This itinerary is perfect for a large family or group of friends who want to see Tanzania, including Arusha, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti and stay in private houses along the way.
Day 1 ~ Arusha~Lake Diluti Lodge
After landing at Kilimanjaro International Airport your Extraordinary Journey's representative will meet you and transferyou to Lake Diluti Lodge for 1 night.
Lake Diluti Lodge sits on a lake in a safe and exclusive area on outskirts of Arusha, a small city of 20,000 and the safari capital of Tanzania. Lake Duluti Lodge is the perfect place to rest and recover before continuing on with your safari. It is known for its exclusivity, excellent service and amenities and eco-friendly architecture and operations.
The lodge has 18 spacious contemporary African styled chalets on a thirty acre active coffee farm. All chalets face the coffee farm and each has a private deck with an amazing view of the farm and the ancient indigenous trees that dot the landscape. The lodge has been designed to make you feel like you are staying at home rather instead of a luxury hotel.
If you have time spend a few hours in Arusha, a safe, walkable town with lots of curio shops.
Overnights at Lake Duluti Lodge.
Days 2/3/4~Ngorongoro Crater~The Manor at Ngoronoro
Today you will drive to the Manor at Ngorongoro where you will spend three nights exploring the Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site.
The Ngorongoro Crater is an extinct volcano and the largest unbroken caldera in the world. The cone is believed to have collapsed nearly two million years ago, but when the cone was standing, it could have been as tall, if not taller, than Mt. Kilimanjaro. The crater (1,800 feet deep and 102 square miles) is a microcosm of East Africa's stunning landscape and abundant wildlife. More than 25,000 larger animals, mostly zebra and wildebeest live in the Crater. 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 can be found here and patience may reward you with glimpses of leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, elephant, warthog, buffalo, impala, buffalo, hartebeest and eland. As you descend into the crater, you may see the local Maasai as they take their cattle down the steep walls of the crater.
Located adjacent to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is The Manor at Ngorongoro. The Manor is reminiscent of an elegant, up country farm home in the Cape Dutch style. With 20 luxurious guest cottage suites, it is a luxury safari experience fusing East African safari hospitality with old world Afro-European architecture, and decor. While at the Manor you will stay in a private 3-bedroom stable cottage.
Your time at The Manor will include full days of game drives in both Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Crater complete with packed picnic lunch.
Overnights at The Manor at Ngorongoro.
Days 5/6/7~Serengeti/Grumeti~Singita Serengeti House
Today you will continue on to the Grumeti Reserve in Serengeti National Park where you will spend three nights in the private Singita Serengeti House
Serengeti National Park (3,646,500 acres) is the jewel in the crown of Tanzania’s protected areas. In the Maasai language, it is Siringitu – “the land that stretches on forever” and over three million large mammals roam its grasslands. The park lies between Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Victoria and adjoins Kenya's Maasai Mara to form the larger Serengeti eco-system. Each year it hosts the world famous spectacle of the migration of up to two million wildebeest, thousands of zebra and an escort of carnivores following the rains and new grass. Whether or not you are in the Serengeti during the migration, your wildlife viewing will be spectacular, as the resident population of zebra, wildebeest and predators will be there.
Set in close proximity to a watering hole in the western corridor of world-famous Serengeti National Park, Singita Serengeti House offers guests exclusive use accommodation and access to 350,000 acres of private land on the lower slopes of Sasakwa Hill. The house features large dining and lounge areas with ample outside seating and lounging areas, a private kitchen, swimming pool and tennis court and dedicated chef and house staff.
Activities include game drives in open 4x4 vehicles with a private guide, horseback safaris (at Sasakwa's Equestrian Center) and mountain biking. Guests also have access to the gym and spa at the nearby Sasakwa Lodge.
Overnights at Singita Serengeti House.
Day 8~ Depart Kilimanjaro
The price for this itinerary (based on 6 people traveling) ranges from $8,100 per person in the low season to $10,500 per person in high season.
**** This program is priced for 2012. The program is still available but the price will be somewhat higher to do increases in room rates, flights and other costs that incrementally each year.****