Deluxe North Tanzania Safari Gallery
The Safari Details
Day 1 – Arusha Coffee LodgeArrive Kilimanjaro International Airport. After proceeding through immigration and customs a driver guide will be waiting holding a signboard with your name on it. Transfer to Arusha Coffee Lodge taking approx one hour by road. Arusha Coffee Lodge is a thirty-room property located on the largest coffee estate in Tanzania. The hotel rooms are spacious and stylish and are surrounded by coffee bushes which, depending on the season are covered in white flowers or laden with coffee ‘cherries’. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2 – Tarangire TreetopsBreakfast and time to enjoy a little of the fresh ‘plantation’ air before leaving by safari vehicle for Tarangire National Park, driving on good tarmac road through the Masai Steppe approximately one and a half hours to the park entrance gate. Tarangire has a stunning baobab-studded landscape and is a bird watchers paradise, containing the highest number of breeding bird species of any habitat in the world. It is also home to thousands of resident elephants and huge herds of buffalo, a good place to see leopard and lion and a wide variety of plains game. Lunch will be taken at one of the safari lodges in the park before game driving to Tarangire Treetops Private reserve.
Arrive at Tarangire Treetops in the late afternoon with plenty of time to settle into the ‘intrepid’ tree house and enjoy sundowners on the private balcony. Dinner at Treetops is always a delight, whether it is in the Masai Manyatta under the stars with local Masai warriors to entertain or in the more sophisticated dhow-wood furnished restaurant overlooking the floodlit waterhole being overlooked in turn by giant baobab trees.
Day 3 – Tarangire TreetopsThe early morning view from the tree houses in Tarangire Treetops must be one of the most awe-inspiring views in Africa, as the bush awakens with the rising sun. Today’s activities are planned to interact with rather than just to observe nature at its finest.
After a hearty breakfast it’s time to head off on foot with one of the Treetops walking guides to explore the surrounding area of the Treetops Reserve. Learn about the medicinal properties of the trees and bushes whilst keeping an eye open for birds and smaller creatures and even on occasions ‘big game’ – but mostly enjoy being ‘on foot’ in Africa – a far different experience than from the comfort of a safari-cruiser. Then visit a real Masai Manyatta (settlement) where you can wonder at how these nomadic people and their livestock live in harmony with nature.
Return to Treetops for lunch and an opportunity to enjoy the peace and quiet of the bush through the heat of the early afternoon – perhaps a cooling swim, before heading out to the elephant seep in the hope of getting up close and personal with some of the world’s biggest mammals. A memory that will last forever is sitting on top of a hill in the midst of Africa, drink in hand, whilst watching the sun go down until it is completely dark and the stars come out. Being in its own private reserve there is no hurry to get back to camp, in fact that is another experience, driving back through the dark with a ‘spotter’ armed with a searchlight looking for the illusive nocturnal species of game.
Day 4 – The Manor at NgorongoroAn early start for a an early morning game drive around the Treetops Reserve returning to the lodge for breakfast before leaving the floor of the Great Rift Valley behind and heading for the Highlands. A mid morning stop at Mto wa Mbu to check out the local market and souvenir shops to inspect local beadwork, carvings and paintings and perhaps do a little ‘bargaining’ then up the escarpment to the cooler highlands arriving at The Manor at Ngorongoro in time for lunch.
The Manor at Ngorongoro: Located on a huge coffee estate adjacent to the Ngorongoro Conservation area, enjoys magnificent views over the coffee bushes to far-flung African horizons. Designed to celebrate the Cape Dutch settlers influence in the region, its sparkling, white painted, ornate gables are set off perfectly amongst the mature indigenous and exotic trees.
The afternoon is yet another opportunity to react to and be part of the surrounding countryside, optional activities include riding on horseback or bicycle or estate walks, or for those not so actively inclined a time to soak up the view and enjoy the up-county luxury of the suites at The Manor or perhaps some massage therapy. Enjoy the splendour of watching the sun go down from your private terrace before an evening of sophisticated up–country hospitality in the magnificent main house.
Day 5 – The Manor at NgorongoroOne of the many highlights of a northern Tanzania safari is Ngorongoro Crater, not only a natural phenomenon – an unbroken caldera with a rim at 8000 ft (2450m)above sea level and 2000 ft (600m) high ‘walls’ – but a wildlife spectacle that is unique, where it is possible to see rhino, elephant. buffalo, prides of lion, hippo and a wide variety of plains game, together with an amazing variety of birdlife, forest and plains, fresh water and soda lakes all ‘within’ one mountain.
A hearty country breakfast, appetites are keen at this altitude, followed by a traditional afternoon tea on return, may be sufficient for most people, but just in case there will be a picnic hamper of tasty goodies to snack on throughout the day. The whole day will be spent on the crater floor viewing, photographing and enjoying this magnificent spectacle until it is time to ascend the crater wall and head back to The Manor.
Log fires and a welcoming atmosphere are waiting in the main house, perhaps there is time for billiards or to watch a wildlife programme or perhaps a movie after dinner, or a cognac by the fire and an early night.
Day 6 – ArushaThe early morning up-country air is about as fresh as it can ever be, but it is time to breakfast and then leave The Manor and retrace the journey down the Lake Manyara escarpment to the floor of the Great Rift Valley and head back to Arusha. Arrive at Arusha Coffee Lodge where lunch has been arranged. Transfer to Arusha airport for domestic flights to Zanzibar or the international airport for regional and overseas flights.
- Half board accommodation at Arusha Coffee Lodge for one night
- All inclusive accommodation (Tarangire Treetops 2nts, The Manor at Ngorongoro 2nts)
- In-house drinks
- All game activities as specified in the itinerary
- Arrival and departure airport transfers
- Lunch on the last day of the safari
- Ngorongoro Crater entry fee
- Mineral water during game viewing
- English speaking Driver/Guide
- Government taxes
- Park Fees