Mount Meru Game Lodge

Arusha

Day 1: Arusha

Mount Meru Game Lodge Location Map

Set in beautiful and tranquil surroundings, the Mount Meru Game Lodge is nestled between the Usa River and a wildlife sanctuary, which is home to zebra, ostrich, water buffalo, mongoose, duiker and a wide array of birds and monkeys, including the elusive Colobus monkey. The majority of the animals were once either orphaned or badly injured and were brought to the sanctuary for rehabilitation. By choosing to stay at Mount Meru Game Lodge, you will also be playing a very important role in helping these animals since the activities of the sanctuary are entirely financed by the lodge.

The lodge and sanctuary were established by Dr Von Nagy in 1959, and still remains within the family. Being one of the first lodges in Northern Tanzania, the lodge has had the pleasure of hosting a long list of visitors, including numerous presidents, the King and Queen of Sweden, Prince Charles, the Hemingways, the Kennedys and a number of modern day celebrities.

Equidistant from the city of Arusha and Kilimanjaro International Airport - each an easy 30 minute drive on good roads - the lodge provides an excellent starting point for those interested in visiting the Northern circuit Parks such as the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, or for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru.

The lodge features a total of 18 guest rooms (including 2 family rooms) surrounding the main lodge building. All the rooms are en-suite and have a small veranda where one can enjoy the gardens, monkeys, birds and animals.

The main building consists of the reception area, lounge and bar. The lounge, with its enormous picture windows and comfortable furniture, provides a relaxing environment, and the bar offers a wide selection of spirits, beers and minerals, complemented by a carefully selected collection of wines. To the front of the main building is a terrace which is shaded by enormous old mango trees and enjoys magnificent views of the gardens and sanctuary.

In the grounds of the lodge there is an outdoor dining area, and in the evening a camp fire allows guests to dine under the African star-lit sky whilst listening to the exciting night sounds.

Example Details For Mount Meru Game Lodge

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.

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

 
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Mount Meru Game 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 of any age are welcome.

All the rooms are en-suite with hair dryers, mosquito nets, room safes and complimentary Wi-Fi.

The family room is provided with a desk, bedside tables, bedside lambs, four-poster beds, duvets (with addition blankets provided), large and small pillows for reading.

The inter-connected family room is provided with one king size bed in one room and 2 queen size beds in the second room.

The lodge has 2 shops where guests can buy African artifacts and souvenirs.

An A la Carte Menu is available at the restaurant which is open from 11:00 to 23:00. The menu offers a wide assortment of freshly prepared meals.

Mount Meru Game Lodge offers unique ‘Cultural and Educational’ walks into Usa River, a small township of approximately 20,000 inhabitants located a few minutes on foot from the property. These walks provide a unique insight without the nuisance factor of hawkers, on what authentic life for Tanzanians really entails. They are guided by the staff, and are offered free of charge to guests of the lodge and are very much appreciated by all who participate in them. The walk takes about 2 hours.

Other activities available for an additional cost include coffee tours, mountain biking, golf, Duluti forest walks and canoeing on Lake Duluti. These activities last between 1-3 hours.

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

Credit cards are accepted.

Mbali Mbali Tarangire River Camp

Tarangire National Park

Day 2: Tarangire National Park

Mbali Mbali Tarangire River Camp Location Map

Mbali Mbali Tarangire River Camp, set within 25,000 hectares of concession area, is just 3.5 km from the main entrance to Tarangire National Park. The camp overlooks the Tarangire River.

Tarangire is one of the most diverse and beautiful Parks in Tanzania. There is an abundance of big game here including lion, elephant, Black rhino and buffalo, as well as a vast bird and lesser game population. During the dry season, when the Tarangire River has shrunk to a mere shadow of its former self, the elephant dig deep into the damp earth of the riverbed in search of underground springs. Wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, and gazelle congregate with rarer species such as eland and oryx around each shrinking waterhole.

Traditional grass thatching adorns the roof of the main lodge structure, which is set off the ground on an elevated deck. The breezy lounge boasts ample seating in a relaxing open-air environment. The dining area, where culturally inspiring meals are served, consists of simple safari style seating and the elevated position allows for excellent views over the riverbank below.

Both the dining and lounge areas lead into a proper bonfire area and game viewing deck that also overlook the same stunning views. The small gift shop offers the families of the nearby Maasai villages a chance to sell some of their handmade wares.

Guests are accomodated in 14 safari tents, all of which have either a kingsize or twin beds, en-suite facilities with hot and cold running water as well as a private deck. There are also 5 family tents each sleeping 3, 4 or 5 people, and one Luxury Safari Tent with a deck with an amazing outdoor shower and bath, which enhances the romantic setting of this tent. All the tents are tastefully furnished with all the comforts you will need whilst on safari.

Friendly and attentive staff are also always on hand to cater to your every need.

Example Details For Mbali Mbali Tarangire River Camp

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Tented Room
Includes: Wildlife Management Area fees; all meals; local beers, selection of spirits and house wines, soft drinks; and a laundry service 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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Mbali Mbali Tarangire River Camp Location.

Address

Mbali Mbali Tarangire River Camp,3.5 km from the Main Entrance, 3.5 km from Tarangire National Park

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 of any age are welcome.

The camp is located 3.5 km from the main entrance of the Tarangire National Park, overlooking a branch of the Tarangire River itself.

All rooms are equipped with en-suite bathrooms and private decks. The Deluxe Safari Room has an outside shower and bath tub on the private deck. The Family Rooms have a kingsize bed and 2 or 3 single beds.

The rooms have power points for charging electrical equipment (220V).

This camp is eco-friendly, and uses solar hot water geysers and inverters with batteries, ensuring a low carbon footprint.

The main guest areas include a restaurant, a lounge, camp fire and a swimming pool.

Other day activities aside from game viewing in the Tarangire National Park include bird watching on Lake Manyara, or cultural visits to the bomas of the Masai and Datoga people.

A laundry service is also available (additional cost).

Credit cards are accepted and a 5% transaction fee is charged.

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater

Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge Location Map

The unique Ngorongoro Serena Lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater in the world.

Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the crater some 600 metres below.

Deep within the crater, some 25,000 large mammals wander the plains, lakes and forests, including bull elephants, rhinos and lions.

Guests staying at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge can enjoy a variety of activities, including daily game drives down into the crater, sundowner drinks on the rim of the crater, picnic lunches, early morning breakfasts in the crater itself, guided nature walks around the crater rim, and nightly Maasai dancing.

Visits to local Maasai villages and cattle markets can also be arranged.

Each of the 75 rock-built rooms are strung around the crater rim. Each has its own rock-enclosed balcony, and all enjoy completely uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheatre far below. The rooms feature brass lamps, embossed leather headboards, and locally inspired decor including Masai carvings and stylised cave paintings.

The spacious Kimba Suite has a dressing area and natural stone en-suite bathroom, and an elegantly appointed sitting room with crater views and a stone-built balcony.

The main lodge areas are linked by arched stone passages and timbered decks. The lodge walls are also decorated with stylised prehistoric cave paintings and lit by flickering torchlight, and at the heart of the lodge there is a glowing fire, which is kept constantly alight.

The main restaurant is beautifully designed in a traditional Tanzanian style to create an enchanting dining experience. Floor-to-ceiling windows and double doors leading out on to an expansive terrace complement each meal with panoramic views of the Ngorongoro Crater.

Example Details For Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room
Includes: All crater/concession fees and meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included. Game drives are taken with your private driver-guide.
 
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Ngorongoro Serena Lodge Location.

Address

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge,Crater Rim, Crater Rim

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 12:30 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 have tea/coffee making facilities, bathrobes, slippers, mineral water, hair dryers, in-room safe, telephone, private balcony and a work desk and chair.

In addition the Kimba Suite has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and a sitting room with a mini bar. 

The main lodge has a restaurant, a bar, central fire and a gift shop.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available.

A 24 hour room service is available.

A house doctor is on call 24 hours.

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

Additional activities include walking safaris and hikes, Empakai Crater day visits, massage treatments, Masai village tours, and wildlife and cultural talks/presentations. Please enquire with the lodge on arrival regarding costs and booking.

Breakfast is served from 06:30 to 09:30, lunch from 12:30 to 14:30 and dinner from 19:30 to 21:30.

The lodge is 180 km from Arusha.

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

The Serengeti

Days 4 - 5: The Serengeti

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge Location Map

Set high on a tree-clad ridge, the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge offer panoramic views across the Serengeti’s vast, endless grasslands, where lions and cheetahs stalk their prey and massive migrating wildebeest herds darken the landscape in a relentless search for fresh grazing grounds.

Centrally located adjacent to the famous Western Corridor and Grumeti River, guests staying here can enjoy a variety of activities, including spectacular game drives, or a gentle nature trail in the company of an experienced naturalist. Balloon safaris over the Serengeti plains, followed by a champagne breakfast at the landing site in the bush can also be arranged (at an additional cost).

An essential part of traditional safari life, the concept of having drinks whilst watching the sun go down dates back to the time of the great safaris of the 1920s. Timed to commence as the sun starts its descent, which on the Equator is usually around 18:00, the Serengeti sundowner begins with a gentle drive to a scenic spot. Chairs, lamps, a campfire and a bush bar with cocktail snacks will already have been set up. This activity is an additional cost.

The lodge has been designed to blend completely into the landscape. A series of traditional domed rondavels are widely spaced throughout the grounds, which are cooled by groves of acacia trees and watered by sparkling streams. Looking out over the plains, each room has its own private balcony, private entrance, spacious bedroom, natural stone bathroom, and intricately carved furniture.

The Serengeti Suite is set slightly apart from the rest of the rooms, and has a sitting room as well as the en-suite bedroom.

The main lodge facilities include a traditionally carved domed dining room, a scenic bar with a timbered outside terrace, a central barbeque area and water gardens, and a gift shop. There is also an infinity pool which looks out over the endless plains.

Example Details For Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room
Includes: Serengeti National Park fees; concession fees; and 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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Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge Location.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 12:30 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 have a telephone with international dialling, a hair dryer and a private balcony.

The main lodge has a restaurant, a bar, a swimming pool, a gift shop, a TV room with satellite TV and Wi-Fi.

Hot air balloon safaris can be arranged on request (additional cost) and subject to availability/weather conditions.

Additional activities include beauty treatments, hikes with sundowners, walking safaris, game drives, Swahili lessons and traditional instrument lessons. Please enquire with the lodge on arrival regarding booking these and the costs.

A laundry service and babysitter services are available (additional cost).

There is a house doctor on call 24 hours.

The lodge is 27 km from the Seronera airstrip, or 335 km from Arusha.

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

Lake Manyara

Day 6: Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge Location Map

Standing high on the edge of a towering terracotta escarpment with panoramic views over the glittering alkaline waters of Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara Serena Lodge welcomes you to this peaceful location. The lake is home to over 300 migratory birds including flamingoes, long-crested eagles and grey-headed kingfisher, and the lodge is designed to mimic this extraordinary birdlife, with an architectural motif featuring swooping avian curves and vibrantly coloured wall frescoes depicting the intricacy of bird migratory patterns.

Safari activites include morning and afternoon game drives around the lake itself, night game drives, canoeing safaris on the lake and morning bird walks.  Other activites that can be arranged are boating trips around the lake and its ecosystem, visits to the villages of the Mbu Cultural Tourism Programme offering village walks (with lunch), bicycle tours and dance displays, high-action mountain biking around the Park, and day trips to nearby Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park.

The main reception area of this highly unusual lodge is built in a traditional African style, and is accessed via a bridge over a small stream. Beyond the reception lies the central dining room, bar and veranda. Perched on the very edge of the cliffs, with stunning views over the lake is the 'vanishing horizon' swimming pool, the pool bar and the observation point.

The 67 rooms are housed in circular, double-storey, white-washed 'rondavals' (traditional circular buildings with conical thatched roofs), which are strung out along the edge of the cliff so as to allow for maximum views. Each spacious circular room has its own small veranda while the interior décor reflects the blue of the lake and the pink of its flamingos. Behind each bed hangs a spectacular hand-woven rug, while the furnishings and fittings reflect traditional Maasai beadwork.

The Losimingori Suite features a spacious bedroom with a kingsized double bed, walk-in mosquito nets, sumptuous furnishings, a dressing area and a marble en-suite bathroom. A separate sitting room provides panoramic views and there is a balcony overlooking the infinity pool. 24 hour room service is available, and fruit and wine is laid out to welcome you. The suite is set slightly apart from the other rooms, and enjoys its own private access.

Example Details For Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room
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 Serena Lodge Location.

Address

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge,Off the B144 on the Mto wa Mbu Escarpment, Near Lake Manyara

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from midday 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 have a veranda, a telephone, tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer, safe, robe and slippers, ceiling fan, work desk, mosquito nets and free Wi-Fi.

The Losimingori Suite has a balcony and sitting room, complimentary Wi-Fi, a mini bar and a flat-screen TV.

The main lodge areas feature a dining room, bar and lounge, gift shop, Safari Boutique, swimming pool, massage services and a pool table. Satellite TV is available at the lounge.

Additional activities can be booked, including boat trips, night game drives, village visits, mountain biking, bird/nature walks, wildlife talks, archery and water colour painting.

Room service is available on request.

All day complimentary tea/coffee is offered.

A laundry service and babysitter services are also available (additional cost).

The lodge has 24 hour on-call medical services.

The lodge is 130 km from Arusha.

Breezes Beach Club & Spa

Zanzibar

Days 7 - 12: Zanzibar

Breezes Beach Club & Spa Location Map

Located on the south-east coast of the island of Zanzibar, Breezes Beach Club & Spa is the perfect getaway retreat. With its pristine white sandy beach, rustling palm trees, exquisite attention to detail and genuine hospitality, this exotic resort captures the very essence of Zanzibari style.

The cuisine features the freshest catch, the most exotic spices and the lush natural fruites from the island, all prepared and served in the most stunning venues. For a more romantic setting, guests can choose to dine at The Tides, a private beachfront dining only for two people overlooking the Indian Ocean with impeccable personalised service.

Windsurfing, sailing, kite surfing, and snorkelling trips can be arranged, as well as professionally organised diving activities including PADI Open Water Courses. For the more active, head to the Fitness Centre for a workout, or indulge in a game of tennis on the floodlit tennis court.

If all that sounds too energetic, simply relax around the pool and enjoy a cocktail from the Pool Bar, or make an appointment at the Frangipani Spa,where you can enjoy a variety of treatments and therapies, all aimed at relieving the negative impacts of a modern lifestyle such as stress or exhaustion.

The resort has 74 rooms and suites in total.

The Deluxe Rooms are located on the ground floor of bungalows, and each has its own terrace. They are tastefully decorated in ivory tones with cotton throws, teak wood finishes and Zanzibar carvings.

The Standard Rooms are located further away from the sea, and have with a terrace and garden view.  A sofa bed in each room doubles up as a third bed, making these ideal for families.

The Suites are located on the upper floor of bungalows, and have a walk in dressing room, a large bathroom, and a large balcony with sunbeds and a covered outdoor lounge area.

Example Details For Breezes Beach Club & Spa

Nights: 6 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Deluxe Room (Stay 5/Pay 4 Package - selected dates only)
Includes: Breakfast and dinner are included. Full Board rates are available upon request. PLEASE NOTE: The rate excludes the US$1 per person per night Infrastructure Levy - this is payable directly to the hotel upon check out.
 
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Breezes Beach Club & Spa Location.

Address

Breezes Beach Club & Spa,Off Michamvi Road, Bwejuu-Paje Beach, South-East Coast

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 of any age are welcome.

All rooms have air conditioning, a fan, en-suite bathroom, outside shower, hairdryer, lounge, personal safe box, a refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities.

Additionally the suites have a walk in dressing room, a larger bathroom with large terrace, private sunbathing area and a covered outdoor lounge.

Standard rooms are located further away from the sea on the property with a terrace and garden view; deluxe rooms are located on the ground floor; suites are located on the upper floor with large balconies and sun beds.

The main area features a gym, pool, spa, BBQ facilities and Kids Club. There are 4 different restaurants and bars. The swimming pool also has a bar.

The Frangipani Spa offers a variety of treatments and therapies (additional cost).

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

Credit cards are accepted.

Tanzania has a large Muslim population on the island of Zanzibar. Modesty of dress is expected when outside the hotel's grounds. Trousers are entirely acceptable, but short skirts and bare arms should be avoided. Scarves must be worn over the head (and shoes removed) when entering a mosque.