Treasures of Tanzania Safari

8 day
Rufiji River Camp. TanzaniaRufiji River Camp, right at the rivers edge

Highlights:

  • Excellent game-viewing all year round in the Serengeti National Park
  • Abundance of birds in Lake Manyara National Park
  • Magnificent views at Ngorongoro Crater

Days 1 & 2: Lake Manyara National Park

Upon your arrival at Arusha Airport you will be met by a Representative who will assist you in boarding your scheduled flight to Manyara Airstrip. Your flight departs at 08:45 in the morning and 14:30 in the afternoon. A representative from Lake Manyara Tree Lodge will meet you at Manyara Airstrip for your game-drive transfer, 2 hours and 30 minutes, to the lodge.

Lake Manyara Tree Safari Lodge:
Set in the heart of a mahogany forest, the Lodge takes the place of Maji Moto Tented Camp in Tanzania's unique Lake Manyara National Park. The Park nestles at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, and is noted for its incredible beauty. Surprisingly varied vegetation sustains a wealth of wildlife. Lake Manyara Tree Lodge accommodation comprises 10 stilted tree houses, cradled in the boughs of Mahogany trees, with an outdoor shower, bath, and double basins.

Guest areas are intimate and cosy, and overlook a forest boma, and interactive kitchen. The lakeshore Sala is a unique setting for dinners, picnics, and sundowners. The craft shop features community work. Activities include interpretive guided nature walks in the forest, along a perennial river down to the lakeshore - escorted by Maasai askaris, forest birding walks (the area has upwards of 400 species), and game drives.

Two overnights at Lake Manyara Tree Lodge in a tree house nestled in boughs of mahogany trees with en-suite bath, double basin, w/c and outdoor shower. Accommodation is on a full board basis including scheduled activities.

Days 3 - 5: Serengeti National Park

Early morning breakfast, before your game-drive to Manyara Airstrip, where you board your scheduled flight to Klein's or Grumeti Airstrip. A representative from Klein's Camp or Grumeti River Camp will meet you for your short game-drive to camp.

Klein's Camp Safari Lodge:
Tanzania is synonymous with the Serengeti National Park and its famed Wildebeest and Zebra migration. On the northeastern border of this National Park is a 10 000 hectare private concession, land that, historically, was given to a park warden by the Maasai as thanks for his dedication. Within this concession, perched on the edge of the Kuka Hills, affording breathetaking views, is Klein's Camp.

Ten intimate cottages of local rock and thatch each have en-suite shower, twin hand basins and w.c. and a private terrace overlooking the valley below. The rooms have rich wooden floors and the light coloured fabrics make the interiors cool and serene. The dining room boasts a large open fireplace and a short walk from there is the large bar / lounge area, which has a central fireplace and is beautifully furnished. Both these areas have a sweeping view of the valley and its surrounding hills. A swimming pool with leisure deck is tucked into the hillside.

A curio shop stocked with locally made Maasai craft can be found near the Reception area. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives in open game viewing vehicles with Maasai trackers. The afternoon game drives, which continue after sunset with the aid of a spotlight, give the opportunity of meeting up with nocturnal predators. Afternoon guided walks along the quartzite hills allow one to marvel at the scenery whilst sipping sundowners at the crest of the hill before returning to the comforts of the camp.

Three overnights at Klein's Camp in a thatched cottage with en-suite hand basins, shower and w/c. Accommodation is on a full board basis including scheduled activities. Activities include game-drives and nature walks in the Klein's Camp private concession. The afternoon game-drives extend after sunset with the aid of a spotlight, returning to the camp after dark.

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Grumeti River Tented Camp:
Nature's phenomenon of the annual migratory pattern of wildebeest and zebra from Tanzania to Kenya allows for some spectacular game viewing in the Serengeti National Park during the months of June and July. Nestled in a remote, untouched area of the western corridor of the Serengeti, on the by waters of the Grumeti River, is Grumeti River Camp. The riverine trees surrounding the camp are home to the black and white colobus monkey and a large variety of birds. From the oxbow pan in front of the camp, hippo floating amongst the water lilies welcome guests with loud grunts.

Ten spacious tents under thatch each have a viewing deck and en-suite hand basin, private w.c. and a shower open to the starlit sky. Furnished with vibrant décor the accommodation brings alive the excitement and romance of Africa. An open-fronted dining area, a lounge area and domed bar all in colourful décor with unusual beaded, antique artefacts make up the main guest area. There is also a plunge pool on the banks of the river and a spacious deck from which to enjoy sundowners whilst watching pods of Hippo at play. A special feature is the sheltered boma where star-studded romantic dinners are served.

Twice daily game drives in open game viewing vehicles in the Serengeti National Park will bring guests close to game that abounds all year round, whilst keen birders almost always exceed their sighting targets. Day trips to lake Victoria for fishing can be arranged at an additional cost and subject to availability of vehicles.

Three overnights at Grumeti River Camp in a luxury tent with en suite facilities including hand basin, private w/c and outdoor shower. Accommodation is on a full board basis including scheduled activities. Activities include game-drives in the Serengeti National Park. Day trips to Lake Victoria are available at an additional cost and may be booked directly at the lodge, subject to availability of vehicles.

Days 6 & 7: Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

Enjoy an early morning game-drive and breakfast before your scheduled flight to Manyara Airstrip. A representative from Ngorongoro Crater Lodge will meet you for your transfer, 2 hours and 30 minutes, to the lodge.

Ngorongoro Crater Safari Lodge:
At the eastern edge of the Serengeti, and nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera of the once-volcanic Ngorongoro shelters the most beautiful wildlife haven left on earth. Perched on the edge of the ancient crater rim, the architectural masterpiece of the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is a magnificent return to the noble elegance of the travelling colonials.

Inspired in design by the Masai manyatta, three separate camps remember a bygone era. The lodge is composed of separate camps, each consisting of just 6 to 12 suites. Each sumptuous suite is discreetly tended by a personal butler, who will bring you tea in bed, stoke your fireplace and even draw your bath, scattering the water with rose petals, ready for your return from your safari and a sumptuous picnic on the crater floor.

Under the soaring banana thatch roof, suede, velvet, silk and taffeta establish the decadence of the bedroom while Zanzibari carving and chandeliers (hand-made by the Maasai) float above a central stone-clad bath. All of this however, remains subordinate to the magnificence of the verdant crater that pours through the window of every room. The three intimate camps at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge are totally private ensuring ultimate guest exclusivity. The public areas at each of the camps have awe-inspiring views of the crater below and beyond and include a central dining area, lounge and curio shop.

An outdoor dining and / or viewing deck has been suspended seemingly above the crater rim and captures the renowned breathtaking African sunsets over the crater. Each of the lounges has a wonderful selection of books and wildlife magazines. Activities include scheduled morning or afternoon game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater in closed game viewing vehicles. Additional activities available at and additional cost and subject to availability of vehicles include visits to Olduvai Gorge, Shifting Sands or a Maasai village.

Two overnights at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge in a luxury double suite with en-suite hand basins, bath, shower and private w/c. Each suite is tended by a butler. Accommodation is on a full board basis including scheduled activities.

Day 8: Arusha

Enjoy an early morning breakfast. Transfer to Manyara Airstrip for your scheduled flight to Arusha Airport. Upon arrival, at 12:20, services end.

Included:

  • Twin or single accommodation
  • Meals on a full board basis at Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, Klein's Camp or Grumeti River Camp and Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
  • Teas, coffees, soft drinks, local beers, local brand spirits and house wines at Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, Klein's Camp or Grumeti River Camp and Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
  • Laundry at Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, Klein's Camp or Grumeti River Camp and Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
  • Personal butler service at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge only
  • Scheduled game activities as specified
  • Tanzania National Park fees and Klein's Camp conservancy fees
  • Scheduled domestic flights: Arusha Airport / Manyara Airstrip / Klein's Airstrip or Grumeti Airstrip / Manyara Airstrip / Arusha Airport
  • Scheduled transfers: Manyara Airstrip / Ngorongoro Crater Lodge / Manyara Airstrip
  • Domestic departure tax, currently USD 6.00 per person, from Arusha Airport and Manyara Airstrip
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance

Not Included:

  • Curio shop purchases
  • Gratuities and all items of a personal nature
  • Meals and drinks not specified above
  • Champagne, cognacs, cellar wines, cigars and cigarettes
  • Transfers to Arusha Airport (day 1) and from Arusha Airport (day 8)
  • Visa fees (if required)

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