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Gran Melia Arusha

Arusha

Day 1: Arusha

Gran Melia Arusha Location Map

Arusha is a small town in northern Tanzania, and is the gateway to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro. Most visitors will pass through here on their way to or from their safari destination.

Depending on the time your arriving flight lands, a stay in one of the many lodges and hotels in/around Arusha is either a necessity as you will be arriving late at night or it is recommmended so that you can relax and rest after your longhaul flight, ready to start your safari adventure fresh the next morning.

If you have time to explore, the streets jostle with safari vehicles, market traders, Masai warriors in traditional dress, and excited tourists. Curio markets offer the opportunity to buy good quality crafts and gifts at reasonable prices. The nearby Arusha National Park is just a 40 minute drive away, and offers the opportunity to explore a beguiling diversity of habitats and spot wildlife if you want to add to your Tanzania safari adventure. The imposing Mount Mero towers over the town, adding to the appeal of a stay here.

The Gran Melia Arusha is set out on 18 acres of beautiful landscaped coffee and tea plantations, with a natural river running through the property and several springs, and offering spectacular views of Mount Meru, the second highest mountain in Tanzania, in the distance.

Pamper yourself in the beautiful spa or relax in the heated outdoor pool where you will feel totally rejuvenated and ready for your once in a lifetime safari experience. If you are looking for a bit of seclusion, then have a wonder through the herb and vegetable garden hidden between the plantations. If you have some energy to burn off, there is a 24 hour gym and a 1.5 km running track.

All the rooms and suites have been designed to capture the diversity and energy of local Tanzanian tribes and the rich colours of the coffee plantations.

The world-renowned chef Sanjeev Kapoor is at the helm of the hotel's Yellow Chilli restaurant, which offers the authentic taste of a different kind of Indian cuisine. The other 2 restaurants ensure there is a dish to suit every taste.

Example Details For Gran Melia Arusha

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Deluxe Mount Meru View Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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Gran Melia Arusha Location.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival, and must normally please be vacated by 12:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

All of the rooms/suites have individually controlled air-conditioning, in-room safe, flat screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities, minibar, hairdryer, make-up mirror, bathrobe/slippers, and a desk and chair.

The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, 2 restaurants, 3 bars (including a rooftop bar), gym and spa, coffee shop, hairdresser, dress boutique, 24 hour concierge and a travel desk.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided.

The Saba Saba restaurant is open all day. Breakfast is served from 06:00-10:30, lunch from 12:00-15:00, and dinner from 18:00 till 22:30.

The hotel is a 45 minute drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport and a 20 minute drive from Arusha Airport.

A laundry/dry cleaning service is available (additional cost).

A babysitting service is available on request.

Tarangire Kuro Treetops Lodge

Tarangire National Park

Day 2: Tarangire National Park

Tarangire Kuro Treetops Lodge Location Map

Ole Serai Luxury Camp Kuro is located deep with the Tarangire National Park and is strategically located atop an elevated Kopje Hill, overlooking the Tarangire River and the Silale valley leading to the Silale swamp in the west, which is known for its large wildlife populations all year round.

The Park is famous for being home to one of the largest concentrations of elephants in Tanzania, and also for its abundance of baobab trees dotted throughout the landscape.

From the exceptional views in every room and the unforgettable crystal night skies –it’s all about the here and now, absorbing each memorable moment against a backdrop many only ever dream about. Amidst an atmosphere that is relaxed an unpretentious, the attention to detail is fantastic.

This uniquely designed Lodge consists of 25 luxury tents perched along the Baobab tree line. Each tent includes an en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, along with an extra spacious private veranda and viewing deck with uninterrupted panoramic views of the Park.

The main pavilion is built within the Kopje rocks, and consists of several comfortable lounges, viewing decks, a fireplace, swimming pool, and an open dining area at the Masai boma where you can enjoy dining under a large canvas of brightly lit stars on a clear night surrounded by sounds of the wild.

Example Details For Tarangire Kuro Treetops Lodge

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Tent
Includes: The Tarangire Park fees; all meals; and drinks (excluding premium brands) are included. Game drives are taken with your private driver-guide.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

 
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Tarangire Kuro Treetops Lodge Location.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival, and must normally please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

All of the tents are en-suite with indoor and outdoor showers. They also have a private verandah, in-room safes, a hairdryer (upon request), 2 way radios, floor standing fan, a rechargeable torch, mosquito repellent and tea/coffee making facilities.  

The lodge has an infinity swimming pool, lounge area, library, boutique shop, a spacious dining tent and a bar.

Activities that are available include game drives (either half or full days), star gazing, Swahili lessons, Masai cultural lessons and bush breakfasts/lunches.

Balloon safaris can also be arranged (additional cost).

Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided.

A laundry service is available.

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater

Days 3 - 4: Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge Location Map

The 5* Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge is a colonial lodge set on 40 acres of pristine lush green gardens which alone attracts over 130 species of birds. The lodge is elevated on a hill with 360 degree views that extend seemingly for miles into the distance. 

The lodge is accessed over a pond and your first impression is of the grand central hallway with wooden trusses looking out over the rim flow infinity pool and further onto Mount Oldeani, which is part of the caldera of the world famous Ngorongoro Crater, which itself is only 12 km away.

Over 30,000 animals live within the Ngorongoro Crater, making this the most densely packed concentration of wildlife in Africa. On a game drive into the crater, watch out for wildebeest, elephant, lion, zebra and hyena - just some of the animals that can be found here. The crater is also home to black rhino - a rare sighting in Tanzania. Around the lake you may also find flocks of pelican, ibis and flamingos.

The spectacular stone main house includes a main lounge, dining room, boutique shop, media (TV) room, outside fireplace pit, billiards room, internet cafe and a childrens' activity room. The Ole Sere Spa offers a great chance to rejuvenate and re-energise after a bumpy and dusty safari adventure. There is also a Movie Theater with recliners and a big screen.

For the more energetic, the fitness center has a well-equipped gym, or outdoor fitness workouts can be arranged with the staff - varying from a jog round the 1 km stone pathways to cycling.

Your stay at the lodge includes a hearty breakfast, a picnic lunch for your day out on safari, and then a sumptuous dinner served in the evening.

All 50 suites and the Livingstone Suite have infinite views of the surrounding area. All rooms are tastefully decorated with all the amenities one would expect in a 5* establishment, including inside and outside showers, bath tub, air conditioning, a fireplace, Wi-Fi, minibar, and a private deck terrace.

Example Details For Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Deluxe Suite
Includes: All meals are included. Game drives are taken with your private driver-guide.

Children of any age are permitted on nature walks.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

 
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Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge Location.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival, and must normally please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children aged 3 years and older are welcome.

Each suite has its own spacious private veranda and viewing deck, with en-suite bathrooms that have slipper baths with views over the highlands, inside and outside showers and double basins. All suites also have a fireplace, a minibar, complimentary Wi-Fi, electronic safe, mosquito nets, a fan, air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, a hairdryer, and the option to choose between double or twin beds.

The main area has a lounge, restaurant, bar, movie theatre, swimming pool, spa, and gym. There is also a billiards room that has a snooker table along with other indoor games, and a children's play room.  There is mobile phone connectivity.

The activities available include game drives, guided walks, bird watching, village tours, Masai cultural lessons, cycling and Swahili lessons.

Credit cards are accepted.

Room service is available (additional cost).

A laundry service is also available (additional cost).  

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge is located 130 km from Arusha, 9 km from the Ngorongoro Gate, 54 km from Mto wa Mbu Village and 43 km from Lake Manyara Airport.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children of any age are permitted on nature walks. The final decision on whether a guest can join a nature walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.

Ole Serai Luxury Camp Moru Kopjes

The Serengeti

Days 5 - 6: The Serengeti

Ole Serai Luxury Camp Moru Kopjes Location Map

Ole Serai Luxury Camp Moru Kopjes is ideally located within Central Seronera area of the famous Serengeti National Park around the vicinity of the famous Moru Kopjes and Lake Magadi.

The camp is perched between the Rongai Hills and Nyaroboro Hills, a few metres away from the banks of the Mbalageti/Seronera River and a hippo pool. The area boasts an abundant variety of resident wildlife (including all the Big 5), and at the right time of the year, the annual wildebeest migration can be witnessed as the camp lies on one of the main migratory corridors.

The camp offers a daily walking safari, which starts from the boma. Lasting between one and 2 hours, you will learn all about the various plants and animals that you com across. The walk is led by a professional guide along the river towards the plain areas. The walks normally depart at 07:00 or 16:00.

Each luxury en-suite tent has a private viewing deck with uninterrupted panoramic views. There are 20 tents in total, including one Family Tent. The en-suite bathrooms have flushing toilets and pressurised running showers with 24 hour power supply.

The main guest areas consist of a well-stocked bar and a spacious dining tent. The evenings can be enjoyed sitting around the fireplace while exchanging stories about your day's adventures with other guests. On some nights, dinner is served in the Maasai Boma, where the background music is nature's unique sounds, mostly dominated by the lions roaring in the distance.

The Swahili phrase, Hakuna Matata (meaning No Trouble)  was made famous by the Lion King Disney movie, and guests can expand on this one phrase an learn more Swahili words with the resident teachers who will give you a one on one lesson every evening at the fireplace.

Example Details For Ole Serai Luxury Camp Moru Kopjes

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Safari Tent - Full Board Package
Includes: Serengeti National Park fees and all meals are included. Game drives are taken with your private driver-guide.

Children under the age of 6 years are not permitted on nature walks.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

 
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Ole Serai Luxury Camp Moru Kopjes Location.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival, and must normally please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children aged 6 years and older are welcome.

Each tented room includes ultra luxury memory foam beds, in-room safes, tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer, 2-way radios, floor standing fans, 24 hour power from invertors, back up power through generator, rechargeable torch, solar water heater, pressurized running showers and mosquito repellent. Each tent has a private verandah and viewing deck.

The camp consists of a spacious dining tent, bar, lounge area, spa, boutique shop and a library. 

The activities available include full day/half day game drives, balloon safaris, Masai cultural lessons and excursions to Lake Magadi and the Moru Kopjes.

Walking safaris are available to join - each walk lasts around 1-2 hours. They take place early morning and late afternoon.

There is the opportunity for guests to learn Swahili words with a resident teacher who will give you a one on one lesson every evening at the fire place.

There is a laundry service (additional cost).

The camp has complimentary internet access and Wi-Fi.

The camp is conveniently located approximately 11 minutes drive from the Seronera Airstrip and all the essential roads/routes for game drives in and around Seronera are easily accessible from the campsite.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 6 years are not permitted on nature walks. The final decision on whether a guest can join a guided bush walk remains with the guide and camp manager.

Lake Manyara Kilima Moja Lodge

Lake Manyara

Day 7: Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara Kilima Moja Lodge Location Map

The Lake Manyara National Park is renowned for its excellent bird-watching opportunities in general, as more than 400 different bird species have been recorded. Other wildlife includes elephant, buffalo, cheetah, hippo, Masai giraffe, wildebeest, impala, zebra, warthogs, large troops of baboons, and the legendary but rarely seen tree-climbing lions - yes, they really do climb trees!  

During the wet seasons (November/December and March to May), the lake itself can cover up to 60% of the Park's total area. The lake's high alkaline waters attract a variety of migratory waterbirds, including huge flocks of pink flamingos as well as pelicans, storks and cormorants. During the dry seasons, however, the lake can dry up considerably.

The Lake Manyara Boardwalk trail meanders 300m through to the lake, and gives visitors a unique view and wonderful photo opportunites along the route. Educational signage at key points further enhances the experience!  For the braver tourist, check out Tanzania's only Treetop Walkway too, giving you a birds-eye view of the area.

Nested on the rim of the Great African Rift Valley with stunning views lies Lake Manyara Kilima Moja Lodge. The lodge is set on pristine lush green gardens with over 130 species of bird. It is the ideal place in which to base your Northern safari experience. Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater, Oldeani, Lake Eyasi, and the Ngorongoro Highlands are all just a short drive from the lodge.

Each of the 50 suites has its own spacious private veranda and viewing deck, with en-suite bathrooms that have slipper baths with views over the highlands, inside and outside showers and double basins. The 2 bedroom Villas also have panoramic views of the surrounding area.

The main house has a main guest lounge, a dining room, spa, boutique, media (TV) room, rim flow pool, billiards room, an internet cafe and a children's activity room. Dining is table d'hotel with international traditional cuisine and fusion. There is outside and inside seating overlooking the escarpment.

Sitting around the ouside fireplace watching the sun setting over the Great Rift Valley and listening to the humming of the birds the background is a fitting way to end a day.

Example Details For Lake Manyara Kilima Moja Lodge

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Deluxe Suite
Includes: All meals are included. Game drives are taken with your private driver-guide.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

 
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Lake Manyara Kilima Moja Lodge Location.

Address

Lake Manyara Kilima Moja Lodge,Off B144 Highway, 14 km from Lake Manyara

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 10:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

All rooms are tastefully decorated and include an inside and outside shower, bath tub, air-conditioning, fan, fire place, Wi-Fi, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, safe and private balcony.

The main house facilities include a main lounge, grand hallway, dining room, spa, boutique, media (TV) room, outside fireplace, rim flow pool, billiards room, gym, internet cafe and children's activity room.

Dining is table d'hotel with international traditional cuisine and fusion.

A private breakfast can be served in your room (additional service cost will apply).

There is also Wi-Fi in the main public areas.

Credit cards are accepted (surcharge applied).

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

The lodge is 10 km from Lake Manyara National Park, 110 km from Arusha and 7 km from the Manyara Airstrip. Please be aware that the access road from the main tarred road to the lodge is VERY bumpy!

Melia Zanzibar

Zanzibar

Days 8 - 12: Zanzibar

Melia Zanzibar Location Map

Situated on the north-east coast of Zanzibar, the all-inclusive Melia Zanzibar resort is situated on a 40 acre estate with a beautiful beach of pearlescent white sand lapped by warm ocean waters, 300 meters long, situated at the very end of the property to procure the perfect combination with nature.

The powder white sand of the beach provides a dramatic natural entrance to the resort’s beautiful Gabi beach restaurant nestled quietly in the palm trees. Feel the beat, have a drink, and enjoy the grill menu in an informal atmosphere. About one kilometer from the resort's Main Lobby, golf carts every 15-20 minutes can take you to this little piece of paradise, where comfortable sun lounges draped in soft towels are arranged under the palm trees.

One of the other landmarks of Melia Zanzibar is the beautiful jetty that transports you out into the Indian Ocean. At the end of your walk you will discover the Jetty Bar & Restaurant - ready to welcome you for pre and after dinner drinks and snacks.  Alternatively, the Pool Bar is located alongside the main infinity pool and offers an extensive menu of cocktails, international wine and beers and other beverages.  The Spices Restaurant is modelled after the traditional spice market found in Stone Town, offering a relaxed dining experience that features an international mixture of cuisines with a distinct Arabian and African influence in buffet style.

Accommodation at Melia Zanzibar has been designed to offer the highest standards of luxury ensuring that your stay is both personalised and memorable. All rooms, suites and villas are decorated in comtemporary style and have been designed to maintain complete privacy and come equipped with large comfortable bathrooms, outdoor rainforest showers and private terrace or balcony, mostly with side views of the magnificent Indian Ocean. Connecting room are available on request for families or for groups travelling together, why not take out a private villa for the ultimate exclusivity.

There is also a luxury spa sanctuary, inviting you to take time out to indulge in an Out Of Africa journey full of 1920s decadence and refinement. By stepping into this intimate world you can discover true relaxation and indulgent pleasures.

Example Details For Melia Zanzibar

Nights: 5 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Garden Room
Includes: Breakfast; lunch; dinner; soft drinks; some alcoholic drinks; activities; and beach services are included. PLEASE NOTE: The rate excludes the USD 5.00 per person per night Infrastructure Levy - this is payable directly to the hotel IN CASH upon check out.
 
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Melia Zanzibar Location.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must normally please be vacated by 12:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

The rooms are all en-suite with an outdoor tropical rain shower and a private terrace or balcony, with most having a side view of the Indian Ocean. They also include a mini bar (refilled daily with 2 small bottles of water, 2 small soft drinks and 2 small bottles of beer only), tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer, flat-screen TV, safe, bathrobes and slippers. Wi-Fi is available in all rooms, suites and villas.

Your All Inclusive Package starts at 14:00 at check In time and finishes at midday/12:00 at check out time.

The hotel has a library, souvenir shop, 2 swimming pools with sun beds, a tennis court (with flood lights), fitness centre including a gymnasium, table tennis table, and a sauna (male and female). Other activities include beach volley ball, kayaking and petanque.

Beach towels and pool towels are given out free of charge.

There is a kids club for children aged 4 to 12 years (seasonal).

The hotel has 5 restaurants and 4 bars to choose from.

Activities available include tours of Stone Town, visits to Jozani Forest or Prison Island, deep sea fishing and spice tours.

Dhow sunset cruises are also available (departure 15:00; return around 19:00).

Quad bike tours can be arranged (please note - a driving licence is required).

Credit cards accepted at Melia Zanzibar include MasterCard, American Express and Visa.

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

There is a dispensary with First Aid services and a nurse (24/7) is also available. A doctor visits the hotel several times per week (additional cost).

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