Tanzania - Luxury Under Canvas

A safari to Tanzania is to bear witness to the ebb and flow of the natural world from the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra in the Serengeti to the diverse vitality in the extinct and now Edenic, Ngorongoro Crater. Much like the explorers of old, you will fall under Tanzania’s spell, intoxicated by the calls and rumbles of migrating herds, the elegant arches of ancient baobab trees and the kaleidoscope of its ethnic diversity. Venture into remote areas of the Serengeti and stay in intimate, exclusive tented camps that blend into the landscape where you are serenaded only by the wildlife around you. Unforgettable moments… Unbelievable memories!

Days 1/2

Washington, D.C./Addis Ababa/Arusha

Your journey begins as you board your overnight flight to Addis Ababa and connect to Arusha, Tanzania. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your luxurious lodge, nestled in the foothills of Mount Meru, in view of Mount Kilimanjaro. This pleasant and peaceful country estate combines old-world ambience, African country elegance, excellent farm cuisine, personal service and genuine warmth from your hosts. The lodge has 18 individually styled garden rooms, two hidden cottages and the River House—a secluded thatched cottage on the Usa River. RIVERTREES LODGE. (Meals Aloft)

 

Day 3

Arusha National Park

Begin your adventure today with a visit to Arusha National Park.  Although relatively small, this unusual park is one of the most beautiful in Tanzania and is located only 20 miles from Arusha. It has three distinct zones: Ngurdoto Crater, often called the “mini Ngorongoro,” the shallow alkaline Momella Lakes which are fed by underground streams, and the densely forested slopes of magnificent Mount Meru. There is an abundance of wildlife including various antelopes, buffalo, leopard, hyena, baboon, colobus monkey, giraffe, rhino, elephant, hippopotamus, and zebra, as well as Lesser and Greater Flamingoes and migrant birds which can be seen between May and October at the Momella Lakes. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon. RIVERTREES LODGE.  (B,L,D)

 

Days 4/5

Lake Manyara National Park/Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Wake up feeling refreshed and eager to begin your safari adventure. Your drive takes you this morning to Lake Manyara National Park, an ornithological paradise inhabited by over 350 bird species. Elusive tree-climbing lion may lay in wait on branches while eagle, vulture, stork, swift and swallow glide along the spectacular cliffs overlooking the pink shimmering lake with flamingos. Enjoy a picnic lunch and then drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.  Next day, descend 2,000 feet into the Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage site, an extinct volcano and the world’s largest unbroken caldera. Through misty clouds reach the crater’s floor for a treasure trove of wildlife: swaggering prides of black-mane lion, large herds of wildebeest, buffalo, gazelle, eland and zebra, roam the grasslands with hyena close behind. The best chance to see the rare black rhino is here, as they are protected around the clock. Colorful flamingo inhabit the shores of the soda lake, and Hildebrandt’s Francolin lurk in the forest while Verreaux’s Eagle soar high above. Bull elephant with massive tusks charge the plains while their female counterparts, and the solitary leopard, meander through the forests. Resting on the red-brown hills of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, your fabulous accommodation is like a green oasis with lush, flowering gardens, individually-furnished rooms and suites, a lovely pool, and amazing views. Owner-run, you will enjoy personalized service and great food at this stunning home away from home.  THE PLANTATION LODGE.  (B,L,D Daily)

 

Days 6/7

Serengeti National Park/Dunia Camp

Return to the Lake Manyara airstrip and fly to the Serengeti, a World Biosphere Reserve, which plays host to the annual Great Migration of over a million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebra shadowed by cheetah, leopard, and hyena who eye the movable feast. Search the open plains for giraffe, topi, buffalo, and Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle. See Elephant herds resting in shady thickets in the Seronera Valley. At an additional cost, soar through the skies on a balloon safari. Your home combines elements of style and luxury with an incredible wildlife experience. This diminutive camp of eight exceptionally appointed tents rests in a secluded setting and is a tranquil retreat in the most scenic part of the Serengeti. DUNIA CAMP. (B,L,D Daily)

 

Days 8/9

Serengeti National Park/Sayari Camp

Soar through the sky once again as you fly over the sweeping landscape of the Serengeti to the north and Sayari Camp. Located next to the Mara River, the area offers access to one of the best wildlife-viewing secrets in Northern Tanzania – the superb Mara Triangle, a wedge of sloping grassland that divides the Mara River from the Kenyan border packed with grazers, the ‘Big Five’ and endless varieties of birds. At this intimate and quiet camp of just 15 spacious tents, the chef will prepare a three-course meal each evening for you, utilizing mouth-watering recipes and fresh homemade bread. SAYARI CAMP. (B,L,D Daily)

 

Days 10/11

Arusha/Addis Ababa/Washington, D.C.

After the morning’s activities, fly to Arusha where you can do some last-minute shopping at the African Heritage before transferring to the airport for your overnight flights home, bringing with you the memories of all the wonderful sights of East Africa. (B, Meals Aloft)

 

PRE-Extension to Tarangire National Park

A short flight takes you from Arusha to Tarangire National Park, where the gently rolling countryside is dotted with the majestic baobab trees which seem to dwarf the animals that feed beneath them. This stretch of Africa is spectacular, especially in the dry season when many of the migratory wildlife species come back to the permanent waters of Tarangire River. A birdwatcher’s dream with over 300 bird species, Tarangire is best known to house the largest population of elephants in northern Tanzania, now numbering close to 2,500. Your intimate camp, Oliver’s Camp, features only ten beautifully furnished guest tents, unparalleled naturalist guides and superb service and food.

 

POST-Extension to Zanzibar

Spend four days on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar beginning in Stone Town – a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars and unique wooden doors. Stay at the ZANZIBAR SERENA INN on the Indian Ocean – a haven of tranquility and old-world opulence. Dazzle your senses at a spice plantation and watch rare, red colobus monkeys frolic overhead in Jozani Forest. Then travel to MATEMWE BUNGALOWS for a refreshing stay in spacious villas set on top of a small cliff overlooking the ocean, beaches of white powder, and some of the best snorkeling and diving in the continent.

Prices starting at $7,995. For further booking, date, and pricing info please contact info@classicescapes.

Does not include international or domestic flights. Prices are based on 10 or more travelers, and are subject to change.