Romantic wedding on the Lady Betty Zambia


Cruiseboat Lady Betty Kafue River

Wedding boat Lady Betty


A romantic wedding on the cruisboat the Lady Betty is a new destination in Zambia for couples who want a wedding with splendour and wildlife on the mighty Kafue River.  That was the dream of American scholar Lori Lowman, and it came true last Saturday when she walked down the watery aisle of the Kafue River Cliff (KRC), hand in hand with a man of her dream Danny Imasiku.

The US$10 million Four Star hotel at the gorgeous waterfront is still under construction but the amazing scenery at the frontier got a rare facelift last Saturday with a colourful Lozi traditional wedding reception sailing over the chilly Kafue waters.

Yes, even the hippos had something to entertain them as speed boats splashed around while hungry crocodiles salivated in agony over a hundred people who boarded Lady Betty cruise boat at the Madison Investment managed marina for the wedding.

Dancing to Cheleta, a heavily adored Namibian track that has been toping music charts locally, the bridal party mesmerized onlookers and Lori’s American family with the traditional shoulder twirling groove.
The dancers, four men and four girls were clad in well crafted Siziba and Musisi outfits leaving the concept of the wedding planner to no assumption.

After a showdown of dance routines, the newlyweds emerged from the somewhere in the curved mountains, also clad in traditional gear and literary walked down the watery aisle in a simple salsa routine to boarded the cruise boat as the elders ululated in awe.
Before the sun withdrew its final dusk rays on that clear-sky Saturday noon, Lady Betty voyaged.

Ulululululu! Wiyu wiyu wiyu! Utamile musebezi mwanaka (you have done us proud sonny) the women shouted in jubilations as the barman and waiters introduced the drinks and buffet menus.

After about two hours of nothing but, dancing, drinking and eating, Lady Betty docked with over hundred tired houseguests full of memories.
In an interview, Danny said his wife fell in love the first time she visited Kafue River Cliff.

“This was the place we first met two years ago and she proposed that we should have our wedding here. I also told her the history behind the cruise boat which is named after former fisrt lady mama Betty Kaunda and she loved that too,” he said.

Danny said it was also a memorable achievement to have a traditional wedding reception on the Kafue River.

“Despite being very far, we thought we needed to do something unique and we made it. We had fun. This was a typical traditional wedding and the reception on the cruise boat was so amazing,” Danny said.

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