Kathryn and Luke
Tanzania Tanzania Entebbe, Uganda Serengeti, Tanzania Newark, New Jersey
We begin our honeymoon adventure with two long flights on Brussels Airlines. Here's hoping that all of Luke's business travel this year will result in a nice upgrade!
Help us toast the first night of our honeymoon in Entebbe, Uganda with some champagne!
We begin our journey by spending two nights at 2 Friends Beach Hotel in Entebbe, Uganda. The hotel is situated on a beach on Lake Victoria. We're hoping to adjust to the time zone in style with som...
After two long flights, what better way to unwind than a couples massage on Lake Victoria?
Help us capture every single moment of our honeymoon with digital memory cards.
Our trip involves many journeys to and from airports, and so we'll need to take lots of taxis!
We're flying AeroLink Uganda on a small aircraft to get to Bwindi Kihihi airstrip. From there, it's an hour drive into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, where around half of the world's po...
Three nights each for the two of us at Buhoma Lodge, which is located in Bwindi Forest, in one of their 8 guest cottages. The Lodge is located only a short walk from a trail into the heart of the g...
Kathryn would like to rent a specialized camera lens to capture all the exciting wildlife on this trip. Let's just hope the wildlife doesn't walk away with her camera!
In order to trek to the gorillas in Bwindi Forest, we need to purchase two permits, which are in limited supply. The gorilla trekking permit allows you to hike through the forest with a guide in se...
Nothing really builds an appetite quite like trying to find a gorilla family! We've heard that the food at Buhoma Lodge is particularly good, using fruits and vegetables purchased from the local co...
On Day 6, we take a charter flight operated by Coastal Airways to Kogatende, Tanzania, where our Serengeti safari adventure begins! Here's hoping that Kathryn won't get scared by the small airplane...
Four nights each for the two of us at a camp... Okay, we'll be honest... "camp" might be a bit of a misnomer here! The Sayari Mara Camp is a permanent camp located in Serengeti Mara, providing a ni...
We all know Luke loves his coffee! Help keep him awake during our honeymoon by supplying him with coffee every day of our trip!
Although we're hoping to get up close and personal with the wildlife as much as possible, having a pair of binoculars wouldn't hurt our safari experience!
Before each day's activities, we need to fuel up with breakfast! Sayari Mara has both a cold buffet, including fresh fruit, cereals, yogurts, fresh muffins and freshly baked bread, and a hot buffet...
The Serengeti Mara is a remote region in the north of Tanzania that only recently started to open up to visitors, even though there is often big migration action to be found in this area at this ti...
The great Serengeti wildebeest migration is the movement of vast numbers of the Serengeti's wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of zebra, and smaller numbers of Grant's gazelle, Thompson's gaz...
At Sayari Mara Camp, there is a morning and afternoon safari with lunch and a siesta back in camp. But for the truly adventurous, you can do a full-day game drive with a picnic lunch -- who needs a...
The Serengeti is believed to hold the largest population of lions in Africa due in part to the abundance of prey species. More than 3,000 lions live in the Serengeti. We hope to catch a lion pride ...
Nothing says "luxury camp" quite like a deep soaking bathtub overlooking the Serengeti, although we think adding bubbles and champagne could take the experience to the next level!
Visiting the hippos at the watering hole is definitely on our must do list! We've heard the hippos are active and sometimes you can even catch them playing.
Nothing builds up an appetite like watching predators catch their prey! Hopefully we can "catch" dinner at the Sayari Mara while watching a beautiful sunset. (Sorry, bad attempt at a pun!)
On Day 10, we take a charter flight and a small motorboat to Mahale, a mountain region inaccessible by car on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Western Tanzania.
Three nights each for the two of us at Greystoke Mahale, which has been described as "heaven at the end of the earth." Set in palm trees at the back of a gin clear lake and white-sand beach, this ...
The combination of luggage limitations on small airplanes and the daily outdoor activities means that we're going to get pretty stinky. Help us stay clean on our honeymoon by funding our laundry fe...
The primary - or should I say primate - activity in Mahale Mountain National Park is wild chimpanzee trekking. We need to purchase two of the limited permits to participate in this activity, which ...
In order to participate in two days of chimpanzee trekking, Greystoke Mahale will have to prepare us packed lunches for our journey.
As if trekking through the forest to find wild chimpanzees is not enough, we're hoping to get some kayaking done on the picturesque Lake Tanganyika, situated between the Mahale mountains of Tanzani...
What says "honeymoon" better than a private dinner on the beach? We can't think of a more romantic and peaceful setting.
On Day 13, we take a Safari Airlink flight to Ruaha National Park, home to one of the finest game reserves in Africa, one whose reputation is founded upon its enormous size, lack of human encroachm...
Three nights each for the two of us "roughing it" at Kwihala Camp in Ruaha National Park. There are only six tents at this camp, and it's located far from the other camps in Ruaha, meaning that it'...
Ruaha is believed to have the highest concentration of elephants than any national park in East Africa. We hope to see lots of these majestic creatures via safari drives during our time in Ruaha Na...
Vehicle safaris are the easiest way to see the abundant wildlife and the famous baobab trees in Ruaha National Park.
Ruaha National Park has all the predators on show, with very good lion, leopard and cheetah viewing, as well as wild dog and hyena. Kathryn is particularly interested in spotting the leopard during...
Ruaha National Park also offers the option of walking safaris accompanied by a walking guide and an armed park ranger because, let's face it, neither one of us can outrun a cheetah.
After seeing every animal under the sun eat, we're going to get hungry too! Kwihala Camp offers the option to eat dinner under the stars, which we fully intend to do.
Kwihala Camp offers the option of doing a safari drive at night. So just in case Kathryn doesn't get spooked by watching predators devour their prey during the day, we can try again when it gets dark!
On Day 16, we take a flight and boat to Fanjove Island, part of the Songo Songo Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It is one of only two private-island experiences in Tanzania. Before 2013, the isl...
We are spending the last couple of nights on our honeymoon at the Fanjove Island Lodge, in one of their six bandas. Each has their own separate sandy path leading away from the main area and the cl...
After many days of waking up early to chase animals, we'll be looking forward to sleeping in and enjoying breakfast in bed while staying at the Fanjove Island Lodge.
Our time at Fanjove Island is for relaxing, and what better way to relax than a couples massage on the beach?
Fanjove Island is hope to the coconut crab, the largest land crab on earth. A coconut crab sighting is a treat, as the creature is threatened in the Indian Ocean as it is widely eaten and used in ...
With the crystal clear waters surrounding Fanjove Island, how could we not take advantage of snorkeling? We've heard sightings of sweetlips, black triggerfish, parrotfish, pufferfish, scorpionfish ...