The Great Post-Wedding Migration

Tanzania tops honeymoon destination poll...
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Famed for the iconic Serengeti, game drives and the Maasai tribe, every year hundreds of thousands of adventure-seekers descend on Tanzania looking for the experience of a lifetime.

According to a new poll, it turns out loved-up couples are joining them too because the East-African nation has been revealed as the world’s leading honeymoon spot, according to new research by Tanzania Odyssey.

Topping a list that also includes vacation favorites Hawaii and Mauritius, the East African country has come out on top.

Contrary to traditional belief, the study found that 40% of newly married couples now prefer an adventure getaway, as opposed to spending more time in the hotel pool.

With famous attractions like 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’s plenty to keep thrill-seekers entertained.

With more than 120 ethnic tribes in Tanzania, newlyweds are also attracted the nation’s rich 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.

Interestingly, and continuing with the African theme, Madagascar also finished among the top five favourites for honeymooners. 10% of people asked in the survey revealed that the allure of Ile Sainte Marie and Isalo National Park was too much to resist.

The research also found that couples will finalise bookings for the honeymoon trip four months prior to the wedding, spending around $6,000 on the getaway. That’s nearly three times the cost of the average wedding dress and a clear sign of what brides and grooms now value.

The top honeymoon destinations in full were:

  • Tanzania – 17%
  • Hawaii – 13%
  • Maldives – 11%
  • Mauritius – 10%
  • Madagascar -9% welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on