Classic African Safari | Tanzania

Days

10

Journey Type

Classic African Safari | Tanzania

Cities and Landmarks

Arusha, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Serengeti

Days

10

Journey Type

Classic African Safari | Tanzania

Cities and Landmarks

Arusha, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Serengeti

Overview: African Safari, Tanzania

If you have ever dreamed of visiting Africa – particularly if your inspiration was the romance of Karen Blixen’s “Out of Africa” or the adventure of Hemingway’s “Green Hills of Africa” – then our Classic African Safari Tanzania is tailor-made to bring those imaginings to life.

From start to finish, this itinerary will immerse you in an African safari in Tanzania and offer you the experience of a bygone era: a time when travelers let go of the familiar to explore the wide expanse of wilderness, and came away blessed by the experience, having learned as much about the world in which they live as they had about themselves.  While some safari offerings are laden with opulence, in this instance the emphasis is on understated luxury, warm hospitality, and – most importantly – connecting with Nature in a manner that is both raw and enriching.

After an evening acclimatizing at a homestead lodge dating back to the turn of the last century, your adventure proceeds by road, traveling in a comfortable, customized safari vehicle in the company of a private guide.  This ensures that you will witness the dramatic unfolding of the various landscapes in the company of one who is well-versed in the geography, culture, and history of Tanzania.  It also affords you the luxury of setting your own schedule and enjoying wildlife sightings at your leisure.

Throughout this African safari in Tanzania, you will stay at beautiful tented safari camps, selected for the authenticity of the accommodation, the wonderful ambiance, and their proximity to outstanding game viewing.  Fear not, gone are the days of a saggy tent and cold water bathing.  You are assured of absolute comfort and privacy while enjoying a truly memorable close-to-nature experience.

Traveling southwest, you will get to experience Tarangire National Park, and nearby Lake Manyara.  Often overlooked, Tarangire’s charm is in the very fact that it is off the beaten track – while still showcasing an abundance of wildlife and spectacular landscapes.  As for Lake Manyara, the sight of 2-million flamingos strutting across the shallows during the breeding season will stay with you for a lifetime.

Your next destination is to the northwest – a wildlife oasis hidden within an extinct volcano.  Boasting one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife, the Ngorongoro Crater is a must-see destination for anyone enthralled by Africa’s iconic wildlife.  With the herbivores blessed with all they need – perennial water bubbling up from the Earth and nutritious grazing – they in turn supply hunting opportunities for the various predators that stalk the plains and woodlands.

Continuing northwest, you will visit an archaeological wonderland that has been instrumental in piecing together the history of human evolution, before continuing to your final safari destination, and the stage of what has been termed “The Greatest Show on Earth”.  True to the origins of its name, the Serengeti National Park is a vista of endless plains richly populated with wildlife.  A seasonal home to the largest herbivore migration on the planet, this safari icon encapsulates those dreams of spreading acacias silhouetted on a golden savanna, bathed in the glow of the most extravagant sunsets you are likely to ever witness.

Finally, you will retrace your journey soaring over the plains, giving you a chance to appreciate this vast and pristine wilderness from above; once a dream, now a treasured memory.  An overnight stop where it all began, will allow time both to contemplate the end of your adventure and start dreaming of your return as Hemingway did, when he penned these touching words, “All I wanted to do was get back to Africa. We had not left it, yet, but when I would wake in the night I would lie, listening, homesick for it already.”

Highlights

Arrive Arusha, Tanzania

Touching down at Kilimanjaro International Airport, near Arusha, our representative awaits you with a warm welcome to Tanzania.  You will be taken directly to your lodgings for the night at the charming Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge.

The lodge lies on the slopes of Mt Meru and enjoys lovely views of Mt Kilimanjaro looming in the distance.  Set amid lush gardens, the lodge was formerly a colonial-era farmhouse, and the decor hints at this with a selection of period pieces interspersed with authentic African artworks.  Broad shaded verandas invite you to enjoy your first gin & tonic – a drink as synonymous with safari as pith hats and elephants.  The emphasis in the kitchen is on providing wholesome, healthy dishes with many of the ingredients grown organically on the premises.  Meals are served in the main restaurant, in the outdoor pavilion, or alongside the lake if you would like to request something a little more intimate.

Spacious and inviting, your accommodation boasts a veiled four-poster bed, a separate lounge, and an en-suite bathroom.  The decorative themes of the main homestead continue throughout, and most rooms enjoy lovely views of the wooded grounds and nearby mountains.

Depending on the time available during your brief stay, you might like to take a stroll around the property, possibly spotting some monkeys or other small game species.  Birdlife is abundant in the mixed vegetation, and the chorus of their song will have you settling into “holiday-mode” in no time.  The Jua Kali Boutique is named for a nearby village where much of the goods on sale are crafted by local artisans.  You might also wish to book a massage treatment at the  Garden Spa to loosen your limbs in anticipation of the upcoming adventures.  

Alternately, you can laze around the pool or grab a bottle of wine and paddle out onto the lake for a tranquil experience amid the waterfowl.  A staple of the colonial garden party, try your hand at a game of croquet – and don’t forget to take along a refreshing Pimms and lemonade.  The lodge also offers private and group yoga classes, which take place in the shaded forest alongside the lake.

There is a small selection of optional activities that explore a little further afield.  For equestrians, a small stable of horses is kept for those who would like to explore the grounds and nearby Mt Meru on horseback.  The same can be done on mountain bikes, with a variety of trails for all levels of competence.  Please make further inquiries about these activities at the lodge.

The wildlife-focused portion of the itinerary begins on day two.  You will visit three of northern Tanzania’s premier safari destinations – Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti.  Traveling in a comfortable safari vehicle, your game viewing time is optimized, as is your enjoyment of the beautiful landscapes that separate them.  

At each of the wildlife areas, you may choose between one of two camps, each of which has been chosen for its adherence to the charms of the classical African safari in Tanzania and overall game viewing experience.  While every effort will be made to ensure you stay at your preferred camp, please note that this is subject to availability at the time of booking.

Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge

Little Chem Chem ( Option 1 )

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is often overlooked by those eager to get to the more ‘famous’ parks of northern Tanzania.  However, for many guides and safari aficionados, this is exactly what makes the park so appealing – the absence of others and the sense of wildness this imbues.  A further advantage garnered for our guests is that both camps are situated well away from the public access points, meaning that for much of the day you might not see another vehicle, and you can travel further south into the park where almost no one goes.  Except for the animals, of course!

The park is renowned for two aspects of its wildlife experience in particular.  Elephants are abundant here – with an estimated population of 2,500, increasing by around 6% per annum.  Their behavior is a delight to behold, especially the obvious bonds formed between various herd members.  Their social structure is matriarchal, with males leaving their natal groups when they reach sexual maturity.  They are devoted to their young and one cannot help but attribute human-like characteristics to their interactions.  Oh, and you haven’t seen a baby throw a tantrum until you’ve seen the performance given by an elephant calf.

The park’s other peculiarity is its lions.  They climb trees.  While all lions can climb trees they are not nearly as comfortable in the canopy as leopards.  It is thought that Tarangire’s lions do this to avoid the biting insects found at ‘lower altitudes’.  Africa’s two other big cats are regularly sighted within the reserve, with cheetah most frequently spotted in the southern reaches.  Leopards on the other hand are probably a lot more prevalent than most realize.  Their ability to remain unseen is uncanny.  Good thing on these African safaris in Tanzania; your guide is wise to their ways and may make it a point of pride to track down one of these gorgeous felines for you.  You are also bound to see spotted hyenas, who are accomplished hunters in their own right, despite a misguided reputation for being cowardly scavengers.

The diverse habitats of the park mean that there is a pleasing variety of herbivores to be found.  Cape buffalo are Africa’s most populous mega-herbivore, a fact reflected in the vast herds often found near water.  Two species seldom seen elsewhere in Tanzania are the fringe-eared oryx and the peculiar-looking gerenuk, which kind of looks like it belongs in Star Wars.  These aside, you will see plentiful giraffes, zebras, topi, wildebeest, warthog… the list goes on.

For novice birders, the first species easily recognized is the lilac-breasted roller; resplendent in eight vivid colors.  For the more advanced, there are another 499 species to attempt to identify within the national park and surrounds.

 

OVERNIGHT OPTION 1:  Little Chem chem

Little Chem Chem lies on a sprawling 55,000-acre wildlife management area adjacent to the Tarangire National Park.  Overlooking nearby Lake Burunge, the camp is nestled on the edge of a Vachellia forest punctuated here and there with the otherworldly presence of baobab trees, easily recognized by their swollen trunks.  The gently undulating terrain offers wonderful panoramas with wildlife wandering between the woodland and savanna – almost assuring you of some great sightings from within the camp.

Sometimes called the ‘sunrise camp’ it celebrates the vintage safari with beautiful tan tents blending into the surroundings.  The central mess tents are the social hub of the camp, where you can meet the other guests and get acquainted with the camp lifestyle.  Drinks are offered in the bar and lounge, both gloriously decorated in what can only be described as safari-chic.  Dining locations may vary depending on the weather.  Indoor dining is under the canvas in unfavorable weather or under the stars around a roaring campfire when the weather is good.  Either way, you will be amazed by the dishes prepared in this remote location.

Your tent is exactly that… in name only.  Each of the seven luxuriously appointed tented suites has been positioned to ensure both privacy and appreciation of the surroundings.  Continuing the decor and furnishing cues of the mess tents, the spacious accommodation is dressed in warm, neutral tones adorned with wildlife art.  The centerpiece is a romantic four-poster bed and there is also comfortable seating and a writing table.  Your covered veranda is a great place to read, glancing up occasionally to see if anything new has wandered into view.  Completing the ensemble, you have an en-suite bathroom with a flush toilet and a shower.  As you retire to your bed, you will be serenaded by the sounds of the African night – the roaring of lions, the whooping of hyenas, and the low soothing rumble of a nearby herd of elephants.

Situated as it is on a private concession, the camp offers a very exclusive game drive experience, with some 40,000-acres used exclusively by Little Chem Chem and two sister camps.  Ever popular with guests, the sundowners served on the shore of Lake Burunge are not to be missed.  They also offer guided walks, where you can appreciate the smaller creatures often missed from vehicles.  From a philanthropic perspective, a visit to a local school supported by the camp is bound to be a heart-warming experience.  To lift your spirits even further, helicopter flights and balloon safaris are also available, allowing you to appreciate the vastness of the wilderness and the abundant wildlife from above.

 

OVERNIGHT OPTION 2:  Swala Camp

Swala Camp is tucked away in a remote section of the Tarangire National Park, immersing you in a wilderness dotted with prehistoric-looking baobab trees and breeding herds of elephants munching their way across the landscape.

Honoring this pristine environment, the camp was lovingly designed to blend into its surroundings and have only a minimal footprint on the environment.  The communal spaces in the main thatched building are elegant, inviting guests to relax in cool comfort.  Slightly elevated on stilts, this area includes a lounge, library, bar, and dining room – and serves as the gathering place for activities.  You can expect a mouthwatering array of delights to emerge from the kitchen, with meals served indoors or alfresco, according to the weather.  Keep a lookout for the camp’s signature dessert – the Chocolate Kilimanjaro.  Also, feel free to inquire about the various bush banqueting options on offer.  As is the case at Swala, most of the camps offer complimentary wi-fi, should you feel the need to connect with the ‘real world’.

Twelve canvas pavilions constitute the accommodation at Swala, with each enjoying a view of the waterhole which is frequented throughout the day by various animals.  The front facade features retractable floor-to-ceiling panels, in effect opening the interior to the outdoors.  The decor has a contemporary feel to it, without losing touch with the stylistic roots of safari.  Your king-sized bed is clothed in fine, neutral linens, while the en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers is a minimalist’s delight.  If you’d like to add a touch of romance to proceedings, the staff will happily arrange a lamplit dinner for two on your veranda.

Aside from the game drives which will be described below, the camp is one of the few in Tanzania that allow w alking safaris within a national park.  In the company of your guide and an armed ranger, you will get to see how they decipher the tracks and signs left by passing wildlife.  This is also a great opportunity to add species to your birding checklist.  Swala is also privileged to be able to offer guests night game drives within the national park.  With the help of a powerful spotlight, nocturnal species such as the African wildcat and bushbaby are frequently spotted, while the sight of a leopard making its silent way through the tall grass is a thrill you will not easily forget.

Swala Camp ( Option 2 )

Ngorongoro Crater & Lake Manyara

You’ll depart your Tarangire Camp destined for the renowned Ngorongoro Crater in the morning.  The journey takes through Lake Manyara National Park – the jewel in Tanzania’s avian crown.  This park covers the lake and its entire western shore, extending westwards to the slopes of the Great Rift Valley.  The wildlife of the area is abundant, given the nutritious vegetation.  Wandering herds of hartebeest, zebra, impala, and eland are common in the savanna between the lake and the escarpment.  You are likely to encounter both elephants and buffalo along the lakeshore where various wallows offer them relief from any discomfort.  Africa’s three big cats are also well represented, and spotted hyenas are seldom far from their food source.

Lake Manyara is most famous for its abundant and diverse birdlife, a spectacle that peaks from March through to May.  The most obvious of the waterbirds that throng the lakeshore are the flamingos with a population estimated to reach around 2-million.  The lake has a high alkaline content, meaning that it is conducive to the growth of certain algae and the brine shrimp that feed on it.   And this is why the flamingos congregate.  Their diet is so rich in shrimp, that it colors their plumage in a glorious roseate shade.  Alongside the flamingos, a further million waterfowl, including pelicans, storks, herons, ducks, and more add to the ornithological extravaganza.

From the lake the journey continues, ascending the outer slopes of Ngorongoro Crater, to arrive at your choice of either Ngorongoro Crater Camp or Ngorongoro Tented Camp, where you will spend the next two nights.

 

OVERNIGHT OPTION 1:  Ngorongoro Crater Camp

Ngorongoro Crater Camp is located within the designated conservation area, near the access road to the crater itself, which means that, with an early start, you will be able to make the most of the available game viewing time before others arrive.  The camp itself is centered around three communal tents, housing a lounge, bar, and dining area respectively.  Set amongst large, shady trees redolent in birdsong, the camp embraces the lifestyle of olden day safaris.  Traditionally warm Tanzanian hospitality is fused with understated luxury, creating an ambiance of relaxed comfort.  Weather permitting, dinner is served beneath the vast star-studded sky.  In the daytime, the kitchen will prepare a delectable picnic basket to take along on your game drive – to be enjoyed at a secluded spot in the course of the day.

The camp has just ten luxury safari tents, each with a small viewing deck and an en-suite bathroom with a bucket shower heated to just the right temperature.  The tents are tastefully decorated and furnished with your absolute comfort in mind.  An attendant is on hand to assist with any requests.

While staying at the camp, you can visit a Maasai homestead, known as a manyatta.  These small compounds are built the traditional way, serving as a semi-permanent residence before moving their precious cattle on to better grazing.  The visit gives a fascinating insight into the Maasai way of life.  Please inquire at the camp for more details.

 

OVERNIGHT OPTION 2:  Ngorongoro Tented Camp

Ngorongoro Tented Camp is located on the eastern side of the crater, close to the rim.  A nearby access road gives guests the advantage of being amongst the first to enter the crater each morning.  This enhances the sense of being in the wilderness and time available in the cooler hours when the wildlife is more active.  With the tents set amid a grove of large Vachellia trees (formerly known as acacias), the camp is a cool haven of relaxation where safari-chic intertwines effortlessly with the rawness of Nature.  The central mess tents invite you to socialize with your fellow guests, swapping tales of your safari adventures in the plushly furnished lounge, or over a candlelit dinner.  You will truly feel transported into the safaris of a bygone era, with the decor and attention to detail.  Once again, it is suggested that you make an early start on your game viewing expedition and arrange a rendezvous with the catering team in the crater, where a luncheon awaits.  

Aside from the game drives, nature walks on the outer slopes of the crater in the company of a Maasai guide will enlighten you on the minutiae of the ecosystem that incorporates so much more than the Big 5.  To learn more about the local culture, both past, and present, you can choose between a visit to a Maasai manyatta or a Tuk-tuk Tour which visits a local village by favored local transport, visiting local artisans along the way and culminating in a traditional dish for lunch.

After a good night’s rest, you will wake early, setting off for the crater for a full day of exploring.  Ngorongoro Crater is believed to have been formed about 2.5-million years ago, when a volcano thought to be equivalent in size to Mt Kilimanjaro erupted with such force that it caused it to implode, resulting in what is the largest intact caldera on the planet to this day.  The steep walls all but isolated what over time became a veritable Eden for all manner of wildlife.  The volcanic ash resulted in soils that have nourished the vegetation for thousands of years, and perennial water means that the wildlife within has all the essentials for survival.

The central feature of the crater is Lake Magadi, where the high soda content is thought to be the secret ingredient in the crater ecosystem.  So much so, that some 25,000 large mammals are thought to populate the hundred square mile crater, with no incentive to leave.  This is to the chagrin of giraffes, who apparently have never negotiated the steep crater walls and are conspicuous in their absence.  

The shallows of the lake and adjacent wetlands are a popular haunt of hippos, buffalo, and elephants.  Look out for the ring-rumped waterbuck who appears to have sat on a freshly painted toilet seat.  Flocks of flamingos and other waterfowl add splashes of color to an already lush vista.  The wetlands give way to grasslands, where the whispers of the grass in the breeze amplify the sense of space.  Wildebeest, zebra, and a multitude of other antelope species graze in scattered herds, lifting their heads intermittently to scan for danger.  In the woodlands, bushbuck, baboons, and monkeys live symbiotically; they too are ever alert. As the vegetation thickens at the foot of the crater wall, you will have your best chance of viewing one of the crater’s highly endangered black rhinoceros, of which 16 are known to find refuge.

All of these species present the resident predators with a virtual smorgasbord of prey.  Up to 70 lions spend much of their day at rest.  It is a delight then to come across a pride with cubs, whose boundless energy has them constantly practicing the skills that will later be so vital to their survival.  The lion’s only competition comes from spotted hyenas.  They too are highly social creatures, and some say hold equal rank as Africa’s apex predator.  Thanks to the open terrain, cheetahs do well in the Ngorongoro.  They hunt mostly by daylight to avoid the attention of those who would scavenge their kills.  Leopards on the other hand are adept hunters day and night.  Their solution to scavenging is to use their incredible power-to-weight ratio to lift their prey into the branches of a tree.  

Naturally, with all the predators hunting, vulture species are well represented.  It is fascinating to note that different species rely on one another in sourcing their food.  Gliding the thermals at different altitudes, it is thought they track the birds below them to lead them to food.  At mealtimes, there is a strict hierarchy determined by size.  The massive lappet-faced vulture dominates, while the hooded vulture is literally left to fight for the scraps.  In all, some 350 species of birds can be spotted in the crater.

Ngorongoro Crater Camp ( Option 1 )

Ngorongoro Tented Camp ( Option 2 )

Serengeti National Park

The Swahili word ‘safari’ means journey, and yours continues today as you depart the confines of the crater to a place the Maasai call “the endless plains”.  Getting there will entail a trip back in time as you visit the renowned Olduvai Gorge en route.  Archaeologically, the gorge is one of the most important sites ever discovered, and to this day, it continues to reveal fragments that detail the developmental and social evolution of man.

After a visit to the museum, the journey continues, your anticipation rising as the vegetation gets progressively lusher, thanks to underground rivers that bubble up from below.  With water comes wildlife.  You have arrived at the Serengeti – your home for the last three nights on safari.

The Serengeti is renowned for playing host to the seasonal migration of millions of herbivores as they move from the southern plains where wildebeest calve from January through March.  With the grasslands becoming overgrazed, the great herd heads northwards intent on the nutritious shoots sprouting in the Masai Mara of neighboring Kenya.  The bulk of the herd is made up of about 1.5-million wildebeest whose nodding bellow intermingles with the strident braying of 400,000 zebras.  Add to this another half-million antelope, and you have a heaving biomass that attracts a concentration of predators like no other place on Earth.

Some of the largest lion prides ever recorded occur in the Serengeti, occasionally numbering up to 50 individuals.  To compete with these, spotted hyena clans may number more than 100 individuals.  Given the drama of this rivalry and the chaos it can cause within the herds, there is seldom a dull moment during the migration.

Once the herds have moved off, the endless plains still retain an abundance of wildlife.  Great herds of elephants move in convoy from water to food and back again.  Buffalo stir insects from the ground to the delight of some of the 500 bird species who snap them up on the wing.  Giraffe, whose name derives from the Arabic ‘to move gracefully’, sway languidly in silhouette against impossibly gorgeous sunsets.  For the fortunate few, bearing witness to a cheetah hunt – from the stalk to the blinding blur of speed as they set upon their prey, will add to a cache of memories already brimming over from your time in Africa.  Round it all off with a final G&T sundowner, your senses celebrating the vibrant life of this treasured wilderness.

 

OVERNIGHT OPTION 1:  Namiri Plains Camp

The first option of camps is Namiri Plains Camp, situated in a remote part of the eastern Serengeti, over an hour’s drive from the nearest neighbor.  Once reserved for cheetah conservation, the area was recently opened to very limited tourism in the form of Namiri Plains Camp.  You will truly feel like you have the Serengeti all to yourselves.  Well, excluding the abundant wildlife that moves through the area.

Refurbished in 2019, the camp incorporates the area’s natural calcrete deposits in the construction, all overlaid with taut canvas.  The gently undulating savanna surrounding the camp has shallow soils that are not suitable for large trees, making the iconic spreading canopies of Vachellia trees a standout feature of the landscape.  

The central hub comprises an information center, along with a library from which you can pick up a book to enjoy in the comfortable lounge.  Alternatively, swap safari tales at the bar over a refreshing cocktail.  That is if you can take your eyes from the passing parade of wildlife that comes to drink at the river in front of the lodge.  A stylish indoor dining room hosts lavish dinners when the weather is unfavorable, with most evening meals enjoyed outdoors, alongside a crackling campfire.  As usual, packed picnic lunches are suggested to be enjoyed on extended game drives, although both breakfast and lunch are served for those who wish to enjoy some downtime in the camp.  While in camp, there is also a pool deck – complete with a drinks cart – and a spa where you can choose from a range of wellness and beauty treatments.

With their sprawling canvas awnings, the ten suites blend into the expansive environment, simultaneously offering a sense of immersion and privacy.  Each of the tents has a private deck, complete with an outdoor bath.  Just imagine sipping bubbly in a bubble bath under the bemused gaze of a passing giraffe.  The interior decor is sublime.  Muted earth tones, furnishings hand-crafted from natural materials, and the extensive use of timber and stone, merge to create a sanctuary conducive to absolute relaxation.  Not enough?  Then why not book a wellness treatment on your deck?

To appreciate the plains from differing perspectives, Namiri Plains offers guests the opportunity to join their guide on informative nature walks.  Aside from the thrill of walking in this untamed wilderness, you will also glean a greater understanding of this thriving ecosystem.  For a more elevated outlook, float quietly over the plains in a hot air balloon – a particularly spectacular experience when the great migration passes through the area.  You can also learn more about cheetah conservation in the area during a fascinating lecture by a resident researcher who will even help you identify the individual cheetah you have photographed by their unique spot patterns.

 

OVERNIGHT OPTION 1:  Nanyukie Lodge 

Nanyukie Lodge is situated more centrally within the Serengeti National Park and the surrounding plains are dotted here and there with granite kopjes, standing like small islands in a sea of grass.  The main lodge pavilion is a welcoming social space, dressed in the hues of the landscape and furnished for convivial comfort.  Once again, indoor and outdoor dining vary according to the weather, and packed picnics afford you the benefit of being able to optimize your game-viewing time.  There is a central swimming pool and a spa tent where massage treatments are available.

The accommodation at Nanyukie Lodge is a joy to behold.  The elaborate tented suites are built on elevated decks which incorporate a lovely sunken lounge and a private plunge pool.  The interiors carry the decor cues of the main lodge.  Spacious and airy, the rooms are dressed in bold African prints and bespoke furnishings, with the veiled king-size bed a romantic centerpiece.  The en-suite bathrooms feature both an indoor and outdoor shower, a freestanding tub, and double vanity.

Optional activities beyond the daily game drives are nature walks and hot air balloon trips.  A special program is available for families traveling with children.  Please inquire at the lodge for further details.

Namiri Plains Camp ( Option 1 )

Nanyukie Lodge ( Option 2 )

Arusha

After a sumptuous breakfast, your final game drive takes you to an airstrip where a light aircraft is standing by to return you to Arusha Airport.  From there, you return to Ngare Sero where you will spend the night.  As the airplane ascends over the land you have grown to know so intimately, consider the words of Kenyan-Italian author, Francesca Marciano, “When you leave Africa, as the plane lifts, you feel that more than leaving a continent you’re leaving a state of mind. Whatever awaits you at the other end of your journey will be of a different order of existence.”

Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge

Homeward Bound

A member of our team will meet and transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your outbound flight.  At this point, we wish you a fond farewell with an open invitation to return.  Magical Africa Awaits!

Options & Extensions

A gorilla sitting in the woods, surrounded by tall trees and lush greenery. It looks calm and peaceful in its natural habitat.

Gorilla Trekking In Rwanda

Without exception, those who have been privileged to spend time with gorillas report a near-mythical experience, as if glancing into our ancestral past.  Sharing upwards of 98% of DNA, the link between our species is undeniable.  While they are massively powerful creatures – with males weighing over 400 pounds – they are by nature shy and placid.  Primarily herbivores, they spend much of their day alternating between foraging and rest.

A picturesque beach setting under a vibrant blue sky dotted with fluffy clouds.

Zanzibar Beach Retreat

For those wishing to enjoy a little pure downtime, perhaps following an action-packed safari, our Zanzibar itinerary offers the perfect blend of luxury, simplicity and all the idyllic pleasures of beach life. We have chosen from among Zanzibar’s best beach lodges options which are suitable for either families or those seeking an intimate, sophisticated retreat surrounded by the warm, clear waters of the Indian Ocean

With table mountain in the background with blue skies, the vibrant Cape Town bay with different ships docked

In & Around Cape Town

With its spectacular landscape, diverse activities and well-developed infrastructure, Cape Town offers the modern traveler the ideal destination for leisure and adventure.  It is frequently voted among the best cities to visit on vacation by noteworthy publications – and much of the local economy thrives thanks to a robust tourist industry.  Visitors from across the spectrum are sure to find the range of accommodation, cuisine and places of cultural and historical interest highly appealing.

Inquire now

Inquire now

Lost your password?

Request CallBack

Feel free to get in touch with us to begin planning your personalized dream safari today. Our team specializes in crafting bespoke safari experiences that cater to your specific preferences. Whether you’ve always dreamed of witnessing the Big Five in their natural habitat, marveling at the mesmerizing Great Migration, or simply savoring the enchanting African sunsets, we’re here to turn your safari dreams into reality.

Address

16531 Misty Hill Dr Chino Hills CA 91709

Phone

+1-855-8-AFRICA
+1-855-823-7422

Email

safaris@magicalafrica.com