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Tanzania Spectacular

Tanzania Spectacular

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Tanzania: Arusha, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti
10 Days
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​Exploring Exotic Wilds in Style

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 luxury 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.

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When you have caught the rhythm of Africa, you find it is the same in all her music.Isak DinesonOut of Africa


  • 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 dedicated Concierge team.


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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 spend a day in the bush discovering the big game and spying dozens of species of birds cavorting in the trees of Tarangire, and, if we’re still keen to see more all-star creatures, we can go out on a night drive, always a revelation.

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 our climb to the Crater’s rim and the reposeful Ngorongoro Lodge Melia.

We’ll drive down to the crater floor for an extraordinarily rewarding full day 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 the lodge for quiet, view-besotted sundowners on 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 Arusha Coffee Lodge, maybe take a pre-flight swim, and board our homebound planes in the evening, arriving back home on Day 10.

Camps & Lodges

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Arusha Coffee Lodge

Arusha, Tanzania
Tanzania’s largest working coffee plantation, just outside the bustling town of Arusha is among our headiest and most heavenly aromatic stopovers.
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Tarangire Treetops Lodge

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Treetops Lodge’s famous, lovingly crafted tree houses, set high for views of Tarangire’s classic gamelands, are roomy, softly breezy, and full-tilt magical.
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Ngorongoro Lodge Melia

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
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Serengeti Migration Camp

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Serendipitously set on a rocky outcrop just above one of the Great Migration’s busiest paths, Migration Camp provides a personal, up-close experience of the Serengeti’s naturally theatrical wildlife.
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What's Included

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  • Luxury accommodations and all meals.
  • A highly-credentialed Micato Safari Director and Driver-Guide during your journey.
  • 24/7 Concierge Team poised to meet last minute, unexpected, and unusual requests.
  • A variety of activities, individualized for you by your Safari Director at every safari location.
  • Every last gratuity, even substantial ones to Safari Directors, Driver-Guides, waiters, porters… and everyone else, from beginning to end of your safari.
  • Regional wine and beer at mealtimes, vehicles stocked with soft drinks and bottled water.
  • Daily valet laundry service. You can pack less and even return home with a bag of clean clothes… now that’s luxury!
  • Complimentary in-vehicle Wi-Fi as well as free Wi-Fi wherever else it exists on safari, including camps and lodges.
  • All airport transfers, game park, national park, and conservancy fees.
  • Extensive safety protocols perfected by 60 years of on-the-ground expertise.
  • Sublime safari swag! Bush hats, specially designed Micato Safaris duffels, luggage tags, document wallets, flashlights, and more…
  • For every guest on safari, Micato sends an African child to school.

Safari Dates & Rates

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2024 Dates

To and from Home | Every date is a guaranteed departure

Jan. 07 – Jan. 16 May 26 – June 04 Aug. 18 – Aug. 27 Nov. 10 – Nov. 19
Jan. 14 – Jan. 23 June 02 – June 11 Aug. 25 – Sept. 03 Nov. 17 – Nov. 26
Jan. 21 – Jan. 30 June 09 – June 18 Sept. 01 – Sept. 10 Nov. 24 – Dec. 03
Jan. 28 – Feb. 06 June 16 – June 25 Sept. 08 – Sept. 17 Dec. 01 – Dec. 10
Feb. 04 – Feb. 13 June 23 – July 02 Sept. 15 – Sept. 24 Dec. 08 – Dec. 17
Feb. 11 – Feb. 20 June 30 – July 09 Sept. 22 – Oct. 01 Dec. 15 – Dec. 24
Feb. 18 – Feb. 27 July 07 – July 16 Sept. 29 – Oct. 08 Dec. 22 – Dec. 31
Feb. 25 – Mar. 05 July 14 – July 23 Oct. 06 – Oct. 15 Dec. 29 – Jan. 07
Mar. 03 – Mar. 12 July 21 – July 30 Oct. 13 – Oct. 22
Mar. 10 – Mar. 19 July 28 – Aug. 06 Oct. 20 – Oct. 29
Mar. 17 – Mar. 26 Aug. 04 – Aug. 13 Oct. 27 – Nov. 05
May 19 – May 28 Aug. 11 – Aug. 20 Nov. 03– Nov. 12

2025 Dates

To and from Home | Every date is a guaranteed departure

Jan. 05 – Jan. 14 May 25 – June 03 Aug. 17 – Aug. 26 Nov. 09 – Nov. 18
Jan. 12 – Jan. 21 June 01 – June 10 Aug. 24 – Sept. 02 Nov. 16 – Nov. 25
Jan. 19 – Jan. 28 June 08 – June 17 Aug. 31 – Sept. 09 Nov. 23 – Dec. 02
Jan. 26 – Feb. 04 June 15 – June 24 Sept. 07 – Sept. 16 Nov. 30 – Dec. 09
Feb. 02 – Feb. 11 June 22 – July 01 Sept. 14 – Sept. 23 Dec. 07 – Dec. 16
Feb. 09 – Feb. 18 June 29 – July 08 Sept. 21 – Sept. 30 Dec. 14 – Dec. 23
Feb. 16 – Feb. 25 July 06 – July 15 Sept. 28 – Oct. 07 Dec. 21 – Dec. 30
Feb. 23 – Mar. 04 July 13 – July 22 Oct. 05 – Oct. 14 Dec. 28 – Jan. 06
Mar. 02 – Mar. 11 July 20 – July 29 Oct. 12 – Oct. 21
Mar. 09 – Mar. 18 July 27 – Aug. 05 Oct. 19 – Oct. 28
Mar. 16 – Mar. 25 Aug. 03 – Aug. 12 Oct. 26 – Nov. 04
May 18 – May 25 Aug. 10 – Aug. 19 Nov. 02 – Nov. 11

Price Per Person

Land Arrangements, Per Person (2024)

Jan – Mar May November Balance of Year
Double Occupancy $16,950 $15,950 $17,450 $17,950
Single Supplement $2,550 $2,050 $2,650 $3,050
Internal Flights $650 $650 $650 $650

Please contact us for 2025 rates.

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