The following itinerary for Tanzania has been uniquely designed in partnership with luxury travel company Epic Road, exclusively for Billionaire readers.
DAY One — Arrival and transfer to Legendary Lodge, Arusha
You will begin your trip in Arusha, the safari capital of northern Tanzania. You will stay at the gorgeous Legendary Lodge, an &Beyond property featuring six luxury cottages and set in lush tropical gardens on a coffee farm outside the city. You will spend one night here, just enough time to indulge in a gourmet meal at the property’s charming Old Farmhouse, a rejuvenating treatment at the Legendary Therapies Spa and to enjoy the beautiful views of Mount Meru from your private veranda.
DAY TWO/FIVE — Transfer to and Four-night Stay at Greystoke
The morning of Day Two, a private driver will escort you to the Arusha airport for a charter flight to Mahale. Upon arrival, you will be met and taken to Greystoke Mahale via small boat — the beginning to a magical four-night experience.
Greystoke Mahale sits on a pristine white sandy beach overlooking the turquoise waters of Lake Tanganyika and backed by the forested slopes of the 8,000ft Mahale Mountains.
The property features six wood thatch bandas interspersed along the beach. You will truly feel as though you’re on your very own private island at the edge of the world.
Over the course of your stay, you will have incredibly exciting and diverse activities to choose from. Embark on a thrilling chimp trek in the early morning and later explore the lake on a small dhow boat, pre-stocked with a cooler and sundowners. Make sure to moor near the shoreline where you can get a good look at the hippos as they swim beneath and lurk above water.
Start the next day off by kayaking to the middle of the lake were you can sip your morning coffee as the sun rises and the calm waters gently ripple by. Spend the remainder of your stay hiking beautiful forested paths and discovering exotic birdlife, butterflies and mountain waterfalls or simply relax on the warm sands just outside your banda.
DAY SIX/EIGHT – Transfer to and Three-night Stay at Serengeti
On Day Six, the same boat on which you arrived will take you back to Mahale’s airstrip for the next charter flight to Kogatende. Upon arrival, a private driver will meet you and escort you to Serengeti Bushtops — a luxury safari camp nestled within Tanzania’s iconic Serengeti, a UNESCO world heritage site and home to your extraordinary five-star safari experience.
You will spend three nights here, and trust us when we say the Bushtops canvas tents are unbelievable. One-hundred-and-twenty square meters of open-aired living space, a panoramic deck fitted with loungers and a private hot tub from which to observe the passing wildlife. Outdoor showers beneath the warm African sun, specialty cocktails brought to you by your friendly butler and relaxing massages after an exhilarating day of safari await.
The safari is the best part. Walk, drive or soar above the Serengeti plains and witness the Great Migration, a year-round phenomenon and the largest migration of mammals on the planet. Millions of zebra, gazelle, giraffe and wildebeest move across East Africa in search of food and water. As the grazers move, the predators follow — this means you will undoubtedly see lions, elephants, hippos, cheetahs, leopards, crocodiles and so much more.
A special part of the Great Migration is getting to see newborn wildebeest take their very first steps. They are literally born to run, they can stand within minutes of birth and run alongside their mothers within a single hour.
The Great Migration is one of the most spectacular sights in the world and you will have first row seats to the show.
DAY NINE/11 – Transfer to and Three-night Stay at Singita Faru Faru
On the morning of Day Nine, you will fly from Kogatende to Sasakwa. Upon arrival, you will be taken to Singita Faru Faru.
Built on the Grumeti Reserve, Singita Faru Faru is actually located along the migratory route of the Great Migration — which means the animals will move through the very grounds on which you will be staying. The proximity to wildlife here is nothing short of surreal.
Such closeness to wilderness has influenced the lodge’s look and feel: a gorgeous organic design featuring some quirky flourishes that might have been found in the camp of a turn-of-the-century botanist or wildlife explorer. But the amenities offered — luxury spa, designer boutique and world-class wine cellar — are far from rustic and completely contemporary. And the commitment to luxury, as you can see, is uncompromised.
You will have a series of activities to choose from, such as an exceptional horseback safari. Located on a private concession, the Equestrian Center, perched atop Sasakwa Hill, boasts 18 superior horses, hand-picked for their temperament and pace. This bespoke experience will include remarkable wildlife sightings, stunning sunsets and well-deserved Champagne sundowners.
DAY 12 — Transfer back to the Sasakwa airstrip for a flight to Nairobi
Price: $36,000 for two guests