Your journey at a glance
Tanzania’s most spectacular treasure lies spread before you on this exceptional adventure through its most scenic landscapes and richest wildlife areas. Small yet incredibly picturesque and diverse, Lake Manyara offers a variety of landscapes, from its flat soda lake to its dense forests and the craggy cliffs of the Rift Valley escarpment.
One of Africa’s most famous safari destinations, lose your heart among the vast plains of the Serengeti, where horizons know no end and a fascinating variety of wildlife makes its home. A landscape like no other on earth, the awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater offers infinite views over a beautiful natural haven where exceptional wildlife encounters lie around every corner.
What to expect …
Transfer from Kilimanjaro to Arusha Day 1
Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by a member of the &Beyond team who will transfer you by road to Arusha Coffee Lodge.
Overnight in Arusha Day 1
This attractive little town is situated beneath the towering peaks of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro. Arusha, renowned as the safari capital of Tanzania, offers a range of attractions and adventures. The town has numerous first-class restaurants, bars and markets to browse, and is the ideal place to spend a few relaxing days before embarking on a safari or attempting to scale Kilimanjaro. Not-to-be-missed is the Arusha National Park (in Ngurdoto Crater), the National Natural History Museum, the Laetoli Footprints (set in volcanic ash, dating back 3 500 000 years) and the beautiful coffee plantations, which dot the landscape.
Spend one night at Arusha Coffee Lodge in a plantation suite. Your stay includes accommodation and breakfast.
Flight to Lake Manyara National Park Day 2
After your early breakfast, you will be transferred to Arusha Airport for your scheduled flight to Manyara Airstrip. On arrival, you will be met by a representative from &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge for your first game drive to the lodge.
Overnight in Lake Manyara National Park Day 2 - 3
Lake Manyara National Park offers a wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. Apart from a spectacular setting, the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect. The shores of the lake, encrusted with pink flamingo, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. Large herds of buffalo, cheetah, Masai giraffe and impala roam the lake shores and the forested valley slopes. A Lake Manyara safari is a fascinating experience as the park also features a ground-water forest; acacia tortilis woodland and hot springs called Maji Moto.
Spend two nights at &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. Accommodation is in an elegant, stilted treehouse, which is cradled in the boughs of mahogany trees.
Find tree-climbing lions Day 3
A Lake Manyara safari is a fascinating experience as the park also features a tree climbing lions, ground-water forest; acacia tortilis woodland and hot springs called Maji Moto.
Scenic drive to the Ngorongoro Crater Day 4
Enjoy an early morning breakfast before a scenic drive back to the Manyara airstrip. On arrival, you will be met by a representative from &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge who will drive you to the lodge.
Overnight in the Ngorongoro Crater Day 4 - 5
The Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, within the Serengeti, is home to more than 30 000 protected animals. It is an area of spectacular beauty and excellent game viewing, a truly unique safari destination in Africa. The Ngorongoro Crater, once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Today, long since having collapsed and eroded, it is an extensive highland area with the famous 600 metre deep Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. Fresh springs and a large soda lake quench the thirst of all the inhabitants.
Spend two nights at &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. Accommodation is in a suite with ensuite bathroom with bath and shower.
Traverse the floor of an ancient caldera Day 5
Black rhino are protected within its rim, giant tusked elephants wander the forests, black-maned lions stalk the grasslands, and flamingos crowd the soda lakes.
Flight to Serengeti National Park Day 6
Tuck into a sensational breakfast feast before your drive back to the Manyara Airstrip, for your scheduled flight to &Beyond Klein’s Camp or Serengeti Under Canvas or Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp.
Overnight in the Serengeti National Park Day 6 - 8
The Serengeti National Park, meaning “endless plains” in the Masai language, is undoubtedly one of the world’s most celebrated Wilderness areas and is an ongoing source of inspiration to writers, filmmakers and photographers. It is Tanzania’s oldest game reserve, renowned for the part it plays in the annual Great Migration, when an estimated three million antelope – mostly wildebeest – migrate to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. This epic, seasonal journey is a deeply moving experience and a wonderful photographic subject.
Spend three nights at &Beyond Klein’s Camp or &Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas or &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp.
Float above the Serengeti Day 7
Here visitors to the park can roam its sprawling plains on exhilarating game drives or hop into a hot-air balloon ride for an once-in-a-lifetime wilderness adventure.
Visit the Cradle of Mankind Day 8
The Serengeti National Park is also home to the Olduvai Gorge, where groundbreaking archaeological discoveries have been made, as well as the breath-taking Ngorongoro Crater – a World Heritage Site.
Flight to Kilimanjaro Airport Day 9
Enjoy an early morning game drive and a tantalising breakfast before being driven back to the airstrip, where we wave a fond farewell as you board your scheduled flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your outbound flight.