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Grumeti Reserves - Semi Customized

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The ultimate opportunity to witness the spectacular of the migration in the vast Serengeti Plains in the private Grumeti Reserve, as well as the visit the vast Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 Depart on KLM from your gateway city.

Day 2 Arusha: Arusha Coffee Lodge
Arrive into Amsterdam and connect with your flight to Kilimanjaro. Upon arrival into Kilimanjaro, you will be met by an AfricaTours representative and escorted to your hotel. Arusha derives its name from the Warusha people, a tribe of Masai who settled around the base of Mount Meru in order to cultivate the land. Guest’s en-route to the adventurous Tanzanian Northern Circuit can look forward to a luxurious send off at Arusha Coffee Lodge. Inspired by the grace and romance of a fine ‘old-time’ coffee plantation, guests can anticipate accommodation of the highest standard with 21 private chalets featuring multi-level areas, huge balconies and beautiful fireplaces. Each chalet has its own bedroom, bathroom and living room. There is a coffee grinder and percolator in the spirit of a true coffee estate experience.

Day 3 Serengeti National Park: Grumeti Reserve/Sasakwa Lodge/Faru Faru River Lodge/Sabora Plains Tented Camp (BLD)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the Grumeti Reserve where you will have a choice of accommodation, either Sasakwa Lodge/Faru Faru River Lodge/Sabora Plains Tented Camp. Enjoy an afternoon game drive. The Serengeti National Park, a 12,800 square mile wilderness of semi-arid grasslands and woodlands in Tanzania's northwestern corner is the pulsating heart of East Africa. Its immense grass oceans and riverine forests are home to the largest concentration of large predators and plains game in Africa. The Serengeti's pulse beats to the migration cycle. In the spring, the bright green of the grass gives the Serengeti an air of sparkling freshness. Then, the meadows reverberate with the thunder of millions of hooves — with the snarls of hyenas and hunting dogs in hot pursuit — as vast hordes of wildebeest and zebra begin their great annual migration: the most impressive wildlife pageant on earth. Grumeti Reserves is located adjacent to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti, bordering the national park, and encompasses 400,000 acres of unrivalled wilderness. The area forms part of the famous migratory route, which is traveled by hundreds of thousands of animals every year. Game drives and walks can be enjoyed with our professional guides - the most experienced in East Africa, whilst other activities include archery, lawn croquet, mountain biking, equestrian pursuits, and hot air ballooning. The Equestrian Centre is situated at Sasakwa Lodge, and is home to sixteen horses. The Centre includes a lunging arena, fenced paddock, and a walled 2.7 kilometer riding track, which can also be used for walking and jogging. More experienced riders can enjoy outrides onto the Serengeti plains.

Faru Faru River Lodge
Faru Faru River Lodge is built on a gently sloping hill, overlooking a waterhole and the Grumeti River. It is built in the style of a classic East African safari camp, each of the six air-conditioned suites feature a picture window and deck, with your own Swarovski spotting scope, from which you can enjoy the rugged landscape, whilst at the same time, the luxurious comfort of your suite. The lodge area offers a lounge and dining room, elevated viewing decks, heated plunge pool, spa and Colonial Trading Post. Walks from Faru Faru along the Grumeti River, with its unrivalled spectrum of fauna and flora, are an unforgettable experience.

Sabora Plains Tented Camp
Sabora Plains Tented Camp is situated on the Serengeti plains, beautifully decorated in grand campaign 1920s style. The six lavish tents are air-conditioned and feature a bedroom and reading area, bathroom with bath and outdoor shower, viewing deck with your own Swarovski spotting scope, and a library lounge tent. The camp also has a dining room, lounge, wide viewing deck, heated plunge pool, Jacuzzi, tennis court, spa and Colonial Trading Post. Game drives and walks can be enjoyed with our professional guides - the most experienced in East Africa, whilst other activities include archery, lawn croquet, mountain biking, equestrian pursuits, and hot air ballooning. Our Equestrian Centre is situated adjacent to Sasakwa Lodge, and is home to sixteen horses. The Centre includes a lunging arena, fenced paddock, and a walled 2.7 kilometer riding track, which can also be used for walking and jogging. More experienced riders can enjoy outrides onto the Serengeti plains.

Sasakwa Lodge
Sasakwa Lodge is situated on the top of Sasakwa Hill, with awe-inspiring views over the Serengeti plains. The lodge is built in the grand style of an English manor home and comprises seven suites, ranging in size from one to four bedrooms. Each air-conditioned suite features a bedroom, lounge with fireplace, veranda with your own spotting scope, en suite bathroom with bath and shower, dressing area, guest bathroom, heated infinity plunge pool, direct dial telephone facilities and wireless internet access. The lodge areas offer a dining room, lounge and bar, garden room, television room with satellite television, DVD player and collection, reading library with internet facilities, billiards room, wine cellar, and Colonial Trading Post, all opening onto wide verandas and sprawling lawns. The lodge also features two tennis courts (clay and grass), a gymnasium, spa with steam room, and a heated infinity swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Game drives and walks can be enjoyed with our professional guides - the most experienced in East Africa, whilst other activities include archery, lawn croquet, mountain biking, equestrian pursuits, and hot air ballooning. Our Equestrian Centre is situated adjacent to Sasakwa Lodge, and is home to sixteen horses. The Centre includes a lunging arena, fenced paddock, and a walled 2.7 kilometer riding track, which can also be used for walking and jogging. More experienced riders can enjoy outrides onto the Serengeti plains.

Day 4 Serengeti National Park: Grumeti Reserve/Sasakwa Lodge/Faru Faru River Lodge/Sabora Plains Tented Camp (BLD)
Enjoy a day of game viewing in the Grumeti Reserve.

Day 5 Serengeti National Park: Grumeti Reserve/Sasakwa Lodge/Faru Faru River Lodge/Sabora Plains Tented Camp (BLD)
Enjoy a day of game viewing in the Grumeti Reserve.

Day 6 Serengeti National Park: Grumeti Reserve/Sasakwa Lodge/Faru Faru River Lodge/Sabora Plains Tented Camp (BLD)
Enjoy a day of game viewing in the Grumeti Reserve.

Day 7 Ngorongoro Crater: Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (BLD)
After a morning game drive and breakfast, fly to Lake Manyara airstrip, where you will be met by a camp representative and driven to the lodge. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world's hallowed places - a giant amphitheater ten miles across; "stamped like a hoofprint deep into the green hills of Africa" says one writer. The floor of this ancient volcanic crater encompasses a self-contained ecosystem, which sustains the greatest concentration of wildlife on earth! Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera of the once-volcanic Ngorongoro shelters the most beautiful wildlife haven left on earth. Some of Africa’s last breeding black rhino are protected within its rim, black-manned lions stalk the grasslands, flamingos crowd the soda lakes and giant tusked elephants wander the forests. Towering euphorbias cling to the crater walls and on the floor, fever and fig tree forests give shade to an awe-inspiring array of creatures. Perched on the ancient crater rim far above the swirling mists, the architectural masterpiece of the Ngorongoro Carter Lodge is a magnificent return to noble elegance of the traveling colonials. Inspired in design by the Masai manyatta, three separate camps of six to twelve suites each hark back to a bygone era when characters such as Lord Delamere adorned the hand-crafted structures with graceful antiques, grand chandeliers and magnificent four-poster beds hand-carved in Zanzibar. All of this however remains subordinate to the magnificence of the verdant crater — as each suite opens out to Africa’s greatest vista. A trip to the Ngorongoro is a pilgrimage you should take at least once in a lifetime.

Day 8 Ngorongoro Crater: Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (BLD)
Enjoy a magical crater tour. As you descend into the 100 square mile crater, the inert dots viewed from the top come to life and animals appear in small groups, like actors on a sunken stage of staggering and relentless beauty. Soon you are eye to eye with the animals, the beloved little "Tommie" with ever-flagging black tail, buffalo, rhino, lion, zebra, giraffe and elephant — acting out a drama of life and death on an epic scale. There are birds too, in abundance — vultures, hideous pink-necked marabou storks and thousands upon thousands of greater and lesser flamingos wading carefully through the shallow waters of the crater's small soda lake.

Day 9 Ngorongoro Crater:
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (BLD)
Enjoy a Crater Tour.

Day 10 Lake Manyara: Lake Manyara Tree Lodge (BLD)
After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara for lunch. Enjoy a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Covering a relatively small area, it encompasses five distinct vegetation zones ranging from an area of ground water forest to characteristic scrubland on the precipitous face of the Rift Valley wall. A variety of wildlife such as buffalo, elephant, leopard, lions (sometimes seen on trees), giraffe and pink flamingoes on the lake shore, are abundant. Lake Manyara Tree Lodge has been designed to exert minimal impact on the environment. The lodge boasts 10 spacious tree houses cradled in the boughs of mahogany trees and is situated about a kilometer from the lakeshore. The tree houses have been crafted from local timber and makuti (palm fronds) and feature large open decks and spacious rooms with large windows to invite the flourishing forest into the luxurious elegance of each room. The bedrooms consist of four-poster bed-like draping and earthy, understated accessories in natural colors and textures. Overhead fans and mosquito nets as well as en suite bathrooms with baths and large twin hand basins ensure that every comfort is attended to. There is an exhilarating outdoor shower while the private verandas have comfortable furniture and offer extensive views of the lovely forest environment. There is a magnificent open-plan guest area with an intimate and cozy atmosphere overlooking the forest boma, with enough seating for 20 people. There is also a stylish lap pool and a crafts gallery, which features a good selection of community craftwork. Lake Manyara Tree Lodge also offers the classic Tanzanian private butler service. A gleaming, chrome-accessorized interactive kitchen includes guests in the preparation of delicious Pan-African cuisine. In the theatrical boma (reeded enclosure), tandoori ovens produce heavenly cuisine. Meals are enjoyed in the open-air boma, the dining area, on the decks in the guest area or on the guests’ private viewing decks. Breakfasts and picnics are also savored on the lakeshore.

Day 11 Departure (BL)
After a morning game drive and breakfast, drive to Arusha for lunch. You will have the use of a dayroom before transferring to the airport for your departure flight.

Day 12
Arrive into Amsterdam in the morning and connect with your flight to the USA.

Rates for the Grumeti Reserves - Semi Customized

Land, per person double occupancy

01 Nov '16 - 19 Dec '16 $12,905
20 Dec '16 - 31 Dec '16 $17,745
01 Jan '17 - 31 Jan '17 $18,155
01 Feb '17 - 28 Feb '17 $16,085
01 Mar '17 - 31 May '17 $13,550
01 Apr '16 - 30 Apr '16 Closed
01 Jun '17 - 30 Sep '17 $18,155
01 Oct '17 - 31 Oct '17 $15,640
01 Nov '17 - 19 Dec '17 $13,550
20 Dec '17 - 31 Dec '17 $18,155
Substitute Sasakwa Lodge with Sabora Tented Camp or Faru Faru Price Will Decrease By $1,905 Per Person
Single Supplement $920 - $2,765

Land and Air from New York, per person double occupancy

01 Nov '16 - 19 Dec '16 $15,195
20 Dec '16 - 31 Jan '17 $20.680
01 Feb '17 - 28 Feb '17 $18,610
01 Mar '17 - 31 May '17 $16,785
01 Apr '17 - 30 Apr '17 Closed
01 Jun '17 - 30 Sep '17 $20,680
01 Oct '17 - 31 Oct '17 $18,165
11 Nov '17 - 19 Dec '17 $16,075
20 Dec '17 - 31 Dec '17 $20,680

Price Includes:

  • Accommodation for 9 nights, dayroom on last day
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Transport & Transfers
  • Game drives with a guaranteed window seat & Game park fees
  • FLIGHTS: Arusha – Serengeti – Lake Manyara
  • Professional driver/guides
  • Laundry at Grumeti, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge & Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
  • Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages at Grumeti, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge & Lake Manyara Tree Lodge (except premium alcohol & champagne)
  • Flying Doctors Service

Price Excludes:

  • Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages in Arusha
  • Gratuities
  • Laundry in Arusha
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Tanzania departure taxes (approximately $30 per person, to be paid locally in US$)

 

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