For newlywed couples, honeymoon planning can be just as important as the wedding itself. For many, it’s a once in a lifetime experience filled with romance, adventure and excitement.
However, arguments can soon arise when it comes to choosing that all important destination!
Historically, most couples favor the allure of the beach getaway: sipping cocktails and watching the sun set over a dreamy landscape. Whilst this type of honeymoon still retains its appeal, more and more newlyweds are looking to inject a little bit more adventure into their post-wedding getaway.
According to a new research by Tanzania Odyssey, Tanzania, with its stunning landscapes, rich culture and thrilling safaris, is now the leading honeymoon hotspot on the planet.
Fending off competition from rival beach locations like Hawaii and Mauritius, the East African nation recently topped a poll that aimed to uncover the world’s most popular honeymoon destination for 2018.
Breaking from tradition, the research found that 40% of couples now prefer an adventure vacation, so it’s no real surprise to see Africa safari destinations attract more loved-up tourists.
Brimming with activities, from hiking up the famous Mount Kilimanjaro, to heading out on a game drive at one of the continent’s most breath-taking national parks, there really is so much to experience and enjoy.
Serengeti National Park is perhaps the most famous attraction and one of the major reasons couples are packing for East Africa.
The iconic national park gives newlyweds the chance to see ‘Africa’s big 5’ in their natural habitat, while you can also get up close and personal with the landscape in a picture-perfect location.
With more than 120 ethnic tribes in Tanzania, starry-eyed lovers are also drawn to the nation’s unique culture. The largest ethnic groups include the Sukuma Chagga, Haya, and Nyamwezi and all these tribes are united by use of Swahili or Kiswahili – a coastal Bantu language with Arabic influence.
According to the study, the next most popular destination for newlyweds was Hawaii with 13% of couples quizzed admitting they would love to kick back in Honolulu.
The Maldives came in 3rdplace, with just over one in 10 choosing the islands as an ideal honeymoon location.
Madagascar also came out in the top five destinations, another African nation renowned for its adventure and astonishing landscapes, including Isalo National Park.