Your holiday starts with you sipping fresh Tanzanian coffee on the verandah of the genteel Arusha Coffee Lodge in Burka Estate, on the outskirts of Arusha. The emerald fields roll down the foothills of Mount Meru, its summit shrouded by cloud. The house was built in the 1900s and the lodge retains an elegant, old-world charm.
Arusha is the gateway to northern Tanzania's best reserves, and your first stop is Sanctuary Swala in the Tarangire National Park, famous for its elephants and ancient baobabs. It is a sparsely visited park where you get to experience the solitude of the savannah on a night drive before settling into your tent for nights under canvas.
The next part of your sojourn takes you to Lake Manyara National Park where you take a walk with your Maasai warrior guide or leave the comfort of Gibb's Farm for a trip to Ngorongoro Crater. The next day, you go in search of migrating wildebeest at Kichakani Serengeti Camp, where you get a front-row seat of the grazing wildebeest and zebra, which are always followed by the cunning big cats.
Then, before bidding farewell to East Africa, you stop at Olonana, built on a private stretch of the Mara River as it meanders through Kenya's great Masai Mara. Again, the game is the great attraction but safari is not only about the wild. At Olonana, learn about conservation and how the camp is helping local people. Or just sit quietly and revel in the antics of the hippo pod in the river below…