Tanzania & Zanzibar Luxury Honeymoon
Indulge yourselves in the honeymoon of a lifetime on this super luxurious safari and beach combination.
Prices: On request
Duration: 11 nights
Availability: Year round
Destinations: Selous Game Reserve, Zanzibar Island
i) Exceptional game viewing at the Selous Game Reserve
ii) Excellent activity diversity including game drives, boating safaris and walking safaris.
iii) Fantastic predator action including the possibility of wild dogs
iv) Superb safari guiding
v) Luxurious and exclusive accommodations
vi) Beach activities at Zawadi including paddle boarding and sea kayaking
vii) Snorkelling in the Indian Ocean
viii) PADI 5-star diving at Zanzibar
Be inspired by this premium luxury itinerary combining the wildlife-rich Selous Game Reserve with the beauty of Zanzibar Island. The accommodation has been carefully selected to offer you the ultimate in luxury and exclusivity. Well-appointed rooms, exceptional safari guiding, top-rate service and intimate properties offer the very best safari and beach combination. We have designed it with honeymooners seeking premium luxury in mind.
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 when attempting to recommend the best time to visit. Specific considerations include 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, namely temperature and rainfall values.
For this reason we present detailed information for each individual destination in the locations section to help you understand what may work best 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.
- Game drives
- Walking safaris
- Boating safaris
- Snorkelling in the lagoon
- Sea kayaking
- Spa massages
- PADI 5 star diving excursions
- Snorkelling excursions
- Domestic flights as described in the daily itinerary
- Airport transfers in Tanzania & Zanzibar
- 11 nights accommodation as stated
- All meals and drinks as stated
- All-inclusive food and drinks package at Zawadi
- Activities as described above
- All relevant taxes and surcharges
- International flight to Tanzania
- International flight departing Zanzibar
- Airport transfers in home country
- Meals and drinks not stated
- Optional activities as above
- 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 Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
- Day 2 Beho Beho Camp, Selous Game Reserve (D)
On arrival in Dar es Salaam you will be extended a warm welcome by one of our representatives who will arrange your onward flight to Selous Game Reserve. The flight is a relatively short hop of 45 minutes to the airstrip in the Selous. Here you will be greeted by one of the team from Beho Beho Camp and transferred to camp. Depending on the time of arrival you will either partake in the afternoon game activity or familiarise yourself with your surroundings before enjoying a much needed dinner.
- Day 3-5 Beho Beho Camp, Selous Game Reserve (B, L, D)
These three days are dedicated entirely to safari. The Selous Game Reserve is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Africa and arguably in the world. With a land mass the size of Switzerland and renowned for excellent predator action, including being one of the premier locations on the continent for wild dog sightings, the Selous promises to deliver memorable wildlife encounters.
The Selous is known for excellent boating safaris thanks to the Rufiji River dissecting the northern part of the reserve. You can complement this with game drives and also excellent walking safaris. Combining these 3 activities on foot, on the water and in the vehicle provide you with an all-round safari experience.
- Day 6 Zawadi, Zanzibar (All inclusive)
Today marks the end of your time in Selous Game Reserve and the safari portion of your honeymoon gives way to a much needed rest and relaxation on the beaches of Zanzibar. Enjoy an early breakfast before boarding your light aircraft flight from Selous to Zanzibar, via Dar es Salaam. The flight takes just over two hours.
On arrival in Zanzibar a representative from Zawadi will greet you and transfer you to this most luxurious beach destination. The journey will take approximately 60 minutes.
And relax…. Your arrival at Zawadi will mark the beginning of your 7 nights of recuperation on the shores of the Indian Ocean.
- Day 7-12 Zawadi, Zanzibar (All inclusive)
The days here are so much more relaxed than on safari and how you spend your time very much depends on how you feel at the time. You can go for complete rest and recuperation where reading your book is occasionally punctuated by a dip in the infinity pool or fine dining is complementing by a massage in the spa.
Those feeling a bit more energetic can continue their safari underwater by snorkelling or diving at the PADI 5 star dive centre. Kitesurfing, sea kayaking and paddleboarding are also an option for those in need of burning a bit of energy.
Culture enthusiasts would be well advised to take a day trip to Stone Town, the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Zanzibar City, to learn of the somewhat turbulent and dark history of the island.
- Day 13 End of your Ultimate Wildlife Adventure (B)
This morning is marred with sadness as your honeymoon has come to an end. However, you will undoubtedly leave with a feeling of satisfaction as your trip of a lifetime has met and likely exceeded all your expectations. The photographs you have taken and memories made will ensure this adventure lives on for many years to come.
Beho Beho Camp
Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
Overview: Beho Beho Camp was the first camp to be sited in the Selous Game Reserve. In contrast to the other well-known camps and lodges in the reserve it is not located on the Rufiji River, instead residing in the cooler highlands. This provides guests with two advantages, namely an escape from the sometimes oppressive heat and humidity of the Selous, as well as other safari visitors.
Accommodation: Eight bandas or stone built cottages. All bandas have all the expected comforts you would expect from a relatively heavily built luxury accommodation. Each is equipped with an en-suite bathroom with flushing loos and full running water.
Facilities & Amenities: Main building with bar and restaurant, swimming pool.
Power & communication: Plug sockets are fitted in the rooms to ensure charging of camera batteries and other electrical devices.
Activities: Game drives in open sided vehicles and high quality walking safaris. Boating safaris are also possible but it must be noted the river is 50 minutes away from camp. This is not such a problem as the drive to the river is taken in the form of a game drive.
Children: Those aged 12 years and older are welcome in camp but it must be noted that the camp is open to wild animals so it is important to understand the suitability of such a place for your child
Accessibility: Although the Selous Game Reserve is geographically close to Dar es Salaam external roads are in poor condition rendering the journey arduous. As a result Beho Beho, and the other properties within the reserve are usually accessed as part of a fly-in safari. The Selous Beho Beho Airstrip within the reserve links perfectly with Dar es Salaam, Ruaha, Arusha and Zanzibar.
Overview: Zawadi Hotel is located on the south-east coast of Zanzibar close to the village of Bwejuu. Although called a hotel it is little more than a luxury lodge. The property is wonderfully located atop a cliff and enjoys breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. The cliff recedes in its middle to create a pristine white sandy beach. Guests have access to the beach via a short staircase. Unusually for Zanzibar with its tidal waters there is always water for swimming even during low tide.
Accommodation: . With only 9 spacious villas (100 m²) Zawadi offers an intimate experience. Each villa is equipped with a walk-in shower, private plunge pool, free standing bathtub and double vanity sink. All villas are equipped with satellite tv, mini bar and air conditioning.
Facilities & Amenities: Public areas include an infinity swimming pool, ocean view pool bar and dining area, PADI 5 star diving centre and a massage room.
Power & communication: Full mains electricity throughout the property. Free WiFi in all the rooms. Reliable mobile phone network coverage.
Activities: Relax on the beach or partake in energetic activities. The aforementioned diving centre offers easy access diving in the lagoon just off shore or further afield. Zawadi also offers kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkelling equipment. Other facilities available at nearby sister hotels are tennis courts, kite surfing and sailing.
Children: Kids 16 years and above are welcome. Kids any age are welcome if the entire hotel is booked exclusively by one group/party.
Special Offers: Zawadi is perfect for honeymooners or those wanting high end luxury. The owners offer excellent honeymoon discounts so please do let us know if you are booking for your honeymoon.
- Special Status: UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Location: Northern Tanzania
- Land mass: 54,600 km²
- Mammal species: Unrecorded
- Bird species: 440
- Big 5 reserve: Yes
- Game drives
- Walking safaris
- Boating safaris
- Fly camping
- World-leading motorboat safari
- Exceptional camps
- A variety of guided activities
- Good wild dog populations
- The largest wildlife sanctuary in Africa with low visitor numbers
The enormous Selous Game Reserve is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. With a land mass of more than 50,000 km² it is larger than the European nation of Switzerland. It dwarfs its more illustrious contemporaries, being four times larger than the Serengeti National Park and almost 3 times larger than Kruger National Park.
It is situated in the southern part of Tanzania. Its geographical proximity to and relatively short flight duration from Dar es Salaam, and therefore the Zanzibar Archipelago ensures it is an ideal destination when designing a safari and beach combination package. It also forms the so-called southern circuit with little visited but mightily impressive Ruaha National Park.
The Selous Game Reserve, although immense in size, only offers a relatively small amount of its land to photographic safaris. The area north of the Rufiji River is known as the photographic area and is open to tourists for regular safari activities. A much larger area of the reserve south of the river remains divided up into hunting concessions. This is something we do not support or feel comfortable about.
The Selous is an excellent choice for those wanting an authentic safari without the throngs of tourists that blight some of the more famous parks across the continent. It supports large numbers of wildlife, however due to its sheer size the densities may not appear as impressive as the parks in the north of the country, namely the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. The experience here is more about diversity than abundance, although you certainly won’t be disappointed with the numbers you do manage to see. The reserve is a Big 5 destination and also has all the usual suspects present such as cheetah, giraffe, and the antelope species. The reserve’s real draw is its reputation as being one of the best places on the continent to see African wild dogs. Their densities are greater here than in many other reserves. It is recognised as arguably having the greatest diversity of any other reserve in Africa. This is likely due to its position in an ecological transition zone where the vast open plains of Northern Tanzania and Kenya meet the more woodland type habitats of Zambia. This attracts rarer species such as roan , sable, puku, lesser kudu, and greater kudu.
The presence of the Rufiji River bisecting the reserve lends itself well to water-based activities. The Selous arguably does motorboat safari better than anywhere in Africa. It is this perspective that brings guests up close to huge pods of hippopotamus and Nile crocodiles.
Although geographically close to the international airport at Dar es Salaam guests overwhelmingly elect to fly-in to the Selous due to poor road infrastructure.
Best Time To Visit
The climate of the Selous Game Reserve can be simplified by dividing it into the dry season and wet season. Each season, and indeed the months within each season, offers you a different experience. 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 on the best time to visit based on your preferences.
The dry season runs from June to October with the wet season beginning in November and lasting until May. Selous is located close to the equator ensuring temperatures and humidity remain consistently high throughout the year. There is a slight variation leaning towards cooler temperatures and less humidity from June to August with the warmer and stickier months occurring between November and April.
Rainfall is at its highest from December to May with a significant peak in March and April. There is a sharp reduction of rainfall in May before the rains give way to sun and clear skies to mark the dry season in June. The dry season lasts through October until the weather breaks in November. However, this month will often only see short, sharp showers and won’t disrupt your safari in any way.
Wildlife viewing, as with most locations, is more prolific in the dry season and this improves month on month as the season wears on. The dry landscape exposes wildlife and their behaviour becomes predictable as they congregate around water sources.
Unfortunately, the best time to view wildlife coincides with the highest prices of the season. The high season is generally considered to be July to October with the remaining months being considered the low season. All camps close in the wettest part of the year, usually from mid-March through May.
Selous is blessed with extremely low tourist numbers throughout the year, therefore crowding around sightings is unheard of. Even encountering other safari vehicles is a rarity.
The bush is at its most lush during and soon after the rains. This time is usually the best time of year to visit 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.