Tanzania Sky Safari

Itinerary overview

Day 1 – Arusha
Day 2 – Arusha to Tarangire National Park
Day 3 – Tarangire National Park
Day 4 – Tarangire to Karatu (Ngorongoro Highlands)
Day 5 – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Day 6 – Ngorongoro to Serengeti
Day 7 – Serengeti National Park
Day 8 – Serengeti National Park to Arusha
Day 9 – Departure

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Itinerary overview

Day 1 – Arusha
Day 2 – Arusha to Tarangire National Park
Day 3 – Tarangire National Park
Day 4 – Tarangire to Karatu (Ngorongoro Highlands)
Day 5 – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Day 6 – Ngorongoro to Serengeti
Day 7 – Serengeti National Park
Day 8 – Serengeti National Park to Arusha
Day 9 – Departure

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arusha

This 5 Star Group Tour takes you from park to park in a luxuriously-fitted light aeroplane. The small group you will be travelling with will range in size from a minimum of two to a maximum of nine and, of course, all accommodation is individual and private.

Your tour begins when you arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport and are transferred to the comfortable Arusha Coffee Lodge. Set on the outskirts of Arusha, the safari capital of Tanzania, the lodge is situated in the heart of the country’s largest coffee plantation area.

This boutique hotel lodge has been designed around the farm’s original plantation home and radiates the inviting warmth of the historic plantation homes. Luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine, and roaring fires welcome the traveller.

The Arusha Coffee Lodge is the perfect place to relax ahead of your safari. Included meals: Lunch & Dinner
Lodging: Arusha Coffee Lodge

 

Day 2 – Arusha to Tarangire National Park

Today you’ll wake up to the glorious sound of birdsong. After a delightful breakfast there will be an opportunity to go on a tour of the coffee estate followed by an alfresco lunch in the garden.

After lunch you will be driven to Arusha Airport to board the Executive Grand Caravan airplane that will fly you to Kuro Airstrip in Tarangire National Park. Upon arrival the Tarangire Treetops team will meet you and take you on an afternoon game drive in Tarangire National Park en route to Tarangire Tree Tops Lodge.

The lodge sits alone in a private game reserve bordering Tarangire National Park and the Masai Steppe amid rolling, baobab-studded hills with views to Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley wall. Tarangire Treetops has a magical and exotic feel, and exudes a timeless essence, with its majestic tree-filled gardens reminiscent of days gone by.

Included meals: Full Board Lodging: Tarangire Tree Tops

 

Day 3 – Tarangire National Park

After breakfast we will spend the day game in Tarangire National Park, which hosts the greatest concentration of Tanzanian wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx can be seen quite often.

Lunch is taken in one Tanzania’s loveliest picnic locations, overlooking an evergreen swamp dotted with elephants as you enjoy some delightful bush-inspired cuisine.

Those who enjoy bird spotting will want to keep an eye open for screeching flocks yellow-collared lovebirds, and the somewhat drabber rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling – all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania.

You will have the opportunity to go on a game walk in the private concession followed by sundowners atop Sunset Hill and an opportunity to see the nocturnal animals of Africa on a night game drive.

After the night drive we’ll arrive back at the lodge in time for dinner.

Included meals: Full Board Lodging: Tarangire Tree Tops

 

Day 4 – Tarangire to Karatu (Ngorongoro Highlands)

Today, after a leisurely breakfast, we will depart on a morning game drive in search of more animals. In this way we will spend the morning, cameras and binoculars at hand, spotting many of the denizens of Tarangire with the help of our knowledgeable guides.

After a while we will stop at a scenic spot within the park and lay out the delicious picnic hamper that the chef will have prepared for us. After this alfresco lunch you will continue to Kuro Airstrip where you connect to Manyara Airstrip, aboard your aircraft. We will leave the baobab trees behind and fly over the palm-fringed Lake Manyara before landing on an escarpment of the Great Rift Valley.

When we land the team from The Manor at Ngorongoro will be there to meet us. There will be a short drive to the town of Karatu and an opportunity to visit an African market, before continuing the foothills of the Ngorongoro Highlands and our next lodging.

Set within the Shangri-La Estate. The Manor at Ngorongoro is reminiscent of a sophisticated, upcountry farmhouse in the Cape Dutch style of architecture. Each luxurious guest cottage fuses the earthiness of East African safari design with old world Afro-European architecture. After some tea and crumpets you will have time to enjoy the Manor’s surroundings on horseback. You could also attend a coffee tasting and take part in a guided estate walk or a bike ride.

If you prefer to completely relax head to the snooker or library room or sample the extensive list of cellar wines.

Included meals: Full Board Lodging: The Manor at Ngorongoro

Day 5 – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

To experience the crater without the crowds it is best to rise early. Reaching the Ngorongoro Crater floor as the sun begins to rise, you will undoubtedly be amazed by the natural beauty surrounding you.

The Ngorongoro Crater is home to about 25,000 animals and is one of the last places in Tanzania where the Big Five can be seen. Furthermore, it is a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserves – unique because it is a multi-use conservation area in which the animals and environment are protected but the Masai are allowed to live and continue their pastoral lifestyle.

After our game drive we will enjoy a picnic on the edge of one of the crater’s lakes and watch from afar as elephants quench their thirst. Later, we will return to the Manor to relax and enjoy a well-earned feast cooked by the lodge’s excellent chefs.

Included meals: Full Board Lodging: The Manor at Ngorongoro

 

 

Day 6 – Ngorongoro to Serengeti

After breakfast you will have the opportunity of visiting Lake Manyara National
Park, consisting of a narrow strip running between the Gregory Rift Wall wall to the west and Lake Manyara, an alkaline or soda-lake, to the east, which is famous for its population of flamingos.

The park encompasses three distinct habitats including a lush groundwater forest, open floodplains and acacia woodlands. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds graze on the grassy plains, as do giraffes and other plains game. The narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favoured haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants. This very scenic park will delight your senses.

For those who would prefer, you are more than welcome to skip Manayara and stay at the lodge and explore the estate. There are a host of activities available at the lodge such as horseback riding, cycling, an estate tour or a massage treatment or, you may opt to just relax with a good book.

After lunch you will be driven to the Manyara airstrip for your flight to the Serengeti. Upon arrival you will be met by the Migration Camp team and taken on a short game drive en route to the Camp.

Richly furnished throughout, the Serengeti Migration Camp is a haven of indulgent comfort within the raw beauty of the surrounding bush. Its spacious tents have been carefully placed to provide privacy and blend into nature’s architecture, overlooking the Grumeti River with its resident hippos. Surrounded by a 360-degree veranda deck and with a capacious 45 square metres of internal floor space, each guest tent is a private sanctuary. The split level lounge, cigar bar, restaurant, sundecks and swimming pool are perched among the outcrops and overlook the vast and rugged landscapes that is the setting for one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles – the Great Migration.

This evening there will be cocktails served on the sundowner deck before proceeding for dinner.

Included meals: Full Board Lodging: Serengeti Migration Camp

 

Day 7 – Serengeti National Park

There’s nothing like an early morning start allowing you to experience one of the ultimate game viewing experiences. After a hot cup of tea or coffee you will soon be wide-awake as you head out to observe the wildlife at its most active time. The cat family loves to make and appearance in the morning, while the early morning light makes photographing herds of wildlife a photographer’s dream.

THe Serengeti is renowned for its annual migration, at which time some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebras and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelles join the wildebeests on their trek to find fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephants and giraffes, and thousands upon thousands of elands, topis, kongonis, impalas and Grant’s gazelles are all there to be seen.

We will stop off for a bush lunch during the game drive before continuing across the open plains in search for more wildlife.

Tonight, a delectable dinner will be served at camp beneath the stunning starry African sky.

Included meals: Full Board Lodging: Serengeti Migration Camp

Day 8 – Serengeti National Park to Arusha

After breakfast there will be one last opportuity to explore the banks of the great Grumeti River on a guided game walk and savour your last few hours in the great outdoors

Lunch is served at the lodge after your walk and you will then be taken to the airstrip, with a last game drive en route. Your flight will take you to Arusha where you will be met and drivenonce again to Arusha Coffee Lodge.

A day room will be made available for you to freshen up and relax in before your transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home.

We know that you will have had an amazing week on safari at this point, and if you feel like staying on in Tnazania, perhaps spending a few days relaxing on Zanzibar, all you need to do is get in touch with one of our travel experts and they will help arrange everything for you.

Included meals: Breakfast

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