Our 13-day Tanzania Honeymoon Safari offers you and your spouse the thrill of a bush safari with the relaxation of a beach vacation. You will experience the Serengeti in two wildlife-rich areas of this massive national park, then travel over to the island of Zanzibar where you sit back and soak up the sun. All internal transfers are arranged and we've done everything possible to ensure this is a memorable honeymoon for both of you.
On arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport you and your spouse will be met and transferred to Onsea House in Arusha where you will stay for one night.
After an early breakfast, we will fly to drive to the Serengeti, depending on where the wildebeest herd is. After entering the park, we will game drive our way to our camp, arriving in time for lunch.
Our mobile camp follows the herd year round, and in any given month, you could be expereincing any one of the aspects of the Migration. These include the calving season in Late February to March, when 750,000 female wildebeest drop their calves, with attendant predator activity; July to October is when the herd is in the northern Serengeti, and when some of the famous river crossings happen, and the rest of the year is when the herd is in transition as part of their ancient annual cycle.
After a morning activity we board an internal flight or drive to the northern section of the Serengeti National Park. We land at Kogatende in time for lunch at the next accommodation, the beautiful and remote Lamai Serengeti.
An incredible concentration of predators lie in this section of the Serengeti. From July to the end of October the migrating herds are resident here with animals crossing the Mara River almost daily. However, a visit to the northern Serengeti at any time of year will yield sightings of all forms of game.
The guides at Lamai are second to none and will really make the experience personal for you and your spouse.
Game found in this area include but are not limited to zebra, topi, gazelle, impala, buffalo and giraffe, all frequenting the area throughout the year. Lion are rarely far away and leopard, ever present, but always elusive, stalk the rocky kopjes and river lines.
At Lamai, you can take game drives and walks, or relax together overlooking the Serengeti from your room or the swimming pool.
If you would like even more quality time with your spouse, private vehicles and guides are available at an extra cost and must be pre-booked.
You’ve plenty of time to relax at Lamai and you don’t need to rush into game drives every day – pace your time together with short guided walks. Take a picnic into the bush to make the most of the stretches of time here.
We depart Lamai Serengeti with picnic in hand and transfer back to Kogatende Airstrip to board our flight to Zanzibar for the next six days of this indulgent honeymoon.
With an incredible four full days staying at Essque Zalu you can take the pace down a notch while on the romantic island of Zanzibar.
Spend another day relaxing after the thrills of the safari and many game drives of the last week. Drink in hand, you can spend the day by the pool looking out over the Indian Ocean.
Enjoy another day simply relaxing at Essque Zalu or venture out on a spice tour, or to Prison Island where you can snorkel with giant turtles. Make the day what you wish and what will bring you the happiest of memories.
All activities are available at an extra cost.
This is your final day at Essque Zalu and you may wish to just sit back and recover from the exploits of yesterday by relaxing at the spa retreat before travelling again tomorrow.
Please note that all spa treatments incur an extra charge.
On day 12 we move from the peak of Zanzibar to central Stone Town an hour south, to stay for one night at boutique hotel Zanzibar Palace so that you are ready to fly back to the mainland tomorrow. You have the opportunity to explore Stone Town together on this final full day of the holiday.
Today we fly from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam where we will transfer you to the international terminal ready for your onward flights.
Onsea House Country Inn and Guest Cottage is a true oasis only 30 minutes from Kilimanjaro Airport and just a few minutes from the heart of Arusha.
This boutique hotel situated on Namasi Hill will leave you feeling relaxed and at home. Onsea is owned and managed by delightful Belgian couple Dirk and Inneke. Fine french brasserie style dining awaits you from Michelin trained chef Axel Janssens. At Onsea you really are spoilt for choice; laze by the pool in the African sun, enjoy the lawn bar and banda, or unwind in the hippo pool jacuzzi. Relaxing massages and aromatherapy can be arranged for an additional cost.
The manicured palm garden provides unparalleled views across the Maasai steppe, the Monduli Mountains and the unrivalled spectacle of Mount Meru. If you are staying for a longer period of time you can indulge in the many activities that Onsea has to offer, including hiking, bird watching, ballooning, mountain biking, canoeing and horse riding.
Lamai is a small permanent lodge situated in the remote far northern sector of the Serengeti National Park.
Lamai Serengeti nestles discretely amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, just a few miles from where the annual migration of two million wildebeest cross the Mara River. Whether it is the migratory herds you are after, or the Big 5, Lamai puts you in the heart of some great wildlife viewing country.
Each room has been designed to fit into the rocky hillside in an organic way – so much so that the casual eye would have a hard time making out the lodge at all. The rooms make the most of the amazing views, sense of space and ambient light with a stylish blend of canvas, plaster and natural wood. The lodge is actually two distinct properties – the main lodge has eight rooms in all, and a separate, smaller, private camp has just four rooms – great for intimate group safaris and family holidays.
It’s easy to relax and unwind at the decadent Essque Zalu Zanzibar where nothing is too much trouble for any guest.
Alongside sandy white beaches, an idyllic lagoon and luscious tropical gardens, 40 suites and nine ocean view villas make up Essque Zalu’s accommodation. With neutral colour schemes and bold touches of African art, the resort is a beautiful reflection of Zanzibar island life. Suites are incredibly spacious and all have their own individual charm and unique appeal making them ideal for families of up to four. Each one boasts a master bedroom, lounge and outside terrace or balcony.
The choice of activities available* while staying at Essque Zalu are endless. If culture and history are your thing, why not wander into Stone Town UNESCO World Heritage Site or board a wooden dhow and set sail for the historic Prison Island where you can snorkel with giant turtles. If water sports are more appealing you can try scuba diving, jet-skiing or parasailing close to the resort. If land-based adventure appeals then there are a number of different hiking routes to explore in the nearby mountains.
*All activities are available at an extra cost.
This award winning boutique hotel is a unique oasis located in the heart of Stone Town.
Zanzibar Palace is set in a tall thin building which wraps itself around a central atrium, with just three rooms on each of its three floors. Arabian, Indian and English decor fuse together with carefully selected local antique furniture to create something really special. The hotel also has a luxury spa, including treatments such as a body scrub, facial and pedicure. This is a lovely little hidden gem of a hideaway, perfect for couples and families alike.
Stone Town, also known as Mji Mkongwe, is located on the western coast of Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago. It is the only functioning historical town in East Africa. You can explore the cobbled alleyways flanked by architecture influenced by a multitude of cultures, take in the buzz of the market places, visit the Cultural Centre or take a spice tour. Alternatively, simply relax and sunbathe on one of the magnificent beaches.
The Serengeti Safari Camp is semi-nomadic – it won’t move whilst you’re there – but its actually on a wide orbit shadowing the migration; so you, your Tanzanian driver-guide and private 4WD vehicle are as close to a million wildebeest as possible.
While you can head off from dawn till dusk on your own adventures, the small wandering camp is sociable because its shared – with guests staying in classic bush style safari tents. Each tent is comfortably furnished – with everything an adventurer could wish for. The bathrooms are en-suite with traditional safari style bucket showers, new eco-flush toilets and hot and cold water available on demand. All you have to do is arrive in camp at the end of every dramatic day – dusty but happy – to hot showers, ice filled gin & tonics, a roaring campfire. The days end with dinner in the candlelit canvas mess tent for safari bonhomie under the stars.
The Camp travels through the Serengeti National Park where the densities of animals and predators are high. The camp will have been positioned before arrival in likely proximity to the predicted path of the annual migration, from the majesty of the wildebeest calving season on the southern plains, to the drama and excitement of the great river crossings 800km further north. The beauty of a mobile camp like this one is that you will get a front row seat to the action, whatever the time of year. Furthermore, each couple, or group of guests has total flexibility to plan daily activities according to their own interests with a private guide and vehicle as standard.