Honeymoon Tanzania

We’re not sure there are many more perfect honeymoon destinations than Tanzania. Incredible safari opportunities and swathes of beautiful beach make this the ideal ‘bush and beach’ destination, but for anyone wanting to deviate from what is, to be frank, a pretty nailed on amazing honeymoon combo, there’s plenty more besides.

Let's start with what the country does oh so very well. First, there's the wildlife, which rivals that in northerly neighbour Kenya. The Serengeti is the obvious spot in which to see the action, and home to millions of wildebeest and other plains game and the carnivores that are in constant close attendance.

Add in some of the finest safari lodges in Africa and this is a tough act to follow, but Tanzania can also boast the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest ancient volcanic caldera in the world and basically an open air zoo.

Further south the Selous and Ruaha National Parks are fast challenging the Serengeti's pre-eminence, offering nearly the same volume and quality of game but with just a fraction of the visitors. The lodges and camps here are again some of the best in the business.

When you're safari satiated there's nothing nicer than a stint on the picture perfect white sand beaches of the Tanzanian coast and islands. Take you pick from some of the Indian Oceans best beach lodges, including the likes of private island paradise Mnemba, or another of our favourites, Fundu Lagoon.

Zanzibar and the Spice Islands also have an appealing cultural angle and excellent diving and fishing potential for when (if) lolling about on the beach is just too much like hard work.

And if you want a little more adventure still, way out west on the shores of Lake Tanganyika is the seriously romantic Greystoke Mahale lodge from where guests can explore the Mahale mountains and watch habituated chimpanzees going about their daily lives.

More adventurous still, and probably not for anyone wanting to fly and flop after all that wedmin, is the chance to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Granted, this might not feel like the most obvious choice of honeymoon pastime, but we are seeing an increase in clients wanting to achieve something more than a tan on their honeymoons. Each to their own and all that.

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Original Thinking

There are very obvious reasons why a Tanzania honeymoon is such a perfect choice, and one not so obvious one – September honeymooners please note: September is a notoriously difficult month for honeymoons (most potential destinations are either going in or out of season) but Tanzania is completely perfect.

Eleanor, Original Traveller

Where to go

Lion cub in Tanzania

Tanzania

Three times the size of France, Tanzania is blessed with a remarkable concentration and diversity of wildlife and ecosystems and on the vast stage of the Serengeti's short grass plains, the greatest animal migration on earth plays out each year.

Where to stay

Mnemba Island Lodge

Mnemba Island Lodge

Mnemba is an idyllic, untouched tropical atoll, located just off the north-east coast of Zanzibar.

Dinner on the sandriver at Jongomero, luxury hotel in Tanzania

Jongomero

Superbly positioned right in the heart of the Ruaha National Park, Jongomero Camp lies on the banks of the seasonal sand river which bears the same name.

Outside bath at Singita Faru Faru Lodge, luxury lodge in Tanzania

Singita Faru Faru Lodge

Faru Faru is an intimate safari camp of just six luxurious suites, overlooking the Grumeti River. The lodge is located in the Singita Grumeti Reserves – a 350,000-acre concession that borders the Serengeti National Park.

Greystoke beach and lodge

Greystoke Mahale

Situated on a remote beach on the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, Greystoke Mahale is an exclusive sanctuary at the edge of a huge area of tropical forest.

Exterior at Ras Kutani, luxury hotel in Tanzania

Ras Kutani

Doing or just done the bush? Well here's an idyllic beach accompaniment, just 15 minutes south of Dar es Salaam.

Matemwe Lodge and Retreat, luxury hotel in Africa

Matemwe Lodge and Retreat

Comprised of Matemwe Lodge, Matemwe Retreat and the Matemwe Beach House, this property on Zanzibar’s northeast coast suits everyone from families to couples and honeymooners.

The detailed knowledge of the team, attention to detail and personalised service is second to none and goes way beyond my expectations. Considerable effort is put into understanding my requirements, creating bespoke itineraries, ensuring the trip runs smoothly and also seeking feedback upon return. I always feel that the team care about ensuring we have the best possible trip with no glitches and for a competitive price.

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