Example Trip Itinerary
Arrive in Kilimanjaro
Private transfer from Kilimanjaro airport to Arusha hotel
Lodges and Camps in Arusha
- 6 Luxurious Garden Cottages
- 1 Family Cottage:2 rooms
- 2 Luxury Rooms in the Old Farmhouse
A very private experience on the outskirts of Arusha, the Legendary Coffee Lodge is situated on its own genuine coffee plantation with views of Mount Meru spanning behind. Each of the six garden cottages has their own private veranda and is beautifully decorated with a colonial feel. They have large and extremely comfortable beds and a lounge area with a fireplace to take the chill off the cooler African nights. The family cottage has two bedrooms and a private garden which is a superb way to spend some time relaxing in absolute luxury during your stopover in the bustling city pre- or post-safari. Two cosy en-suite rooms in the Old Farmhouse provide a comfortable retreat from which to explore the grounds of this genuine coffee plantation. After roughly an hour’s drive through Arusha, you will arrive onto this working coffee farm and will have the chance to either relax and spend time in the well kept grounds, or venture into the city to see some of the museums and markets on offer. The service is excellent due to the small number of people you will actually be sharing the ground with, and serves as a perfect stopover if you need to stay over in Arusha.
- 18 Plantation Rooms
- 12 Plantation Suites
- Swimming Pool
- Wireless Internet Access
Quite ideally situated on the outskirts of busy Arusha, this lodge is a brilliant spot to stay either before or after your safari in Tanzania. It is quite a surprisingly long drive through town to reach from Kilimanjaro International Airport (roughly 90 minutes) but as it is hidden on the grounds of one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations, the distance is worth it. Yes, you might be exposed to a busy city and hard traffic but once you arrive, the plantation houses offer you a homely space to either relax after a long international flight, or to flick through your photos before you head home again. In the main lodge you can enjoy the warmth of open log fires while sipping a well-earned gin and tonic or spend time out on the garden terrace breathing in the smells of the plantations around you. The plantation itself can be explored on a 2 hour guided walk which is a superb insight into the methods of coffee harvesting and ends with an excellent brew of the local beans at the end. You have the chance to venture into Arusha if the need takes you, but otherwise you can just make the most of the large grounds which are very popular with locals and expatriates alike. If the midday heat gets a bit much, they also have a pool that is great for dipping your toes into and topping up your safari tan.
Private transfer from Arusha to the Ngorongoro Crater with lunch at Lake Manyara
Lodges and Camps in the Ngorongoro Crater
- Ten Manor Cottages (twenty suites) and One Stable Cottage
- Riding stables
- Dining room, conservatory and bar
- Massage facilities
- Swimming Pool
- Library, Billiard room, TV/cinema room
Echoing the style of an elegant farm home, The Manor is Ngorongoro Crater’s answer to luxury country living. Designed with Cape Dutch architecture, this is a sumptuous and indeed homely property found in a 1500-acre Arabica coffee estate, right next to the renowned Ngorongoro conservation area. Accommodation comes in the form of charming, private manor cottages and one larger stable cottage. All enjoy bundles of comfort, lavish amenities and lush hill views, though the two-storey stable cottage features an impressive three bedrooms, dining and lounging areas and an upstairs playroom for little ones. Besides witnessing the awesome game of the crater, your time here can be spent feasting on delicious cuisine, relaxing with a massage or dip in the pool and horse riding and cycling around the surrounding area.
- 12 suites in North Camp
- 12 suites in South Camp
- 6 suites in Tree Camp
- Private Butler Service
Perched up high on the edge of this remarkable natural wonder, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge has prime place among many other lodges in the area. With views spanning the spectacular caldera, you can enjoy a relaxing visit to this otherwise bustling attraction and dip into a world that is the permanent home to roughly 25,000 animals. The large swarms of game that find sanctuary here roam over 20 kilometres on the crater floor and this allows for some excellent game viewing opportunities. Prides of bachelor lions are sometimes seen spanning the landscape, on the hunt for their own families and dotted in among the plains game you might spot a rhino rump in the distance. Morning and afternoon game drives are taken by highly experienced guides and if you want to visit the nearby Olduvai Gorge that is also available when vehicle occupancy allows. The crater can get quite busy but with three potential areas within the lodge to hide away, you will not really notice the thirty suites that make up the lodge. North and South Camp both have twelve beautiful suites and the Tree Camp, slightly set apart from the others, has just six. Raised up on stilts, these rooms are all tastefully decorated with Tanzanian hardwoods and silk curtains which make the room nice and warm; the ridge can get quite nippy, after all! The dining areas have lovely viewing decks and extremely comfortable indoor lounges which are ideal for catching up on some midday afternoon reading, or ticking off the birds that you might have seen so far. You could also decide to have a relaxing massage in your room, and completely pamper yourself.
- 16 Lovely Rooms
- 2 bedroom Family Farmhouse Suite
- 2 bedroom Family Bamboo unit
- 4 bedroom Garden House for Families
- Swimming Pool
- Restaurant, bar and wine cellar
Located in Karatu, close to the entrance to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Plantation Lodge is both a stylish and a convenient place to stay during your safari. More of a country retreat than a safari lodge, this beautiful property has individually furnished rooms and suites which give you ultimate comfort and relaxation. The garden is just gorgeous to walk around and being set away from the high traffic that the Crater attracts, you will be able to relax with this world wonder just a short distance away. The 14 rooms, which are all en suite, are simply furnished and surrounded by well-kept and colourful gardens. In addition there is also an impressive honeymoon suite which has an enormous bed, and a fabulous ‘Jacuzzi shower’. Many of the rooms can also be used as triples, and there is a 2 bedroom family suite; a family house comprising two separate bedrooms with a private dining area / lounge and patio, which would be ideal for two couples travelling together. For bigger families or groups the 4 bedroom Garden House would be ideal. There is also a good sized swimming pool situated in the gardens. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area starts just 20 minutes by car from Plantation Lodge. After a drive of a further half-hour visitors reach the edge of the crater at an altitude of 2,500 metres / 8,000 feet where they are rewarded with a breathtaking panorama. When the morning mists float over the edge of the crater they reveal the large volcanic caldera. The crater, which formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago, is 610 metres (2,000 feet) deep and its floor covers 260 square kilometres (100 square miles). Some 25,000 animals live in the caldera – Zebras, buffalo, antelope, lions, black rhinos, hippos, elephants … They all feed on the abundant grazing grounds and the groundwater of the crater floor.
Scenic safari to Lake Manyara National Park with Lunch (combined with transfer from Arusha to Ngorongoro)
Spend your days exploring all the dramatic scenery and wildlife of the Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area. The largest intact volcanic caldera in the world, its magnificent topography and fertile soils attract a wide variety of plains game and predators in what makes for a thrilling amphitheatre of wildlife viewing. The Big Five are all present here including Black Rhino and you can spot flamingos on the central soda lake, zebras grazing on the plains, lions lazing in the tall grass, leopards lying in the trees, as well as big "tuskers" in the forests.
Transfer from the Ngorongoro Crater to the Manyara airstrip
Flight from Manyara to Kogatende
Private transfer from Kogatende airstrip to Northern Serengeti Lodge
Accommodation in North Serengeti
- 12 Rooms in total
- Bar and lounge
- Swimming Pool
- Private Lodge with 4 Rooms and Swimming Pool
Lamai Serengeti Lodge has a pride of place up on a kopje overlooking the vast open Serengeti plains towards the Maasai Mara in Kenya. With just 12 delightfully stylish rooms all perched in, around and on top of the rock, you will be extremely well catered for and feel heartened by this little bit of paradise. Ideally placed to catch sightings of the migration as it attempts to cross the Mara River (July to October), this lodge offers you an experience that is highly sought after in relation to the epic journey of these fantastic beasts. The northern Serengeti, which is where Lamai is perfectly located, is a rather different world to the southern part of the park. With a continuous supply of lush foliage to munch on, the plains game in this area rarely needs to move on in search for greener pastures. This in turn means that the predators don’t have to leave the sanctuary of their territories to hunt and they remain rather smug in the areas around the lodge. Although leopards have a larger territorial space to traverse, they don’t need to exhaust themselves and can sometimes be seen elusively stalking among the kopjes that are so typical of this part of the Serengeti. Not far from the main lodge is a smaller, more private and exclusive lodge which has four rooms and neither lodge has any idea they exist. Each camp has its own pool, dining and lounge areas. Both are classically designed and made to completely fit in with their surroundings. Making use of the rocks they are built on, the rooms are a mix of canvas and more sturdy materials and have spectacular views from on high. Each has its own private viewing deck and veranda for those spectacular sundowners.
- 12 tents and 1 Family Tent
- Individual dining mess tent
- Hot tubs
- Wine Wall
This is one of the most luxurious and opulent tented camps in Tanzania. With first-class comfort, space and style throughout. The extremely large tents are built on raised wooden platforms on the hillside (ensuring they all have a good view of the landscape). There is an inner, closed part to the tent comprising of the bedroom and bathroom and an extremely large covered outdoor veranda outside of the this, with a seating area and jacuzzi from which to enjoy the surrounding landscape in style. The large hotel restaurant allows individual dining and plenty of relaxation space. Service is professional and helpful, with butler service. Another perk of staying here is the complimentary massages, included in your package. The excursion vehicles include a spotter (for a better chance of finding the big game) and the guides here are excellent.
- Plunge pool
- Childminding services
- Laundry services
Singita Mara River Tented Camp is located on the northern banks of the world-renowned Mara River in the Lamai triangle and is celebrated for its annual wildebeest migration crossings. The Lamai triangle covers 40,000 hectares (98,000 acres) of the northern most tip of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, neatly slotted between the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya in the north, and the Mara River in the south. The Lamai triangle is a unique area of Tanzania due to its distinctive soil composition resulting in one of the highest year round concentrations of wildlife in the Serengeti National Park. Singita Mara River Tented Camp consciously seeks to eliminate the use of unnecessary energy and non-biodegradable materials. In keeping with this concept, the camp is truly ‘off the grid’ and relies entirely on a custom designed solar power array and uses recycled and natural materials.
- 10 Stone Cottages
- Swimming Pool
- Safari Shop
Just outside the Serengeti National Park in an enormous concession area of 24,500 acres, Klein’s Camp is perched on the edge of the Kuka Hills in the north eastern part of this wonderful ecosystem. Ten rather tastefully decorated stone cottages offer you a luxurious way to spend your nights in this rugged terrain. With a dash of the old colonial influences touching the edges of the lodge, the luxury experienced here is beautifully coupled with the game experiences. The private verandas out in front of your cottage give you the chance to simply sit and sip a gin and tonic watching the world go by, with the animals often wondering through into the camp providing special close encounters. The beautifully furnished bar and lounge area is ideal with a good book and if you fancy a refreshing dip then you could always make use of the crystal clear swimming pool. A variety of landscapes including wide open grasslands, forested riverbanks, wooded hillsides and marshland are home to a whole host of animals and superb birdlife. Elephants love it here and browse the area in their great family herds, mingling between the migratory wildebeest when they arrive each year between July and November. With the Maasai Mara in the north and the Serengeti to the west, this concession has the best of both worlds as the game traverses through and without the park restrictions, night drives can be enjoyed from this lodge as well as guided bush walks.
- Eight Safari Tents
- Curio Cabinet
Kimondo Camp is a camp of just eight tents, in a prime location overlooking the river. Watching the sun rise over the Mara river in front your tent in the morning is a special experience. With just eight luxury tents, you will receive some excellent service and delicious cuisine right in the heart of the bush. The tents are spacious and comfortable but simply decorated due to the mobile nature of the camp. You will not miss your creature comforts here however, with flush toilets and proper sinks, it is a rather adventurous way to spend your safari with sights of the roaming animals around you. Being a seasonal camp that moves twice a year in order to base itself in the best possible location for wildlife and the Migration. From 15th November to 15th March in the Southern Serengeti, Kimondo will be to the south east of the Kusini area, about an hour’s drive south west of Ndutu, one of the most peaceful parts of the Serengeti. The short grass plains play host to just three other camps, so other vehicles will be a rare sighting.
- 15 Luxury Tented Suites
- Swimming Pool
A larger scale of luxury based in the northern part of the Serengeti, Sayari has 15 permanent raised-deck tents with wide deck verandas that overlook the bushy scrubland around the camp. The tents are palatial, with very comfortable beds and a large bath, ideal for sinking into after a great day of sightseeing. The camp has a rather grand feel to it with spacious decking and intricately decorated areas that you can lounge in and relax when you aren’t out on game drives. Service is of a high standard and this is definitely one of the most luxurious camps in the North Serengeti.
Spend your days exploring the northern reaches of the Serengeti on safari, tracking the great array of game and wildlife that this vast area offers. If you're there at the right time for the great migration (depending on the season), this is the region where the herds are at their most concentrated as they seek to cross the Mara River to reach the open grasslands beyond, and it’s where (if you’re lucky) you’ll see iconic river crossings. It’s also an area of untamed natural beauty, of rolling hills, rivers, forests and open plains.
Private transfer from Northern Serengeti Lodge to Kogatende airstrip
Flight from Kogatende to Kilamanjaro