Classic Tanzania

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Day 1

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by a Sanctuary representative and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Arusha Coffee Lodge is located on a coffee plantation on the outskirts of Arusha.  Designed around the style of the original plantation houses but completely renovated to achieve the highest standards of comfort, the d├ęcor is luxuriant and stylish with undertones of the bygone days of early exploration. Each of the 18 plantation houses has been lavishly furnished and features a split level living area and a private deck.  The lodge also boasts a coffee shop, patisserie and a swimming pool.

Meals Included: Dinner
Arusha Coffee Lodge

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Day 2

Early this morning you will be met and transferred by private vehicle to Arusha airstrip for your flight to Tarangire National Park. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to Sanctuary Swala in our customised open safari vehicle. Driving time is approximately 30 minutes with game viewing en route. Each of the twelve tents at Sanctuary Swala is shaded by tall acacia trees and ancient baobabs and is within sight of the well-frequented waterhole. The canvas pavilions at Sanctuary Swala are unashamedly luxurious but still close enough to nature to permit an exciting night under canvas. In the afternoon there is time to relax before embarking on your first game drive. Huge herds of elephant, greater kudu, impala and zebra are all easily spotted while leopards lurk in the trees. Due to the camp's secluded location you are unlikely to see many vehicles as you venture out into the national park.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Sanctuary Swala

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Day 3

Awake to the sounds of the bush as a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee is served on your tent's deck. This morning you may like to sleep in and enjoy your surrounds, or explore the park on an early morning game drive before returning to camp for a refreshing drink and lunch. This afternoon you have time to take a refreshing swim in the pool or relax on your private deck with a cool drink and gaze out to the waterhole and watch as the game lazily congregates in the shade to escape the heat.

As the afternoon progresses you may like to explore the Tarangire on an afternoon game drive. The beauty of Tarangire unfolds as you venture out into the baobab scattered landscape. During the dry season the concentration of wildlife in the Tarangire is second only to the Serengeti ecosystem. Return to camp to freshen up before meeting around the camp fire for a pre-dinner drink as you discuss the day's adventures. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Sanctuary Swala

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Day 4

After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Manyara. Upon arrival approximately 20 minutes later your driver/guide will transfer you to the Ngorongoro Crater in a custom made 4WD safari vehicle. Drive to the crater highlands and up through the lush outer wall of the crater. Stop at Hero's Point for your first, breathtaking view out across the Ngorongoro Crater which is the largest unbroken caldera in the world at 260 km2. Continue your journey as you drive along the rim of the crater, through the forest before arriving at your exclusive mobile camp. Each custom-made walk in tent is spacious and complete with en suite bathroom, flush toilet, showers and hot water available throughout the day. The spacious veranda in front of your room is furnished with comfortable camp chairs and tables - the perfect retreat for a relaxing moment watching a weaver bird building its nest in a nearby Acacia tree, a herd of impala grazing quietly only metres away, or simply relaxing and listening to the sounds of the African bush.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Sanctuary Private Camping



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Day 5

Awake early this morning to a warming cup of tea or coffee served on the veranda of your tent. After a hearty breakfast, it's time to descend to the crater floor by 4WD vehicle for a day of game viewing with the spectacular backdrop of the crater wall at every turn. This great caldera is home to around 30,000 animals with a high concentration of predators while rhino can be seen with calves at heel. Zebra and wildebeest account for almost half the animals with plenty of gazelle, buffalo, hartebeest, wart hog and bull elephants.  On the lake in the middle of the crater you may see thousands of flamingos fluttering and shimmering like a pink heat haze. Return to camp this afternoon with time for a hot shower before pre dinner drinks by the camp fire as you discuss the day's adventures.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Sanctuary Private Camping

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Day 6

This morning transfer back to Manyara airstrip for your onward flight to the Serengeti departing at 0915, flying time is approximately 1 hour.  Upon arrival you will be met by a Sanctuary Kusini representative and transferred to camp.  Driving time to camp is 30 minutes through the Serengeti with game viewing en route. Accommodation is offered in twelve double tents which are scattered around the main kopje. Private verandas with comfortable furnishings extend in front of each unit where your personal tent attendant will bring you tea and coffee so you can relax and enjoy your peaceful surroundings. The dining area, lounge and library are housed in the main area, which affords spectacular views from its wooden deck and the adjacent kopje. Following dinner this evening retire to the kopje where you may take this rare opportunity to enjoy a star safari as the camp manager unravels the myths of the night sky.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Sanctuary Kusini

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Day 7

Today you may choose to either partake in a full day game drive into the heart of the Serengeti with a picnic lunch or remain close to camp with morning and afternoon game drives.  The area around Sanctuary Kusini is famed for its cheetah. While at Sanctuary Kusini you have the chance to contribute to cheetah conservation through the Serengeti Cheetah project.  On a cheetah watch drive, learn how to identify cheetah with the use of field ID kits and how to monitor their behaviour. The photos from your sightings will be combined with the record of their location and sent to the research centre. In return the centre will provide you with a detailed background of your cheetah, its family and its last sighting. This evening return to camp and climb to the top of the kopje for stunning 360 degree views of the Serengeti. Relax with your preferred drink as you watch the setting sun paint the Serengeti with pinks, oranges and reds.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Sanctuary Kusini

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Day 8

Enjoy a leisurely morning relaxing at camp or venture out early on one last morning game drive before transferring to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Kilimanjaro via Arusha. Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro connect with your onward flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast