This tour is a journey through all of Tanzania’s most luxurious treasures. From the heart of Tanzanian coffee and culture in Arusha, to the slow safari wonders of Chem Chem to the endless plains of the Serengeti and finally up to the Northern Serengeti where all the action happens. This tour offers the ultimate in colonial and opulent Tanzanian hospitality, unforgettable safari encounters, sumptuous luxury and endless breathtaking landscapes.
Arusha Coffee Lodge is a delightful sanctuary of aromas, gourmet food and vibrant gardens located on the expansive grounds of a verdant coffee plantation. Take residence in one of 30 luxury rooms – 12 Plantation Suites and 18 Plantation Rooms – all to be found within the 15 wooden chalets nestled amongst the surrounding gardens.
A large wooden deck opens up to a main area incorporating a restaurant, a café bistro, various boutiques, a spa and a swimming pool. The restaurant, Bacchus, and café bistro, 3° South, are open to the public as well as guests.
Both boast menus to satisfy the most discerning of palates, successfully fusing international culinary prowess with locally-sourced ingredients. The café bistro also has a wood-fired pizza oven. Other culinary delights include a 4-course alfresco buffet hosted daily in the garden.
Visitors are also welcome to enjoy convenient gift shopping at the Traders Walk Boutiques, located on site. Browse through a collection of five boutiques offering arts and crafts, jewellery and clothing, gourmet coffee and cakes and Swahili food.
Known as the sunrise camp, Little Chem Chem is situated on the edge of an acacia forest. The camp is surrounded by the characteristic landscape of the Tarangire River with its impressive Baobab trees and overlooks the freshwater lake, Lake Burunge. The Babati mountain range offers a magnificent backdrop to the south-west, with the distant hills of Tarangire visible to the north-east. The atmosphere at Little Chem Chem is welcoming, elegant and oozing authenticity of a bygone era. The luxury of sharing 16’000ha with only 10 guests sets the ideal stage where you can perfectly blend into the wilderness. Lions roam the camp and call each other at night; stately elephants march down to Lake Burunge to get a sprinkling of fresh water; cheetahs hunt on the plains facing the lake; leopards, eland and lesser kudu can be seen in the more dense woods in the inner part of the concession. And wherever there is water, the bird life is abundant and colourful. Little Chem Chem’s intimate, elegant but authentic atmosphere, is the ultimate setting from which to explore Africa on foot. Slow down and indulge in a sensual vintage safari.
Accommodation: Chem Chem
Famed for its endless grasslands and excellent wildlife sightings, the open plains of the magnificent Serengeti National Park are home to 35 species of plains-dwelling games, as well as prolific birdlife. andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp is set in the remote western reaches of the park, on a by-water of the Grumeti River, known for its dramatic wildebeest crossings and enormous Nile crocodiles. Tucked into a strip of riverine forest, guests thrill to the antics of the hippo resident in the tranquil lagoon in front of the camp and the spectacular pied colobus monkeys, found nowhere else in the Serengeti.
Inspired by Tanzania’s annual Great Migration, andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp lies among tall evergreen trees on a bywater of the Grumeti River. A wild and remote experience in the midst of ample resident game, it is ideally situated near one of the most famous fording points of the wildebeest migration.
Accommodation: Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp
The award-winning Sayari Camp is renowned for extraordinary wildlife sightings and supreme comfort. Set on the unspoilt plains of the Northern Serengeti, close to the famous Lamai Wedge, Sayari gives you easy access to the Mara River and multiple river crossing points.
Sayari Camp offers some of the world’s finest game viewing – and it does so in remarkable style. Relax in your extra-comfortable hillside suite after a day on safari, or take a dip in the glorious rim-flow swimming pool with dramatic views over the northern plains. Intimate, contemporary and elegant, it is no surprise that this permanent camp is regularly voted one of the top safari escapes on the planet.
Day 1: Only the very best Tanzanian coffee and cultureArusha Coffee Lodge
Day 2 – 3: The ultimate slow safariLittle Chem Chem
Day 4 – 5: Endless savannahs and incredible game encountersandBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp
Day 6 – 8: A peaceful hill-top haven overlooking the exquisite SerengetiSayari
Why Treasures of Tanzania
- Four unparalleled boutique and unique hospitality experiences.
- A full immersion into Tanzania culture.
- Experiece in its entirety the wonder of the Serengeti.
- All flights, transfers and private guide included.
The Treasures of Tanzania is the ultimate way to experience three very unique and luxurious safari destinations, to enjoy and celebrate the incredible Tanzania culture and hospitality and to explore the endless savannahs of the world reknowned Serengeti.
One of Iconic Africa’s East African experts is waiting to help you craft the Tanzanian trip of a lifetime.
Set in the midst of the ‘migration corridor’ on the edge of Tarangire and on the bird-rich shores of Lake Manyara is this safari retreat with a difference. Chem Chem meaning “spring” in Swahili is just that. Designed to fill your soul and heart with the peace, beauty and stillness of the African bushveld it is the perfect spot to rejuvenate and relax after a busy action-packed safari. Put your feet up and relax into the over-sized couches while looking out over golden savannah grasslands, a lively waterhole and Hyphaene palms. Let nature come to you. A deep appreciation of nature and a passion for the African bush is palpable in the décor, the vibe and the people. Your senses are awakened and your soul fulfilled from your first step through the door.
A soulful sanctuary of relaxation in the wilderness
Slow down to the pace of your beating heart as Chem Chem invites you to stop and to take in all that is around you. There is no need to rush for anything, nowhere you have to go and nothing you have to do. Everything you need to replenish the mind and body is right in front of you. From a refreshing pool, to fully equipped gym to yoga mats, to a decadent spa, to oversized daybeds to a homely lounge and library area – all designed with one thing in mind – the ultimate Slow Safari. This fantastic location is perfect for unforgettable walking safaris and bird watching excursions. It’s all about getting back to nature, discovering new cultures and interacting with tribal people whilst seeking out both the larger and smaller wildlife in the area.
Definitive European hospitality in the middle of the African bushveld
“We do things a little differently here. We don’t want to be like everyone else, we are much more relaxed, and flexible. It’s about respecting your time and what you want to do with it. A little bit of European decadence in the heart of Africa,” says Kelly, Camp Manager.
With eight luxury vintage canvas suites at Chem Chem and six at Little Chem Chem, this cosy yet elegant atmosphere is the perfect haven from which to enjoy and appreciate the breathtaking African bushveld. The décor is exquisitely considered and designed to ensure a peaceful, open feel. Lie back on your over-sized bed and look out through the canvas at the endless African extending out before you. The large stone bath, outside shower, well appointed writing desk and deluxe linen ensures that you feel pampered wherever you are in your luxury suite.
Mealtimes are a wonder to behold as the talented Tanzanian chefs create world-class flavour sensations presented exquisitely and delivered impeccably by the smartly clad waiters. Whether it’s the colourful breakfast buffet, the Camembert samosas or the beef curry you are in for a treat. Dine under the stars by candlelight or by the fire and listen as the logs crackle, the nightingale sings and the hyenas call. Be still and savour the moment, capture it and take it with you.
The pinnacle of responsible tourism and conscious conservation
Thoughtfully designed to complement the lush surroundings Chem Chem is fully responsible for sustainable conservation and wildlife protection on the reserve. The owners, Fabia Bausch and Nicolas Negre’s deep passion for Tanzania’s incredible natural heritage is palpable as well as their devotion to education and social development in the area.
“Sustainable environmental protection is only possible when people are able to recognise through education, the importance of wildlife and the potential it has for their future, explains Nicolas.
How to get there:
Arusha Airport and Manyara Airstrip are both a 90-minute drive to Chem Chem Lodge. Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha Airport: 1.5 hours by road transfer. Most international flights arrive in Dar es Salaam but internal flights to these other airports are fairly frequent.
Perched high up on a hill overlooking the great expanse of the Serengeti is Sayari, Swahili for ‘planet.’ And you definitely do feel as if you are on your own planet. Close to the famous Lamai wedge overlooking the unspoilt plains of the Northern Serengeti and minutes from the mighty Mara River’s most famous wildebeest migration crossing points is this award-winning camp offering only the very best in exclusive game viewing while indulging you in remarkable luxury.
Full of Safari Surprises
“The breathtaking views and our very exciting sunset surprises are what make Sayari something special. It’s luxury as far as the eye can see.” Olivia, Camp Manager. Sayari is intimate and elegant but it’s the little things at this camp that really make it one of Tanzania’s top safari escapes. Not only does it offer the very pinnacle of African hospitality but it also amazes and delights through a host of meaningful personal touches and points of difference. From its sensational hippo pools sunset spot, expertly guided bush walks, to sunrise breakfasts, whole day migration chasing safaris, romantic dinners on your very own patio to the entire staff contingent symphonising at the dinner table; there is just so much to look forward to.
Take a midday dip in the expansive rim flow pool, explore the intricacies of the area in the map room or treat yourself to an indulgent massage in the Sayari Spa. The camp is laid back and runs at nature’s pace. Savour each mealtime for the treat that it is and whether you go for the carrot and cumin soup, the beef fillet or the chocolate fondant you will leave the table fulfilled and smiling. Sit with a tasty nightcap, by the crackling fire, under a blanket of sparkling stars and listen as the African bush comes to life. Chill out, unwind and listen to safari tales of old and new, while making friends with your fellow guests and recounting the day’s adventures.
World-class exclusive game viewing experiences
Sayari is perfectly located to explore the wonders of the Serengeti, one of the world’s most visited and most famous wildlife areas. Specifically tailored for you and what you are looking for, the ‘up close and personal’ game encounters are like no other. Extraordinary sightings of lion, leopard, oribi, elephant, cheetah and of course hoards of wildebeest during migration time await you.
An overwhelming sense of space and decadence
With only twelve spacious suites spread out along the hilltop, Sayari prides itself in an astonishing sense of spaciousness, privacy and seclusion. It has two mess areas, each with its own relaxing lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, all designed for extreme comfort and blending in with the surrounding golden savannah. The exquisite wooden finishes and slight pops of green immediately make you feel at ease while the intricate Graham Springer wildlife portraits give you something to gaze at and get lost in for hours. The suites are even more area each with its own wraparound wooden deck. Unwind in your large, white stone bath or under a stream of water in your outdoor shower and watch the topis and impala graze on the grass outside.
In line with Asilia’s ethos of sustain and thrive, they make a concerted effort to economically and ecologically uplift the areas surrounding their camps. Sayari is no different, and the wildlife and the community, benefit from the good the camp brings. Through solar heating, reverse osmosis and many other environmentally conscious installations you can go to sleep knowing you are contributing in your own little way, to the beauty around you.