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Safari recommendations please! :o)

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Safari recommendations please! :o)

I get married on June 14th this year... we plan to go on honeymoon from 16th June.

The plan is to do safari in Tanzania somewhere for approx 3/4 nights 4/5 days ish and then pop over to Zanzibar for 7-10 nights chill out. Neither of us have been on safari before and don't really know which camp would be best at that time of year etc. Ideally since we only plan to do 4 nights we would prefer to stay in just the one camp (or perhaps 2 camps at a push if nearby) - so any recommendations for "safari novices" if you had to choose one place to go and be able to see the big 5 and a wide range of animals?

Our budget is pretty flexible but we're looking to spoil ourselves. We've got a budget of about £10k for the whole honeymoon ish.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.

nyc
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1. Re: Safari recommendations please! :o)

As June is peak season, with high prices and the fact that you have a good budget with which to work, I would suggest if 4-5/days, after arrival Tanzania consider:

Day 1 - Arv. JRO, o/n Arusha Coffee Lodge

Day 2 - Fly to Lake Manyara, you'll be met for transfer to Ngorongoro Crater; afternoon crater tour - o/n Crater Lodge, Serena Lodge or Ngorongoro Farmhouse

Day 3 - Transfer to Lk Manyara airstrip for flight to Serengeti - o/n CCAfrica's Serengeti Under Canvas, Nomad's Camp, Kirawira or Mbalageti Camps.

Day 4 & 5 - Serengeti - o/n (as above)

Day 6 - Fly via Arusha to Zanzibar - o/n Mnemba Island, The Palms

Days 7-? - Zanaibar - at leisure

Last Day - Drive to Stone Town; town tour - o/n Serena Inn, Beit al Chai or Zanzibar Palace.

Hope this helps.

But, I wouldn't hesitate as many places are already booked for June.

For an agent in the UK as rep for ground operator in Tanzania, consider Aim4Africa @ www.aim4africa.com

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2. Re: Safari recommendations please! :o)

Thanks very much for your advice. Will look into asap.... hope to book something this week.

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3. Re: Safari recommendations please! :o)

Hi,

The Ngorongoro Crater makes a good starting point. There will be plenty to see, both animals and landscapes.

Open Jaw your flights with Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar if poss to reduce travel time (Virgin or Kenya Airways will offer this).

For a good quality Safari Lodge in the Serengeti look at the Serena Lodges, there are a few to pick from.

Once on Zanzibar there is plenty of options. Matemwe Retreat, The Palms etc. It just depends on your tastes!

Speak to a specialist and they will be able to tailor the perfect honeymoon to match your expectations.

Kind regards from

Pure Zanzibar

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4. Re: Safari recommendations please! :o)

For best bet Open Jaw, try KLM.

You can fly to JRO direct from Amsterdam and catch the return direct flight from DAR. they will normally add on the London-AMS leg as part of the package.

They also offer 'Holiday Business class' upgrades at a reasonable £1500 if available. Spoil yourself on the flight too. Make a difference on Honeymoon.

Not sure on sandi's suggestion of flying to Manyara.

It is only a three/four hour drive on a good road from Arusha. The plane will stop over in Tarangire firsts so will take 45mins to an hour anyway.

As karl would Ho hum Manyara anyway, I would suggest fly direct to Serengeti and drive back with your car.

You will only get Rhino in Ngorongoro and this you can visit on the return overland leg.

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5. Re: Safari recommendations please! :o)

Of course you don't have to fly, but the drive from Arusha to Ngorongoro is 5/hrs. Road is good, but flight will get you here quicker, departing 8am, arriving at Manyara by 8:30 and then at the crater by 10:30-11am latest. Time to settle into room, then go into the crater.

Then from Manyara to Western Serengeti, drive is easily 6/hrs, especially if stopping on the way at Oldupai, thru the Central area to the Western.

If choosing CCAs SUC or Nomad's these are booked on a GP (game package basis), so whomever is driving you leaves you in hands of camp for game drives and other activities; you then pay for the vehicle/driver to head back to Arusha. Thou the private guide/vehicle are nice if staying at Kirawira or Mbalageti.

So depending on where staying these are things to consider. If taking the flight to Western Serengeti, it's a 2/hrs drive back to Manyara for 8:30am connection; should be at Grumeti airstrip before 10am. If driving, you won't be here till mid-afternoon. And, there's always an option for private charter from Ngorongoro to Western Serengeti, but this is costly.

Discuss all with your agent to work what's best for you, where (who has space), costs, time considerations, etc.

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6. Re: Safari recommendations please! :o)

Sorry sandi, I misread your advice as going into Manyara Park not just stageing through to Ngorongoro.

But unless they stay in Karatu area, is the return from the Crater rim to Manyara strip really worth the bother over just driving on West? I know the road is in a bad way but I would still prefer driving out and flying back to Arusha at the end which would then connect with the afternoon Zanzibar flight.

The timescale does add to the problem and I would be changeing the days to have more Safari and less beach. 10 days on Zanzibar will prove very boring unless a complete Sybarite.

You can do Beaches anywhere but there is only one Serengeti.

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7. Re: Safari recommendations please! :o)

mfuwe -

I'd also add more days to safari, slow things down a bit, save a few $$ by driving, but they asked for 4-5/days safari and to do so, flying does it. Only because OP has the budget, I say go for it. Otherwise, take days from the beach, add to safari and drive vs fly. But, it's their honeymoon and if relaxing on the beach suits them...........

There are many ways of routing, covering distances, places to see; my best thoughts based on their specs. They have to contact an agent and go from there (and who has space for them).

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8. Re: Safari recommendations please! :o)

Thanks guys for all the info. Extremely useful. Am currently discussing the options and tailoring to make our perfect honeymoon. Thanks again....

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9. Re: Safari recommendations please! :o)

I have organised my honeymoon to Tanzania (7 nights in Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire) in September followed by 6 nights in Zanzibar (Ras Nungwi). Sent our deposit and everything is confirmed. Booked with Aim 4 Africa Ltd, based in England. Straight forward, lots of helpful advice. The manager is Tanzanian so lots of good advice on cultural programs (they are big on this) - we are including a visit to a local village near Mount Meru and also a maasai village near Ngorongorro. Considered two other operators but found this company particularly helpful. This forum is really helpful, havent posted before but been a long time browser. Hope the above helps.

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10. Re: Safari recommendations please! :o)

Well done Sunseeker.

Itinerary looks sound and you are allowing time to see things.

Good luck on the big day.(And thereafter naturally.)

sandi4. I do agree with you. the timing is tight and jim may find space availability will need some flexibility.