Vintage Tanzania Safari
Arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport today. After clearing customs you will be met by your safari guide and driven to the Arusha Coffee Lodge. This exclusive, boutique hotel has been designed around the coffee farms original plantation homes. The lodge accommodations consist of 18 bungalows featuring split-level living rooms with private decks. The main building houses the Safari Bar, and dinning area plus a lounge and pool.
Overnight – Arusha Coffee Lodge (D)
Day 2 – Arusha National Park
After a leisurely breakfast you will depart for Arusha National Park for your first game drive. Set between the slopes of Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro this small park is one of Tanzania’s hidden gems and one of the few places where you will have a good chance to see the rare Black & White Colobus monkeys.. The parks contains a series of shimmering alkaline lakes, which attract large flocks of flamingo’s and a variety of birds, along with elephant, buffalo, zebra, gazelle, wart hog, hippo and an amazing number of giraffe. The rare black rhino is also found here. One of the highlights of today’s visit is a short walk to a viewing area overlooking the miniature Ngurdoto Crater, which is completely reserved for the animals. After a picnic lunch and short walk in the Mt. Meru Conservation Area, depart back to the lodge or explore Arusha town.
Overnight – Arusha Coffee Lodge (all meals & activities)
This morning after breakfast you will depart for Tarangire National Park, Tanzania’s third largest. Here you’ll find a geologic landscape as diverse as the wildlife, with nine distinct vegetation zones ranging from grassland to woodland, from deep gully vegetation to scattered rocky hilltops. Ancient Baobab trees dot the landscape dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. The Tarangire River, that meanders through the park attracts an abundance of wildlife, from elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and numerous antelope to a variety of colorful birds.
Your accommodations for the next two nights will be at the luxurious Swala Camp. Set in the secluded southeast corner of the park. The camp has just 12 guest “tents” – raised canvas pavilions shaded by tall acacia trees. The tents feature a spacious open plan arrangement with comfortable king or twin beds, campaign chairs and plush sofas, as well as en suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor showers, all within sight of the water hole which regularly draws lions, leopards and resident bull elephants for which Sanctuary Swala Camp is famous for. The main dining area, deck and library are lifted on stilts around an enormous and ancient baobab tree. There is also a stunning infinity swimming pool overlooking the water hole.
After lunch depart on a game drive, stopping for sun downers at dusk.
On your second day, depart on a long game drive in the park with a box lunch. Return in the afternoon for some relaxation. At sunset you will depart on a night game drive, spotting the nocturnal creatures, like bush babies, lions and leopards.
Overnight – Sanctuary Swala Camp (all meals & activities & night game drive)
After breakfast, a short drive across the Great Rift Valley brings you to Lake Manyara National Park. Although only 205 sq. miles in size this enchanting park is one of the most popular and attractive wildlife sanctuaries in East Africa. It is noted for its beauty and incredibly lush acacia forest of giant fig and mahogany trees, which are home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys. The park is also home to large numbers of buffalo, giraffe, elephant, hippo, impala and of course it’s famous tree climbing lions. Other highlights include the Hippo Pool, where large numbers usually gather.
After several hours of wildlife viewing in the park you’ll continue up into the Ngorongoro Highlands driving through small villages and passing small farms on your way to the beautiful Gibb’s Farm. Formerly a working coffee plantation, the farm is set high on the hillside with a breathtaking view of the surrounding hills. The 18 huge luxury cottages, set amongst the lush gardens, attract a wide variety of birds. Each stone and glass cottage contains a fire place, sitting area, covered deck with furniture and an indoor/outdoor shower and bathtub. Gibb’s is known for its fabulous food, much of it coming from their ten acre organic garden. After lunch, relax for the remainder of the day, enjoy the spa, or take a walk to the nearby elephant caves.
Overnight – Gibb’s Farm, Luxury Cottage (all meals & activities)
This morning, after an early breakfast, you’ll depart with a picnic lunch and descend to the crater floor for a day of wildlife viewing. The floor of this collapsed volcano spreads for 102 sq. miles and the walls are 2,000 feet high, a truly awesome sight. The crater floor is a virtual “Noah’s Ark”, inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa, including the rare black rhino. It contains a river, several swamps, a soda lake – complete with flamingos, a forest and open plains.
When you’re ready, you’ll ascend to the dramatic Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, perched on the edge of the crater rim. The lodge is an architectural masterpiece, comprised of three separate “compounds”. The style reflects a bygone era. Each cottage is constructed with handcrafted structures and adorned with graceful antiques, grand chandeliers and treasures collected from the continent. And from the bathroom you can “soak in” the view of the crater below.
Relax for the afternoon and take in the view, before an amazing gourmet dinner.
Overnight – Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (all meals & activities)
This morning after breakfast and a final glimpse of the crater, you’re off to the famous Serengeti National Park, the symbol of Africa’s wildlife. The word Serengeti comes from the Maasai language meaning “endless plains”. The 6,900 sq. mile (18,000 sq. km) park is inhabited by more than 2 million large animals including more than a million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of plains zebras, and Thomson’s gazelles. Large predators including lions, cheetahs, and hyenas are drawn to the area by this abundance of prey which migrate throughout the park. Many smaller animals – rock hyrax, bat eared foxes, mongoose, honey badger, jackals, monkeys, baboon and African hare inhabit the area along with nearly 500 species of birds. Off road you’ll find the “Kopjes”, massive boulder islands of granite standing in a sea of grass, provide shelter to a great variety of plants and animals, from the elusive leopard to the tiny dik dik.
On the way to the Serengeti you will stop at the famous “Oldupai Gorge”, where Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey made their discovery of early man. The across the Serengeti plains spotting wildlife on the way to your camp.
Depending on the season, and the movement of the migration you will stay at one of the camps below:
Sanctuary Kusini Camp. (December – April) During this time of year the migration is settled in the southern Serengeti, and Kusini Camp is perfectly situated for it. The camp is set among the huge granite boulders – a lion-haunted landscape of flat-topped acacias and short grass plains. The Mwaki Kopjes, huge tree-tufted piles of boulders, rise like islands from the sea of grass, affording panoramic views north towards the Gol Mountains and Ngorongoro Crater. There are 12 spacious guest rooms scattered around the kopje with the dinning tent and common area as the central feature. Each tent is isolated and concealed by a tree or kopje with views of the Serengeti from the verandahs.
Grumeti River Camp (May – mid July) This luxurious yet eclectic tented camp is located in the western part of the park in a remote valley 30 miles east of Lake Victoria. Flanked by two hillsides, the camp is set under tall trees along the banks of a tributary of the Grumeti River. There are just ten spacious tents with full en suite bathrooms and showers open to the sun and stars. Each flamboyant tent is perched on a raised platform with private verandahs and views of the river. The high-roofed tents are lined with hand-sculpted African finishes, hand-blown Kenyan glassware. The main living area includes a pool overlooking the river a lounge, a domed bar and a curio shop. The spacious decks are perfect for sundowners overlooking the river.
Serengeti Migration Camp (mid July – November) The luxurious Serengeti Migration Camp is set in the northern central Serengeti, perfect to experience the “great migration” as it heads north towards Kenya’s Maasai Mara in July and August, and again on it’s march south towards the end of October and in early November. The camp is perched within a set of outcrops with magnificent view of the Grumeti River. The 20 guest “tents” are set apart
on elevated canvas pavilions, each with a 180% view of the Serengeti plains, river and woodlands below. There is also a split level lounge, cigar bar, restaurant, sundecks and swimming pool overlook the vast and rugged landscapes that are home to the world’s greatest mammal migration.
After lunch and some time to relax, set out on an afternoon game drive, returning before sunset for drinks around the fire and a gourmet dinner.
Overnight – Luxury Tented Camp ( all meals & activities)
During your stay in the Serengeti, you can decide with your guide how you would like to spend your days. You will often arise just before the sun and after coffee, depart on an early morning game drive when the angle of the sun is perfect for photography the wildlife starts to become active. After returning to camp for breakfast you can depart on a late morning game drive returning to camp for lunch or you may want to depart with a picnic lunch so that you can spend the whole day wildlife viewing.
After a days activities you return to camp before dark for sundowners around the fire.
Overnight – Luxury Tented Camp ( all meals & activities)
Day 10 – Serengeti / Arusha – Depart
After breakfast you will enjoy your last game drive on your way to the airstrip. After saying goodbye to your guide you will board a late morning scheduled flight to Arusha Airport. From there you will be met and driven to the Arusha Coffee Lodge, take some time for some shopping on the way if you like. This evening you will be met and driven to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departing flight.
Dayroom – Arusha Coffee Lodge (B,L)
Vintage Tanzania Safari Rates
- Starting from $9,795 per person sharing double accommodations
- Private airport transfers
- Scheduled Flights: Serengeti to Kilimanjaro
- All National Park and Wildlife Reserve entry fees
- Exclusive services of a professional safari guide throughout
- Game drives in modified 4WD Land Cruiser with open photographic hatches, refrigerator, charging station and unlimited mileage
- Bottled water on game drives
- All accommodation and meals as described in itinerary
- Drinks, beer, wine and local spirits while on safari
- Flying doctors coverage
Does not include:
- Gratuities for guides and camp/lodge staff
- Laundry services (can be done for a fee)
- International Airfare and flights
- All other items of a personal nature
- Visas and visa fees
- Airport Departure Taxes
- Travel Insurance