12 Days
Susan’s Luxurious East African Safari Wedding & Honeymoon

1 night Nairobi | 3 nights Masai Mara | 2 nights Serengeti | 2 nights Ngorongoro Crater | 3 nights Zanzibar

Tour Highlights

  • Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
  • Gorilla & Golden Monkey Trekking
  • Serengeti Under Canvas Luxury
  • Serengeti Hot Air Balloon Trip
  • Tanzanian Wildlife Spectacular
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater Wedding Joy
  • Big Five Game Drives

Client Review

Thanks for the wishes! AndBeyond did a truly AMAZING job on the wedding and ceremony. Blair and I were sort of shocked and in awe the entire time – it was unbelievable. We absolutely love andBeyond and continue to be impressed by them in all aspects (service, conservation, etc). We are already planning our next safari while still on this one.

Tristan & Blair

Tour Consultant's Overview

This itinerary starts with gorilla trekking in Rwanda followed by a safari in Tanzania, visiting the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. Tristan and Blair were repeat clients for whom I arranged a safari to the Timbavati and Sabi Sand in July 2015.  I was absolutely thrilled when Tristan contacted me again in 2018 because he and Blair wanted to get married in Africa! As they had already been on safari in South Africa, I suggested going to East Africa this time. The jungles of Rwanda, the great plains of the Serengeti and the unique topography of the Ngorongoro Crater would provide a very different safari experience to their South African trip.  Tristan and Blair prefer luxury lodges and were very happy with the level of service and hospitality at the &Beyond lodges they stayed in on their South African safari. &Beyond also operate lodges in Tanzania, so I incorporated these into their new itinerary. I arranged for a Maasai blessing by traditional leaders to be held on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater (my clients got legally married at home before their trip).   The next day Tristan emailed me photographs – he was grinning from ear to ear – and it really does look like they got the dream wedding they were hoping for!  Not long after they got home, the New York Times interviewed Tristan & Blair for an article entitled “A Destination Wedding with Cultural Significance”.  It was published on 2 April 2019.     Tristan XXX and Blair XXX got married in January in a solo ceremony at &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, in Tanzania. A Maasai, William Ole Seki, who is regarded as a spiritual counselor and leader in his community, conducted the vows for the San Jose, Calif., couple, both 30. “We both love Africa and heard about how the lodge offered these weddings,” Mr. XXX said. “We have been to tons of weddings together, and they all seemed the same. The idea of this stood out. On the day of the ceremony, a group of 20 Maasai dressed in traditional shukas, or brightly colored wrapped cloths, and carrying fire-lit wooden sticks led Mr. XXX and Ms. XXX from their hotel room down a rose petal-covered walkway while singing Maasai wedding songs. The procession stopped at a spot on the side of a hill overlooking the Ngorongoro Crater where Mr. Ole Seki was waiting with a jug filled with water, honey and milk, all of which the Maasai consider to be essential to life. “He married us in the Maasai language and blessed us by having us drink from the jug,” Mr. XXX said. “The experience was genuine and emotional.” More singing followed, and afterward, in a nod to American tradition, the couple cut a small cake. They had a court marriage in December, but Mr. XXX said that he can’t remember the date. “To us, our Africa ceremony will always be our real wedding day,” he said.    
Susan Pattison-Wait
Day 1 Arrival in Kigali and on to Volcanoes National Park

You will be met at your Kigali hotel by an &Beyond representative who will road transfer you to Parc des Volcans where you will spend three nights. Approximately 3.5 hours’ drive

Day 1 to 4 Volcanoes National Park (3 nights)

You spend three nights at Volcanoes Virunga Lodge in a banda with ensuite bathroom. Your stay includes all meals, unlimited consumption of all alcoholic & soft drinks, laundry services, any activities clients wish to do around the lodges and a complimentary massage is also offered.

You enjoy Gorilla Trekking and Golden Monkey Trekking during your stay in Volcanoes National Park.

Day 4 Volcanoes National Park to Kigali

After a scrumptious breakfast you will be road transferred by road back to Kigali for one night on your own arrangements.

Day 5 Kigali to Serengeti National Park

Today you will make your own way to Kigali Airport for your Coastal Aviation flight to Nduta. Your flight entails completing custom and immigration formalities. Welcome to the southern part of Serengeti National Park!

Day 5 to 8 Serengeti National Park (3 nights)

You experience three nights at &Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas in a Bedouin style tent with ensuite bathroom with outside bucket shower. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, scheduled safari activities, refreshments on game drives and laundry. At dawn on your third day in the Serengeti you will enjoy a hot air balloon safari.

Day 8 Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater Conservancy

You will be transferred to Nduta airstrip for your Coastal Aviation flight to Manyara. Marvel at the beautiful scenery as you fly high above parts of the Great Rift Valley before landing at Manyara airstrip on the escarpment. A member from our &Beyond team will meet you and fellow guests, for your road transfer to &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. (Approx. 1.5 hours).

Day 8 to 10 Norongoro Crater Conservancy (2 nights)

You indulge at &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge for two nights in a suite with en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, scheduled safari activities, refreshments on game drives and laundry. During your stay at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, you will have a wedding blessing ceremony at a time and location to be arranged.

A member from our &Beyond team will drive you, and fellow guests, from &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge to Manyara Airstrip. You will be met at the airstrip by another member of our &Beyond team who will drive you, and fellow guests, to &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. The drive takes your through Lake Manyara National (Approx. 3.5 hours). Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. Lake Manyara National Park offers a wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. Apart from a spectacular setting, the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect.

Day 10 Ngorongoro Crater Conservancy to Lake Manyara National Park

A member from our &Beyond team will drive you, and fellow guests, from &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge to Manyara Airstrip. You will be met at the airstrip by another member of our &Beyond team who will drive you, and fellow guests, to &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. The drive takes your through Lake Manyara National (Approx. 3.5 hours). Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. Lake Manyara National Park offers a wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. Apart from a spectacular setting, the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect.

Day 10 to 12 Lake Manyara National Park (2 nights)

Put your feet up at &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge for two nights in an elegant stilted treehouse with ensuite bathroom with bath, outdoor shower and viewing deck. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, scheduled safari activities, refreshments on game drives and laundry.

Day 12 Departure

A member of our &Beyond team will drive you, and fellow guests, to Manyara Airstrip (Approx. 1.5 hours) for your Coastal Aviation flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you connect with your international flight home.

Volcanoes National Park: Virunga Safari Lodge

"An enchanting mountain retreat idyllically located near the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda."

Situated in the far northwest corner of Rwanda, the Parc National des Volcans protects the steep rainforested slopes of the magnificent Virungas mountain range. Home to the rare mountain gorilla, the Virungas volcanoes span Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the Parc National des Volcans being the Rwandese element of this ecosystem. The lush slopes of these volcanoes provide a dramatic natural setting for one of the most thrilling and memorable wildlife experiences ― seeing the mountain gorilla in its natural habitat. Roughly half of the world’s wild population of mountain gorillas is resident on the Rwandan slopes of the Virungas.

Set on a stunning hillside, the magnificent Virunga Safari Lodge boasts panoramic vistas of the Virunga Volcanoes and the beautiful lakes of Ruhondo and Bulera Rustic, but comfortable chalets include spacious bedrooms, luxurious beds, well-equipped bathrooms and private verandas with sweeping views of the breathtaking surrounds.

Guests can tuck into hearty breakfasts, delicious lunches and superb three-course dinners. Those in need of relaxation can laze around the inviting sitting room or enjoy the cosy warmth of the indoor fireplace on chilly evenings. Adventures include tracking gorillas and golden monkeys, hikes to the top of the volcanoes, scenic walks through the picturesque villages surrounding the lodge or day trips to the lively towns of Kigali or Kampala.

In the evenings, you can relax around a crackling log fire with the other guests and swap stories about your day's adventures. Take a gentle stroll through one of the picturesque villages. Enjoy being entertained by the local Indore dance troupe.

Serengeti National Park: &Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas Camp

“A luxurious semi- permanent tented camp that moves around the Serengeti year round bringing guests within range of the Great Migration.”

Famed for its vast tree-less grasslands and excellent wildlife sightings, the endless open plains of Tanzania’s magnificent Serengeti National Park boast 35 species of plains-dwelling game and prolific birdlife. The annual movement of wildebeest and other herbivores across East Africa’s Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is one of the greatest spectacles in the natural world. Over two million animals participate in this great migration, with some 200 000 zebra ahead of and 500 000 Thomson’s gazelle behind the main players – one and a half million wildebeest. The wildebeest spend the wet season on the south eastern Tanzanian plains and the Serengeti’s dry season on the plains of Kenya’s Masai Mara. The &Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas camps follow the Great Migration, bringing guests as close as possible to all the action.

&Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas reaches far beyond the bounds of the traditional Tanzanian safari – the sumptuously luxurious tented, seasonal camps move around the Serengeti year round, bringing guests within range of the Great Migration. When the Migration crosses over into Kenya, the camps remain in the remote, beautiful corners of the Serengeti, renowned for excellent resident game. The two intimate camps feature just eight ensuite safari tents each, carefully positioned in exclusive semi-permanent campsites in the Serengeti National Park. Booked on a nightly basis, each luxury ensuite mobile tent boasts a comfortable double bed, ensuite bathroom, separate w.c. and bucket shower – this is the ultimate in luxury camping. The guest areas comprise comfortable tents for dining, meeting for a pre-dinner drink, or just for whiling the time away between safaris – complete with private butler service, delicious home-baked meals, and traditional bush dinners served under the stars.

Ngorongoro Crater Conservancy: &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

“A luxurious award-winning safari lodge perched on the edge of the Crater rim with breath-taking views out over the Crater”

The Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania, once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Today, long since having collapsed and eroded, it is an extensive highland area with the famous 600 m deep Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. Endangered black rhino are protected within its rim, giant tusked elephants wander the forests, black-maned lions stalk the grasslands, and flamingos crowd the soda lakes. An estimated 25 000 large mammals are resident in this bowl of plenty, including a population of approximately 6 000 resident wildebeest, 16 highly endangered black rhino and around 70 lions. Cheetah move in and out of the Crater, while leopard are most often encountered in the spectacular Lerai Forest. &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, consistently recognised as one of the world’s most luxurious and elegant places to stay, sits right on the edge of the Crater, offering unbeatable views of one of the natural travel wonders of the world.

Perched on the edge of the Crater rim, &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge’s sumptuous safari suites present breath-taking views. Inspired in design by the Maasai mud and stick manyatta (homestead), this is without doubt one of the most architecturally spectacular safari lodges in Africa. Three separate and intimate camps are reminiscent of a bygone era totalling just 30 suites in all. Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted mud and thatch suite is adorned with graceful antiques and grand chandeliers. The bedroom, sitting room and ensuite bathroom boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows, overlooking the magnificent Crater below. Ensuite bathrooms, with a centerpiece of red roses, feature huge showers and chandelier-lit bathtubs. Personal butlers discreetly tend to guests’ every need, bringing tea in bed, stoking fireplaces and drawing luxurious baths. Described as “Maasai meets Versailles”, each camp has its own guest sitting and dining areas and viewing decks. The domed dining room, with its grand fireplace, turns every meal into a special occasion.

Lake Manyara National Park: &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Camp

“A sophisticated safari lodge cradles in the boughs of ancient mahogany trees in Lake Manyara National Park”

Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania offers a wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. Here, the Great Rift Valley is at its most impressive, with the escarpment dropping some 500 metres down to the lakeshore. Apart from a spectacular setting, the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect. The shores of the lake, encrusted with pink flamingo, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. Large herds of buffalo, cheetah, Masai giraffe and impala roam the lake shores and the forested valley slopes. Troops of several hundred olive baboon appear alongside Sykes monkey and short-eared galago. Cape clawless otter, Egyptian mongoose, hippo and klipspringer are other park residents.

Set in the heart of a mahogany forest, &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is the only lodge in Lake Manyara National Park. The Lodge, which was designed to exert minimal impact on the environment, is situated in the remote southwestern region of the Park. Cradled in the boughs of ancient mahogany trees, ten stilted treehouse suites are a sophisticated blend of intimacy and romance, offering privacy and exclusivity. Each treehouse suite features generous decks suspended above the forest floor and large windows to invite the lush forest inside. The bathrooms have freestanding baths with a forest view and an outdoor shower. Overlooking a forest boma (outdoor dining area), guest areas are characterised by soaring spaces. An interactive kitchen allows guests to observe the preparation of delicious Pan African food that is enjoyed in the boma, on dining decks or on private viewing decks. Breakfasts and picnics are also served on the lakeshore.

Included in price Volcanoes National Park: Gorilla Trekking Tour

The Mountain Gorilla is an endangered species with an estimated number in 2010 of 790. Thanks to the work of zoologist Dian Fossey and the success of the movie “Gorillas in the Mist”, their plight has caught the imagination of the world. On a gorilla trekking safari, it is possible to enter their habitat with a skilled gorilla guide and spend a short time in the company of a gorilla family. Sitting within a small family group of some of the closest relatives to humans is one of the world's greatest wildlife experiences and a gorilla safari is a 'must' for serious wildlife enthusiasts.
An hour spent with a Mountain Gorilla family is a very tranquil, relaxing and therapeutic experience, allowing us to realise how simple life really can be, and just how complicated we humans have made our own lives. Contrary to the "King Kong" myth of an aggressive, savage beast, gorillas are social animals that are rather shy, peaceful vegetarians with a strong family structure.
Gorilla Trekking is carefully monitored and only a certain number of permits are issued every day, which means advance booking is necessary. One permit gets you one hour with the Gorillas. Your gorilla guide will give you a briefing before the trekking commences. Tracking the gorillas through the forest requires patience and stamina, sometimes walking uphill for a few hours in the mud and wet, but the effort is well rewarded when you come across these gentle creatures in their natural habitat.

Included in price Volcanoes National Park: Golden Monkey Tour

Golden monkeys are known to have unique characters and are a rare species that are endangered at the moment and they are currently found in the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda. They are easily recognized due to the yellow patches that can be seen all over their bodies. The Golden monkeys are also known as ‘the Old world monkey’ and the only way to separate these primates from others is by their noses. There is a unique character about the golden monkeys and that is most of the monkeys have their nostrils pointing to the sides but if you look closely at the golden monkeys, their nostrils face upwards.
Golden monkey trekking in Rwanda mostly takes place in the Volcanoes which is found in the Virunga Mountains and it has only one session per day which starts in the morning
The Golden monkeys in the Rwanda are divided into two troops and the largest is located in the Sabinyo and this has 80 to 100 monkeys and it is the most visited troop in Rwanda. The other troop is located in the Volcanoes and it is slightly smaller in number.

Included in price Serengeti National Park: Daily Safari Programme at AndBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas

The Serengeti National Park, meaning “endless plains” in the Maasai language, is undoubtedly one of the world’s most celebrated wilderness areas and is an ongoing source of inspiration to writers, filmmakers and photographers.
It is Tanzania’s oldest game reserve, renowned as the site of the annual Great Migration, when an estimated three million antelope – mostly wildebeest — migrate to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve

The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years. Early man himself made an appearance in Olduvai Gorge about two million years ago. Some patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves.

Included in price Serengeti National Park: Hot Air Balloon Safari

Some things are worth getting up early for and this is certainly one of them. Rising before the birds and heading out in the silence of the pre-dawn towards the launch-site is all part of the anticipation. Perhaps one of the Serengeti’s more elusive inhabitants will be caught in the headlights on this nocturnal game drive.
Your pilot takes you through the important safety briefing ahead of your flight as the sky begins to lighten and the crew inflates the balloon - an envelope of savannah gold and acacia green billowing into the cool morning, lit by the flames of the burners. You climb into the basket and prepare to lift into the dawn.
Each flight is a different journey dictated by the direction of the wind, where the sights and sounds rise from the ground to meet you. We know where we’ve started but we don’t know where we will return to earth. This is part of the adventure. Sometimes the basket will be gently brushing the tips of the grass and then climbing, climbing through the layers of air until you’re high enough to see the curve of the horizon, painted gold and pink by the early sun. Our pilots not only have years of experience in harnessing the African wind, but are also interpreters of the wild lives in the ebb and flow of the landscape below. Around an hour or so after you lift into the sky, the basket will return to the plains of the Serengeti. But it’s not over yet.
“The Winds have welcomed you with softness. The Sun has blessed you with its warm hands….” The balloonist’s tradition is to toast the flight with bubbly. A short walk or drive from your landing spot will find you raising a glass to your time in the skies. We then seek to take care of earthly concerns and whisk you off by safari car to our special Serengeti breakfast spot.
There is truly nothing to compare with breakfast served under the sweeping canopy of an acacia in the middle of the Serengeti plains. Tropical fruit, bread baked this morning and eggs cooked in the bush, all made more delicious by the location, and served on linen, bone china and Sheffield cutlery in an 'Out of Africa' style. Shoulder to shoulder with your fellow passengers, this is a time to soak in the exceptional flight you’ve just been a part of and absorb the moment.

Ngorongoro Crater Conservancy: Daily Safari Programme at AndBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

The Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania, once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.

Today, long since having collapsed and eroded, it is an extensive highland area with the famous 600m deep Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth.

Lake Manyara National Park: Daily Safari Programme at AndBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Lake Manyara National Park offers a wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. Apart from a spectacular setting, the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect.

The shores of the lake, encrusted with pink flamingo, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. Large herds of buffalo, cheetah, Masai giraffe and impala roam the lake shores and the forested valley slopes.

A Lake Manyara safari is a fascinating experience, as the park also features a ground-water forest, acacia tortilis woodland and hot springs called Maji Moto. Troops of several hundred olive baboon appear alongside Sykes monkey and short-eared galago. Cape clawless otter, Egyptian mongoose, hippo and klipspringer are other park residents.

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This itinerary started on 6 January 2019
When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 16,697
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