Arrive Arusha, Tanzania
Arrive in Arusha and transfer to your accommodations, tucked into nine lush acres with gorgeous vistas from its fertile slopes.
Lake Manyara National Park | Relaxing Amid Nature
Today, meet local students and staff members at the Ilboru Primary School to better understand their challenges and triumphs. Supported by Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy, it is one of the few schools in the region that offers programs for deaf children and students with special needs. Then, travel overland to small, wildlife-packed Lake Manyara National Park and your newly built luxury lodge. Nestled on the rim of the Great African Rift Valley, it provides stunning views over Lake Manyara, Mount Meru and, on a clear day, Mount Kilimanjaro. All 50 luxury suites overlook the escarpment. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. This evening, join fellow guests for your welcome dinner.
Lake Manyara National Park | Amazing Game Drive
On a thrilling morning game drive, you may spot hippos wallowing along the lakeshore, pelicans and storks scanning the water, monkeys leaping between the trees and giraffes dwarfed by the shade of a 1,000-year-old baobab. Return to your lodge for lunch and leisure. This afternoon, join your chef, who walks you through the preparation of local dishes, such as ugali and kachumbari, and enjoy the opportunity to sample each, for a savory Chef’s Table experience.
Ngorongoro Crater | Stellar Sightings
Visit the village of Mto wa Mbu and gain a more complete picture of life here. Ride Like a Local on a tuk-tuk and see the rice fields and local community. Afterward, browse stalls filled with locally grown produce on a market visit. Then, depart for Ngorongoro Crater, stopping at Gibb’s Farm for an organic lunch. Afterward, relax on the lush grounds or hike to the nearby waterfalls. Continue to your lodge, which offers breathtaking views of the Ngorongoro Highlands.
Ngorongoro Crater | Explore a Natural Wildlife Haven
Head into the Ngorongoro Crater, a haven for elephants, wildebeests and gazelles, on a full-day game drive. Watch for flocks of pink flamingos at the crater lake, when in season, as well as other winged wonders soaring over the treetops. You may also sight several of Africa’s most iconic species in this ancient caldera, including lions and rhinos. Enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to your lodge to relax beneath African skies.
Serengeti National Park | Luxurious Tented Camp
Fly to the Serengeti and settle into your luxurious tented safari camp where you revel in its combination of comfort, extraordinary nearby wildlife, and exhilarating optional guided game and nature walks, as well as the rare opportunity to go on night game drives. After lunch, head out on an afternoon game drive that culminates with a refreshing Scenic Sundowner in the Serengeti. Relax tonight in your split-level suite tent, enjoying your veranda, bathroom with a soaking tub, separate shower and flush toilet.
Serengeti National Park | Land of the Migration
Revel in morning and afternoon game drives in the arid, savagely beautiful Serengeti plains. You might spot hippos returning to water after covering miles while foraging for food overnight, elephants rustling through trees in search of breakfast, and sated lions, arriving back from a hunt. This afternoon, search for elusive cheetahs, crocodiles and the stunningly beautiful leopard. Later, visit a Maasai village, to meet with a village elder and learn about the tribe’s traditional, nomadic lifestyle and coexistence with wildlife. Also, partake in an artisan visit, when the villagers share a beadwork demonstration. Return to camp for a special farewell dinner in the bush.
Fly to Arusha, where you may relax in a dayroom before boarding your international flight home.