Tanzania wild and beautiful with Lisa Doust

Day 1: Fly to Arusha’s Kilimanjaro Airport via Dar es Salaam. Upon arrival be greeted by your on-the-ground Nomads Secrets team...

Day 1

Australia / Dar es Salaam / Arusha

Stay: Hatari Lodge (two nights full board)

Fly to Arusha’s Kilimanjaro Airport via Dar es Salaam. Upon arrival be greeted by your on-the-ground Nomads Secrets team and drive to Hatari Lodge via Arusha National Park.


Day 2


Stay: Hatari Lodge (two nights full board)

Visit Arusha National Park and enjoy the first game drive and a walking safari, spotting buffalo, flamingos, giraffes and other local fauna before returning to Hatari Lodge to unwind. Today’s pace is relaxed, giving you time to overcome any residual jetlag.


Day 3

Arusha / West Kilimanjaro

Stay: Shu'mata Camp (two nights full board)

After checkout from Hatari Lodge, drive to Shu'mata in West Kilimanjaro for lunch. The camp is located on top of a hill and the property offers sweeping views of Mt Kilimanjaro. After lunch, go walking with a Maasai naturalist. Learn about how the Maasai use traditional medicines and collect plants for making a traditional tea. End the walk on top of a hill, where the Maasai have prepared a traditional goat barbecue and will tell you their fascinating stories over dinner.


Day 4

Stay: Shu'mata Camp (two nights full board)

The morning begins with an early game drive and breakfast will be in the bush. Return to camp by lunchtime for a meal and some relaxation time. In the afternoon visit a Maasai boma (homestead) and witness a traditional Maasai ceremony. End the afternoon with sundowners on the plains before heading back to Shu'mata for dinner.  


Datoga Tribe Woman | Filomena Fontana


Day 5

West Kilimanjaro / Lake Eyasi

Stay: Kisima Ngeda Camp (one night full board)

Check out from Shu’mata Camp and drive to the local airstrip after breakfast. Take a charter flight to Manyara Airstrip. Transfer to Kisima Ngeda Camp in Lake Eyasi for the next two nights.

In the afternoon, visit the Datoga Tribe. It is thought that the Datoga people migrated from Ethiopia to Kenya and Tanzania approximately 3,000 years ago. Their language and culture are similar to Highland Nilotes, isolating them from other tribes in the area. Originally pastoralists similar in culture to the Maasai, they have adapted to a farming lifestyle in recent years. Their unique clothing blends in with their environment and features intricate beadwork. The Datoga use tattoos as a form of decoration around their eyes. The Datoga are skilled craftsmen and you will visit a traditional blacksmith.


Day 6

Lake Eyasi / Ngorongoro Crater

Stay: Crater Lodge Ngorongoro (two nights full board)

This morning spend time on Lake Eyasi with the Hadzabe Tribe. The Hadzabe are one of two remaining hunter-gatherer tribes in Tanzania and they speak a unique click language. Cultural activities include following Hadzabe hunters as they hunt bush meat, learning to make jewellery with the women, watching the production of traditional weapons and instruments, and learning the complex click language.

In the afternoon, drive to Crater Lodge by the Ngorongoro Crater


Day 7

Stay: Crater Lodge Ngorongoro (two nights full board)

Today enjoy a game drive in Ngorongoro Crater. Often called the eighth wonder of the world, Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken caldera in the world, and is one of the only places in Africa you can view every member of the ‘Big Five’ (rhinoceros, lion, cheetah, leopard, and elephant) on a single game drive.


Day 8

Ngorongoro / Central Serengeti

Stay: Kiota Camp

After breakfast and one last look at the Ngorongoro Crater from your magnificent lodge, drive to Central Serengeti and visit Olduvai Gorge on the way. Located in the eastern Serengeti Plains, Olduvai Gorge is one of the world’s most important paleoanthropological sites.

Learn about the work The British/Kenyan paleoanthropologist-archaeologist team Mary and Louis Leakey undertook when they established and developed the excavation and research programs, which have proven invaluable in furthering our understanding of early human evolution. By late afternoon reach Kiota Camp. Relax under the stars and enjoy the local cuisine over dinner and a nightcap before retiring for the night.


Cheetahs relax in the bush | Bob Madden


Day 9

Stay: Kiota Camp (two nights full board)

Today starts early, allowing you to make the most of your first Central Serengeti game drive – see lots of cats and the wildlife that lives in this area all year round. After lunch at Kiota Camp, hop back in your jeep and visit the hippo pool or search for the more elusive leopards and cheetahs.   


Day 10

Central Serengeti / Northern Serengeti Mara River (two nights full board)

Stay: Chaka Camp

Today leave your camp in the Central Serengeti and drive to Northern Serengeti/Mara River. Observe and capture through your camera the zebra and wildebeest migration along the way. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch in the park before reaching fabulous Chaka Camp for the night.


Day 11

Stay: Chaka Camp (two nights full board)

While at Chaka Camp, enjoy a full day of game drives around Mara River Area, observing big cats, hippos, crocodiles and the wildebeest migration. When at the camp unwind by the campfire or have dinner under the starlit sky, sharing travelling tales with your companions.


Day 12

Northern Serengeti / Zanzibar

Stay: Emerson Spice Hotel (one night full board)

Leave the beauty of Tanzania’s wilderness and its people at 10am to fly from Kogatende Airstrip to Zanzibar’s capital, Stone Town. After arrival at 2pm, check in at the Emerson Spice hotel, centrally located and built in the Swahili style. After relaxing for a short time, meander through town with Lisa discovering its history, architecture and exotic past. Return to your hotel by 6pm to listen to the Call to Prayer from the rooftop over sundowners. Enjoy a mix of Swahili-inspired dishes for dinner.


Day 13

Stone Town / Baraza

Stay: Baraza Beach Resort & Spa (three nights full board)

After checkout from Emerson Spice, explore the famous Spice Island while following the footsteps of Princess Salme, daughter of the first Sultan of Zanzibar! Your first stop will be the Mtoni Palace ruins once the home of the Sultan and birthplace of his daughter, who later eloped with a German merchant to live in Hamburg, and whose bestselling book Memoirs of an Arabian Princess in Zanzibar provides interesting insight into Zanzibar’s history and her life in the palace.

After seeing the palace, board a lovely dhow (a traditional Zanzibari sailing boat) to visit Salome’s Garden set in a stunning early 19th-century Omani mansion that belonged to Salme’s uncle. Be treated to a traditional coffee ceremony in the lush surroundings.

After visiting the Kidichi Persian baths, enjoy lunch at a spice plantation before driving to Baraza, approximately 1.5 hours from Stone Town, where you will relax for the next two days by the crystal-clear azure sea.


Day 14 &15

Stay: Baraza Beach Resort & Spa (three nights full board)

For the next two days enjoy beach time and spa treatments at exclusive Baraza Beach Resort & Spa. Swim, snorkel, dive and simply enjoy the balmy and beautiful nature of the Zanzibar coast.


Day 16

Zanzibar / Home

Depart from Zanzibar International Airport to return to Australia.

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The details

Expedition Length: 16 days / 15 nights

Date of departure: Depart Australia on 12 May 2017

Maximum group size: 10 

NOTE: This itinerary can be customised to suit independent travellers’ needs.

Nomads Secrets Expert – Lisa Doust

Born and raised in the Australian outback, Lisa dreamed of visiting distant lands from a young age and has since become an accomplished travel journalist traversing the globe in search of inspiring travel destinations, interesting stories and unforgettable people. Having helped to launch a number of upmarket magazines in Sydney and London, Lisa has written about everything from luxury spas and glorious gardens to family-friendly destinations and the benefits of making a sea/tree change.

Having interviewed countless personalities and written profiles for some of Australia’s most renowned chefs and restaurants, Lisa always aims to get to the heart of a story. She searches for locals who are passionate about their corner of the world. Lisa aspires to enrich the travel experience for her fellow adventurers by seeking out hidden treasures – whether she’s exploring a nature reserve with a Masai guide in Tanzania, surrendering to a spa treatment in Sri Lanka or talking to leather experts at San Lorenzo Market in Florence. 

For Lisa, the key to a successful journey is a combination of fabulous accommodation, unforgettable culinary and cultural experiences and engaging with locals willing to share  their unique stories along the way.


Twin share (excluding international flights): A$16,750

Twin share (including international flights with Etihad business class): A$23,250

Single supplement: A$6,500


Nomads Secrets Expert Lisa Doust Journalist.

Internal flights within Tanzania and airport taxes.

Accommodation in luxury hotels, safari camps and lodges in twin share rooms/tents with full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner). 

Tour begins with welcome dinner at Hatari Lodge on the first day and ends with breakfast at Baraza Resort & Spa on the last day.

Transport in luxury 4WD vehicles while on safari and luxury air-conditioned vehicles in Zanzibar with professional licensed drivers.

Private local English speaking guides and naturalists

Private access to sites and special interest events and locations.

Bottled water throughout the expedition (during sightseeing, at scheduled meals, and in your room). 

All beverages, including selected wine and liquor during special events and cocktail parties on land; house wine and/or beer at lunch and dinner; non-alcoholic beverages at all scheduled meals on land.

Baggage handling during the expedition.

Internet access in hotels, where available.

Tips or gratuities to local guides, drivers, porters, and wait staff are included. 

NOTE: A holiday surcharge may apply for independent travellers who wish to travel at other times of the year based upon international or local holidays, as well as local events and festivals.


International airfares and airport taxes from your home port to and from Arusha is not included in the expedition cost.


Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, and fax fees.

All beverages not mentioned above as included. 

Hotel minibar charges; meals not scheduled during the journey. 

Inoculation and medication costs of any kind.

Gratuities not specifically mentioned as included in the total expedition price will be at your discretion. 

Travel insurance

Travel Style:

Expert-led expedition in premium deluxe accommodation or best available with special access to unique locations, cultural rituals and seldom visited indigenous people.

Booking and Payment Terms:

Full payment of balance is due 60 days before arrival with Non-Refundable AU$100, plus AU$1,000 per person or 10 
percent of the cost of the total travel arrangements whichever is the greater is required on the confirmation of any booking. 

Nomads Secrets Terms of Business & Cancellation Terms:

All reservations which are made direct with Nomads Secrets Pty Ltd (hereinafter referred to as Nomads Secrets) are subject to these booking conditions issued at the time of quote.


A non-refundable booking deposit of AU$100 per person plus AU$1,000 per person, or 10 percent of the cost of the total travel arrangements whichever is the greater is required on the confirmation of any booking. An e-mail or letter of confirmation will be sent to you on receipt of your deposit and please check this carefully so as to ensure there are no mistakes. The Confirmation will list out all inclusions contained in the journey.

Amendment Fees:

Once travel arrangements have been confirmed, an amendment fee of AU$ 25 per person will be charged for each amendment.

Final Payment:

The balance of your payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure, unless otherwise advised. For bookings made within 60 days of the date of departure payment must be paid immediately on confirmation of the travel arrangements.


All payments should be made directly to Nomads Secrets' bank account in Sydney Australia details of which are attached below.


On occasions prices are increased and Nomads Secrets will absorb any surcharges up to 5% of the total journey cost and clients will be liable for the balance. If the surcharge is over 10%, clients have the right to cancel the travel arrangements and be given a full refund.

Cancellation by Client:

Cancellation must be made in writing to Nomads Secrets and will be subject to the following cancellation charges:

1. More than 60 days prior to departure -AU$100 per person or –AU$1,000 per person or 10 percent of the cost of the total travel arrangements whichever is the greater

2. Between 60 and 31 days prior to departure - 25 percent of the total cost.

3. Between 30 and 15 days prior to departure - 50 percent of the total cost.

4. Less than 15 days - 100 percent of the total cost.

Cancellation less than 30 days prior to travel will incur a cancellation charge of 100 percent of the total journey cost.

Unused Travel Services: 

No refund is possible for any service included in the price of a travel arrangement that is unused.

Cancellation by Nomads Secrets:

Nomads Secrets reserves the right due to unforeseen circumstances to cancel any travel arrangements prior to departure. In such an event a full refund will be offered.


When booking with Nomads Secrets the client understands that Nomads Secrets often subcontracts ground arrangements in Tanzania to local companies and cannot be held responsible for the conduct of these third parties.

The client accepts that Nomads Secrets is not liable for any accident, sickness, injury, death, damage, loss, delay or detention due to any conduct of these third parties or for any unforeseen circumstances outside the control of Nomads Secrets such as political instability, acts of terrorism, insufficient medical facilities and forces of nature. The client hereby agrees that any liability on Nomads Secrets' part is limited to a maximum of the itinerary cost.

The tourism infrastructure in Tanzania such as the standards of accommodation, transport, facilities and hygiene are often less developed than what is traditional in the clients' home country and the client acknowledges that at times the itinerary, accommodation and transportation may vary from the original itinerary due to local circumstances that are beyond the control of Nomads Secrets and for which Nomads Secrets cannot be held liable.

Travel documents and Inoculations:

It is your responsibility to ensure that your travel documents are in order. A passport with at least six months validity after your intended departure from Tanzania is required and the passport must have at least two empty pages.
Visas for entry to Tanzania are required by all nationalities and Nomads Secrets does not arrange visas automatically. These costs are not included in any travel arrangements. 

Nomads Secrets can assist with the arrangement of visas to Tanzania though these costs will be separately and additionally charged.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct inoculations.

Travel Insurance:

Nomads Secrets strongly recommends that each client is comprehensively covered by travel insurance and pre-departure cancellation insurance to protect the client’s investment. Nomads Secrets strongly recommends that medical coverage that includes emergency evacuation is included in the insurance cover purchased.

Requests and Special Assistance:

Nomads Secrets will do its best to convey any special accommodation requests to the hotel but these are strictly at the discretion of the hotel and generally cannot be confirmed prior to departure. If you require special assistance Nomads Secrets must be advised at the time of booking and will make every effort to provide the assistance that you require.


If you have any complaint whilst on the journey it must immediately be brought to the attention of your local guide so that the problem can be promptly resolved. Should the outcome be unsatisfactory, the client agrees to telephone or email Nomads Secrets so it can intervene and assist the client.

Law of Contract:

Any contract between Nomads Secrets and client is written and the rights and obligations of the parties will be construed and take effect in accordance with and be governed by the laws of the State of New South Wales in Australia.



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The size of Tanzania means that the climate within the various topographical regions differs greatly. Located close to the Equator, the climate is tropical, however over the past few years African weather patterns have become increasingly unpredictable due to the effects of global warming. Generally however, the coastal areas are hot and humid whereas the northwestern highlands experience cooler weather and more temperate conditions. The best time to visit Tanzania is during the long dry season (Jun-Oct), where humidity is low, rainfall is unusual and the days consist of clear skies and sunny weather. While the central plateau generally remains dry for the entire year, the other regions endure two rainy seasons. The short rains (Nov-Dec) rarely effect travellers on safari, while the long rains (March-May) see a daily downpour that is accompanied by high humidity.



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