A pageantry of exquisite beasts running free, set against golden sunrises and glowing sunsets, along with lavish feasts and luxury accommodations.
Welcome at Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to lodge for dinner and overnight (B)
Enjoy an early morning game drive in Tarangire National Park, named after the Tarangire River that passes through, attracting a great variety of wildlife—and large numbers of elephants for which the park is known. We then enter the Manyara National Park and drive along Burunge and Manyara lakes for 2 hours through Maasai territory. By late morning, new game drive in the Manyara National Park and a picnic lunch in the heart of the park. In the afternoon, we explore the fascinating habitats and wildlife in this park. After, we ascend the Rift Valley. Dinner and overnight at Bashay Rift lodge. (B,L,D)
Drive to Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to see a lush landscape filled with buffaloes, zebras, gnus, and gazelles. The safari really begins at the base of the gigantic crater—home to lions, rhinos, elephants, buffalo and leopards. Here the chances to meet the Big Five are high. Picnic lunch near a small lake. The safari continues into the afternoon, at this magnificent site where a variety of animals live in the forests, plains and swamp. Ascend the crater and drive to the camp for a briefing and allocation of the tents. Hour walk to the summit of the “Kopjes” to face the sunset on the Serengeti plains.
Return to camp for overnight. (B,L)
Drive northwards through the great plains of Serengeti National Park and enjoy a picnic lunch. Afternoon game drive along the rivers at the Serengeti central area, home to a large concentration of big cats (lions, leopards, cheetahs). Then head to Grumeti zone. (B,L)
Early departure for guided walking safari followed by breakfast in the bush. Return to lodge for swimming pool, spa, and lunch. Leisure time in the afternoon. Optional cultural excursion to Mugumu, Ikoma, or a game drive near the lodge. Return for early dinner. Night game drive to see galagos, genets, hyenas, leopards, and elephants. (B,L,D)
Morning game drive. Transfer to Ikoma airstrip for flight to Arusha. Reception at arrival and transfer to Arumeru River Lodge for lunch. Transfer to JRO airport for departure flight.