East Africa Highlights Safari
FULL SAFARI ITINERARY
DAY 1 – Arrive Tanzania
The Arusha Coffee Lodge lies cradled in the endless acres of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantation. This exclusive boutique lodge has been designed around the farms’ original plantation homes, radiating the warmth and invitation of the old colonial plantation homes historically distinctive to the coffee plantations. Lunch and or dinner under own arrangement.
DAY 2 – Tarangire
After breakfast we drive to Tarangire famous for its huge herds of elephant, a rival to the parks gigantic, squat Baobab trees, one of its most celebrated features; ancient matriarchs, feisty young bulls, and tiny, stumbling calves are ever present to fascinate visitors with their grace, intelligence and majesty. Two nights will be at Tarangire Sopa Lodge hidden among the kopjes and surrounded by ancient baobab trees. Enjoy a game drive this afternoon in one of the most diverse and beautiful parks in Tanzania. Meal plan is full board.
DAY 3 – Tarangire
A morning and a late afternoon game drive will be provided today in the beautiful Tarangire National Park, a highly dense bush land dominated by the incredible valley of the Tarangire River and attracting a good concentration of wildlife. Herds of elephant are likely to be encountered as are vividly colored birds who love the dry savannah. The afternoon may be sent at the lodge’s unique swimming pool located at the edge of a rocky gorge, with its own bar and refreshment centre— a delightful interlude between game drives. Meal plan is full board.
DAY 4 – Ngorongoro
Our destination today is Ngorongoro Crater and our home for the two nights is Ngorongoro Serena perched on the jagged rim of the world’s oldest caldera. Created from river-stone and cloaked in indigenous creepers, this superlative lodge blends effortlessly into its surrounds. Enjoy a picnic lunch and a game drive on the crater floor. After an awesome game viewing experience we check into the Lodge for dinner and a welcome rest. Meal plan is full board.
DAY 5 – Descend into Ngorongoro Crater
Today we spend a memorable day exploring the breadth and depth of this natural wonder .We descend into the crater, one of the few places in Africa where you stand a very good chance of seeing the Big Five in the course of a game drive and have a picnic lunch on the crater floor. This perfect caldera is one of the largest in the world offering a spectacular wildlife haven with over 30 000 animals inhabit the deep crater. We return to the lodge in the late afternoon for dinner and overnight. Meal plan is full board.
DAY 6 – Drive to Mbuzi Mawe
Continue to Serengeti defined by countless miles of rolling plains that offer one of the greatest wildlife spectacles as we head to Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp which lies at the centre of the Serengeti within easy reach of the prime wildlife theatres. The camp is in a superb location, set below a huge granite kopje (outcrop) that towers above the camps and set in an area of that is home to the migration for parts of the year and has superb resident game for the remainder. The guest tents have 24-hour electricity, constant hot water, and ensuite bathroom, dressing area, two double four-poster beds and a verandah with double sun bed. We will arrive in the late afternoon for a welcome rest and dinner and meal plan is full board.
DAY 7 – Explore Serengeti
Enjoy a thrilling day of morning and afternoon game drives. As dusk descends, enjoy Sundowner cocktails and a farewell dinner under the starry Serengeti sky. Meal plan is full board.
DAY 8 – Drive to Serengeti
Today we drive to Serengeti Serena set high on the saddle of tree-clad ridge commanding panoramic views over the endlessly rolling reaches and volcanic reefs of the Serengeti. Drawing its inspiration from the circular ‘Rondavel’ dwellings and winding paths of a traditional Maasai village, the Lodge features thickly-thatched, stone-built rooms, spaciously set amongst groves of indigenous trees that are cooled by sparkling streams and papyrus-fringed ponds. We will arrive for lunch and in the afternoon enjoy a game drive. Meal plan is full board.
DAY 9 – Amazing day in Serengeti
We awaken to the sounds of the African bush and after breakfast we depart with picnic lunches for a day exploring the depths of the Serengeti. We return to the Lodge in the late afternoon for a welcome rest and fine cuisine. Meal plan is full board.
DAY 10 – Onto Lake Manyara
Our final destination is Lake Manyara Serena Lodge dramatically situated on top of the Mto WA Mbu escarpment, overlooking the vast expanse of the Great Rift Valley. The rooms blend gracefully with the serene natural surroundings. Enjoy a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park a beautiful and incredibly diverse park for its size and offering a varied ecosystems, incredible bird life, and breathtaking views. The park is well known for its tree-climbing lions, the only kind of their species in the world who make the ancient mahogany and elegant acacias their home during the rainy season and also home to the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world. Meal plan is full board.
DAY 11 – Depart
After breakfast we drive back to Kilimanjaro for your onward flight where your Tanzanian safari ends.