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. Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp is a spectacular stop, 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.