|Day 1:||On arrival at Kilimanjaro or Arusha Airport you'll be personally met and escorted by our driver-guide to the fashionable Arusha Hotel in the heart of Tanzania’s safari centre where you’ll spend the night. Activities, including swimming, shopping, or visiting the Tanzanite Experience museum are available for those who arrive early.|
|Day 2:||Leave Arusha after a buffet breakfast for Lake Manyara National Park. Here, you’ll take a short game drive through its lush groundwater forest where you might even see its famous tree-climbing lions. In the early evening you’ll arrive at Kirurumu Tented Lodge. Perched on the edge of the Great Rift Valley with commanding, panoramic views of Lake Manyara, you’ll be treated to a gourmet dinner. After a nightcap, retire and fall asleep to the comforting sounds of the African night. (FB)|
|Day 3-5:||Leave camp after breakfast for the drive to the Serengeti National Park, passing through rich farmland until reaching the lush montane forests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Crater Highlands. After ascending and descending the rift escarpment, stop first at Olduvai Gorge, one of the world’s most famous fossil and archaeological sites dating back to two million years where many finds of early humans were discovered. Tour the Olduvai museum before a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, continue game-viewing in the Serengeti. Undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, the Serengeti is home to the highest density of animals in the world as well as being unrivalled for its natural beauty, diversity and scientific value. During your daily game-drives you’ll witness the annual ancient drama of life, death and rebirth in this primeval wilderness. Three nights in our luxurious Classic Serengeti Camp.(FB)|
|Day 6:||Drive to the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, a collapsed volcano, once as high as present day Mount Meru for an afternoon of exciting game-viewing and a picnic lunch. Descend 2,000 feet to the floor of this 10 mile-wide ‘caldera’ that teems with a variety of wildlife including the highest density of lions per square kilometre in Africa, open savannah grasslands, the Lerai groundwater forest and a soda lake tinged pink by thousands of flamingos. Drive back up to the Crater rim in late afternoon for dinner and overnight at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. (FB)|
|Day 7:||After an early breakfast, spend another half-day in the Crater following and photographing the animals and landscapes. At lunchtime, relax with a picnic, then leave on a 2-hour drive to the historic and newly renovated Plantation Lodge in heart of coffee country in time for a cool drink and hot shower before a delicious dinner and restful night. (FB)|
|Day 8:||After breakfast, return to Arusha stopping for lunch at a popular local restaurant and day accommodations at the Kilimanjaro Airport Hotel before a late transfer to the airport for your return flight home.(B,L)|
Kirurumu Tented Lodge is run on strict environmental principles. The lodge is also at the forefront of an initiative to set up the Kirurumu Gorge Conservation area, to help stop the degradation of the gorge, and help local villagers with an income and sustainable wood source. All staff on this trip are paid fair wages.
The company offering this safari has won an international responsible tourism award twice in the last three years. They run their office in an environmentally friendly way, donate funds and administrative help to a charity the directors set up, and try to ensure that the services they offer are run responsibly and fairly, as regards the people, wildlife and environment.
Flights are automatically carbon offset through The Travel Forest, which plants trees on your behalf (currently in northern Malawi). Whilst the primary motivation for planting the trees is to offset carbon emissions, the project also works as a poverty alleviation and environmental improvement scheme.
Tailor-made, authentic, remote safari and islands
From £1600 - £2850 11 days excluding flights