Tanzania This east African country was practically made for safari-beach honeymoons, pairing world-famous wildlife in the Serengeti – just one of the stunning safari parks – with enviable island resorts on Zanzibar. Accommodation ranges from affordable to out-of- this-world luxury, so the key here is tailoring a package to suit your clients’ price range. Kuoni’s Essential Tanzania tour, for example, includes a private guide and lodges that can be adjusted to suit couples’ budgets. From Arusha, the gateway to the northern circuit of national parks, honeymooners will be driven in a private 4x4 to the Ngorongoro Crater, where sweeping views of the caldera – a 100-square-mile crater formed by a huge volcanic eruption two million years ago – are punctuated by sightings of black rhinos, Masai lions and more. Then comes the Serengeti, where the landscape

is different but the wildlife even more impressive. It’s famous for its annual wildebeest migration, but whatever time couples visit, they’ll find herds of buffalo or elephants roaming its open plains, lions stalking their prey, lightning-fast cheetahs or leopards basking

lazily in the sun. Then they can reflect on their incredible sightings with a few days’ relaxation on the white-sand shores of Zanzibar.

Botswana and Seychelles

Botswana positions itself at the upper end of the safari market, while the Seychelles sits in a similar position even among luxury Indian Ocean escapes, so they are a natural pairing for couples looking to push the boat out. The magnificent Okavango Delta is the big drawcard for the former, its winding waterways weaving in and out through marshy grassland from the highlands of Angola to the barren sands of the Kalahari Desert, creating an oasis during the dry season, and best viewed from a mokoro (canoe) poled along its shallow channels.

Clients can expect a good level of luxury at any high-end lodge here, but Carrier recommends a route combining three andBeyond lodges, namely Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp and Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge. Follow that with a week in a private pool villa at Maia Luxury Resort in the Seychelles, and you can justify the hefty price tag.

Kuoni’s five-night Essential Tanzania tour with private 4x4 and driver- guide, staying full-board at Lemala Ngorongoro and Lemala Ewanian luxury tented camps, can be combined with a five-night beach stay at five-star Gold Zanzibar (half- board). Prices for a February 2021 departure start at £5,395, including Qatar Airways flights, transfers and

entry to Ngorongoro Crater.

Carrier offers a 15-night itinerary pairing a week fully-inclusive in the Okavango Delta with a week’s all- inclusive at Maia Seychelles in an Ocean Panoramic Pool Villa with butler (with a massage, candlelit dinner and champagne), plus all flights and transfers, from £14,425 per person. Upgrade to Club


World flights for £17,455.


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