YOUR JOURNEY INCLUDES:
- Domestic flight Arusha/Zanzibar as specified in the itinerary for the extension, as well as Zanzibar/Dar es Salaam.
- Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar.
- All meals on safari in Tanzania. Meals as specified in Zanzibar.
- All wildlife viewing by land cruiser.
- Complimentary bottled water in vehicles and during lunch/dinner.
- All gratuities to porters & dining room staff.
- All park entry fees.
- Complimentary luggage tags.
- Emergency evacuation insurance.
Located on a coffee plantation on the shores of the lake from which it gets its name, the Lake Duluti Serena Hotel is the perfect place to relax before embarking on your safari experience. Designed in the style of an African village, guests are housed in cottages thatched with banana fronds, surrounded by tropical shade trees and bougainvillea. All guest rooms have en suite bathrooms and many amenities. The lodge boasts magnificent views of the mighty snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro on one side and Lake Duluti and the rugged peaks of Mount Meru on the other. Overnight at LAKE DULUTI SERENA. www.serenahotels.com
Your accommodation is the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, on the edge of the Mto-wa-Mbu escarpment, overlooking the Great Rift Valley and the stunning Manyara soda lake. The great birds of prey that glide on thermals below your balcony inspired the design of Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge – swooping curves are complemented by soft, geometric patterns; stylish murals depict bird migration patterns. The circular shape of the buildings is a tribute to indigenous architectural traditions. All rooms have en suite facilities and private balconies overlooking the escarpment and the lake beyond. There is a curio shop, a swimming pool with vanishing horizon to Lake Manyara and a pool bar. Overnight at LAKE MANYARA SERENA SAFARI LODGE. www.serenahotels.com Driving time from Lake Duluti Serena to Lake Manyara: 2-3 hours on good tarmac roads
The Serengeti is incredible to visit any time of the year. In the Seronera Valley towering yellow fever trees and palm thickets line the Seronera River and its hippo pools. This is a superb area for seeing predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah, and their prey – giraffe, topi, Bohor reedbuck, Defassa waterbuck, buffalo and impala. The kopjes (prehistoric rock outcroppings) host hyraxes, dwarf mongooses, and red-headed agamas, while patience might reward you with a sleepy black-maned male lion or leopard. The open grassland is home to large groups of Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, spotted hyena, jackal, and such birds as the Double-banded Courser, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Red-capped Lark, Fischer’s Sparrow-lark, and Capped Wheatear. Your twice-daily wildlife drives will allow ample viewing. As an optional excursion, you can take a balloon safari for an exhilarating experience over the Savannah as the early sun rises and the animals are more active.
Your accommodation, the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, is set high on a hill with breathtaking vistas of sweeping grasslands and the unspoiled wild landscape of the Serengeti Plain. The lodge design is simple but stunning. Inspired by a traditional African village, separate rondavel “huts” house the luxury guest rooms that have their own view of the vast Serengeti Plain. From the overall impression to the smallest detail, the lodge is rich in local atmosphere created by indigenous handicrafts and art. A delightful water feature runs through the main public areas, creating a natural source of waterborne plants and providing a home for many native species of reptiles, amphibians, and birds. Overnights at the SERENGETI SERENA SAFARI LODGE. www.serenahotels.com/tanzania/serengeti/home.asp Driving times from Lake Manyara National Park to Serengeti National Park 5-6 hours on mostly dirt track
In the afternoon, visit a Maasai village and learn about this fascinating culture that has existed through the millennia in perfect harmony with nature. Continue on to your accommodations for the next two nights, the Ngorongoro Serena safari Lodge.
On your second day here, board your land cruiser for an amazing journey as you descend onto the floor of the crater, a World Heritage site, which is an extinct volcano and the largest unbroken caldera in the world. The cone, thought to have collapsed nearly two million years ago, is believed to have been as tall as, if not taller, than Mount Kilimanjaro. The crater (1,800 feet deep and 102 square miles) is a microcosm of East African scenery with abundant wildlife including more than 25,000 larger animals, mostly zebra and wildebeest. As you descend, you might be able to see the local Maasai as they take their cattle down the steep walls of the crater. It is their right, negotiated with the government and parks authority, to graze their cattle in about 75% of the crater floor. The mix of cattle with the wild animals makes for some terrific photographs, and the interaction between domestic and wild animals is almost unbelievable. Your wildlife-viewing will be dramatic, and the experience memorable. Return to the rim of the crater six hours later (regulations now specify that no one can stay longer than six hours daily on the crater floor) and drive to your lodge.
As if in a land before time, the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is built at the rim of the crater. The plant and ivy-covered native stone blends masterfully with its surroundings and the flowering plants attract a plethora of colorful birds. Most of the 75 rooms have private terraces with views of the crater floor where countless animals make their home. Here, visitors exist in perfect harmony with the natural environment and the wildlife that inhabits it. Overnights at the NGORONGORO SERENA SAFARI LODGE. www.serenahotels.com Driving times from Serengeti to Ngorongoro: approximately 4.5 hours on dirt track.
Enjoy a guided tour of the Shanga Shangaa, meaning “Beads Amazing”, in Swahili, a small business employing 42 disabled, mute and deaf people based near Arusha. Lunch will be provided and a dayroom at the LAKE DULUTI SERENA LODGE. Later in the early evening, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport to catch your overnight flight back to USA, via Amsterdam.
- January-March – southern sector of the Serengeti and the animals are massing and giving birth to their young
- April-June – central Serengeti and the animals begin to move
- July – western corridor of the Serengeti and on the move towards Kenya
- August-October – northern Serengeti and mostly into Maasai Mara in Kenya
- November-December – returning back to the Serengeti and making their way to the southern sector