TANZANIA DISCOVERY SAFARI.
Day 1 – Serena Mountain Village – Arusha
Day 2 - Tarangire Serena Lodge - Tarangire Nat. Park.
Day 3 - Ngorongoro Serena Lodge - Ngorongoro Crater
Day 4 - Ngorongoro Serena Lodge - Ngorongoro Crater
Day 5 - Serengeti Serena Lodge - Serengeti Nat. Park.
Day 6 - Serengeti Serena Lodge - Serengeti Nat. Park.
Day 7 - Lake Manyara Serena Lodge - Lake Manyara Nat.
Day 8 - Return to Arusha and depart.
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN ARUSHA, TANZANIA, THE SERENA MOUNTAIN VILLAGE HOTEL.
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport - Arusha on board flight…… at ……hrs, go through the passport control then down to the luggage collection hall. Collect your luggage from the conveyor belt and walk out to the arrival concourse. Someone shall be waiting for you holding a folder written 'YOUR NAMES'.
Drive from the airport to Serena Mountain Village Hotel and check in. Rest of the day at leisure.
Secreted in the depths of a tree-shaded coffee plantation, wreathed in multi-coloured tresses of tumbling bougainvillea, cooled by mountain streams and strung like a necklace around the shores of an idyllic wooded lake, Mountain Village offers a haven of calm and serenity just outside the hustle and bustle of Arusha, Tanzania’s premier ‘Safari Town’.
Set in the flowered gardens of a coffee planter’s farm house and surrounded by rolling groves of wax-green coffee bushes, Mountain Village offers wide timbered decks with panoramic views over Lake Duluti, and a selection of ethnically-styled ‘Rondavel’ village-cluster rooms, each one neatly thatched with ‘Makuti’ stems, lavishly embellished with ‘Makonde’ carvings and comfortably furnished in traditional safari style.
The stone-built rooms are housed in a half-moon of traditional ‘rondavel’ circular dwellings with views over a bougainvillea-cloaked slope descending to the lake’s shores. Each ‘rondavel’, neatly thatched in ‘Makuti’ stems and lined with close-weave basketwork, has been arranged to cluster in a village-style grouping around the shade of an ancient forest tree whilst the lavishly ‘Makonde’ carved doors radiate off the cool of a central flowered courtyard.
Charmingly appointed with spacious bathrooms, individual verandas and curved French windows giving views onto the tranquil lakeside beauty, the rooms have been decorated in the traditional safari style and feature net-draped beds, soft lamps, intricately carved furniture and pastel-patterned drapes. At the end of an action-packed day, guests can also take in a stroll around the flowered gardens, watch flights of snow-white egret returning to their forest roosts, explore the lake by canoe or follow the nature trail that loops around the lake and into the groves of neighbouring coffee estates.
Overnight at Serena Mountain Village Hotel - bed and breakfast.
DAY 2 - ARRIVAL IN TANZANIA, KILIMANJARO INT. AIRPORT
THEN TO TARANGIRE NAT. PARK.
Kilimanjaro International Airport - Arusha on board
flight…… at ……hrs, go through the passport control then
down to the luggage collection hall. Collect your
luggage from the conveyor belt and walk out to the
arrival concourse. Someone shall be waiting for you
holding a folder written 'TRAVEL CONNECTIONS'.
greet then drive to Tarangire National Park to arrive at
Tarangire Sopa Lodge for lunch. Do afternoon game drive.
comes from Tarangire River which rises in the Kondoa
Highlands of Central Tanzania and makes its way
northwards through the length of the park. Before
becoming a national park, Tarangire was originally a
popular hunting area. Today, it is regarded as one of
the best wildlife areas remaining in Tanzania. The
principal features of the park include the lake, swamps,
rivers and rock outcrops. Interestingly, this area is
engulfed by several hills. Oldonyo Ngahari is to the
east while Kalima is to the south, Sangaiwe and
Haidedonga are to the west and Kitibong a bit further
inside from the two. On the other hand Tarangire hill is
almost centrally located.
attractions in Tarangire National Park include the
vegetation zones of which the Acacia Tortillis parkland
is the most attractive to visitors. The park is also
famous for having many species of birds. The other
attraction is the tree climbing python, a rare
occurrence in other parks.
overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge - fullboard.
DAY 3 - TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK TO NGORONGORO CRATER.
breakfast take picnic lunch and depart on a whole day
game drive that will take you from Tarangire Nat. Park
to Ngorongoro Crater. You will visit Olduvai Gorge
As if in a
land before time, Ngorongoro Serena Lodge is built into
the rim of a dormant volcano, the plant and ivy-covered
native stone blending masterfully with its surroundings.
Close by lies the Olduvai Gorge, the 'birthplace of
man'. Today the volcano and surrounding landscape are
part of a vast conservation area inhabited by the masai
tribe, as well as an extra-ordinary variety of big game
and birdlife. Most guest rooms have private terraces
with views of the crater floor where countless animals
make their home. At Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, visitors
co-exist in perfect harmony with the natural environment
and wildlife that inhabits it.
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge late in the afternoon.
overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge - fullboard.
DAY 4 - NGORONGORO NATIONAL PARK.
is solely reserved for a full day game viewing of the
crater with picnic lunch.
crater is without doubt one of the most outstanding
natural features in the world and was declared a World
Heritage Site in 1978. Stunningly beautiful, the 18 km
wide and 600 meter deep caldera is teeming with wildlife
and one of the best places to see black rhino. On a full
day crater tour to this garden of Eden, with a picnic in
a shady grove, most large mammals can be seen.
dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge -
DAY 5 - NGORONGORO CRATER TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK.
breakfast take picnic lunch and depart for Serengeti
Serena Lodge is set high on a hill with breathtaking
vistas of a landscape teeming with game. The lodge
design is simple but stunning. Inspired by a traditional
African village, separate rondavel 'huts' house the
luxury guest rooms. From the overall impression to the
smallest detail, the lodge is rich in local atmosphere
created by indigenous handicrafts and art.
Serengeti Serena Lodge late in the afternoon.
overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge - fullboard.
DAY 6 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK.
are solely reserved for game viewing in the park.
is the most famous of Tanzania's national parks and is
one of the world's last great wildlife refuges. On the
seemingly endless and almost treeless plains, there are
an estimated three million large animals in constant
search of food and water. Most take part in a seasonal
migration that is unparallel in nature. Driven by the
rains, over one million wildebeest and a few hundred
thousand zebra and gazelles move to fresh grazing lands,
in columns of several kilometers length and crossing
crocodile infested rivers without regard to losses.
dinner and overnight in Serengeti Serena Lodge -
DAY 7 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK TO LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL
PARK (200KM - 4 HRS).
breakfast drive to Lake Manyara Serena Lodge for lunch.
difficult to imagine a more spectacular setting for Lake
Manyara Serena Lodge - on the edge of the Mto Wa Mbu
(mosquito river) escarpment, overlooking the Great Rift
Valley and the stunning Manyara soda lake. Tree-climbing
lions are but one lure. The extraordinary birdlife has
place world renowned among ornithologists, who
come to observe the masses of pink flamingoes and great
birds of prey. The abundant birdlife inspired the design
of Lake Manyara Serena Lodge - swooping curves are
complemented by soft, geometric patterns, stylish murals
depict bird migration patterns. The circular shape of
the buildings is a tribute to indigenous architectural
traditions. Beyond the superb standards of hospitality
offered, there is a spirit of tranquility that prevails.
an afternoon game drive.
slightly alkaline lake at the bottom of the Great Rift
Valley can vary in size considerably depending on the
season. Part of its western shore, squeezed between the
water and the foot of the steep Rift Valley Escarpment
is a National Park. Different habitats are concentrated
on a small area: open water marshes, grasslands and a
lush forest fed by groundwater. Hot springs and hippo
pools complete the scenery allowing interesting game
dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge -
DAY 8 - LAKE MANYARA TO ARUSHA THEN DEPARTURE.
Arusha for lunch, then transfer in the afternoon to
Kilimanjaro Int. Airport for your international
High Season - 1st March to 31st May - 1st November to 31st December 2009
USD 2,480.- PER PERSON SHARING
Peak Season - 1st January to 29th February - 1st June to 31st October 2009
USD 2,750.- PER PERSON SHARING
USD 400.- SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT
Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
vehicle during the safari
Experienced English speaking driver guide during the
International flights and taxes
effects and toiletries
money is called Tanzania Shillings, abbreviated as Tshs.
1 US$ is equivalent to about Tshs. 750/=. Most banks in
Tanzania open between 09:00hrs and 15:00hrs. There are
however bureau de change in every urban center and the
open as earlier as 08:00hrs and close at 17:00hrs.
Hotels and lodges change currencies as well.
lodges and hotels included shops accept the use of
whole safari, it is recommended that you use only
mineral water for drinking. Tap water may be used for
shower and brushing of teeth, but we do not recommend
that you drink it. The hotels and lodges have enough
mineral water and you may also purchase this en-route
when you make short breaks between the destinations.
quite hot in East Africa. Summer runs from December to
March and rain, if any will be little. The nights could
however be cool. You will require warm clothing during
the evenings i.e. jackets, long sleeved blouses and
shirts, trousers etc. For the day, you may need casual
clothing as t-shirts and shorts.
photography is allowed in Tanzania. (The animals get a
monthly wage for posing for the photos, so you are
encouraged to take as many shots as you wish). Do not
take photos of strangers, police officers, military
personnel, presidential motorcade, masai herdsmen and
women or any other traditionally dresses persons. You
may seek permission first before taking shots of
strangers and masai people. Your driver will be at your
service for any assistance that you may need.
regions in Tanzania are supplied with 240 volts. Almost
all sockets you will find on safari are those that take
in the rectangular prongs plug. You may however need to
carry an adaptor just in case the two bottom holes are
too wide apart for the charger prongs to go in. Most
lodges and hotels will provide you with an adaptor if
you do not have one. It will be very rare to find
sockets with rounded prongs.
As a sign
of appreciation, you may offer some tips to those who
offer services at the hotels on the entire safari.
However, tipping remains entirely on you. Should you
feel like tipping for services rendered, we recommend
that porters and waiters be given at least US$ 1.- For
the driver-guide, we recommend a tip of between US$ 5.-
to US$ 7.- per person per day.
DO'S AND DON'TS IN THE NATIONAL PARKS AND RESERVES.
Do not throw litter or leave litter. There are
litter bins at designated places or you may leave them
in the bus.
Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys, baboons
Do give the animals the right of way and do not
Do not take any plant or animals, dead or alive.
Do not start fires or throw cigarettes
Do stay in your vehicle except at designated
Do not shout, laugh loudly, play radio or
cassettes as this will keep away the animals.
Do enjoy yourself to the fullest
Connections wishes you all an unforgettable Africa safari.