I’d say Tanzania has been my favorite of all the many trips I’ve taken so far. I learned that hakuna matata (cue The Lion King theme) is a real and regular saying in Swahili and it was like watching my childhood memories and dreams of traveling to Africa becoming real. On top of that, I had three wonderful weeks away from the office – BLISS.
Go discover bliss in beautiful Tanzania – here’s the perfect trip:
You have two airports to choose from – Dar Es Salaam or Arusha. Dar has direct flights from London and many other places, while Arusha seems to be more limited (albeit not just regional). The upside with Arusha is that your internal connections to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, or Manyara (and elsewhere) will likely be easier and more direct.
STAY & EXPLORE
Onsea House – located in Arusha, perfect as your stopping point on way to or back from the safari. Run by a Belgian family who have a knack for cooking, so the dinner is pretty spectacular too and the setting is romantic and beautiful. The terrace of Onsea House has stunning views of Kilimanjaro – watch is at sunrise and/or sunset.
Nomad’s Serengeti Safari Camp – for the Serengeti safari part of the trip, we chose this luxury tent camp in the middle of absolutely nowhere. It was the most switched off I’ve ever felt. The camp is truly luxury – you would easily give up hotels for good if this could be a new standard globally. Your private game drive is yours to plan with your driver from Nomad, so you’ll definitely feel the bespoke angle. The camp moves a few times a year to follow the migration, so you’re guaranteed to spot the animals. Lunch can be a picnic, which you set up midst Serengeti after scoping out the areas for a spot which won’t turn you into a cheetah’s lunch instead. Pre dinner drinks are around a camp fire where you watch sunset and wonder if the lions will try to ambush you (no – there is no fence to protect you but the animals really have no interest in you either). Dinner is spectacular – Tanzanian dishes plus varied options. And as you go to sleep, you’ll start to hear the animals circling your tent, an incredible and admittedly scary feeling. But by morning, the sight of an elephant standing at your tent’s doorstep is so breathtaking, all fear turns into excitement for the next game drive.
Ngorongoro Lodge – a stunning lodge overlooking the Ngorongoro Crater. It’s perfect for sweeping vistas and a holiday you’ll carve into your mind. The Ngorongoro crater is somewhat challenging to drive in and out of, so this location is absolutely perfect in every sense. Easy game drives in the mornings that will have you back at the lodge in time to watch a sunset like you’ve never seen before. I suggest hiring the same driver / guide for the full stay.
Plantation Lodge – a stunning lodge spread spread over a large property near Lake Manyara. The lodge is surrounded by coffee plantations – worth a visit / tour. From here you can take game drives in Lake Manyara, a different perspective to Serengeti and Ngorongoro as it is more of a jungle climate while the other two are drier plains. There is also a nearby village named Mto Wa Mbo, and walk amongst banana trees before you stop to try mbege (a local beer made from bananas).
To relax from all the activities, we jetted off to Mauritius next – another memory for me to catch up on so I’ll write on it soon.
I’ll also be in South Africa later this month and will report back, so check in for more on Africa.