The Marie Claire fashion team gets back to nature in a stunning eco lodge in Africa
WE STAYED AT…
Tarangire Treetops, a luxury safari lodge with a pool set in Tarangire National Park, 68 miles from Arusha. It has 20 ensuite rooms built in trees with a verandah for wildlife-watching. Made from natural materials, the lodge works in harmony with its environment. A three-night stay costs from £1,006 per person, including transfers, full board and game drives. Book through East Africa specialist Maniago Safaris , which supports a local orphanage and is helping build a new children’s home through the Angels of Hope charity.
WE FLEW TO…
Kilimanjaro, home to Africa’s highest mountain and the gateway to Tanzania’s northern parks. KLM has flights from London from £625 return in June 2008, including taxes. Visas and anti-malaria precautions are required for Tanzania. For more information, buy a copy of Tanzania (£16.99, Bradt) or see www.tanzaniatouristboard.com.
Go on game drives – the park is renowned for elephants, wildebeest, zebra and giraffe.
Spot wildlife while sitting at Tarangire Treetops’ waterhole.
Buy Masai beads and sandals made from tyres in Arusha.
Go further afield to the Selous and Serengeti parks or Zanzibar for post-safari R&R.
At home, give something back through www.sendacow.org.uk, www.communityprojectsafrica.org or www.themangotree.org.