Ultimate Luxury Safari & Beach
13 Days/12 Nights
This safari has it all! Imagine glimpsing the tree climbing lions of Lake Manyara National Park, ascending the world famous Ngorongoro Crater, watching the Wildebeest roam on the Serengeti plains, then taking a well earned rest at the exclusive world class Mnemba Island Lodge.
- Lake Manyara National Park
- Ngorongoro Crater
- Serengeti National Park
- Zanzibar - Mnemba Island
- Game Drives
- Masaai Boma
- Dhow cruises
Safari at a Glance
Day 1: Arrival in Arusha
On arrival at the airport you will be personally met and escorted by one of the SafariHQ guides to your accommodation at the Arusha Coffee Lodge. Surrounded by endless acres of berry-laden coffee bushes in Tanzania’s largest coffee plantation, the Arusha Coffee Lodge is designed around the original plantation houses with luxuriant decor and stylish undertones of the bygone era. Your suite has been lavishly furnished and features a split level living area and a private deck with a fireplace. The chalets in this cozy and serene retreat, are nestled amongst the lush coffee grove to ensure privacy and solitude. The chalets have been designed with sublime luxury in mind for the ultimate in comfort and style. The aromatic coffees made here from meticulously hand-selected beans and specially brewed onsite at Arusha Coffee Lodge are sure to please even the most discerning of coffee connoisseurs.
Day 2 & 3: Lake Manyara National Park
After enjoying an early breakfast at your hotel you will be greeted by a SafariHQ guide who will brief you on the activities of the day before heading off on the first day of your safari. You will enjoy a panoramic morning drive to the stunning Ngorongoro Conservation Area. En-route we will stop at Mto wa Mbu village. The village is considered a melting pot of various tribes from Tanzania. Try your skills at bartering with the locals to purchase local curios. We will then make our way to your accommodation at Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, the only lodge located within Lake Manyara National Park. You will enjoy a hot lunch before enjoying a full afternoon of game driving. The park stretches along the base of the 600 metre high Rift Valley escarpment. Lake Manyara covers two thirds of the park. Incredibly, the other third of the park homes a variety of animals, which are supported by open savannah grassland with rocky outcrops, marshes and acacia woodland. The park is famous for tree-climbing lions and a huge variety of birds including flamingo. Other animal found here are buffalo, zebra, hippo, leopard, elephants and giraffes. Dinner and overnight stay at the Lake Manyara Tree Lodge.
Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater
Today you will drive from Lake Manyara to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and your accommodation at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. We will then head for the world famous Ngorongoro Crater. The Crater is a world heritage site and the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and is commonly referred to as the 8th wonder of the world. The 2,000 feet high walls of the approximately 10 mile wide crater create a natural amphitheatre for the densest populations of large animals anywhere in the world. It is a microcosm of the African safari experience and in one day it is possible to see a staggering array of wildlife including all the big carnivores. With abundant and easily accessible wildlife the Ngorongoro Crater is truly awe inspiring with a strikingly majestic and sublime landscape. You will return to the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge perched on the edge of the crater for evening cocktails, dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 5: Serengeti National Park
Today we depart for the world famous Serengeti National Park. Enjoy the panoramic views as we wind our way down through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which seamlessly melds into the great plains of the Serengeti. We will stop at a traditional Maasai Boma, where you will get the chance to see the Maasai performing their traditional dances. You may even get a chance to join in! We will then proceed to the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti is unequalled for its beauty and scientific value and has come to symbolise the classic African Safari. Enjoy a game drive en-route to your luxury accommodation at Grumeti Serengeti Migration Camp, where you can enjoy the Serengeti from your deck enjoying the game viewing as sunset approaches.
Day 6 & 7: Serengeti National Park
Your next 2 days will be spent exploring the Serengeti. You will rise early to enjoy early morning game drives. At sunrise you may encounter animals grazing in the beautiful light of sunrise and predators may still be busy hunting before retiring to rest for the day. Sunrise on the Serengeti is not to be missed and extraordinary photographic opportunities will abound at this magical time of day. You have the option to return to your accommodation for a hot lunch or to opt for a packed lunch which can be enjoyed at one of the various picnic sites found in the Serengeti. After lunch you will continue on a game drive. Around the time of dusk be on the lookout for lion. Cheetah can also be spotted on the plains in the early morning and late afternoon when temperatures are not too high. They rely on daylight and speed to catch their prey. Hippo pods can be seen in the bigger pools and rivers while crocodiles can be seen sunning themselves on the riverbanks. Each night you will return to your accommodation at Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp for a well earned sundowner before being seated for you evening meal.
Days 8 - 12: Mnemba Island, Zanzibar
Today you will be transferred to Seronera Airstrip within the Serengeti National Park for your light aircraft transfer to Zanzibar Island. On arrival you will be met and transferred by road and by boat to Mnemba Island Lodge. Mnemba Island is the perfect destination to get away from it all. Mnemba is a small privately owned island approximately 1 km form Zanzibar. The island is only inhabited by guests and the staff taking care of them. While the dazzling sands and brilliant sunshine invite you to spend idle hours on shore, magnificent coral reefs create an underwater wonderland that lures you to explore the warm, crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Mnemba Island Resort only accommodates ten couples at a time offering penultimate privacy in paradise. You will feel engulfed by a beautifully relaxing tropical paradise, the architecture of the lodge offers unrivalled rustic exclusivity and privacy. Mnemba Island is a breathtakingly picturesque and is surrounded by an atoll of stunning coral reefs, thus it can readily boast that it is one of the top dive locations in the world. The underwater world found in these waters is astounding in its colour, diversity and jaw dropping beauty. Coral reefs found off Mnemba can be up to 40 metres deep. It is also one of the very few spots in the world where you can dive with the majestic whale sharks.
Day 13: Zanzibar to Airport
Cost and Availability
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- Meals and Accommodation as per itinerary
- prices are based on twin share
- Single traveller supplements apply
- National Parks and entry fees
- Transportation in a 4WD with safari driver/guide
- Game Activities as offered by the lodges
- Bottled water
- Soft drinks, house wine, local brand spirits & beers
- Laundry at Mnemba Island
- At Mnemba Island 2 dives per day for guests holding PADI certificate
- Snorkelling, kayaking, flyfishing and windsurfing
- sundowner drinks
We also use Serengeti Under Canvas as an alternate option in the Serengeti depending on the time of the year and the location of the wildebeest migration.
What's Not Included?
- Transfers and light aircraft flights as per the itinerary
- International flights into Kilimanjaro and out of Zanzibar
- Tips and Gratuities
- Travel insurance
- Tanzanian entry visas US$50.00 per person
- Flying doctors service
- All items of a personal nature
- Aviation and airport taxes and security fees
- Champagne, cognacs, fine wines & premium brand spirits
- Easter, Christmas & New Years supplements may apply