Experience eight days of breathless adventure on safari in northern Tanzania with this odyssey that explores three national parks and a conservation area. ‘Safari’ comes from the Swahili word for ‘journey’ and over the course of this unforgettable itinerary, you will undertake a journey like no other: you will discover some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world, come face to face with wildlife and encounter intriguing cultures. This programme is available in two separate formats, using different accommodation throughout. Please contact the tour designer for further details.
Flamingos: See lakes take a shimmering pink appearance when thousands of these birds flock to them in wet season
Maasai: Pass Maasai villages between the Serengeti and Ngorongoro, and watch herdsmen bring their cattle to graze on the rim of the crater
Big cats: Observe lions, leopards and cheetahs relentlessly track wildebeest during the wet season Great Migration (subject to wildlife movement)
A wide range of optional excursions and pre and post-programme extensions are available on request. Please ask tour designer Taqi Moledina for rates and conditions
Lake Manyara National Park: A lush habitat where tree-climbing lions, huge hippos and zebra and wildebeest herds can be seen
Serengeti National Park: Home to millions of wild animals and location of the great wildebeest migration every year
Ngorongoro Crater: The planet’s largest intact volcanic caldera is a world within a world in which humans and wildlife cohabit
Tarangire National Park: Lush and green wetlands provide an ideal habitat for hundreds of species of birds
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you are met by a representative and transferred to your accommodation for check-in.
Enjoy breakfast and a morning of leisure in the genteel surroundings of the hotel before a safari briefing and lunch. In the afternoon, take your seat in the safari vehicle and depart Arusha in a westerly direction, passing through the Maasai Steppe, a landscape dotted with many picturesque villages as well as maize, coffee and banana plantations. From the town of Makuyuni, continue through a scenic escarpment that brings you to your accommodation for check-in.
Begin the day with a fabulous breakfast before a morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, which is renowned for its varied birdlife – notably flamingos – in wet season and large mammal viewing in dry season. Tree-climbing lions, large-tusked elephants and one-and-a-half-tonne hippos are among the denizens of this mesmerising park. Return to the lodge for lunch before heading north-west across the wheat and coffee plantations of the hilly countryside of the highlands to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. From here, lie the vast plains of the Serengeti, where you’ll hopefully start spotting game well before you arrive at the lodge for check-in.
The Serengeti is famed for being home to millions of animals and the annual Great Migration of wildebeests, zebras and gazelles but the dramatic landscapes in which the wildlife prowls are themselves worthy of admiration. Riverine forests and woodlands, rocky outcrops called kopjes and a volcano are just some of the backdrops in which the animals can be spotted during the morning and afternoon game drives. With some luck, here you will see the Big Five and, with great luck, the harder-to-spot species grouped as the Little Five: the ant lion; the rhino beetle; the elephant shrew; the buffalo weaver; and the leopard tortoise. Birds and reptiles are also plentiful in the Serengeti National Park.
Take to the road after breakfast for a breathtaking drive to Ngorongoro Crater. There will be a pause along the way for a picnic lunch while viewing game in the Serengeti plains. Continue to your new accommodation for check-in.
A spellbinding experience awaits you this morning as you explore what is considered to be the world’s largest wildlife zoo. After breakfast, descend through the early morning mists to the basin of the crater, some 600 metres below the rim, for a picnic lunch. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and due to its size – it has a diameter of 19km – and diversity, the crater floor features distinct areas that range from forests, swamps, lakes and springs, to open grasslands and sandy dunes. The crater has traditionally been inhabited by the Maasai people, who share it with more than 25,000 wild animals, including black rhinos, wildebeests, zebras, eland, gazelles, lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, spotted hyenas, jackals and cheetahs to name but a few. It’s an awesome wildlife experience. Return to the lodge in the late afternoon.
Depart the Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast and head south-east en route towards Lake Manyara, Mto wa Mbu village and Tarangire National Park. Through the highlands and the Karatu district, pass scenic wheat plains and coffee plantations, journeying down a spectacular escarpment before arriving at the park and on to the lodge for check-in, enjoying a game drive en route. After lunch, the remainder of the afternoon will be spent on a game drive of the park, which is home of one of the greatest concentration of elephants in Africa and other game, including the elusive leopard, zebras and tree-climbing lions. More than 550 bird species can be spotted here, too.
Bid farewell to Tarangire and prepare for one last drive through the magnificent Maasai Steppe. Arrive at Arusha by midday and enjoy lunch there before transferring to Kilimanjaro International Airport for a scheduled flight.