Honeymoon in Tanzania
From the vast savannah of the Serengeti teeming with wildlife to the azure waters of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean, a honeymoon in Tanzania is the ultimate honeymoon safari and beach combination…
Hear the lion’s roar, watch elephants roam, marvel at the flamboyance of flamingos, and witness the great migration of wildebeest. A safari honeymoon in Tanzania is one of the earth’s ultimate wildlife experiences.
Tanzania is East Africa’s largest country and home to the famous Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara where you’ll find some of the world’s most impressive animal and bird populations. On a safari, along with the Big 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard, buffalo), you might see giraffe and cheetah.
If your honeymoon coincides with the great wildebeest migration, you are in for a treat as two million wildebeest, gazelles and zebra move through the savannah. When the herd is on the move, this spectacle of nature is a true Tanzania highlight and not to be missed.
You can get a little more off the beaten track in southern Tanzania in Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Reserve), Tarangire National Park and Ruaha National Park. In Udzungwa Mountain Range, you can hike to the Sanje Waterfalls. Explore Saadani National Park where a safari experience meets the Indian Ocean with wild beaches and palm trees and elephants roaming. And don’t forget about the chimpanzees — who can be found in Mahale Mountains National Park. Ascend Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, with its snow-capped peaks and one of the most challenging physical activities on the planet.
Most couples will fly to either Dar Es Salaam or Arusha airport and go onwards to start a tour of the national parks and reserves. From basic safari camping tours to ultra-luxury safari lodges and tented camps, there is a safari tour to suit everyone.
If you’re short on time, consider a ‘fly-in safari’ where you take a short flight to a luxury lodge/game reserve and take game drives from there. You could also get off the beaten track in different parks and travel in a landrover that turns into a hotel suite for a couple of nights. The incredible biodiversity will blow you away.
We may know Tanzania for its extraordinary wildlife, but the Indian Ocean island paradise, Unguja also awaits. More commonly known as Zanzibar Island aka Spice Island, this Indian Ocean island is part of the Zanzibar Archipelago and is a must visit if you’re planning a honeymoon in Tanzania. There are many flights going from Mwanza, Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar.
Famous for the powdery white sand beaches and crystal clear cerulean water, it’s perfect for a beach honeymoon add-on. The tiny ancient trading port capital (and UNESCO World Heritage Site), Stone Town, is a fascinating delight for intrepid honeymoon explorers. Explore the age-old architecture and bazaars. Buy some spices to take home.
Many couples stay close to luxury resorts in the north around Nungwi, which is home to one of Zanzibar’s best beaches and probably the most lively area to stay close to. Zanzibar is dotted with fishing villages and a laid-back way of life. You could also choose Pemba Island or Mafia Island for something a little more off the beaten track. Book into a luxury hotel with an all-inclusive honeymoon package and kick back and enjoy some cocktails in this heavenly Indian Ocean paradises.
You can easily combine Tanzania with Kenya for an epic safari honeymoon. The Serengeti (Tanzania) and Masai Mara (Kenya) are part of the one eco-system. Find out more about the difference between Tanzania and Kenya. You could go gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda. Dar es Salaam also has direct flights to Johannesburg where you can add on Southern Africa highlights like Cape Town or Victoria Falls if you have time.
Many safari flights from Tanzania go to Kenya’s Nairobi airport, which is well connected if you want a magical beach options for a multi-destination honeymoon. Consider a beautiful tropical beach add on in Mauritius or an island hopping honeymoon add on in heavenly Seychelles. You could add city stopover in Dubai or Istanbul.
Tanzania is one of the planet’s most memorable honeymoon destinations.
Best time to visit Tanzania
The best time to honeymoon in Tanzania is from late June to October during the dry season, when game viewing is at its best. From January to February there are short rains but it is also the calving season which is a fantastic time to visit with fewer crowds. We do not recommend April to May because of heavy rains which means wildlife is less visible.
Honeymoon in Tanzania FAQs
Is Tanzania good for a honeymoon?
Yes! A honeymoon in Tanzania is perfect for wildlife lovers seeking the ultimate safari honeymoon experience and want beautiful beaches, too.
How long do you need for a honeymoon in Tanzania?
We recommend at least 10 nights for a honeymoon in Tanzania, at least 3-4nights for a safari, and 6-7 nights for Zanzibar. However, the ideal duration of a honeymoon in Tanzania can vary depending on personal preferences and budget. Longer will allow you more time to explore multiple national parks and allow for activities and relaxing.
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