The Ultimate Luxury Safari: 13 Days / 12 Nights

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Day in Tanzania Safaris
Upon arrivingan Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to the Mount Meru hotel. If you arrive early, optional activities can be arranged.
Meals: None

Mount Meru Hotel
Mount Meru Hotel

Days 2 & 3: West Kilimanjaro
In the morning after breakfast, you will meet your guide for a briefing and then be driven through a patchwork of farmland skirting the flanks of Mount Kilimanjaro before reaching the beautiful highlands of the western edge of Mount Kilimanjaro, onto a private Maasai conservancy reserve where award-winning elephant conservation efforts take place. You spend two nights in the Ndarakwai camp where customers are the only tourists allowed on these exclusive, 60,000 acres. Game viewing is in vehicles and there is the option of tracking elephant on foot. You will learn about the local Maasai and get to see some of the most spectacular scenery in Tanzania.

Ndarakwai camp
Ndarakwai camp

Day 4: West Kilimanjaro - Lake Manyara
Spend the morning visiting sacred Maasai cave paintings with an optional visit to a Maasai village and buy Maasai beads and artifacts if you wish. Then, take a quick charter flight to the edge of the Great Rift Valley and Lake Manyara National Park. Upon arrival at Lake Manyara National Park you will be transferred to your lodge for rest and relaxation. In the afternoon you will have time to go an afternoon game drive and enjoy sundowners before retiring to the Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge for a hot shower and dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Lake Manyara and Great Rift Escarpment
In the morning we take you to the Lake Manyara National Park.
Lake Manyara National Park is famous for its dense population of elephants and baboons, tree climbing lions resting in the acacias and native wildlife including impala, hippo, tree climbing lions, zebras, giraffes, buffalos, wildebeest and warthogs. It is hard to spot the leopards but there are many in this lush green landscape with hot springs too.

Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania's birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks. In the late afternoon you will be driven back to the Serena Safari Lodge for a hot shower and dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Days 6 & 7: Ngorongoro Crater
Early in the morning after having breakfast, you will be driven to the Ngorongoro crater gate to sign the necessary permits and thereafter we drive down into the crater for full days game drive. You will spend the next two days of your tour in one of the most phenomenal places in Africa, the 2000-foot deep, 100 sq. mile Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro volcano at its nadir was probably about 15 000 feet high and would have resembled present day Mount Meru. Once the world's highest structure, an enormous volcano - possibly 25 miles wide at its base - collapsed inwards about 2-3 million years ago at a time when large fractures appeared creating the Eastern Rift wall.

Today, the crater is home to over 20 000 large mammals. Its rich grassland is an animal paradise. See some of the world's largest elephant, large groups of black-maned lions and big herds of plains animals like zebra and wildebeest. The crater is the last place in Africa where free-ranging black rhino are commonly seen.

We will introduce you to a local Maasai chief who will escort you on a breathtaking walk through the area's outstanding hills. Your two days and nights will be spent at the lavish Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Days 8 - 10: Serengeti Plains
In the morning after breakfast we leave the Ngorongoro on a spectacular drive that takes you first to the famous Olduvai Gorge, then overland into the Serengeti. For three days and two nights you'll explore the southern plains and western hills, where during the migration around 2 million wildebeest, zebra and a vast assortment of other plains animals, congregate to feast on the nutritious grasses.

There is no other as impressive or dramatic wildlife spectacle on earth. During these three nights of your great migration safari in Tanzania you'll be pampered at the Serengeti Serena Lodge. At times, the entire veldt will be yours alone. You will also be taken to sacred Maasai areas, where the drama and mystery of Maasai history and culture will be explained.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Serengeti Serena Lodge
Serengeti Serena Lodge

Days 11 & 12: Northern Serengeti in Tanzania Safaris
The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area represent more than 7,000 sq. miles of some of the world's wilderness. Here among spectacular kopjes live noble Maasai very much as they have done for centuries. We will take you onto a private reserve, which boasts an award-winning conservation project that aims to protect important animal corridors and grazing areas from overuse and modern development.

Here you'll be able to take some stunning walks among the wild animals, while learning more about the proud Maasai and the important role they are playing in preserving the African wilderness. The beauty and solemnity of this area is indescribable and the perfect way to end a great migration safari in Tanzania staying at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Day 13: Serengeti 
In the morning after breakfast you will take a quick morning flight that returns you to Arusha by noon. You'll be met and enjoy lunch at a popular local restaurant, with time for sightseeing and shopping before returning to your hotel. Day-rooms are available for your use at the Mount Meru hotel until your evening departure. 
Meals: Breakfast and lunch.

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