ELEWANA SKY SAFARI TANZANIA & ZANZIBAR

ELEWANA SKY SAFARI TANZANIA & ZANZIBAR

7,770.00

11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

1 Night at Arusha Coffee Lodge in Arusha
2 Nights at Tarangire Treetops in Tarangire National Park
2 Nights at The Manor at Ngorongoro in Ngorongoro Highlands
2 Nights at Serengeti Pioneer Camp/Serengeti Migration Camp* in Serengeti National Park
3 Nights at The Palms Hotel in Zanzibar

*Lodging as follows: Serengeti Migration Camp from July - October; Serengeti Pioneer Camp over the wildebeest calving season from November - May

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Created to highlight the crowning jewels of Tanzania’s safari destinations, this classic 8-day journey takes you through the baobab and elephant dotted landscape of Tarangire, to the breathtaking Eden that is the Ngorongoro Crater, finishing in the world-renowned Serengeti, with its endless horizons and abundant wildlife. Travel between camps aboard SkySafari’s own 9-seater Executive-class Cessna Caravan and stay in the most unique and luxurious of lodges: awaken to the faint aroma of coffee at Arusha Coffee Lodge; Tarangire Treetops stays true to its name and will have you sleeping among the clouds; cozy up in delightful cottages at The Manor at Ngorongoro; Serengeti Camps will provide you direct access to the famous wildebeest migration; and of course the Palms Hotel in spicy Zanzibar will offer the ultimate in beach luxury.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Half board at Arusha Coffee Lodge

  • 7 nights accommodation and full board at all safari properties

  • 3 nights accommodation and full board at The Palms Zanzibar

  • Soft drinks, beer, house wine & select spirits at all properties

  • Safari activities including game drives

  • Park & Conservancy fees

  • Flights in SkySafari executive aircraft

  • AMREF Flying Doctors Membership

  • Laundry and all statutory taxes

  • Airport & airstrip transfers

  • *Not included: gratuities, visas (if applicable), international flights, activities not described in itinerary, items of a personal nature

DETAILED ITINERARY

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Day 1

Arusha Coffee Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania

Welcome to East Africa! Upon arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred a little more than 1 hour to your lodging for the evening. On a lush coffee plantation, Arusha Coffee Lodge is a charming and comfortable place to stay at the start or end of your trip. This afternoon is yours to take advantage of the lodge’s delightful activities, perhaps enjoying a walk around the workings of the coffee plantation to see how the coffee is grown, harvested, dried, and produced into the aromatic coffee that we drink every day. Or, visit the Arusha Cultural Heritage Centre, where the past and present of the Tanzania's 120-plus tribes can be viewed in a single compound. The centre boasts of various carvings and gemstones, artifacts, clothing and books. Follow that up with a visit to the colorful and pleasantly chaotic Maasai Market.

Overnight at Arusha Coffee Lodge (L, D)

Arusha Coffee Lodge was once an original coffee plantation homestead. The spacious rooms are scattered throughout the beautiful grounds and the coffee plantation is incorporated into the gardens. ‘Traders Walk’ is located within Arusha Coffee Lodge and houses Shanga charitable unique gift shop, a Tanzanite shop and an excellent cafe.

Lying on the gently rolling foothills that cascade down from the ever-present Mount Meru is the bustling and vibrant town of Arusha. It is here on the outskirts of this town, hidden amongst one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations, that you will find Arusha Coffee Lodge, a perfect haven for relaxation either before or after any East African safari.


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Day 2

Tarangire Treetops, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

After a leisurely breakfast this morning, you will check out and be transferred 5 minutes away to the Arusha Airport for your SkySafari flight to Tarangire. Upon arrival, you will be met by representatives of Tarangire Treetops lodge for your transfer to the property. On the edge of Tarangire National Park, Tarangire Treetops’ unique location in Randilen private conservancy allows for night game drives, game walks and sundowners.

Jump right into a game drive through Tarangire, the sixth largest national park in Tanzania. The park is famous for its huge number of elephants, baobab trees  and tree climbing lions. Visitors to the park can expect to see any number of resident zebra and wildebeest in addition to the less common animals. Other common animals include waterbuck, giraffe, and olive baboons. 

This evening, have a delicious dinner in the lodge restaurant and perhaps enjoy a nightcap under the stars with your fellow travelers.

Overnight at Tarangire Treetops (B, L, D)

Tarangire Treetops As you arrive at the Lodge, you are immediately greeted by a blaze of colour and a host of smiles, all of which belong to the local Maasai tribesmen who have become part of the enchanting story that is Tarangire Treetops.

Centered about a Main Lodge - which itself encases a thousand year-old baobab tree - Tarangire Treetops comprises of 20 rooms all of which are elevated above the ground affording views over the tops of surrounding marula and baobab trees.

Each Treetops Room boasts one of the largest bedrooms to be found in any camp or lodge in East Africa – with a floor space of 65 square metres – and all with an exotic double shower en suite bathroom. With furnishings that create warmth and demonstrate a commitment to local craftsmanship, the ‘up-in-the-air’ experience is completed by the open-fronted room design affording views across the Tarangire plains from an expansive but private balcony.

Dining at Treetops sustains the momentum of undeniably memorable moments. Whether enjoying a lantern-lit dinner in a traditional Boma echoing to the sounds of Maasai chants, or eating poolside by candlelight whilst a wealth of wildlife comes to drink at the Lodge water hole, Treetops creates memories by the minute and in so many differing ways.

However it is the pure delight and sheer pleasure of Tarangire Treetops that will remain with you for years to come, and will keep you returning, if only in spirit, to this delightfully dreamlike lodge.


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Day 3

Tarangire Treetops, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Early this morning you will be greeted by the lovely staff members with coffee and a biscuit. Head out on a morning game drive, after which you will enjoy breakfast either at the lodge or in the bush! The afternoon is yours to lounge until your afternoon drive.

It is very possible that this evening you will experience something quite unique - a night game drive! Often taken just after dusk, a night game drive at Tarangire Treetops is a rare opportunity to see how the bush ‘comes alive’ after dark. Driving with an experienced and qualified Elewana guide, this 1.5-hour drive around the environs of Treetops provides an insight into the nocturnal wildlife that is often overlooked or not accessible to visitors who stay within the confines of the national parks. With a keen eye and unbroken concentration, there is much to see and wonder at on a Treetops night game drive. Dinner will take place either in the bush or back at the lodge.

Overnight at Tarangire Treetops (B, L, D)


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Day 4

The Manor at Ngorongoro, Ngorongoro Highlands, Tanzania

This morning after your final breakfast at the Tarangire Treetops lodge, you will be taken to the airstrip to board your SkySafari to your next destination in the Ngorongoro Highlands. When you arrive, staff will transport you to the lovely Manor lodge, where you will have the chance to discover the property with some activities such as biking or horse riding, time permitting. This afternoon, you will head out on a game drive, perhaps visiting Lake Manyara, a shallow lake in the Natron-Manyara-Balangida branch of the Great Rift Valley in Tanzania. Said by Ernest Hemingway to be the "loveliest [lake] ... in Africa," it is also the home of a diverse set of landscapes and wildlife.

Enjoy dinner at the lodge this evening with your travelers.

Overnight at The Manor at Ngorongoro (B, L, D)

The Manor at Ngorongoro, located in the north west Tanzania and with its 9 luxurious cottages (18 Suites), family cottage, and magnificent main Manor House, is one of the first safari lodges of its kind to blend East African hospitality with old-world Afro-European architecture and decor. Located adjacent to the famous Ngorongoro conservation area and within a 1500-acre Arabica coffee estate, The Manor is reminiscent of an elegant up-country farm home in the Cape Dutch-style of architecture.

With a feel reminiscent of the luxury hotels of a golden era, The Manor has an excellent restaurant, snooker room and manicured gardens. The luxurious and spacious cottages are furnished with plush decor, fireplaces and elegant bathrooms. Enjoy a walk or horse ride through the coffee plantations, take a coffee tour and learn about the process of coffee farming or simply relax by the pool and enjoy the tranquil environment in the highlands.


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Day 5

The Manor at Ngorongoro, Ngorongoro Highlands, Tanzania

Following an early morning breakfast, and leaving in plenty of time to capture the best views of the Crater as the mist begins to lift, your Ngorongoro Crater Tour will be certainly a day to remember. 

A large, unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera is the pride of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The crater, which formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago is "a natural enclosure" for a very wide variety of wildlife, there is a resident population of Ngorongoro lions, as well as wildebeest, buffalo, zebra and rhino.

The Ngorongoro Crater, a large, unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera is the pride of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The crater, which formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago, is 610 m (2,000 ft) deep and its floor covers 260 km2 (100 sq mi). Estimates of the height of the original volcano range from fifteen to nineteen thousand feet (4500 to 5800 metres) high.

Return to the lodge for dinner and rest.

Overnight at The Manor at Ngorongoro (B, L, D)


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Day 6

Serengeti Pioneer Camp/Serengeti Migration Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

After breakfast and check out, you will be taken to your SkySafari for a flight to the famous Serengeti. Upon arrival, have lunch and get to know the property before heading out on a game drive. The unique combination of both Serengeti Pioneer Camp and the award-winning Serengeti Migration Camp, the latter on the Grumeti river in the north of the National Park, guarantees exemplary and unfettered access to the Serengeti’s annual migration, and in turn exceptional game viewing all year round.

Enjoy dinner at the lodge or in the bush, perhaps a nightcap under the stars before retiring to your luxurious tent.

Overnight at Serengeti Pioneer Camp/Serengeti Migration Camp (B, L, D)*

The combination of both Serengeti Pioneer Camp and that of the award-winning Serengeti Migration Camp to the north, it will now be possible to cover over 90% of the Serengeti from both of these two camps, thus maximising the game-viewing opportunities, and increasing game-viewing time.

*Serengeti Pioneer Camp is in a stunning location on the side of the Olgarabosho Hills overlooking the Moru Kopjes, Lake Magadi and the plains of the Serengeti.

The original lounge was built by the famous conservationist and wildlife film-maker Alan Root as his Serengeti base. A secluded corner of the Serengeti, Pioneer has excellent access to the Southern Serengeti wildebeest migration.

The SkySafari itinerary includes Serengeti Pioneer Camp over the wildebeest calving season from November - May.

*Serengeti Migration Camp is ideally located in a secluded area overlooking the Grumeti River with undisturbed game driving and easy access to Northern Serengeti and the Mara River.

With views across the river to the rugged landscape, the camps’ elevated tents are surrounded by a 360° deck, creating your own private sanctuary.

The SkySafari itinerary includes Serengeti Migration Camp from July - October.


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Day 7

Serengeti Pioneer Camp/Serengeti Migration Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Wake up to coffee and a biscuit to energize you for your early morning game drive in Serengeti National Park, finding wildebeest at various points of their migration pattern. Perhaps enjoy breakfast in the bush or back at the lodge. This afternoon is yours to lounge and enjoy the views. Head out on another game drive, enjoying a tasty sundowner under the brilliant African skies before heading back to the lodge for a final safari dinner.

Overnight at Serengeti Pioneer Camp/Serengeti Migration Camp (B, L, D)


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Day 8

The Palms Hotel, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Depending on your schedule, fit in a final game drive early this morning or check out late and be transferred to the airport for your flight to the spicy archipelago of Zanzibar!

Upon arrival to the airport, you’ll be met by a representative from the Palms. The next few days are at your leisure to explore, relax, swim and immerse yourself in the moment. Perhaps visit Stone Town, go diving or snorkeling, swim in the pool or ocean, and indulge in the spa on property.

The Palms is the ultimate getaway retreat providing a stunning recluse for the discerning traveler. Six private villas are beautifully designed creating an atmosphere of relaxed, understated elegance with the most personal attention. It is a sanctuary for those in search of tranquility; a place to stimulate the senses and experience the best of the magical island of Zanzibar.

Immerse yourself in the crystal-clear water of the Indian Ocean, sip a freshy cut coconut from our waving palm trees, indulge in a massage, dive our Coral reef, experience our warm, genuine Swahili hospitality. The Unforgettable Beach experience at the Zanzibar Collection.

Overnight at The Palms Hotel (B, L, D)


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Day 9

The Palms Hotel, Zanzibar, Tanzania

After a long breakfast, why not visit the local village of Bwejuu and see how Zanzibaris shop live and work. See the school, a typical house and walk around accompanied by our guide who is from the Village. You will have a soda at the local kiosk and see the goings on in Bwejuu. All proceeds go to the village of Bwejuu fund.

Spend the afternoon lounging on the beach or by the pool. Or head out on a Reef safari: a low tide walk out to the spectacular Indian ocean reef full of corals and marine life with a qualified guide who will show you the way and point out interesting and unique corals and marine life.

Meals are at your leisure during meal times.

Overnight at The Palms Hotel (B, L, D)


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Day 10

The Palms Hotel, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Breakfast at your leisure. How about taking the morning to sail a Swahili dhow/Ngalawa on the Indian Ocean? Join an experienced Zanzibar seafarer in sailing the dhow to the Mchamvi Mangroves and Peninsula. The same way that has been done for hundreds of years and many generations!

If you’ve worked up an appetite, why not book a Swahili cooking lesson for you with the property chefs. Make a selection from the menu of different classical Swahili dishes. Roll your sleeves up and start rolling Chapatis. A Great experience for couples, a great experience for the family and a great experience for the kids.

Meals are at your leisure.

Overnight at The Palms Hotel (B, L, D)


White tropical sandy beach on Zanzibar.

Day 11

Departure

Your East African adventure is coming to an end. After breakfast and check out you will be transported to the airport for your departing flight.

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2019 - 2020 Seasonal Rates Starting Price (per person based on double occupancy)

HIGH SEASON rates from $9,020pp
December 18 - 31
January 01 - 04, 2020
June 29 - October 28

GREEN SEASON rates from $7,770pp
April 1 - May 31

MID SEASON rates from $8,515pp
January 5, 2019 - March 31/June 1 - 28/October 29 - December 17


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