On arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport, our driver/guide will meet you and he will drive you to Arusha – check in at the Arusha Coffee Lodge for a welcome rest following your flight.
Following breakfast the next morning you will be met by an English speaking driver/guide in your own private 4×4 safari vehicle. The guide will be with you for the entire duration of the safari, you will be taken out along the tarmac road to the Maasai steppe. This road is all tarmac; enter Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive.
Lake Manyara National Park offers a wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. Apart from a spectacular setting, the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect. The shores of the lake, encrusted with pink flamingo, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. Large herds of buffalo, cheetah, Masai giraffe and impala roam the lake shores and the forested valley slopes. A Lake Manyara safari is a fascinating experience as the park also features a ground-water forest; acacia tortilis woodland and hot springs called Maji Moto.
Put your feet up at &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge for 1 night in an elegant stilted treehouse with ensuite bathroom with bath, outdoor shower and viewing deck. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, scheduled safari activities, refreshments on game drives and laundry.
&Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge at a glance…
•10 treehouse suites (overhead fans)
•Swimming pool and well-stocked Safari Shop
Set in the heart of a mahogany forest, &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is the only lodge in Lake Manyara National Park. The Lodge, which was designed to exert minimal impact on the environment, is situated in the remote southwestern region of the Park. Cradled in the boughs of ancient mahogany trees, ten stilted treehouse suites are a sophisticated blend of intimacy and romance, offering privacy and exclusivity. Each treehouse suite features generous decks suspended above the forest floor and large windows to invite the lush forest inside. The bathrooms have freestanding baths with a forest view and an outdoor shower. Overlooking a forest boma (outdoor dining area), guest areas are characterized by soaring spaces. An interactive kitchen allows guests to observe the preparation of delicious Pan African food that is enjoyed in the boma, on dining decks or on private viewing decks. Breakfasts and picnics are also served on the lakeshore.
Check out of Lake Manyara Tree Lodge and start the drive through the Ngorongoro Highlands, continuing onto the gate of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, this is the end of the tarmac road, after a brief stop for permit checks, (all handled by your guide) and yet another convenience stop if required.
You will skirt the rim and drive to Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. The Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, within the Serengeti is home to more than 30 000 protected animals. It is an area of spectacular beauty and excellent game viewing, a truly unique safari destination in Africa. The Ngorongoro Crater, once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Today, long since having collapsed and eroded, it is an extensive highland area with the famous 600 metre deep Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. Fresh springs and a large soda lake quench the thirst of all the inhabitants. Black rhino are protected within its rim, giant tusked elephants wander the forests, black-maned lions stalk the grasslands, and flamingos crowd the soda lakes.
Indulge at &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge for 2 nights in a suite with ensuite bathroom with bath and shower.
Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, scheduled safari activities, refreshments on game drives and laundry.
&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge at a glance
• 3 intimate camps (two of 12 suites, one of 6 suites)
• Exclusive butler service
• Well-stocked Safari Shop
• Daily game drives into the Crater
Perched on the edge of the Crater rim, &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge’s sumptuous safari suites present breathtaking views. Inspired in design by the Maasai mud and stick manyatta (homestead), this is without doubt one of the most architecturally spectacular safari lodges in Africa. Three separate and intimate camps are reminiscent of a bygone era totaling just 30 suites in all. Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted mud and thatch suite is adorned with graceful antiques and grand chandeliers. The bedroom, sitting room and ensuite bathroom boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows, overlooking the magnificent Crater below. Ensuite bathrooms, with a centerpiece of red roses, feature huge showers and chandelier-lit bathtubs. Personal butlers discreetly tend to guests’ every need, bringing tea in bed, stoking fireplaces and drawing luxurious baths. Described as “Maasai meets Versailles”, each camp has its own guest sitting and dining areas and viewing decks. The domed dining room, with its grand fireplace, turns every meal into a special occasion.
Enjoy sundowner cocktails and delicious snacks whilst treated to an awe-inspiring view of the Ngorongoro Crater on the one side and the Serengeti plains on the other with 20 Maasai warriors entertaining guests.
Typically enjoyed after the Maasai Guard of Honor ceremony, the domed dining area is magically transformed into an elegant banquet fit for a king and queen. The long, chandelier-lit dining table, adorned with white linen, candles and bouquets of red roses, is surrounded by a carpet of brightly colored rose petals. This is the height of elegance and romance. At each guest’s place setting, a single red rose sits on top of a beautifully presented menu card. A sumptuous meal, prepared by expert chefs, is then served by attentive butlers.
Make your way back up the ascent road and drive down off the Western edge of the crater onto the Serengeti plains. This is your long transit day; we will ensure that you have a picnic lunch with you together with plenty of drinks. Stop at Oldupai Gorge Visitors’ Centre and paleontological area. The site curator gives visitors a brief history of the area which is where the skull of ‘Zinjanthropus’- early man – was unearthed. It is quite fascinating to see this if you are interested.
Continue with your safari at a leisurely pace. Prepare yourself for a dusty bumpy ride!!! Arrive at Four Seasons Lodge.
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti is located in the centre of the Serengeti National Park, with a waterhole adjacent to the lodge. It lies just north of the productive wildlife area around Seronera, which has excellent permanent game, as well as hosting the migration in season, although it is usually one of the busier areas of the park.
Previously known as Bilila Lodge Kempinski, the property was taken over in 2012 by the Four Seasons group and renovated to their high standards.
With 72 rooms and 5 villas, the Four Seasons Safari Lodge is the largest property in the Serengeti – and certainly the smartest of the large hotel-style properties, yet it has tried hard to blend in with its natural surroundings. Carefully chosen for their luxurious feel and contemporary safari style, the furniture and fittings are well suited to the spacious, airy rooms. These are enhanced by modern comforts and top facilities such as air conditioning, internet access, a spa and a well kitted-out gym complete with steam room.
Delight in 4 nights at Four Season Lodge in a Savannah room; each of which covers a chunky 55m² and has one king-size or two twin beds plus a sofa, and a dining table with two chairs. Facilities include air conditioning, blackout curtains, flat- screen TV, telephone (with voicemail), safe, hairdryer, minibar, tea/coffee- making facilities, a torch/flashlight, a good-sized safe (suitable for a laptop), internet cable points and WiFi access. Each room also has a small private outdoor verandah and a generous en-suite bathroom, including a separate shower and bath with a similar view on the surrounding park as the verandah.
Full day exploring the Serengeti. Go back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Following breakfast your final game drive in Serengeti, you will be taken to the Seronera Airstrip for your scheduled Regional Air flight to Arusha,lunch and a day room at the Coffee lodge awaits. Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for a flight home will be available at the evening for you.
Internal flights between Serengeti
Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
Meals according to the itinerary
Mineral Water (3 liters per person per day)
All national park fees
Price does not include:
Tourist Visa for entry to Tanzania
Travel and Medical Insurance
Items of a personal nature
Arusha Coffe Lodge
The aptly named Arusha Coffee Lodge lies hidden amongst the sprawling grounds of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantation, set below the rugged peaks of Mt Meru. Guests can unwind in one of the lodge’s exclusive Plantation Suites, which each boast a romantic four-poster bed draped in Egyptian cotton linen, a split-level sitting area, ensuite bathroom, an open fireplace, a personal bar and a private veranda that looks out onto rows and rows of berry-laden coffee bushes. Guests can enjoy scrumptious meals in the Coffee Lodge lounge or sip on their favourite drinks in the bar area. A boutique store, swimming pool and garden terrace add to guest delight.
&Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
Designed to exert minimal impact on the environment, &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge offers an exclusive interpretive safari in a remote, game-rich wilderness. Overlooking a forest boma, or outdoor dining area, lined with traditional dugout canoes, guest areas are characterised by soaring spaces that house local artworks and tactile fabrics. An interactive kitchen allows guests to observe the preparation of delicious dishes that are enjoyed in the theatrical boma or on the open dining decks, with spectacular forest views. The lodge also features a Safari Shop that boasts signature community craftwork and a range of lodge branded safari clothing.
&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge has been called the game lodge at the top of the world and, between the natural riches of the Crater spread out at its feet and the amazing architecture, it’s easy to believe that you have entered a realm of pure fantasy. With ever-changing views as mists swirl and clouds scurry over the huge wildlife cauldron below, the location is truly breathtaking. Divided into three camps, 30 stilted suites with banana leaf ceilings and grass roofs provide an intimate and exclusive Crater experience. Each camp has its own sitting and dining areas, with private butlers who provide warm, personal service. Brocade sofas and Persian rugs invite you to re-live the day’s experiences around a roaring fire. The domed dining room, where sparkling silver and crystal vie for attention with the huge windows and awe-inspiring views.
Four Seasons Lodge.
Nestled within the Serengeti National Park boasting panoramic landscape views and a variety of wildlife, lies the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. It offers a spa, and the outdoor Maji Bar overlooks the infinity swimming pool and Savannah. The elegant and air-conditioned rooms feature African décor and come complete with a sofa, flat-screen TV, mini-bar and a safe. All rooms have an private bathroom with a bath and shower. At Four Seasons Safari Lodge, the Boma Grill offers a cultural Maasai experience with an authentic African feast and Maasai dancing. With spectacular views, the Kula’s Restaurant has dishes with local flavors and international wines. There is also a wine cellar where guests can experience food and wine pairings. The Serengeti features a variety of wildlife such as elephants, lions and cheetahs.