Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Kilimanjaro airport
Private transfer from Kilimanjaro airport to Arusha lodge
Lodges 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.
Enjoy a restful overnight stay in your chosen accommodation in or just outside of Arusha.
Private transfer from Arusha to the Ngorongoro Crater with lunch at Lake Manyara
Lake Manyara National Park is part of the Maasai ecosystem and lies at the base of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, and where lush grasslands, swamp and woodland surround a large soda lake. Home to blue monkeys, baboons, tree-climbing lions, buffalos, elephant, giraffes, hippos and is a bird-watcher's paradise with 350 species of birds (including flamingos).
Your safari will explore just the northern corridor of the park, where you will see plenty of game and stop by the hippo pool for a picnic lunch overlooking the lake.
Lodges and Camps in the Ngorongoro Crater
- 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.
- 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.
- Eight domes including a family and a honeymoon suite
- In-room wood-burning stoves
- Dining area
Set high on the slopes of Olmoti volcano, with views all the way to the Serengeti, this camp is far from any other camp in the area, yet guests can get to the Ngorongoro crater floor for dawn. Eight domed perspex-and-canvas suites offer king-sized beds with floor-to-canvas-ceiling bay windows opening out to the spectacular views, en-suite bathrooms and wood-burning stoves for the cold winter evenings. One is designed to accommodate two adults and two children and the honeymoon suite is a little bit more private with a large elevated deck and an outdoor hot tub. This warm and stylish high altitude camp is redefining the Ngorongoro experience. Deliberately positioned deep in this highland wilderness for maximum privacy, it offers a richness of adventure and range of activities not possible elsewhere in crater area. The camp is perfectly located for great hikes and nature walks, or you can visit the local Maasai communities to get a glimpse into the way of life that has shaped this area of East Africa while sightings of zebra, buffalo, porcupine and even elephants have been reported from the camp.
- 8 Luxury Tents
- 1 Luxury Family Tent
Located next to the quiet Lemala access route on the rim of the beautifully impressive Ngorongoro Crater rim, this camp is an intimate, seasonal property set in a delightful, ancient acacia forest. With just eight luxury tents and one family tent, you are guaranteed a relatively private experience in a pristine forest environment. Each spacious tent is fitted with a gas heater, large single or king-size beds with warm duvets, wooden flooring with rugs, 24-hour solar lighting, en-suite bathrooms with a dressing area, flush toilet and a large safari shower. The mess tent is beautifully furnished with grand sofas, lamps, book shelves and corner cabinets in old wood, chests and rugs. In the evening, you all gather around the campfire for sundowners before dining under chandeliers, Walks from the camp into the forest and along the crater rim together with an armed ranger and the Masai gives you spectacular panoramas of the crater and an insight into the forest dwelling animals.
- 18 Cottages
- African Living Spa
- Working Farm
This is a wonderfully comfortable and charming lodge, set in a working farm within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. A short drive from the famous Ngorongoro Crater surrounded by forest and gardens Gibb’s Farm gives you some peace and quiet away from the bustling traffic that congregates around the busy crater rim. This interesting working farm is a great place to get out of the safari vehicle and walk the 95 acres of farm and forest that make up Gibb’s. The farmhouse itself is surrounding by rather charming English gardens and where you can simply relax and enjoy the organic coffee that is processed and roasted just outside the door of the lodge. Each of the 18 cottages is very interestingly decorated with names and themes relating to different aspects of the farm and surrounding communities. Each cottage has its own unique story which certainly adds a certain charm to the place. The warm main dining area is perfect to relax with a good book, or you could simply enjoy a turn about the gardens. Activities around here are plentiful and either take in the surrounding farm and village or you could go further afield and explore the Conservation Area that the lodge sits adjacent to. Either way, Gibb’s Farm offers you the chance to relax within a beautiful area before you explore the Crater itself.
- 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.
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.
Alongside your personal guide, explore the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world. Magnificent geography and fertile soils lure huge herds of plains game and predators in what makes for a multi-coloured and thrilling amphitheater of wildlife. The Big Five are all present here and you can spot flamingos on the central soda lake, zebras grazing along the plains, lions lazing in the tall grass and leopards in the trees of the crater rims.
Transfer from the Ngorongoro Crater to the Manyara airstrip
Light Aircraft Flight from Manyara Airstrip to Grumeti Airstrip
Lodges in the Grumeti
- 10 Opulent Cottages
- Tennis Courts
- Spa and Gym
- Singita Shop
- Wireless Internet Access
Nominated as the Best Luxury Lodge in the world many times over, Singita Sasakwa is just that. Astounding luxury in a remarkably exclusive game reserve just on the fringes of the Serengeti National Park. Singita Sasakwa has 10 opulent cottages where you can totally relax and feel rather like royalty. Each cottage has a private heated plunge pool with views spanning across the stunning reserve and a private lounge with a fireplace to keep you warm on those chilly nights. Varying between one and four rooms, you will be able to enjoy your own little bit of class on this stunning reserve regardless of your numbers. Swarovski telescopes give you the chance to do some serious game spotting from the comfort of your own room, and with game roaming so freely around the lodge, you’ll have a zoom big enough to count eyelashes. The main house is built in a remarkable likeness to an Edwardian manor house with grand furniture, silverware and high ceilings. As you walk in you will feel quite regal and as the staff do their magic, you don’t have to worry about anything whatsoever. You can simply relax and make the most of your time either out with the game or reading a book by the open fire.
- Nine luxury tents
- Dining tent and library
- Swimming Pool
- Spa and gym facilities are available
- Tennis court
With just nine tents that reflect a time when Ernest Hemingway might have wandered through these beautiful lands, Sabora is a rather romantic place to explore the Grumeti Reserve from with some staggeringly good service to compliment the game. A real explorer’s camp, you have access to huge numbers of birds, healthy packs of lions and, for a few months a year, the famous wildebeest and zebra migration. It isn’t uncommon for the wildlife to stroll casually through the camp and bring you some extra special close encounters that you will remember for life. Canvas tents hark back to the early 20th century, with antique campaign furniture, warm rugs, brass lamps and fabulous four-poster beds making you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Of course there are a few subtle modern comforts, including air conditioning, en suite bathroom and outdoor shower. The colonial theme continues into the dining tent with its large communal table and silver tableware. You can also dine out under the stars, a lovely way to spend your evening. As well as the incredible safari for which the Grumeti is renowned for, you can explore on guided walks and bird watching trips, visit the local community and anti poaching unit, play tennis, cool off in the pool, enjoy wine tasting (Singita is recognised as one of Africa’s most influential collectors of wine) or simply relax on the plains where day beds are scattered to provide spots for afternoon naps and incredible game-viewing.
- Completely private camp
- 6 Luxury Canvas Tents (maximum 12 guests)
- Private guide, camp host, chef and camp staff
- Spa treatments upon request
- Laundry and valet services
Singita Explore is a return to the very essence of safari. This exclusive mobile camp treads lightly on 350,000 private acres of Tanzania’s majestic Serengeti, offering completely private, en-suite canvas hideaways that restore true adventure to days in the wilderness. Luxurious yet uncomplicated, a safari with Singita Explore is pure, distilled Africa. Singita Explore is sold on an exclusive use basis and available all year round. The best location is selected for the camp site in terms of game viewing and scenery for the time of year. Remote parts of Singita Grumeti Reserves have been identified to offer you a true wilderness experience in confident luxury. Singita Explore offers a total of 6 tents and 2 mess areas. This means that two individual mobile camps may be run at the same time.
- 8 Luxury Suites
- Luxury Villa
- Luxury Family Suite
- Two Infinity Swimming Pools
- Wireless Internet Access
- Singita Shop
- Spa and Gym
Absolute luxury. Absolutely sublime service. An absolutely unforgettable experience. Faru Faru Lodge is an exceptional place to enjoy some quality time being pampered and with your own concession area of some 350,000 acres of untouched wilderness, your experience will be a special one. It is perfectly placed for you to simply sit back and relax as the migrations come to you and during the months that the wildebeest and zebra have moved on, you will still have a rich variety of game on your doorstep to marvel at. There are 8 pristine and divinely luxurious suites, a Villa Suite that can accommodate two couples travelling together and a dedicated family suite or four. Each of these stunning rooms have their own reading area, picturesque window wall with lovely views and to increase the quality of the game you see, a Swarovki Telescope. The main dining area is unbelievably gorgeous and a great space to share your game experiences. All the modern facilities are available such as a gym and spa, as well a sweet shop stocked full with some perfect souvenirs to take back home. Unusual activities including archery, mountain biking and stargazing are also possible from this unbelievably beautiful lodge.
Bordering the west of the Serengeti National Park this private concession has all the big game highlights of the park in a more intimate and exclusive wilderness shared between only three lodges. This means your daily game drives here are almost guaranteed to be private and without another vehicle in sight. Horse riding and balloon rides over the bush are further activities available to explore the area.
Light Aircraft Flight from Grumeti Airstrip to Kogatende Airstrip
Following the Migration in the North Serengeti
Private transfer from Kogatende airstrip to your camp on the Northern Serengeti
North Serengeti camps
- 11 tents with en-suite facilities split between two camps
- Exclusive use of camp and vehicle
- 220v generator power
While this luxury mobile camp travels around the Serengeti National Park throughout the year following the migration, Legendary Serengeti Camp always enjoys a scenic and remote setting, deep in the bush. Eleven comfortable en-suite tents make up the accommodation here, split between two camps, each with its own private dining and bar area is also provided. Guests can overlook the vast Tanzanian plains, where the Great Migration takes place, from the comfort of their tent. During thrilling wildlife activities witness the huge herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle as you explore the diverse and spectacular landscape alongside expert guides. For an extra special safari adventure, at certain time of the year, you have the chance to take a hot air balloon ride to experience the wilderness from a truly breath-taking perspective, and, depending on the camp’s location, venture out on walking safaris. Generally, the camp can found in the west of the Serengeti National Park from May to July, relocating north between July and November, then set up south in the private Maswa Game Reserve from December to April.
- 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.
- 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.
Spend two 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 to Kogatende Airstrip
Light Aircraft Flight from Kogatende Airstrip to Arusha Airport
Private transfer from Arusha airport to Arusha hotel
Private transfer from Arusha hotel to Kilimanjaro airport