Touch down in Arusha for a night at the aromatic Arusha Coffee Lodge before setting off on safari, stopping first at one of Tanzania's less-frequented reserves. Swala Camp is pitched under a canopy of acacia trees in a remote corner of Tarangire National Park. The eco-friendly camp has a low carbon footprint and is totally secluded to offer sensational elephant watching. With large baobabs – the ‘upside-down’ trees – surrounding Swala Camp, there is also an abundance of birdlife.
A different experience entirely is offered at the Escarpment Luxury Lodge, overlooking Lake Manyara. Luxuriate in a private chalet with endless views over the valley below and lake in the distance. Game drives through Lake Manyara National Park are a world in one place: a baboon-filled forest, grasslands of plains game and acacia woodland hiding elephants.
Spend your last three nights in the famous Serengeti, a World Heritage Site and possibly the most famous reserve of all. Serengeti Migration Camp is a spectacular stop, settled among rocky outcrops in the northern part of the park. The biggest draw, of course, is the Great Migration, but the Serengeti is so rich in game throughout the year that you will never be disappointed.