Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Kilimanjaro airport
Private transfer from Kilimanjaro airport to your hotel in Arusha
Accommodation in Arusha
- 6 Luxurious Garden Cottages
- 1 Family Cottage:2 rooms
- 2 Luxury Rooms in the Old Farmhouse
A very private experience on the outskirts of Arusha, the Legendary Coffee Lodge is situated on its own genuine coffee plantation with views of Mount Meru spanning behind. Each of the six garden cottages has their own private veranda and is beautifully decorated with a colonial feel. They have large and extremely comfortable beds and a lounge area with a fireplace to take the chill off the cooler African nights. The family cottage has two bedrooms and a private garden which is a superb way to spend some time relaxing in absolute luxury during your stopover in the bustling city pre- or post-safari. Two cosy en-suite rooms in the Old Farmhouse provide a comfortable retreat from which to explore the grounds of this genuine coffee plantation. After roughly an hour’s drive through Arusha, you will arrive onto this working coffee farm and will have the chance to either relax and spend time in the well kept grounds, or venture into the city to see some of the museums and markets on offer. The service is excellent due to the small number of people you will actually be sharing the ground with, and serves as a perfect stopover if you need to stay over in Arusha.
- 18 Plantation Rooms
- 12 Plantation Suites
- Swimming Pool
- Wireless Internet Access
Quite ideally situated on the outskirts of busy Arusha, this lodge is a brilliant spot to stay either before or after your safari in Tanzania. It is quite a surprisingly long drive through town to reach from Kilimanjaro International Airport (roughly 90 minutes) but as it is hidden on the grounds of one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations, the distance is worth it. Yes, you might be exposed to a busy city and hard traffic but once you arrive, the plantation houses offer you a homely space to either relax after a long international flight, or to flick through your photos before you head home again. In the main lodge you can enjoy the warmth of open log fires while sipping a well-earned gin and tonic or spend time out on the garden terrace breathing in the smells of the plantations around you. The plantation itself can be explored on a 2 hour guided walk which is a superb insight into the methods of coffee harvesting and ends with an excellent brew of the local beans at the end. You have the chance to venture into Arusha if the need takes you, but otherwise you can just make the most of the large grounds which are very popular with locals and expatriates alike. If the midday heat gets a bit much, they also have a pool that is great for dipping your toes into and topping up your safari tan.
Enjoy a restful overnight stay in your chosen accommodation in or just outside Arusha.
Private transfer from Arusha to the Ngorongoro Crater with lunch at Lake Manyara
Lake Manyara National Park is part of the Maasai ecosystem and lies at the base of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, and where lush grasslands, swamp and woodland surround a large soda lake. Home to blue monkeys, baboons, tree-climbing lions, buffalos, elephant, giraffes, hippos and is a bird-watcher's paradise with 350 species of birds (including flamingos).
Your safari will explore just the northern corridor of the park, where you will see plenty of game and stop by the hippo pool for a picnic lunch overlooking the lake.
Lodges in Ngorongoro Crater
- 16 Lovely Rooms
- 2 bedroom Family Farmhouse Suite
- 2 bedroom Family Bamboo unit
- 4 bedroom Garden House for Families
- Swimming Pool
- Restaurant, bar and wine cellar
Located in Karatu, close to the entrance to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Plantation Lodge is both a stylish and a convenient place to stay during your safari. More of a country retreat than a safari lodge, this beautiful property has individually furnished rooms and suites which give you ultimate comfort and relaxation. The garden is just gorgeous to walk around and being set away from the high traffic that the Crater attracts, you will be able to relax with this world wonder just a short distance away. The 14 rooms, which are all en suite, are simply furnished and surrounded by well-kept and colourful gardens. In addition there is also an impressive honeymoon suite which has an enormous bed, and a fabulous ‘Jacuzzi shower’. Many of the rooms can also be used as triples, and there is a 2 bedroom family suite; a family house comprising two separate bedrooms with a private dining area / lounge and patio, which would be ideal for two couples travelling together. For bigger families or groups the 4 bedroom Garden House would be ideal. There is also a good sized swimming pool situated in the gardens. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area starts just 20 minutes by car from Plantation Lodge. After a drive of a further half-hour visitors reach the edge of the crater at an altitude of 2,500 metres / 8,000 feet where they are rewarded with a breathtaking panorama. When the morning mists float over the edge of the crater they reveal the large volcanic caldera. The crater, which formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago, is 610 metres (2,000 feet) deep and its floor covers 260 square kilometres (100 square miles). Some 25,000 animals live in the caldera – Zebras, buffalo, antelope, lions, black rhinos, hippos, elephants … They all feed on the abundant grazing grounds and the groundwater of the crater floor.
- 18 Cottages
- African Living Spa
- Working Farm
This is a wonderfully comfortable and charming lodge, set in a working farm within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. A short drive from the famous Ngorongoro Crater surrounded by forest and gardens Gibb’s Farm gives you some peace and quiet away from the bustling traffic that congregates around the busy crater rim. This interesting working farm is a great place to get out of the safari vehicle and walk the 95 acres of farm and forest that make up Gibb’s. The farmhouse itself is surrounding by rather charming English gardens and where you can simply relax and enjoy the organic coffee that is processed and roasted just outside the door of the lodge. Each of the 18 cottages is very interestingly decorated with names and themes relating to different aspects of the farm and surrounding communities. Each cottage has its own unique story which certainly adds a certain charm to the place. The warm main dining area is perfect to relax with a good book, or you could simply enjoy a turn about the gardens. Activities around here are plentiful and either take in the surrounding farm and village or you could go further afield and explore the Conservation Area that the lodge sits adjacent to. Either way, Gibb’s Farm offers you the chance to relax within a beautiful area before you explore the Crater itself.
- Eight domes including a family and a honeymoon suite
- In-room wood-burning stoves
- Dining area
Set high on the slopes of Olmoti volcano, with views all the way to the Serengeti, this camp is far from any other camp in the area, yet guests can get to the Ngorongoro crater floor for dawn. Eight domed perspex-and-canvas suites offer king-sized beds with floor-to-canvas-ceiling bay windows opening out to the spectacular views, en-suite bathrooms and wood-burning stoves for the cold winter evenings. One is designed to accommodate two adults and two children and the honeymoon suite is a little bit more private with a large elevated deck and an outdoor hot tub. This warm and stylish high altitude camp is redefining the Ngorongoro experience. Deliberately positioned deep in this highland wilderness for maximum privacy, it offers a richness of adventure and range of activities not possible elsewhere in crater area. The camp is perfectly located for great hikes and nature walks, or you can visit the local Maasai communities to get a glimpse into the way of life that has shaped this area of East Africa while sightings of zebra, buffalo, porcupine and even elephants have been reported from the camp.
- 12 suites in North Camp
- 12 suites in South Camp
- 6 suites in Tree Camp
- Private Butler Service
Perched up high on the edge of this remarkable natural wonder, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge has prime place among many other lodges in the area. With views spanning the spectacular caldera, you can enjoy a relaxing visit to this otherwise bustling attraction and dip into a world that is the permanent home to roughly 25,000 animals. The large swarms of game that find sanctuary here roam over 20 kilometres on the crater floor and this allows for some excellent game viewing opportunities. Prides of bachelor lions are sometimes seen spanning the landscape, on the hunt for their own families and dotted in among the plains game you might spot a rhino rump in the distance. Morning and afternoon game drives are taken by highly experienced guides and if you want to visit the nearby Olduvai Gorge that is also available when vehicle occupancy allows. The crater can get quite busy but with three potential areas within the lodge to hide away, you will not really notice the thirty suites that make up the lodge. North and South Camp both have twelve beautiful suites and the Tree Camp, slightly set apart from the others, has just six. Raised up on stilts, these rooms are all tastefully decorated with Tanzanian hardwoods and silk curtains which make the room nice and warm; the ridge can get quite nippy, after all! The dining areas have lovely viewing decks and extremely comfortable indoor lounges which are ideal for catching up on some midday afternoon reading, or ticking off the birds that you might have seen so far. You could also decide to have a relaxing massage in your room, and completely pamper yourself.
- Ten Manor Cottages (twenty suites) and One Stable Cottage
- Riding stables
- Dining room, conservatory and bar
- Massage facilities
- Swimming Pool
- Library, Billiard room, TV/cinema room
Echoing the style of an elegant farm home, The Manor is Ngorongoro Crater’s answer to luxury country living. Designed with Cape Dutch architecture, this is a sumptuous and indeed homely property found in a 1500-acre Arabica coffee estate, right next to the renowned Ngorongoro conservation area. Accommodation comes in the form of charming, private manor cottages and one larger stable cottage. All enjoy bundles of comfort, lavish amenities and lush hill views, though the two-storey stable cottage features an impressive three bedrooms, dining and lounging areas and an upstairs playroom for little ones. Besides witnessing the awesome game of the crater, your time here can be spent feasting on delicious cuisine, relaxing with a massage or dip in the pool and horse riding and cycling around the surrounding area.
Spend your days exploring all the dramatic scenery and safari scenes of the Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area. The largest intact volcanic caldera in the world, this magnificent geography and fertile soils lure huge herds of plains game and predators in what makes for a multi-coloured and thrilling amphitheater of wildlife. The Big Five are all present here and you can spot flamingos on the central soda lake, zebras grazing along the plains, lions lazing in the tall grass and leopards in the trees of the crater rims. Daily game drives are as standard with all the lodges here, but other activities will vary according to which you choose.
Transfer to Manyara airstrip
Light aircraft flight from Manyara to Lobo
Transfer from Lobo airstrip to your chosen lodge or camp in the North Serengeti
Lodges and camps in North Serengeti
- Eight Safari Tents
- Curio Cabinet
Kimondo Camp is a camp of just eight tents, in a prime location overlooking the river. Watching the sun rise over the Mara river in front your tent in the morning is a special experience. With just eight luxury tents, you will receive some excellent service and delicious cuisine right in the heart of the bush. The tents are spacious and comfortable but simply decorated due to the mobile nature of the camp. You will not miss your creature comforts here however, with flush toilets and proper sinks, it is a rather adventurous way to spend your safari with sights of the roaming animals around you. Being a seasonal camp that moves twice a year in order to base itself in the best possible location for wildlife and the Migration. From 15th November to 15th March in the Southern Serengeti, Kimondo will be to the south east of the Kusini area, about an hour’s drive south west of Ndutu, one of the most peaceful parts of the Serengeti. The short grass plains play host to just three other camps, so other vehicles will be a rare sighting.
- 10 Stone Cottages
- Swimming Pool
- Safari Shop
Just outside the Serengeti National Park in an enormous concession area of 24,500 acres, Klein’s Camp is perched on the edge of the Kuka Hills in the north eastern part of this wonderful ecosystem. Ten rather tastefully decorated stone cottages offer you a luxurious way to spend your nights in this rugged terrain. With a dash of the old colonial influences touching the edges of the lodge, the luxury experienced here is beautifully coupled with the game experiences. The private verandas out in front of your cottage give you the chance to simply sit and sip a gin and tonic watching the world go by, with the animals often wondering through into the camp providing special close encounters. The beautifully furnished bar and lounge area is ideal with a good book and if you fancy a refreshing dip then you could always make use of the crystal clear swimming pool. A variety of landscapes including wide open grasslands, forested riverbanks, wooded hillsides and marshland are home to a whole host of animals and superb birdlife. Elephants love it here and browse the area in their great family herds, mingling between the migratory wildebeest when they arrive each year between July and November. With the Maasai Mara in the north and the Serengeti to the west, this concession has the best of both worlds as the game traverses through and without the park restrictions, night drives can be enjoyed from this lodge as well as guided bush walks.
- 12 Rooms in total
- Bar and lounge
- Swimming Pool
- Private Lodge with 4 Rooms and Swimming Pool
Lamai Serengeti Lodge has a pride of place up on a kopje overlooking the vast open Serengeti plains towards the Maasai Mara in Kenya. With just 12 delightfully stylish rooms all perched in, around and on top of the rock, you will be extremely well catered for and feel heartened by this little bit of paradise. Ideally placed to catch sightings of the migration as it attempts to cross the Mara River (July to October), this lodge offers you an experience that is highly sought after in relation to the epic journey of these fantastic beasts. The northern Serengeti, which is where Lamai is perfectly located, is a rather different world to the southern part of the park. With a continuous supply of lush foliage to munch on, the plains game in this area rarely needs to move on in search for greener pastures. This in turn means that the predators don’t have to leave the sanctuary of their territories to hunt and they remain rather smug in the areas around the lodge. Although leopards have a larger territorial space to traverse, they don’t need to exhaust themselves and can sometimes be seen elusively stalking among the kopjes that are so typical of this part of the Serengeti. Not far from the main lodge is a smaller, more private and exclusive lodge which has four rooms and neither lodge has any idea they exist. Each camp has its own pool, dining and lounge areas. Both are classically designed and made to completely fit in with their surroundings. Making use of the rocks they are built on, the rooms are a mix of canvas and more sturdy materials and have spectacular views from on high. Each has its own private viewing deck and veranda for those spectacular sundowners.
- 12 tents and 1 Family Tent
- Individual dining mess tent
- Hot tubs
- Wine Wall
This is one of the most luxurious and opulent tented camps in Tanzania. With first-class comfort, space and style throughout. The extremely large tents are built on raised wooden platforms on the hillside (ensuring they all have a good view of the landscape). There is an inner, closed part to the tent comprising of the bedroom and bathroom and an extremely large covered outdoor veranda outside of the this, with a seating area and jacuzzi from which to enjoy the surrounding landscape in style. The large hotel restaurant allows individual dining and plenty of relaxation space. Service is professional and helpful, with butler service. Another perk of staying here is the complimentary massages, included in your package. The excursion vehicles include a spotter (for a better chance of finding the big game) and the guides here are excellent.
Spend your days mostly exploring the northern section of the Serengeti on safari tracking the great array of game and wildlife that this vast area offers. If you're there at the right time for the great migration (depending on the season), this is the region where the herds are at their most concentrated because the North Serengeti forms the border with the Famous Maasai Mara of Kenya, and it’s where (if you’re lucky) you’ll see the infamous river crossings. It’s also an area of untamed natural beauty, of rolling hills, rivers, forests and open plains. We can suggest the best camp for you, based on your preference s and what you’re looking to get out of your experience here.
Transfer from your lodge or camp in the North Serengeti to the Lobo airstrip
Flight from Lobo to the Selous airstrip
Selous Game Reserve
Transfer from the airstrip to your lodge in the Selous Game Reserve
Lodges in Selous Game Reserve
- 5 Riverside Rooms
- 3 Hillside Suites with plunge pool
- Swimming Pool
With views over a picturesque curve in the Rufiji River, Sand Rivers Selous is ideally located for some prime game sightings. Landscapes including woodlands, lakes and wide open plains are home to a plethora of wildlife and give you the chance to see some spectacular creatures. Whether you explore the surrounding area by car, boat or on foot, you will be well cared for and in the hands of some wonderful guides. Lions and wild dog are common sightings and you could follow the elephant tracks as they span the savannahs. Buffalo are in huge numbers in this reserve and should be given a wide berth but on the back of a vehicle you will be awed by the sheer numbers that congregate here. Two types of rooms are available; 5 Riverside Rooms and 3 Hillside Suites. The Riverside Rooms are all open fronted and have been elevated on to platforms to maximise your views over the river and woodland beyond. Designed with a modern Africa touch, they are luxurious to behold and extremely comfortable. The Hillside Suites are extremely spacious and open plan, and also have their own private lounge area for you to enjoy some significant privacy. Each of these suites have their own private pool which is extremely refreshing in the heat of the afternoon.
- 12 Luxury Suites with private plunge pools
- Dedicated childrenâ??s club
- Stunning swimming pool
- All water is recycled
Opened in June 2010 Azura Selous was built on a dream, setting a new benchmark of tented luxury in the Selous over looking the rapids of the Great Ruaha River. It is the perfect choice for a romantic break, honeymoon or family safari. This is the only lodge in the Selous to have a dedicated children’s club. The twelve spacious tented suites offer air conditioning and amazing views over the rapids of the Great Ruaha River along with the utmost privacy and seclusion. Each suite has en?suite indoor stone bathrooms and large outdoor showers where you are at one with the elements of the wilderness and nature. Relax and absorb the setting in the beautiful outside seating areas with large wooden viewing decks, sun?beds, and a private plunge pool – a blessed relief to cool down after a dusty game drive or bush walk! You can even have a massage or treatment in the privacy of your own terrace listening to the river rapids. For resting, the air conditioned tented bedroom comes with plush, king?sized beds on which you will be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the sprawling river and resident hippo and gently awoken by the early morning orchestra of birdsong. Possibly the best way to fall asleep and wake up to a new day of adventure and discovery! Safari’s with Azura focus on exploring wildlife under the expert guidance of resident guides. Your days are tailor-designed to afford the best wildlife viewing experiences whether you embark on guided walks, game drives in open sided vehicles, fishing excursions from the boats or late afternoon birding expeditions. With no set itinerary, each guest’s stay is tailor made to provide the best of what the wilderness has to offer.
- North Camp: 6 luxury tents
- South Camp: 7 luxury tents
- Swimming pool
- Note: the camp is closed in April and May
Sheltered by a forest of palms, this beautiful lodge sits right on the banks of a lake formed by the Rufiji River that flows through this massive ecosystem. The camp consists of two sites; North and South. North Camp has six tents and South Camp has seven, and each location has its own swimming pool in which to enjoy a midday splash, as well as a jetty. Either can be booked as a private camp. Each tented suite is extremely well appointed and features its own private veranda. You’ll have the chance to see large populations of crocodile basking in the sun and hippos bathing in the cooling waters. Animals wander freely through the camp and the noises of the wild African bush can be heard throughout the night. With a whole host of activities to involve you in your surroundings, the game experience at Siwandu camp is absolutely superb. Enjoy excellent game drives or venture out on foot with an expert guide to find the ‘little five’ – lion ant, buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise and the rhino beetle.
A UNESCO-protected haven of game, the Selous reserve is the largest in Eastern Africa, well known for its large pack of wild dog, big game, migrating elephants, river safaris and tiger fishing. Your day to day activities here will depend on the lodge or camp you choose.
Transfer to Selous airstrip
Light aircraft flight to Pemba Island
Accommodation in Pemba Island
- 30 villas
The Aiyana nestles on the northern most edge of Pemba Island, on a remote and tranquil white-sand beach. Pure and chic, The Aiyana has been designed and built around the concept of simple materials and quality craftsmanship, embracing a vernacular architecture of high ceilings, pastel white colours, fragrant gardens, natural forms and traditional African building materials. The result is 30 villas, all with wonderful views over the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon, the coral reef and the Indian Ocean beyond, that sit at one with the surrounding landscape. Guests can explore the clear waters by dhow, head out into the surrounding forests or experience the laid back local culture on excursions to the nearby town Chake Chake. The dining options range from the Aiyana’s formal restaurant, to private meals on the beach, in your villa or even on the island under the stars. Of course, simply doing nothing is also an option.
- 18 Makuti thatched tented rooms
- 3 bars
- Infinity Pool
- Fusion Spa
Set into the south-western flank of Pemba Island the Fundu Lagoon does very well at upholding the ‘letting-go’ philosophy that comes with the hotel’s barefoot beachside luxury and design, and a lifestyle many don’t take long to give in to. Its accommodation hugs the shoreline in the form of 18 traditional Makuti thatch tented rooms, and each comes with: either double or twin beds, hot en suite showers, ceiling fans and are all moments away from the sparkling Indian Ocean. Well equipped for its secluded position, there’s a spa for beauty treatments and a number of fantastic activities for the more relaxed traveller (yoga) to the more active ones (diving courses, shipwreck snorkelling).
- Pool and deck
- Beach lounge
- Spa facilities
- Underwater room
Hidden on the remote island of Pemba off the east coast of Africa, The Manta Resort is a well kept secret. With primitive forest, undulating hills and deep fertile valleys at its back, this heavenly hideaway overlooks turquoise waters and a soft white-sand beach and offers guests total and luxurious privacy. The star attraction of the resort is the spectacular Underwater Room. Four meters below the surface of the ocean and some distance from the coast, this floating suite lets you watch the fascinating activity of the tropical seabed from inside your comfortable room. Completely surrounded by water, the top deck provides an entirely private sunbathing spot and romantic stargazing stage, while the water deck is perfect for dining and lounging. Back on land, suites take the form of Sea Front Villas, Garden Villas and Superior Garden Villas, each appointed with all the usual modern, luxury conveniences. The resort features a wonderful dining verandah overlooking the ocean, a sparkling pool with an extensive deck and a beach lounge from which to enjoy breathtaking sunsets. Unspoilt coral reefs provide captivating diving and snorkelling opportunities and at low tide a sandbank magically appears while the Ngezi Forest is an explorer’s dream. It’s home to a variety of endemic bird species, monkeys and flying fox, and is scattered within its depts are the ruins of mosques, tombs and sites that date back to the island’s Arab domination in the 17th century.
Once occupied by the Sultan of Muscat in the 17th century the Arabs called it ‘Pemba’ meaning Green Island, and as Zanzibar’s more undiscovered sister in its archipelago it has remained pleasingly unspoilt with an abundance of greenery, fertile lands for growing cloves and diving sites rich with corals and marine life.
Just 50 kilometres north of Zanzibar and one of the three ‘Spice Islands’, Pemba is considered to have more of an island profile than its siblings with lush rolling hills covered in dense forests, creeks coursing through steep green valleys, mangrove-knotted shores and beautiful flour-white beaches. Largely off the beaten track, Pemba is an authentic Swahili experience and where villagers are sometimes still taken by the sight of a visitor.
Transfer to Pemba airstrip
Flight from Pemba to Dar Es Salaam (via Zanzibar)