This private safari gives you an in-depth view of the natural history of Tanzania, with a special emphasis on both wildlife and migration exploration. The routing was designed to allow the best possible opportunities for game viewing during the months of December to March. Featuring Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Ndutu as well as the Central and Northern regions of the Serengeti.
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, you will be met at your hotel to begin your epic safari adventure! From Arusha, you will leave with your English-speaking professionally-trained guide/driver, in your 4WD Land Cruiser (or similar) with a pop-up roof for game viewing.
Start the day off, with driving to Lake Manyara in the great Rift Valley. Entering this region, you will take a game drive around Lake Manyara National Park. Famed for its unusual tree-climbing lions, it also has a large elephant population, rich bird life in the forests and thousands of flamingos on the soda lake.
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.
This morning, you will descend into the Ngorongoro Crater floor for game driving and exploration. Ngorongoro was a huge active volcano, probably even larger than Kilimanjaro, when the volcano erupted some 8 million years ago. It's cone collapsed, leaving a crater, or more appropriately a “caldera”, 600m deep, 16km across and 265 sq km in area. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and game viewing, in what has been described as the eighth wonder of the world.
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 as well.
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.
Today, you will explore outside of the greater Ngorongoro Conservation area and head to Ndutu, on the edge of the Southern Serengeti. Exploring this area and admiring the wildlife in their natural habitat offers a new adventure every day. This region is home year round to an abundance of wildlife, which you will get to experience away from the crowds. From December to March, this area is especially known to catch a glimpse of the Great Migration.
During your stay here, you may also be interested in visiting the historic Olduvai Gorge and Museum. You can learn about the famous archaeological sites and visit the informative museum, where you can see first hand where early human tools and fossils were discovered, including "Lucy." These incredible documents of our evolutionary history is unique to this area.
Criss-crossed with forested river valleys and vast plains, the Serengeti plays home to millions of Africa’s large mammals, making this one of the world’s most famous wildlife destinations. In addition, since the Ndutu region is not part of the actual Serengeti National park boundaries, the rules and regulations regarding game driving are much more flexible. Get up close and personal with the wildlife here like no where else in Tanzania.
Spend these days game driving in the rolling grasslands of Ndutu, located in the southern region of the Serengeti. Criss-crossed with forested riverine valleys, the Serengeti plays home to millions of Africa’s large mammals, making this one of the world’s most famous wildlife destinations.
Today you'll game drive to the central region of the Serengeti.
The Serengeti National Park is probably the best place on the planet to spot large game. Your three 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.
Today you will embark on a full day of game driving exploration. (This service is on a private basis.)
After your final morning game drive you'll depart for the Lobo 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.
Rivertrees Country Inn lies nestled in the foothills of Mount Meru, in view of the striking Mount Kilimanjaro. This peaceful country estate combines old-world ambiance, African country elegance, excellent farm cuisine, personalized service and genuine warmth from your hosts. The inn offers the utmost tranquility, enhanced with contemporary conveniences, ideal for rejuvenation after a long day of travel or deep relaxation following an extensive safari or strenuous climb up Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru. Welcome to your charming home away from home.
Escarpment Luxury Lodge features the incredible beauty of the African bush: expanses of windows and doors mean that you have nature right around you as you sit in the comfort and luxury of the superbly appointed bar lounge. A spreading deck surrounding the main lodge affords you breathtaking views of the lake and the gorge upon which the lodge perches – watch pelican sweep the skies as you take sundowners, see the sun slip like a segment of orange into the hills and listen to the sounds of Africa nestle up to you as night slides in.
Like a green oasis, Plantation Lodge rests on the soft, red-brown hills amidst the vastness and silence of East Africa. Everywhere you look, you can see and even feel the personal atmosphere and great attention to detail of this owner-run lodge. Plantation Lodge’s cordial service leaves no wish unfulfilled. The lodge’s location promises maximum safari enjoyment: a stone’s throw from the entrance to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a short hop from the Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks, and just a short journey from the Serengeti. To stay at Plantation Lodge is to immerse yourself in a world of rest and relaxation. The lodge’s 16 rooms lie generously distributed throughout the flowering garden, some with verandas and direct access to the garden. Individuality is a major feature of Plantation Lodge, where each room has its own style, choice accessories and bouquets of fresh flowers from the garden.
Nasikia Mobile Camps are an intimate collection of mobile luxury camps that progressively shift to the rhythms of the Great Wildebeest Migration. As the vast herds follow the rains and fresh grasses in a clockwise direction through the Serengeti, our camps mimic that pattern of movement. From the Southern plains of Ndutu to the Western expanses and north to the Mara River crossings – Nasikia Mobile Camps can offer you the prime locations and unique & luxurious surroundings to explore on your adventures. The tents have varying configurations. Each tent has its own ensuite bathroom with flush toilet, hand basin with running water, and you step into our twilight showers to thrill in Mother Nature. All the décor was handmade or sewn with local wares by local people – from basin stands to the flowing curtains and hand beaded cushions.
Don't worry about having to choose between sipping on a drink, while admiring endless views across the magnificent southern plains of the Serengeti, versus kicking your feet up in a tented suite, while listen to the calls of the wild, because at Naona Moru Camp you can do both! Alongside the opportunity for many more incredible experiences,this intimate camp of seven tented suites provides a luxurious and unforgettable stay. Combine crisp white sheets, gentle Serengeti breezes, running hot water, utmost comfort, hospitable service and WiFi - this is how wild elegance is served. Perch yourself on the veranda to watch the sun set on the horizon, or take a hot shower after a day of safari exploration. Located on an elevated viewing point beside the famous Moru Kopjes, this tented camp allows for drive in and game package clients to explore the resident and migratory wild game all year round. The landscape pans from the great southern plains of the Serengeti into the central hub of the most famous national park in Africa, close to Seronera Airstrip.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.