If you love the idea of a wild and remote African safari experience yet still being cocooned in luxury, then this 12 night safari, combining 3 of Tanzania's National Parks, may well suit you. It is ideal for travel between mid-July and mid-October and in particular if you want the chance to see over a million wildebeest crossing the plains on their way to dodge the jaws of death in the Mara River.
After arriving into Kilimanjaro and spending the first night in Arusha, you will be fresh and ready to begin your safari adventure the next morning with a light aircraft flight to Tarangire National Park. This Park is second only to the Serengeti in its concentration of wildlife and is well known for big herds of buffalo and elephant that stand solemnly beneath the spreading branches of baobabs and prides of lazy lion sprawled in the shade of acacia scrub. With over 550 bird species too, the bush has flashes of colour from the bright reds and yellows as the colourful barbets, starlings and bee-eaters go about their daily business. Your stylish safari tent is set amongst the trees with views over the African bush.
You then have a short flight to your next destination where you will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your camp, perched high on the Ngorongoro Crater rim. The style of your camp here is as unique as the location, with everything carefully handcrafted locally to the highest standard. Big verandas wrap around the front of the rooms and the ideal place to sit and marvel at the view into the crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa's most iconic wildlife destinations, offering outstanding volumes of wildlife - from some of Africa's last rhinos to flamingoes to lovebirds.
You then head to the far Northern Serengeti Plains. With expert guides and rugged 4x4s, you’ll head out into the plains for fantastic photographic opportunities, especially if you are lucky to see a river crossing. Thousands of wildebeest fling themselves into the flowing Mara River waters, desperate to cross from one bank to the other. Vultures and eagles lurk nearby, as well as the ever-present crocodiles who are always on the look out for an easy meal. The sheer numbers, noise and excitement, if you are lucky to witness this first hand, will stay with you for a long time to come.
Finally, you fly across to the exotic island of Zanzibar and stay in a private villa on the South-East coast. Enjoy the services of a private butler throughout the duration of your stay, meals prepared by a world class chef, and water activities including sea kayaking, snorkelling and stand up paddle boarding in the warm Indian Ocean just a few steps away from your villa on this stretch of private beach.
Arrive into Kilimanjaro. Go through Immigration, collect your luggage and clear Customs, then make your way to the Arrivals Hall, where you will be met by your transfer driver who will be holding a sign board with your name on it. You will then be transferred to Arusha. Depending on the time your flight lands, this first night is either a necessity as you will be arriving late at night OR included so that you can relax and rest after an overnight flight, ready to start your safari adventure fresh the next morning.
Lying on the gentle rolling foothills that cascade down from the ever-present Mount Meru is the bustling and vibrant town of Arusha. It is here on the outskirts of this town, hidden amongst one of Tanzania's largest coffee plantations that you will find Arusha Coffee Lodge, a perfect haven to relax in before any African safari.
After breakfast, you will check out of your room and then you will be transferred to Arusha Airport, arriving in time to check in for your light aircraft flight to Tarangire.
Coastal Aviation (Light Aircraft): Fly from Arusha (ARK) to Kuro Airstrip - arrival and departure times to be confirmed
You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your camp.
During your stay at Kuro Tarangire, explore the Tarangire National Park in 4x4 game viewing vehicles both during the day and under the night sky. The Park is especially renowned for its large herds of elephants, tree climbing lions, huge pythons, its herds of oryx which are regularly seen, and also for its rock paintings which were done by early man tens of thousands of years ago. Walking safaris in the early morning can also be arranged.
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Kuro Airstrip, where you will board your next flight to Manyara.
Air Excel Scheduled Flight (Light Aircraft): Fly from Kuro Airstrip to Manyara Airstrip - arrival and departure times to be confirmed
At Manyara airstrip, you will be met and transferred to your next camp.
Entamanu Ngorongoro is perched high on the Ngorongoro Crater rim. Surrounded by the soaring peaks of dormant volcanic hills and the ebb and flow of Masai pastoralist life, this is a place to explore beyond the hustle and bustle of the main tourist trail at the Crater.
An early start is highly recommended to enjoy your game drive into the Crater today. You will set off with your guide and a packed breakfast and return to camp in time for lunch. Or, head out in the afternoon and enjoy sundowners on the rim on your way back to camp. Whatever you choose to do, the Ngorongoro Crater is on many people's bucket list of places to see and visit. This natural wonder is the largest unflooded, intact volcanic caldera in the world. The actual crater is about 20 km across and 600 meters deep, and covers 300 sq km. Within the rim there are an estimated 30,000 animals, making this one of the densest concentration of wildlife within Africa.
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip, where you will board your flight to the northern Serengeti Plains.
Coastal Aviation (Light Aircraft): Fly from Manyara Airstrip to Kogatende Airstrip - arrival and departure times to be confirmed
You will be met and transferred to Lamai Serengeti.
Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, only a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River. For roughly a quarter of the year, between mid July and October, this is where you'll find the migration, right here on the doorstep. For the rest of the year, it is wild Serengeti with all the resident game of the Masai Mara but without the people.
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip, where you will board your flight to Zanzibar.
Coastal Aviation (Light Aircraft): Fly from Kogatende Airstrip to Zanzibar (ZNZ) - arrival and departure times to be confirmed
You will be met once you disembark from the plane by our representative, who will be holding a sign with your name. You will be assisted through passport control, luggage collection and luggage screening, and then be accompanied to meet up with your transfer driver.
You will then be transferred to your beach resort.
Xanadu Villas is an awakening of what life can be and what it should be. It exceeds tranquility, luxury and expectation. Six uncompromising villas surrounding a pool area so magical it excites images of African and Arabian folklore, and the private beach with the warm Indian Ocean is just a few short steps from each villa.
You will need to check out of your villa this morning but you can remain at the hotel and use all the facilities until you are collected for your transfer back to the airport. Alternatively, if you have an evening flight, the hotel may be able to arrange a late check out for you (additional cost and payable directly to the hotel) subject to the availability of the villa.
Holiday Destination: Holiday to Tanzania for 12 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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