The ultimate in tailored safari, this itinerary takes you through some of the best wildlife and nature locations that Africa has to offer. Follow the thundering herds of the great migrators in the Serengeti, stand on top of the world at the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater and meet an exceptional variety of game along the way. All with the freedom of a private vehicle and the expertise of your own personal guide.
Your private guide will welcome you at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer you to Elewana Coffee Lodge, tucked amongst the bushes in Tanzania’s largest coffee plantation.
You may find yourself not wanting to leave Arusha – with safari, museums and cultural exploration all in easy reach it’s hard to waste a day here.
Arusha Coffee Lodge offers tours of its impressive coffee estate (a must for fanatics of the brown stuff), while a little further afield Arusha’s National Park beckons, home to flamingos and Africa’s largest giraffe population, among others. It also offers game-viewing by canoe for a charming way to get close to the resident wildlife.
Back in the city, the Natural History Museum is a highlight, with fascinating displays on the city’s colonial history as well as archaeology in the area and its contribution to our understanding of early human life. Be sure to visit Soko Kuu, the central market, for a flavour of daily Tanzanian life and a tasty bite to eat.
Recommended activities (at additional cost):
- Coffee Estate Tour
- Natural History Museum
- Arusha National Park
- Cultural Heritage Centre
Over breakfast, your guide will discuss your interests and expectations for the safari ahead, in order to best tailor it to your liking. Then it’s on to andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, stopping on the way for a delightful picnic prepared by your hosts at Arusha Coffee Lodge.
Experience true proximity to your surroundings staying in a treehouse cradled by ancient mahogany boughs at andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. You’ll even have the chance to learn how to build a fire from two sticks from a Maasai warrior! When it’s time to relax, soak in the crystal pool and let the sounds of the forest carry you away.
Natural beauty takes on a new meaning in this environment shared by glimmering lakes, dense woodland and dramatic mountains. Witness flamingos on the shores of Soda Lake, track down the park’s tree-climbing lions and feel the earth rumble beneath the great herds of elephants that roam here.
Aside from day and night game drives with your private guide, your stay offers a guided bike ride through the scenic Mayoka community, giving you the chance to interact with locals and perhaps even meet the nomadic Mang’ati tribe.
After breakfast, it’s time to migrate northward to andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. Feel as though you’ve stepped back through the ages as you gaze down from the rim of the world’s largest intact caldera. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is truly breath-taking, and andBeyond Crater Lodge is perched in the perfect location to survey the swirling mists and lush crater floor from above.
Make the most of your time here exploring the land on game drives suited to your specific interests and the animals you wish to see. Giant tusked elephants roam the forest, while the lion is king of the grassland. Black rhinos can also be found wandering the crater.
Hikes are a fantastic option for the energetic, leading to magnificent crater viewpoints and taking in every mysterious, close-up detail of the environment on the way. Learn to create beadwork back at the camp with a Maasai teacher, watch the resident zebra drink from the tap or explore lion conservation with KopeLion.
Additional recommended activities (at extra cost):
- Crater view walk
- Olduvai Gorge & Shifting Sands tour
- Crater floor banquet
- Private sundowners on the rim
- Wine store pairing dinner
Following breakfast, your guide will drive you to your next destination – andBeyond Klein’s Camp in the incredible Serengeti National Park.
Your cottage at Klein’s Camp is just one of ten – fashioned from local stone and makuti thatching. This camp is delightful in its simplicity and closeness to nature. The landscape flows through it, bringing herds of elephant and other animals easily within view, wherever in the camp you may be.
Klein’s Camp is set up to make the most of the beauty that surrounds it. Your guide will take you on both day and night game drives, the latter offering thrilling encounters with predators hunting under the cover of darkness and away from the daytime heat.
Guided bushwalks are also on offer, bringing guests closer to the land and the people who have walked it before them. Your hosts will be happy to guide you up the escarpment behind the camp, where you can look out over the Masai Mara, the Serengeti and the Klein’s Camp concession all at the same time.
Additional recommended activities (at extra cost):
- Visit to authentic Maasai boma
Take in an early morning game drive and tasty breakfast before being driven to the airstrip for a flight to andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas. Serengeti Under Canvas is a particularly special safari camp, moving five times per year to track the great migration through the Serengeti. Your stay promises to take you as close as possible to the action as millions of wildebeest traverse the landscape in search of water and food.
Immerse yourself fully in the African bushveld in a luxurious tent with private butler service, chandeliers and silverware, en suite toilet and heated outdoor bucket showers. Custom rugs and comfortable beds add elegance, while recounting the day’s safari adventures beneath starry skies at the campfire makes for lifetime memories.
The great migration is an incredible phenomenon that sees nearly two million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebra, gazelle and eland traverse the vast Serengeti and Masai Mara landscapes. This is truly something that has to be seen to be appreciated and is one of the experiences Africa offers that will stay with you for a lifetime.
Because of the unpredictability of the natural world, the migration rarely follows the same exact path and schedule as it did the year before. This is what makes the flexibility of andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas so valuable – it means being able to track the herds as they move and set up camp nearby. Camp locations also offer excellent local wildlife and depending on the location in the Serengeti, lion, rhino, elephant and leopard sightings are all possible.
After breakfast and a fond farewell, you will be driven to the airstrip for a flight to Kilimanjaro Airport, arriving in time for your onward travel arrangements.