Day 1: Arusha Tanzania
Upon arrival into Kilimanjaro International airport and after clearing customs. you will be met and transferred to the KIA Lodge. This lovely lodge is located near the airport and your accommodations will be in one of the 40 charming bungalows set among the gardens. The open air bar has a magnificent view of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Relax the remainder of the day by the pool, or soak in the view from your bungalow. A late dinner buffet for those flying in late is provided. Overnight - KIA Lodge. Includes: (D).
Days 2 & 3: Sinya Wildlife Conservancy / Foothills of Kilimanjaro
This morning you will be met by your safari guide and depart by road to Sinya, a 138,000 acre private wildlife conservancy in a remote area on the west side of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Its flood plains, hills, acacia woodland and spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, give life to one of the most beautiful, pristine, wild areas of Northern Tanzania. Adjacent to Amboseli in Kenya, it is one of the few areas in Africa where you will see huge bull elephants, some more than 50 years old with huge tusks. The Maasai people of Sinya still follow the traditional ways. The conservancy land is leased from several local tribes, so your stay here helps preserve the area for the wildlife and generates funds for schools and medical needs.
While at Sinya you’ll spend two nights at Kambi ya Tembo, a small luxury tented camp with exclusive use of the conservancy. Each of the 10 luxury thatch roofed tents has an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and solar powered hot shower and a private verandah. The dining room, bar and lounge are housed in a dramatic thatched roofed structure with a spectacular view of the conservancy. Activities while at Kambi ya Tembo include game drives,, night game drives, hikes and walks escorted by Maasai trackers. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Maasai bomas and experience the weekly Tuesday “market day”. Overnights - Kampi ya Tembo (all meals & activities).
Day 4: Sinya / Arusha / Lake Manyara National Park
Today you leave Sinya with and drive south to Arusha where you have a short tour of the town and a stop for lunch at the Olasiti Lodge. Afterwards you will continue south down the Great Rift Valley and up to the top of the rift to Kirurumu Tented Lodge. This is a charming permanent tented lodge perched atop the escarpment overlooking the Great Rift Valley and Lake Manyara National Park. After settling in you can go on a wildlife walk with a Maasai guide, or relax with a cold drink and enjoy the panoramic view from the observation deck off the lounge. Overnight - Kirurumu Tented Lodge (all meals & activities).
Day 5: Lake Manyara National Park / Ngorongoro Crater
After an early breakfast, depart down the steep road into Lake Manyara National Park. Although only 205 sq. miles in size this enchanting park is one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries in East Africa. It is noted for incredibly lush groundwater forest of giant fig and mahogany trees, which are home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys. The park is also home to large numbers of buffalo, giraffe, elephant, hippo, impala and of course it’s famous tree climbing lions.
Enjoy a long morning of game viewing, stopping for a picnic lunch. After more wildlife viewing head back up the escarpment to the “eighth natural wonder of the world” - the Ngorongoro Crater. You’ll pass by small villages and lush farm land on your way to the crater rim and aview of floor 2,000 feet below. Continue around the crater rim, arriving at award winning Ngorongoro Serena Lodge in the afternoon. Built from some 2 million stones, all 75 guest rooms have magnificent views of crater below. Relax and take in the view before dinner or enjoy the lounge. Overnight - Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (all meals & activities).
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater
This morning after an early breakfast you will descend down to the crater floor for a day of wildlife viewing. With walls 2,000 ft high and a crater floor that spreads for 102 sq. miles, the crater is a virtual “Noah’s Ark”, inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa including the rare black rhino. It contains a river, several swamps, a soda lake – complete with flamingoes, a forest and open plains. The large bull elephants that reside here have extremely large tusk, due to the rich mineral content of the volcanic soil and it’s grasses. After a stop for a picnic lunch and more wildlife viewing return to the lodge and time to freshen up before dinner. Overnight - Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (all meals & activities).
Days 7-9: Serengeti National Park
Today you’re off to the world famous Serengeti National Park, home of the “great migration”. Serengeti means “endless plains” in Kiswahili and this 6,900 sq. mile (18,000 sq. km) park is inhabited by more than 2 million large animals including more than a million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of zebras, and gazelles. Large predators including lions, cheetahs, and hyenas are drawn to the area by this abundance of prey. On the way into the Serengeti you will can stop at the famous “Oldupai Gorge”, where Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey made their discovery of early man.
Your stay in the Serengeti will be at the new luxurious Lake Masek Tented Lodge, set on the shores of Lake Masek in the southern part of the Serengeti eco-system, within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This area is in the heart of the migration between the light rains of early December and the heavy rains in April. Each of the 20 guests “tents’ has views of the lake and or the surrounding Ndutu Forest, a separate bedroom, sitting area, private verandah and full en-suite bathroom complete with a flush loo, hot showers and an outdoor bathtub. Meals are served in the thatched roof main lodge building that includes the dining room, lobby and bar. The lodge uses 220v solar power for lighting and heating water. After lunch, you will depart on an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti. Return to the camp in time to freshen up and enjoy a sundowner around the campfire before dinner. Spend your next two days on game drives and guided walks. Overnights - Lake Masek Tented Lodge (all meals & activities).
Day 10: Serengeti / Arusha - Depart
This morning you will driven to the airstrip where you will say goodbye to your guide and depart on the scheduled 11:00am flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport, arriving at noon. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the nearby KIA lodge, where you will have the use of a dayroom. Later today you will transferred to the airport for your departing flight. Day room – KIA Lodge. Includes: (B).
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