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Arusha Serena Hotel

Arusha

Day 1: Arusha

Arusha Serena Hotel Location Map

Nestled at the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru, the Arusha Serena Hotel stands amid coffee plantations overlooking the shores of the tranquil Lake Duluti. Designed to echo the traditional style of the colonial coffee farm, which originally stood on this site, the hotel offers a range of tastefully presented cottage-styled rooms set amid landscaped grounds.

The hotel features a stone-built reception with adjoining lounge, library, restaurant and boutique shop. Imposing in stature and spacious in concept, the design of the building echoes the hotel's original incarnation as a working coffee farm dating back to colonial times.

Both the bar and restaurant offer blazing log fires, lake and garden views, and an elegant yet relaxed ambience. Cuisine includes local and international dishes and weekend buffet events are held on the broad open-air terraces. The hotel also offers a range of acrobatic and cultural shows for guest's entertainment on certain evenings.

Guests can enjoy a broad range of activities at an additional cost, which include massage treatments, guided walking trails, mountain biking, and canoeing on the lake. If you have time to explore Arusha itself, the hotel can arrange a trip for you. The streets here jostle with safari vehicles, market traders, and Masai warriors in traditional dress. Curio markets offer the opportunity to buy good quality crafts and gifts at reasonable prices.

The rooms and suites are presented in the style of stone-built cottages, which are grouped in clusters around a flower-filled central ‘village square'. Spacious and elegantly presented in classic country-house style, they feature marble bathrooms, leaded windows and double French doors giving way to tgarden and lake views, a stylish work or vanity area, and large comfortable beds.

The hotel is approximately 20 km from Arusha and 40 km from Kilimanjaro Airport.

Example Details For Arusha Serena Hotel

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Cottage
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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Arusha Serena Hotel Location.

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 en-suite facilities, a hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities, a flat-screen TV with cable and satellite channels, a safe and a private balcony.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all the rooms.

All rooms are non-smoking.

There is a gift shop, library, a bar and a restaurant at the main lodge.

Picnic lunch boxes are available on request (additional cost).

Additional activities include guided nature walks at Lake Duluti, canoeing, mountain biking, and visits to the Polish graveyard (additional cost).

Beauty and massage services are available (additional cost).

Laundry services and babysitting services are also available (additional cost).

The hotel is 40 km from Kilimanjaro Airport (approximately 45 minutes by road); and 20 km (approximately 20 minutes) from Arusha.

Escarpment Luxury Lodge

Lake Manyara

Day 2: Lake Manyara

Escarpment Luxury Lodge Location Map

Escarpment Luxury Lodge is set into the edge of the escarpment which towers over Lake Manyara in Northern Tanzania.  You will be able to enjoy this incredible view from the wide and spacious deck of the main lodge - there is also the possibility of sighting some of the wildlife that inhabits Lake Manyara National Park. 

The main area is spacious with split level architecture and a wrap around deck to maximise the views. Inside is a lovely colourful bar area boasting comfortable sofas and private spaces for that quiet moment. There is also a computer area tucked away out of view with internet access.  The dining area has fantastic views across the lake, and the verandah has tables and chairs that are set for meals in good weather and also overlook the lake and camp fire terrace.

Activities from the lodge include bicycle tour to a local masai village, game drives into Lake Manyara National Park and nearby Tarangire National Park, and short nature walks round the lodge with a Masai guide.

Escarpment Luxury Lodge boast 16 excellently appointed and private chalets.  Each chalet has its own private deck from which you can view the lake below you and watch wildlife as it drifts through the lodge grounds. Abundant bird life fills the trees and bushes which grow right up to your deck giving you the sense of being immersed in the natural bush of Africa whilst still luxuriating in your private chalet.

Wooden floors and wide windows and doors add to the natural feel of the lodge and every effort has been made to ensure comfort and luxury - including large beds with sumptuous linen, leather sofas in your own small lounge area, and a large, deep bath from which you can survey the bush and the lake.

Example Details For Escarpment Luxury Lodge

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Chalet
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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Escarpment Luxury 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.

Escarpment Lodge has 16 luxury private chalets. Each chalet has a private deck, four poster bed, writing desk, a private lounge, indoor and outdoor showers and a free standing bath.

The main lodge features a tastefully designed lounge bar near the restaurant which has a wraparound terrace. The Infinity pool overlooks the Lake Manyara National Park to the one end and the Great Rift Valley on the other side.

The spa offers a selection of massages, facials and body treatments.

Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Days 3 - 4: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge Location Map

The beautifully designed Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge is situated in Ndutu in the south-eastern Serengeti Plains within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a prime location for game drives and an ideal stopover to the neighboring Serengeti National Park. The lodge is built to blend into the natural environment dominated by acacia trees with a clear view of Lake Ndutu.

The plains around Ndutu are the main holding ground for migratory animals where vast herds congregate and linger for more than 4 months, from December to April, before they start moving across the Serengeti in search of greener pastures and water. Calving usually takes place between January and March. Ndutu is also famous for its resident game, including lions, cheetah, leopard, genets, striped hyena, elephants, impala, hartebeest, giraffes, dik dik, and reedbucks which can be viewed throughout the year.

The lodge has an in-house restaurant thatched with makuti (palm fronds) and standing on a raised platform with a large wooden deck looking out on to the savannah. The bar is the perfect place to unwind and chill out after a long game drive or the other activites offered at the lodge, and has a spectacular view of the lake. Evenings are refreshing social gatherings around a crackling campfire in a serene and quiet surrounding interrupted by occasional distant calls of wildlife.

The lodge has 20 well appointed en-suite guest tents (including Family Suites) offering a true African safari experience. The tents are spacious and rest on wooden stilts and a platform elevated a metre from the natural ground and nestling under makuti roofing for shade and protection against the elements. They all feature a large bedroom with wooden floor and oversize floor-to-ceiling glass panels at the front affording guests a wide view from inside to the natural scenery outside over the balcony. Fresh colours and natural carvings with the traditional African culture are used as the central theme of interior decor.

Example Details For Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Tented Room
Includes: Ngorongoro Conservation Area fees; concession fees; coffee/tea; 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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Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented 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 20 tents including the Family Suites feature hardwood beds with mosquito netting, bedside tables, sofa seats with a coffee table, a writing desk with chair, wardrobe, dressing table, hair dryer, safe deposit box, a mini fridge, ceiling fan, mosquito spray and wipes, luggage rack, and a private balcony with chairs and a coffee table. All the tents are provided with 24 hours electricity and free Wi-Fi access. The en-suite bathrooms include 2 hand wash basins, a flush toilet, and 2 separate showers - one of which an open-air shower, all with hot and cold running water.

This is an eco-friendly lodge with solar power as the source of electricity, supported by 2 standby generators and invertors.

Other lodge services and facilities include a swimming pool, 24 hour reception/concierge, wake-up call, laundry service (additional cost), a curio shop for souvenirs, and a viewing deck with magnifying equipment.

Balloon safaris can be arranged from the lodge (additional cost and prebooking is advised).

Bush walks can also be arranged (additional cost). A short walk, accompanied by guides and a ranger is an excellent break from game drives, where you will learn some fascinating facts about nature, birds, reptiles, insects and medicinal uses of plants which you may not fully appreciate from the seat of your safari car. The walk takes an hour and a half to 2 hours but longer walks can be arranged. The walks are normally in the morning or late afternoon when the temperatures are cool.

Lions Paw Camp

Ngorongoro Crater

Days 5 - 6: Ngorongoro Crater

Lions Paw Camp Location Map

Open all year round and nestled beneath a quiet grove of red thorn acacia trees, high atop the eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, is Lions Paw Camp. One of a only a few tented properties located in the crater area, this camp is ideal for those looking to escape the tourist congestion associated with the larger lodge accommodation options.

The camp's location was carefully selected for its sense of privacy and intimacy with nature, its panoramic views of the Crater Highlands, and its proximity to the crater floor which is a mere 10 minutes away. It’s one of the few camps in the crater area that allows you to experience the beauty of the crater floor before the crowds descend.

The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unflooded, intact volcanic caldera in the world. The actual crater is about 20 km across and 600 meters deep, and covers 300 sq km. Within the rim there are an estimated 30,000 animals, making this one of the densest concentration of wildlife within Africa.

The camp features 10 spacious rooms, a Honeymoon Suite, plus two Family Rooms consisting of 2 separate bedrooms and a shared bathroom.

Each tent comes equipped with its own private en-suite bathroom that includes running water from a marble-topped single basin vanity, a separate shower area elevated on teak wood flooring, an enclosed private flush toilet and a dressing area.

In addition, the tents also have their own private verandah, where you can watch spectacular sunsets descending over the western rim.

Example Details For Lions Paw Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Safari Tent
Includes: Full Board Package: All meals; Conservation/crater fees; and tea/coffee 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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Lions Paw Camp 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. Children under 15 years of age are required to share a room with an adult.

The tents are all en-suite with hot showers, flush toilets and bath robes. Each tent also has radio communication and space heaters for cold nights.

The camp has a separate dining area, campfire, bar, lounge and power strips for charging electronics.

A laundry service is also available (additional cost).

Lions Paw Camp is open all year round.

Credit cards are not accepted.

Sunshine Hotel

Zanzibar

Days 7 - 12: Zanzibar

Sunshine Hotel Location Map

Sunshine Hotel is located in Matemwe on the north-east coast of Zanzibar. Eco friendly, stylish and cosy, the hotel was carefully designed to create a unique chilled-out ambiance to make you feel happy and relaxed. Set right on an unspoiled white sandy beach, lined with palm trees and washed by warm, turquoise waters of Indian Ocean, it's a perfect getaway from everyday life.

You can relax on your room balcony or veranda, cool down with a refreshing drink by the swimming pool or chill out on the comfortable traditional benches in the lounge area. The restaurant serves a wide variety of delicious food, and the menu is changed daily so you will not get bored!

Diving on Zanzibar offers you a stunning underwater world with schools of tropical reef fish, turtles, dolphins, nudibranchs and beautiful hard and soft coral formations. The diving is done mainly around the Mnemba Atoll which is regarded as the best diving area on Zanzibar. The hotel uses a PADI dive centre which offers daily diving and snorkelling trips to Mnemba and other north-east coast reefs - the centre is situated inside the Sunshine Marine Lodge (sister hotel) and free transfers are provided.

In every room you will find a comfortable queensize bed with a large mosquito net, and a private bathroom with shower and W/C. The rooms do not have air-conditioning, as they were designed to use the ocean breeze to cool down the rooms. All rooms do have a ceiling fan, however. There are 15 rooms in total.

The 12 Sunshine Suites are located in 3 bungalows surrounded by the tropical garden, and each has either a spacious balcony or veranda.

The Honeymoon Suite is located right on the beach, and has its own garden with a beach banda and a plunge pool on the veranda. The Blue Breeze Suite is situated on the first floor above the Honeyumoon Suite, with a spacious terrace and great views over the ocean.

Finally, the Garden Suite and the Garden Deluxe Suite are also set in the gardens.

Example Details For Sunshine Hotel

Nights: 6 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Sunshine Suite
Includes: Breakfast is included. Half Board rates available on 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. For stays over Peak Period (20 December - 10 January) there is a minimum 5 night stay and Half Board is mandatory.
 
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Sunshine Hotel Location.

Address

Sunshine Hotel,Matemwe, North-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.

The rooms are all en-suite and include a private balcony, bedside fan, mosquito nets, in-room safe and wooden wardrobe. Please note that the rooms do not have air conditioning.

The main area has a restaurant, bar, lounge and a swimming pool facing the ocean.

There is free Wi-Fi available. It does cover the whole hotel but the best reception is in the restaurant.

Some of the activities available include tours to Stone Town and Prison Island. Visits to the Spice Farm, Jozani Forest and Safari Blue excursions are also available.

You can also go scuba diving or snorkelling through the dive centre - Dive Point Zanzibar (transfers are provided).

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.

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