10 Romantic Honeymoon Destinations in Tanzania

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What makes a great honeymoon destination?

Well, it depends on the couple’s personality and interests. Some want private romance by the beach; others may be interested in exploring a city’s markets and history; or indulging in absolute luxury and pampering.

Luckily, whatever you are looking for, you can find in Tanzania (except maybe a ski lodge). With dozens of beaches, national parks, 5 star hotels and the most accommodating people in the world – it’s the perfect place to celebrate the start of a new life with your partner.

So to get you started here are 10 honeymoon destinations in Tanzania that will make you and your loved one fall in love all over again.

1. Lazy Lagoon Island Lodge, Bagamoyo

This isolated island, south of Bagamoyo is a great location for couple’s who want a private beach experience with personalized service.

The Lazy Lagoon Island Lodge’s website says:

Imagine a private island in the Indian Ocean, the waves lapping the white sandy beach just meters from your bed. The day stretches ahead with promises of sun, snorkeling and mangrove exploration, just interrupted by freshly prepared meals.”

“Lazy Lagoon features 12 beach bungalows with twin or double beds, and an upstairs ‘loft’ with two twin beds. Each spacious bungalow has both an upstairs balcony and a porch with visible sea views and access straight on to the beach.”

Bagamoyo is an hour drive from Dar es Salaam, and Lazy Lagoon Island is a 15-minute boat ride from Bagamoyo town.

Read reviews on Tripadvisor.

2. Nungwi, Zanzibar

If a beach honeymoon accompanied with first class luxury is what you are looking for, Nungwi, on the North West coast of Zanzibar, is the place to go.

There are many great resorts and accommodations available in Nungwi, and the Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa is one of them. With rooms fit for kings, (check them out here), full body spa, massage and beauty services, gym, Jacuzzi and more – this is the place to go when you want to relax like royalty does.

The resort’s website says:

Every evening the resort is charmed by dreamy sunsets, where hues of burnt orange and blushing rose are spectacled as Africa`s sun drops into the Indian Ocean. Wander through 10 hectares of enchanting tropical spice gardens, fondly tendered by softly-spoken Zanzibaris and rabble of soaring butterflies. The sense of space is absolute, inspiring freedom, seclusion and quietude: Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa is the perfect playground for the tired minds of discerning guests seeking the ultimate relaxation and nourishments for mind, body and soul.

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3. Mullers Mountain Lodge, Usambara

If the typical beach holiday isn’t for you, but you still want a restful romantic getaway, then the secluded lodge in the heart of the tranquil Usambara Mountains in Tanga, may be the solution.

The Muller’s Mountain Lodge has old farmhouse style lodges with modern amenities, hiking trails, beautiful forest reserves and is close to a waterfall. They provide a cozy and personable atmosphere with things like board games and a library. No wonder they’ve been around for over a decade – they know how to help you relax, while making memories.

On their website, they write:

“At Mullers Mountain Lodge we understand that the underlying reason people join us at our Lodge is because they want to get away from it all; and for a little while they want to forget everything they have left behind. This is why we go out of our way to make your stay not only relaxing and inspiring but fulfilling and peaceful. We will move the Usambara Mountains themselves to make sure that your every need is met and you have an enjoyable stay. Visit Mullers Mountain Lodge today and let us take care of you.”

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4. Uroa, Zanzibar Island

This affordable boutique hotel hosts impressive amenities and services, that won’t break your bank account. Special features include:

  • Private romantic dinners by the poolside overlooking the Indian Ocean and coral reef.
  • Boat rides with local fishermen who will take you on an out-of-this-world tour of hidden sandbanks, swim in crystal water, snorkeling along the coral reef.
  • Water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling and kite surfing.

The Lodge’s website states that:

“Perched on the beautiful beach of Uroa on the east coast of Zanzibar, 35 km from the international airport, the hotel is intimately composed of thirty rooms. The furnishing, though elegant, maintains the style and charm of yesteryear Zanzibar. The structure offers a swimming pool area surrounded by a garden. Here, you can unwind–immersed in a display of exotic, colorful flowers. Enjoy refreshments from the poolside bar and restaurant. The hotel is just footsteps away from a private white sand beach, ideal for getting the perfect tan, or just relaxing in the warm African sunlight stretched out on handcrafted beach chairs under Zanzibari beach umbrellas.”

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5. Bushtops Camp, Serengeti

Who said romance can’t be adventurous? Experience the world’s greatest game reserve with your loved one.

Out of all the camps available in the Serengeti, the Bushtops Camps has that special something that newlyweds are looking for. They offer “five-star safari experience which combines an abundance of stunning wildlife with exceptional comfort.  They deliver a truly unique blend of fantastic cuisine, superb facilities and game viewing, in Africa’s most stunning locations.”

The website even has an exclusive page for Honeymooner’s:

After the perfect wedding, the ideal honeymoon. Serengeti Bushtops is a wonderful stepping stone into married life.

All our guests enjoy Wild Luxury, but we make sure you receive extra-special attention as you make the smooth transition from single person to marital bliss.

  • Honeymooner tent
  • Something sparklingly-special, bubbly and thirst-quenching on arrival
  • Private Bush breakfast

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6. The Palms, Bwejuu

Selected as one of the most romantic resorts by Travel + Leisure magazine, if luxury is what you are looking for and money isn’t a problem, this is the place for you.

The Palms offers only six exclusive and spacious 140 square metre villas decorated in sophisticated modern and Zanzibari colors and furnishings. The villas also contain:

  • Private Outdoor Plunge Pool
  • Satellite TV & DVD player
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe deposit box
  • Standing bar with tea / coffee making services
  • Telephone
  • Air conditioning

In addition to the rooms, there is a selection of restaurants, bars, spa, water sports and exploration and cultural activities – you and your partner will never get bored.

Their website states that:

“We are Zanzibar’s most exclusive, private resort with just six villas in a personalized and intimate setting…. the perfect, romantic getaway. The Palms is a sanctuary for those in search of tranquility…a place to stimulate the senses and experience the very best of the Island of Zanzibar.”

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7. Mount Meru Game Lodge and Sanctuary, Arusha

Set in beautiful and tranquil surroundings, the Mount Meru Game Lodge is nestled between a river and the wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to zebra, ostrich, a wide array of birds and monkeys, including the elusive Colobus monkey. The lodge is an ideal place for couples who want to see some animals and experience culture.

The Lodge features 15 guestrooms, including 2 suites, which seamlessly blend understated elegance with contemporary style.

The two suites lie generously situated in the garden overlooking the sanctuary. Each with a cozy bedroom and open living area, complete with fireplace. Both rooms offer a private garden gazebo where one can blissfully relax and soak up an atmosphere of well-being.”

While staying at the Lodge, you can also:

  • Take a coffee tour
  • Go on cultural and educational walks
  • Play golf
  • Go shanga shopping

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8. Malaika Beach Resort, Mwanza

When you think of beautiful views of water-bodies, most of us will probably think of Zanzibar. However, Mwanza, the home of Lake Victoria, also has a lot of beautiful sights to offer.  Moreover, it’s also a 2-hour drive from the western part of the Serengeti National Park and also hosts its own Rubondo Island National Park. Therefore, you can experience the beautiful views of the lake, and some wildlife.

The perfect place to stay is the Malaika Beach Resort, their website explains:

“Malaika Beach Resort, is a tranquil lake-side hideaway located close to Mwanza. This architectural marvel with its grand columns features 32 suites and is built on an imposing rock foundation with stunning views over the shoreline of Lake Victoria; Africa’s largest lake and the source of the River Nile.

The hotel’s restaurant features a variety of delicacies; such as the local Tanzanian Tilapia Fish, fresh from Lake Victoria, delicious Indian cuisine prepared by traditional Indian Chefs and eclectic Continental Cuisine. The Bar offers fine international beverages whilst the Lake Victoria Lounge or the private Beach allow you to create your own memories – those perfect moments that will last a lifetime.

The new Malaika Retreat will allow you to enjoy being pampered by well trained Spa professionals with the essence of Africa.
Soon, the Retreat also will feature a Gym, Sauna, Steam and allowing you to enjoy the African Sky from the Jacuzzi.”

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9. Pole Pole Bungalows, Mafia Island

If you are looking for a place that will help you connect with your partner, the Mafia Islands have the right blend of magical tranquility and serene beauty to help you do just that. The Pole Pole Bungalow’s use the nature of Mafia Island to create an atmosphere and mood that is truly unforgettable.

Their website says:

“Switching off the engine and sailing, no music at the restaurant, the gentle sound of wind and waves. Pole Pole “different time” is governed by natural elements: the moon, the tides, the sun, the seasons. Adjusting to a different rhythm that is dictated entirely by nature …
Discard the pre-conceived notions of your typical beach holiday, and open yourself to something completely different… Pole Pole is seamlessly integrated with its surrounding environment – cultural as well as natural. There is no distinction between the hotel and its surrounds… 

Seven bungalow suites, perfectly blended with the surrounding tropical garden, overlook the infinite hues of blue of Chole Bay, the core of Mafia Island Marine Park, Tanzania.
Pole Pole, considered one of the most exclusive eco-resorts in the world, is renowned for its great cuisine, unpretentious and laid-back atmosphere, and warm but discrete hospitality. Balancing luxury with respect for local culture and environment, it is the perfect place to relax after a safari, and the ideal base for exploring the underwater wonders of Mafia Island. With a touch of style.”

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10. Protea Hotel Courtyard, Dar es Salaam

If you are looking for a fun-filled city-based honeymoon, then there isn’t a better place than Dar-es-Salaam. Dar offers: literally hundreds of restaurants ranging from local cuisine, Ethiopian, Italian, Middle Eastern and so much more; great live music bars; dozens of cultural sights, and beach hotels. Simply put, you and your loved ones will never be bored in Dar.

The Protea Hotel Courtyard is a great place to rest after a long day in Dar:

“Warm hues of natural greenery and the pampering amenities of exceptional service combine to welcome guests at the Protea Hotel Courtyard Dar es Salaam. Conveniently located near Julius Nyerere International Airport, the city centre and a tranquil, beautiful beach our hotel’s three-star accommodation in Dar es Salaam, the financial hub of Tanzania, is suited for both business and leisure. Tastefully decorated in colonial style, all en-suite rooms are equipped with all modern amenities and are built around a beautiful, lush, green courtyard with a view of our refreshing outdoor pool. Other on-site amenities include a health club and all-day dining options at our LangiLangi Restaurant, along with drink menus at the Jahazi Bar.”

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Endless Options. Endless Romance.

Tanzania is one of the few places in the world where you can find a honeymoon destination for anyone. Whether you want an adventure, low-key relaxation or utter luxury – your first newlywed dream vacation will surely be satisfying.

For more options, check out our business directory for hotels and accommodations all over the country.

Iman Lipumba
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