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Crater, Serengeti & Mara

Combining Kenya’s Masai Mara with Tanzania’s Serengeti already promises a rewarding safari – when the Ngorongoro Crater is added to the mix, you have one of the most wildlife-intense experiences in Africa. In the company of expert guides, you will enjoy game drives, walks and horseback safaris as you search for the Big 5 and massed herds of migrating wildebeest plus their ever-present predators. Even if you visit out of Migration season, such is the wealth of wildlife on this tour that you are still assured of great game viewing at all the destinations.

A classic fly-in safari comprising outstanding accommodation, this 10-day tour opens with the old-world charm of a Tanzania coffee estate and a grand manor house set on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater. You then settle back into the comfortable embrace of tented safari camps in the Serengeti and Masai Mara, all in prime locations designed to catch the Wildebeest Migration at its most dramatic. In addition, you will find plenty of pleasant extras at these accommodations such as a massage service, childminders for families, private dining, Wi-Fi Internet reception and swimming pools.

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Highlights

  • Fly-in convenience & luxurious accommodation
  • Amazing year-round game viewing
  • Big 5 sightings & Wildebeest Migration
  • Game drives, walks, horseback safaris & birding
  • Family-friendly lodges & activities

Summary

  • Tour Duration: 10 Days

Accommodations Visited

Detailed breakdown

Day 1: Arrive at Arusha in Tanzania | 1 Night

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Arusha, Tanzania

Your tour opens with your arrival in the bustling town of Arusha and a road transfer to the Arusha Coffee Lodge, just a few minutes away. Offering private cottage accommodation on a working coffee estate and complete with views of Mount Meru, this friendly and welcoming lodge is just the place for you to relax and unwind after a long journey. There is a swimming pool, a spa and Wi-Fi access; the cottages are spacious and each feature a lounge and a balcony with beautiful views.

Days 2-3: A Ngorongoro Crater safari | 2 Nights

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Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

The next day begins with breakfast and a transfer back to Arusha Airport for a short flight to Manyara where you will be met and driven to The Manor at Ngorongoro. Lying in picturesque gardens in another lush coffee estate, The Manor is a grand country-style house with beautifully appointed suites, each complete with lounge, en suite bathroom, an outdoor deck, and both indoor and outdoor fireplaces. Check in for two nights and plan your adventures – there is horse riding, mountain biking, hiking, cultural tours and birdwatching to enjoy but the most eagerly awaited activity will be your 4X4 safari in the Ngorongoro Crater, home to perhaps the densest concentrations of big animals in Africa and a hotspot for predators and the Big 5. Back at The Manor you sit down to delicious meals, served at the main lodge or in the privacy of your suite.

Days 3-6: To the Serengeti | 3 Nights

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Serengeti, Tanzania

It is a short flight this morning to Serengeti National Park and your accommodation for the next three nights – Serengeti Migration Camp. Tucked away in the hilly landscape of the northern Serengeti, this comfortable tented camp lies close to the treacherous Grumeti River where migrating wildebeest herds gather to cross back into Kenya. An exciting game-viewing destination at any time of year, the area is at its most dramatic during the Migration months when tens of thousands of wildebeest storm across the Grumeti, battling crocodiles and big cats all the way. As well as game drives, you can also look forward to fascinating nature walks with your guide, and have the option of a hot-air balloon safari over the Serengeti savannah. Accommodation is in the form of large tented suites with private bathrooms and elevated viewing decks.

Days 7-9: A riverside setting in the Masai Mara | 3 Nights

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Masai Mara, Kenya

Your journey to Kenya involves a road transfer and short flight but it is not long before you are checking into Sand River Masai Mara for three nights. This tented camp has a great location on the Sand River and combines indulgent yesteryear comfort with a modern low environmental impact philosophy. As well-placed for the Wildebeest Migration as your previous camp, Sand River Masai Mara also offers balloon safaris as well as game drives and walks, and guests will be delighted to find at least one of their meals served away from camp in an exciting safari setting. Accommodation is raised off the ground and enjoys river views; a private butler is on hand to ensure everything runs smoothly. Complete with swimming pool, library, Wi-Fi access and a laundry service, Sand River Masai Mara sits in a quieter area of the Masai Mara National Reserve and is perfect for travellers who want all the drama of the Mara but without the Migration-season crowds.

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