We designed this Luxe Tents and Treehouses: Tanzania Safari Anniversary Vacation for a couple from Columbus, Ohio. They had never been on safari before, so they wanted to see it all—and we wanted to make sure they were completely pampered on this once-in-a-lifetime vacation!
First, they had a day to relax after their long flight to Africa. They spent 1 night on a beautiful coffee estate near Arusha airport, where they had time for a plantation tour and al fresco lunch before they were off to start their safari!
They flew to Tarangire National Park, which is known for its enormous herds of elephants often numbering in the hundreds. They had their first incredible game drive on the way to Tarangire Treetops, a gorgeous luxury lodge built around a thousand-year-old baobab tree. They stayed in a magical treehouse with beautiful views of the wilderness. During their stay, they enjoyed safari game drives, a visit to a local Maasai village, and romantic sundowner cocktails.
Continuing their Luxe Tents and Treehouses: Tanzania Safari Anniversary Vacation, they flew to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. They spent 2 nights at an elegant, Dutch colonial manor surrounded by lush gardens and coffee plantations. They spent a day exploring the Ngorongoro Crater and the abundant wildlife within, and had the rest of the time free to relax and indulge in the lodge’s luxurious amenities.
Their last stop was the Serengeti—Tanzania’s most famous safari park, home to the Great Migration of wildebeest and other grazers across the vast African plains. They stayed in a gorgeous tented camp that offered a perfect blend of adventure and luxury. They had a full day to witness the Great Migration, as well as the other abundant wildlife that call the Serengeti home year-round. Lunch was a delightful picnic set-up in the bush, complete with bubbles.
At last, their Luxe Tents and Treehouses: Tanzania Safari Anniversary Vacation came to an end. They rose early their last morning to catch a spectacular Serengeti sunrise. After lunch, they flew back to Arusha to catch their connecting flight back home.
Welcome to Tanzania! Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and enjoy a road transfer to the gorgeous Arusha Coffee Lodge. This evening is for relaxation before you begin your safari adventure. Soak up the tranquil atmosphere of the coffee plantation, take a dip in the pool, and perhaps indulge in a massage or spa treatment.
Arusha Coffee Lodge
Enjoy a leisurely morning with a tour of the coffee plantation and a delicious, al fresco lunch in the gardens. Then, you will be chauffeured to Arusha Airport for your 20-minute flight to Tarangire National Park. Enjoy your first safari game drive through the national park as you make your way to Tarangire Treetops, your home for the next 2 nights. This unique lodge is built around a giant, thousand-year-old baobab tree, and is decorated in a warm, cozy style that highlights local craftsmanship. You’ll arrive in time for sundowner cocktails in a scenic location, and spend the evening in a luxurious treehouse-style suite.
Spend an action-packed day on safari in Tarangire, which is known for its enormous herds of elephant often numbering in the hundreds. Rise early and enjoy a full day of activities, including game drives, a visit to an authentic Maasai village, a game walk, sundowners in the bush, and a night game drive. Meals are served at the lodge in a choice of incredible locations: poolside with a view of an active waterhole, or in the traditional outdoor boma lit by a campfire and gently flickering lanterns.
After a scrumptious breakfast, enjoy a morning game drive through Tarangire National Park. Stop at your leisure for a picnic lunch on the way to the airstrip, where you will catch a quick flight to Manyara/Ngorongoro Conservation Area. On arrival, enjoy a transfer to The Manor at Ngorongoro, where you will arrive in time for high tea. This elegant lodge exudes old-world charm, with its historic Dutch architecture and surrounding gardens and coffee plantations. Spend the evening relaxing in your luxury cottage, strolling through the lush and romantic gardens, and indulging in delicious cuisine.
The Manor at Ngorongoro
Today, you’ll have the chance to explore the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater! This idyllic natural enclosure, protected by the forested crater walls, is home to abundant wildlife: zebras, giraffes, hippos, lions, gazelles, and much more. Enjoy a game drive in the crater and stop for a scenic picnic lunch on the crater floor. After you’ve explored this iconic landmark, return to The Manor for cocktails and a gourmet dinner.
The Manor at Ngorongoro
This morning is at your leisure to enjoy the luxuries of your charming coffee estate. Explore the grounds on horseback or by bicycle, enjoy an indulgent massage treatment (already included in your trip), or simply relax in your beautiful room. Alternatively, you may choose to explore the nearby Lake Manyara National Park this morning. After lunch, it’s time to fly to the famous Serengeti to witness the Great Migration!
Your home for the next 2 nights is a luxurious tented safari camp—either Serengeti Pioneer Camp or Serengeti Migration Camp. Your location will be based on where the wildlife viewing is best at your time of travel. Both camps offer a true tented safari experience with comfortable amenities, friendly service, and exceptional game viewing.
Mobile tented camp in the Serengeti
Spend a full day on safari in the Serengeti, one of Africa’s most iconic safari destinations! The big draw here is the Great Migration of wildebeest and other grazers. This moving feast attracts many eager predators, and the area is well known for its big cats, such as lions and cheetahs. However, there is also abundant wildlife year-round, including hippos, elephants, crocodiles, giraffes, and many smaller, but equally fascinating creatures. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the bush, and return to camp in time for sundowners and a delicious dinner.
Mobile tented camp in the Serengeti
Make the most of your last day in the bush: Rise early to take in a spectacular African sunrise, or stretch your legs on a walking safari and see animals at their most active before the afternoon heat sets in. Enjoy lunch at the lodge, followed by a final game drive en route to the airstrip. Fly back to Arusha, where you’ll have the use of a day room at Arusha Coffee Lodge while you wait for your outbound flight. Finally, enjoy a transfer to the airport to begin your journey back home.