Tanzania Safari in Style (2015)

Luxury Small Group Journeys: The finest small-group travel experience

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Arusha, Tanzania

Arrive in Arusha and transfer to your lodge, situated on an working coffee plantation. Your private chalet near Mount Meru features a log fireplace and a balcony.

Arusha Coffee Lodge
Days 2-3: Tarangire National Park | Wildlife Sightings

Travel to Tarangire National Park, where open grasslands, acacia trees and the Tarangire River paint the wild landscape. Spend the afternoon and the next day on game drives in search of eland, oryx, wildebeests, zebras and a large elephant population. Keep your eyes trained for hartebeests, gazelles and exotic birds like the bateleur and martial eagle. During your last day in camp, prepare local dishes like ugali and kachumbari as part of an A&K Chef’s Table experience.

Sanctuary Swala   |   Meals: B L D
Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater | Amphitheater of Animals

As you cross the Great Rift Valley, stop for a Market Visit in Mto wa Mbu, where stalls brim with vibrant local produce. Take a scenic drive to tranquil Gibb’s Farm, where you stop for a lunch made with organic, just-picked ingredients. Later, arrive at the natural amphitheater of Ngorongoro Crater, a 2,000-foot deep caldera. A fascinating microcosm of East African wildlife — including buffalo, flamingos, lions and leopards — resides inside. Climb the outer wall, passing through dense vegetation until a breathtaking view across the crater floor appears. Arrive at your exclusive, private mobile camp, located on the rim of the crater and featuring luxury accommodations adorned with mosquito nets, handwoven rugs, crisp linens and en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot showers. Relax on your veranda and view the panoramic natural wonderland below.

Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp   |   Meals: B L D
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater | Intimate Crater Barbecue

Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, a vast expanse where animal activity is commonplace. Avoid the crowded picnic sites during a private hot gourmet lunch, prepared by your camp staff, as a symphony of wildlife sounds envelop you. This afternoon, visit with an elder at a Maasai village, where you learn about the tribe’s traditional, nomadic lifestyle and coexistence with wildlife. You also partake in an Artisan Visit with a demonstration in traditional bead work and crafts. Later, witness a private dance performance at your tented camp.

Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp   |   Meals: B L D
Day 6: Serengeti National Park | Vast Plains Game

Drive to the fabled Serengeti National Park, stopping for a guided visit of Olduvai Gorge. Once settled at camp, set out on the boundless Serengeti, one of the oldest and least-changed ecosystems on earth. It’s also home to the largest concentrations of wildlife in the world, with lions, hyenas and leopards making appearances. The region also hosts the spectacular Great Migration, when a flurry of wildebeests and zebras arrive in search of grass and water. Sip sundowner cocktails as the sun hangs low.

Sanctuary Kusini   |   Meals: B L D
Day 7: Serengeti National Park | Seeking the “Little Five”

Venture off on morning and afternoon game drives in the protected Serengeti refuge, where flowing rivers support a variety of birds, mammals and reptiles. In addition to the “Big Five” (lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos), you may also encounter the lesser-known “Little Five”— ant lions, rhino beetles, leopard tortoises, buffalo weavers and elephant shrews. Keep your camera handy for glimpses of cheetahs bolting across the landscape. Tonight, join fellow guests for a memorable farewell dinner.

You may contribute your photos to help track the spotted predators for the Serengeti Cheetah Project, an effort supported by A&K Philanthropy.

Sanctuary Kusini   |   Meals: B L D
Day 8: Depart Arusha

Fly to Arusha. Relax in a comfortable dayroom in anticipation of your flight home.

Arusha Coffee Lodge (dayroom)   |   Meals: B