January 4 Safari
starts in Arusha from town or pickup at the
airport. Drive to Ndarakwai, a private game
reserve on the western slopes of Kilimanjaro.
Lodging at luxurious permanent tented camp.
After lunch, enjoy game drives, hop on a
mountain bike and explore, go for a walk with
our knowledgeable guides, or relax on the
veranda of your tent and let your previous
travels melt away as you watch baboons in the
meadow. Evening game drives or a visit to the
tree house for game viewing.
January 5 The
whole day for game walks, game drives, biking
through the reserve, an afternoon in the tree
house, and an evening visit to the neighboring
Maasai village while the cows come in for the
night. Last time we were there, we spent the
afternoon watching a herd of over 83 elephants.
January 6 Optional
drive to Mt. Kilimanjaro to
the Shira Plateau at 10,000 ft. Spend the day
walking around on the plateau. Or, stay at camp
and go on a safari by horseback, a great way to
see game close up. Stay at Ndarakwai for the
January 7 The
9-day safari begins today. For
those joining today, we will pick you up to join
the group for lunch and continue on to Tarangire National
Park. En route to
Tarangire, we will visit the Cultural Heritage Center or
local craft markets. Arrive at Tarangire National
afternoon game drives, swimming and lodging at
the lovely Tarangire Safari Lodge.
January 8 Enjoy
game drives and exploration of Tarangire National
Park. Return to
lodge for lunch and relaxing at the pool, or a
picnic lunch in the bush. Late afternoon game
drives. Dinner and lodging at the Tarangire
January 9 After
breakfast, depart Tarangire and journey through
the Great Rift Valley to visit Mto wa Mbu on the
shores of Lake Manyara for
a culture walk through the village. After a
traditional Tanzanian lunch, relax, visit the
Maasai market and head up to the Ngorongoro
Crater rim to stay at the Wildlife Lodge
overlooking the Crater.
January 10 An
early breakfast and game drive in Ngorongoro
Crater. A picnic lunch and in the late
afternoon, head out of the Crater and descend to
the short grass plains of the Serengeti, through
the vast herds calving wildebeest and on to the
special camp at Ndutu Lake.
January 11 All
day game drives throughout the southern
Serengeti and the wildebeest herds. Return to
Ndutu special camp.
January 12 More
exploration through the short grass plains of
the Serengeti. No telling what we will see, but
guaranteed, you will remember it for the rest of
your life. Possible side trips toOlduvai
Gorge, famed archeological site, or
Shifting Sands area. Return to the Ndutu camp.
January 13 More
exploration and game drives. Return to the Ndutu
camp for our final night of camping.
January 14 After
breakfast, depart camp and begin transit back
toward Ngorongoro Crater and the Great
Rift Valley. Enjoy hiking in the
highlands above the crater, or make a stop at
Oduvai Gorge and its fascinating museum. Arrive
at Kirurumu Lodge atop the Great
Rift Valley escarpment
for dinner and a lovely and quiet final night in
well-appointed tented lodge.
January 15 Depart
for Arusha, with arrival mid-day. Connect with
flights home or continue on to Zanzibar for
five fantastic days there.