The Tanzania Spectacular Safari
Exploring Exotic Wilds in Style
10 Days door-to-door
We bow to the fact: Many of us are firmly engaged in a very busy world, a world in which time away from the busyness is precious. And so we offer this safari to three major contributors to the East African mystique: the classic game lands of Tarangire, the Ngorongoro Crater, and the fabled Serengeti—all in a mere but marvelous 10 days. Direct flights from Europe take us to the sudden serenity of the Arusha Coffee Lodge, and then we’re off on a carefully choreographed safari, with two nights in each of the three camps and lodges we’ve chosen for their warmth of spirit, their serenity, their location, their refreshing lack of busyness.
- A succinct but comprehensive safari showcasing East Africa’s premier game viewing areas in less than two weeks: the vast Serengeti Plains, the rugged terrains of Tarangire, and the Edenic expanses of the Ngorongoro Crater.
- Stylishly unique camps and lodges: treetop tents atop stately old baobab or marula trees; secluded and spacious tents overlooking the Grumeti River, thronged with galumphing hippos.
- A host of activities: daily game drives; learning tracking from Maasai warriors, and an afternoon visit to their village; exhilarating night game drives; guided nature walks in the golden Serengeti.
- Beginning-to-end services of your Micato Safari Director and our Concierge Service and a festive meal at the home of Micato’s founders, Felix and Jane Pinto.
Day 1 En route
We dream of safari while we soar through the skies, bound for Africa.
Day 2 A coffee plantation in lovely Arusha
The Arusha Coffee Lodge, an old-fashioned island of quietude tucked away in a plantation, is a great place to unwind after the rigours of long flights.
Arusha is only 3 degrees south of the equator, but its 4,500-foot elevation encourages floral luxuriance and gentle airs. So we’ll be more or less surrounded by enthusiastic greenery as we sit on our Plantation Suite’s veranda—perhaps after a relaxing swim—looking up at massive Mount Meru, a 14,977-foot volcanic colossus that looms beneficently over this quintessentially African city.
Days 3 & 4 The luxurious treehouses of Tarangire
After a breakfast topped off by some of the freshest and best coffee we’ll ever imbibe, we’ll be briefed by our Safari Director and set off on a marvelously African drive to Tarangire and our home for the next couple of nights, Tarangire Treetops. Our first experience of luxury life in the bush couldn’t be more spectacular. Treetops’ main lodge, built around a thousand-year-old baobab, is only the beginning. The lodge’s 20 famous, lovingly crafted tree houses, elevated for sweeping views of the park, are extraordinarily large, airy, and utterly magical.
And from our tree house’s balcony, we look out at Tarangire’s wonderfully varied landscapes of rocky outcrops, rolling hills, and golden savannah generously strewn with acacias and baobabs, home to just about the entire cast of wild African characters— and some rare stars, like kudu and oryx — in addition to 2,500 or so elephants. We’ll make early-morning and afternoon game drives, perhaps take a walking safari with a local Maasai guide, visit a village, and, if we’re still keen to see more all-star creatures, we can go out on a night drive, always a revelation.
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Days 5 & 6 The Ngorongoro Crater, a lush natural masterpiece
The drive from Tarangire north to the Crater Highlands and the world-wondrous Ngorongoro Crater is a delight, a dazzlingly scenic game drive. We pass Lake Manyara, then begin the zigzag ascent to the rim and our reposeful cabins of Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge.
We’ll drive to the crater floor for an extraordinarily rewarding morning game drive, exploring the caldera’s 100 square miles, spotting lions, elephants, black rhinos, just about all of East Africa’s faunal celebrities, and return to our cabin’s private terraces, followed by a lovely dinner overlooking one of the world’s most magical places.
Days 7 & 8 Gazelles by the gazillion in the Serengeti
We end this short, but undeniably spectacular, safari in the Serengeti. “There is a lightening of the spirit,” Cyril Connolly wrote about the vast plain. We’re invited to a rare, deep-rootedly serene idyll. The sky is huge and blue and as pure as the day the earth was born. (And on the southern horizon, over the Crater Highlands—“That’s Ngorongoro, just behind that big green mountain,” we’ll say knowledgeably, affectionately—clouds pile up in grandly crazy towers, looking like computer-generated special effects.) The Serengeti’s kopjes are the creation of a cosmic bonsai master, and on a flat brown rock atop one of them, a lion rolls over and warms its fluffy white belly in the sun.
We’ll spend two idyllic Serengeti nights in Migration Camp, tucked away in kopje-esque rocks just above the Grumeti River. The main lodge has a split-level lounge, a swimming pool, and a dandy restaurant, and each of Migration Camp’s 20 tents is encircled by a deck, a private sanctuary from which to gaze out at the natural extravaganza below and beyond. Those of us who can’t quite believe that hippos really exist—that’s how otherworldly they sometimes seem—are delighted that rumbling pods of them disport on the Grumeti, along with many single-minded crocodiles; the great migration funnels into a crossing of this river, and the crocs bide their time like the pleistocenic beasts they are.
Days 9 & 10 Gameviewing, back to Arusha and homeward
After a final game drive, we’ll head back to Migration Camp for breakfast. Maybe we’re close to sighting the Little Five, and need just a little luck to complete the list. The identities of these mini-masterpieces: rhinoceros beetle, buffalo weaver, leopard tortoise (not so mini, really; they can weigh as much as three standard bowling balls), ant lion, and the extremely shy elephant shrew, which weighs not much more than an elephant’s tear.
In any case, it’s time to say good-bye to the Serengeti and Tanzania’s spectacular bush. We fly back to Arusha, relax in day rooms at the Coffee Lodge, maybe take a pre-flight swim, and board our homebound planes in the evening, arriving back home on Day 10.
“When you have caught the rhythm of Africa, you find it is the same in all her music.”
Out of Africa
Camps & Lodges
Arusha Coffee Lodge
The Arusha Coffee Lodge, an old-fashioned island of quietude tucked away in a plantation, is a great place to unwind after the rigours of long flights. Arusha is only 3 degrees south of the equator, but its 4,500-foot elevation encourages floral luxuriance and gentle airs.
The main lodge encircles a baobab tree, but that’s just one Treetops fascination: each tree house boasts one of the largest bedrooms to be found in any East Africa camp. It features an exotic double shower in its en-suite bathroom, furnishings that show a commitment to fine local craftsmanship..
Smartly, strategically placed in 50 acres of lush, untrammeled Tanzanian bush a short drive from Ngorongoro’s rim, the lodge features private luxury log cabin suites kitted out with stunning modern and a private viewing terrace for taking in the early-morning radiance of Tanzania’s highlands.
Neptune Ngorongoro Lodge
Set on a kopje overlooking the Serengeti hills, this camp is a haven of sumptuous indulgence. Spacious tents are superbly secluded and blend into their natural environment above the Grumeti River. Richly furnished throughout, the camp exudes a decadence reminiscent of the Africa of yore.
Serengeti Migration Camp
Dates & RatesDeparts Sunday, returns Tuesday
Land Arrangements, per person (2017)
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Jun. 18 – Jun. 27
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Dec. 24 – Jan. 02
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Jan. 28 – Feb. 06
Feb. 04 – Feb. 13
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Feb. 25 – Mar. 06
Mar. 04 – Mar. 13
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Nov. 25 – Dec. 04
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Make it Private
The Tanzania Spectacular Safari can be transformed into a fully private trip for a family or a group of friends. You’ll have your own Tour Director and your pick of departure dates. Contact our experts or your travel advisor to find out how to make this tour a private journey.
Options & Extensions
While you’re in the area, you might be interested in these fine extensions. Our travel specialists can work them into your itinerary.
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An Opportunity to Change a Life
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A Rare and Breathtaking Experience
The soft mists prevail here as they did when Dian Fossey wrote her legendary book Gorillas in the Mist. And the creatures that drew Dr. Fossey are the same ones which beckon to us: rare and endangered Mountain Gorillas.
Cosmopolitan and captivating
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Exploring the Isles of Spices
Zanzibar. It’s perfumed air caresses travellers with scents of the spices that have grown in abundance throughout the island since time began. Exotic and enchanting, this Indian Ocean isle allures travellers with a personality and pace all its own—just a short hop from mainland Tanzania, but a world away. The name alone conjures a romantic daydream. Meandering streets are lined with whitewashed houses and reminders of Swahili influence; the air is redolent of the spices grown here for centuries. From the lush Jozani Forest to bustling Stone Town, Zanzibar is an island paradise ripe for exploration.