Pack your bags, grab your gear and step into the wild for the luxury Tanzania Safari adventure! Your custom expedition offers the opportunity for unforgettable early morning and late afternoon game drives through Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Guided through the eyes of local experts, you will be introduced to a world of wonders, from the culture, to the wildlife and beyond! Admire the picturesque landscapes, track the herds of wildlife in their natural element and observe their habits and routines. All exclusive activities and one of a kind luxury lodging experiences have been sorted for your, so your only job is to make the memories of a lifetime and capture the photos to prove it!
Welcome to Tanzania! On arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will proceed through customs and immigration (Visa on Arrival Fee: $100 USD per person - payable in US dollars - Cash). After clearing customs, you will be met in the arrivals hall by a local representative who will be holding a sign with your name on it. They will transfer you directly to your accommodations in Arusha, which will be about a one hour drive.
This evening, you will meet with your expert guide for an exciting pre-safari briefing!
Arusha is the gateway to Tanzania's northern circuit, serving as a base for Kilimanjaro treks and safaris into Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. Transport hub aside, Arusha also offers opportunities for further exploration including day trips to Arusha National Park, canoeing tours on Momella Lake and Meru coffee plantation visits. Alternatively, for those looking to simply rest and recover from jet lag - this is the perfect place to relax and recharge before embarking on your African adventure!
This morning, your private guide and driver will meet you at the hotel, as you are whisked away to the start of your safari exploration! Today's 3 hour journey will transfer you from Arusha to the legendary Tarangire National Park. Upon entering the park, your game driving adventure will begin en route to your safari camp. Once you have arrived, get settled into your room and venture off again to explore the national park in the late afternoon.
Tarangire National Park is one of the most diverse in Tanzania, situated in the north-western corner of Tanzania’s Masai Steppe, east of The Great Rift Valley and covering an area of 1,360 sq km. The region boasts large herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as an impressive concentration of big cats. Arguably, Tarangire offers the best bird diversity in East Africa, with more than 500 species. But there’s more to this incredible place than the game and birds. The rugged landscape offers a unique safari backdrop, that transforms from rolling grasslands and vibrant swamps, to forests of enigmatic baobab trees. According to legend, the trees were planted ‘upside down’ for growing too tall and proud.
Known as the sunrise camp, Little Chem Chem is situated on the edge of an acacia forest in a private concession of 16,000 hectares that are shared only with Chem Chem Lodge. Flanked by the Babati mountain range to the South West and the distant hills of Tarangire to the North East, the camp overlooks the freshwater lake, Lake Burunge which attracts all manner of wildlife and birdlife. Lions roam the camp and call each other at night; stately elephants march down to Lake Burunge to get a sprinkling of fresh water; cheetahs hunt on the plains facing the lake; leopards, eland and lesser kudu can be seen in the more dense woods in the inner part of the concession. And wherever there is water, the bird life is abundant and colourful. Little Chem Chem’s intimate, elegant but authentic atmosphere, is the ultimate setting from which to explore Africa on foot.
Alternatively, you can explore the Jurassic Park-style environment of Tarangire National Park in one of Chem Chem Wildlife Concessions private, open 4x4s. Full- and half-day excursions are offered and include either a picnic breakfast or lunch at a private picnic site, nestled in the breathtakingly beautiful environment of the park. Tarangire is home to the highest density of elephants and some of the largest baobab trees in East Africa.
After breakfast this morning, you will continue on for a unique cultural experience. Your driver will transfer you deep into the Maasai Heartlands to a village called Esilalei (Toothbrush Tree). This rural village is located in the wildlife corridor in between Tarangire and Lake Manyara. As you enter the village, you will be greeted by the village elders, children and Morani warriors. Your visit supports the building of their school here, which you will have the opportunity to visit. Afterwards, you will need to say goodbye to your new friends and continue on to the Crater Highlands for your overnight.
Ngorongoro Crater is one of Tanzania's most amazing sights: a collapsed volcano which forms an incredible natural amphitheater, 25 km (16 mi) across and teeming with all of the African big game. Many of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino can be seen grazing on the open grassland of the crater floor surrounded by some of the 20,000 large animals that occupy the crater, including lion, cheetah, eland, zebra and gazelle. Flamingo, among other bird species can often be seen feeding at Makat soda lake. This is an area of spectacular beauty and superb game viewing, a truly unique safari destination.
Embark on an early morning descent into the crater for spectacular scenery and game viewing, in what has been described as the eighth wonder of the world. Today is another perfect example of how much the beautiful landscapes can greatly vary from region to region. No two days of safari will ever be the same and that's what will always keep your adrenaline running! Look closely and if you're lucky, you may even have the chance to spot Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino on today's adventure.
Today, you leave the Ngorongoro region and head to the Central Serengeti. The Serengeti National Park is probably the best place on the planet to spot large game. Exploring this area and admiring the wildlife in their natural habitat will never get old. You may also visit the Oldupai Gorge and Museum during your stay here. In the evening you will continue to your beautiful tented camp for stories and dinner.
The Serengeti region is probably the best place on the planet to spot large game. Your days here will be spent on different game drives searching for prides of lions, cheetah, leopard and much more. In the evening you’ll return to your beautiful tented camp for stories and dinner.
Sadly, your journey must come to an end today. However, you will be leaving with unforgettable memories and the experience of a lifetime! After your final morning game drive you'll depart for the airstrip where you'll board your flight back to Arusha.
Depending on your international departure flight time we can arrange for a day use room in Arusha or alternatively a direct transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
We hope you had an incredible trip and we wish you safe and pleasant travels onward! (This service is on a private basis.)
Lying on the gentling rolling foothills that cascade down from the ever-present Mount Meru is the bustling and vibrant town of Arusha. It is here on the outskirts of this town, hidden among one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations, that you will find Arusha Coffee Lodge, a perfect haven for relaxation either before or after any safari. Comprised of 30 Plantation Houses – including 12 Plantation Suites – that radiate out into the evergreen coffee fields, Arusha Coffee Lodge has been designed around the original landowner’s home that dates back to the early 1900’s.
The camp is surrounded by the characteristic landscape of the Tarangire River with its impressive Baobab trees and overlooks the freshwater lake, Lake Burunge. The Babati mountain range offers a magnificent backdrop to the south-west, with the distant hills of Tarangire visible to the north-east. The atmosphere at Little Chem Chem is welcoming, elegant and oozing authenticity of a bygone era. The luxury of sharing 16,000 ha with only 10 guests sets the ideal stage where you can perfectly blend into the wilderness. Little Chem Chem offers five exquisitely decorated tents, each with a large bedroom (three have king-size beds, two offer twin beds), with a rocking chair and study desk, a vanity area with dressing room and an en suite bathroom with a shower and flushing toilet. Embracing an ‘Out-of-Africa’ atmosphere each tent also offers a private fire pit with flames that mesmerise you as the sounds of an African night come to life all around to you.
Gibb's Farm lies at the heart of Africa's Great Rift Valley in a tranquil spot in the Ngorongoro Highlands, just 5km from the village of Karatu in Tanzania. It’s the perfect place to explore beautiful scenery, go on guided walks to nearby waterfalls or take part in a bird-watching trip, or take a drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which hosts one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. Each of the 20 cottages at Gibb’s Farm features rich wooden floors and classic interiors adorned with artwork, a wraparound fireplace which warms the bathroom and living area, and wraparound windows combine to create cozy accomodations with panoramic views of the gardens and Ngorongoro Forest Reserve. Enjoy watching a daily coffee bean roasting session which takes place on the patio; along with buffet-style breakfasts and lunch, and set 4-course meal dinners.
With your closest neighbor over an hour’s drive away, you may be excused for thinking that Namiri Plains belongs to you. The camp – created for safari enthusiasts seeking comfort and exclusivity in secluded surroundings – is elegant, contemporary and blissfully comfortable. In the mess tent, sink into one of the elegant sofas and watch the wildlife roaming over the surrounding plains or relax in the outdoor seating area under the shade of the giant acacias. In the evening, guests gather to recount the day’s adventures beside the camp fire before dinner is served in the spacious dining tent or under a glittering canopy of stars. Accommodation at Namiri Plains is nothing short of superb. This small and exclusive haven comprises eight elegant tented suites with sweeping 360-degree views of the plains. The king-sized beds fitted with crisp black and white linens are seriously comfortable. Spacious en-suite bathrooms have flushing toilets and hot running water in both the indoor and outdoor showers (note: the views from here are irresistible).
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.