Cape Buffalo in South Africa|
|Aloe Trees at The Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe|
|Dancers at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe|
|More Dancers at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe|
|Our Chalet at the second camp|
|Top of Great Zimbabwe|
|Leopard in Edeni Game Reserve|
|Sunset in Zimbabwe|