Unique lodges, phenomenal settings, action-packed game drives and soft, sandy beaches - this 12-day East Africa safari has it all! Highlights include the rim-side setting of Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, game drives in this wildlife-packed crater, a luxury safari in an exclusive Serengeti reserve, and a relaxing week at private and romantic Kilindi Zanzibar with its butler service and beautiful suites.
On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you’ll be met by our representative and assisted with customs and immigration. Formalities out of the way, you’re transferred to Arusha Coffee Lodge (a drive that takes between 1 and 1.5 hours) or fly to Arusha Airport, an easy 5 minutes from the lodge.
Your first night’s accommodation is on one of Tanzania’s largest coffee estates, just outside the bustling town of Arusha. The original landowner’s home (now the main lodge) dates back to the early 1900’s, while the luxurious rooms and suites are housed in wooden cottages tucked away on the tree-filled grounds.
Spend a lazy afternoon on your private deck with its Mount Meru views or explore the estate on the 2-hour “Bean to Cup” tour and find out how coffee is grown, harvested, dried and roasted. A great place to relax, Arusha Coffee Lodge has a welcoming atmosphere with crackling log fires, leather couches, lunch served in the lovely grounds and dinner in the a la carte Plantation House restaurant.
After an early breakfast you’re driven to Arusha Airport for your short flight to Lake Manyara Airstrip. On arrival at Manyara you’re met by your guide and transferred to Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (about a 1.5-hour drive) arriving with plenty of time to settle in before lunch.
The next day your guide drives you down to the crater floor for a full day of game viewing, including a picnic lunch next to the crater’s lake. Forming a bowl of about 265 km2, Ngorongoro Crater’s grasslands, swamps and forests are home to some of the densest large mammal populations found anywhere in Africa with regular sightings of lion, hyena, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, antelope, hippo, large bull elephants and the highly endangered black rhino.
Late in the afternoon return to Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and your luxurious suite where you’ll find that your butler has drawn a bath, stoked the fire and arranged fresh roses in readiness for your return from safari. Watch the sun set over the crater, then sit down to dinner in the opulent dining room where sparkling silver and crystal vie for attention with the spectacular crater views.
Enjoy a final breakfast overlooking the crater before being transferred to Lake Manyara Airstrip for your scheduled flight to Singita Grumeti Reserve (Sasakwa Airstrip). On arrival you’ll be met by your guide and driven to Singita Faru Faru, arriving in time for lunch followed by your first game drive on the Serengeti Plains.
The following day go on morning and afternoon game drives in Singita Grumeti. Similar in size to the Masai Mara, this private Serengeti reserve has just three lodges, a safari villa and a mobile tented camp so look forward to thrilling big game viewing with hardly another vehicle in sight. What’s more, Faru Faru lies on the migratory route so if your timing’s right you could find yourself amongst huge herds of wildebeest herds or (if you travel in June or July) even see the dramatic crossing of the Grumeti River.
Between game drives continue watching wildlife at the lodge’s active waterhole or relax in comfort in your stylish suite with floor-to-ceiling window and beautiful views. Singita Faru Faru also has a spa offering a wide range of treatments, two swimming pools (one with a small beach) and staying here gives you access to the stables at Singita Sasakwa Lodge – imagine horse riding on the Serengeti Plains, your steed keeping pace with a herd of zebra or giraffe!
After breakfast you’re transferred to Sasakwa Airstrip for a scheduled flight to Arusha where you connect with your Zanzibar flight. Touching down on the island in the early afternoon, you’re met at the airport and transferred to Kilindi Zanzibar on the north coast of the sunny Spice Island.
Spend leisurely days on Zanzibar Island relaxing on the white sand beaches, swimming in the clear turquoise water and snorkelling or diving coral reefs. There are plenty of interesting excursions too: set off for Kizimkazi where it’s sometimes possible to swim with dolphins, and we’d highly recommend a daytrip to Stone Town with its tangle of alleyways, the Sultan’s Palace Museum, and the city market - it’s stalls piled high with tropical fruit, seafood and spices.
We wouldn’t be surprised, however, if you spend most of your time in and around your white-domed suite at the wonderfully private and romantic Kilindi Zanzibar Resort. Each suite has white wooden shutters which open onto ocean views, there’s a private plunge pool, sunbathing patio and a rooftop terrace that’s perfect toasting the incredible sunsets followed by a candlelit dinner for two.
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