Luxury East Africa Safari
This very special safari itinerary is packed with game drives – we can expect to see a huge variety of wildlife from our 6-seater 4×4’s (everyone gets a window seat!) Our luxury lodges are in excellent locations deep inside the National Parks, allowing for shorter drives to and from the game drives.
Tarangire National Park
A relatively small (and much less touristy!) sanctuary in the northeast, this park is home to abundant wildlife such as tree-climbing lions, herds of elephants and oryx.
Serengeti National Park
This vast, well-known wildlife reserve provides countless viewing opportunities. Our lodge overlooks the plains, deep inside the park.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
This park is named after a giant crater, where we spend a full day viewing many unique wildlife species.
DAY 1 – Depart Toronto
We’ll leave Toronto late in the day, heading to Amsterdam for our connecting flight to Arusha.
DAY 2 – Arrive Arusha
On arrival in Arusha this evening, we’ll be met by a company representative who will take us to our hotel. Here, in the shadow of Mt Meru, Tanzania’s second-highest mountain, we will recover from our long journey.
DAY 3 – Tarangire National Park
After a refreshing sleep and delicious breakfast at the hotel, we’ll check out and transfer to Tarangire National Park. The journey will only take a couple of hours, so we’ll arrive with plenty of time to check in to our lodge and freshen up before lunch. This afternoon we have a game drive – this relatively small park is known for an abundance of elephants, gigantic baobab trees, herds of oryx – and tree climbing lions. After seeing as much as possible, we’ll return to the lodge before sunset, in time for dinner and a cocktail before settling in for the evening.
DAY 4 – Tarangire National Park
After breakfast we have a morning game drive. We’ll return to the lodge for lunch – and if we’re quick there might be time for a dip in the pool. This afternoon we have another game drive, before returning in time for sundowners and dinner at the lodge.
DAY 5 – Serengeti National Park
Today after an early breakfast, we’ll check out before our long – but enjoyable! – drive to Serengeti National park. The route will take us through Ngorongoro Conservation Area and some incredible landscapes – we can expect to see plenty of wildlife on the way.
We’ll check into our lodge and freshen up (possibly having a quick swim) before lunch. This afternoon we’ll enjoy a game drive – the Serengeti is one of the world’s best-known national parks for a reason: vast, endlessly rolling, Acacia-studded grassland savannahs, riverine forests, swamps, and hills and valleys are home to countless species of numerous wild animals – not to mention birds. We will return to our lodge before sunset, in time for dinner and a chance to compare pictures.
DAY 6 – Serengeti National Park
Today we have a full day of game drives in this spectacular environment – only returning to the lodge for meals and overnight.
DAY 7 – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
This morning after breakfast, we’ll check out and head back through the park towards Ngorongoro. We’ll stop at Olduvai Gorge on the way: made famous by the Leakey family of archeologists, this fascinating site is home to a variety of tools created by prehistoric man. When we get to the lodge, we’ll have lunch and then an afternoon relaxing by the pool or enjoying the facilities before dinner and overnight.
The magnificent landscape surrounding us consists of volcanoes, mountains, plains, lakes, forests and archaeological sites – it’s stunning.
DAY 8 – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today after an early breakfast, we’ll head out for a full day in the Great Rift Valley: wildlife-spotting at the bottom of the Ngorongoro Crater. Naturally enclosed by the slopes of the volcano and dotted with watering holes, the area offers shelter to almost 30,000 animals; including lions, elephants, zebra, hippo, buffalos, and rhino. We’ll enjoy a lovely picnic lunch at the crater floor and head back to the lodge just before sunset, in time for dinner and sundowners. This will be a memorable day!
DAY 9 – Departure
Today after breakfast, we’ll check out and drive back to Arusha – we’ll stop for lunch before being dropped off at the airport for our departure flight.
Price is per person based on double; 15 people minimum. Ask about single supplements. A non-refundable deposit of CAD $1500 per person is due at time of booking to secure your spot on the trip; balance is due 80 days prior to departure. Comprehensive health insurance is mandatory; please inquire about cancellation and interruption insurance. Trip is operated by The Travel Society, Inc., 404-174 Spadina Ave., Toronto ON M5T-2C2; 416.926.2500; TICO Reg.#1280649