Off on Honeymoon to Tanz & Zanz - any tips?

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Sep 27th, 2005, 01:43 AM
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Off on Honeymoon to Tanz & Zanz - any tips?

hi there

I used this site extensively when booking our honeymoon, so have come back for the last visit!
I am so excited about our trip, i cant wait

Neither me or my future hubbie have been to africa or on safari so I was wondering if any of you african experts could offer any tips?
ie on what to wear, how much to tip, what foods to try/avoid, how to get the most out of the safari, etc etc

I'd really appreciate any feedback

Thanks
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Sep 27th, 2005, 12:34 PM
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Congrats on your upcoming wedding! Did you ever post your final itinerary here?

I would bring clothes that you can layer to transition between the warmer day time and cooler early morning/evening temps. You should also bring at least one lightweight fleece or windbreaker and a wide brimmed hat.

For tipping, I used a guideline of $10pp per day for our driver/guide and $5pp per day for our camp staff. From reading several tipping threads here, this seemed to be about average.

BTW I think you might be the first poster from this board to use ATR for Tanzania, so please report back after you return.

Have a wonderful trip!
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Sep 27th, 2005, 12:42 PM
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If you have any time what with the wedding and all the attendant activities, try to pick up a little bit of Swahili. Even if you're horrible it'll be good for a laugh.

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Sep 27th, 2005, 02:34 PM
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amfs:

Although I have not been on my trip yet, I received some clothing advice from a woman that I have not seen mentioned on this board. She advised me to purchase a very good quality (i.e. strong) sportsbra to make the many hours bouncing around in the vehicle more enjoyable/less miserable. She said otherwise I might have to choose between holding binoculars/a camera or clutching my chest!

Congrats on your upcoming nuptials and have a wonderful trip. Leely and I (and someone else who has booked with ATR whose name eludes me at the moment) will be most grateful for your trip report.
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Sep 28th, 2005, 01:35 AM
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thanks for the tips. they're much appreciated.
I think there are a few others who've posted on ATR, but dont worry I'll do a report when I get back.

our final itinerary is:

1x Moivaro Coffee Lodge
2 x Mawe Ninga
1 x Olduvai Camp
2 x Serengeti Serena
4 x Matemwe beach
2 x Chumbe
4 x Pongwe Beach
2 x Emerson & Green

then home (

I know of another girl who used ATR for her honeymoon.
Here is what she said:

Hi

Am just back from honeymoon in Zanzibar and Tanzania and it was FAB.

Much depends on what you are looking for and what you want. We were looking for something different, rustic, no five star type hotels, we sought out places to stay that were more at one with nature!

Thanks to a recommendation from Lavala on WOL, we booked with a UK based travel agency called ATR <http://www.africatravelresource.com/> We delt with a very helpful girl called Fiona Parker [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]> or tel Tel +44 (0)1306 880 770. The beauty abaout this travel agency is that you can more or less create your own itinerary depending on what you want to do and where you want to stay and what budget you have.

We went to Zanzibar first and spent the first 6 nights in Matweme Beach Guesthouse <http://www.africatravelresource.com/...BH/ZMBHa.htm.> We stayed in one of the 5 honeymoon suits and it was really lovely. We chose this place cos there is a dive centre beside the accomodation so we got to do 2 days diving. The food in the guesthouse was great.

We then moved on to Chumba Island for two nights - an eco friendly island with a fantastic coral reef <http://www.africatravelresource.com/...HU/ZCHUa.htm.> This is a very relaxing sort of place but if you like the comforts of a 5 star hotel this is not for you, it is back to basics but very comfortable.

We then spent a night in Stonetown in Emerson and Green <http://www.africatravelresource.com/...AG/ZEAGa.htm.> This is a really lovely guesthouse plonk in the middle of stonetown. Bring your earplugs to numb the early morning prayer calls. Definately do the rooftop restaurant thing in E&G however remember to have a light lunch as dinner has many courses!

From Stonetown we headed to Arusha to start our 5-6 day safari trip. We stayed in the following places
- Mawe Ninga (2 nights) - this was lovely
<http://www.africatravelresource.com/...EAG/ZEAGa.htm>

- Gibs Farm (1 night) - nice
<http://www.africatravelresource.com/...GFM/TGFMa.htm>

- Olduvai Tented Camp (2 nights) - very good.
<http://www.africatravelresource.com/...OLD/TOLDa.htm>

- Ronjo Fly Camp (1 night) - a must but quite rustic
<http://www.africatravelresource.com/...RON/TRONa.htm>

- Moivaro Lodge (1 night). This was nice but a little impersonal! We spent a morning Arusha with a taxi guide - a must but it is mad...
<http://www.africatravelresource.com/...MOI/TMOIa.htm>

- Dar es Salam (1 night) en route back home. Lovely hotel but lacking in character as it was a business style hotel but did the trick as we had a 9am flight the following morning back to London
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Sep 28th, 2005, 04:57 AM
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Will all that you have to do, that was very nice of you to take the time to post the other review.
Have a gorgeous wedding and a fabulous trip.
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