8 day Luxury Safari
The ultimate Tanzania safari experience – incomparable game viewing opportunities, luxuriant accommodations, and tailor-made experiences!
This Luxury Safari inlcudes:
- Accommodation for 7 nights in Arusha (1), Tarangire (2), Ngorongoro (2), Serengeti (2)
- All internal flight transfers between lodges and camps in the SkySafari Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft*
- ‘Fast Track’ check-in at Arusha airstrip on Day Two
- Airport road transfers to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport
- All road transfers to and from the camps, lodges and airstrips
- A ‘fast-track’ check-in to Arusha Coffee Lodge at the beginning of your itinerary and a single check-out at the end of your safari
- A complimentary upgrade to a Plantation Suite at Arusha Coffee Lodge
- All meals and drinks (except champagnes, cognacs, single malt whiskeys, and any wines from Elewana’s exclusive cellar wine list)
- Wi-Fi in main areas of all lodges and camps
- Laundry service
- Springboard Vacations’ 24/7 local travel assistance and support
- Springboard Vacations’ complimentary Travel Protection Plan
*Aircraft Maintenance - From time-to-time, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance to the SkySafari Grand Caravan is required to ensure the safety and security of our guests.
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DAY ONE – WELCOME TO TANZANIA!
On arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport, our Springboard Vacations Representative welcomes you to Tanzania. You will then chauffeured to Arusha Coffee Lodge, one hour’s drive from Kilimanjaro itself.
Arusha Coffee Lodge - Situated on the foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha Coffee Lodge nestles within one of Tanzania’s largest working coffee plantations. Characterized by plantation-style home comfort and luxurious guest amenities, Arusha Coffee Lodges’ Plantation Suites are a haven for calm and composure before or after a safari.
Both dinner and breakfast can be taken in your Plantation Suite or enjoyed in the Plantation Lodge House in either the Plantation Restaurant, the Coffee Lodge Garden, or the Bar.
DAY TWO – ARUSHA & THE ANCIENT LAND OF THE ELEPHANT
After enjoying a delicious breakfast, you are invited to take a fascinating ‘Bean-to-Cup’ Walking Tour around the coffee estate to learn how the humble coffee bean is grown, harvested, processed and eventually ends up in your morning cup of coffee.
Following this optional tour you will return to enjoy a light lunch at the Lodge, after which you’ll be chauffeured to the Arusha airstrip where the Executive SkySafari Cessna Grand Caravan awaits. Fast-tracked into the airport, you will be greeted by your pilot who will invite you aboard and take you on a short but enjoyable 20-minute flight to the Tarangire National Park.
From the air you will be treated to an exceptional and rare view of the shapes and colors of the landscape below.
On landing at Tarangire airstrip, you will be met with a special welcome in the form of a finger buffet, soft drinks and chilled sparkling wine.
The transfer to Tarangire Treetops includes a fascinating game-drive through the famed Tarangire National Park, home to the largest concentration of elephants in Tanzania. Tarangire is a dramatically beautiful and diverse eco system, boasting one of the largest concentrations of elephant in East Africa. These mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry.
Dinner tonight is taken within a traditional Maasai boma. You’ll be introduced to traditional African fare prepared by the Executive Chef and his team, but also to the sights and sounds of the Maasai who visit the Boma to entertain all the guests with songs and dances that have been passed down from generation to generation.
DAY THREE – THE LAND, ELEPHANTS & MAASAI
This morning you have the option of an early morning Walking Safari before breakfast. Then after a relaxing and hearty breakfast, you’re invited to enjoy a game drive in Tarangire followed by a Bush Luncheon at a specially selected site.
During the day it is also possible to visit the Maasai Village and sample the genuine warmth of the local indigenous people.
This evening sample the true drama and beauty of an African sunset. After a short 25-minute drive, our vehicles climb a hilly outcrop of granite, quartz and mica, known as Sunset Hill. Here you’ll enjoy a Sundowner Cocktail as the sunsets over the distant, shimmering Lake Manyara.
As night draws in, you’ll begin a Night Game Drive as part of the journey back to the distant glowing lights of Tarangire Treetops. On the return to Treetops and as preparations are made for dinner, some of the resident animals are also arriving in from the bush to sup their evening beverage from the Treetops waterhole that lies near the main lodge.
DAY FOUR - FROM TARANGIRE TO NGORONGORO
After yet another filling breakfast, take one more morning game-drive through the Tarangire National Park. You’ll stop for leisurely picnic lunch on your way to Kuro airstrip, then meet up with the SkySafari Executive Cessna Grand Caravan to fly the short distance to Manyara airstrip. There is a short transfer to The Manor at Ngorongoro. A high tea awaits at this beautiful and magnificent home-style lodge set in a lush and verdant Arabica coffee plantation.
You will be escorted to your very own Manor Cottage to unpack, unwind and relax before being invited back to the Main House for evening dinner. If you wish, explore the swimming pool, spa, games room and stables.
DAY FIVE - NGORONGORO CRATER
After an early, delicious breakfast you’ll experience what is undoubtedly one of the ‘Natural Wonders of the World’ – The Ngorongoro Crater, the largest ‘dry’ caldera of its kind. Large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze while sleeping lions laze in the sun. At dawn, the endangered black rhino returns to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dew-laden grass in the morning mist. Just outside the crater’s ridge, tall Maasai tribesmen herd their cattle and goats over green pastures through the highland slopes, living alongside the wildlife as they have for centuries.
Luncheon is served in the Crater. This spectacular setting at times belies belief. While the resident hippos enjoy their daily bathe, and herds of zebra and wildebeest keep a wary eye out for any number of predators, you can sit and watch this ‘live’ show whilst enjoying the very best picnic luncheon.
Following this exciting full day in the Ngorongoro Crater, you will then return to The Manor where preparations will already be underway for the evening meal. Private dining options are available at The Manor on request, including dining under the stars, room service or a private dining room.
DAY SIX - FROM NGORONGORO TO THE SERENGETI
This morning you have the option of either visiting Lake Manyara National Park, located at the steppe of the Rift Valley, or to stay at The Manor to explore the estate and choose from a host of activities. These activities include horse riding, mountain biking, massage treatments, or simply walking around the beautiful gardens.
After luncheon at The Manor, we depart for the Manyara airstrip for the onward 45-minute flight to the world-renowned National Park of the Serengeti.
Once again a ‘special’ welcome, including finger buffet, soft drinks and sparkling wine will be offered, after which a transfer to Serengeti Migration Camp will begin, arriving in time for Sundowners on an elevated wooden terrace overlooking the distant Ndasiata Hills, all by the warming glow of an open fire.
Spending two nights at Serengeti Migration Camp, you will not only enjoy the luxuriant tented accommodation but also the drama and beauty of the Serengeti’s abundant wildlife – and for most of the year the amazing sight of the annual migration.
DAY SEVEN - THE SERENGETI
Waking up to the sounds of the hippos in the Grumeti River just 300 feet from the Camp, You will once again be offered the opportunity of an early morning walking safari with one of our highly experienced guides. For those a little less intrepid, breakfast is served at the Main Camp Tent on one of the three terrace balconies overlooking the Grumeti and the hills beyond.
Post breakfast game drives are then the order of the day and these are either full-day game drives with picnic lunches provided, or half-day game drives with lunch provided back at the Serengeti Migration Camp. The length of the drive depends on the season and the proximity to the Camp of the annual migratory animals.
The beauty of Serengeti Migration Camp often draws guests to spend at least one afternoon within the Camp, either relaxing on their 360 degree verandah that embraces each private tent, or simply sitting atop one of the three terraces watching the wildlife walk past and often through the Camp.
Dining at Serengeti Migration Camp can either be in the Main Camp Restaurant or you can choose to dine in more private and intimate surroundings under the stars or under canvas back in the privacy of your tent.
DAY EIGHT - SERENGETI TO ARUSHA
Following a hearty and healthy breakfast, you again have the opportunity to venture out on a walking safari along the banks of the Grumeti River with one of the highly knowledgeable guides.
After a leisurely lunch, you will once again take to the road for a game drive en-route to the Lobo airstrip for the onward flight to Arusha.
During this 50-minute flight, you will be able to see, from the air, the ever-changing landscape of the bush and the mountainous topography that reminds all who see it of Tanzania’s violent geological past.
On arrival at Arusha airstrip, you’ll be transferred to Arusha Coffee Lodge and your day room to relax and freshen up before leaving for your onward flight from Kilimanjaro.