When we were preparing for our wedding, we were directly thinking about where to go for our honeymoon. It was a good “excuse” to plan something bigger and more extraordinary than just the usual summer holidays.
We had a few personal preferences that would make the potential honeymoon destination just perfect. Those were as follows:
We started our research a few months in advance. At the beginning it was pretty easy especially in terms of excluding places that weren’t suitable for us, due to the above mentioned preferences.
Some parts of the world that were on our bucket list, were not suitable simply due to the weather conditions in fall. Pretty soon, we knew we would be heading to Africa and just needed to find the perfect spot.
We talked to a friend who worked at a travel agency before, and when she heard what we are looking for, she told us straight away – It has to be Tanzania!
She explained us that Tanzania has one of the best national parks in Africa. On the other hand, it also has beautiful islands where we could just enjoy the sun and our cocktails.
Tanzania, hmm, to be honest we didn’t know much about this country. But we decided to give it a go and see if it is really a place worth a three week visit.
It turned out that this country had everything we needed in offer. Approximately 40% (!!!) of Tanzania's land area is set aside in protected areas for conservation. There are 16 national parks and numerous game and forest reserves. Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain and three of Africa's Great Lakes are located in Tanzania.
On the other hand, several offshore islands with beautiful sandy beaches belong to the country, including Zanzibar, Pemba, and Mafia. And what’s more important, the long dry season lasts from June to October and so we were right in time with our planned honeymoon.
Studying the country’s history, geography, climate and budget needed, we soon knew that this was it! As planned, we decided to divide our holidays in two parts: the active part would be visiting national parks with a safari tour operator, while the more laid back part a stay on the beautiful island of Zanzibar.