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Your holiday starts with you sipping fresh Tanzanian coffee on the verandah of the genteel Arusha Coffee Lodge in Burka Estate, on the outskirts of Arusha. The emerald fields roll down the foothills of Mount Meru, its summit shrouded by cloud. The house was built in the 1900s and the lodge retains an elegant, old-world charm. 

Arusha is the gateway to northern Tanzania's best reserves, and your first stop is Sanctuary Swala in the Tarangire National Park, famous for its elephants and ancient baobabs. It is a sparsely visited park where you get to experience the solitude of the savannah on a night drive before settling into your tent for nights under canvas.

The next part of your sojourn takes you to Lake Manyara National Park where you take a walk with your Maasai warrior guide or leave the comfort of Gibb's Farm for a trip to Ngorongoro Crater. The next day, you go in search of migrating wildebeest with the Sanctuary Serengeti Migration Camp, where tents are pitched to make the most of the action. From your deck, you get a front-row seat of the grazing wildebeest and zebra, which are always followed by the cunning big cats. 

Then, before bidding farewell to East Africa, you stop at Olonana, built on a private stretch of the Mara River as it meanders through Kenya's great Masai Mara. Again, the game is the great attraction but safari is not only about the wild. At Olonana, learn about conservation and how the camp is helping local people. Or just sit quietly and revel in the antics of the hippo pod in the river below…

Itinerary Highlights

  • Coffee estate tour in Arusha
  • Mobile Migration viewing
  • Exclusive game watching in Tarangire
  • Shop at the Tanzanite Museum & Maasai Market
  • Visit the Mwika beekeeping project
  • Canoeing & fishing on Lake Manyara
  • Visit Olonana philanthropy projects & tour a local school

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Coffee stop in Arusha

Just as a hot cup of coffee is a good way to start your day, so a night at Arusha Coffee Lodge is a great start to your East African safari. After landing at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to the lodge just outside the city, in the green fields of the Burka Estate coffee farm.

The genteel service is unobtrusive, getting you into a holiday mood. Have a relaxing massage or beauty treatment at the Peaberries Spa, or a refreshing swim in the pool before retiring to your Plantation Room, complete with a large 4-poster bed and en suite bathroom. Arusha Coffee Lodge is set in the foothills of Mount Meru, the fifth highest mountain in Africa.

While you are here, you can visit the Tanzanite Museum or the Masaai Market in the town, or learn more about coffee on the estate tour.

Days 2-3

Under the trees in Tarangire

From Arusha, you will journey to a secluded part of Tarangire National Park via a private road transfer, where Sanctuary Swala will be your home for the next two nights. This is one of the least-visited wildlife areas in Tanzania and is home to large herds of elephant, which are known to amble past the camp from time to time. 

Huge old baobabs dot the landscape and the camp's thatched deck, lounge and library are built around a huge tree. Escape the heat in the infinity pool without skipping a game-viewing beat: the pool overlooks a waterhole that draws elephants, lions and even the occasional leopard. When it comes to dining, make sure to taste the camp's signature dish, Chocolate Kilimanjaro, which resembles the snow-capped peaks of Kili.

Sanctuary Swala is an eco-friendly lodge with a low carbon footprint. There are 12 pavilion-style tents, each with an en suite bathroom that feature indoor and outdoor showers, as well as a private deck with views across the plains. And to keep in touch, there is Wi-Fi throughout the lodge. While you are here, enjoy a night drive to see the park's nocturnal inhabitants and take a walking safari; getting out of the 4x4 opens you to a very different experience.

Days 4-6

Africa’s most famous landmark

Leaving Tarangire behind, you will set out by private 4x4 vehicle, stopping en route for a visit at Lake Manyara. One of Africa's great soda lakes, Lake Manyara was described by Ernest Hemingway as the loveliest lake in Africa and has a remarkable variety of terrestrial habitats - forest, wetland, floodplain, woodland - which attracts a wide variety of wildlife, including over 400 recorded bird species. 

Continuing on, you will travel to one of Africa's most remarkable landmarks, the Ngorongoro Crater. This vast and abundant Crater teems with wildlife, including the Big 5, and is in fact the world's largest intact volcanic caldera. Your base is Gibb's Farm, set in on the Crater highlands on a working coffee plantation and dairy farm. Here you can indulge at the African Living Spa and get back-to-basics with lovely walks in the English garden and wholesome meals made with love and home-grown produce. 

In addition to travelling to the Crater floor on game drives, you can hike along the Crater rim with Maasai warriors, learn about and visit with local communities, go on night drives, birding or biking. 

Days 7-9

On the move

Follow the annual wildebeest migration with Sanctuary Serengeti Migration Camp: the camp moves between three locations in the footsteps of the herds as they travel across the Serengeti. The tents are set up in Western Serengeti from April to July, Northern Serengeti from August to November, and Southern Serengeti from December to March.

Serengeti Migration Camp is delightfully intimate: there are just 10 traditional safari tents, each with an en suite bathroom. Water is heated and the bucket shower is filled by your personal tent attendant whatever the time of day. Swap stories with fellow travellers in the dining tent, bar and lounge. Take breakfast in the bush before returning to camp or spend the whole day out game viewing and enjoy lunch with a view; your itinerary is up to you.

The Serengeti's most famous inhabitants are the wildebeest and zebras, of course, but where the plains game goes, the hungry predators follow. Watch for lion, leopard and cheetah, as well as African wild dog and hyena. There are also elephant, buffalo, antelope and giraffe. And for birders, there are about 500 species, including ostrich, secretary birds, crowned crane, marabou storks, martial eagles, lovebirds and vultures.

Days 10-14

Kenya sojourn

The Masai Mara is calling; settle into the gentle Sanctuary Olonana on the meandering Mara River. The camp was built along sustainable lines and there is strong focus on conservation and community projects. You can visit the Enkereri School project, Enkereri Biogas project, Masaai Women's Beadwork project, and the Wetlands project, or even join in on organic gardening and indigenous tree planting work.

On game drives, watch out for lion, buffalo, elephant, hyena, leopard and cheetah, among many other animals. A noisy hippo family lives in the river below the camp and you can listen to their grunting and chortling while relaxing on the deck. Traditional African remedies and treatments are available at the spa.

On your final day in the Kenyan wilderness, a final transfer takes you to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, just outside of Nairobi. 

 

Inclusions

  • 2 Nights at Sanctuary Swala Camp on game package basis
  • 1 Night at Arusha Coffee Lodge on dinner, bed and breakfast basis
  • Inter-camp transfers and flights
  • Night Game Drive and Walking Safari at Swala Camp
  • Exclusive Sundowner excursion at Escarpment Luxury Lodge
  • 3 Nights at Gibb's Farm on game package basis
  • 3 Nights at Sanctuary Serengeti Migration Camp on game package basis
  • 4 Nights at Sanctuary Olonana on game package basis
  • Selected fees and levies

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Additional Tour Notes

Please note that Sanctuary Swala Camp is closed annually during April and May.

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Aug 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $9300
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $6340

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

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Emma Hill

Emma Hill

Africa Safari Expert

"This itinerary offers the discerning traveller something quite special, the combination of a relaxed trip spending time in each location in comfortable, rustic luxury lodges and authentic tented camps, will provide you with an array of activities from game drives to bush walks, a glimpse of the Migration year round as well as the famous Mara cats, you can’t go wrong!"

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