tarangire National park * ngorongoro crater . tanzana
the serengeti classic
10 days | From USD 17,750 per adult
Embark on a privately-guided, mesmerising wildlife journey, with captivating characters and African landscapes straight out of the story of Simba, the young lion cub. Your adventure plays out against the boundless plains and rugged outcrops of East Africa’s legendary Masai Mara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater: a photographer’s dream of picture-perfect light, coloured by the unrivalled hues of African sunrises and sunsets. Children of all ages will love this engaging and interpretive journey, as they learn about the ‘Circle of Life’ as it plays out in the bush, discovering the equal importance of creatures great and small in this cycle that is as old as our planet.
Immerse yourself in a vintage elegance, on the very edge of the Masai Mara. Delight in the antics of the hippo in tranquil pools, and the impossible branch to branch leaps of pied colobus monkeys. Zoom in on the wildlife, as you join our mobile camp that is poised to track the migration action. Marvel at the game-viewing bounty of the Ngorongoro Crater, with its offerings of signature family experiences.
This is the animated world in all its cinematic glory, complete with warthogs, clans of hyena, big lion prides, wildebeest migration herds, warthogs, baboons, zebra, giraffe, elephant, and of course red-billed hornbills named Zazu. Family rooms at a fantastic diversity of lodges, friendly staff, superb guiding and legendary wildlife locations, ensure that this tailor-made family adventure is thrilling from beginning to end.
1 night Nairobi | 2 nights Masai Mara | 4 nights Serengeti | 2 nights Ngorongoro Crater
Day 1: Kenya, Nairobi: Giraffe Manor*
On your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, a representative will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in Nairobi.
Here you will meet your private guide who will be accompanying you throughout your journey.
Once at the hotel, it’s time for “hakuna matata” (no worries): relax, recoup, and enjoy your beautiful surroundings, complete with resident giraffe.
You’ll find the conservation-driven Nairobi’s Giraffe Centre, and inspirational David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (an elephant and rhino orphanage) nearby.
The only city in the world with a national park on its doorstep, Nairobi is the hub of East Africa and is packed with unique attractions, from bustling markets to fascinating historical sites such as the Karen Blixen Museum.
Named after a Maasai watering hole, ‘enkare nyarobi’, which means ‘place of cool waters’, the city is also known for its leafy streets and parks. A modern city with towering skyscrapers and imposing architecture, Nairobi also boasts a beautiful skyline.
Day 2-3: Kenya, Masai Mara: &Beyond Bateleur Camp
You will be collected from your hotel for your early flight in to the Masai Mara, where you will be welcomed by the &Beyond Bateleur Camp team.
From the moment you land in the Mara you will be captivated by the sights and sounds. Settle in before embarking on your first game drive. You should get to see a host of ‘Lion King’ animals, including ‘Zazu’ and his fellow red-billed hornbills, gatherings of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion and cheetah, alongside wildebeest and zebra. At the camp we have many resident warthog, so look out for ‘Pumba’.
Choose from a wonderful range of excursions over the next two days: game drives, nature walks, night drives, or Maasai community visits (community visit at an additional cost).
Catch the moment when the sunrise spills over the plains, lighting up the flat-topped acacias: the landscape that inspired the unforgettable opening movie scene.
Day 4-5: Tanzania, Serengeti: &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp
This morning, wake early for your connection through Tarime (or Nairobi Wilson airport during low demand season) to the Serengeti. You will have about an hour’s flight, followed by a drive across the border, before connecting to another short flight to &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp.
Located in the remote Western Corridor of the Serengeti, this picturesque riverside camp and surrounds is known not only for its high-season dramatic wildebeest crossings and enormous Nile crocodiles, but also for its exceptional year-round wildlife.
Freshen up with a swim in the pool overlooking the seasonal hippo pods, before heading out on a game drive. With few other vehicles, it will feel like your private Serengeti.
This is ‘Mufasa’ country: discover the art of tracking as you follow the massive paw prints of lions to find them slumbering under shady trees, on the prowl, or playfully interacting with one another
On your game drives from the camp, you can expect to encounter large lion prides, bounding ‘Simbas’ and ‘Nalas’, and giggling clans of ‘Shenzi’ and his hyena buddies up to a hundred strong.
Day 6-7: Tanzania, Serengeti: &Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas
After breakfast, you’ll head to &Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas (our seasonal camps that move five times a year anticipating the migration).
Here your adventure continues in this luxurious tented camp, complete with a private butler service, chandeliers, silver and crystal ware, and comfortable beds with fluffy duvets. Dinners are an idyllic lantern-lit affair, held under a canopy of stars.
This mobile camp is designed to shadow the migration, providing optimal sightings of the mega herds of wildebeest and zebra, with an ever-present plethora of big cats in close attendance.
Look out for ‘Shenzi’ and his cronies skulking in the shadows, hoping to scavenge a tasty morsel or two. Is ‘Scar’ perhaps close by?
Gather around a roaring campfire to share stories of the day’s magic as the African night comes alive. Toast marshmallows over the camp fire, or sip a glass of full-bodied red wine.
Day 8-9: Tanzania, Ngorongoro Crater
Today you head off to &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater, famed as an ancient caldera and unique ecosystem, and home to a teeming gathering of game that has echoes of the movie classic.
Take pleasure in the dramatic contrast of the lodge’s baroque elegance, and the drop-away views onto this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Spend a day in the Crater, looking for big tuskers and the endangered Rhino; stretch your legs and do a guided crater rim walk, or book a full-day Empakai hike, a birdwatcher’s heaven (walks and hikes are at an additional cost).
We highly recommend participating in a KopeLion conservation experience, or meeting the lion guardians that are working to secure Simba’s future in the wild. (Be sure to book this activity in advance, activity is at an additional cost)
Toast the day with sundowner cocktails to the accompaniment of a private performance by Maasai warriors (this activity is at an additional cost).
Day 10: Departure
After breakfast wave a fond farewell to the &Beyond Ngorongro Crater Lodge team as your family adventure comes to an end.
You will be driven to Manyara Airstrip for your flight to Kilimanjaro and your onward connection.
Inclusions: All Internal flights & transfers, lodging & taxes, food & beverage at all camps, day & night game drives with sundowner, park and reserve fees.
Exclusions: International flights, airport taxes and visa fees, all meals and drinks not specified, tips and gratuities, items of a personal nature.
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