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Plan an Adventurous Honeymoon in Tanzania

Wanderlust. For most people, it’s a daydream. For me, it’s a job hazard. Every year, as I examine the world’s most romantic places, there’s one that becomes my ultimate must-visit. This time, the honor fell to Tanzania, the East African country that encompasses the fabled Serengeti plains and the spice island of Zanzibar. The fascinating country has a plethora of wildlife, cultural sites and amazing hotels.

 

Insider Tip: There's a reason safari wear is khaki — the tsetse fly (which can cause sleeping sickness) is drawn to black and navy.

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  • The Serengeti

    The Serengeti

    If you’ve ever watched the Discovery Channel, you have an idea of what the vast Serengeti encompasses — endless grasslands, rocky outcroppings, various rivers and loads of wild animals. The viewing here is so robust that we spied the Big Five — rhino, lion, buffalo, elephant and leopard — within mere hours of arriving. During the great migration, herds upon herds of wildebeest cross the rivers, as do zebra, innumerable antelopes and some giraffe. And lions, hyena, cheetah and leopards all hunt these grazing animals as they do so. To say that seeing it all is both spectacular and humbling is an understatement.

    Photo courtesy of AndBeyond

  • Tanzania Under the Stars

    Tanzania Under the Stars

    “Glamping” — glamorous camping — blends the simplicity of sleeping in a tent with sumptuous bedding, butler service and hot showers. Alex Walker’s Serian, which moves its semi-permanent position based on animal migration, is a true glamping experience.

    Photo courtesy of Alex Walker's Serian

  • Tanzania Under the Stars

    Tanzania Under the Stars

    Honeymooners enjoy their canvas accommodations with the biggest bed around and an outdoor lounging area, set away from other tents. Most meals are taken with fellow guests at the main dining tent, decorated with wildlife photos by Alex and the guides. Don’t miss a romantic bush bath, which features a soak in a huge copper tub with cocktails at sunset (room rates start at $800 per person, per night and are all-inclusive. A mandatory per-day park fee is additional; ejafrica.com).

    Photo courtesy of Alex Walker's Serian

  • Tanzania On the Edge

    Tanzania On the Edge

    Tanzania is also home to the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera — a volcano that collapsed into itself. The 100-square-mile area boasts every kind of animal imaginable from flamingos and hippos to the elusive black rhino. The one exception: giraffe — their long necks have made it impossible for them to descend.

    Photo courtesy of AndBeyond

  • Tanzania On the Edge

    Tanzania On the Edge

    Stay at the luxe AndBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, which sits on the crater rim and offers jaw-dropping vistas.

    Photo courtesy of AndBeyond

  • Tanzania On the Edge

    Tanzania On the Edge

    Spend a day watching the colors shift as the sun moves across the crater.

    Photo courtesy of AndBeyond

  • Tanzania On the Edge

    Tanzania On the Edge

    During meals, staff often sing and dance to celebrate special occasions like honeymoons (room rates start at $1,000 per person, per night and are all-inclusive; andbeyond.com).

    Photo courtesy of AndBeyond

  • Tanzania By the Sea

    Tanzania By the Sea

    While you don’t actually do anything on safari, the days of animal viewing, which often start before dawn, can be tiring.

    Photo courtesy of Residence Zanzibar

  • Tanzania By the Sea

    Tanzania By the Sea

    We recharged our batteries on Zanzibar, an island in the cerulean Indian Ocean about 16 miles off of mainland Tanzania.

    Photo courtesy of Residence Zanzibar

  • Tanzania By the Sea

    Tanzania By the Sea

    At the haute The Residence Zanzibar, activities celebrate relaxation.

    Photo courtesy of Residence Zanzibar

  • Tanzania By the Sea

    Tanzania By the Sea

    When not kicking back on our enormous beachfront deck with private plunge pool, we spa-ed, swam, snorkeled, sailed and hopped on a dhow, a traditional wooden sailboat (room rates start at about $816 a night and include two meals; theresidence.com).

    Photo courtesy of Residence Zanzibar

  • Tanzania in the City

    Tanzania in the City

    Although essentially a resort destination, Zanzibar is a boon for history buffs and shoppers. Once the center of both the ancient spice route and the colonial slave trade, the island has a variety of sites from churches and palaces to traditional markets in the capital, Stone Town. Architecture here reflects the Arabic, Indian and African traditions that have all ruled the city, as do the food and popular souvenirs — spices, tea, carved wood and jewelry fashioned from local stone.

    Photo courtesy of Alex Walker's Serian

  • Getting Around

    Getting Around

    Organizing a safari vacation
 can be a bit of a challenge. Shuttling among properties is a combo of jeep rides and flights in mini planes to unpronounceable places. I used the services of Extraordinary Journeys — the ultimate African specialist agency. Give them a budget, and they’ll suggest the right camps for you and the best way to experience each.

    Photo courtesy of Residence Zanzibar

Plan an Adventurous Honeymoon in Tanzania

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