Friday came and went, and next thing we knew, it was Day 0 of our safari. We woke up early, hopped on a small Costal plane to Arusha, and landed two hours later at our first destination. There was a driver waiting at the tiny airport ready to pick us up and take us to the safari outfitters office. The tour company we went with, Tropical Trails, was the same that my friend Kendra and her husband used during their trip to Tanzania. Tropical Trails came to us with a great recommendation, and after our trip, I would definitely recommend it to anyone in need of a safari tour company in northern Tanzania.
After stopping by the office and finalizing payment, our driver, who we found out was going to be with us for the entire trip, drove us to our lodge. We decided to get to Arusha and stay over one night, before heading on safari due to plane schedules and driving times. If you have an overnight stay in Arusha before your trip and need a place to stay, I would definitely recommend Karama Lodge.
The lodge is tucked away on a small hill overlooking the surrounding country side. I heard that you can see Mt. Meru from the lodge, but it was rather cloudy when we were there. The staff were welcoming, the common lounge and dining room are comfortable, and the rooms are great. Each room has a private bathroom with a (hot water) shower and a balcony with a private seating area with a wonderful view.
After a good nights sleep without mozzies or city noise, like our spot in Dar, we packed up, grabbed some free (and delicious) breakfast and headed out early on a beautiful morning eager to start our safari holiday.