• Home -
  • Simba Safari featuring Serena 8 days (Connect 6)

Program Type

Escorted Experience

Vehicle Type for Touring

Car or Small Van AC

Detailed Itinerary

Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport (flight booked by agent), where guests are met and transferred to their hotel located a short distance from Arusha City Centre.
Overnight Arusha Serena Hotel on bed and breakfast basis (excludes other meals, drinks and laundry)

Earliest check-in time is 1400. Travellers arriving on early morning flights should book a pre-night at an additional cost for guaranteed access to their rooms.

Arusha Serena Hotel
This unique hotel stands amid coffee plantations on the shores of tranquil Lake Duluti. Designed to echo the traditional style of the colonial coffee farm, which originally stood on this site, Arusha Serena Hotel offers a range of tastefully presented cottage-styled rooms set amid extensive landscaped grounds.

Standing at the gateway to the famous Tanzanian ‘Northern Safari Circuit', the hotel offers a broad range of attractions, which include walking, mountain biking and canoeing on Lake Duluti (all at additional costs).

The hotel features a stone-built reception with an adjoining lounge, library, restaurant, boutique and business centre. Imposing in stature and spacious in concept, the design of the new building echoes the hotel's original incarnation as a working coffee farm dating back to colonial times.

Morning at leisure with safari briefing followed by lunch. In the afternoon, board your safari vehicle and depart Arusha passing through the Masai Steppe filled with many picturesque African villages as well as maize, coffee and banana plantations. At the town of Makuyuni turn Northwest and continue the journey through a scenic escarpment that brings you to your lodge, perched on the edge of the Rift Valley with stunning views over the distant Lake Manyara.
Overnight at Lake Manyara Serena on full board basis (excludes laundry and drinks)

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
Standing high on the edge of a towering terracotta escarpment with panoramic views over the glittering alkaline waters of Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of tranquillity, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness. The unprecedented range of high-adventure sports include mountain biking, canoeing, forest walks and treetop walkway, while cultural choices include tours of the neighbouring villages and traditional lunch (all at additional costs).

Grouped around a central ‘vanishing horizon' pool, this highly unusual lodge features a simple timbered reception area, built in traditional African style, which is accessed via a bridge over a small stream. Beyond reception, lies the central dining room, bar and veranda, below which lies the pool. Perched on the very edge of the cliffs, with stunning views over the lake is the pool bar and observation point. Dotted around the grounds, all with views over the lake, are a series of circular two-story ‘rondavels', which house the rooms.

Designed to reflect the brilliance of Lake Manyara's unique birdlife, the architectural motif melds swooping avian curves with the gentle concentric patterns of traditional Maasai ‘Bomas' , while the vibrantly coloured wall frescoes depict the colourful intricacy of bird migratory patterns.

After breakfast there is a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park that returns to the lodge for lunch. Leaving Lake Manyara behind, the journey continues Northwest across the stunning hilly countryside of the highlands which is filled with wheat and coffee plantations, and then into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. From here lie the vast plains of the Serengeti, where you begin spotting wildlife as you approach the entrance gate. Complete the formalities and enter the park with game viewing en route to the lodge arriving for dinner
Overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge on full board basis (excludes laundry and drinks)

Serengeti Serena Lodge
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. Centrally located adjacent to the famous Western Corridor and Grumeti River, the lodge has been designed to blend completely into the living landscape. A series of traditional domed ‘rondavels' are widely spaced throughout the grounds, which are cooled by groves of acacia trees and watered by sparkling streams. On the very edge of the ridge is a ‘vanishing horizon' pool, which looks out over the ‘endless plains' after which the Serengeti is named.
The lodge has been styled to offer a showcase of cultural performance, heritage and traditional art, which is best illustrated by the lavish Makonde carvings which decorate both the rooms and the stunning domed dining room.

As for wildlife, the Serengeti National Park offers not only all the members of ‘The Big Five' (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo), but also the annual ‘migration' of over one million wildebeest and their attendant cast of predators.

Morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park.
Overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge on full board basis (excludes laundry and drinks)

OPTIONAL Shared Hot Air Balloon Safari
You may book a hot air balloon safari for this day. Early morning shared transfer in the balloon company vehicle to the balloon staging site. You meet the pilot who provides a safety briefing while the crew inflate the hot air balloon. At sunrise, you shared hot air balloon lifts off over the Serengeti plains. At times, your pilot will ascend to a higher altitude to give you an overview of the ecosystem. Then you descend to just above treetop level to silently observe the wildlife below. After about 50 minutes, you land and are met by the balloon staff to transport you to your shared bush breakfast. You then return to your camp or lodge. Please note that the cost is NOT included in the safari cost. Please ask for the current rates.

After breakfast you depart for Ngorongoro with a picnic lunch viewing wildlife across the vast Serengeti plains, stopping en route for a picnic lunch. Continue to your lodge, set high on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater arriving for dinner
Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge on full board basis (excludes laundry and drinks)

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
This unique lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth. Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 metres below.

Hugging the contours of the jagged Crater rim, the lodge takes its inspiration from the so-called ‘Cradle of Mankind', the prehistoric site of Olduvai Gorge, which lies close by. Linked by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its walls are decorated with stylised prehistoric cave paintings and lit by flaring torches. At the stone heart of the lodge burns a glowing fire, which is kept constantly alight. Decorated with cave paintings, the rooms are strung around the Crater rim. Each has its own rock- enclosed balcony, and all enjoy completely uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheatre far below.

Known as ‘The eighth wonder of the world' the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa's best-known wildlife arenas. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it offers a unique biosphere, which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Deep within the Crater, enclosed by towering walls, some 25,000 large mammals wander the plains, lakes and forests of ‘The land that time forgot', dominated by enormous bull elephants, rhinos and lions.

A highlight awaits you this morning as you depart to explore what is commonly referred to as the World’s largest natural wildlife arena. After an early breakfast, you drive to the crater entry gate and descend with a picnic lunch through the early morning mists and 2,000 feet into the crater. Ngorongoro Crater is the World’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Due to its size and diversity, the crater floor is comprised of several distinct areas, ranging from forest, swamps, lakes and springs, to open grassland and some sandy dunes. A truly unique wildlife experience. Return to the lodge in the late afternoon.
Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge on full board basis (excludes laundry and drinks)

Depart Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast, head south east past Lake Manyara and Mto wa Mbu Village. Through the highlands and the Karatu district, you’ll view the scenic wheat plains and coffee plantations here before journeying down the spectacular escarpment turning south on to the main Arusha – Dodoma road and into the park. From here to the lodge, enjoy a game drive en route. After lunch board your safari vehicle and enjoy an afternoon game viewing within the park.
Overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge on full board basis (excludes laundry and drinks)

Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Hidden among the kopjes, lies Tarangire Sopa Lodge, surrounded by ancient baobab trees. It is the home to one of the greatest concentration of elephants in Africa, and other game including the elusive leopard. Over 400 bird species have been identified within the park. With water constantly available through the Tarangire River, the greenery is lush providing a wonderful contrast.

Spacious and airy with marble floors, the lobby has glass sliding doors that open out to a veranda where one can relax and enjoy the view. The ceiling has a wooden finishing, and the décor with plants in strategic places, gives it a feeling of total relaxation, much needed after the long and dusty drive to the lodge. There is also a swimming pool for those that want to take a refreshing dip.

The lodge boasts 75 spacious rooms, all with a private lounge on entering. Each room is carpeted, has 2 queen size beds with a mosquito net around them. Ceiling fans keep the rooms cool and glass sliding doors that open out on to a balcony, with a great view of the landscape beyond.

Depart after breakfast and head northeast to Arusha. The journey will pass through the Masai Steppe filled with many picturesque African villages as well as maize, coffee and banana plantations. On arrival in Arusha lunch is provided followed by transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport to connect international departure flight (booked by agent).

Inclusions
  • Meet and greet services with assistance at the airport  
  • Airport transfers on private basis  
  • All transport and game drives on safari sector will be in a 4x4 Land cruiser with pop-up roof 
  • English Speaking safari guide  
  • Meals and accommodation as specified 
  • All Park fees and government taxes 
  • Filtered water will be provided in safari vehicles and clients will be provided with a reusable water bottle 
  • Internal scheduled flights as specified (flights that are shown booked by GGTS) 
Exclusions

  • Visas and international flights/regional flights 
  • Driver-guide gratuities, drinks, dining rooms tips and porterage 
  • Personal travel, baggage, and medical insurance 
  • Telephone bill, laundry, and any items of a personal nature 
  • Balloon Safari (quoted separately) 
  • Any other services which are not mentioned in the itinerary 

Notes

PASSENGER INFORMATION 

  • Passengers should bring soft sided bags on safaris.  
  • All the passengers must have Identification Card/Passport with them for internal flights. 
  • Baggage on internal flights is strictly limited to 15kgs per person (including hand luggage). Any excess baggage will be charged by the airline at check-in. 
  • Due to limited luggage space in vehicles and internal aircrafts, hard suitcases are unsuitable for road-based safaris. We recommend soft sided suitcases and bags 
  • Travellers’ cheques are generally not accepted.

Luggage

Due to limited luggage space in vehicles, suitcases are unsuitable for scheduled road safaris. We recommend luggage packed in inexpensive barrel/sausage bags or soft sided bags not exceeding 15kgs and 65x46 cm.

Excess luggage can be handed over to the representative at time of briefing for storage in Arusha.  Additional costs per booking will apply to handle excess luggage until your return to Arusha from the safari. This service can be pre-booked alternatively clients can pay for this directly on the ground.

Trip Highlights

Arusha (Lake Duluti)- Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National Park -Ngorongoro Crater - Tarangire National Park

Departure Period
01 Jan, 2023 to 28 Feb, 2023

2-3 guests
AUD 8,439 P P twin share
AUD 9,294 P P single
AVAILABLE

4-5 guests
AUD 7,297 P P twin share
AUD 8,153 P P single
AVAILABLE

6+ guests
AUD 6,879 P P twin share
AUD 7,735 P P single
AVAILABLE

01 Mar, 2023 to 31 Mar, 2023

2-3 guests
AUD 7,053 P P twin share
AUD 7,646 P P single
AVAILABLE

4-5 guests
AUD 5,911 P P twin share
AUD 6,504 P P single
AVAILABLE

6+ guests
AUD 5,492 P P twin share
AUD 6,085 P P single
AVAILABLE

01 Apr, 2023 to 25 May, 2023

2-3 guests
AUD 6,456 P P twin share
AVAILABLE

4-5 guests
AUD 5,314 P P twin share
AVAILABLE

6+ guests
AUD 4,896 P P twin share
AVAILABLE

26 May, 2023 to 25 Jun, 2023

2-3 guests
AUD 8,155 P P twin share
AUD 9,059 P P single
AVAILABLE

4-5 guests
AUD 7,015 P P twin share
AUD 7,919 P P single
AVAILABLE

6+ guests
AUD 6,595 P P twin share
AUD 7,500 P P single
AVAILABLE

26 Jun, 2023 to 31 Oct, 2023

2-3 guests
AUD 8,640 P P twin share
AUD 9,540 P P single
AVAILABLE

4-5 guests
AUD 7,500 P P twin share
AUD 8,400 P P single
AVAILABLE

6+ guests
AUD 7,081 P P twin share
AUD 7,981 P P single
AVAILABLE

01 Nov, 2023 to 15 Dec, 2023

2-3 guests
AUD 7,053 P P twin share
AUD 7,646 P P single
AVAILABLE

4-5 guests
AUD 5,911 P P twin share
AUD 6,504 P P single
AVAILABLE

6+ guests
AUD 5,492 P P twin share
AUD 6,085 P P single
AVAILABLE

16 Dec, 2023 to 31 Dec, 2023

2-3 guests
AUD 8,640 P P twin share
AUD 9,540 P P single
AVAILABLE

4-5 guests
AUD 7,500 P P twin share
AUD 8,400 P P single
AVAILABLE

6+ guests
AUD 7,081 P P twin share
AUD 7,981 P P single
AVAILABLE

Download PDF add to favourites   
Share

This page has login restricted information, kindly Sign In to view details. In case you have not signed up yet kindly click here to Sign Up