Post # 1
My current plan/dream/hope is to go to Africa on our honeymoon. We would ideally like to do a beach for the first week (maybe Zanzibar) for some relaxation, and then do 5’ish days on a safari. Does anyone have any suggestions on tour companies, how to book, hotel recommendations, excursion recommendations, etc.? I want to keep this as affordable as possible without roughing it too much. 🙂
Any and all suggestions are appreciated.
Post # 3
Im just tagging this so I can answer later! I lived in Uganda for 6 months and went on holiday to Zanzibar… I’ll give you some details when I’m free at work!
Post # 5
DH and I honeymooned in Africa.
We spent 10 days on safari in Tanzania and 5 days relaxing on the beach in Zanzibar.
We booked our entire trip through Abercrombie & Kent and it was phenomenal.
We went to the following parks:
In Zanzibar we stayed at Breezes Beach Resort & Spa which was lovely as well.
My recaps (or the ones I’ve done so far) are here:
By Request – Tanzania Honeymoon Recap Part 1 (pic heavy & long)
Tanzania Honeymoon Recap Part 2 (pic heavy and long of course)
Tanzania Honeymoon Recap 3 (pic heavy and long as usual)
Tanzania Honeymoon Recap 4 (SUPER Pic Heavy)
Feel free to PM me with questions or if you want to see photos from other parts of the trip.
Post # 6
For safaris, don’t skip Ngorongoro crater. It is STUNNING. I did a 5 or 6 day safari in Tanzania and I honestly could have just done the crater – you see so much and it’s gorgeous. I went through Green Earth, but if you search around you can find lots of different options depending on if you want camping or lodges. I think I visited Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and the Serengeti in addition to Ngorongoro. I camped, so no suggestions on where to stay there.
The beaches on Zanzibar are lovely, if you like beaches. I went to Kendwa, I think, Nungwi on the north end, and Pongwe on the east. I personally don’t love beaches, but it’s gorgeous there, and Stone Town is fantastic. I stayed in hostels in Stone Town, a really crappy hotel in the north, and in a beautiful really small place in Pongwe – it’s owned by these people. I think they changed the name from when I stayed but it was lovely and such a nice escape.
You can also go on safari and beach in Kenya, which is also nice.
I just have to say, I’d really suggest doing the safari first and then Zanzibar – I’m biased as I did it this way. This probably depends on what level of luxury you do for your safari; for me, because we camped the whole time, going to Zanzibar last and having a couple weeks to totally relax was SO lovely after not getting regular showers etc 😉
You can usually book things through email, but to be honest it’s probably easiest if you have a travel agent to deal with it. Otherwise, you might want to call places you want to book to be certain of things. All kinds of reservations disappear through email…
For excursions in Zanzibar, there’s spice tours of course. There’s a great city market. Lots of people snorkel, you can usually get onto sailboat excursions.
Post # 7
The resort we stayed at in Zanzibar had a dive shop and we got scuba certified while there. It was a great activity to do while relaxing.
Post # 8
I went to Cape Town last year and then I did about a week of safari at Sabi Sabi and Mala Mala in South Africa and I loved it. I highly recommend Karell travel, they arranged my whole thing
Post # 9
Oh frick that sounds so fun! Sorry to interrupt, just excited for you and hope you have a blast!!
Post # 10
@KatNYC2011: I remember pouring over your photos a few months back! Do you have any of Zanzibar? My friend just got back from her honeymoon in Kenya and Zanzibar and I can’t wait to see her photos! Africa is such an amazing place, I just wish it weren’t so expensive to see.
Post # 11
If I had the money, I’d go to the Seychelles for beach-iness then hop back over to the mainland for a safari. Everyone I know who’s been to Namibia has loved it.
Post # 12
I have heard wonderful things about Madagascar for the beaches and the unrivaled diversity of flora/fauna. No elephants/big cats/safari animals though. 🙂
Post # 13
Madagascar is nice and my fav will be mozambique,we go there every year
Post # 14
Anyone know any good travel agencies to go through?
Post # 15
@bettydavis: Pick up the Fodor’s Complete African Safari Planner! this has been invaluable to us and has a list of reputable safari agencies.
We booked through a company called &beyond They have been great to work with, but are a little expensive! Also don’t forget to factor in flights (intercontinental and also within africa) and the cost of shots! For both of us to get shots/medications is going to be $1000 alone.
Post # 16
Just coming back here to say thanks to everyone! Cost became a HUGE factor, but we just decided to go for it! We are going to Kenya for a safari and then to Zanzibar for four days at the end of the trip.
Thank you for all your suggestions!!