Day 1 – Arumeru River Lodge, Arusha
Meet your driver at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transfer to Arumeru River Lodge for your overnight stay. Located just outside Arusha, Arumeru is the ideal location from which to start your safari adventure. Freshen up after your journey to Tanzania and unwind in the lush gardens – they are home to many Dikdiks, the smallest antelopes in Africa. These cute little animals can be observed at close range. Enjoy your first “wildlife encounter” by just walking in the tropical garden. After a delicious dinner, it’s an early night before your safari itinerary kicks off in the morning!
Day 2 – Oliver’s Camp, After an early breakfast, pack your bags and depart with your driver to Arusha Airport. Connect with your Air Excel flight to Kuro Airstrip in Tarangire National Park.
On arrival at Kuro Airstrip, you will be met by your guide from Oliver’s Camp. A welcome table will be set up either at the airstrip or a short distance away, with tea and coffee, cold drinks and snacks allowing you to relax while your guide briefsyou on the surrounding area. A short game drive takes you into Oliver’s Camp. Once in camp, lunch will be served with the opportunity to relax and settle into your new surroundings. After a siesta and afternoon tea, you will head into the bush for your first game drive. Return to camp in time to wash away the days adventure before enjoying dinner and drinks around the camp fire.
Day 3 – Oliver’s Camp
After an early breakfast in camp, meet your expert guide and head out into the bush on foot for a morning walking safari in Tarangire National Park. There is no better way to experience the wilderness of East Africa up close and personal than on foot with the sun rising above the horizon. The morning walk will last for around 3-4 hours (temperature dependent), offering the chance to spot giraffe, buffalo, elephant, gazelle and of course, the ever-present predators.
A picnic lunch will be served under the shade of the large baobab tress that dot the landscape, before your journey back to camp a well-deserved siesta. The evening brings dinner in camp followed by whiskies and safari tales around the campfire.
Day 4 – The Highlands Ngorongoro, Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kuro Airstrip for your Air Excel flight to Manyara Airstrip. On arrival at Lake Manyara you will be met by your driver guide and transferred to Lake Manyara National Park.
One of the smaller parks in Tanzania, Lake Manyara offers a microcosm of the safari experience to be found in Tanzania. The diverse landscape includes lush forest hosting baboons, monkeys and canopy dwelling birdlife and grassy floodplains that play host to larger mammals like buffalo, wildebeest, zebra and giraffe. Inland, one might find the famous tree climbing lions and herds of elephant. In addition to the wildlife, over 400 species of birds have been recorded within the park. Lunch is a packed picnic from Asilia.
In the afternoon, make your way up the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to The Highlands, the newest addition to the Asilia portfolio. While en-route, don’t forget to admire the spectacular views of the ancient volcanoes that make up the landscape. Once in camp, relax and unwind after your long drive. In the evening, a three course meal prepared by the fabulous chefs will be served in the dining room. Afterwards, enjoy a whisky in the Old Moti Bar or relax by the indoor camp fire in the lounge dome.
Day 5 – The Highlands Ngorongoro
An early start to the day is the best in order to avoid the influx of tourists into the Ngorongoro Crater. The park gate opens at 06h00, so it is best to be there as close to this time as possible.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a large, unbroken, un-flooded caldera, formed when a giant volcano erupted and collapsed some three million years ago. Had it not become a caldera, it is possible that the volcanic mountain would be about the same height as Kilimanjaro. Down on the crater floor there is an abundance of wildlife including black rhino, wildebeest, zebra and eland. There are a number of lion which are typically larger in size than an average lion due to the large amount of game in the area. The crater floor tends to get very busy, with there often being numerous vehicles ay any wildlife sighting.
Enjoy a packed lunch under the trees on the crater floor, but keep an eye out for the monkeys which are always keen to take advantage of an opportunistic moment! In the afternoon, drive up and out of the crater and back down the road towards The Highlands camp. Once in camp relax and unwind before sitting down to a delicious home cooked meal.
Day 6 – Dunia Camp, Serengeti National Park – Central
After an early breakfast, pack your bags and meet your guide for your transfer to Manyara Airstrip. Here you will say farewell to your driver guide and connect with your flight to Seronera Airstrip in the Central Serengeti. On arrival at Seronera you will be met by a resident guide from Dunia Camp. A welcome table will be set up at either the airstrip or a short distance away.
Once in camp you will have the opportunity to refresh and settle into your new surroundings before gathering at the dining area for lunch. You then have the choice to either relax in camp or head out on an afternoon game drive in an open safari vehicle. Once back at camp you will enjoy a three course meal and a drink around the camp fire with fellow travellers.
Day 7 – Dunia Camp
After an early breakfast in camp, fetch your binoculars and camera and meet your guide driver and depart on a game drive in the Serengeti National Park. This central area of the Serengeti offers some of the best game viewing in Africa and you will have the opportunity to view the Big Five and countless other species. Enjoy a packed lunch from Dunia in a shady spot before heading back to camp.
Once back at camp you will have the opportunity to relax and refresh before meeting everyone in the dining area for a three course home cooked meal.
Day 8 – Sayari Camp, Serengeti National Park – North
After breakfast depart with your guide to Seronera Airstrip for your flight to Kogatende Airstrip in the Northern Serengeti. On arrival at Kogatende you will be met by a resident guide from Sayari Camp. A welcome table will be set up for you with a brief introduction into the surrounding area before heading off on a game drive, en-route to camp. Once at camp lunch will be served followed by a short siesta. You will then have the option of either relaxing in camp or heading out on an afternoon game drive in an open safari vehicle. In the evening, dinner will be served under the stars, accompanied by your fellow guests in camp.
Day 9 – Sayari Camp
After an early breakfast in camp fetch your binoculars and camera and meet your guide driver for a game drive in the Serengeti National Park. Watch out for the rhino that hide in the forests, the lion languishing on the kopjes and the elephants strolling across the plains. Enjoy a packed lunch from Sayari next to the river before heading back to camp. Once back at camp you will have the opportunity to relax and refresh before meeting everyone in the dining area for a three course home cooked meal. You can choose to enjoy a drink by the bar or the outside dining area.
Day 10 – Arusha
After breakfast, pack your bags and depart with your guide to the relevant (Kogatende or Ndutu) Airstrip, where you will catch your flight back to Kilimanjaro (JRO) for any onward connections.
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