We pride ourselves on the quality of our tailor-made honeymoon safaris, built from experience that we have painstakingly gained over the last 2 decades, and we do not organise "pre-packaged" trips - however to give you an idea of the possibilities please see a couple of digital itineraries
For what is almost certainly our favourite honeymoon have a look at Southern Tanzania with mainland coast
. Each lodge offers a low season rate even in high season if you book early. Great game viewing from beautiful lodges with a romantic beach to finish. A winning combination. Approx $5,300 per person
If you’re looking for the same style of trip – Selous, Ruaha, beach – but fancy a more adventurous style of camp on safari and somewhere slightly less expensive on the beach then we are big fans of Manze, Mdonya and Sunshine Hotel
. Approx $4,350 per person
and finishes with a private plunge pool.
Staying south, the big grower in recent years has been the beach-safari-beach style of honeymoon. You can relax and recharge on the beach after the stress of the wedding, have a great 3 or more nights on safari then finish with an ultra-luxurious or intimate (or both!) beach property. This is a favourite at approx $5,400 per person
- Ras Kutani, Siwandu and the Residence
A northern safari makes beach-safari-beach impractical due to distance and cost of flying. Although the north is always touted as a more expensive safari destination, a few operators have launched new lodges that are good and (relatively!) inexpensive. Try the Kirurumu Circuit and Beach
for approx $5,950 per person
The classic Northern itinerary followed by the beach, which works equally well for honeymooners and non-honeymooners alike, is to visit Oliver’s, Plantation Lodge and Alex Walker’s Serian followed by Ras Kutani
. Approx $8,600 per person
If this is a honeymoon without limits try Northern Tanzania with Zanzibar
. This is as luxurious and, frankly, as amazing as Tanzania can offer but, at approx $14,300 per person
, it should be!
If you’re a safari veteran or feel like a honeymoon that you can be certain none of your friends have done, then Western Tanzania with Zanzibar
is an expensive but unbelievably romantic and exciting honeymoon. The downsides are unavoidable, long and pricey internal flights, making the trip approx $11,000 per person
Northern Tanzania Safaris in brief
The northern parks, around the Serengeti, are justifiably world-renowned, especially if you are there to witness the enormous herds of the Great Migration or to take a balloon or riding safari across the vast grassy plains. The escarpment of the Great Rift Valley creates a dramatic volcanic landscape and some of the most fertile grazing grounds on earth; thus this is home to the largest herds on the planet, and the highest concentration of predators in the whole of Africa.
The Ngorongoro Crater is reliably rewarding for wildlife action, although it does get crowded and for this reason we recommend only a brief visit. The wider conservation area is fascinating and a very worthwhile cultural and historical experience. This is the land of the Maasai tribe, who live and farm within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in as traditional a manner as is possible for nomadic tribes in the modern world. It is also the site of Olduvai Gorge, where Professor Leakey discovered the earliest known footprints of hominoid man. This region is best combined with other northern Tanzanian parks, in a diverse itinerary.
These days all the Serengeti camps and lodges are linked with a network of bush airstrips, and almost all have their own safari vehicles and guides. Where once travellers used to drive the entire route, these days we recommend driving only around Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Manyara, where the roads are good and parks are easily accessible, then flying into the more remote regions of the Serengeti.
Northern Tanzania Safaris: Activities
Rules banning activities such as night safaris, walking etc. are most strict in the central Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Regulations are relaxed in the adjacent reserves, such as Loliondo in the East and the fabulous Singita Grumeti Reserve above the Serengeti’s Western Corridor, where night drives, walking and even horse riding safaris are possible.
Night safaris have also been recently introduced in Lake Manyara and Tarangire. However it is not possible to do boating safaris in Northern Tanzania.
Southern Tanzania Safaris in brief
Tanzania’s lesser-known southern parks are superb safari destinations in their own right, and combine well with each other to create varied and exciting wildlife itineraries.
The best regions here include the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park, and the less visited (and more expensive) western areas of Katavi and Mahale Mountains National Parks. These areas are all quite different from each other in terms of terrain and landscape, and therefore the resident game. Selous is riverine and water-based; Katavi and Ruaha are vast, dry and more remote; and Mahale Mountains is a walking park on the banks of Lake Tanganyika, an incredible place to experience a chimpanzee safari.
These parks provide superb opportunities for walking, boating and nights out fly-camping, and there are several great quality, highly recommended accommodation options.
Tanzania Safaris - a guide to safari accomodation
All the parks have range of accommodation options of all different types and styles, to suit every traveller. Some of the best camps and lodges are fabulous destinations in their own right, almost as interesting as the wildlife around them! Here is a quick rundown of the types of accommodation available, mobile and tented camps, lodges and hotels:
Mobile Fly Camp: A private, mobile camp, packed up and pitched on a fresh patch of wild park each day. Tents are usually small and fairly basic.
Semi-permanent tented lodge: A camp constructed with large, luxurious, semi-permanent tents; you will not witness their 'mobility'! The camp is prepared before the arrival of guests, and will not move during your stay. The benefit of the semi-permanent camps is that they pitch according to the seasonal position of the migrating herds, setting you right at the heart of the action. Not necessarily private to your group.
Tented Camp / Lodge: A tented camp or lodge is a permanent structure, in which accommodation is under canvas. Most 'tents' have solid wooden floors set on a concrete base, and proper bathrooms with a flush toilet and running water. The central bar and restaurant area is usually a fully solid structure.
Lodge: The term 'lodge' is generally used for a smaller, often owner-run accommodation, as distinct from a larger hotel. The lodges that we recommend tend to be beautifully appointed and run, usually have swimming pools and almost all have their own resident vehicles, trackers and guides.
Hotels: The safari hotels tend to be much larger, less personal and intimate versions of lodges. They tend not to operate their own safari vehicles (with some exceptions), so it is necessary to book a vehicle and driver/guide separately.