Tanzania Wilderness Adventure wants you to create a honeymoon safari experience that you will never forget, a memory you will treasure forever. Most safari parks are a short flight away and it is this combination that makes such a fantastic honeymoon. You will discover not only the beauty of Tanzania but also have a chance to see The "Big Five" and Great Migration. Don’t go further because your search ends here. So, start planning your unforgettable Tanzanian safari today with your beloved one!
You will arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and meet your expert guide. Then, you will enjoy the drive to Tarangire National Park which is approximately 130 kilometers from Arusha. With its baobab-studded landscape, Tarangire National Park reportedly has the highest concentration of elephants in the world. This 2850-square-kilometer park is home to large herds of zebras, wildebeests, hartebeests, elands, oryxes, waterbucks, giraffes, and buffaloes. Tarangire offers amazing bird watching opportunities and is also home to big predators that roam this territory including cheetahs, leopards, and lions.
You will rise and shine to the sounds of African wildlife as you will be enjoying breakfast at Maramboi Tented Lodge. Afterward, you will enjoy a full day of game driving at Tarangire National Park. You can immerse yourself at this amazing park which contains the second highest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania.
You will depart Tarangire National Park and head toward your next stop, Lake Manyara National Park, which is made up of 11 different ecosystems. On your way, you will visit the Mto Wa Mbu Village (meaning River of Mosquitoes). You will also visit the colorful markets and please be sure to try the delicious fruits including red bananas.
Game viewing and lunch will take place at Lake Manyara National Park. This superb setting is famous for tree-climbing lions, a large population of primates, and many large mammal species. Lake Manyara National Park is also a paradise for avian species including spoonbills, teals, pelicans, kingfishers, hornbills, and cormorants. Among the tall trees along the slopes of the Great Rift escarpment, forest monkeys leap from branch-to-branch while elephants stand in the shade of the baobab. After exiting the park, you will head toward the Ngorongoro Highlands.
You will begin your day early and make your way around Ngorongoro Crater Rim before descending into the extinct volcano that collapsed roughly 25 million years ago. The 19-kilometer wide crater with a surface area of 264 square kilometers is a Unesco World Heritage Site and also referred as the Garden of Eden. This place is a primeval paradise of woodland, lake, river, swamp, and grassy plains that are home to a permanent population of animals. Large animals such as wildebeests, buffalos, gazelles, and zebras can be seen grazing in the open grasslands.
Predators including the black-maned lions, leopards, and hyenas lurk through the ecosystem as they hunt for their prey. The forest is home to lone male elephants, monkeys, waterbucks, as well as several black rhinos who have taken refuge in the crater. The soda lake attracts water birds including flamingo. The watering holes are where you will find the hippos doing what they do best, relaxing and being hippos. At the end of this amazing day, you will ascend to the crater rim and return to the lodge for a night of relaxation and comfort.
You will make your way to the next highlight of your east African safari. It is Africa’s most famous national park, Serengeti National Park. On your way, you will experience the cultural experience of a lifetime as you are invited into a village of the Maasai. There, you will observe the Maasai warriors as they present to you their dancing and chanting. "Jon" will be welcomed to join the men in a jump competition while "Desiree" will be welcomed to join the Maasai women in a dance circle. You will speak to the people of the village, meet the school children, and have the privilege of entering the home of a Maasai elder.
After this enlightening stop, you will proceed towards your next destination, Olduvai Gorge. This remarkable archaeological site provides a detailed account of ancient life dating back almost 2 million years. Thereafter, you will visit the museum as well as gift shop and overlook the dig site while you will take in an interpretive talk over enjoying lunch. After that, you will go to Serengeti National Park which has nature, power, mystery, and beauty at its best. Covering over 14,000 square kilometers, this park is renowned for its predators. You will be in awe as the show will start from the moment you enter the park. Lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, jackals, rhinos, gazelles, giraffes, buffalos, zebras, and wildebeests are the endless list.
Today, you will enjoy a full-day game drive. Your sixth day of safari will begin with breakfast at the lodge or you can take it to go as you will enjoy your morning drive. A magnificent experience will await you as you will travel through the most famous wildlife park in Africa. The abundance of wildlife is available for your viewing pleasure on your second excursion into Serengeti National Park. Then, you will enjoy your picnic lunch followed by an afternoon game drive.
You will wake up very early as you will begin the morning with a magnificent hot air balloon ride over the vast Serengeti Plains. From tree top up to 1000 meters, you will float above the wildlife for approximately 1 hour. Upon landing, you will be served a traditional full English breakfast. Champagne can also be enjoyed under an acacia tree. This activity is without a doubt the experience of a lifetime. After your balloon ride, you will enjoy a scenic wildlife drive through Serengeti National Park prior to making your way back to Ngorongoro Highlands.
Following breakfast, it will be with great regret to inform you that your safari will come to an end. While the memories will last forever, Tanzania Wilderness Adventure does hope that you will return one day to retrace the steps of the adventure you will have just completed. Their safari guide will escort you on the final leg of your journey to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight.
Animals in Tanzanian national parks get used to vehicles. The guide is trained to understand the animal’s behavior and will not put his guests in any threatening situation. The animals are also fully accustomed to the sight and sound of Land Rovers. Indeed, many of the animals have been born at the national parks and have grown up knowing that this large, smelly machine is nothing to fear.
The Serengeti's "Big Five" and wildebeest Great Migration becomes two of the greatest natural events on earth. Up to 3 million wildebeest and 2 million zebras move around Serengeti ecosystems followed by thousands of antelopes, birds, and other animals. Meanwhile, Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s most famous sites. Once a volcano supposedly taller than Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater is 20 kilometers across with 600-meter high walls. The Africa’s "Big Five" are found on the crater floor as well as a large number of buffalos, zebras, wildebeests, and antelopes.
You can see The Great Migration by visiting Tanzania. If you look at a map, you can see that Tanzania borders Kenya and Serengeti National Park butt up against the northern border of Tanzania. Masai Mara is quite simply a small extension of the Northern Serengeti ecosystem, the part that loops over the Kenya border, and even though it is a large area, it is quite small in size compared to the vast Serengeti on the Tanzania side.
It's true that a (relatively) small portion of The Great Migration may spill over into Kenya's Maasai Mara during August through September. However, during this time, it is estimated at least 85% of the migration is always on the Tanzania side. There is not a convenient way to cross the border from Tanzania to Kenya at Masai Mara or vice versa. There is a gate named Sand River / Bologonja Gate that links the Maasai Mara to the Serengeti, but this is not an official border crossing between the two countries.
Tanzania Wilderness Adventure's fleet of sturdy 4 x 4-wheel drive is rigorously maintained and serviced to ensure that they cope with the challenges of safari country. A full 'top-to-toe' pre-safari inspection and service is carried out before every trip. Their 15 Land Cruisers and Land Rovers are custom-built and equipped with heavy-duty wheels and extra fuel tanks.
Tanzania Wilderness Adventure employs approximately 20 professional driver-guides with an average experience of 10 years. They are knowledgeable, hard-working, and passionate guides in the industry. Moreover, they are fluent in English and have advanced wildlife certificates from the Mweka Wildlife College - the oldest and most prestigious wildlife college in Africa. Course work includes wildlife ecology, conservation, field skills, identification, biology, and advanced tour guiding. Expertise, passion, and hard work may surprise some people that the secret to a great safari lies not in your specific itinerary, lodge selection, or season of travel .
On the contrary, the key to success lies in the skills, passion, hard work, and competency of your driver-guide. The guides are the best of the best and each of them gives 100% on every safari ensuring that each client receives the finest safari experience. They are also all Serengeti specialists and know in detail the best wildlife viewing areas, secret spots off the beaten path, and migratory animal movements. To be fair and equitable to all of the outstanding guides, each guide is assigned on a strictly rotational basis.
Note: Please note that this is an active African safari tour and is not wheelchair friendly. Travelers will use many kinds of transportation including planes, motor coaches, and 4 / 6 passengers in 4 x 4 wildlife safari Land Rovers jeeps. There is easy to moderate walking on this African safari tour. Surfaces encountered will include dust or mud roads, paths, paving stones, and tiles. Rough roads mean bumpy rides so that this tour is not suitable for passengers with neck or back troubles.
Tanzania is one of the best destinations for honeymooners. It is not only for its stunning natural landscapes and wildlife but also because you can take a safari and visit beaches within such close proximity of each other. There are many shop outlets geared to tourists which sell a wide range of curios, clothing, wood carvings, and Maasai handmade jewelry. However, as with any city / town, you need to be very careful when shopping, not to walk around at night in towns, and not to leave valuables in hotel rooms.
Tanzanian is East Africa's people who are generally friendly and mainly welcoming to any visitor who can command a couple of words in Swahili. For many adventurous travelers, there are many rituals, ceremonies, and festivals of traditional music which are well worth experiencing. There are large numbers of Muslims, Christians, and Hindus as well as a strong following of traditional African beliefs in country areas. It is expected to ask permission before taking a photo of a local person and from time to time, locals will request a fee to take their photo.
During this safari trip, you will be prepared daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On day 7, you will have a traditional full English breakfast.
Tanzania Wilderness Adventure will transfer you from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to your accommodation. The transfer is included in the price.