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Come and join Alaitol Safaris to explore the exquisite and best wildlife of Tanzania. Pack in and venture the mainland of Zanzibar plus plenty of wildlife safari drives in national parks to amplify your chances at spotting wildlife. With an included flight between the safaris and Zanzibar, you will maximize the time you have got to truly indulge in all the nature and beaches that East Africa has to offer.
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of safari opportunities, peace and tranquillity, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness. The lodge features a selection of ensuite rooms and suites, central dining room and bar, outside dining terrace, poolside bar, swimming pool, and pool deck.
This unique lodge in Tanzania clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on earth. Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, which features 75 rock-built rooms with panoramic private balconies, rock-built dining room with a central fire bar, and extensive viewing terraces, has been recently voted as one of the best hotels in the world.
Serengeti Serena Lodge is set high on the saddle of a tree-clad ridge, commanding panoramic views across the Serengeti. This lodge is the ultimate fusion of traditional African architecture and world-class style which has won numerous awards from the world travel press, making Serengeti Serena Lodge as the finest venue that Serengeti has to offer.
This exclusive safari camp features a spacious furnished deck leading to a bedroom in antique Edwardian style with steamer-trunks, writing desk, brass lamps, rugs, sepia photographs, and four posters bed with a patchwork quilt. Each tent has its own personal valet.
Selous Serena Camp is set amidst the indigenous forests which make it the ultimate wilderness retreat. With 360-degree views over the surrounding bush, the tents are presented in time-honoured safari style, with natural thatch roofs, elegant Victorian-styled bathrooms, and private viewing decks. Each tent features an engaging mix of canvas walls, crystal chandeliers, opulent rugs, and elegant rosewood furniture.
Zanzibar Serena Inn is idyllically situated on the sea-front of ancient Stone Town. The inn is a haven of tranquility and opulence amongst the bustle of one of Africa's most ancient and most enchanting towns. All rooms feature air-conditioning, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and the access to the swimming pool and pool deck.
In the morning, you will drive to the Lake Manyara National Park, home to the huge migratory pink flamingos. After checking into your lodge, enjoy an afternoon game drive by Lake Manyara National Park and the evening leisure at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.
Enjoy a morning game drive through Lake Manyara National Park and return to your lodge for breakfast, followed by a moment of relaxation and lunch before departing to the highlands. Arrive at your well-placed lodge on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, with grand views of the ancient volcanic basin on the afternoon. You will have the overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.
Spend a full day exploring the woodlands, lakes, and wide-open plains of the crater floor and enjoy a wonderful picnic lunch during your safari. Ngorongoro offers unsurpassed viewing of rare black rhinoceros which are undisturbed by vehicles and allow viewing at a close range. Other residents include lion, elephant, hyena, wildebeest, buffalo, hippo, ostrich, and an abundance of pink flamingos on Lake Magadi.
Return to your lodge in the afternoon and take in more wonderful views from your private terrace, excellent meals around a glowing fire, and cultural programs with local Maasai people. You will have your night rest at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.
The legendary Serengeti Plain is your destination for some of the best wildlife viewing in the world. The annual migration of the wildebeest and zebra is one of the park’s great attractions. Throughout the year, the Serengeti is excellent for seeing predators such as lion, leopard, and cheetah, along with the elephant, giraffe, hyena, hippo, rhino, and many varieties of antelopes and birds.
Enjoy the game viewing as you travel to your lodge with a short visit to Olduvai Gorge. You will arrive at your lodge in the afternoon for lunch. In the evening, embark on your first game drive through the unforgettable Serengeti
and take a peaceful rest in the night at Serengeti Serena Lodge.
A thrilling day of game viewing will take you to the prime areas for seeing the fullest possible variety of animals. You will visit hippo pools in the Seronera Valley, where leopard and monkeys live in the treetops. There will be also lions laze in the shade and in the riversides where large animals congregate to drink.
Return to your lodge for excellent meals, time for relaxation, a dip in the pool, or perhaps enjoy a drink with your travel companions and share stories of your experiences in the Serengeti. You will have the overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge.
After breakfast, you will drive to the Western Serengeti while enjoying en-route game viewing. In the magnificent area of over 6,000 square miles, the variety of wildlife is endless. You will arrive at your luxurious tented camp in time for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy another exciting round of game viewing. At night, you will be resting at Kirawira Serena Camp.
After an early morning game drive and breakfast, you will be transferred to the Grumeli Airstrip for your flight to Arusha and connect flight to Dar Es Salaam. Upon arrival at Dar Es Salaam, you will board your connecting flight to the Selous Game Reserve. After arriving in Selous, you will be met by a camp vehicle and be transferred to your camp with the remainder of the day at leisure. You will have the overnight at Selous Serena Camp.
You will have two full days in the Selous Game Reserve staying at the tented lodge overlooking the gorge of Rufiji River Camp. Enjoy your exploration of the reserve in a 4WD vehicle, boat, and on foot. The Selous is famous for its elephants which were originally set aside as a hunting area. Today, the reserve is abundant with wildlife, but due to past generations of unfavorable encounters with humans, they are shyer than the wildlife found in the northern parks.
Enjoy your second day at Selous Game Reserve. During your foot safari, you will gain a particularly intimate feel for the African wilds while air excursions by landrover will permit you to have good photographic opportunities and the chance to explore different sections of the vast park. You will discover the Rufiji river by boat and encounter hippos and crocodiles in good numbers. Some 350 bird species have been recorded in the Selous Game Reserve. After a full day of touring, enjoy a relaxing evening in your luxury tented camp.
You will have your last game drive at Selous Game Reserve and proceed to the airstrip for your flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival at Zanzibar, you will be transferred to your hotel with the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Enjoy your moment at leisure at the poolside and relax with the gentle breeze of the Indian Ocean.
You will call the day and have a restful night at Zanzibar Serena Inn.
In the morning, enjoy a tour of Stone Town. You will walk through the narrow streets and experience the Arabian culture of Zanzibar. As you walk through the town, you will see the former slave market, Anglican Cathedral, the House of Wonders, the Sultans Palace Museum, the Old Arab Fort, and the Dispensary. Explore the markets, seafood, fresh loaves of bread in wicker baskets, and the neat stacks of fruit and vegetables as traders sell their wares from their stalls. After your tour, enjoy an afternoon of rest and relaxation or exploration at your own pace.
This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) for your return flight to Dar Es Salaam. Upon arrival, you will board your connecting flight returning back to home.
Enjoy en-route game viewing as you travel to your lodge with a short visit to Olduvai Gorge and a tour of Stone Town upon your visit to Zanzibar as part of the program. You will walk through the narrow streets and experience the Arabian culture of Zanzibar and you will see the former slave market, Anglican Cathedral, the House of Wonders, the Sultans Palace Museum, the Old Arab Fort, and the Dispensary.
The retreat will take place in Arusha, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Western Corridor, Selous, and Zanzibar in Tanzania.
Lake Manyara National Park is comprised of forest, woodland, grasslands, and swamps. Two-thirds of the park is covered by water and Lake Manyara is host to thousands of flamingoes, at certain times of the year, as well as other diverse bird life. The highlight of Lake Manyara Park is the large population of elephants, tree-climbing lions, and hippos that can be observed at a much closer range than in other parks.
This park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons in the world. Wildlife drives, canoeing (when water levels are high enough), mountain bike tours, and bird watching are the most popular activities in Lake Manyara National Park.
Ngorongoro Crater is the part of the reason behind the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which preserves the environment for the Maasai people who were diverted from the Serengeti Plains. Essentially, nomadic people build temporary villages in circular homesteads called bomas. There are possibilities to visit a couple of these now, which have been opened up for tourists to explore. %Here you can see how the huts are built in a strict pattern of order according to the chronological order of the wives, and experience what it must be like to rely on warmth and energy from a fire burning at the heart of a cattle dung-dwelling with no chimney.
These proud cattle herding people have a great history as warriors, and even though they are no longer allowed to build villages inside, they continue to herd their cattle into the crater to graze and drink, regardless of the predators nearby.
Serengeti National Park is a vast treeless plain with thousands, or even millions of animals searching for fresh grasslands. As the largest national park in Tanzania, Serengeti attracts thousands of tourists each year.
Large herds of antelope, as well as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, bat eared fox, hunting dog, and jackal, are also found in Serengeti National Park. Nearly 500 species of birds have been recorded on the Serengeti.
Selous is the largest game reserve in Africa. Established in 1922, it covers 5 percents of Tanzania's total area. The southern area is a forbidden zone that is undeveloped, heavily forested, and contains a series of steep cliffs. Travelers are limited to the area north of the Rufiji River. This area of the Selous Game Reserve has large open grassland, woodlands, rivers, hills, and plains.
The Rufiji River bisects the Selous Game Reserve and has the largest catchment area of any river in East Africa. The river is an important feature of the reserve providing the opportunity to watch the diverse water-based wildlife. A broad range of game can be found including elephants, hippos, and rhinos as well as buffalo, antelope, giraffe, warthog, wildebeest, lion, leopard, and cheetah. The diversity of bird life in Selous includes over 350 recorded species.
During the safari, you will be served 12 daily breakfasts, nine lunches, and 11 dinners that are included in the package.
Massage or other treatments can be booked at the lodge for additional costs.
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer from the airport is included. The Alaitol Safaris will pick you up from the airport.
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) is located less than 50 minutes drive from Arusha and Moshi towns in northern Tanzania, which is served by international carriers including KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Kenya Airways, and Ethiopian Airlines.