Moshi, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti, Zanzibar, Stone Town, Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park
Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
Tanzania celebrates its authenticity with this romantic 13-day journey through the north and south. Safari, beach, culture, mountain...it's an intimate trip, connected by light aircraft and enhanced by secluded accommodation in the country's renowned hinterland. Blending iconic impressions with off the beaten track exclusivity, this is both a journey into ancient animal kingdoms and a meander through a millennium of history and culture.
Moshi - Arrival in Moshi, Tanzania
An early evening arrival brings you into Kilimanjaro International Airport, Northern Tanzania. If you're lucky, gaze through the window and the mountain summit will be visible, shimmering white and dominating an iconic looking African bushland. Kilimanjaro International Airport is small and relaxed, a gentle introduction to Tanzania just 45 minutes outside Moshi. You'll be met at arrivals and transferred to a lodge on the edge of Moshi Town, one that's nestled in the foothills of the mountain and surrounded by an awning of green.
Moshi - Exploring the Foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro
A relaxing day takes you through the foothills of the world's highest free-standing mountain, the green slopes of Kilimanjaro providing journeys through coffee plantations and welcoming villages. This half day culture and coffee tour offers genuine local interaction, as well as endearing impressions of Tanzania. Visit the local plantations and whiff the freshness of the beans, a guide showing you the full process of coffee production from farm to cup. As you might have guessed, a fresh cup of the local coffee is always a highlight. Continue the journey through the forested foothills and spend an hour in a small village with Kilimanjaro views. Children enthusiastically wave and the elders say “karibu,” or “welcome” to provide the translation from Swahili. Return to your lodge by mid-afternoon and the rest of the day is free. Moshi has a range of international and local restaurants and the lodge can arrange transfers into and out of the town.
Lake Manyara - First Safari Impressions in Lake Manyara National Park
A chorus of birdsong greets you at the entrance to Lake Manyara National Park, hornbills screeching from the treetops as you weave into the interior. Hundreds of endemic species fly around the park, fluttering across your periphery as the guide takes you through Manyara. Baboons charge across the trail, giraffe are found on the edge of the forest, and herds of elephants provide intimate moments. First safaris are always impressive. With so many new sights your eyes are always darting around, trying to take in the wildlife. Half hid in the branches you may find tree-climbing lions, out on the lake there might be a blanket of flamingos, then the ungulate herds always provide colorful sights. Lake Manyara is compact and easy to explore; you don't need a long game drive to see it all and the leisurely pace ensures you can fully appreciate the natural surroundings.
Serengeti - Flying to the Serengeti and Tracking the Great Wildebeest Migration
Tanzania's wildernesses are well connected. Traveling by land could take days, the poor road quality actually helping to preserve the authenticity of the landscape. Traveling by air is far quicker. You're picked up from the Lake Manyara airstrip and whisked off to the Serengeti, the small plane swooping low over a landscape of grasslands and wildebeest herds. Each destination on this itinerary is connected by these short scheduled light aircraft journeys, taking you from hinterland to hinterland and offering elegant impressions of Tanzania's scale.
Land in the Serengeti and you're on the trail of the great wildebeest migration. Some 2 million mammals ramble across the Serengeti with the seasons, the wildebeest and zebra joined by a mélange of chaperoning predators. Views of this natural wonder come direct from your luxury camp, so sit back and watch the show unfold. Gourmet meals and drinks are served at your verandah and there's virtually nobody else in sight. Romantic vacations often necessitate solitude and escapism; seemingly infinite Serengeti excels in delivering this promise, the untrammeled landscape on display for just you and your partner. Rest at the camp before an afternoon game drive provides increasing familiarity with the mammals of Tanzania. So many hoofs draw a divine collection of predators and two days is ample time to try and spot all the famed big cats.
Serengeti - Spectacular Safari on the Serengeti Plains
A full day of game drives in the Serengeti is all about surprise. Marvel at the vast herds as they graze along the horizon, tens of thousands grouped together and fringed by clouds of dust. Approach slowly and there's panic, zebra and wildebeest charging in multiple directions with expressions of trepidation. Amongst lions and leopards, cheetahs and hyenas are also around, further toothed predators that patrol these gaping grasslands.
The Serengeti is Tanzania's most famous safari destination and it never disappoints. Admire hippos as they wallow in swamps and lakes, spot impressive elephant bulls crossing the landscape, and come across large buffalo herds as you explore. For all the individual sightings there's an encompassing beauty and natural hue to the Serengeti. Everywhere you turn there's a photo to be taken, even if there's nothing but a hundred gazelle grazing in the grass. Lake Manyara provides the introduction to safari while Serengeti offers the ultimate reward. Game drives are longer but the quantity of mammals defies the imagination. Sometimes it's difficult to find an angle without a 10,000 strong herd of wildebeest. Like yesterday, after the thrill of the game drive comes the tranquility of camp. Sit back and listen. Silence. Now you hear a trumpeted sound in the distance and slowly the elephant walks past. Silence again. Now a lion roar perforates camp and the two of you sit back in this haven of part solitude, part wild adventure.
Stone Town - Landing in Zanzibar and Exploring Stone Town
A small aircraft whisks you across the Serengeti to the next of Tanzania's renowned destinations. Land in Zanzibar and your first night is spent in Stone Town, a living breathing UNESCO World Heritage site that ripples with old-world atmosphere. The Islamic call to prayer elegantly flickers across red rooftops and old cathedral remains. Hindu temples join the harmonious religious mix and labyrinthine streets offer mesmeric journeys that entice the senses. Your hotel is situated in a historic converted building, complete with intricately adorned wooden doors and an ambiance of enchantment. Open the luxury suite window and this ancient town cascades down before your eyes. Today is left free for you to explore at your own pace, although it is possible to book a guided tour of Stone Town. Without a guide you're likely to get lost, but that's all part of the fun. Whether it's in Arabic or Swahili, the locals are always welcoming and eager to point you in the right direction.
Day 7 - 9
Zanzibar - Solitude and Serenity on a Zanzibar Beach
Stone Town is just one part of Zanzibar's beauty. A soporific loop of white sand fringes the island, the beaches lapped up by gentle Indian Ocean rollers and exuberantly green palms. You'll be transferred to a quiet and secluded beach on the tip of Zanzibar. For three days you escape into this beach paradise, hardly another soul in sight and a vast marine reserve extending just off shore. Daily snorkeling trips are included and there's the opportunity to check out some of Zanzibar's finest dive sites with both the macro and micro of the underworld world ever-impressing.
With a beach cottage practically on the sand and a vast green canopy providing the backdrop, these three days serve up a compelling contrast to the safari and culture. Dolphins occasionally swim past, traditional wooden dhows, hollowed out canoes, make for easy half-day marine trips and the beach provides a lasting impression of tropical charm. There are only a handful of cottages and the service here is exceptional, with gourmet meals and drinks brought to your balcony or served on the sand. So relax, remove your watch, and allow the hours to float into days and the seclusion to enhance this romantic vacation.
Selous - Exploring Africa's Largest Game Reserve
Fly into Southern Tanzania and you quickly notice the contrast to national parks in the north. The Northern safari circuit is justifiably popular and receives around 90 percent of Tanzania's safari visitors. Down in the south, the wilderness is less accessible and the landscapes have a wilder more primitive feel. Light aircraft provides your entry, touching you down on an airstrip in Africa's largest game reserve. Selous and the other Southern circuit parks have an equally enthralling abundance of wildlife, yet you can easily go a full day without seeing another safari vehicle. With so much space and openness, the large mammals thrive; lions, elephants, rhino, and large buffalo herds can all be found in the park.
After landing you'll enjoy two game drives, both of them defined by water. Most of Selous's residents must use the river to drink and a rutted track takes you on a long riverbank journey. An elephant herd is an impressive sight. It's far more impressive when you watch mothers protect babies or large bulls stamping their feet in shows of dominance. As the Southern safari circuit receives barely 5 percent of the visitors of the north, expect even greater solitude from tonight's camp in the bush.
Day 11 - 12
Ruaha - Final Safari Impressions in Ruaha National Park
Ruaha provides the final piece of your romantic safari jigsaw. Like Selous, the park is all about the utopian scale demanded by the big predators and largest mammals. Ruaha's additional trick is to provide enhanced accessibility, so two days have been dedicated to the park in this itinerary. Full day game drives delve deep into the heart of this glorious hinterland, each loop bringing forest adventure and journeys into the unknown. Again, it's unlikely you'll see another safari truck and there's a marvelous feeling of being transported into a primeval landscape. Wildlife occasionally has to be shooed from the runway here, an example of how the development of tourism has remained low key.
Your guide can take a number of routes that are dependent on your interests. They may seek to find an iconic sight that's eluded you so far. Alternatively, the itinerary could focus on your safari favorites, like spotted cats or the bulldozing trails of rhinos. Ruaha is a haven for a full range of wildlife and a myriad of habitats take you through the home of each characterful cast. The antelopes on the forest edge, hippos along the riverbank, elephant and birds patrolling the trees, then nomadic herds crossing vast plains. Like always, the game drive runs at an easy pace, so there will be lots of opportunities to enjoy a quiet hour overlooking the landscape together. Your final camp offers the pinnacle of remote luxury, the quaint wood-framed accommodation affording generous views onto a waterhole and beyond into Ruaha.
Ruaha - Departure from Tanzania
Despite being in the indelible heart of the wilderness, it's not long before you're back to modern civilization. The light aircraft takes you directly from Ruaha to Dar es Salaam where a representative is on hand to assist you with transferring to international departures. It's goodbye to Tanzania and goodbye to Africa but you're already planning when to return.
- Enjoy an all-encompassing tour of Tanzania that takes in the highlights of the whole country, including Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, Zanzibar, and the vast safari destinations of the south
- Track the great wildebeest migration on the epic grasslands of the Serengeti, some 2 million mammals marauding around this famous safari destination
- Soak up a feast for the senses with four days on Zanzibar Island, including a day wandering Stone Town, then three days relaxing in tropical beach solitude
- Explore Tanzania's less visited southern safari destinations, including Africa's largest game reserve, Selous, and the wonderfully rugged Ruaha National Park
- Light aircraft connects each destination, effortlessly taking you across the hinterlands and enabling an itinerary that incorporates a wide range of destinations
- Spend a first safari day in Lake Manyara National Park, saying first hellos to elephants, tree-climbing lions, hippos, and much more.
- This itinerary has been hand tailored for couples and includes secluded luxury accommodation, private safari activities, and lots of free time to explore Tanzania together
Tanzania's landscapes are an ode to nature's inimitability, each stretch of hinterland reveals a land unchanged and untamed. Some of these landscapes will require no introduction, like Mount Kilimanjaro, the beaches of Zanzibar or the Serengeti grass plains, scene of the great wildebeest migration. Others rival this authenticity yet don't receive the fame, in particular, the huge national parks in the south of the country. This handcrafted itinerary offers the complete version of Tanzania, combining four national parks, a very famous mountain, and an island that dances on a beat of ancient culture and white sand. You tour the whole country by light aircraft, the short hopper flights connecting wilderness with wilderness and ensures nature's spell is never interrupted by a tiresome journey. While this vacation is exceptionally guided, the focus is always on seclusion and romance. So expect lots of time alone amongst the marvels of Tanzania.
Snowy Kilimanjaro offers the first memorable backdrop, Africa's highest mountain towering over the town of Moshi and your first two days in Tanzania. Tour the vibrantly green foothills; your journey into the forest includes a visit to the coffee plantations and a remote village that’s home to the Chagga people. On day three the safari starts, Lake Manyara providing a compact and eclectic introduction to all the big game. Birds flutter above hippos, lions climb trees, and all the popular favorites serve up endearing first impressions. Fly north and the safari multiplies in size and scale. Your two day Serengeti adventure is firmly focused on tracking the great wildebeest migration, some two million mammals clumped together as they maraud past your luxury camp. This offers one of the world's greatest opportunities to witness raw hunting scenes, the four hoofed migrants followed by a ravenous assortment of lions, cheetahs, leopards, and hyenas.
Safari means thrills and drama. Yet it's also serene and idyllic, the destinations virtually untouched by man and modern development. Zanzibar reveals more traditional displays of vacation tranquility and you've got three days lapping up the white sand and turquoise waters of this exotic Indian Ocean island. Like each destination, the perfectly appointed accommodation mixes traditional style with modern luxury, and there's hardly another guest in sight. Think escapism, yet also think throwing away the watch and slipping into a shared rhythm of togetherness and repose. Before slumbering on the beach you get to spend day six in Zanzibar's Stone Town, a hypnotizing labyrinth of juxtaposed cultures and sensual indulgence.
Tanzania's southern safari parks provide three days of real off the beaten track exclusivity. Down here, it's rare that you see another vehicle on your game drives. Selous Game Reserve is Africa's largest, a haven for everything large and powerful in the animal kingdom. Then Ruaha National Park is an ode to diversity, your inspiring game drives traversing multiple habitats and bringing a wondrous range of characters. While this itinerary will bring intimacy with all the iconic animals, safari in Tanzania is marked by the interactions; herds staring down herds, predators chasing prey, mothers protecting calves, and eyes returning your shared amazement. Fitting six diverse destinations into a single vacation may sound a little fast. But with the light aircrafts negating travel time, this itinerary ensures no time is wasted and no romantic magic is interrupted.
$5,845 per person (excluding international flights)
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