Serengeti Migration and Ngorongoro Crater - Tanzania 2016
oPTIONAL eXTRA: 4 Day Serengeti Migration and Ngorongoro Crater Tour
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25 August – 30 August (Prior Core Itinerary)
2 September – 7 September (Post Core Itinerary)
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, and transfer to Arusha Town. Dinner and overnight in the Arusha Hotel, a classically decorated hotel which was first established in 1984. Believed to be one of the oldest hotels in East Africa, the beautiful restoration has been sensitively decorated so that you remain surrounded by landscaped gardens and with historical images on the walls.
After breakfast, head out of town and make your way north to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You will have a picnic lunch and descend into the crater for a game drive in this most unique of environments. Have your picnic at one of the lakes in the crater floor as you watch hippo, crocs and elephants. Keep your eyes peeled for the endangered rhino and large prides of lion which are found in the crater. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge with all meals included.
Today after breakfast you will head into the Serengeti. Stop en route with a picnic lunch as you have your first game drive in the Serengeti National Park. You will see lots of wildlife as you make your way to central Serengeti. Check into your lodge for lunch and then have an afternoon game drive towards the Mara River where you’ll find the huge herd of wildebeest. If you are lucky you will witness the drama of a river crossing as hundreds of animals make their brave attempt to cross over as they start to head south to follow the new grass growing after the rains. Enjoy full day game drives with picnic lunches on days 4 and 5. Dinner and overnight - All Meals Included
Have an early morning breakfast then transfer to the airstrip for your private charter flight to Katavi National Park where you will start your exciting eclipse safari or head to Dar es Salaam for your return flight home.
Arusha Hotel Steeped in history, this is thought to be the oldest hotel in East Africa. Once called the New Africa Hotel, it has since seen many refurbishments and new wings added to the original building. With 86 rooms, and views over Mount Meru or the 5 acres of gardens, you will feel the history of pioneers, adventurers and travellers who have passed through before their long gruelling journeys in the bush. The hotel offers a touch of nostalgia, beautifully balanced with the needs of the modern world.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge Facing the always magnificent sunsets to the west, and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater’s entire rim, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge stands well over half a kilometer above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera. The lodge is themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs. Given the altitude, the lodge can by cold at night so each room has central heating and hot water bottles are part of the evening turn down service.
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Lobo Wildlife Lodge The first lodge to be built in Northern Serengeti, beautifully set into a rocky headland and with 75 rooms, located some 80km from Seronera. With a waterhole attracting the game close for viewing from your lounge chair, there is also a gorgeous pool to cool off in and watch the wildlife all around. The breathtaking views will give you that real Serengeti feel.
Lemala Kuria Hills Offering unrivalled luxury, the lodge is situated in the Wogakurya Hills, close to the Mara River and within the main corridor of the world-famous wildebeest migration. With 15 glass fronted suite tents, each with a plunge pool, the lodge is lavish in its design and luxurious in its service and attention to detail. Magnificent kopjes dominate the public areas, with superb views from the bar, sitting and dining areas, swimming pool and the decks. Guests may enjoy several dining options in camp or out in the bush with a choice of freshly cooked starters, main course, desserts and house drinks. Tea is served in the afternoon before your game drive and cocktails at sunset on one of the kopjes overlooking the Isuria escarpment.
Kirawira Serena Luxury Camp The camp offers luxury safari accommodation in the heart of the Serengeti with 25 widely-spaced tents, raised on timber platforms, each with a view of the Serengeti plains. Each tent has a furnished deck leading to a bedroom decorated in the antique Edwardian style with steamer-trunks, writing desk, brass lamps, rugs, sepia photographs and four-poster bed with patchwork quilt. The luxurious ensuite bathroom is fitted with separate flushed WC, shower, twin marble basins, hot and cold running water. In keeping with the theme of colonial opulence, the elegant twin dining tents feature crisp-starched napery, delicate china and silver accoutrements, whilst the staff dress is the classical colonial ‘mess' uniform of Swahili robes and turbans.