Classic Adventure, Wildlife Safari
$5001 ~ $10000
Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport, we meet you at the airport and transfer you to Arusha (45 min), spend the evening at Shangazi House with dinner and breakfast included.
Shangazi House is built along the foothills of Mount Meru in northern Tanzania, and has 10 acres of gardens and woodland with views south and east across Maasailand. It is a ten-minute drive away from the Arusha National Park, the home to deep calderas and Colobus monkeys. The colonial-style main house and 4 outlying cottages provide not only great privacy and comfort, but also the luxury of the cooling breezes coming off the mountain. There is a swimming pool next to the main house (along with a pool bar) and fireplaces in the lounge and dining room for the cool season (June through August). Shangazi is located in Usa River, about half way between Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha, the gateway to the Serengeti.
Set in the shadow of Mount Meru, a part of the volcanic chain that makes up Africa’s famed Rift Valley, the lodge is conveniently close to the amenities of the city, yet still gives one the feeling of living in the traditional African “Bush.”
We start your safari after breakfast, a 1 hour drive to Lake Manyara National Park after breakfast. Lake Manyara is famous for its tree climbing lion, primates and birds, enjoy a wonderful evening at Lemala Manyara Tented Camp with your meals and drinks included.
>Lemala Manyara Tented Camp
All the tents at Lemala Manyara face the lake and are constantly cooled by the breeze from the lake. Guests are treated to beautiful sunrises, while in the evening they may enjoy sundowners on the lakeshore as the sun sets over the escarpment behind the camp. The area is frequented by elephants, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest and even lions which are sometimes attracted by the seasonal waterhole in front of the campfire. There is also a wide variety of birdlife around the camp for the bird enthusiast. Manyara hot springs are easily accessible from the camp and is often the hangout for buffalo and tree-climbing lions.
Each spacious tent is fitted with large single or king-size beds with warm duvets, wooden flooring with rugs, 24-hour solar lighting, and en-suite bathrooms with a dressing area, flush toilet and a great safari shower. The mess tent is beautifully furnished with grand sofas, lamps, book shelves and corner cabinets in old wood, chests and rugs.
>Lake Manyara National Park
Located 130km west of Arusha, this park is 325 sq kms, of which 230 sq kms are the lake itself. Situated at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the park consists of forest, woodland, grassland and swamps. This is the home of the famous tree-climbing lions as well as baboon, buffalo, zebra, hippo, giraffe; wildebeest, and more than 350 species of bird, including the beautiful flamingo.
*The best time to visit for mammals is in the dry season (July-October) and for bird-watching, waterfalls and canoeing the best time is in the wet season (November-June)*
We drive you from Lake Manyara past Ngorongoro Crater to the southern Serengeti plains where we expect the annual wildebeest migration to be, spend 3 wonderful days with the herds as they prepare for their journey to the north, overnight at Olakira Camp with your meals and drinks included.
Olakira Camp is an intimate mobile tented camp that moves through the southern and northern Serengeti, in areas of great wildlife concentration.
'Olakira' means 'star' in Maasai. A stay in Olakira Camp is not about just about 5 star luxury though. It's about something more than that! Being in the middle of this wonderful spectacle, with wild animals roaming around camp at night, it is a dream-come-true to even the most experienced of travelers. Olakira Camp is a mobile tented camp of 6 guest tents and 2 common area tents. The guest tents are spacious and comfortable with large king-size or twin beds and convenient bathrooms, each with its own private verandah. Bathrooms are extremely comfortable for a mobile camp, with shower, wash basin and an environmentally friendly toilet.
*From December to March: the camp is in the southern Serengeti, or Ndutu area where cheetah find perfect hunting grounds in the endless grasslands of the famous Serengeti plains during the Great Migration*
>Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti National Park is arguably the most famous in the world today, thanks largely to the millions of wildebeest which migrate across it every year. It is, quite literally, a paradise and in safari terms, if you have not experienced the magic of the Serengeti’s vast, sweeping plains, then you have not truly experienced Africa. The Serengeti has three distinct areas, each of which is a must if you want to fully appreciate this magnificent place. By exploring the whole of the Serengeti, you are virtually assured of seeing the legendary wildebeest somewhere on your itinerary! The “endless plains” to the south were formed more than 3-million years ago when the then active Ngorongoro volcano deposited ash onto granite bedrock. This is where the Great Migration reaches its peak, with more than 2-million wildebeest, accompanied by zebra and antelope, spend three months of the year giving birth to their young. The woodlands area covers almost two thirds of the Serengeti, and this is the secret of its success as a wildlife paradise because the majority of animal species need a combination of open savanna and woodland habitat to survive. The granite hills of the Serengeti form the third part of this incredible place, and play a crucial role in its ecosystem. If you imagine the Serengeti as a bath, then these rock hills are the plug, preventing the much needed ground water from seeping away and providing perennial springs and water holes.
*The area you should visit depends on the time of year you will travel, as each is unique and spectacular*
An early departure after breakfast, we spend the most of the day on the floor of Ngorongoro Crater, enjoy this World Heritage Site and spend the evening at Plantation Lodge with your meals included.
Like a green oasis, Plantation Lodge rests on the soft, red-brown hills amidst the vastness and silence of East Africa. The individually furnished rooms and suites melting harmoniously into the flowering garden offer comfort and relaxation. Everywhere guests look, one can see and even feel the personal atmosphere of this owner-run lodge with furnishings that were selected with great attention to detail. Plantation Lodge’s cordial service leaves no wish unfulfilled. The lodge’s location promises maximum safari enjoyment. Plantation Lodge grows its own vegetables, salads, herbs and fruit. This means that the products from the kitchen are healthy, untreated and particularly tasty. In the restaurant guests are pampered every evening with a fine multicourse meal in a stylish, comfortable atmosphere. A good wine from the cellar rounds off the culinary pleasure. At lunchtime guests can enjoy lunch dishes or afternoon coffee and cake, al fresco at one of the garden tables. We’ll be happy to serve you lunch or afternoon coffee and cake at one of our garden tables. Plantation Lodge is located in Northern Tanzania, near Karatu. - 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.
Few things in Tanzania compare to the breathtaking natural beauty of the Ngorongoro Crater. Widely regarded as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and a Unesco World Heritage Site, this collapsed volcanic caldera covers an area of 8300 square kilometers and encompasses several different ecosystems. What makes Ngorongoro special is its concentration of animals. An estimated 30 000 animals - including the famed Big 5 - inhabit an area of 260 square kilometers inside the 600m deep caldera, which forms its own, unique eco-system. Ngorongoro is literally “Wildlife Central”! Geologists believe that the Ngorongoro volcano was originally 1000m higher than Mount Kilimanjaro, which at 5891m is the highest peak in Africa. Its eruptions regularly deposited ash to the west of Ngorongoro up until the volcano collapsed around 2-million years ago, cultivating the only habitat that can sustain the birth of half a million wildebeest calves in two months on a annual basis. The ash deposits also made for the ideal preservation of fossil remains in the area, and led to the archeological discoveries of early human remains made by Dr Louis Leaky and his wife, Mary, at Olduvai Gorge just to the west of the Ngorongoro highlands. The greater Ngorongoro Conservation Area is also home to one of the most iconic tribes in Africa - the Maasai - who were moved here from the Serengeti. With their nomadic lifestyle, the Maasai co-exist with relatively minimal impact on their wild neighbours, helping to preserve this unique African treasure.
Flight from Arusha airport to the island of Zanzibar where you will be transferred to Kasha Boutique Hotel on the north east coast of the island, enjoy 5 nights relaxing at this wonderful beach property.
>Kasha Boutique Hotel
The spacious Swahili-Arabic style Villas at Kasha Boutique Hotel are a luxurious experience, each with a private Baraza outdoor lounge and own splash pool with sun terrace. Each Villa is luxuriously furnished and tastefully decorated with an elegant Baraza in a Niru finish for those special romantic moments. Kasha Boutique Hotel is located on the North East coast of Zanzibar, in Matemwe, which is famous for its 15 km stretch of pristine white tropical Beach.
>Kasha Boutique Hotel Luxury Villa
Zanzibar’s capital - Stone Town - is a marvelous mixture of African and Asian heritage, producing a fusion of these two cultures which is unique. Arab dhows are still moored in the harbour and colorful narrow alleyways are full of interesting history, shops and bazaars. The rest of Zanzibar is typified by soft, white beaches and swaying palm trees dotted along the warm, inviting waters of the Indian Ocean. A combination of a night in Stone Town followed by a few nights relaxing at a beachside retreat make for a perfect addition to any Tanzanian holiday and a great way to round-off an exciting wildlife safari.
Zanzibar International Airport
We transfer you to Zanzibar International Airport for you to connect with your flight back home. We hope you have enjoyed your safari.
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