Starts any day. January to March; June to December9 & 10 days from $7195.00
Arrive Arusha, Tanzania
Upon arrival in Tanzania, you are escorted to your deluxe hotel in Arusha. The remainder of the day is at your leisure, allowing time for a tour of this historic colonial lodge.
Ruaha National Park
Day 2, transfer by boat to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Ruaha, a remote national park with fabulous game, including big cats, large herds of elephant, and prolific bird life. Your luxury safari camp is one of the very few set in this undiscovered gem of Tanzania, a region of dramatic landscapes, hypnotic scenery, and epic baobab trees. Ruaha is home to large collections of carnivores, such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, and wild dog, as well as giraffe, zebra, and impala. The birding here is also quite spectacular, with more than 520 different species of birds, including the unique Ruaha Red-billed hornbill. Enjoy two days of 4WD game drives, dawn walking safaris, and night game viewing as you navigate the dry riverbeds and listen to your expert guide tell you fascinating and often bizarre stories of the local flora and fauna. In the evening relax over sundowners under the colorful African sky. (2B,2L,2D)
Selous Game Reserve
Relax the morning of Day 4 before your mid-morning flight to the Selous Game Reserve, Africa’s largest game reserve. Spend three unforgettable days and nights here, viewing the abundant wildlife in this wild African bush, by boat, vehicle and on foot. Arise early for a guided game walk to learn about this complex eco-system as you enjoy amazing encounters and witness nature at its best. Take morning and afternoon game drives in an open-sided jeep, watching for elephant, giraffe, lion, leopard, and even the rare African Wild Dog. Ride in a covered raft boat along the mighty Rufiji River or Lake Nzerakera, weaving amongst the pods of hippo and crocodile lining the banks. In the evenings, relax with gourmet cuisine and wine at your deluxe tented camp. (3B,3L,3D)
The Swahili Coast
On Day 7, take a morning flight to Dar es Salaam, where you are met and escorted to Ras Kutani on the shores of the tranquil Indian Ocean. Immerse yourself in this small Swahili Coastal retreat of castaway luxury, set alone on a pristine beach of white sand. Take walks along the beach and through the coastal forest looking for monkeys and the spectacular black-and-white Colobus. Visit the village of Gomvu for a glimpse of local Swahili life. And boogie board, snorkel, or kayak to watch turtles hatch or catch a glimpse of a passing humpback whale. (2B,2L,2D)
Dar es Salaam & Depart
Enjoy the tropical sunshine on Day 9 before your escorted transfer back to Dar es Salaam. Explore the city on an afternoon sightseeing tour, and then celebrate your last evening in Tanzania with a sunset dinner at the Slipway Hotel. Just after midnight early Day 10, you are transferred to the airport for your departing flight. (2B,D)
Arusha Coffee Lodge, Arusha
Arusha Coffee Lodge lies cradled in the endless acres of Tanzania's largest coffee plantation. This exclusive, boutique hotel lodge has been designed to recall the farms' original plantation homes, radiating the warmth and invitation of the old colonial plantation homes historically distinctive to the coffee plantations. The property also features a swimming pool, restaurant, lounge and laundry service. Amenities include a mini-bar, ceiling fan, safe, hairdryer, and a coffee grinder and percolator to offer a true coffee estate experience.
Jongomero, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
Accommodation at Jongomero comprises eight large and well-appointed tented suites, built on raised wooden platforms, under enormous thatched roofs that also encompass a spacious private veranda which overlooks the riverbed. Snuggle under warming quilts in an eight-foot wide dhow wood emperor bed and fall asleep to the hum of Africa beyond the canvas and wake up to the morning tea tray and animals ambling past your mosquito net windows. The quintessence of luxury in the wilds.
Siwandu Selous Game Reserve, Lake Nzerakera
Broadly spaced along the lakeshore, Siwandu’s superbly appointed accommodation ensures maximum privacy and every opportunity to soak up the sights and sounds of Selous. From either of the wooden decked verandas sit with a cup of tea at sunrise watching the bush come to life, or relax with a gin and tonic as the bush blushes under sunset. The spacious octagonal tents of canvas and secure mosquito netting and topped in thatch, not only allows for constant air-flow, but also enables guests to gaze upon the animals as they saunter past. Observe them while reclining on the majestic king sized bed under the overhead fan or from the open-air stargazer, solar-heated showers which adjoin the en suite bathrooms.
Ras Kutani Beach Lodge, Ras Kutani
Constructed from locally sustainable natural materials, the accommodation blends seamlessly into Ras Kutani’s exquisite environment, offering al fresco luxury living with a Swahili twist.In the heart of the retreat lies the welcoming bar, open air lounge generously scattered with cushions creating the perfect ambience for evening cocktails and the expansive restaurant terrace with a ceiling of African stars. The cuisine takes inspiration from the coast itself; from the vivid history of the Tanzanian coast and its infamous spice trade by serving fresh, locally caught, seafood with delicately spiced flavours to hosting wonderful convivial barbeques accompanied by an appetising variety of fresh salads and scrumptious desserts.
The Oyster Bay Hotel, Dar es Salaam
Light and airy large open spaces, tall French doors opening on to shady verandahs and a modern garden, a Gazebo for relaxing, a study for reading, comfortable pools of furniture, dining areas – everything one would expect of a modern day ‘home’ in Africa. The eye wanders, there is always some thing new, a water feature, a sculpture the outside becomes the inside and the inside flows out! But it is a home so enjoy being there, enjoy being part of it, it has been designed with you in mind so enjoy it to the full.