Tanzania & Zanzibar Honeymoon
An exceptional value honeymoon safari visiting the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park before flying out for a relaxing week on the beaches of Zanzibar.
Prices: On request
Duration: 12 nights
Availability: May – March
Destinations: Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Zanzibar
i) Private vehicle safari
ii) African Big 5 itinerary
iii) Safari activities in UNESCO World Heritage Site The Ngorongoro Crater
iv) Hot air balloon and bush champagne breakfast in the Serengeti National Park
v) Experience the famous wildebeest migration in the world renowned Serengeti National Park
vi) Relax in luxury on the unspoilt island of Zanzibar
A superb itinerary offering exceptional value and ideal for first time visitors to Africa. You will have access to your own private vehicle and driver/guide throughout your time in Tanzania. Visit the game rich areas of the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. You are guaranteed to observe a large abundance and variety of Africa’s iconic wildlife, including the world-renowned wildebeest migration if visiting between November and July. Zanzibar awaits for a week of relaxation and reflection on this Indian Ocean paradise island.
Best time to visit?
So what is the best time of year to take this trip to maximise your overall experience? Without knowing you yet this is a difficult question to answer. With so many variables to consider we need to know what is important to you before we advise on the preferable time for you.
There are many variables to consider such as the whereabouts of migratory animals, the effect the density of the vegetation and height of the grass has on wildlife viewing, special wildlife moments such as the birth of baby animals, and the effect weather patterns has on wildlife behaviour. Other factors to consider are the variation in prices at different times of the year, visitor traffic, whether you prefer a lush or relatively arid environment and of course the annual climate, including temperature and rainfall values.
For this reason we present detailed information for each destination in the locations section to help you understand what may work better for you. We will of course have an in-depth discussion with you prior to making a booking so you are completely happy with the time of year you decide to travel.
- Unlimited game drives
- Hot air balloon safari
- Masai village visit
- Olduvai Gorge visit
- Water sports
- Visit the endemic red colobus monkeys at Jozani Forest
- Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stone Town
- Domestic flight Serengeti to Zanzibar Island
- Airport transfers in Tanzania & Zanzibar
- 12 night accommodation as stated
- All meals as stated in the daily itinerary
- Private safari vehicle and guide for the duration of your safari in Tanzania
- Half board accommodation in Zanzibar
- Unlimited bottled water on safari
- All relevant taxes and surcharges
- International flight to Tanzania
- Airport transfers in home country
- Meals not stated
- Drinks unless otherwise stated
- Applicable VISAS
- Tips and gratuities
- Health innoculations and medications
- Day 1 Your Ultimate Wildlife Adventure Begins
Board your overnight international flight from your chosen airport to Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania.
- Day 2 Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area (D)
Upon arrival your personal driver and guide will be waiting to welcome you to Tanzania. Sit back, relax and enjoy the buzz of African life whizz by as you head straight for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Take in the views and stop off for some panoramic photographs of the crater as you head towards your accommodation. Your lodge is perfectly situated on the rim of the crater and provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy sundowners whilst watching the magical spectacle of the sun setting over the crater below. Enjoy a filling dinner before retiring to bed in anticipation of your first wildlife experience tomorrow morning.
- Day 3 Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area (B, L, D)
Awake early with excitement in anticipation of your first safari adventure. You will descend into the Ngorongoro Crater at first light to ensure you initially pretty much have the crater to yourselves. Due to its relatively small size, flat and open landscape, and high animal densities wildlife viewing is extremely productive. All the Big 5 occur here and it will be your best chance to observe black rhinoceros in Tanzania. Other notable wildlife include cheetah, spotted hyena, blue wildebeest, and other antelope such as Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, and topi. Take some time out to get out of the vehicle and stretch your legs before eating your packed lunch at one of the designated picnic areas. Return to the lodge in the afternoon and relax around the pool or in the bar.
- Day 4 Kiota Camp, Serengeti National Park (B, L, D)
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading off to the world famous Serengeti National Park. On the way you may be interested in taking a short detour to the paleoanthropological site of Olduvai Gorge. Known as the cradle of mankind it is the place where some of the earliest human remains on record were discovered. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area also provides great cultural interactions with Masai people in their own villages. As you enter the Serengeti there is an opportunity to walk up the kopje at Naabi Hill whilst your guide completes the administration process at the park entrance. Here you get a true appreciation for why the Masai tribe call it the Serengeti or ‘the land that runs on forever’. The abundance and variety of game steadily increases as you head further into the Serengeti. Your camp is located in the wildlife rich Seronera area. Depending on the time of year it may be surrounded by wildebeest migrating in search of fresh grass. The Seronera area is renowned for reliable leopard sightings along the riverine forests as well as high densities of lions and cheetah.
- Day 5 Kiota Camp, Serengeti National Park (B, L, D)
This morning you will rise early in preparation for your once in a lifetime hot air balloon safari. The balloon lifts off at sunrise and glides effortlessly over the plains allowing a birds-eye view of the vast expanse of the park. Look out for the migration making their way west in search of fresh pastures or hippos wallowing in the mud pools below. After your adventure in the skies you will be taken to a secluded area under a large acacia tree for a champagne breakfast in the bush. The rest of the day is at your discretion but a visit to the Serengeti Visitor Centre is highly recommended. Look out for the rock hyraxes, tree hyraxes, and dwarf mongoose as they show interest in your lunch. Relax back at camp with a book or sit around the camp fire as darkness descends on another day in the African bush.
- Day 6 Kiota Camp, Serengeti National Park (B, L, D)
Today is the last full day of your safari and as always you have full autonomy in planning your own day. The Masai kopjes are a perfect spot to observe lions and leopards as they relax or hunt on the large granite rocks. This habitat also offers you the best chance of seeing the elusive klipspringer. Head for lunch at the picnic area at the Retima Hippo Pool where you will witness huge densities of hippopotamus.
- Day 7 Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar Island (B, L, D)
Today regrettably marks the end of your time in the African bush as the promise of pristine white beaches awaits you on the island of Zanzibar. Enjoy a final game drive as you slowly make your way to the Seronera airstrip for your flight to Zanzibar. On arrival in Zanzibar a representative will be waiting to collect you and transfer you to your beach resort. This is now the time to relax after your amazing but hectic safari adventure.
- Days 8-13 Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar Island (B, D)
Your time in Zanzibar is very much your own to choose how best to spend your days. For some it will be a perfect opportunity to recuperate and reflect on the wedding and safari adventure with a cocktail by the pool. However, for others it will be another opportunity to gain more experiences from an already wonderful honeymoon. Further wildlife opportunities include visiting the endemic Zanzibar red colobus monkeys at Jozani Forest or extending your safari underwater with snorkelling or diving trips. For those interested in culture a trip to Stone Town is a must. All these activities can be arranged locally with the resort and come at an extra cost.
- Day 14 The End Of Your Ultimate Wildlife Adventure
Today is marred with sadness as your special honeymoon is coming to an end. Enjoy your final supper as breakfast is included. Appreciate your final moments enjoying the resort’s facilities before preparing to depart. Transfer by car to Zanzibar International Airport before boarding your flight to your chosen home destination.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Overview: The Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is a large, budget-friendly lodge that is perfectly located on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. This idyllic location is what draws us to recommending this particular accommodation. With panoramic views and postcard perfect sunsets over the crater it offers a unique experience. The lodge is also located very close to the descent road therefore providing guests with the advantage of being one of the first vehicles into the crater.
Accommodation: 97 large rooms with panoramic views over the crater. Inclusive of 5 interconnecting rooms that are perfect for families or friends. All rooms are equipped with 2 queen-size beds and ensuite bathrooms with flush toilets, hot running water, and powerful showers.
Facilities & Amenities: Bar and lounge, restaurant, outdoor dining, swimming pool and gift shop. The verandah and balcony are perfect places to sit with a drink and marvel at the natural wonder that is the crater.
Power and communication: Full electrical power. Free WiFi in public areas. Mobile phone network is achievable but at times unpredictable.
Activities: Vehicle safari in the Ngorongoro Crater
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Although the camp is open to wildlife to pass through the size of the lodge makes it safer than smaller camps.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Overview: Kiota Camp is a medium-specification, mid-budget, traditional tented camp. It is located in the central area of the Serengeti National Park ensuring easy access to the wildlife-rich Seronera area and Seronera airstrip. Its strategic position on a hill offers guests superb views across the vast plains. Wildlife regularly passes through the camp.
Accommodation: With only 11 tents and a maximum of 24 guests it offers you an intimate experience. The tents are extremely spacious and well-appointed. All have en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot running water, as well as authentic safari-style bucket showers.
Facilities & Amenities: In the central area of the camp you will find a lounge where you can relax with a book and a drink from the bar. The fire pit is located close by and is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the sounds of the bush as night falls.
Power & Communication: Solar-powered electricity and lighting. Electrical points for charging camera batteries etc are located in the central area and in each tent. Mobile phone network is limited. Free WiFi is included.
Activities: Vehicle safari with options of booking a special hot air balloon ride.
Children: All ages are welcome and there is a family tent. However, caution should be exercised as the open nature of the camp encourages wildlife to pass through.
Breezes Beach Club & Spa
Overview: Breezes Beach Club and Spa is a beautiful resort located close to the village of Bwejuu in the quieter south-east part of Zanzibar. the island. It is fronted by a pristine and relatively untouched beach that has previously been voted one of the top 30 beaches in the world by Conde Nast.
Accommodation: 72 bungalows of which 20 are suites, 40 are deluxe, 10 standard and 2 villas. All rooms are well appointed and have all the amenities and facilities one would expect of an accommodation of this stature.
Facilities & Amenities: Frangipani Spa. Fitness & Aerobics Centre. 4 restaurants, 3 bars, and a tea room. Swimming pool. Tennis courts.
Power & communication: Full mains electrical power. WiFi is available. Good mobile network coverage
Activities: The water club offers snorkelling, kayaking, pedal boats, sailing, kite surfing, and wind surfing. The resort is home to the only National Geographic affiliated Dive Centre in East Africa. This PADI 5 star dive centre caters for beginners through to advanced divers with 14 dive sites available for exploration. The Swahili Experience and The Zanzibar Experience (see website for details).
Children: All ages are welcome at the resort. Breezes also boasts a fitness and aerobic centre and flood lit tennis courts, as well as the Frangipani Spa to relieve sore muscles and aching joints after all the strenuous activity.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Breezes Beach Club & Spa
- Special Status: UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Location: Northern Tanzania
- Land mass: 14,750 km²
- Mammal species: 300+ (80 large mammals)
- Bird species: 500+
- Big 5 reserve: Yes
- Game drives
- Hot air balloon safari
- Night drives (limited)
- Walking safari (limited)
- Wildebeest migration
- Big 5 destination
- Prolific predator sightings
- World-leading leopard destination
- Sheer abundance and variety of animals
- World-famous hot air balloon safari
The Serengeti National Park is amongst the most well-known wildlife reserves in Africa, and indeed the world. Inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1981 it has been the subject of many BBC wildlife documentaries.
With a total area of 14,750 km² the Serengeti is a large reserve. To give perspective, its land mass is equal to that of the U.S state of Connecticut or the United Kingdom’s largest county, Yorkshire. It is located in the north of the country and is one of the northern circuit reserves alongside Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
This location within a circuit makes it an ideal inclusion for an overland safari. Road travel is the most popular method to access the park. Fly-in safari into one of the airstrips dotted around the park is also a possibility for those short on time. It is common to arrive by road but depart by air to save time and the strenuous road journey back to Arusha.
Being a national park somewhat limits the activities on offer. Game drives are the overwhelming activity of choice with balloon safari a welcome alternative. Park regulations have been relaxed in some areas of the park with some operators now able to offer night drives, walking safari, and cultural interaction.
The Serengeti National Park is renowned for its abundant and varied wildlife. It is unique in the fact the blue wildebeest is arguably the flagship species due to the famous migration. Each year 2 million individuals make the never ending journey in search of fresh pastures.
The park has solid predator numbers including 4,000 lions, 1,000 leopards, 225 cheetahs, caracal, and serval. The dogs are represented by the presence of bat-eared fox, side-striped jackal, and black-backed jackal, as well as 300 individuals of the elusive and difficult to see African wild dog. Three of the four hyena species are present. Spotted hyena are the most abundant but you may get lucky and see striped hyena and the aardwolf. Do not expect to see a brown hyena as their natural range does not extend beyond Southern Africa. Huge Nile crocodile should not be overlooked due to their spectacular performance in the wildebeest’s Mara River crossings.
Maintaining the predators are a huge number of herbivores including an estimated 900,000 Thomson’s gazelles, 300,000 zebras, 7,000 elands, 27000 topis, 18,000 hartebeests, 70,000 Cape buffalos, 4,000 giraffes, 2,700 elephants, and 500 hippopotamus.
The Serengeti is a Big 5 reserve due to the presence of black rhinoceros. However, with only 200 individuals in such an expansive area (1 rhino per 74km2) they can be difficult to see. Do not expect to see white rhinoceros as they have never been resident in Tanzania.
Best Time To Visit
The Serengeti National Park is considered a year-round destination but it does vary at different times of the year. There is no time of year that offers you the best of everything so we provide you with a balanced account throughout the year so you are able to make an informed decision.
The seasons in Serengeti National Park can be roughly divided into dry seasons and rainy seasons as follows; the short dry season (January to mid-March), long rainy season (mid-March to late May), long dry season (June- October), and short rains (November & December). The temperature is pretty consistent throughout the year. May to August are the cooler months with mornings and evenings potentially requiring a light jacket but otherwise its remains hot. Rainfall is at its highest from mid-March to late May and again in November. April is the month to seriously consider whether you should travel as rain can be torrential and persistent with roads becoming impassable.
Wildlife viewing, as with most locations, is more prolific in the dry season. The long dry season is the best time in the Serengeti and this improves as the season wears on. The dry landscape exposes wildlife and their behaviour becomes predictable as they congregate around permanent water sources.
The wildebeest migration is best observed from January to July. From January-March large herds congregate in the southern Serengeti making them extremely accessible. This is the calving season and for around 3 weeks, usually in February, the area is awash with baby animals and an abundance of opportunistic predators. The animals move into the central Serengeti in April and May and this is also a good time to observe them. They migrate towards the Western corridor from late May or June and cross the Grumeti River. July and August sees the animals migrate north and it is usually around this time that the Mara River crossings over into the Maasai Mara occur.
Unfortunately, the best time to view wildlife coincides with the highest prices of the season and the most tourist traffic. Prices and tourist numbers peak around Christmas and the New Year and from mid-June through October. April to mid-June is the best time to travel for those on a budget or those wanting a quieter and more authentic experience. The short dry season and short rainy season offers somewhat of a compromise on both accounts.
The bush is at its most lush during and soon after the rains. This time is usually the best time of year for those wanting to see a large abundance of migratory birds. As the dry season wears on the vegetation dies off and the land takes on a parched appearance.
- Special Status: Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Location: Indian Ocean – 22 kilometres off the coast of Tanzania
- Land mass: 2461 km²
- Marine species: 1000+ fish species
- Mammal species: 54
- Bird species: Approximately 240
- Cultural day trips
- Spa & relaxation
- Beach and water-based activities (windsurfing & kitesurfing)
- White pristine beaches
- A visit to historic Stone Town
- Visit the endangered red colobus monkeys at Jozani Forest
- Swimming with whale sharks
- Underwater safari
Zanzibar Island, more accurately known by its official name of Unguja, is the largest island in the Zanzibar Archipelago. The archipelago consists of more than 50 islands and islets. The island is 2461 km² and is little more than 85 kilometres at its longest point and 30 kilometres at its widest. Despite its relatively small size it is packed with interesting culture and history, world-class coral reefs, inland forests, and miles upon miles of beaches.
Located only 25 kilometres from the coast of Tanzania and with an excellent aviation infrastructure, Zanzibar is easily accessed and combined with the famous safari areas on the mainland. The one important thing to consider with Zanzibar is the sea is tidal in many parts. For some this is not a problem and the allure of a reef walk outweighs any potential negatives. However, for those that like access to swimming in the sea at any given moment it can cause frustration. This can be avoided by staying in the north of the island as the beaches of Nungwi and Kendwa are non-tidal, as is the case at Pongwe beach as it is nestled in a cove.
Relaxation and recuperation are what many people come to Zanzibar for but for those wanting to gain experiences there are endless activities to keep you busy for weeks. Visiting Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and capital of Zanzibar, is a must. Guests often combine 1 or 2 nights here prior to heading off to their chosen beach destination. Snorkelling and diving are excellent ways to extend your safari and swimming with whale sharks is one of the most exhilarating marine wildlife experiences on the planet. The endemic red colobus monkeys at Jozani Forest are a must and there’s often a great opportunity to get up close with them. Continuing on the wildlife theme is a visit to Prison Island, not actually a prison but a former leper colony, to observe Aldabra giant tortoises.
Best Time To Visit
The main factor our guests consider during the planning phase of any trip to Zanzibar is overwhelmingly the climate. The island’s weather patterns perfectly complement those of the safari destinations on the Tanzanian mainland making for an easy combination itinerary.
March to May are considered to be the months of the long rains with April followed by May being the overwhelmingly wettest months of the year. Rainfall at this time of year can be torrential and persistent. The temperatures exceed 30 degrees Celsius with high humidity.
June sees a dramatic drop in rainfall and signals the start of the dry season which runs through to October. Temperatures and humidity drop during June, July and August before rising again in September and October. It is an extremely good time to visit Zanzibar.
The rains return in November and December but are less reliable and heavy than earlier in the year. January and February see a respite in precipitation before the cycle begins in earnest again in March.
Zanzibar boasts year round exceptional conditions for diving and snorkelling with water temperatures ranging from 26 to 29 degrees Celsius and visibility reliably ranging between 12 and 40 metres.
Wildlife enthusiasts must take note of the whale shark migration season. Between October and March Zanzibar’s waters are populated by the world’s largest fish.
As with mainland Tanzania, accommodation prices correlate closely with the weather patterns. The dry season months being the hardest on your wallet, the long rainy season prices being the least expensive, and the other months offering a compromise.