The Tanzania Experience

Arusha + Tarangire National Park + Zanzibar

There aren’t very many places in the world where you can share a champagne picnic with your crew in the middle of a safari, sleep in luxurious tents secluded amongst giant trees, and have a massage with indigenous treatments after a relaxing day on the beach.

Join us on our 9-day luxury adventure in Tanzania and experience the country’s culture on a deeper level than the limited Discovery Channel narrative you’ve been told. You can’t call yourself an explorer until you have experienced the beauty and nature of Eastern Africa for yourself.

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of your senses singing after an incredible day in nature, watching huge herds of elephants, zebras, and wild cats during your game drive, and enjoying your sundowner before going back to your luxurious tent.

And you didn’t come snatched for nothing! The pics you will snap of your melanin poppin’ against the back drop of a safari, watching wild animals at the watering hole will be enough to shut down the gram, no cap.

Whether you are soaking it in on your lunch picnic, spotting the Big 5 on the game drive, or exploring picturesque cities along the Zanzibar peninsula, the breathtaking scenery and mix of cultures will have you feeling blessed to experience the beauty of Eastern Africa.

Priceless moments with new friends, historical exploration, exciting game drives, and pampered relaxation await you on your Up in the Air Life journey through Tanzania.

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WHERE YOU'LL GO

From exploring Stone Town in Zanzibar to embarking on a safari in Tanzania, this trip offers a wide variety of scenery (and selfie) opportunities. You will be able to check must-see sites like the slave market, Darajani marketplace, the House of Wonders, the Old Fort, the Sultan’s Palace, and the Tarangire National Park off your bucket list.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

This trip is your chance to be classy, bougie, and a little ratchet. From high dining on food created by the finest chefs on your sanctuary retreat and learning about the Maasai culture to having a relaxing day enjoying massages and spa treatments in top-notch accommodations, you will experience the full spectrum of Tanzania and Zanzibar’s multifaceted culture and hospitality.

WHERE YOU'LL STAY

Our accommodations are so extra. After a long day admiring majestic elephants, finding the best deals in the market, or taking in the sights, you will relax in a sumptuous sanctuary retreat in the Tarangire National Park. In Zanzibar, enjoy an exotic beach resort offering a paradise setting and luxurious seaside escape. Only the best for Lifers!

Explore the day-by-day itinerary.

THIS TRIP IS FOR YOU, IF:

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Day 1

Welcome to Tanzania! Arrive at Arusha Airport (JRO).

Today your once-in-a-lifetime journey begins when you arrive in the vibrant Arusha. 

We’ll meet you at the airport with the rest of your crew, and take the private transfer to your first stop in this African paradise; the Arusha Coffee Lodge by Elewana Collection. The lodge feels like a natural escape from the world as you sit back and relax. Your East African Safari is about to begin.

Enjoy every corner of the luxury room, take an immersive bath and chillay after the long flight. Explore the lodge, or shop in the cultural center as you truly make your first contact with the Tanzanian heritage. The walk in the garden as the monkeys play around is a pretty wonderful welcome to the Motherland.

In the late evening, meet with your tour leader and crew for your welcome dinner where you’ll enjoy a 3-course meal paired with wine.

Day 2

Rise and shine to a sumptuous breakfast in the beautiful gardens before heading to town for a quick wander. Meet your tour leader and crew at the entrance to visit the Maasai Mara market in Arusha.

After shopping, we’ll go back to the Coffee Lodge before heading out bush. Our next step is the Swala Safari Camp located in the Tarangire National Park.

After arriving in the park, we will take a short game drive to the camp’s secluded location and enjoy a leisurely lunch.

Each of the twelve luxurious tents is shaded by tall acacia trees and ancient baobabs, with a direct view to a well-frequented watering hole available right from your tent.

In the afternoon, take time to relax and settle into your room before enjoying an exciting game drive in an open 4WD vehicle. Vast herds of elephants, waterbucks, impalas, and giraffes are easily spotted while leopards lurk in the trees.

Day 3

Today after noshing on what we call breakfast with a view, watching the elephants and impalas stroll around the camp, we’ll engage in a full-day game drive into the heart of the Tarangire National Park. 

We’ll enjoy most of the day out , playing around and learning to spot the animals learning from our guide. The car is fully packed with water, sodas, beer, white wine, and bubbly to get comfy and enjoy the best ride you might ever have, living your best lavish life in nature. A picnic lunch will be calling our name at the end of the game drive.

This evening you’ll return to camp and gather around the campfire while you watch the sunset over the plains before you settle in at the dining tent for a deliciously prepared meal. 

If you are seeking an adventure, we get it. The most adventurous can request a night drive to explore the bush and spot the animals lurking in the dark. 

Day 4

Today is our first early morning at the camp. Since animals are most active in the morning, it’s rise and shine and time to get ready to catch the action! 

The safari experience is an exciting one but also very restful. In the afternoon, you are free to explore the camp, follow the animals around from the deck, lay back, read a book to learn about the ecosystem from the living room, or simply enjoy an extended outdoor shower in your tent.

There’s hardly anything more restful than napping in a luxury tent in the middle of the bush. It doesn’t feel like anything else in the world; waking up with the animals and trees sounds is what we call a vacation.

If you rather explore than stay in, you’ll have the option to visit a local school where you may share stories with the children and learn more about Sanctuary Retreats’ social responsibility and how your safari stay contributes to these give-back initiatives. Donations are encouraged.

On our last night at the camp, we’ll listen to old-school music and dance the night away in the outdoor living room, see the stars as you can hardly see anywhere else near the city, and share stories around the campfire before leaving mainland.

Day 5

Welcome to Zanzibar! 

Upon arrival at Zanzibar International Airport, you will be met by our team and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel located in Stone Town.

Stone Town is a fine example of East Africa’s Swahili coastal trading towns. In this very lively place, you’ll find a mixture of Arabic, African, Indian and European cultures living comfortably together. It retains its urban fabric and townscape virtually intact and contains many fine buildings that reflect its particular culture.

The remainder of your day is at leisure. Feel free to take a sneak peek of the stone town alleys and markets or take a walk on the beach on your first contact with the Indian ocean.

Tonight we will connect over cocktails and a fantastic dinner as it feels like a home welcoming to our most lavish selves.

Day 6

Enjoy a laidback lush breakfast at the hotel before enjoying a walking tour of Stone Town, one of the oldest living Swahili towns in Eastern Africa.

Stone Town is known as the cultural heart of Zanzibar and is world-famous for its unique winding and narrow streets adorned with beautiful antique buildings. 

Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s been prevented from restoring the architecture for its much-needed renovation, preserving the vibe and sites untouched since hundreds of years ago. Visiting Stone Town feels like traveling to the time of slavery and spice trades.

As we wander around the city, we’ll take a historical and cultural journey through the old slave market, the Darajani marketplace, the House of Wonders, the Old Fort, and the Sultan’s Palace.

After lunch, we’ll enjoy delicious seafood at a local restaurant where your tastebuds will come alive with local flavors.

Day 7

After waking up to a delicious breakfast, the day is yours to explore. Discover the wonders of Zanzibar at your own pace.

Our team will recommend optional tours to keep exploring the island, getting deeper into the forests, or sailing on the crystal clear waters, the most beautiful coastline of Eastern Africa.

If you would rather stay at the hotel and hit the beach for a chill day, then do it. However, if you’d instead explore our team will have recommendations available for you to discover the city.

Day 8

Enjoy your last day in Zanzibar and relinquish yourself to the spa for some indigenous treatments at the hotel at leisure. 

The spa treatments use natural organic products that harness pure actives’ restorative powers from the ocean, plants, and minerals. Soothe your limbs in the steam and sauna, preparing them for the most effective massage and treatments. 

Tonight, as we say goodbye to one of the most relaxing and insightful experiences we plan, we’ll have dinner at The Rock, a world-famous restaurant known for its iconic location on its island. The seafood here is worthy of a Michelin star and is the perfect setting to end this extraordinary experience in Tanzania.

Day 9

Rise and shine for your last morning in Zanzibar. 

Enjoy a quiet morning by the pool to reflect on an amazing week. 

Your Up in the Air Life private driver will then whisk you away to the airport for your flight back home or onward to your next adventure.

Safe travels.

No matter where you travel, our standards are the same.

YOU CAN ALWAYS EXPECT TO:

Connect with amazing people.

We provide the opportunity to make friendships with people who share your worldview and won't ask why you wear a bonnet to sleep.

Experience attentive
and authentic hospitality.

Not only is the staff of Up in the Air Life dedicated to making sure your trip is flawlessly executed, but we are also intentional about choosing locales and vendors who celebrate Black travelers.

Be pampered with only the best.

There is no need to take a break from your baller lifestyle when you travel with us. Our lodging, excursions, and dining are pure luxury.

Feel safe and secure.

Our experienced American guides and well-maintained local relationships mean that you will have peace of mind when you travel with us.

Say "goodbye" to FOMO.

Our trips are anything but basic. While we make sure you see well-known main attractions, we also develop itineraries that will give you unique stories to share with your friends back home.

HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

The Tanzania Experience

What is included:

Our trips get you close to that Beyoncé-on-a-boat lifestyle. Let us handle your travel style glow-up.

  • Up in the Air Life On-site Staff
  • Safari Camp Staff in Tanzania
  • 1 Night Lodging accommodation at the Arusha Coffee Lodge
  • Welcome dinner in Arusha
  • Visit to the Maasai Mara Market in Arusha
  • Intra-country flight from Arusha to the Swala Safari Camp
  • 3 Nights Lodging Accommodations at the Luxury Swala Safari Camp
  • Daily gourmet breakfast, lunch, and dinners at Safari Camp
  • Local wines and spirits while at the Safari Camp
  • Daily Drives at the Swala Safari Camp
  • Intra-country flight from Tanzania Mainland to Zanzibar
  • 4 Nights Lodging Accommodations at Park Hyatt in Zanzibar
  • Welcome dinner in Zanzibar
  • Spice and History Tour in Zanzibar
  • 1 Lunch in Zanzibar
  • Farewell dinner at “The Rock” in Zanzibar
  • VIP Meet + Greet Airport Transfers
  • Personalized Swag Bag

What is not included:

We take care of all the details on your itinerary once you land. If you want to further personalize your experience, go off!

  • International flights to Arusha Airport (JRO), Tanzania, and home from Zanzibar Airport (ZNZ), Tanzania.
  • Travel Medical Insurance abroad
  • Passport & Visa fees
  • Tips and gratuities for UITAL Staff, Guides, and Drivers

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