Looking for a memorable experience in your next vacation? We have planned for you an 8-days and 7-nights exciting safari that you can’t afford to miss. You will stay-in-style at elewana collection’s unique and award-winning lodges and camps. Experience the magnificence and drama of tarangire, ngorongoro and the serengeti. Travel in comfort between iconic locations in a private executive-class aircraft. You are guaranteed an exciting experience of lifetime!!
You will arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and find our dedicated team waiting ready to transfer you to Arusha Coffee Lodge, one hour’s drive from Kilimanjaro itself. This a luxurious lodge is perfect for refreshing after a long journey.
Your stay at Arusha Coffee Lodge will be on an all-inclusive basis. On arrival at the Lodge our guests receive a warm and friendly greeting and immediately sample a cool and refreshing coffee-infused welcome drink. 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. You will spent your night at this amazing place.
Wake up to the rising sunshine followed by a delicious breakfast. You will then 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. After this optional tour you will return to enjoy a light lunch at the Lodge, after which you will be transferred to the Arusha airstrip where the Executive Cessna Grand Caravan awaits.
Tarangire – The Ancient Land of the Elephant
On landing at Tarangire airstrip, you will be met by the Tarangire Treetops Guide and a ‘special’ welcome in the form of a finger buffet, soft drinks and chilled sparkling wine is provided to all. 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. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. A Traditional Maasai Boma Dinner on the first evening is taken within a traditional Maasai boma. This evening we will introduce you not only 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.
You will wake up to the beautiful rising sunshine, after breakfast you will begin a game drive in Tarangire .As you move around you will enjoy viewing beautiful sceneries and amazing wildlife roaming in Tarangire. You will then break for a Bush Luncheon at a selected site.
Dining in the Bush
The site for this Bush Luncheon is carefully located to optimize the experience of visiting this beautiful and stunning landscape. It is here where the Tarangire Executive Chef once again demonstrates the hospitality for which the Elewana Collection is renowned. During the day it is also possible to visit the Maasai Village and sample the genuine warmth of the local indigenous people. With some members of the village working within the Treetops Lodge, your visit is indeed a heartwarming and welcoming experience.
Spectacular Sunset Cocktails in the Bush
On arrival back to the Tarangire Treetops Lodge and after a short rest, you will be invited to sample the true drama and beauty of an African sunset. After a short 25-minute drive, our vehicles climb the few hundred feet up a hilly outcrop of granite, quartz and mica, known as Sunset Hill. Here you will enjoy a Sundowner Cocktail whilst the sunsets over the distant but shimmering Lake Manyara. And as the dying sun creates a rich palette of reds and oranges, thousands of stars begin their nightly efforts to illuminate the darkening landscape.
The Sights and Sounds of a Night Game Drive
As night draws in, you will begin a Night Game Drive as part of their 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 ever present Treetops waterhole that lies less than 50 metres from the main lodge.
Departure to Ngorongoro across the Great Rift Valley
Wake up to the beautiful sunshine, after filling breakfast you will go on one more morning game-drive through the Tarangire National Park. Stopping at leisure for a picnic lunch on your way to Kuro airstrip, you will meet up with the Executive Cessna Grand Caravan to fly the short distance to Manyara airstrip where our Elewana Guide will be eagerly waiting to provide a warm welcome to you. Following a short but comfortable transfer to The Manor at Ngorongoro, high tea awaits at this beautiful and magnificent Homestyle lodge set in a lush and verdant Arabica coffee plantation.
High Tea in an Opulent Setting
Warmly greeted by the managers of The Manor, and having enjoyed The Manor’s special ‘High Tea’, you will be invited to their very own Manor Cottage to unpack, unwind and relax before being invited back to the Main House for evening dinner.
Full Day in the Crater
Wake up in the morning, after hearty breakfast you will be invited to travel to what undoubtedly is one of the ‘Natural Wonders of the World’ – The Ngorongoro Crater. Filmed and documented by naturalists from the four corners of the earth, The Ngorongoro Crater, the largest ‘dry’ caldera of its kind, is home to almost all the animals that you would wish to see in East Africa. 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.
A Luncheon to Remember
Luncheon is served in the Crater under an awning of one of our vehicles in a campaign-style luncheon. This spectacular setting at times belies belief. Whilst 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 that The Manor can offer.
Your Choice of Manor Dining
Following this exciting full day in the Ngorongoro Crater, you will be taken the one-hour transfer back to The Manor where preparations will already be underway for the evening meal. Private dining options are available at The Manor on request. These include dining under the stars, room service or a private dining room ideal for couples and honeymooners.
Morning at the Manor - A Haven of Tranquility
Wake up to the beautiful sunshine, after breakfast you can opt t visit 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 and sensuous gardens whilst contemplating the journey to come. After luncheon at The Manor, you will be driven to the Manyara airstrip to meet up with the Cessna Caravan once more for the onward 45-minute flight to the world-renowned National Park of the Serengeti.
From Ngorongoro to the Serengeti - Flying Over The Vast Plains
Following this 45-minute scenic flight, a Serengeti Migration Camp Guide will meet and greet you in the now customary fashion. 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.
The Serengeti - Magnificence beyond Belief
A million wildebeest... each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: a frenzied three-week bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as 40km (25 mile) long columns plunge through crocodile-infested waters on the annual exodus north; replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000 km (600 mile) pilgrimage begins again.
Waking and Walking at the Camp
Waking up to the sounds of the hippos barking and splashing in the Grumeti River just 100 metres from the Camp, you will 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.
Mingling with the Migration
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. However 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 Under Canvas or Under the Stars
Dining at Serengeti Migration Camp can either be in the Main Camp Restaurant or our guests can choose to dine in more private and intimate surroundings under the stars or under canvas back in the privacy of their own tent. Each meal is prepared by the Executive Head Chef and to our guests’ taste. As the night sets in and the nocturnal animals begin their nightly activities, the Camp yet again becomes alive with sounds if not the sights of Serengeti.
Visiting the Hippos on the Grumeti
Wake up to the beautiful sunshine, after a hearty and healthy breakfast, you have an opportunity to venture out on a walking safari along the banks of the Grumeti River with one of the highly knowledgeable guides.
Serengeti to Arusha
After a leisurely lunch, you will 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 will be transferred to Arusha Coffee Lodge and either be offered a day room to relax and freshen up before leaving for their onward flight or to be checked into a Plantation Suite for one final night* of relaxation before flying out from Kilimanjaro the next day departure. This is the end of this exciting safari.
*An additional night at Arusha Coffee Lodge is not included in the package and will be charged as extra.
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