Planning a romantic safari in Tanzania

Among the many reasons Tanzania is one of Africa's honeymoon capitals, the main one is its ability to combine the adventure and intimacy of safari with the complete relaxation and romance of an idylic beach holiday. Tanzania has so much to give and slots perfectly into the traditional vision of safari; with its vast savannah plains and huge herds of animals, once experienced it is a spectacle that lends to stunned silence.

The Residence, Zanzibar Cottage interior Sanctuary Private Camping

However, witnessing the quintessential majesty of Africa is a rather tiring affair, so a romantic stay on an Indian Ocean island, with warm tropical waters and white palm-lined beaches, is a necessary evil to undertake. A popular choice is combining a northern circuit safari with a two week break in Zanzibar or one of its surrounding islands. It's only a short flight between the two so transferring from one place to another shouldn't take long. For greater levels of exclusivity and privacy combining Tanzanian safaris on the southern circuit with Zanzibar, or the mainland coast at Ras Kutani or even Mozambique, can provide an intimate and highly personal romantic experience.

Planning your romantic occaison is easy as Tanzania is a year round destination. During the dry season, from June to October, is perhaps the best time to visit the country, especially if you have game viewing in mind. The temperate climate particularly suits those couples arriving from the Northern Hemisphere's summer months, from June to September. As long as couples avoid March to May time, in which the country endures long rains, you should find yourself enjoying a hot and sunny holiday in one of the world's most beautiful locations.

Tanzania offers many forms of accommodation but, perhaps surprisingly, the best place to stay for a romantic getaway is in a tent. However, these are no ordinary tents, they take camping to a whole new level. Consisting of large bedrooms and bathrooms and all the usual modern amenities these luxury tented camps provide guests the same accommodation standards as most luxury hotels. It's the perfect way to feel in touch with nature and one of the best ways to experience Africa.

For many this is a once in a lifetime trip, often celebrating a special occaison, so you need to make sure you get it right first time. For this reason we've provided a few accommodation ideas to whet your appetite. In these lovely camps you can find all sorts of things from delicious cuisine, hot air balloon rides, champagne bubble baths, absolute luxury and, of course, ample amounts of romance.

Swala Camp in the Tarangire

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and Gibbs Farm in the Ngorongoro Conversation Area

Manyara Tree Lodge in Lake Manyara NP

Migration Camp, Sayari Camp and Grumeti River Camp in the Serengeti NP

Siwandu Safari Camp in the Selous

The Residence, Matemwe Villas, Breezes Beach Resort and Spa and The Palms in Zanzibar

Fundu Lagoon on Pemba Island