Best of Tanzania

2 Person 5 Days
From $8500 pp/dbl

Your private tailor-made safari is just that – personally designed for you, making your journey with us fairly flexible. Our professional guides look forward to sharing their knowledge and passion for their beautiful country with you, so please feel free to discuss each day with them before setting off. On a ‘drive in’ safari they’ll do their best to break the drives between game parks with visits to local villages or places of historical/ cultural interest, ensuring your transfers are far from boring.

Days in the parks are spent offering you the best possible game-viewing opportunities. It’s YOUR safari, so let your guide know how you want to spend your time - whether that means popping back to camp for lunch and a siesta between an early morning and late afternoon drive, or enjoying an extended full day drive with a picnic lunch.

Departure/return location
Arusha, Tanzania
Departure Time
10:00 AM
Return Time
Approximately 4:30 PM
  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Insurance
  • Meals
  •  Airport/airstrip transfers as specified
  • Private 4x4 transportation on safari in Northern Tanzania with English speaking driver/guide
  • Arusha NP day trip with private safari vehicle and English speaking driver/guide
  • Scheduled Auric Air flight: SER/ZNZ (max. luggage allowance is 20kg per seat in soft bags)
  • HD private guided Stone Town tour incl. return transfers
Not Included
  • Flights & taxes
  • Visa and health requirements
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips
  • Drinks & meals not specified as included
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Private basis activities
  • Covid test costs


Day 1

Make your own way to Rivertrees Country Inn for check-in from 14h00. Accommodation at Rivertrees Country Inn in a Standard Room on a bed and breakfast basis for 2 nights. Rivertrees Country Inn lies in the foothills of Mount Meru, in view of Mount Kilimanjaro. This peaceful country estate combines old-world ambience, African country elegance, excellent farm cuisine, personal service, and genuine warmth from your hosts. The inn offers tranquillity enhanced with contemporary convenience, ideal for rejuvenation following stressful overseas travel or deep relaxation after a long safari or a strenuous climb up Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru.

There are 18 individually styled garden rooms. Each of the garden rooms are nestled under a blanket of trees, overlooking the expansive gardens of Rivertrees. Each room is unique in its decor, filled with high quality antique furniture and intricate floor coverings. Amenities include self-contained bathrooms with shower or bathtub, mosquito netting, hot water, water bottles, complimentary WiFi in public areas, a laptop available for guest use, laundry services, and private dining upon request. Fresh country meals are served in the restaurant, the gardens, the pub, and near the river or in the beautifully restored farmhouse with its warm ochre colours and cherished family antiques.

Day 2

After breakfast, meet the safari driver/guide for a day trip to Arusha National Park including a picnic lunch in the park. Arusha National Park, often overlooked in favour of its more famous neighbours, is in fact a treasure - a rich tapestry of habitats teeming with animals and birds. From the lush swamps of the Ngurdoto Crater to the tranquil beauty of the Momela Lakes and the rocky alpine heights of Mount Meru, the terrain of the park is as varied as it is interesting

Zebras graze on the park's red grasslands, and leopards lurk next to waterfalls in the shadowy forest. More than 400 species of bird, both migrant and resident, can be found in Arusha National Park alongside rare primates such as the Black-and-White Colobus Monkey

The best time to visit Arusha National Park is during the dry season from July to November, or after the short rains from December to March. The park lies just 25 kilometres east of Arusha and is a rewarding day trip from Arusha or Moshi

Arusha National Park Day Trip includes the following:

Private spacious 4x4 safari vehicle with large windows, game-viewing hatches, fridge or cool-box for drinks, inverter for charging batteries, fuel, vehicle entry fees, and game drives. Bottled water included in safari vehicle. Our guides are professionally trained and look forward to sharing their beautiful country with you.

Day 3

Following breakfast, meet the safari driver/guide and travel to Tarangire National Park for game drive & picnic lunch.

All vehicle/ guide park entry and game drive fees. Our spacious 4x4 safari vehicles are custom-built with the focus on comfort, space and 360 degree game viewing visibility. They offer large windows (with every guest having a window seat), fridge/cooler box for drinks and inverters for charging camera/ cell-phone batteries. Bottled water will be supplied in the safari vehicle for the duration of your trip. Our game viewing hatches are designed to allow avid photographers to support their heavy lenses, with bean bags for extra comfort.

Accommodation at Tarangire Kuro Treetops Lodge in a deluxe room on a full board basis for 1 night.

Indulge in lavish luxury at Tarangire Kuro Treetops Lodge, nestled deep within the heart of the National Park. The lodge 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 frequented by abundant wildlife throughout the year. This uniquely designed Lodge consists of 25 luxury tents perched along the Baobab tree line. Each tent is designed with luxury beddings, en-suite bathroom with an indoor and outdoor shower and a private verandah. Guests can enjoy Masai Cultural lessons, storytelling around fireplace, Swahili lessons, Star gazing, Boma dinner, private dinner at tent deck, bush lunch, game drives and balloon safaris in the area.

Tarangire Kuro Treetops Lodge includes the following: Accommodation on a full board basis

Day 4

After breakfast, travel to Lake Manyara National Park for game drive and packed lunch in the park.

Thereafter continue to Karatu.

Accommodation at Gibb's Farm in a Farm Cottage on a full board basis for 2 nights.

The award winning Gibb’s Farm really is something special. Originally built in 1929, and lovingly refurbished, the rustic style lodge offers an elegant stay and a true sanctuary for the senses. Guests will delight in the personal service, homely accommodation, fresh organic food and idyllic setting of this historic farmstead.

The main farmhouse with its soaring glass windows framing rolling coffee fields, cosy nooks and crannies and roaring stone fireplace is an inviting place in which to enjoy a glass of wine and good conversation. With just 17 elegant cottages, complete with rich wooden floors, indoor/outdoor showers, romantic fireplaces and private verandahs, guests will enjoy a tranquil stay.

A working coffee farm, with a dairy, bakery and 10-acre veggie and herb garden, guests enjoy organic farm-to-table cuisine. With so many farm life experiences from milking cows, veggie harvesting, bread baking, cycling to the local market, having your hair braided or hiking to the Ngorongoro Crater rim, guests will never be bored. And for those who prefer to simply chill, relax and rejuvenate with an indigenous Maasai healing treatment in the spa, or stroll through the beautiful gardens.

Gibb's Farm includes the following: Accommodation on a full board basis, and tourism levy.

Day 5

Spend the day game viewing in the fascinating Ngorongoro Crater - a World Heritage Site and the world’s largest inactive, intact volcanic caldera. Photographic opportunities are abundant, and one often sees four of the Big Five in a short time. Enjoy a picnic lunch alongside the lake on the crater floor whilst soaking up the magnificent scenery. 

Day 6

After breakfast, travel to central Serengeti with game viewing en-route in the park.

Accommodation at Melia Serengeti Lodge in a Lagoon View Room on a full board basis for 3 nights.

Located in the heart of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Melia Serengeti Lodge is an excellent option for a nature vacation. The guest rooms and suites offer breath-taking views of the surrounding landscape. Rooms feature air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, minibars, coffee makers and private terraces, and suites feature TVs and dining areas. Guests can enjoy inclusive meals and drinks at the on-site restaurant and bar. Amenities include a fitness centre, a swimming pool and a spa. The surrounding area offers activities such as embarking on game drives, walking safaris and picnics.

Melia Serengeti Lodge includes the following: Accommodation on a full board basis, and tourism levy.

Day 7 & 8 

Enjoy game drives in central Serengeti.

Day 9

Embark on an early morning game drive in central Serengeti before been transferred to Seronera airstrip for the scheduled Auric Air flight to Zanzibar (11h00/13h15).

You will be transferred from the airport to Matemwe Lodge.

Accommodation at Matemwe Lodge in a Suite on a half board basis for 3 nights.

Vibrant yet relaxed Matemwe Lodge, one of the first lodges in Zanzibar, has perfected the tropical island experience. Perched on an outcrop overlooking a shallow coral fringed lagoon on the quieter northeast coast of Zanzibar, Matemwe's peaceful location and famed relaxed atmosphere, makes it the ideal place to unwind.

Guests quickly ease into the laid-back rhythm of island life, planning their day around the tides and their mood. The relaxed daily routine of Matemwe's guests include enjoying fresh seafood, poolside cocktails, massages, or simply hanging out in a hammock. The lodge has plenty on offer for the more active with superb diving and snorkelling off the renowned Mnemba Atoll, a highlight for all.

Built from local materials and surrounded by beautiful lush gardens, each of the 12 spacious suites has a private veranda with a hammock and sofa and expansive views of the Indian Ocean with its constantly changing hues of blue. Here you can watch the fishermen head out every morning at dawn or listen to the songs of the village women as they harvest seaweed.

The open-air restaurant sits just above the sea and has a tranquil lounge area with beautiful views of the palm-fringed beach and gently rocking dhows. Seafood is the speciality of the house, with all produce bought daily from the local markets. Lunch is a buffet offering a delicious mix of African and European flavours. Dinner offers a choice of main courses with fish, meat and vegetarian options. Matemwe has a multi-level swimming pool surrounded with lounge chairs overlooking the ocean. Freshly mixed cocktails are served at the poolside bar.

Matemwe Lodge includes the following: Half board accommodation (breakfast and dinner), tea, coffee, filtered drinking water, guided reef walks and guided cultural village walks, and kayaking.

Day 10 - 13

You will be transferred to Stone Town for a half day private guided city tour Follow the trail of the sultans, slaves, and explorers in the winding streets of Stone Town. Your guide will tell you about the events that shaped Zanzibar, leading you through the buildings where it all happened, such as the former Slave Market and Anglican Cathedral, the House of Wonders and the Sultans' Palace Museum, the old Arab Fort and Dispensary.

While tracing the steps of the past, the walking tour provides you with a window into modern life in Stone Town. Explore the markets, seafood and fish piled in the fish market, fresh loaves of bread in wicker baskets and neat stacks of fruit and vegetables as traders sell their wares from their stalls. Children play in the streets in the residential areas, "mamas" sit outside and gossip while the men play board games. An optional stop at The Zanzibar Coffee House provides a rest from the heat and hustle and bustle. A selection of drinks, local sweets, and seasonal fruits act as the perfect pick-me-up for you to continue on your tour.

The City Tour is very flexible and can be adapted to suit your interests and timeframe. If you're a shopaholic, culture vulture, or history buff, the tour something to suit everyone. Your guide can recommend and customise routes and itineraries that will optimise your time and get the most out of your trip.

Return to Matemwe Lodge.

Day 11

Leisure day - Overnight Matemwe Lodge

Day 12

Check out by 10h00. - You will be transferred to Zanzibar airport for your late evening departure flight.

Day 1
  • ArrivalArrival at Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to Arusha.
  • OvernightOwn booked accommodation in Arusha.
  • 8h-10h:Make your own way to Rivertrees Country Inn for check-in from 14h00
  • OvernightRivertrees Country Inn
  • ActivityArusha National Park Day Trip
  • Overnight:Rivertrees Country Inn
  • ActivityTarangire National Park game drive & picnic lunch
  • OvernightTarangire Kuro Treetops Lodge
  • ActivityLake Manyara National Park for game drive
  • OvernightGibb's Farm Cottage
  • Activity Tour of Ngorongoro Crater
  • OvernightGibb's Farm Cottage
  • Activity Travel to Serengeti, game-viewing en-route
  • OvernightMelia Serengeti Lodge
  • Activity Travel to Serengeti, game-viewing en-route
  • OvernightMelia Serengeti Lodge
  • Activity Game drives in central Serengeti.
  • OvernightMeria Serengeti Lodge
  • Activity Early morning game drive in central Serengeti then transfer to Seronera airstrip for the scheduled Auric Air flight to Zanzibar
  • OvernightMatemwe Lodge
  • Activity Stone Town for a half day private guided city tour
  • OvernightMatemwe Lodge
  • Activity Leisure Day
  • OvernightMatemwe Lodge
  • Activity You will be transferred to Zanzibar airport for your late evening departure flight.
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