Arusha, Northern Serengeti, Lake Tanganyika & Mahale Mountains, Zanzibar
Tanzania Honeymoon Adventure Safari!
Here is what’s included in your safari
Arusha, Northern Serengeti
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where, after clearing customs and immigration formalities, you will be met and transferred to your Lodge. Driving away from the airport and out onto an open road with no city in sight…it feels like your safari has already begun!
This morning you will be picked up after breakfast for the short transfer to the regional Arusha airport for the flight to the Serengeti, where you will be met by your guide and transfer to camp in time for lunch. You have three days to explore this vast wilderness on morning and afternoon game drives. The Serengeti is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park. Its name means ‘endless plain’ in the Masai language. It is from here that massive concentrations of wildebeest, zebras and other animals commence the annual Great Migration in search of pastures new, providing one of the greatest natural spectacles to be found anywhere in the world. You can watch golden-maned lions stalking the migrating herds, spot leopards at rest in trees at dusk and take a hot-air balloon tour at dawn as the sun’s golden rays illuminate the land.
Lake Tanganyika & Mahale Mountains
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for scheduled flight to Mahale (there is a stop to refuel en route). You may have time to freshen up and discover your room before lunch is served in the shade on the beach. You are free to spend the remainder of the day in any way you choose. Soak up the heats sun on the beach or climb aboard the old wooden dhow for a sundowner cruise stopping along the way to fish. Arrive back at camp in time for piping hot showers followed by a three-course meal served on the whit sandy beach.
Chimpanzee Trekking, Mahale Mountains
The Mahale Mountains are home to some of Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees; a population of roughly 800. The mountain’s vegetation contains a wide array of habitat types ranging from overlapping rainforests, woodlands and bamboo forest to montane forest and grasslands supporting a unique mix of flora and fauna. Visitors are definitely in for a treat if they make it to this corner of unspoilt Africa.
Each morning, wake up at your own pace. Rise early for a chance to watch the sun rise over the lake as you sip on your morning coffee cup or perhaps enjoy a lie in followed by a delicious breakfast with your toes in the sand. You may choose to engage in activities such as forest walks, swimming, water sports or visit the Park’s famous chimpanzees. While away the remainder of the day chilling on the beach with an ice-cold drink or head out into the lush forest to discover the many birds, butterflies and mammals inhabit the park on a hike. Alternatively, you can swim in ice-cold pools in the mountain waterfalls, go kayaking on the lake or, best of all, going in search of the park’s famous chimpanzees. In the evening, enjoy your drinks in the bar and dinner on the white sandy beach.
Bid your guides farewell and return by boat to the Mahale airstrip for the flights via Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar, where you will be met and transferred to your beach resort. This ancient island was once ruled by sultans and slave traders and served as a stepping stone into the African continent for missionaries and explorers. Aptly knows as the Spice Islands, Zanzibar and the nearby little-known Pemba and Mafia Islands are separated from the mainland by a narrow strait. The islands have some of the best white sandy beaches in Africa and are the perfect spot for a post or pre safari wind-down. The palm trees, tropical forests, colorful coral reefs and Arab dhows act as the perfect backdrop to lazy days of eating fresh seafood, exploring laid-back villages and swimming in the crystal blue waters on these island paradises. It is not difficult to see why Zanzibar is considered to be one of the world’s most romantic honeymoon locations, with many couples choosing to tie the knot here and spend their first few married weeks in paradise!
On day 13, sadly it’s time to depart. Enjoy one last breakfast on the beach before it’s time to return to the Zanzibar Airport for the short hop to Dar es Salaam, where you will be picked up and transferred to an oceanfront hotel where we have reserved a dayroom for you until it’s time to meet your departing flights home.
As a native South African, safaris are in Mike's blood. While he has traveled extensively throughout Africa - 12 countries and more safaris than he can count - from Morocco to Namibia (and almost every country in between), his favorite safari experience is still in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. With 20 years in the safari industry, Mike has spent decades fostering close-knit relationships with camps, lodges and guides throughout Africa. As a true safari expert, he personally vets all African Safari Company & Expeditions safari partners in Africa.
Julia's summers as a child were spent exploring her grandparent's farm in Zimbabwe, game parks throughout the region and visiting family in South Africa. These experiences shaped her more than she could have imagined, and in her early 20s she packed her bags and headed to Zambia to manage a camp in the South Luangwa Valley. Julia returned and joined her father, Mike, at African Safari Company in 2001 assisting with special projects until she came on board as the Director of Sales in 2011.
Julia has traveled countless times to Africa: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Morocco vetting safari lodges, meeting guides and exploring game reserves and her favorite African cities (Cape Town being her top pick!). Even after venturing to so many places, she can still easily pick her favorite African safari experiences, one being Kiba Point in the Selous National Park in Tanzania. "Incredible wildlife, amazing guides, the river, sleep outs, hot springs...it has it all!" She has also visited Ecuador and the Galapagos, Peru, the Bahamas, France, Mexico and Jamaica, and is always looking for the next opportunity to explore exotic locales. While her in-depth knowledge spans East and Southern Africa, plus Morocco, we consider her to be our resident Zambia safari expert, South Africa safari expert and Tanzania safari expert. Contact Julia to plan your custom African safari today!
Isaac joined African Safari Co. & Expeditions in 2018. He has extensive experience traveling throughout Latin America and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. While his expertise lies in the tropical paradise of of South America, he is excited to hit the ground running in discovering Africa and scouting out the most unique, and adventurous, safari experiences.
Shannon joined the company in 2015 and has since had the incredible opportunity of visiting Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Her first trip to Kenya is where she fell in love with the people, wildlife and the soul of a safari. She now managers web design & marketing for African Safari Co. & Expeditions.
Elliot joined the African Safari Co. team, and the world, in June of 2016. He begin as our official Director of Naps and has since traveled to South Africa and Guatemala and has been promoted to Vice President of chaos. Elliot is excited to continue to grow with the company, quite literally speaking, and travel the world in search of new adventures!
Bogey has been with the African Safari Co. since 2014. While he unfortunately can not travel to Africa, for a natural fear of lions, he loves being in the office and helping to keep everyone on their toes and on time for daily walks.