This Safari is an extraordinary journey through contrasting landscapes with excellent opportunities for game viewing.
Lake Manyara features early in the itinerary. This unusual park lies in the shadow of the Great Rift Valley whose reddish brown escarpment wall looms on the eastern horizon. The park is particularly known for its tree-climbing lions, who may be seen sleeping off the heat of the day on a branch instead of a shady spot on the ground.
Then onto the world-famous Serengeti National Park. Serengeti means endless plain in the Masai language. Here there are vast open savannahs dotted with acacia trees and a few rocky hillocks. The Serengeti is Tanzaniad largest and best-known national park, with a massive concentration of migratory animals who move around the park according to the availability of food.
The Ngorongoro Crater is the worlds largest unbroken volcanic caldera whose steep sides form a natural enclosure for a wide variety of wildlife. An estimated 25,000 animals, including the big five inhabit the interior of the crater.
1 night Arusha (Serena Mountain Village)
1 night Lake Manyara (Lake Manyara Serena Lodge)
2 nights Serengeti (Serengeti Serena Lodge)
2 nights Ngorongoro (Ngorongoro Serena Lodge)
DAY 1 SUNDAY - HEATHROW-NAIROBI - Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi.
DAY 2 MONDAY - ARUSHA - On arrival connect with your flight to Kilimanjaro airport, near Arusha. Transfer to the lodge which offers a haven of calm and serenity just outside the hustle and bustle of Arusha.
DAY 3 TUESDAY - LAKE MANYARA - After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara National Park (150 km), famous for its tree-climbing lions. Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge stands high on the bluff of a dramatic ochre and terracotta streaked cliff above and commands panoramic views across the volcano-studded floor of the Great Rift Valley. Afternoon game drive.
DAY 4 WEDNESDAY - SERENGETI - Drive to the world-famous Serengeti National Park (235 km). Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, set high on a ridge commanding panoramic views, draws its inspiration from the circular Rondavel dwellings and winding paths of a traditional Masai village. An afternoon game drive.
DAY 5 THURSDAY - SERENGETI - Take an early morning balloon flight over the Serengeti and a bubbly bush breakfast (optional extra) or an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. Later enjoy an afternoon game drive.
DAY 6 FRIDAY - NGORONGORO - Travel to the Ngorongoro Crater (200 km) via Olduvai Gorge, and check in to your lodge which is perched on the jagged rim of the crater. Afternoon at leisure.
DAY 7 SATURDAY - NGORONGORO - Drive down into the crater for a half-day of game viewing. This extinct volcano plays host to wildebeest, zebras, buffaloes, gazelles, elephants, rhinos and big cats. Visit a local Masai Village.
DAY 8 SUNDAY - EXTENSION OR HEATHROW - Return to Arusha (200 km) and fly to Nairobi, then proceed with your chosen beach extension or return to Heathrow.
On days 4 and 5 it is possible to upgrade to Kirawira Tented Camp - please ask for details and prices.
at a glance
This suggested Safari itinerary has been put together after years of experience. However, we are able to amend the itineraries in order to tailor-make your very own holiday. You can add in alternative accommodation, stay extra nights in a favourite place or follow the route in a different order to the one shown.
- 1 night Arusha (Serena Mountain Village)
- 1 night Lake Manyara (Lake Manyara Serena Lodge)
- 2 nights Serengeti (Serengeti Serena Lodge)
- 2 nights Ngorongoro (Ngorongoro Serena Lodge)
Beach hotel extentions to your safari
- Southern Palms
- Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa
- Serena Beach Hotel & Spa