The Most Excited We’ve Been In a While…

by Poi on September 4, 2014

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It’s time; we can finally reveal our plans for the next couple of months or our pre-ski season getaway as we like to call it, many also refer it to as our honeymoon but this was all planned long before we decided to get married this September.

Where are we going?

We’ll be spending eight weeks in Tanzania!

It’s all sorted. Our flights are booked for the 24th September (4 days after the wedding) and passports came back last week complete with a three month visa each.

We’re both incredibly excited to be heading to Africa for the first time and despite not mentioning it on here have had East Africa penned in as our next destination for quite some time.

Why Tanzania?

Towards the end of our two years in Asia we got quite hooked on diving and was lucky enough to experience the underwater world in some very impressive locations. Since being back in the UK diving is something we still talk about quite a lot (although not being tempted by the cold waters here).

In March 2013 we went to the International Dive Show in London and after our experience of swimming with whale sharks in the Philippines we were excited to sit down and listen to the experts talk about them. During this talk there was a lot of talk about Mafia Island and the marine reserve surrounding the island which obviously stuck in our head.

A few weeks later after a little bit of research Mafia Island had become our next must do location and it didn’t take long for other parts of Tanzania to join that list.

Tanzanian VisaTanzania Visa

Our Rough Itinerary

Over the last year or so we’ve had a lot of conversations about how long our trip to Tanzania should be, it started at a mere four weeks and as you now know has doubled since then to eight.

Much of this was down to our other main plan of working a ski season in Europe, until we had a job sorted it was hard to commit to any amount of time in case we couldn’t secure a job and had to think about a more long term travel plan in order to manage out finances better.

With jobs secured it was an easy decision to extend the trip to eight weeks, we’ll be able to travel slower overland, not have to skip on any of the destinations we have in mind and might even be able to get some writing done while we’re there before Crystal Ski start taking up all our time.

8 Weeks in Tanzania

Zanzibar (Matemwe & Stone town) > Pemba Island > Arusha > Ngorengoro Crater > Lake Victoria > Kigoma > Gombe > Dar Es Salaam > Selous Game Reserve > Molka > Mafia Island > Dar Es Salaam.

Obviously it’s all going to be pretty incredible but a few of the highlights we’re looking forward to most are: Zanzibar for obvious reasons, Pemba Island for the beauty of Zanzibar but without the large hotels, Mafia Island for the diving as mentioned above and Gombe because of the Jane Goodall link.

No Place To Be Timeline

20th September – Get Married

24th September – Fly to Tanzania

19th NovemberSki Season in Austria

Sometime in April 2015 – Decide what to do next…

This is where we need your help, with all this wedding planning and only just finishing full time jobs we need all the recommendations you’ve got. Have you been to any of the places mentioned above? Do you have any tips? As ever it’s all greatly appreciated!


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Beverley - Pack Your Passport September 4, 2014 at 2:03 pm

This will come as NO surprise to you guys but my suggestion for afterwards is…a New Zealand working holiday! 🙂
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Poi September 4, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Haha no surprise at all Beverley, a good call though so we’ll have to see what happens 😉


Michelle | Lights Camera Travel September 5, 2014 at 5:21 am

Haven’t been to Tanzania but I am looking forward to hearing all about it and seeing your photos! I have only heard amazing things.
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Poi September 16, 2014 at 10:18 am

Thanks, we look forward to sharing as well!


Michael Hodson September 5, 2014 at 1:34 pm

First, congrats and the wedding and the trip. Will be great. So happy for you.

Second, why not just fly into Kili airport, so you don’t have to backtrack to Dar after you do the Kili area. Could do the Kili area, then the Dar area, then Selious. Actually, might be better to fly into Rwanda, and do the Goodall region, then Kili, then Dar, then, Selious, then out. The bus transport between all those spots can be a bit rough. Not a lot of fun to double backtrack, if you can avoid it. Just a suggestion.
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Poi September 6, 2014 at 8:45 am

Thanks, Michael.

These are exactly the sort of suggestions we need, it’s a little bit overwhelming trying to plan a journey over such a large area.


Ali September 16, 2014 at 8:54 am

Exciting! I’d love to go to Tanzania someday, though I think the safari-related stuff is my main priority. I don’t dive, and I didn’t even realize it was a big diving destination. Congrats again on the wedding, and enjoy your amazing trip!
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Poi September 16, 2014 at 10:15 am

Thanks, Ali. The diving was definitely the first priority but think we’re both just as excited about the safari side of things as well now. Really can’t wait!


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