Resting at the foot of Mount Meru, the sprawling city of Arusha is known as the safari capital of northern Tanzania. It serves as an excellent base from which to explore the remarkably scenic surrounding area which includes majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as the Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Parks. Arusha is a good spot to take a day or two off from the safari circuit as it features a temperate climate and lush surrounds.
Arusha Coffee Lodge offers a truly distinctive experience with the opportunity to stay on a working coffee plantation. The lodge is built around the original plantation houses from the early 1900s, and charming shades of that bygone era remain. Here, you’ll not only enjoy the amenities you’d expect from a luxury lodge, you’ll also get to breathe in the scent of freshly roasted beans and get try some of the many tasty blends. The 30 luxury wooden chalets – 12 Plantation Suites and 18 Plantation Rooms are nestled amongst the surrounding gardens and sea of coffee trees with views of Mt. Meru. Vibrant gardens, a spa, and a swimming pool await, and a restaurant, Bacchus, and café bistro, 3° South, boast menus to satisfy the most discerning of palates, successfully fusing international culinary prowess with locally-sourced ingredients.
On the path of an annual elephant migration, Elewana Tarangire Treetops sits alone in a 312km2 community wildlife area bordering Tarangire National Park, amid a landscape of rolling and baobab-studded hills. The elevated “treehouse” suites are perched high up with views over the adjacent baobab and marula trees, giving Tarangire Treetops an adventurous and exotic feel.
Twenty suites, each 65 sq metres with a private balcony, are lavishly furnished. Natural materials are blended with contemporary Africana décor, to provide guests with a unique and most memorable safari experience.
TheTarangire Conservation Area is home to species such as buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard and elephant. In addition to offering day and night game drives, the camp also offers walking safaris, mountain biking and hot air balloon safaris – a breathtaking experience which takes you even higher than your tree house in order to glimpse the timeless Tarangire plains. Enhance your safari experience by staying “up in the air” with Tarangire Treetops.
Expect an inviting blend of Old World European sophistication and warm East African hospitality at this elegant escape adjacent to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ensconced in a grove of trees and verdant gardens in a 1,500 acre coffee estate,
are 18 cottage suites, each with its own private entrance and adjoining private sun terrace. In-room amenities include an en-suite bathroom with a rain shower, wi-fi and tea and coffee making facilities. Being so close to the Ngorongoro Crater, the wildlife-rich “Eighth Wonder of the World, you’ll no doubt want to head out on safari; yet when you return there is just as much to keep you entertained at the Manor. You can enjoy playing tennis on the grounds, or perhaps set off on an exhilarating mountain biking or horseback excursion around the estate. Afterward, indulge in a massage and toast the setting sun at the bar or on the outdoor deck. For those wishing to bring the whole family, the two bedroom family cottage is the perfect spot. Amenities such as a personal pool and deck, secluded dining area and home entertainment center make this the ideal escape for the clan.
Internationally renowned for the greatest wildlife spectacle on the planet, The Serengeti National Park located in north-west Tanzania is the ultimate ‘wildlife show’ on earth. Across the globe authors and filmmakers have come to document the annual migration of hundreds of thousands of animals, but there is still only one way to understand and experience the true magnificence of this natural phenomena and that is to be part of it. Serengeti Migration Camp is the embodiment of the ‘camp’ experience. Located next to the famous Grumeti River which is home to resident hippos that bark and wallow their days away, Serengeti Migration Camp has become synonymous with low-impact high-action game viewing in a landscape that is untouched since the dawn of time. Hidden among the rocky outcrops the camp is located at the starting point of the Migration. Comprising of 20 luxurious elevated tents, each with spacious and richly furnished bedrooms, blends seamlessly into the environment. Each of the tents is surrounded by its own 360-degree verandah deck, which in turn creates your very own private sanctuary to enjoy the constant game sightings and the ever-present sounds of the bush. In addition to the migration, the area is an outstanding place to view a wide range of mammals including lion, leopard and elephant. The main lodge is built to maximize the visual impact of the rugged landscape, whether you’re chatting about the day’s adventures at the bar, taking a dip in the pool or sipping Serengeti sundowners on the deck. And of course, the bush cuisine here is sure to delight your palate with an array of local tastes and some fun venues, including al fresco picnic lunches or barbeques around the campfire.
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