Discover the diversity of Africa’s fascinating flora and fauna by visiting 4 distinct safari locations, sit back and watch the Great Migration & wander the streets of old-world Zanzibar
Day 1: Rivertrees Country Inn, Arusha, Tanzania
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your accommodation, Rivertrees Country Inn, for a night’s rest before embarking on a true African adventure.
Overlooking Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, Rivertrees is a small family-owned hotel with beautiful landscaped-gardens and African country elegance, offering the ideal stop-over before continuing onwards
Day 2 & 3: Gibb’s Farm, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
After a leisurely breakfast you will be provided with a briefing of the trip from one of our representatives, who will then drive you to Ngorongoro, passing through distinct and quaint highland villages, to reach your accommodation, Gibb’s Farm. The rest of the day will be at leisure to relax at the hotel or enjoy the activities on offer.
After an early breakfast on your second day you will descend into the breath-taking caldera, now a conservation area, where you will spend half of the day viewing game on the crater floor. After lunch back at the lodge the rest of the afternoon can be spent at leisure or enjoying the optional activities on offer, such as a Maasai Village visit, a Maasai Spa treatment or just a walk around the coffee plantation.
Info: Gibb’s Farm & Ngorongoro
Gibb’s Farm is located in the scenic farmlands of Karatu, close to the Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania. It provides the quintessential old-style farm stay, being the unofficial rest-stop on the way up to Ngorongoro since the 1950s. In recent years it has been renovated to make the farm more luxurious and chic; however, it still retains its colonial charm and individuality.
Even though Ngorongoro is only 100² miles, it is still home to around 30,000 animals because of the fertility of the crater soil. These animals, mostly grazers such as zebra and wildebeest, draw huge numbers of predators to the area, primarily lions and hyenas, making excellent game-viewing due to the density and sheer number of large animals.
Day 4 & 5: Mbalageti Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
After breakfast you will depart the Ngorongoro area and continue towards the Serengeti National Park in time for lunch, complete with a game drive en-route to introduce you to the abundant wildlife and stunning scenery of the Serengeti. After lunch at the accommodation, Mbalageti Camp, you will be taken on a guided tour to explore the area around Grumeti River, as well as the woodlands around the camp. On your second day you will be offered two game drives (one in the morning and the other in the evening), with the rest of the day at leisure.
Info: Mbalageti Camp & Serengeti
The word ‘Serengeti’ comes from the Maasai siringet, meaning ‘endless plains’. Being one of the world’s largest nature reserves, with an area of 14,763 km², containing roughly three million large animals, it is just that. It is most famous for the annual migration of 1.4 million wildebeest, 300,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle which gather bi-annually after the rains come to undertake the long trek to new grazing lands in the north.
Mbalageti Camp, with its swimming-pool and sundeck overlooking the plains, provides the ideal location to see wildlife all-year-round; it also provides a front-row seat for the incredible spectacle that is The Great Migration, as it passes right in front of the lodge. Its 24 tented-chalets and rustic feel lend the lodge a natural authenticity that few others are able to replicate, with luxury being providing more subtly in the comfort and elegance of the rooms and lounge area and the quality of the meals.
Day 6 & 7: Selous Safari Camp, Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
After a morning game-drive and hearty breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip to catch a flight to Selous Game Reserve, where you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your accommodation, Selous Safari Camp, for 2 nights on a full-board basis. After lunch a range of activities will be on offer to enjoy whilst in the camp, including an afternoon game-drive. On the second day, after breakfast delivered to your tent, you will be able to choose from a boat safari, 4×4 safari and a walking safari.
nfo: Selous Safari Camp & Selous Game Reserve
Embracing 54,000km² of south-western Tanzania, it is the largest protected wilderness reserve on the continent, three times larger than the Serengeti and twice the size of Belgium. What makes it unique is the sheer diversity of the landscape; from hot volcanic springs, placid lagoons and the many channels from the Great Ruaha and Rufiji Rivers which bisect the reserve, Selous allows you to observe African wildlife at its richest. Most of Africa’s mammal species, from the largest to the smallest to the rarest, thrive here. In addition, there are some 440 species of birds and more than 2,000 recorded varieties of plants. There is no other region in which visitors can experience the pristine splendour and beauty of nature, as well as the sense of adventure in Africa, than in Selous.
The Selous Safari Camp, on the banks of Lake Nzerakera, is designed to blend in with the spectacular natural scenery in which it rests. Each of the nine safari tents sits atop its own raised timber platform, affording guests an unmatched experience of the African bush, which, in an area with the highest density of wildlife in the park, almost guarantees excellent wildlife viewing, as they wander freely through the camp.
Day 8 & 9: Jongomero Camp, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
After breakfast you will be driven by your guide to the airstrip, for a flight to Ruaha, where you will be met by one of the camp’s representatives and transferred to your accommodation, Jongomero Camp, with game-viewing en-route. After lunch, and on your second day here, various game-viewing activities are on offer, such as a walking safari, a boat cruise and a 4×4 safari.
Info: Jongomero & Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park is one of the least well-known parks, but is without doubt one of the most spectacular parks in Africa. Its location to the south-east of Tanzania means that there exists an exciting blend of Eastern and Southern African species of both fauna and flora. It is also where the rarer antelope, such as the Sable, the Roan and both Lesser & Greater Kudu, thrive in abundance. The proliferation of plains-game in the park also ensures that the larger predators – leopard and large prides of lion – are unusually active. The bird life too is unparalleled, with some 530 species recorded.
Jongomero’s location on the banks of the Jongomero Sand River, in the remote south-western sector of Ruaha, ensures a sense of immersion in nature and of privacy (it is the only camp situated in the area). Accommodation is comprised of eight large tents under enormous thatched roofs, which also encompass a spacious private veranda, offering an authentic African feel that the exquisite local cuisine supports.
Day 10: Zanzibar Palace, Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your accommodation, Zanzibar Palace, for one night.
Located in an old, Arabic building, which has been restored to emphasise its stylistic features, Zanzibar Palace is a luxurious nine-room boutique hotel right in the heart of Stone Town, the labyrinth-like old town of Zanzibar. The hotel’s tranquil and authentic atmosphere provides a welcome break from the age-old hustle and bustle beyond its walls.
The Spice Islands, as Zanzibar is otherwise known, are ideally suited for those looking for a lazy, yet romantic, beach holiday. It is also perfectly suited for the more adventurous, with scuba diving and snorkeling the principal attractions.
Day 11: Breezes Beach Club and Spa, Zanzibar, Tanzania
After breakfast, you will be transferred to your beach-side accommodation, Breezes Beach Club and Spa, where you will spend the next 3 nights enjoying this slice of paradise, participating in optional activities such as snorkeling, diving, kayaking, windsurfing and spa treatments.
Situated on the stunning south-east coast, overlooking the turquoise Indian Ocean, the resort boasts of one of the best and most private tropical beaches the island has to offer. This 5-star hotel is one of the best on the island and is the ideal choice for those in search of a romantic getaway, with activities for adults and children in abundance. Set in beautiful tropical landscaped gardens, the resort is famous for its attention to detail, intimate private dining and traditional African-Arabian décor.