Day by Day Itinerary

A Day at Serengeti Under Canvas 
Morning Game Drive*

As dawn breaks you’ll be gently woken by your butler, who leaves a tray of tea, coffee and homemade biscuits outside. It’s then out into the wilderness in a 4x4 safari vehicle with your guide, in search of the massed herds who are already on the move. If they’ve already crossed into Kenya, your guide will instead show you the rich resident wildlife. Perhaps you’ll see a pride of lion lingering over last night's kill, or a leopard relaxing on a branch where it has wedged its prey. There’s usually a lot to see.

Breakfast

After an early morning brush with the wildlife, you’ll return to camp for a tasty breakfast. There are platters of toast, jams and marmalades, homemade muesli, fresh fruits and assorted cheeses. And if you fancy, hot breakfasts with eggs, omelettes, frittatas and freshly cooked pot breads, all prepared on the open fire.

Lunch

After breakfast, enjoy a steaming hot gravity-fed shower or maybe a quick nap before lunch. tent.

Afternoon Tea

While the sun’s at its height, why not relax with a good book and chilled glass of wine in the guest tent, or just sit back and watch the wildlife go about its business directly from your tent’s veranda. Come late afternoon, tea will be served with a selection of light snacks.

Afternoon Game Drive*

As the day starts to cool, you’ll head out on an afternoon game drive, looking out for lion, leopard, hyena and jackal who’ll be gearing up for a night of hunting.

Dinner

As you arrive back at camp, there’ll be cocktails waiting around a blazing fire. Dine under the stars on a delicious meal (cooked on an open fire of course), then follow it up with a mouthwatering dessert served with tea, coffee or cognac. After sharing a few stories around the glowing campfire, you’ll probably be ready for bed (trust us), drifting off with the sounds of lions roaring in the distance.

*If you prefer, we can replace the two daily game drives with one much longer, daily outing, which includes a picnic lunch.

What can you expect to see?

The Serengeti is home to millions of large herbivores, over 35 species of plains-dwelling mammals and of course, carnivores and birds. The Serengeti is famous for its large lion population, and a number of prides roam the areas utilised by our camps. You’re also likely to see cheetah and spotted hyena, the latter often wandering the plains during the day. You should also look out for vultures, especially the African white-backed and the Rüppell’s vulture; it’s not uncommon to see a group of them lurking ominously in the skies above.

Wildlife Treasures of Tanzania Itinerary

Day 01: Arusha

After touching down at Kilimanjaro International Airport you’ll be escorted to Arusha Coffee Lodge, where you’ll stay for one night (B&B). Arusha township has numerous first-class restaurants, bars and markets to explore: why not take a stroll through one of Tanzania’s largest and oldest coffee plantations, or arrange a trip to some of the area’s cultural hotspots.

Day 02 and 03: Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

After a yummy breakfast you’ll head to Arusha airport for your scheduled flight to Manyara Airstrip. When you land, you’ll be escorted to Lake Manyara Tree Lodge on your first game drive. You’ll spend the next two nights here in an elegant stilted treehouse, cradled by mahogany trees.

Lake Manyara National Park houses many diverse habitats from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. It’s also famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions, along with vast elephant herds. Bird fans will love it too: there are around 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants, including pink flamingo along the shores of the lake.

Why not spoil yourself with a night drive (yours will be one of the only vehicles in the whole park), or experience the exceptional beauty of Lake Manyara on a tranquil shore walk with an experienced guide?

Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas

and coffees, emergency medical evacuation insurance, laundry and daily lodge activities. Adventures include twice-daily game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles.

Day 04 to 06: Serengeti Under Canvas

After an early morning breakfast you’ll head back to the Manyara airstrip for your scheduled flight to Serengeti Under Canvas airstrip, where you’ll spend the next three nights. Your accommodation here is full-board, including scheduled game-drives and park fees. Why not arrange a private dinner in your tent while you’ here?

Day 07 and 08: Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Enjoy an early morning game drive and a delicious breakfast before catching your scheduled flight to the Manyara Airstrip. Once there, you’ll be transferred to Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, where you’ll spend the next two nights. Accommodation is in a sumptuous double suite, tended by a butler, and is on a full-board basis, including scheduled activities and park fees.

Located within the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area is home to more than 30,000 protected animals. The crater itself was once an enormous volcano dating back nearly three million years. Fresh springs and a large soda lake quench the thirst of all the area’s inhabitants including black rhino, giant tusked elephants black-maned lions and bright pink flamingos.

While you’re here, why not visit a Maasai village or take a walk around the Empakai Crater (subject to additional cost).

Day 09: Homeward bound with tales to tell

After a sensational breakfast, with Africa now truly under your skin, you’ll drive back to the Manyara Airstrip for your flight back to Arusha Airport. You’ll then be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward flight.
We can tailor make any escape to suit your requirements so if you wish to amend the  suggested itinerary in any way, just let us know.

Accommodation

  • Serengeti Under Canvas
  • Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
  • Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

When to Escape

Temperatures are generally pleasant in the Serengeti, and our Serengeti Under Canvas semi-permanent camps move around the area year round, ensuring that you get within easy reach of the action.

December (the short rains) to May (March to May the long rains)

For up to 2 million wildebeest only one place is truly home; the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti, from Lake Nduni to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

April to June

The herds disperse throughout the central Serengeti, heading mostly in a north-western direction, towards the Western Corridor and the Grumeti River.

June to July

The wildebeest encounter the first major obstacle in their quest, the Grumeti River.

July to September (warm months)

The herds head north towards the lush plains of the northern Serengeti and the Masai Mara. The next set of spectacular river crossings takes place at the Mara River any time between July and October.

October (warm month)

Most of the wildebeest are now in Kenya’s Masai Mara, although some still remain in the Serengeti.

November (the short rains)

The herds now return to the grassy plains of the southern Serengeti.

“Staying at Serengeti Under Canvas and seeing the great migration is an unforgettable experience. There’s constant wildlife drama going on under your nose!”

Escapa

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