This 12 night itinerary is ideal for anyone travelling between July and October. You will enjoy an adventure to Tanzania's magnificent landscapes, iconic Parks and game-rich conservancies where you will encounter the migrating wildebeest and zebra in their millions. Staying at a selection of elite properties, you will enjoy the comforts of personalised service, luxurious accommodations and an authentic African safari experience, all the while being transported in supreme comfort aboard a 9 seater Executive class light aircraft caravan.
You begin your unforgettable holiday with a brief one-night stay in Arusha, allowing you to relax and get into the holiday mood after the international flight.
Then you fly to Tarangire National Park, staying 2 nights in a treetop room elevated above the ground affording views over the tops of surrounding marula and baobab trees. Tarangire is the 6th largest National Park in Tanzania, and is famous for its huge number of elephants, baobab trees and tree climbing lions. Visitors to the Park can also expect to see any number of resident zebra and wildebeest in addition to waterbuck, giraffe and olive baboons, and over 550 bird species.
The Ngorongoro Crater is your next stop for 2 nights. The crater, which formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some 2 to 3 million years ago is a natural enclosure for a very wide variety of wildlife, including a resident population of Ngorongoro lions, as well as wildebeest, buffalo, zebra and rhino.
It is then time for the undisputed highlight of your safari experience. By July-August time, the migrating wildebeest and zebra are spread across the far Northern Serengeti plains, now into the final stages of their Tanzania journey. Across the globe authors and filmmakers have come to document this annual migration of hundreds of thousands of animals, but there is still only one way to understand and experience the true magnificence of this natural phenomena and that is to be part of it for 2 nights.
Finally, it is time for some relaxation at the beach. A few short hours later after 2 short flights, you will be checking into your private pavillion on the north-east coast of Zanzibar, set among 50 acres of tropical lush gardens and overlooking a pristine private beach and bay. If you dream of a private, intimate and barefoot beach stay, then this is it.
Arrive into Kilimanjaro Airport. Go through Immigration, collect your luggage and clear Customs, then make your way to the Arrivals Hall, where you will be met by your driver who will be holding a sign board with your name on it.
You will then be transferred to Arusha, where you can relax before beginning your safari adventure in the morning.
Lying on the gentle rolling foothills that cascade down from the ever-present Mount Meru is the bustling and vibrant town of Arusha. It is here on the outskirts of this town, hidden amongst one of Tanzania's largest coffee plantations that you will find Arusha Coffee Lodge, a perfect haven to relax in before any African safari.
After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a tour of the Burka Coffee Estate, followed by an alfresco lunch in the garden.
After lunch, you will be chauffeured to Arusha Airport to board the Executive Grand Caravan and fly to Kuru Airstrip in the Tarangire National Park.
SkySafari (Light Aircraft): Fly from Arusha (ARK) to Kuru Airstrip - arrival and departure times to be confirmed
At the airstrip, the Tarangire Treetops team will meet you for an afternoon game drive in Tarangire National Park. The Tarangire National Park is especially renowned for its large herds of elephants, tree climbing lions, huge pythons, its herds of oryx which are regularly seen, and also for its rock paintings which were done by early man tens of thousands of years ago.
You will then be driven to Tarangire Treetops. As you arrive at the lodge, you are immediately greeted by a blaze of colour and a host of smiles all of which belong to the local Masai tribesmen who have become part of the enchanting story that is Tarangire Treetops, sitting serenely on the border of the Tarangire National Park. Tarangire Treetops comprises of 20 rooms all of which are elevated above the ground affording views over the tops of surrounding marula and baobab trees.
After breakfast at Treetops you will enjoy a full day of activities including, game drives, a game-walk, visit to an authentic Masai village, sundowners atop Sunset Hill and a night game drive. Lunch and dinner will be served at Treetops.
After breakfast you will enjoy a morning game drive through Tarangire National Park, stopping at leisure for a picnic lunch on your way to Kuro Airstrip.
SkySafari (Light Aircraft): Fly from Kuro Airstrip to Manyara Airstrip - arrival and departure times to be confirmed
On arrival, the team from The Manor at Ngorongoro will meet you and take you on a visit of an authentic African market in the township of Karatu.
You will then be transferred to The Manor at Ngorongoro, arriving in time for high tea. 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.
Set off early this morning on your game drive down into the Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is on many peoples bucket list of places to see and visit. This natural wonder is the largest unflooded, intact volcanic caldera in the world. The actual crater is about 20 km across and 600 meters deep, and covers 300 sq km. Within the rim there are an estimated 30,000 animals, making this one of the densest concentration of wildlife within Africa. Explore every inch of the caldera floor, stopping for a picnic lunch before heading back to The Manor, arriving in time for evening cocktails followed by dinner.
Today, you have the option of visiting the Lake Manyara National Park or staying at the lodge to explore the estate. Choose from a host of activities including horseback riding, cycling, an estate tour or a spa treatment (1 treatment per person) or, you may opt to just relax.
After lunch you will be driven back to the Manyara Airstrip for your onward flight to the Serengeti.
SkySafari (Light Aircraft): Fly from Manyara Airstrip to Serengeti Airstrip - arrival and departure times to be confirmed
On arrival you will be met by the Migration Camp team. The afternoon will be spent on a game drive to witness first-hand one of the world's most amazing wildlife events as migrating herds of wildebeest and zebra cross the Northern Serengeti plains in search of greener grazing land.
You will arrive at Serengeti Migration Camp in time for sundowners followed by dinner. Serengeti Migration Camp is the embodiment of the 'camp' experience. Located next to the famous Grumeti River which is home to resident hippos that bark and wallow their days away, Serengeti Migration Camp has become synonymous with low-impact high-action game viewing in a landscape that is untouched since the dawn of time. Each of the tents is surrounded by its own 360-degree verandah deck, which in turn creates your very own private sanctuary to enjoy the constant game sightings and the ever-present sounds of the bush.
After breakfast you will spend the full day exploring the vast Serengeti. Enjoy a bush lunch, after which the afternoon will be spent game viewing again. The Serengeti is probably one of the most famous safari destinations in the world, and offers what many people consider to be some of the best game viewing in Africa. You will return to Serengeti Migration Camp in time for sundowners and dinner.
After breakfast explore along the banks of the great Grumeti River on a guided game walk. Thereafter enjoy a leisurely lunch and a game drive en-route to the airstrip for you onward flight to Arusha.
SkySafari (Light Aircraft): Fly from Serengeti Airstrip to Arusha (ARK) - arrival and departure times to be confirmed
You will be assisted with the connection onto your next flight across to the exotic island of Zanzibar.
Coastal Aviation (Light Aircraft): Fly from Arusha (ARK) to Zanzibar (ZNZ) - arrival and departure times to be confirmed
You will be met once you disembark from the plane by our representative, who will be holding a sign with your name. You will be assisted through passport control, luggage collection and luggage screening, and then be accompanied to meet up with your transfer driver.
You will then be transferred to your beach destination.
Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar is a tranquil sanctuary that has established a reputation as the top hideaway in Zanzibar. Set among 50 acres of tropical lush gardens and overlooking a pristine private beach and bay, luxurious accommodation is offered in 15 pavilion-style villas with unique domed roofs.
You will need to check out of your room this morning but you can remain at the hotel and use all the facilities until you are collected for your transfer back to the airport, arriving in time to check in for your flight home. Alternatively, if you have an evening flight, the hotel can arrange a late check out for you (additional cost and payable directly to the hotel) subject to the availability of the room.