Shimmering lakes awash with birdlife, endless plains travelled by herds in the world’s greatest migration and an ancient crater that sustains its own vast ecosystem… welcome to Tanzania. This is the quintessential safari experience, in some of the world’s best locations for game viewing as well as some of the most beautiful natural landscapes Africa has to offer. Moving from Arusha to Lake Manyara, followed by Ngorongoro Crater and finally the Serengeti, you’ll get a taste of the diverse ecosystems that make up this incredible place.
Disembark for a warm welcome at Kilimanjaro Airport from an andBeyond team member who will transfer you to Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge.
Arusha is bursting with culture and energy. The central market, Soko Kuu, is an adventure for the senses, showcasing Maasai handicrafts, freshly cooked foods and striking textiles. Meanwhile the Natural History Museum is impressive and unmissable for anyone interested in the city’s colonial history or the importance of local archaeology in understanding human evolution.
A little further afield is Arusha National Park, perfect for a day trip and home to Africa’s largest giraffe population. Cruise Lake Duluti on a canoe safari and spot the bright flamingos and frolicking hippos. This reserve will whet your appetite for the safari ahead!
Recommended activities (at an additional cost):
- Coffee Estate Tour
- Natural History Museum
- Arusha National Park
- Cultural Heritage Centre
Feel like a part of the ecosystem in your stilted tree house at andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. Dine beneath the stars in the traditional boma and interact with a friendly Maasai warrior who might teach you some bush skills! Warm afternoon hours can be passed in the bliss of the pool while you let the sounds of the forest carry you away.
Natural beauty takes on new meaning in this environment shared by glimmering lakes, dense woodland and dramatic mountains. Witness flamingos on the shores of Soda Lake, track down the park’s tree-climbing lions and feel the earth rumble beneath the great herds of elephants as you embark on game drives across the landscape.
Night-time drives allow guests to experience the nocturnal side of life in the park, witnessing predators that prefer the cool of the evening. Aside from day and night game drives with your private guide, your stay also offers a guided bike ride through the scenic Mayoka community, giving you the chance to interact with locals and perhaps even meet the nomadic Mang’ati tribe.
After breakfast, it’s time to migrate to the North of the country to andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. Overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, this is a special location with spectacular views. Mist swirls over the crater as if independent of the outside world, and vast numbers of creatures roam the expanse within the walls of the world’s largest intact caldera.
Explore the immense crater floor on game drives suited to your specific interests and the animals you wish to see. Giant tusked elephants roam the forest, while the lion is king of the grassland. The endangered black rhino can also be found wandering the plains.
Devour a delicious picnic out in the reserve, surrounded by wildlife. Hikes are a fantastic option for the energetic, leading to magnificent crater viewpoints and taking in every sight, smell and sound of the environment on the way. Learn to create beadwork back at the camp with a Maasai teacher, watch the resident zebra drink from the tap or explore lion conservation with KopeLion.
Additional recommended activities (at an extra cost):
- Crater view walk
- Olduvai Gorge & Shifting Sands tour
- Crater floor banquet
- Private sundowners on the rim
- Wine store pairing dinner
Eat a fantastic breakfast before being driven back to Manyara Airstrip, where you will be flown to Lobo Airstrip. A scenic game drive will take you to andBeyond Klein’s Camp.
Klein’s Camp is beloved of many safari adventurers for its unparalleled location and access to wildlife. Sat on the Kuka Hills, this camp of only ten gorgeous wood and stone cottages looks over a valley that teems with animals.
Take advantage of the private concession that Klein’s Camp is located on, affording exclusive game drives and undisturbed animal encounters. Follow the great migration in the Serengeti, choosing between shorter twice-daily safaris or an all-day drive with a picnic. Or venture out on a night drive to experience the sensations of the bush at night, while witnessing predators and nocturnal animals in action.
Bush walks are a favourite, allowing guests to escape the confines of a vehicle and feel the ground beneath their feet as they explore the environment close-up. This is the land of the Maasai, who can be met daily. An authentic boma lies near to the camp and cultural village tours are possible, giving an insight into the daily lives of the people that have roamed the land here for thousands of years.
Alternatively, stay at Serengeti Under Canvas. This is a unique adventure in a Bedouin style tent, based at a camp that moves five times per year to track the great migration, thus offering the best proximity to this incredible phenomenon possible.
Tents are kitted out luxuriously with chandeliers, crystal and silverware and sumptuous beds, and are served by a private butler. Feel completely surrounded by nature and let your cares ease away in the beauty of the bush. Dinners under the sky, stargazing and campfire storytelling make for a truly intimate experience.
Additional recommended activities (at an extra cost):
- Visit to authentic Maasai boma
Serengeti Under Canvas (location dependent):
- Tour of Olduvai Gorge & Shifting Sands
- Lake Victoria excursion
- Hot air balloon safari
After a final early morning game drive and breakfast, you will be driven back to the airstrip and fly to Kilimanjaro Airport to catch your outbound flight.