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Exploring Exotic Wilds in Style
Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Kilimanjaro.... just a few of the alluring names evoked at the mention of Tanzania-and all visited in unrivalled luxury on this exhilarating safari. With stays at stylish new safari lodges-astounding properties that bring five-star élan in harmony with nature-we explore the full grandeur of this justly iconic land. From singular Serengeti plains and the rugged terrain of Tarangire to the Edenic expanses of the Ngorongoro Crater, this extraordinary journey puts a thrilling new spin on the classic Tanzania safari.
10 Days Departs Sunday, Returns Tuesday
Day 1 Depart Home
We dream of safari while we soar through the skies, bound for Africa.
Day 2 Arrive Arusha
Welcome to Arusha, Tanzania—gateway to the treasures of Tanzania. Our friendly Safari Director accompanies us to the five-star Arusha Coffee Lodge—an idyllic escape tucked away in a verdant coffee plantation. Designed around the original plantation house, the lodge emanates the romance of bygone days. We stay in the plush Plantation Suites, and can take advantage of the many amenities on offer here: swimming in the pool, cozying up to the fireplace or simply enjoying a view of majestic Mt. Meru from our private balcony.
Day 3 Tarangire
This morning we savour a leisurely breakfast-with the freshest coffee imaginable-before meeting our Safari Director for a briefing and exploring the lush green grounds of the coffee plantation. After an al fresco lunch, we take to the air over East Africa's golden landscape to Tarangire, a reserve of dramatic landscapes and excellent game-viewing. Our home here is exalted...quite literally, in fact. We retire to supreme luxury at Tarangire Treetops-including a private balcony with views to Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley wall-atop an age-old baobab or marula tree. Our own deluxe treehouse overlooking the savannah: it's a thoroughly African experience.
Day 4 Tarangire
At the first break of day, we take to an Africa that is slowly awakening. The ecosystem varies between dry and dusty, and green and swampy, and each different landscape has its own cast of creatures. On top of our game drive, a full slate of activities is available from tracking game on foot to visiting the local Maasai people. And for those who did not meet their personal quota of predator sightings during the day, a night game drive draws out Tarangire’s nocturnal creatures as we ply the rugged landscape under a blanket of stars. We return for a nightcap at the split-level lounge, a relaxed setting with uninterrupted views of the landscape.
Day 5 Ngorongoro Crater
The sun rises over Tarangire, and we're up for an early breakfast and a last glimpse of the park's countless game. Then we drive the dazzlingly scenic route through a wildlife wonderland to Ngorongoro Crater. Unofficially the "eighth wonder of the natural world," this ancient amphitheatre forms a unique haven for wildlife with over 20,000 animals thriving in its near perfect conditions. We stay at the serene and solitary Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, perfectly perched on the eastern rim of the crater. Here we can enjoy dinner and our delightful room with striking views of the crater below.
Day 6 Ngorongoro Crater
Today we descend 2,000 feet into this ancient collapsed volcano, passing through lush rainforest and thick vegetation, on our way to the largest concentration of animals in Africa. A variety of environments—grassland, swamps, forests and lakes—yield a staggering variety of animals: lions, zebras, buffaloes, rhinos, elephants, gazelles and wildebeests just to name a few. And because the grasses are short, it is infinitely easy to spot the remarkable creatures here… each turn of the head brings an exciting new vista. We return to the Ngorongoro Sopa in time for evening cocktails and to recall the dizzying array of wildlife we saw that day.
Day 7 Serengeti National Park
After a delicious breakfast, we drive to Lake Manyara and board our flight to the legendary Serengeti. This is archetypal Africa: the wide-open spaces, bright blue skies, and glorious wildlife of our imagination. The Serengeti’s terrain is quite varied: savannah dotted with acacia trees, magnificent rock outcroppings called kopjes, and dense bush as well as streams and rivers. Our base here is Migration Camp, alluringly set on a kopje overlooking the rolling Serengeti hills. Spacious tents are superbly secluded and blend into their natural environment above the Grumeti River. Richly furnished throughout, the camp exudes decadence reminiscent of the Africa of yore.
Day 8 Serengeti National Park
In the famed Serengeti, we discover a land brimming with wildlife. Lion, leopard, cheetah, and elephants. Wildebeest grazing, giraffes loping across the plains, monkeys playing in the trees. We can opt for a game drive, or choose to explore the area on a guided game walk. Or perhaps we wish to lounge beside the swimming pool back at camp—the perfect spot from which to observe the abiding drama of the bush (while also getting a tan!)
Day 9 Depart Serengeti
We awake and piping hot coffee awaits, the brew a fittingly bittersweet reminder of our last morning in Africa. We take a final game drive before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Finally, we bid farewell to the Serengeti and wing our way back to Arusha. A dayroom is available at the Arusha Coffee Lodge where we may rest or explore the verdant green grounds of the plantation before we board international flights tonight, arriving back home on Day 10.
Day 10 Arrive Home
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