UK - Kilimanjaro - Arusha
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Kilimanjaro. We are met by our safari vehicles and transferred to the Mount Meru Game Lodge (4T), an intimate hideaway with fine gardens and its own wildlife sanctuary. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Arusha - Tarangire National Park
After breakfast we take a memorable drive through coffee and banana plantations to Tarangire National Park, arriving at our accommodation, Tarangire Sopa Lodge (4T), in time for lunch and a late afternoon game drive. This delightful, untamed park hosts abundant wildlife, including elephant, oryx, eland and even the elusive leopard.
Tarangire National Park - Ngorongoro Crater
Leaving the park behind us, we head across the Ngorongoro Highlands, passing colossal wheat plains and coffee plantations and stopping at a Masai village for an insight into modern tribal life. We continue to Ngorongoro and the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (4T), set high on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.
The largest unbroken caldera in the world and a natural amphitheatre of epic proportions, with 600m-high walls enclosing 260km² of grassland, lakeland, swamps and forests, the Ngorongoro Crater is home to the densest concentration of wildlife in Africa - up to 30,000 land animals at any one time. As well as the big cats and the more common big grazers, including buffalo, the crater is one of the likeliest areas to yield sightings of the extremely rare black rhino - we keep a close look out on our morning game drive. We return to the lodge for lunch and an afternoon at leisure.
Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti
This morning we continue our journey to the world-famous Serengeti National Park. Between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti is a huge, steep-sided gorge, as much as 90m deep in places. This is Olduvai, famed for the extraordinary series of fossilised remains discovered in the canyon walls, which make it one of the world’s most important prehistoric sites. We visit to the small museum here, before we proceed to one of Tanzania’s natural jewels, the Serengeti, spending two nights at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge (4T).
Serengeti National Park
Swahili for ‘the endless plains that go up to the sky’, the Serengeti is well-named and fully justified in its reputation as one of the foremost safari regions in the world. Tanzania’s oldest national park is now recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its extraordinary wildlife and, though it is at its most impressive during the frenzied ‘great migration’, when the plains thunder with millions of hoofbeats, the Serengeti is a joy to visit at any time of year. Two marvellous game drives offer chances to spot all of the ‘big five’: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino, along with countless zebra and antelope, cheetah, hyena, giraffe and upwards of 500 bird species.
Serengeti - Lake Manyara
After breakfast we drive to Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its tree-climbing lions. Highlights may also include vast flocks of flamingo and hundred-strong troops of baboon, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra and giraffe congregating on the grassy plains. Our accommodation for the night, the Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge (4T), commands panoramic views across the Great Rift Valley. There is time to unwind with a sundowner and appreciate the exceptional views of the Great Rift Valley, before dinner is served.
Lake Manyara - Arusha - In flight
We journey south through the Masai Steppe, back to Arusha and the Mount Meru Game Lodge where we have use of their facilities before meeting a flight from Kilimanjaro to Nairobi and take an onward direct, scheduled, overnight KLM flight via Amsterdam to London.
Day 9 UK
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.