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When a group of friends and I decided to go on safari in Africa we were told, “go to Kenya if you want to say you’ve been on a safari, go to Tanzania if you want to see animals”.  We booked a trip to Tanzania.

If you pack your bags and head to Tanzania expect to have your choice of pampering.  In general a safari vacation is not an inexpensive proposition, but there are certainly different levels of luxury from basic luxury to the truly opulent.

Regardless of where you safari, you will most likely fly into Nairobi, Kenya and drive to the Tanzanian city of Arusha where you will spend the night before heading to some of the most breathtaking national parks in the world.

Arusha is close to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and others.  At Lake Manyara I was treated to an extra special treat. My group participated in a boating safari.  From boats we were in the water with the hippos, a bit scary, and were able to view wild game roaming along the shore.

As far as accommodations, don’t turn your nose at tented camps, tented camps on the luxury level are near the top of the heap as far as luxury.  Meals are sumptuous., the linens are Frette and trust me you will be traveling in style as you head out each day on safari.  I did not stay in a luxury tented camp, instead my girlfriends and I stayed in Serena lodges, respectable mid-level luxury hotels, that I would certainly recommend.  We did have the opportunity to visit a tented camp, so I viewed what they have to offer first hand.

I have visited several places in Africa, Egypt, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa, Tanzania was absolutely near the top of my list of recommendations.. so pack your bags and go!


if you have the time, try to spend a couple of days relaxing on the beaches of zanzibar.  just off the coast of tanzania, it is the perfect place to unwind.  not going is one of the few regrets i have from an otherwise unforgettable experience.


Kirawira Camp - Western Serengeti

Kirawira Camp – Western Serengeti


 Zanzibar Serena Inn Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar Serena Inn
Zanzibar, Tanzania

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