Day 1: Arusha
You willbe personally met when you arrive at the Kilimanjaro or Arusha airport and then taken to a lovely resort in a thick African forest, Rivertrees, in the foothills of Mt. Meru, Africa’s 5th highest mountain. Activities are available for those who arrive early.
Days 2 & 3: West Kilimanjaro
After breakfast you drive onto the western slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro onto a private Maasai conservancy of more than 60,000 acres. Bordering Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, the area has abundant game and breathtaking scenery. You’ll have opportunities to track elephant on foot, meet local Maasai and experience some fantastic game viewing on this Tanzania Safari Tour. Join others around the campfire for sundowners before gourmet dinners prepared by professional bush chefs. Gaze at the unbounded evening sky before turning in. Enjoy outstanding luxury accommodations in the Olmalog Camp surrounded by the sounds of Africa.
Day 4: West Kilimanjaro – Arusha – Manyara
This day will be spent meandering through northern Tanzania, through villages that rarely see tourists. It includes the booming town of Arusha as well. You’ll have a privately guided tour of an important anti-venom snake farm, and by late afternoon you will arrive in Kirurumu, a beautiful tented lodge located right on the edge of the Great Rift Valley.
Day 5: Manyara – Ngorongoro
You will take a dawn game drive in this park which is famous for its early elephant studies, and is said to be one of the most beautiful parks on the circuit. Return to Kirurumu for lunch, and in the afternoon continue to Ngorongoro Crater on one of the most beautiful drives in the world. Stop to catch your breath at the overlook of Africa’s great natural wonder, the 12-mile wide Ngorongoro Crater. Dinner and overnight at NgorongoroSopa Lodge.
Day 6: Ngorongoro
Full day exploring this great natural wonder. The hundred square miles contain an incredible amount of game, including large prides of lions, free-ranging black rhino and some of the most approachable eland on the continent. The unusual ecosystem has protected wildlife for millennia. Meals and overnight at NgorongoroSopa Lodge.
Day 7: Ngorongoro – Tarangire
An early departure to arrive at Tarangire National Park by noon. This is the best time of the year for this great elephant park, with its many magnificent sand rivers and dense bush. After lunch at a northern lodge, spend the afternoon game viewing through the park, encountering the large numbers of aggressive elephants. In some respects the park is more like a southern than East African park, with its heavy woodlands. By nightfall you’ve arrived at the intimate and luxurious Swala Camp deep in the southern part of the park.
Day 8: Tarangire
Spend a full day exploring the sand rivers, woodlands, and amazing baobab forests of this great park. The birdlife in Tarangire is outstanding, sitting directly underneath a flyby between southern Africa and Europe, capturing migrants from both hemispheres. The leopard is particularly abundant here, as is the giraffe. But above all, are the large numbers of elephant families, forced together after hundreds of miles of migration, to dig for water in the sand rivers. Meals and overnight at Swala Camp.
Day 9: Tarangire – Arusha