Written by Julie Graham
Though there may be a myriad of honeymoon destinations across the globe, Tanzania sets the stage for an intimate safari experience par excellence. A postnuptial getaway sets the tone for your new life and future as a couple. It is a unique opportunity to escape together and create indelible memories of romance, and adventure that can ignite sparks each time they’re revisited. Nowhere on the planet epitomizes romance, freedom and adventure quite like the vast savannah plains, expansive lakes, and iconic wildlife of Tanzania. It is the dream destination of newlyweds who seek to celebrate a once-in-a-lifetime luxury safari honeymoon in the heart of a region infinitely gracious in its abundance of culture, magic and love.
Our LuxVenture® experts at Ker & Downey® Africa have compiled a few bucket list adventures for your Tanzania safari honeymoon that will kick-start your new life as a couple and leave lasting memories.
If privacy and exclusivity is what you’re after, the Greystoke Mahale camp, located in remote western Tanzania is an untouched wilderness paradise. Situated on the shores of the second largest lake in the world, Lake Tanganyika, with white shores resembling that of a tropical beach, the camp can only accommodate 12 people at a time and adopts a “choose your own adventure” style when it comes to its offerings.
One such offering, is exploring the clear waters of this magnificent lake on a wooden dhow – a traditional white sailed boat, iconic to these waters. There are few things as romantic as sailing on this vast lake, diving hand in hand into the azure waters at sunset, catching a glimpse of some of the planet’s wildest chimpanzees on the shore, and basking in the moonlight on the wooden deck. For a real once-in-a-lifetime experience, this is as off-the-beaten-track as you can go.
Once an enormous volcanic mountain, the three-million-year old Ngorongoro Crater is considered to be one of the most pristine wildlife havens on the planet. Completely off-the-beaten-track, deep in Maasai territory, the Nomad Entamanu camp sits right on the rim of this wilderness marvel. Intimate, elegant, and isolated, the camp’s six tents sit on raised wooden platforms overlooking the springs, soda lake, and fever and fig forests on the crater floor, which attract an abundance of colourful wildlife – from pink flamingos, and black-maned lions, to giant herds of zebra and giant tusked elephants.
Guided walks around the rim of this iconic spectacle and into the surrounding highlands are led by local Maasai tribesmen who share their knowledge on all the indigenous flora and fauna. It is an experience that will remain embedded in your soul for a lifetime.
Stay at Nomad Entamanu on our 12 day Tanzania & Zanzibar Honeymoon Safari.
What we consider to be the perfect ending or beginning to your honeymoon safari adventure, the Arusha Coffee Lodge is like visiting a bygone era, reminiscent of times-gone-by, and the ultimate in romance. If you and your beloved are coffee lovers, this homestead-style lodge, located on the sprawling rolling hills below the rugged Mount Meru and hidden within one of the country’s largest coffee plantations, is a haven for relaxation and sensory rejuvenation.
Explore the lush, green berry-laden coffee plantations for an out-of-body aromatic experience, and learn why some of the world’s best coffee comes from the hills of Tanzania. Enjoy delicious picnics and cultural visits whilst being exposed to some of the most scenic landscapes on earth. If you and your beloved are coffee lovers, you don’t want to miss this.
The Serengeti – which means ‘endless plains’ in the language of the Maasai – is one of the planet’s most renowned wilderness parks, and for good reason. It is celebrated for having high-density game viewing all year round and is, of course, the setting for the famous annual wildebeest migration – a true spectacle to behold.
Located within the Serengeti National Park in the eastern region, Lemala Nanyukie lies on a grassy savannah with sweeping views across the Serengeti plains. This luxury camp is idyllic and the perfect base for a thrilling safari experience coupled with romance, exclusivity and outstanding 5-star service.
If mindful travel and learning about sustainability is something you both care about, there is nothing more meaningful than sharing an experience that puts the environment at the forefront of its practices.
Gibb’s Farm is situated on the forested outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater and is an organic farm covering over 80 acres with a large coffee plantation, vegetable and fruit gardens that stretch over 10 acres, and expansive flower and herb gardens. Established over 120 years ago, it is also the oldest guesthouse in the north of Tanzania, and oozes a historical charm. The sense of wellbeing one feels at Gibb’s is truly second to none, and epitomises traditional East African hospitality with a top quality safari experience right on its doorstep.
Tanzania not only offers privacy and exclusivity in an extraordinary wilderness setting, it is a land rich in diverse culture, history and charm. A destination that will be the ultimate start to a life of love and adventure, together.