This classic Tanzania Flying Safari includes the best of the Northern Tanzania safari circuit and offers guests an unparalleled game viewing and cultural experience. Because this trip departs multiple times a week throughout the year it offers a great experience at an incredible value.
1 Night: Arusha Coffee Lodge
2 Nights: Tarangire Tree Tops
2 Nights: The Manor at Ngorongoro
2 Nights: Seregenti Migration Camp
Days 1-2: Arusha Coffee Lodge ~ Arusha
After landing at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met and transferred to Arusha Coffee Lodge.
The city of Arusha sits in a pleasant, lush valley, divided by the Naura River near the base of 15,000-ft Mt. Meru. This bustling city, the safari capital of Tanzania, is the economic center of an area with a rich agricultural economy, thanks to fertile volcanic soil. Arusha Cofee Lodge is a cozy, boutique lodge is built within a coffee plantation just outside Arusha. The lodge’s 30 luxurious suites in 18 cottages are built amongst coffee trees and reflect the colonial style of the original plantation homes, which serve as the reception and dining area. Each cottage is lavishly furnished, with a split area sitting area and a private deck. Guest areas include beautiful boutique stores, a welcoming swimming pool, a bar area, spa and picturesque gardens. Tasty delights can be enjoyed in the a la carte restaurant, the gardens, bar or on the bar terrace.
Days 2-4: Tarangire Tree Tops ~ Tarangire NP
After a morning tour of Arusha Coffee Lodge's working coffee farm, you begin your flying safari adventure, flying from Arusha Airport to Kuro Airstrip in Tarangire National Park.
After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania and in the dry season, the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Large herds of elephants and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland gather and not surprisingly the predators follow. This is also the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. Tarangire is also known for its spectacular baobab trees, and its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south.
Astride the path of the Elephant Migration, Tarangire Treetops sits alone in a private game reserve bordering Tarangire National Park and the Maasai Steppe amid rolling, baobab-studded hills with views to Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley wall. Our suites are perched high up with views over the adjacent Baobab and Marula trees, giving Tarangire Treetops a magical, adventurous and exotic feel.
Twenty suites, each 65 sq metres with a private balcony, are distinctively and lavishly furnished. Natural materials are blended with contemporary African décor, to provide guests with a unique and most memorable safari experience. Encasing a vast Baobab tree the spacious and tranquil dining room, reception and lounge overlooks the swimming pool and a waterhole that sees a constant flow of wild animal visitors. With the natural beauty of the hills and dry river beds begging to be explored, guests can enjoy guided walking safaris, day or night time game drives and the enchantment of bush dining.
Days 4-6: The Manor at Ngorongoro ~ Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today you will drive from Tarangire to the Manor at Ngorongoro Crater. The Manor will be your base as you explore both the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara.
The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. The volcanic cone is believed to have collapsed nearly two million years ago, and while standing, could have been as tall, if not taller, than Mt. Kilimanjaro. The 102 square mile crater is a microcosm of East African scenery with abundant wildlife – more than 25,000 larger animals, mostly zebra and wildebeest. This is also the best place in Tanzania to see magnificent black-maned lion and black rhino. Colorful flamingoes and more than 100 species of birds found here and not in the Serengeti frequent the area. Patience may also reward you with glimpses of leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, elephant, warthog, buffalo, impala, buffalo, hartebeest, eland and lots of other antelopes. As you descend into the crater, you may see the local Maasai as they take their cattle down the steep walls of the crater. You will spend a morning exploring the crater followed by lunch on the crater floor.
The Manor at Ngorongoro, with its 10 luxurious cottages (20 Suites) and magnificent main Manor House, is one of the first safari lodges of its kind to blend East African hospitality with old-world Afro-European architecture and decor. Located adjacent to the famous Ngorongoro conservation area and within a 1500-acre Arabica coffee estate, The Manor is reminiscent of an elegant up-country farm home in the Cape Dutch-style of architecture.
Days 6-8: Serengeti Migration Camp ~ Northern Serengeti
This is exactly where you want to be to see the great wildebeest migration. Serengeti National Park (3,646,500 acres) is the jewel in the crown of Tanzania’s protected areas with over three million large mammals roaming its plains. It lies between Ngorongoro and Lake Victoria and adjoins Kenya's Maasai Mara. The Serengeti has come to symbolize paradise to all, including the local Maasai, who have grazed their cattle on the vast grassy plains for generations. To the Maasai, it is Siringitu – “the place that stretches on forever." Today, the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and the Maasai Mara Reserve across the border in Kenya, protect the greatest and most varied collection of terrestrial wildlife on earth, and one of the last great migratory systems still intact.
The Serengeti Migration Camp is situated in the northern region of the park, on the southern banks of the Grumeti River. As its name suggests, a major draw to this camp is its accessibility to the Great Wildebeest Migration that comes through this region from June through October, which is really a spectacular sight. The rest of the year, once the herds have moved on, can be really nice as the crowds die down.
This is a beautiful luxury camp with 20 elevated tents that are well-appointed with wraparound balconies for endless game-viewing. Spacious and tastefully decorated, each canvas tent incorporates wood and leather furnishings, giving it a rustic yet polished feel. As the bathrooms don’t have doors, you would need to be comfortable with whomever you share your tent. The camp offers walking safaris and game drives.
Day 8 ~ Departure
Today you will fly back to Arusha and be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport in time to connect with your international flight home.
The price for this program for 2015 ranges from $6430 and $7400 per person sharing. Price varies by season and excludes international flights.
As departure dates get closer prices can drop for last minute bookings. Contact us to find out more!