Luxury Tanzania Safari | Fly-in Holiday

Days

10

Journey Type

Luxury Tanzania Safari | Fly-in Holiday

Cities and Landmarks

Arusha, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Nogorongoro Crater, Serengeti

Days

10

Journey Type

Luxury Tanzania Safari | Fly-in Holiday

Cities and Landmarks

Arusha, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Nogorongoro Crater, Serengeti

Overview - Luxury Tanzania Safari

Our Wings over the Luxury Tanzania Safari has been curated to give each of these destination names meaning for the traveler wanting to experience African wildlife in an atmosphere of luxury and authenticity, free of the mundane stresses of life (like check-in queues) and guided by the rhythms of Nature. From sunrise to sunset, you will behold vistas adorned with free-roaming wildlife. You will be welcomed with sincerity, to share in Africa’s plentiful bounty of culture, adventure, and awakening.

Millions of years ago, as tectonic plates shifted in the Earths’ crust, a giant tear formed on the surface – reaching from the Drakensberg mountains in southern Africa northwards along the east coast of Africa and culminating in the horn of Africa. This cataclysmic event was the basis of the formation of what is now known as the East African Rift Valley, which today is regarded as arguably the best safari destination on the planet.

The landscape varies from wooded hills to a fertile crater, and from a vast salt lake flanked by marsh, to undulating plains dotted with acacias. These diverse habitats in turn provide homes for an array of wildlife so abundant and so diverse, you will feel transported to the dawn of time.

A luxurious light aircraft will carry you in style to three incredible destinations, to enjoy world-class facilities and service, surrounded by a pristine wilderness. Over ten days, your memories will accumulate at an astonishing pace. Landscapes. Wildlife. Cuisine. Comfort. Relaxation. Friendships. You may experience a ‘tectonic shift’ within, as Tanzania is sure to get your heart racing and have you thirsting for more of magical Africa.

Highlights

Arrive Arusha, Tanzania

Your inbound flight, landing at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania, is bound to leave you feeling a little weary – so what better way to revitalize yourself than to check in at a coffee plantation?  Here you will find Arusha Coffee Lodge, recently voted one of Africa’s top 5 hotels.

A sanctuary of aromatic tranquility, the lush gardens, and shady coffee trees are dotted with plantation-style chalets which are spacious and airy, with contemporary interiors denoting understated luxury and intuitive service.  Your chalet is very comfortably appointed, with a large open-plan living area with ample seating and a large four-poster bed.  The en-suite bathroom has both a large bathtub and a soothing rainfall shower.  Modern amenities, African artworks, a log fireplace, and a private terrace ensure you will have all you need to begin your transition to safari mode.

The main lodge building – rich in the theme and aroma of coffee – is a beautifully elegant centerpiece, housing an a-la-carte restaurant, an intimate bistro, and a cozy lounge.  Delightful boutiques tempt a little retail therapy, while the spa offers a range of therapeutic wellness treatments to loosen travel-wearied bodies.  The enclosed swimming pool and popular garden terrace offer the opportunity to either socialize or relax – as the mood takes you.

Arusha Coffee Lodge

Tarangire National Park

The day starts with a delicious breakfast, after which a private ‘tree-to-cup’ coffee tour and visit to the artisanal Shanga enterprise illustrate how the plantation is benefitting the local community, in particular the differently-able.

One of the key attractions of our luxury Tanzania safari is that we can bypass the queues and many of the formalities as we carry you from one destination to the next.  This morning you will be chauffeured to your awaiting light aircraft; ready to transport you to the treetops.

Your first luxury Tanzania safari destination is the Tarangire Treetops lodge – located in the oft-overlooked Tarangire National Park, where you will stay for two nights.  While many are drawn to the country’s more ‘famous’ northern parks, those in the know head to Tarangire where game-viewing is a more leisurely affair.

As the name suggests, trees are emblematic of the camp, in particular, the 1,000-year-old baobab tree encased by the main lodge hub.  In this tranquil setting, you will find a stunning fire-pit-style lounge sunken into the floor.  It is also the location of the indoor dining area, where delectable meals are served when the weather is unfavorable for outdoor dining.  When the weather is good, meals are taken around the campfire in a traditional boma.  A cool swimming pool promises refreshing dips in the heat of the day.

Accommodation at the camp is an uplifting experience, elevated as it is in a treehouse-style cottage that commands sweeping views over the landscape.  With birdsong ringing from the canopy, your suite immerses you in the surroundings – with floor-to-ceiling panels letting you feel like you are at one with nature.  Your private space is said to be the largest offering in the East African safari circuit, incorporating a romantic four-poster bed, lounge, and viewing deck.  En-suite facilities include a double shower.

The lodge is situated a short drive from the Tarangire National Park.  Nevertheless, it is within a conservation area meaning that game-viewing should start immediately.  The landscape is dotted with peculiar baobab trees, seemingly planted upside down, and the wooded plains attract a variety of species, each attracted to particular habitats for the food resources they hold.  Giraffe, kudu, and ungainly looking gerenuk utilize the browse available in the woodlands.  Zebra, wildebeest and topi graze the savannah grasslands.  The seldom-seen fringe-eared oryx and bushbuck are generally found in the dense riverine bush along the Tarangire River.  Elephants also occur in abundance – approximately 3,000 of these lumbering giants are said to call the park home – while Africa’s other most populous mega-herbivore, the Cape buffalo also roam wherever the grazing is abundant.

The herbivores in turn provide food for the predators, who seek them out wherever they are found.  Not typically known to climb trees, Tarangire’s lions often seek respite from biting flies among the branches.  Leopards, very much at home in the trees, are often seen draped over the limbs, casting a languid eye over the passing wildlife.   In the south of the park, cheetahs are most frequently sighted, while spotted hyenas are wide-ranging, both hunting and scavenging wherever the opportunity arises.  A pack of endangered painted wolves, known to traverse the park, is a special treat.  Like hyenas, they are intelligent and sociable, making them one of the most successful large predators.  Sadly habitat loss means they are seldom seen outside protected reserves.

The birdlife of the park is prolific, and the area is said to host the largest breeding population of birds, with over 500 species recorded.

The camp offers twice-daily game-drives in comfortable, customized safari vehicles, led by experienced local guides, taken in the cooler morning and late afternoon.  Special night drives are also available in the area surrounding the camp, where your guide uses a powerful spotlight to locate nocturnal species such as the sphinx-like serval and tenacious honey badger.

An opportunity to stretch your legs and get more intimate with nature takes the form of a leisurely interpretative walk where your guide will point out the smaller things often overlooked on drives, while also sharing their knowledge of plants and birds.

The Maasai Village is about a 20-30 minutes drive from Treetops and gives a perfect insight into the life of the Maasai. This village with its varying age of inhabitants is very warm and friendly and eager to meet guests from Treetops to share their proud culture.

During your stay, you might also be surprised with lunch at a remote bush location, while stops for sundowners – an entrenched safari tradition – are a great way to savor a gin and tonic as the sun sinks below the horizon.

Tarangire Treetops

Ngorongoro Crater

While the name might be a mouthful for western tongues, your next luxury Tanzania safari destination will be familiar to any safari aficionado.  Getting there involves a game-drive to the airstrip where your aircraft is ready to lift you over the landscape to the Manyara airstrip.  From there you are transferred by safari vehicle to one of the safari circuit’s most enviable addresses, The Manor at Ngorongoro.

The elegant manor house, built in the unique Cape Dutch style, pays homage to the grand traditions of yesteryear, where opulence meets African hospitality.  It is situated on a coffee estate, a short distance from the renowned Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, which you will visit for your safari activities.

Inside the manor house, you will find a blend of Afro-European decor, lavishly overlaid on plush furnishings that evince refinement and attention to detail.  Fine dining is the order of the day in the stylish restaurant, while the various public spaces invite socializing with your fellow guests – whether in the cozy lounge or outdoors on the spacious veranda overlooking manicured garden

Accommodation at the estate is provided in beautiful cottages, each with a private entrance and sun terrace.  Within, you will be ensconced in spacious comfort, with stylish dark wooden furnishings arranged around a central fireplace.  The en-suite bathroom boasts a Victorian ball & claw bath, double vanity, and a soothing ‘rainfall’ shower.

Your arrival coincides with the manor’s traditional high-tea, taken on the veranda.  After settling in, enjoy a sumptuous dinner, perhaps followed by a game of billiards, before retiring for the night.

The Manor at Ngorongoro

Lake Manyara

This morning, refreshed, you set off after breakfast, for Lake Manyara, said by Ernest Hemingway to be the most beautiful in Africa.  Most of the day will be spent here, exploring the landscape from the dense forest to the soda lake wetland, to the open plains and acacia woodlands.  Compressed into a relatively small area, these diverse habitats each attract a startling array of species – both fauna, flora, and birds.

The forests are home to dainty bushbucks and energetic blue monkeys.  Tree-climbing lions, giraffes, and kudu enjoy the shady woodlands, while cheetahs stalk the grasslands in search of their next meal.  It is in and around the lake that one will encounter hippos and large herds of elephants enjoying a wallow in the cooling mud.

The array of birdlife – some 400 recorded species will keep bird-lovers enthralled.  Of these, the blushing pink flamingos are undoubtedly the star attraction.  Thousands of these elegantly peculiar birds, their plumage colored by their diet, wade in the shallows.  Watching them en masse, parading back and forth as they sweep the water for food, can be quite hypnotic.

The excursion concludes with a picnic on the lakeshore before you head back to the manor for an afternoon of leisure.  Perhaps you’d like to take a guided tour of the estate, explore the verdant highlands on horseback, or pamper yourself with a spa treatment.

Don’t miss the sundowner drinks before dinner, after which your bed awaits to restore you for tomorrows’ adventure.

The Manor at Ngorongoro

Ngorongoro Crater

Today, an early breakfast is well worth it as you head off to explore the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.  Ngorongoro means ‘black hole’ in the Maasai language, a name that chronically mischaracterizes this wildlife Eden.  It was formed when a volcano erupted over 2 million years ago, leaving a vast extinct caldera that was filled with nutrient-rich ash.  Here grassy plains and woodlands formed, attracting herbivores in vast numbers.  And as is always the case, where the herbivores were found, carnivores followed.

The wildlife that abounds within this so-called ‘eighth wonder of the world’, is the stuff of legends.  The sweet grasses that carpet the crater floor are grazed by vast herds of zebra and wildebeest, alongside numerous other antelope species and comical families of warthogs.  Elephants love to feed on the banks of Lake Magadi, their gray, wrinkled skin contrasted by the pink flamingos stepping daintily by.  In the cool morning, you might be lucky enough to spot a very rare black rhino, while if you don’t see herds of deceptively doe-eyed Cape buffalo, it would come as a surprise to all who know Ngorongoro.

For most, the celebrity residents of the crater are the predators.  These verdant plains are an ideal hunting ground for the fleet-footed cheetah.  Seeing one of these sinuous cats reach a full speed of some 70-mph in pursuit of a desperately jinking gazelle is something you won’t forget in your lifetime.

While lions are notoriously lazy, they often cannot resist the temptation of hunting in the middle of the day.  The populous prey means that the lion prides often number in the dozens.  Seeing these, the only sociable cat, lovingly interacting with one another, at least until there is food to be had, is another special moment to savor.

Equally sociable, spotted hyenas and seldom seen painted wolves also compete for the spoils.  Secretive leopards meanwhile try to avert competition by dragging their kills up into the branches of trees, to be enjoyed at leisure.

To ensure that you don’t miss a meal either, your guide has special permission to lay out an elaborate picnic, sustaining you until your eventual return – tired but elated – to the comforts of The Manor.

The Manor at Ngorongoro

Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti National Park is your next fly-in destination, where you will wind up your luxury Tanzania safari experience.  Covering a massive 5,700 sq miles, this icon of the African Safari Map is a bucket list destination for many a wildlife-lover.  The chief attraction is the annual wildebeest calving season and migration.  Depending on which part of the season you visit, you will be accommodated at one of two camps – Serengeti Pioneer Camp, perched on a kopje (small hill) in the southern portion of the park, or Serengeti Migration Camp, skillfully elevated on stilts, also located in an area seen by few other – yet pleasingly close to the action during the migration up north.

The Serengeti-Mara ecosystem hosts what has been called ‘The Greatest Wildlife Spectacle on Earth’.  Annually, a super-herd of herbivores – 1.5 million wildebeest, 400,000 zebra, 12,000 eland, and 300,000 Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles – driven by their eternal search for grazing, migrate between the Serengeti and the lush plains of the Masai-Mara in neighboring Kenya on a circuitous route of some 500 miles.

It is during the Serengeti leg of the migration, that the wildebeest are concentrated on the lush plains to the south of the reserve from late January until the end of March.  As if privy to a secret signal, the entire herd of pregnant females drop their young within days of one another, effectively flooding the plain with the plaintive bleats of the calves and nodding response of their mothers.  This deluge of young animals is a time of plenty for the predators which gather en masse to do as Nature intended.

For those that survive the weaning period, having mastered their long legs on the open plains, a journey of roughly 250-miles awaits, as the mega-herd departs for fresh grazing to the north.  The pressure from predators and daily dramas are unrelenting, particularly at natural chokepoints where yet more predators await in ambush.

The river crossings are a chaotic maelstrom of clashing horns, flying hooves, and desperate bellows, as the herd pours down the steep embankments and through a gauntlet of crocodiles who might only eat once a year.  Even having crossed the rivers, they have yet to contend with the teeth and claws that await in the Masai-Mara.

As brutal as it may seem, in their passing, the herd fertilizes the land they leave behind.  Seasonal rains then soak the Earth to reveal a carpet of luscious nutrition that will continue to sustain the herd on its return.  This is the circle of life, unfolding before your awestruck eyes.

As your final game-drive, final meal under the stars, and last evening on safari draw to a close, you’re bound to ponder all you have seen in the Great Rift Valley.  And you may well feel a tugging within, as you contemplate leaving this natural paradise for home.  Nature has so much to boast about and so much to teach us.  We have little doubt you’ll be planning your next visit before too long.

 

OVERNIGHT OPTION 1:  Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Serengeti Pioneer Camp is an ode to the bygone era of a luxury Tanzania safari – when overburdened caravans carried every essential to remote locations, creating islands of sophistication amongst the roaming wildlife.  The camp comprises just twelve elegant, luxury safari tents, each spaced for privacy and maximum immersion into the surroundings.  The decor and furnishings hearken to the safaris of the 30s – complete with steamer trunks and other period furniture dressed in earth tones.  Each tent has en-suite bathrooms, as well as a private veranda from which to spot passing wildlife.

The central hub of the camp is a thatch and timber structure, furnished consistent with the safari theme, where you will enjoy breakfast and elegant dinners with silver service and a menu that defies the remote locale.  During your stay, lunch is usually taken in the form of an elaborate picnic awaiting you at a scenic spot within the park.

 

OVERNIGHT OPTION 2:  Serengeti Migration Camp

Serengeti Migration Camp is located amid the kopjes, close to the notorious Grumeti River – the scene of many life-or-death dramas for generations of wildebeest hoping to escape the awaiting predators.  Perhaps slightly more contemporary than Pioneer Camp, Migration Camp still retains the ethos of a ‘zero-footprint’ mobile camp.  Here each tented suite is elevated to allow appreciation of the surrounding, with a wraparound veranda ensuring views in all directions.  The air also resonates with the sounds of the wild – honking hippos, birdsong, the sawing rasp of a territorial leopard.  You will truly know you are in Africa!

The main tent has a split-level lounge, restaurant, swimming pool, and viewing platforms; each of which often bustles with conversation as guests share tales of their daily adventures on safari.  And there will be plenty to share; whether in the height of the migration or not – the wildlife spectacle that is the Serengeti seems to hold surprises along every bend in the river, and over every rise crested on the dusty tracks through the undulating savannah.

Serengeti Pioneer Camp ( Option 1 )

Serengeti Migration Camp ( Option 2 )

Arusha And Homeward Bound

After breakfast, a road transfer takes you back to the airstrip for your onward flight to Arusha.  En route, you may well spot some of the species you’ve grown to love.  Swaying giraffes.  Lumbering elephants.  Dazzling zebra, or nodding wildebeest.  Perhaps you come across a lion pride, draped on the land in the shade of a spreading acacia.

As your flight lifts off, watch the vast plains shrink below, maybe catching a glimpse of Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak poking through the clouds – an awaiting beacon for those that return.

Back in Arusha, we have arranged for you to freshen up in a day room at the Coffee Lodge where the adventure began.  And finally, we say our farewells at the airport, 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.

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