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8 day Ultra luxury Tanzanian Northern Circuit flying safari staying at Elewana Collection Camps in Tarangire, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti.

Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania
 
The SkySafari itinerary is 8-days and 7-nights of lifelong and incomparable memories including the world famous Serengeti National Park, the drama of Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, Treetops’ Private 87,000 acre game concession and an excursion to Lake Manyara National Park.
The SkySafari itinerary begins and ends at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Travel in comfort between iconic locations in a private executive-class aircraft.
Optional beach extensions in Zanzibar or Kenya – The SkySafari is one of the most spectacular safaris in Africa.

Day 1 : A Warm SkySafari Welcome to Tanzania
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be warmly welcomed by your SkySafari representative and then chauffeured via the bustling town of Arusha to your first port-of-call, Arusha Coffee Lodge. Each guest is given provided a SkySafari Welcome Bag and then chauffeured to Arusha Coffee Lodge, one hour’s drive
from Kilimanjaro itself. All SkySafari guests receive an immediate room upgrade to one of the luxurious Plantation Suites that lie surrounded by the ever-present coffee trees of the plantation.
It is here that you will spend the first night of your safari on an all-inclusive basis.

Arusha Coffee Lodge
Arusha Coffee Lodge accommodationLocated on the gently rolling foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha Coffee Lodge sits resplendent within one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations.

Characterized by plantation-style home comforts and guest amenities, Arusha Coffee Lodges’ Plantation Houses are a haven for calm before or after a safari. Two restaurants await your arrival, with menus carefully designed by the Lodge’s own Executive Chef.

Highlights & Included Activities
Vehicle transfer from Kilimanjaro airport
Overnight stay in a Plantation Guest Cottage
Private dining available on request
A Coffee Tour to learn how the ‘bean goes to the cup’
A visit to our certified tanzanite gemstone boutique

Day 2 : The Safari Takes To The Air
After enjoying a delicious breakfast, all our SkySafari guests are invited, should they so wish, to take a fascinating ‘Bean-to-Cup’ Walking Tour around the coffee estate to learn how the humble coffee bean is grown, harvested, processed and eventually ends up in your morning cup of coffee.
Following this optional tour you will return to enjoy a light lunch at the Lodge, after which guests will be chauffeured the short one-mile journey to the Arusha airstrip where the Executive SkySafari Cessna Grand Caravan awaits.

Fast-tracked into the airport, you will be greeted by your Pilot who will invite you aboard and take you on a short but enjoyable 20-minute flight to the Tarangire National Park.
From the air you will be treated to an exceptional and rare view of the shapes and colors of the landscape below and, as the bush draws near, begin to spy the wealth of wildlife that awaits in Tarangire.

On your arrival in Tarangire your Elewana Guide will warmly welcome you in the form of a finger buffet, soft drinks and chilled sparkling wine and then lead you on your first game drive culminating in your arrival at Tarangire Treetops for an all-inclusive 2-night stay.

Tarangire Treetops
Water Hole at Treetops LodgeNowhere does the connection to nature and fantasy become more apparent than at Tarangire Treetops. With an en suite twin-shower room and a large private deck affording views to Tarangire’s magical landscape, each of the open-fronted ‘tree house’ rooms provides a sanctuary of tranquility between each dramatic day of game viewing.

The transfer to Tarangire Treetops includes a fascinating game-drive through the famed Tarangire National Park, home to the largest concentration of elephants in Tanzania. These mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry. Tarangire is a dramatically beautiful and diverse eco system. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.
Dinner on the first evening is taken within a traditional Maasai boma. This evening will introduce our guests not only to traditional African fare prepared by the Executive Chef and his team, but also to the sights and sounds of the Maasai who visit the Boma to entertain all the guests with songs and dances that have been passed down from generation to generation.

Highlights & Included Activities
Daily game drives, a night game drive and a guided game walk
Stretch your legs on a guided walking safari
Spectacular sundowners in the bush
Dinner in a traditional boma with Masai singing and dancing
A visit to an authentic Masai village
Professional certified guides

Day 3 : The Land, Elephants and Maasai
For the more adventurous of guests, the option of an early morning Walking Safari before breakfast is a temptation hard to refuse. For others the desire to laze in bed whilst looking out across the treetops of Tarangire is also difficult to give up.

However after a relaxing and hearty breakfast, you are invited to enjoy a game drive in Tarangire followed by a Bush Luncheon at a specially selected site. The site for this Bush Luncheon is carefully located to optimize the experience of visiting this beautiful and stunning landscape. It is here where the chef once again demonstrates the hospitality for which the Elewana Collection is renowned.

During the day it is also possible to visit the Maasai Village and sample the genuine warmth of the local indigenous people. With some members of the village working within the Treetops Lodge, any visit from guests is indeed a heartwarming and welcoming experience.

Treetops Treehouse accommodationOn arrival back to the Tarangire Treetops Lodge and after a short rest, you are invited to sample the true drama and beauty of an African sunset. After a short 25-minute drive, our vehicles climb the few hundred feet up a hilly outcrop of granite, quartz and mica, known as Sunset Hill. Here guests will enjoy a Sundowner Cocktail whilst the sunsets over the distant but shimmering Lake Manyara. And as the dying sun creates a rich palette of reds and oranges, thousands of stars begin their nightly efforts to illuminate the darkening landscape.

As night draws in, guests then begin a Night Game Drive as part of their journey back to the distant glowing lights of Tarangire Treetops. On the return to Treetops and as preparations are made for dinner, some of the resident animals are also arriving in from the bush to sup their evening beverage from the ever present Treetops waterhole that lies less than 50 metres from the main lodge.

Day 4 : From Tarangire to Ngorongoro
After yet another filling breakfast, guests are taken on one more morning game-drive through the Tarangire National Park. Stopping at leisure for a picnic lunch on your way to Kuro airstrip, you will then once again meet up with the SkySafari Executive Cessna Grand Caravan to fly the short distance to Manyara airstrip where your Elewana Guide will be eagerly waiting to provide a warm welcome to each of you.

Following a short but comfortable transfer to The Manor at Ngorongoro, high tea awaits at this beautiful and magnificent home-style lodge set in a lush and verdant Arabica coffee plantation.

Warmly greeted by the managers of The Manor, and having enjoyed The Manor’s special ‘High Tea’, guests will be invited their very own Manor Cottage to unpack, unwind and relax before being invited back to the Main House for evening dinner. And for those who wish to explore, the swimming pool, spa, games room and stables await discovery.

Day 5 : Ngorongoro Crater - A Cauldron of High Drama
Ngorongoro Crater
Full Day in The Ngorongoro Crater

After an early but delicious breakfast, SkySafari guests will be invited to travel to what undoubtedly is one of the ‘Natural Wonders of the World’ – The Ngorongoro Crater.

Filmed and documented by naturalists from the four corners of the earth, The Ngorongoro Crater, the largest ‘dry’ caldera of its kind, is home to almost all the animals that you would wish to see in East Africa. Large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze while sleeping lions laze in the sun. At dawn, the endangered black rhino returns to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dew-laden grass in the morning mist.

Just outside the crater’s ridge, tall Maasai tribesmen herd their cattle and goats over green pastures through the highland slopes, living alongside the wildlife as they have for centuries.

Lions in Ngorongoro CraterLunch is served in the Crater under an awning of one of the vehicles in a campaign-style luncheon. This spectacular setting at times belies belief. Whilst the resident hippos enjoy their daily bathe, and herds of zebra and wildebeest keep a wary eye out for any number of predators, guests can sit and watch this ‘live’ show whilst enjoying the very best picnic luncheon that The Manor can offer.

Following this exciting full day in the Ngorongoro Crater, guests are then taken the one-hour transfer back to The Manor where preparations will already be underway for the evening meal. Private dining options are available at The Manor on request. These include dining under the stars, room service or a private dining room ideal for couples and honeymooners.

Day 6 : From Ngorongoro to The Serengeti
On the morning of day six our SkySafari guests are given the option of either visiting Lake Manyara National Park, located at the steppe of the Rift Valley, or to stay at The Manor to explore the estate and choose from a host of activities.
These activities include horse riding, mountain biking, massage treatments, or simply walking around the beautiful and sensuous gardens whilst contemplating the journey to come.

After luncheon at The Manor, guests will be driven to the Manyara airstrip to meet up with the Cessna Caravan once more for the onward 45-minute flight to the world-renowned National Park of the Serengeti.

Following this 45-minute scenic flight, a Serengeti Migration Camp Guide will meet and greet all guests in the now customary fashion. Once again a ‘special’ welcome, including finger buffet, soft drinks and sparkling wine will be offered, after which a transfer to Serengeti Migration Camp will begin, arriving in time for sundowners on an elevated wooden terrace overlooking the distant Ndasiata Hills, all by the warming glow of an open fire.

Serengeti Migration Camp - Exterior View of TentSpending two nights at Serengeti Migration Camp (or Pioneer Camp*), our SkySafari guests will not only enjoy the luxuriant tented accommodation but also the drama and beauty of the Serengeti’s abundant wildlife – and for most of the year the amazing sight of the annual migration.
 
Serengeti Stays: January to May - Serengeti Pioneer Camp, June to December - Serengeti Migration Camp
 
The Serengeti - Magnificence Beyond Belief
A million wildebeest... each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: a frenzied three-week bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as 40km (25 mile) long columns plunge through crocodile-infested waters on the annual exodus north; replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000 km (600 mile) pilgrimage begins again.

Day 7 : The Serengeti - Mingling With The Migration
Waking up to the sounds of the hippos barking and splashing in the Grumeti River just 100 metres from the Camp, guests are once again offered the opportunity of an early morning walking safari with one of our highly experienced guides. For those a little less intrepid, breakfast is served at the Main Camp Tent on one of the three terrace balconies over looking the Grumeti and the hills beyond.

Post breakfast; game drives are then the order of the day and these are either full-day game drives with picnic lunches provided, or half-day game drives with lunch provided back at the Serengeti Migration Camp. The length of the drive depends on the season and the proximity to the Camp of the annual migratory animals.

Serengeti Migration Camps Tented accommodationHowever the beauty of Serengeti Migration Camp often draws guests to spend at least one afternoon within the Camp, either relaxing on their 360 degree verandah that embraces each private tent, or simply sitting atop one of the three terraces watching the wildlife walk past and often through the Camp.

Dining at Serengeti Migration Camp can either be in the Main Camp Restaurant or guests can choose to dine in more private and intimate surroundings under the stars or under canvas back in the privacy of their own tent. Each meal is prepared by the Executive Head Chef and to guests’ taste. As the night sets in and the nocturnal animals begin their nightly activities, the Camp yet again becomes alive with sounds if not the sights of Serengeti.

Day 8 : Serengeti To Arusha
Following a hearty and healthy breakfast, guests are enticed by the opportunity to venture out on a walking safari along the banks of the Grumeti River with one of the highly knowledgeable guides.

After a leisurely lunch, you will once again take to the road for a game drive en-route to the Lobo airstrip for the onward flight to Arusha. During this 50-minute flight, you will be able to see, from the air, the ever-changing landscape of the bush and the mountainous topography that reminds all who see it of Tanzania’s violent geological past.

On arrival at Arusha airstrip, guests will be transferred to Arusha Coffee Lodge and will either be offered a day room to relax and freshen up before leaving for their onward flight or to be checked into a Plantation Suite for one final night* of relaxation before flying out from Kilimanjaro the next day.

Please note: There are sometimes discounts available on selected departures so use these rates as indicative

2018 SkySafari Classic - Rates - USD
Per Person Sharing Per person in a single room
Child under 12 years of age sharing
with 1 or 2 adults (maximum 2)
05 January to 31 March (Mid season) $7,066 $9,920 $1,713
01 April to 31 May (Green season) $6,680 $1,617
1 June to 28 June (Mid season) $7,066 $9,920 $1,713
29 June to 28 October (High season) $7,556 $10,607 $1,836
29 October to 17 December (Mid season) $7,066 $9,920 $1,713
18 December to 31 December (High season) $7,556 $10,607 $1,836
 
Park fees: $638 per adult and $209 per child under 16 years.
Mandatory Tourism Development Levy (Child or Adult): $12
Single room suppliment will not be charged for the first single room per booking

What's Included in Your SkySafari Experience:
All domestic flights in SkySafari's executive aircraft.
All statutory taxes for the flights mentioned above.
Full board accommodation, drinks* and laundry services at Arusha Coffee Lodge - 1 night, Tarangire Treetops - 2 nights, The Manor at Ngorongoro - 2 nights - Serengeti Pioneer Camp (Jan-May) or Serengeti Migration Camp (Jun-Dec) - 2 nights.
Shared daytime game drives in specially adapted 4x4 game drive vehicles.
Services of an English-speaking driver-guide.
Safari activities such as: Bean-to-Cup Coffee Tour, visit an authentic Masai village, game walk, sundowners in the bush, night game drive, horseback riding, mountain biking, massage, game walk (at Serengeti Migration Camp only).
All tranfers, including to / from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Medical Emergency Evacuation Insurance.
*Drinks include : mineral water, soft drinks, juices, tea/coffee, beer, house wines, selected spirits.

The Following is NOT Included in Your SkySafari Experience:
International flights.
Visas.
Airport tax (International).
Park fees and government taxes.
Guide or local escort gratuities.
Drinks except where mentioned, dining rooms tips, porterage, personal travel and baggage insurance.
Premium drinks, champagnes, cognac, cellar wines.
Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature.

Additional nights or extensions are available at great discounted rates.

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