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Tanzania and Zanzibar Honeymoon

Tanzania is unquestionably one of the very best destinations for an African Honeymoon.  It has it all for a safari and beach honeymoon - fantastic Indian Ocean havens a short flight away from amazing parks with plenty of big five and predator action. We understand that your Tanzania honeymoon needs to be a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience and absolutely perfect. With our in-depth knowledge of the country and many decades of travel planning experience, we can ensure that it will be. 
Scroll down for recommendations on the best Tanzania honeymoon safari lodges and parks, as well as the best time to visit, the cost of a Tanzania safari and frequently asked questions. Or, simply call us for a chat with one of our Tanzania experts. 

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HONEYMOONS IN TANZANIA - WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO & WHERE TO STAY

Recommended Honeymoon Destinations:


  • Zanzibar – Boutique hotels, beautiful beaches & the best Indian Ocean activities for sun lounging honeymooners to adrenaline junkies alike. 
  • Ruaha National Park – An off the beaten track safari, intimate and beautiful lodges, super prides of lions, open sided vehicles, fly camping and walking safaris. 
  • Serengeti The Great Wildebeest Migration, candle lit tented camps or luxurious lodges and the big 5, suiting every Tanzania honeymoon need.  
  • Selous Game Reserve – Beautiful luxury lodges in a watery paradise offering sunset boat safaris, walking safaris, fly-camping & open sided vehicles. 
  • Mahale Mountains – An adventurous honeymoon with luxurious lodges, chimpanzee trekking and the magic of your very own slice of wilderness. 

    Recommended Lodges for a Tanzania Honeymoon Safari:

  • Faru Faru – Luxury safari lodge in the Serengeti; one of the best in Africa
  • Nomad Lamai – Another bare-foot luxury permanent Serengeti safari lodge
  • Sand Rivers – The best safari lodge in the Selous Game Reserve
  • Ikuka – Barefoot luxury in Ruaha National Park and with sweeping views of the bush below. 
  • Greystoke Mahale – One of the most romantic lodges in the world in untouched wilderness

    Tanzania Honeymoon Itineraries:


    The most important decision to make when planning your Tanzania honeymoon is between the North of Tanzania and the South (or both). Northern Tanzania is rightly renowned as one of the world’s top safari destinations: the iconic Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater offer outstanding game viewing year-round, perfect for those who have never been on safari and experienced safari enthusiasts alike.
     
    The downside of the north is that it is understandably popular, and so all but the most exclusive locations are pretty busy, and prices are also a bit higher. Activities are strictly regulated here, so the majority of lodges only offer standard game drives (no walking, boating or night drives). It is also a little further from the beach, and takes a little longer to cover the circuit properly.

    This is where Southern Tanzania comes in.  The gems of the South are Selous Game Reserve (the largest game reserve in Africa) and Ruaha National Park, which have remained unspoilt by mass tourism and as a result offer a more authentic and intimate safari experience. The South offers fantastic game viewing, and is in season from early July until the end of October.  The rules here are more relaxed, allowing boating, walking and fly camping in the bush. Accommodation is better value (more luxury for your money), and the parks are closer both to each other and the beach, meaning less travelling time. 

    Zanzibar is a fantastic option for a beach break. There are a number of superb beach options, with prices varying hugely. Zanzibar has so much to offer, we’ve given it a whole page to itself - see Zanzibar Honeymoons. There are also other surrounding islands that cater for big diving fans (Mafia and Pemba) and a few private islands, see Mnemba and Fanjove, for the ultimate exclusive experience. 

    If you want to combine your Tanzania honeymoon with another country, Rwanda and Uganda both offer opportunities for gorilla trekking (direct flights between Rwanda and the Serengeti). Mozambique and the Seychelles offer some of the best beaches in the world - although logistics can be tricky, and they are certainly not cheap. 
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    TANZANIA HONEYMOONS - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Why Tanzania is the best honeymoon destination


  • Tanzania offers some of the best game viewing, along with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Here you can seamlessly combine an authentic, wild safari with a deserted Indian Ocean beach holiday...  A perfect blend of adventure and relaxation, and a fantastic start to married life in our opinion.
  • Budget: Tanzania has some seriously good lodges at great prices for an Africa honeymoon; however for those who want to splash out for the last word in luxury, there are also some astronomically expensive lodges for a world class Tanzania honeymoon...
  • Tanzania is the best place to see the Great Migration, when 1.5m wildebeest move en masse, in search of green pastures following the rains. To witness it together as newly-weds is a truly unforgettable experience.
  • Tanzania is well-developed in terms of infrastructure and the guest experience. Why not add in a hot air balloon trip, a night fly camping in the bush or an alfresco dinner in the middle of the Serengeti?

    How much does a Tanzania Honeymoon cost?


    Tanzania offers a real range of accommodation options with safari prices starting from around $350 per person per night going right up to $1,700 pppn at the top end. While on safari, the rate generally includes all your game viewing activities, meals and drinks. For beach time, the prices are generally cheaper, starting at around $120 per person per night, but also go up to the exclusive island prices which can be $1700 per person per night. 

    We can also arrange the internal flights between safari and beach, which as a guide cost around $250 per flight per person.

    A budget 10-night safari and beach Tanzania honeymoon would cost around $2,900 per person; a mid-range 13-night safari and beach honeymoon would cost around $6,800 pp, and for those who like the finer things in life, a high-end 11-night safari and beach trip would cost around $9,500 pp.  An uber-luxurious 10-day safari and beach trip would cost from $15,000 per person upwards. 


    How to go on a Tanzania Safari and Beach Honeymoon? 


    Tanzania is blessed with miles of beautiful wild coastline as well as a number of pristine Indian Ocean Islands. From any safari location in Tanzania you can reach the beach within one day - a real advantage over other African destinations where you have to cross borders, overnight in city hotels, and generally waste money and time.  Further afield, a safari in Tanzania can also be combined with the Seychelles or Mauritius, but you will have to factor in extra travel time and possibly a night in Johannesburg. We would always recommend sticking to the beaches off the mainland for your Tanzania honeymoon, so you can make the most of your precious honeymoon time. Also, this means you can spend the money you put aside for flights instead on more premium accommodation options. 


    When to go on a Tanzania Safari and Beach Honeymoon


    Tanzania is located in the tropics so you can expect temperatures of 25 degrees C + throughout the year. It is possible to visit all year round, but we wouldn’t recommend Tanzania's beaches in April and May as this is when East Africa gets its heavy rains. Each time of year has pros and cons for each location, so the best option is to contact us and chat with one of our Tanzania experts. Alternatively, click here for more information. 

    How to ensure your honeymoon is special with Tanzania Odyssey

  • The South of Tanzania offers smaller boutique lodges and camps which are often owner-run. This gives a more personal and intimate safari experience, which we feel is a vital element of a Tanzania honeymoon. 
  • Don’t head off on safari straight after your wedding - you will be shattered! Ask us about a beach-safari-beach combination which works really well for a varied and relaxing honeymoon. 
  • It is always tempting to save a few pennies on your international flights but make sure you arrive at a decent hour - there is nothing worse than starting your honeymoon at 3am in an empty airport!
  • Don’t try and do too much. Safari is probably the best honeymoon you can do... but it can be quite full on! It is much better to have a shorter (3 night) safari somewhere really luxurious, rather than a longer safari of dubious quality.
  • After 20 years of working in Tanzania we have access to some fabulous deals - ask us about our 50%-off-for-the-bride special offer as well as other fantastic Tanzania honeymoon deals. Booking through us will ensure you get treated like royalty on your special trip due to our long established relationships with Tanzania’s best lodges.
     

    Luxury vs Adventure for your Tanzania Honeymoon? 


    Tanzania has plenty of options for all types of traveller, and your trip can be as luxurious or hard-core rustic and adventurous as you like. Adrenaline-seeking adventurers can summit Africa’s tallest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, or perhaps sleep out under the stars on a dry river bed in Ruaha National Park as part of a 7-night walking safari. For the hedonists and sybarites, Tanzania has some of the finest lodges in Africa in some of the most remote and truly wild locations. Ask us about the exclusive Grumeti Reserve attached to the Serengeti, and which can be combined with Mnemba Island for the ultimate exclusive honeymoon fit for a movie star.

    Tanzania Honeymoon Vs Kenya Honeymoon


    Tanzania and Kenya are both great for honeymoons as they offer a range of different safari areas, styles of accommodation and activities. We tend to lean towards Tanzania for honeymoons as the distances, especially in Southern Tanzania, are much shorter which really helps to keep travel time and costs down. In addition, the best beaches on the Kenyan Coast  are often very busy - whereas the Tanzania coast and its network of islands offer a much wider range of accommodation options as well as some quieter spots. Tanzania really offers everything that honeymooners could want, whether you are an adventurous, adrenaline-seeking, snorkelling, diving, climbing dynamic duo, or more of a chill-by-the-pool-with-a-G&T kind of couple!

    Tanzania Honeymoon further details:


    If you are looking to further your research, take a peek at our blog featuring more information on our favourite Tanzania honeymoon destinations. Between us here in our office we have visited almost every lodge or hotel in Tanzania & Zanzibar that is worth talking about - so the best way to book a Tanzania honeymoon is to get in touch and have a chat with us. Email us on [email protected] or call through on 1866 356 4691 in the US or the UK on 020 8704 1216
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