Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and Greet on arrival in Kilimanjaro airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Arusha
Accommodation 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.
- 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.
Enjoy a restful overnight stay in your comfortable accommodation in or just outside of Arusha, the safari capital of Tanzania, before your adventure begins in the morning.
Private transfer from Arusha hotel to Arusha airport
Light aircraft flight from Arusha to the Serengeti
Transfer to your lodge or camp in the Serengeti
Serengeti National Park
Accommodation in Serengeti National Park
- 15 Luxury Tented Suites
- Swimming Pool
A larger scale of luxury based in the northern part of the Serengeti, Sayari has 15 permanent raised-deck tents with wide deck verandas that overlook the bushy scrubland around the camp. The tents are palatial, with very comfortable beds and a large bath, ideal for sinking into after a great day of sightseeing. The camp has a rather grand feel to it with spacious decking and intricately decorated areas that you can lounge in and relax when you aren’t out on game drives. Service is of a high standard and this is definitely one of the most luxurious camps in the North Serengeti.
- 11 tents with en-suite facilities split between two camps
- Exclusive use of camp and vehicle
- 220v generator power
While this luxury mobile camp travels around the Serengeti National Park throughout the year following the migration, Legendary Serengeti Camp always enjoys a scenic and remote setting, deep in the bush. Eleven comfortable en-suite tents make up the accommodation here, split between two camps, each with its own private dining and bar area is also provided. Guests can overlook the vast Tanzanian plains, where the Great Migration takes place, from the comfort of their tent. During thrilling wildlife activities witness the huge herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle as you explore the diverse and spectacular landscape alongside expert guides. For an extra special safari adventure, at certain time of the year, you have the chance to take a hot air balloon ride to experience the wilderness from a truly breath-taking perspective, and, depending on the camp’s location, venture out on walking safaris. Generally, the camp can found in the west of the Serengeti National Park from May to July, relocating north between July and November, then set up south in the private Maswa Game Reserve from December to April.
- 15 permanent, glass-fronted en suite tented suites with plunge pools
- Swimming Pool
- Open all year around except April – May
Strategically scattered for more privacy amongst the boulders and grassy slopes of the Wogakurya Hills, this delightful collection of ten contemporary en-suite tents are a modern, intimate and charming welcome to the northern Serengeti. Amongst this wild yet gentle landscape your 70-square metre glass-fronted luxury tent, complete with private plunge pool, large contemporary en-suite bathroom (indoor & outdoor showers, tub, twin basins), and king size bed (or twin) are entwined with the authentic canvas exterior, local art, recycled timber and solar power for a pleasing contrast of comfort, conscientiousness and adventure (like all modern safaris should be). Going one step further, the lodge even has the Melengali Spa and a separate swimming pool amongst the customary bar, dining area, lounge and viewing decks. The food at Kuria Hills is as remarkable as its style and attentive services, in particular when it comes to its freshly baked delicacies distributed at breakfast and high tea. If you are here for the Great Migration (June-November), then you are well placed for being close to the thrilling Mara River (30 minutes drive), or if you’re here in the quieter season outside of this this, enjoy more privacy and seclusion alongside first class game viewing.
The Serengeti is one of the world’s most famous national parks, annually hosting the Great Migration of over 1.5 million wildebeest and 250,000 zebra who follow the grass to and from the neighbouring Maasai Mara in Kenya, as well as an incredible variety of wildlife which is resident year-round.
At 14,750 square kilometres (5,700 square miles), roughly the same size as Connecticut, its name derives from the Maasai siringet which means ‘the place where the land runs on forever’, an apt way to describe its panoramic savannah plains which stretch to the horizon. Dotted with umbrella acacia and baobabs, wandering giraffe, dozing lion prides, lumbering elephant herds and cheetahs on the lookout from atop termite mounds, it is the quintessential East African landscape.
Transfer to Serengeti airstrip
Light Aircraft flight via Arusha to Zanzibar Airport
Private transfer from Zanzibar airport to hotel or lodge
Accommodation in Zanzibar Island
- 30 villas
- 2 bars
- 2 restaurants
- Tennis courts
- Swimming pools
- Fitness centre
- Kids Club
Conjuring up Zanzibar’s heady fusion of heritage, Baraza is a sumptuous boutique resort and spa on the shores of one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Located on the island’s south-eastern coastline are Baraza’s thirty ultra-luxe villas designed as simple Swahili-style cement structures and dressed in all the Arabian elegance of intricately carved furniture, giant pillows and handmade antiques all under the warm romantic glow of hanging brass lanterns. The villas come in three sizes with differing views yet all have their own living rooms, music systems and large private terraces with plunge pools. Baraza’s list of services are similarly spoiling; there’s a full spa complete with a large menu of treatments and therapies, a kids club for entertaining smaller members of the family and a watersports club for all sorts of nautical adventures from kitesurfing to paddle boarding and scuba diving courses. There are some good local activities to choose from too and the staff and hospitality at the hotel is really superb. What’s more all this borders Bwejuu beach – voted one of the World’s Top 30 Beaches by Conde Nast Traveller.
- 55 bungalows, suites and villas
- Three restaurants
- Four bars
- Infinity pool
- Wellness area, gym and yoga centre
Situated in the north of Zanzibar at Kendwa with direct access to a private beach, Zuri Zanzibar is a brand new luxurious seaside property. One of the things setting it apart from other resorts is the fact that its pristine beach isn’t tidal, so guests can swim all day in the stunning azure sea. There are 55 stand-alone bungalows, suites and villas designed to blend seamlessly with the spectacularly landscaped spice gardens, offering plenty of private areas to fully relax and soak in the peaceful atmosphere. Zuri, on the whole, focuses on sustainability, individuality and authenticity. Three restaurants and four bars mean dining and socialising is varied. You can even spice things up with a beach barbecue, or opt for a more intimate dinner on the shore. And if you’re inspired by the delicious food served at Zuri, there are cooking classes available so you can recreate the experience once you get home. Guests can also make use of the wellness area, gym and yoga centre, or pamper themselves with relaxing treatments at the spa. Zuri is perfectly placed for exploring Kendwa and Nungwi, and there are a variety of other restaurants within walking distance along the beach.
- 66 luxury villas
- Private pools and communal infinity pool
- Fitness centre
- Boutique and gift shop
- DVD and CD library
- Nautical club
- Kid's club
- Tennis courts
- Watersports centre
- Volleyball court
- Sauna and steam room
- Gardens with petting zoo and bird sanctuary
Enveloped within 32 hectares of lush, forested estate, the five-star Residence Zanzibar is an exclusive destination for those seeking both luxury and untouched natural beauty. 66 one and two-bedroom ocean front and garden villas blend modern comforts with the island’s Swahili, Omani, British and Indian influences. Each are luxuriously appointed and feature private 1.2-metre-deep swimming pools surrounded with lounge decks, furnished with wicker chairs, daybeds and soothing tropical gardens with beach and ocean views. There’s also the option of a personal butler, should you wish. When you’re not relaxing by the pool or on white powder beach alongside the Indian Ocean, explore the gardens on foot or on the bicycles provided with each luxury villa. There’s a petting zoo and bird sanctuary to be found within the tropical gardens, and historic sites, rare natural wonders and more islands to discover further afield.
- Four villas
- Private beach
- Private plunge pools
- Spa treatments
- Laundry service
Tucked away in the north-east part of Zanzibar Island, you’ll find the serene Matemwe Retreat, a sister property of Matemwe Lodge and Matemwe Beach House. Enjoying unspoilt views of the Indian Ocean and Mnemba Island, this exclusive hideaway will give you the privacy and seclusion you need to slip into idyllic island life. Just four villas, each with a private plunge pool, and a main lodge make up this luxury beach-side retreat. Constructed by local craftsmen using local materials where possible, the villa’s walls are made of local stone, the roof of Makuti thatch, the furniture of locally produced coconut wood and the soft furnishings are the craftsmanship of Zanzibari women. On the ground floor of your villa, you’ll find a private bar area, a comfortable bedroom and an oversized bathroom complete with an ocean view. Venture out towards the verandah for a comfortable couch and a large hammock from which you can unwind and watch the fishing dhows returning from their day at sea. Ascend to the roof terrace for a dip in your private plunge pool or to sunbath. The main lodge hosts the retreat’s restaurant and can be accessed from the four villas via wooden walkways. The resort has its own fine sand beach where at high tide you can watch fisherman sail across the lagoon in billowing dhows and at low tide a beautiful reef is revealed for you to explore.
- 15 spacious pavilions with private plunge pool
- Bar, lounge and restaurant
- Kilindi spa
- Infinity swimming pool
- Butler room service
By the Indian Ocean’s clear turquoise waters on the north-west coast of Zanzibar, Kilindi Zanzibar sits amidst acres of lush, tropical gardens on a secluded powder-white sand beachfront. 15 domed pavilions, each with a private plunge pool, are intimate individual retreats mixing Arabic architecture and Scandinavian minimalism (after all, the property was original designed for Benny Andersson of ABBA). Large glassless windows look out to the ocean and passing dhows, letting in a cool breeze and the sounds of weaver birds flitting through the greenery. They also feature extraordinary rainfall shower rooms and beds look up to the stars through stained-glass skylights. In the main pavilion a large infinity pool sits next to the bar and an alfresco dining terrace. The beach also makes for an unforgettable setting for dinner. A dedicated personal butler will help arrange meals and organise excursions and activities around the island.
- 10 Zanzabari Bandas
Mnemba, a small island 4.5 kilometres off the north-eastern coast of Zanzibar, is heaven incarnate. Which makes Mnemba Lodge this nirvana’s only resident hotel and a true desert island escape. Ten luxury Zanzabari banda houses are hidden into the island’s Casuarina pine forest whose cooing wild doves and adorable Suni deer make it a very romantic Swiss Robinson world. Each of the bandas are designed to let as much of the outside in with an open plan set out, walls made of coconut matting rolled up to reveal Indian Ocean views, big beds and sofas dressed in plumped-up white linens, handmade furniture, a dressing room, private verandas and an en-suite bathroom. What’s more, apart from the deer and doves the only other people you share the island with are the other guests and staff. The lodge has enchanted a string of impressive guests from royalty to Silicone Valley tycoons, and it isn’t hard to see why. Dinner is always served on the beach (weather permitting) and both the food and staff are magnificent. Also if you’re afraid you’ll get bored on Mnemba, there’s always the lodge’s good list of activities to sway you: choose from learning how to dive with the lodge’s instructors, to watching turtles nest, fly fishing or kayaking.
Zanzibar is the place to relax on palm fringed beaches and white sifted sands and switch off from the world, a genuine Indian Ocean paradise where life slows right down to an East African rhythm.
Certainly its most potent allure is some of the most stunning of desert island scenery - powder white sands, fringed by emerald palms, twisted mangroves and shallow turquoise seas bedded with rainbow coral reefs. However there’s a lot more to its postcard appeal. The air is still scented with cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg that are still cultivated here and it has a rich cultural past and history coloured with Arabian settlers and spice traders from India and Indonesia, Zanzibar was a significant crossroads for world cultures and commerce.
Private transfer from Zanzibar lodge or hotel to Zanzibar airport
Flight from Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam