Day 1 – Arrival: Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you will be met and transferred to Wilson Airport for your flight to the Maasai Mara/Kichwa Temba Airstrip. After your flight, you will be met and transferred to andBeyond Bateleur Camp. Enjoy the rest of the day at camp at leisure. (L, D)
Bateleur Camp is situated below the scenic location where the famous final scene of the movie Out of Africa was filmed. The epitome of tented luxury, andBeyond Bateleur Camp comprises just two intimate camps of nine tented suites each, set among the forests on the edge of the Masai Mara. Each tent has its own deck overlooking the vast game-filled plains of the Masai Mara. Delicious meals are served in memorable settings beneath the stars, followed by fireside port and cigars. Bush breakfasts and romantic sundowners on the edge of the Rift Valley offer an unforgettable African experience. Bateleur Camp was named as one of the top 10 safari lodges and a top 50 hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure in 2019.
Days 2 & 3 – Masai Mara: Enjoy two full days of shared safari activities in the Masai Mara Private Reserve. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives, night drives, walking safaris, balloon rides (extra cost), cultural visits (extra cost), and spa treatments (extra cost). Meals and overnights at Bateleur Camp. (B, L, D, Dr)
Day 4 – Masai Mara/Gibb’s Farm: After breakfast, transfer to the Maasai Mara/Kichwa Temba Airstrip for your flight to Manyara Airstrip. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to Gibb’s Farm in time for dinner. Overnight at Gibb’s Farm. (B, L, D, Dr)
Gibb’s Farm is located in the forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater and overlooks the centuries-old Great Rift Valley. The farm captures the essence of Tanzania’s rich history deeply rooted in East African culture and the community. Established in the 1920’s and since refurbished, 21 uniquely decorated cottages overlook magnificent gardens. Organic Arabica coffee is grown and roasted on the farm. A 10-acre organic fruit, vegetable and herb garden, on-site dairy and bakery provide the wonderful ingredients for the farm-to-table cuisine. Gibb’s Farm was named the 2nd best safari lodge in Africa and the 5th best hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure in 2019.
Day 5 – Lake Manyara: Set out this morning on a full day excursion to Lake Manyara National Park, famous for tree-climbing lions, as well as the thousands of flamingos that make their annual pilgrimage to the shores of the Lake. Overnight at Gibb’s Farm. (B, L, D, Dr)
Day 6 – Gibb’s Farm/Ngorongoro Crater: After breakfast, you will be transferred to The Highlands and arrive in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon at camp, on a hike, or on a community visit. Overnight at The Highlands. (B, L, D, Dr)
Carefully positioned for maximum privacy high on the slopes of the Olmoti Crater, guests at The Highlands enjoy sweeping views all the way to the Serengeti. The inspiration for the eight canvas geodesic domed suites draws from the traditional Maasai bomas that dot the landscape. At the heart of the camp is an authentic indoor fireplace designed to emulate the traditional East African campfire experience. The Highlands was named as one of the top 10 best safari lodges in Africa and in the top 30 best hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure in 2019.
Day 7 – Ngorongoro Crater: Get up early to make the most out of your day in the Ngorongoro Crater. Ngorongoro Crater is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world, measuring about 20 km across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq km in area. The high walls of the crater itself, serve as a natural enclosure for an abundance of wildlife. There is a large resident population of ground game with a very real chance of you being able to see the “big five’. Return to The Highlands for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D, Dr)
Day 8 – Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti: After breakfast, transfer to Manyara Airstrip for your flight to Serengeti/Sasakwa Airstrip. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to Singita Faru Faru Lodge for your overnight. (B, L, D, Dr)
Singita Faru Faru Lodge is situated in the western corridor of the legendary Serengeti in Singita Grumeti, a private reserve. The Lodge overlooks a natural waterhole and the tree line of the Grumeti River. The nine stone, canvas and thatched suites (including a family suite and a 2-bedroom villa) have the air of a classic safari camp, yet the interiors offer the ultimate in contemporary chic with panoramic glass windows, mirrored room dividers and claw-foot baths. The surrounding grassland is so awash with wildlife that guests can lounge in the swimming pool overlooking the waterhole, recline in the Lodge’s elevated viewing decks, or unwind in the comfort of your luxurious room and watch as predators and prey are drawn right up to the lodge. Singita Grumeti, of which Faru Faru is part of, was named as one of the top 3 safari lodges in Africa and top 10 hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure in 2019.
Days 9 & 10 – Serengeti/Singita Grumeti Private Reserve: Enjoy two full days of shared safari activities in the Singita Grumeti Private Reserve. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives, cultural visits, hot air balloon rides (extra cost) and spa treatments (extra cost). Meals and overnights at Faru Faru Lodge. (B, L, D, Dr)
Day 11 – Depart: Have breakfast then transfer to the Sasakwa airstrip for your flight to Arusha where you’ll have lunch and the use of a day room at the Airport Planet Lodge and later transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B, L)