Day 1: 04th Jan 2011: Leave Italy and Arrive JRO (Kilimanjaro International Airport) KLM ETA 1945 On Arrival we meet and greet, assist you with your luggage and provide a private transfer to the Arusha for overnight stay at Arumeru River Lodge on BB (Please advise which international flight you are planning to book)
Arumeru River Lodge: Set in lush tropical gardens with breathtaking views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru, Ideally located, just 15 minutes drive from Arusha and 35 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport. Main building with unique architecture with reception, lounges, bar, restaurant, fire place, terrace, all tastefully decorated in African design, 20 large, comfortable double/twin rooms with private bathrooms/WC in 10 chalets with verandahs, exquisite international and African cuisine, à la carte and buffet, large terrace restaurant, boutique / curio shop, large solar-heated swimming pool, Internet facilities, Transfers to Arusha town and to the airport, Professional safaris to all Tanzanian game reserves, mountain trekking and beach holidays
Day 2: 05th Jan 2011: Arusha to Tarangire National Park - After breakfast we provide a briefing regarding your day to day safari routines. Then Departure for Tarangire National Park, enjoy a full day game drive inside the park, picnics will be served while on game drive. Dinner and overnight stay at Tarangire Safari Lodge on Full Board Basis
Tarangire Safari Lodge: Built on top of a high bluff with a breathtaking panorama, our lodge is superbly located in Tarangire National Park, providing one of the best views in Africa. Carving out the landscape below the lodge is Tarangire River, a favourite watering place, which attracts impressive numbers and variety of game. The scene unfolds before you while lounging on the outdoor patio, allowing you to appreciate Tarangire's diverse wildlife without ever leaving the lodge. At the heart of the lodge are the impressively high thatched roofs of the lounge and dining room. The open-sided design allows an uninterrupted view of the landscape and wildlife below, and captures the cooling breeze while you dine on our delicious home cooked safari cuisine.
The lounge area has oversized armchairs made from old Zanzibari dhow boats, which make a perfect place to relax in the evenings. Those wanting something a bit more active can take a dip in the pool, a bird walk around the lodge grounds or hunt for souvenirs in the Baobab boutique. The lodge offers luxury twin tents combine the authentic safari atmosphere of ‘nights under canvas’, with more modern comforts of electric light and en suite bathrooms with hot water. Also it have bungalows that provide the space and convenience of solid walls yet blend into their surroundings by using local stone and echoing the traditional round Maasai huts.
Day 3: 06th Jan 2011: Tarangire National Park to Lake Manyara National Park - Breakfast will be served at the lodge, then depart from Tarangire and drive to Lake Manyara National Park, enjoy full day game drive inside the park, picnics will be served while on game drive then later in the evening drive to the Rift Valley escapements for dinner and overnight stay at Kirurumu Tented Lodge on Full Board Basis
Kirurumu Tented Lodge is set high on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, enjoying a marvellous, uplifting and panoramic view eastward over Lake Manyara, the Rift floor and Mt. Losimingori. Behind Kirurumu, the Ngorongoro Highlands rise in green and fertile splendour and form the gateway to Ngorongoro Crater and, finally, Olduvai Gorge, the Serengeti. 22 tented rooms, 2 honeymoon suites and 2 family cottages Fully ensuite bathrooms, hot and cold running water Electricity Bar complete with sun-deck and panoramic views of the rift valley Dining room with waiter service
Day 4: 07th Jan 2011: : Lake Manyara to Lake Eyasi - After breakfast leave the lodge with picnics and drive to Lake Eyasi, enjoy beautiful scenic view as you drive to Lake Eyasi, then meet with our local guide and proceed to the bush for Hadzabe and Datoga bushment, local hunting and then return to the camp for dinner and overnight stay at Kisima Ngeda Tented Lodge on Full Board Basis
Kisima Ngeda: A melting pot of culture, Kisima Ngeda offers a different experience from what you’ll find on a traditional safari. Here, you can actually get out of the car -- you can explore the trails around the lake, canoe along the shore, mountain bike by baobobs and acacias, walk through nearby tribal villages, or just sit and enjoy the beautiful lake views (especially at sunset on top of the rock).
While it’s possible to see wildlife, what makes Kisima Ngeda truly special is the opportunity to visit with the local tribes. The waDatoga are a pastoral group like the Maasai, and it's always interesting to visit the local blacksmith or a Datoga boma. And of course spending a day with the waHadzabe, hunter-gatherers that speak the language of the first human inhabitants of the continent, is like taking a trip back far into our own past
Day 5: 08th Jan 2011: Lake Eyasi to Ngorongoro Conservation Area - After breakfast leave Eyasi with picnics and drive to Ngorongoro Conservation area, Karatu Area – Enjoy this evergreen highlands, Wheat Plantations, Banana and Coffee farms, local village. Visit some water falls and local market then overnight stay at Ngorongoro Farm House on Full Board Basis
Ngorongoro Farm House: A small and exclusive lodge facing the Oldeani Volcano, only 5 kms. from the Ngorongoro Lolduare gate, was built to offer our clients an original experience reminiscent of the atmosphere of the old days. Ngorongoro Farm House was inaugurated on February the 20th 2003, and is offering 40 huge cottages with ample space inside, built on the style of an old colonial farm and rustically decorated with local materials and full of details of good taste, with the purpose of offering our clients an imaginary journey to the life of the days gone.
Ngorongoro Farm House is a perfect stopover within any safari in the Northern Circuit of Tanzania and a privileged place to visit the Crater or enjoy a bunch of activities: Like a walking safari to the adjacent forest leading to the Oldeani Volcano or an excursion to the nearby Lake Eyasi in the Rift Valley, still inhabited by a tribe of hunter-gatherers, the Hadzabe, a relic of ancient times who still follow a style of life similar to the humans who inhabited the Earth before the discovery of agriculture.
Another interesting tribe are the Datoga or Barabaig, also called Mangati (fierce enemy) by the Maasai who expelled them from the Ngorongoro Highlands during their unstoppable advance to the south some time in the XIX century. A visit to the village of Karatu or the Njia Panda school, rehabilitated with the contributions of our clients, can also make the day of anyone interested in cultural interaction or in helping to the development of the rural communities of Africa.
Day 6: 09th Jan 2011: Ngorngoro Crater Tour - Breakfast will be served at the Lodge then we leave Karatu with picnics and drive to Ngorongoro Crater Rim, descend to the floor of the crater, enjoy a full day game drive inside the crater, your picnics will be served by the Hippo Pool side then later in the afternoon ascend to the crater rim for overnight stay at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge on Full Board Basis
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge: Perched on the rim of the collapsed volcano, the Ngorongoro Crater, a world heritage site, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. It has the most magnificent views over the crater floor, which is home to vast herds of buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, the rare and endangered black rhino, elephant, cheetah, leopard, lion and herds of gazelle and wildebeest. Its position on the Eastern rim allows the most spectacular and uninterrupted views of the sunset.
Day 7: 10th Jan 2011: Ngorongoro to Serengeti (Ndutu Area) - After breakfast leave Ngorongoro with picnics and drive to Serengeti National Park, visit Olduvai Gorge and Dr. Leakey’s Museum, optional visit Maasai Boma then proceed with Game drive, picnics will be served while on game drive. Dinner and overnight at Ndutu Safari Lodge on Full Board Basis
Day 8: 11th Jan 2011: Serengeti Ndutu Area - Enjoy another full day game drive around Ndutu area, (It is the perfect location for wildebeest Migrations) options to go back to the lodge for hot lunch or enjoy a full day game drive with picnics, dinner and overnight at Ndutu Safari Lodge on Full Board Basis
Ndutu Safari Lodge is situated in the South-eastern part of the Serengeti ecosystem. Shaded by majestic acacia trees, each of the thirty four cottages, which are built of local materials, has a private verandah facing Lake Ndutu. The Lodge is surrounded by indigenous trees and shrubs which encourage a host of birds and mammals to come right to your front door. Tucked well away from the busy tourist circuit, Ndutu offers peace and tranquillity far from the madding crowd. Spend some time with us and unwind. Relax to the rhythm of an African day as a myriad bird calls herald the rising sun. Stay close to the Lodge and enjoy our resident wildlife, or go for a drive and explore the range of habitats that lie within easy reach. After sunset return to the homely warmth and hospitality of Ndutu Safari Lodge
Day 9: 12th Jan 2011: Serengeti Ndutu Area to Serengeti Central - After breakfast leave the lodge with packed lunch and drive to Serengeti Central, enjoy full day game drive and sightseeing then onward to overnight stay at Serengeti Sopa Lodge on Full Board Basis
Serengeti Sopa Lodge: Nestled in the acacia woodland on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park, one of the most famous parks in the world, and host to the largest and most spectacular annual migration of the wildebeest. Location: Located 315 km from Arusha, approximately 7.5 hours drive, and 50 minutes flight with 45 minutes drive from the nearest airstrip. The lodge is set in the Nyarboro Hills, in the South West overlooking the Serengeti
Day 10: 13th Jan 2011: Full Day in Serengeti National Park - An optional to fly on Hot Air Balloon Safari over Serengeti, then enjoy a champagne bush breakfast and Enjoy another full day game drive inside the Serengeti National Park, picnics will be served while on game drive or you may choose to go back to the lodge for hot lunch, after game drive return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Serengeti Sopa Lodge on full Board Basis
Day 11: 14th Jan 2011: Serengeti to Mafia Island - Breakfast will be served at the lodge, then say farewell to the lodge staff and your driver guide will transfer you to Seronera Airstrip for your domestic flight to Mafia Island via DAR, ETD11051420 then connect Mafia
ETD 1500 ETA 1530, the hotel driver will meet and greet at the airport and assist you with your luggage the transfer to the hotel for relaxations, dinner and overnight stay at Mafia Island Lodge on Half Board Basis
Mafia Island is the largest of a small archipelago of islands and atolls and is truly a paradise in the Indian Ocean. It is the southern most of three islands (Pemba & Zanzibar) located off the coast of Tanzania. 25kms from the mainland and 130kms from Dar es Salaam, it is reachable by light aircraft in 35 minutes or 45 minutes from Zanzibar and the Selous Game Reserve. The resident population of 46,000 are mainly fishermen or smallholder farmers that grow coconut, paw-paw, rice and cassava. The islanders are friendly and welcoming and the atmosphere relaxed and laid-back. The dominant religion is moderate Islam and both christians and muslims live in peace and harmony.
The air and sea temperatures remain warm all year round with the rainy season between April to June. Today Mafia is known as a beautiful Indian Ocean tropical resort that is famous for deep sea fishing and scuba diving. Aquatic life is abundant and the coral gardens are pristine due to the protection of the Mafia Island Marine Park. The park is located between the Rufiji River delta to the west and the open Indian Ocean to the east. The dual influences of the river and the sea have combined to create a rich and exceptional biodiversity with unique landscapes under the sea and on dry land. It is a unique and perfect destination as part of a safari package or simply a place to unwind and get away from the daily, modern and busy world.
Day 12: 15th Jan 2011: Full Day in Mafia – Relax on the beach – Water activities / excursions can be booked directly from the lodge – Overnight stay at Mafia Island Lodge on Half Board Basis
Day 13: 16th Jan 2011: Full Day in Mafia – Relax on the beach – Water activities / excursions can be booked directly from the lodge – Overnight stay at Mafia Island Lodge on Half Board Basis
Day 14: 17th Jan 2011: Full Day in Mafia – Relax on the beach – Water activities / excursions can be booked directly from the lodge – Overnight stay at Mafia Island Lodge on Half Board Basis
Day 15:18th Jan 2011: Full Day in Mafia – Relax on the beach – Water activities / excursions can be booked directly from the lodge – Overnight stay at Mafia Island Lodge on Half Board Basis
Day 16: 19th Jan 2011: Full Day in Mafia – Relax on the beach – Water activities / excursions can be booked directly from the lodge – Overnight stay at Mafia Island Lodge on Half Board Basis
Day 17: 20th Jan 2011: Full Day in Mafia – Relax on the beach – Water activities / excursions can be booked directly from the lodge – Overnight stay at Mafia Island Lodge on Half Board Basis
Day 18: 21st Jan 2011: Mafia to DAR - After breakfast stay morning at Leisure then after an early lunch (or snacks) the hotel will provide a private transfer to the Airport for your domestic flight to DAR ETD 1230 ETA1300 (If you are departing on KLM we can book you on next flight from Mafia departing at 1545 arrive 1615) this will save waiting time in DAR) We can organize dinner in the city centre at the beautiful Chinese restaurant on extra cost including return transfer from DAR airport to the city centre and dinner ) Let us know how you like to customize this package
Jan 4 - 21 2011
Disclaimer: Pins in map may not be accurate if Google Maps cannot find the exact address. In this case an approximation is made.
Tanzania: Arusha, Tarangire National park, laky Manyara National Park, Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Mafia Island
Pricing per person varies on number of people in group (2-8 person groups).
Meet and greet services
Transfers as specified
Exclusive use of 4x4 vehicle for the safari sector
Game drives and crater tours as specified
Services of an experienced English speaking driver guide (Bilingual driver guide available on request at a charge of US$20.00 per day safari sector)
Accommodations and meals as indicated
Park fees and government taxes
One bottle of mineral water per day whilst on game drives
Flying doctors cover
Visit Olduvai Gorge in Ngorongoro
Flight from Seronera to Mafia
Meet and greet services in Mafia Island
Transfers as indicated
Flight from Mafia to Dar es Salaam
Meals and accommodation as indicated Cost Excludes
International Flights & Regional Flights (unless specified)
Airport tax (International - pay direct)
Drinks/laundry (unless specified)
Optional Visit Maasai Cultural Boma in Serengeti
Dining room tips
Any other items of a personal nature
Single Room Supplements: US$ 1424 Optional Excursions.
Serengeti Hot air ballooning US$490.00 per person
Manyara Walking Safaris US$55.00 per person
Tarangire, Serengeti or Manyara Night Game Drive US$78.00 per person