THE BEST WAY TO ARUSHA, TANZANIA
From LAX, connecting service (change of planes) is offered on KLM, Turkish and Emirates. Restricted round-trip airfares begin at $2,208, including taxes and fees.
A Tanzania visa is required for U.S. citizens and can be obtained in advance or at the airport in Arusha.
The Centers for Disease Control says that depending on where in Tanzania you're going and what you'll be doing, there is a risk of hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, malaria and rabies. Consult with your doctor about vaccinations.
There is good cellphone service in all major population areas, but not so in rural areas. Most accommodations in or near the national reserve game parks have Wi-Fi.
WHERE TO STAY
Arusha Coffee Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania; http://www.bit.ly/1bQiUNJ. Rates vary by season, from $175 in low season to $250 in high season, including breakfast. It is part of the Elewana Collection, with nine properties in Tanzania and Kenya. The Coffee Lodge is a popular first- and last-night lodging for people starting or ending their safaris.
Tarangire Treetops, Tarangire Conservation Area, Tanzania; http://www.bit.ly/1iFC3V8. Rates vary by season, from $500 in low season to $745 in peak season. Includes full board. Game rides are offered at an additional cost of $100-$150.
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, Manyara National Park, Tanzania; http://www.bit.ly/1e8iKGz. Rates vary by season, from $775 per night per person to $1,205 per night per person.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania; http://www.bit.ly/1alvxhp. Rates vary by season, with single suites from $115 to $335, all meals included.
Serengeti Migration Camp, Serengeti, Tanzania; http://www.bit.ly/11gJewI. Rates vary by season, from $500 per person sharing including all meals, to $745 per person sharing, including all meals.
WHERE TO EAT
There's generally one source of food, and that's your lodge. A picnic lunch, called a "bush lunch," means you don't have to return to the lodge until later in the afternoon.
TO LEARN MORE
There are hundreds of tour and safari operators in Tanzania, so start with the Tanzania Tourist Board at http://www.tanzaniatouristboard.com. Also, Tanzania's national parks site http://www.tanzaniaparks.com. Glendale-based Great Safaris [(800) 409-7755, http://www.greatsafaris.com] can mix and match destinations for independent travel as well as offer more traditional group tours.