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Advice for Honeymoon in Tanzania and Zanzibar - August 2012

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I am a brand new Fodorite who was inspired by all the wonderful trip reports I was able to find on the site and have been so helpful in planning our honeymoon next August 2012. I am now excited to write one myself upon our return and couldn't resist posting to ask as much expert opinions as you will be willing to give us as we plan our trip.

After inquiring with a few larger, national safari operators, we decided to go local and we have received quotes from Flash Safaris and Planet Africa Safaris (formerly Green Footprint Adventures). Willow at Planet Africa Safaris has been amazing so far and I think we will end up booking with them. If some of you have recent experiences with them they would like to share, positive or negative, that would be great.

We would also love some feedback on the proposed itinerary we have built so far. It goes as follows:

Day 1: Arrive JRO in the evening (overnight at Onsea House)
Day 2: Fly Arusha to Kuro - game drive Tarangire (overnight at Oliver's Camp)
Day 3: Game drives - game walk and night drive (overnight at Oliver's Camp)
Day 4: Fly Kuro to Manyara - game drive Ngorongoro Crater (overnight at Plantation Lodge)
Day 5: Fly Manyara to North Serengeti - game drives (overnight at Olakira Camp)
Day 6: Game drives (Olakira)
Day 7: Game drives (Olakira)
Day 8: Fly North Serengeti to Zanzibar to spend a few days relaxing on the beach

We will take any advice/comments on any parts of the itinerary but would particularly love to hear thoughts on the following things:

1. It feels like a lot of internal flights and we are a bit worried about spending too much time at airports in case of delays etc. Would it make sense to drive for more parts of our safari?

2. We are very interested in doing a night safari and apparently the places that offer that possibility are limited (we were told Maramboi Tented Camp doesn't offer either a walk safari or a night safari). Have others stayed at camps in the Tarangire where that was a possibilty?

3. We are unsure where to stay in Zanzibar. We are not big resort people and would love a good balance of relaxation/isolation and activities (snorkeling and maybe a spa would be more than enough to keep us "occupied", we are definitely not looking for a ton of entertainment at all times). We are foodies, so good food and variety are key for us. We have looked at Matemwe Bungalows, Baraza, Kasha Boutique Hotel, Anna of Zanzibar, Pongwe, Ras Nungwi, and Breezes. Any comments/pointers would be greatly appreciated.

We look forward to hearing back from fellow Fodorites!

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