Group Size: Based on Minimum 4 passengers
Immerse yourself in the adventure of a lifetime on this authentic nine-day safari through Tanzania’s most beloved natural wonders. Your journey begins in Arusha where you can try out the special Tanzanian culinary delicacies on offer at the farming settlement of Mto Wa Mbu. Your next stop is Tarangire National Park, famed for its sweeping herds of elephants, plains game and predators galore. One of the absolute highlights of this safari is the majestic Ngorongoro Crater, a protected World Heritage Site and microcosm of East African wildlife. And of course, no safari in Tanzania would be complete without a visit to the world-famous golden plains of Serengeti National Park. Relax, unwind and take in the breathtaking views of the savannah, the prolific wildlife and vivid sunsets – gin and tonic in hand.
With boutique accommodation throughout, all meals and drinks included, a highly experienced safari guide and private 4WD vehicle, your every need will be catered to on this luxurious safari in Tanzania.
Day 1 – Arusha
After landing at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you’ll meet your tour guide and proceed to the Kilimanjaro Golf & Wildlife Estate (Kiligolf), situated halfway between the airport and the sprawling city of Arusha, gateway to the country’s extraordinary national parks. Drop your bags and savour every minute spent amid the region’s breathtaking scenery. (D)
This beautiful private house is managed exclusively by Lemala Camps and Lodges. This private house is located on a wildlife and golf estate, Kiligolf, situated halfway between Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha, and offers a great place to start or finish your safari. It is perfect for couples, families or small groups travelling together. Each bedroom is en suite with a private verandah and lounge. The house can be taken on a private exclusive use basis or shared and can be booked on a bed and breakfast, half board, full board or all-inclusive basis.
The house enjoys 3 spacious ensuite rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi and private chefs to produce everything from delicious breakfasts to refreshing lunches, afternoon teas and dinners. Beautiful garden locations to enjoy sundowner cocktails around the swimming pool, or you can take a walk to No 16 and enjoy spectacular sundowners with Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro as your backdrop.
Day 2 – Tarangire
After a hearty breakfast, it’s a leisurely two- to three-hour drive to Tarangire National Park. Jagged granite ridges, sweeping river valleys and an abundance of proud, thick-trunked baobab groves make this park unlike anywhere else in the world. As you drive through the savannah, you’ll have the chance to witness some of the nation’s most extraordinary wildlife – herds of elephant amble through the woodlands as impala, gazelle and wildebeest wander their own path, often stalked by proud lion predators in the shadows, and the skies are often filled with a thousand blazing colours as the park’s rich migratory birdlife ascends.
After arriving at your accommodation, enjoy lunch and the rest of the afternoon at your leisure – laze like a buffalo on your own private sundeck, or join the optional game drive down the park’s serpentine river. The evening brings sundowners and a sumptuous dinner. (BLD)
Lemala Mpingo Ridge sits on top of an escarpment with sweeping views across the perennial Tarangire River and valley below and matches the same outstanding standards of comfort and service as the other properties in Lemala’s collection.
Being the sixth largest national park in Tanzania, Tarangire remains slightly off the main safari circuit but is a terrifically scenic park featuring classic African savannah, green hills, woodlands and rivers and is especially famous for its large herds of elephants, superb birdlife and giant baobab trees. Guests at Lemala Mpingo Ridge will enjoy a real sense of wilderness and excellent game viewing, and it’s both a relaxing standalone destination and a great place to start a safari that also combines Lemala properties in the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.
The 15 tented suites feature en-suite bathrooms, private decks, sunken outside lounges that convert to afternoon siesta beds
One of the suites has two bedrooms, especially designed for friends and family traveling together.
A special feature is the private outside bathtub—perfect for soothing the soul and washing away the African dust after a day on safari. The elevated main lodge has a large lounge and bar, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a spa and swimming pool. Sundowners, early morning walks and game drives (and very special night time game drives) in new custom-designed closed vehicles accompanied by Lemala’s highly knowledgeable and experienced guides are some of the activities guests can look forward to during their stay
Day 3 – Tarangire
Awaken among forests of baobab, the howling calls of Tarangire National Park’s native wildlife and the warmth of the dawn sun. After breakfast, discuss with your guide how best to appreciate everything the park has to offer and tailor an experience you’ll never forget, whether that’s morning and afternoon drives in search of rhinoceroses or a picnic lunch and a full day’s worth of adventure – it’s your chioce. We especially recommend going out in the evening – gape in wonder at the vast expanse of dazzling stars above, contemplate grassland mysteries under the moon’s shadow and stare back at the glinting eyes curiously observing you as you drive by. (BLD)
Day 4 – Ngorongoro
After breakfast, head towards the country’s vast highlands with a stop at Mto wa Mbu village, a vibrant farming community famous for peacefully hosting representatives from the country’s diverse collection of more than 120 tribes. It’s an authentic glimpse into Tanzania’s unique way of life – listen to the tales of your local guide and meander through narrow streets via tuk-tuk as you sight rice fields, meet carvers and Tingatinga painters and visit a local school before enjoying a mouthwatering traditional lunch in the shadow of tall banana trees.
After lunch, press further into the gently swaying grasslands, stopping at the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed crater is said to be the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and is the perfect place to sight the country’s ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and buffalo, as well as breathtaking numbers of wildebeest and zebra. Continue around the rim to your accommodation positioned enchantingly close to the caldera’s rim, surrounded by the gentle sighing of the ancient acacias, and enjoy sundowners and a delicious dinner. (BLD)
Lemala Ngorongoro is intimately set in a delightful ancient acacia forest close to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. As it is located next to the quiet Lemala crater access road on the eastern side, a key advantage of staying at Lemala Ngorongoro is the quick and easy drive down on to the crater floor in the morning; Lemala guests usually have an hour’s head start over others descending via the far busier Seneto crater access road on the western rim. And of course can stay later in the afternoon before returning to camp. As Africa’s game is most active in the early morning and late afternoon this means better wildlife experiences for Lemala guests.
Game drives from camp may start as early as 6.15am and guests can be down among Ngorongoro’s abundant wildlife on the floor within 10-15 minutes – crucial for photographers who demand the best light conditions. Escorted walks are also available into the forest and along the crater rim with an armed ranger and Maasai guide.
Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp has 9 spacious tents that are positioned carefully to provide privacy and with minimal impact on the pristine forest environment. They accommodate two queen-size beds, and as it can get cool on the Ngorongoro Crater rim at night, little luxuries like warm winter-weight duvets, hot water bottles and gas heaters ensure a cosy night’s sleep. The roomy en-suite bathrooms contain a dressing area, flush toilet and a large safari-style shower. The mess tent is beautifully furnished with grand sofas, lamps, bookshelves and corner cabinets in old wood, chests and rugs. In the evening, guests can gather around the campfire to exchange tales of the day’s safari followed by a sumptuous hearty meal.
Day 5 – Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, descend into the Ngorongoro Crater through lush highland forests and the grassy interior, past herds of gentle herbivores and flocks of pink flamingos surrounding the shallow waters of Lake Magadi. Be struck by the sublime scenery and breathtaking beauty of the crater – yellow fever trees sway gently in the wind and hippopotamuses laze sleepily by the waters of the soda lake. Head east past Gorigor Swamp and Ngoitokitok springs, and onwards north into the dryer grassland region, where black rhinos, hyenas and buffalos roam. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the hippo pools before taking another game drive and returning to the accommodation. (BLD)
Day 6 – Central Serengeti
After breakfast, drive west to Serengeti National Park. Deep in the heart of Tanzania, the Central Serengeti – in Maasai, ‘Endless Plains’ – contains endless stretches of savannah-covered plains, acacia woodlands and a labyrinthine network of rivers, creeks and streams. The famous Seronera Valley, renowned for being one of the best places on the continent to view Africa’s vibrant native wildlife, is found within – you’ll glimpse great herds of wild zebra, giraffe, impala, waterbuck and jackal. It’s home to the ‘Great Migration,’ one of the largest movements of animals in the world, and the millions of creatures moving northward across hundreds of kilometres is a vision almost mythological in its grandness.
Enjoy a lengthy game drive through the Serengeti, before stopping for a picnic lunch amongst the gently whispering grasses. Arrive at your accommodation – an authentic intimate tented camp – for sundowners and a delicious evening meal. (BLD)
Lemala Ewanjan is an authentic intimate tented camp set in a secluded part of the game-rich Seronera Valley in Central Serengeti. The Seronera region is an important wildlife transition zone between the southern grasslands and the northern woodlands and is renowned for its year-round game viewing due to its abundance of water in the many rivers, as well as for its large populations of resident big cats. Additionally, between April and June, and again between November and January, this area is crossed by the annual wildebeest migration, which provides always thrilling wildlife drama.
We have carefully positioned Lemala Ewanjan right at the end of a blind valley, so other vehicles will not interrupt your view across the plains during the day, and in the evening, you can enjoy uninterrupted sunsets with no electric lights in sight.
The 12 en-suite tents are spacious and comfortable, and have an outside deck offering beautiful views over the area. Each tent is fitted with two queen-size beds with warm duvets, a flush toilet, large safari-style shower, plentiful running water, wooden storage cabinets and flooring, 24-hour solar lighting and outside loungers from which to enjoy early morning teas and coffees and refreshing afternoon gin and tonics. The mess tent with its separate bar, sitting and dining areas is beautifully decorated with leather sofas, side cabinets, rugs and chests. In the evening, guests can gather inside under the chandeliers or outside around the campfire under starlit skies for sunset cocktails and to share their safari stories.
Day 7 – Central Serengeti
Start your day early with a Hot Air Balloon flight over the Serengeti, this is included in your tour. You will be collected from your camp before the sun is up and transferred to the departure point to be up in the air to catch the sunrise and the morning wildlife. After landing you will enjoy a glass of bubbly and breakfast before returning to your camp. (BLD)
You will then enjoy game viewing activities as you travel further across the endless plains of the Serengeti, taking in the timeless vistas and boundless horizons of the land, be struck by the sheer majesty of the place. You’ll see kopjes, local rock formations favoured by lions, leopards and cheetahs for their shelter from the wind and rain, as well as a dazzling array of local animals. Discuss with your guides the best way to maximise your appreciation and enjoyment of one of the world’s greatest plains – your local guide will tailor your journey according to your needs.
Day 8 – Central Serengeti
With bountiful wildlife, a great camp and brilliant local hosts, you’ll be all set for the perfect safari. Enjoy every moment of your customized game drive with the help of your eager, knowledgeable, eagle-eyed and fully-qualified guide. The mysteries of the endless plains will slowly be revealed over time – all you need is quiet and patience. No matter what you’re searching for, your guide will do everything they can to ensure the tour of a lifetime. (BLD)
Day 9 – End of your Luxury Tanzania Safari
After one last breakfast, say goodbye to one of the most breathtaking places in the world as you are transferred to the Seronera Airstrip for your departure flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and your onward arrangements. (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 04 Dec 23 - 15 Dec 23 $9,230 $9,230
- 16 Dec 23 - 10 Jan 24 $11,640 $15,040
- 11 Jan 24 - 29 Feb 24 $8,840 $8,840
- 01 Mar 24 - 31 May 24 $7,640 $7,640
- 01 Jun 24 - 30 Jun 24 $8,840 $8,840
- 01 Jul 24 - 30 Sep 24 $12,640 $16,360
- 01 Oct 24 - 31 Oct 24 $8,840 $8,840
- 01 Nov 24 - 15 Dec 24 $8,240 $8,240
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.