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Serena Escape

Serena Wildlife Escape
~ Luxury Safari ~
The best season for this departure is mid-May—October
• Peak seasons: Summer and Fall • Peak months: mid-May, June, July, August, September, October

Safari Overview
Our Luxury Serena Wildlife Safari offers accommodations at Superior+ Lodges and gives you the opportunity to learn and discover Northern Tanzania Parks and destinations, such as the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, Ngorongoro Crater, and the vast Serengeti Plains.
9 days
8 nights
  • Safari Highlights:
  • Excellent concentration of Wildebeest Migration (between mid-May and mid-June).
  • Enjoy superior accommodations including, Kirawira Tented Camp, which is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
  • Discover nature on foot as you participate on a Nature Walk on top of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment.
  • See the abundance and diversity of wildlife including the rare Black Rhino in Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Explore the vast Serengeti Plains as you spend two nights in Central Serengeti and two nights in Western Serengeti; a home to the big cats such as Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs.
  • Capture the beautiful landscape and scenery from a birds-eye view while flying over the Serengeti, on your return flight back to Arusha.

Itinerary
Luxury Serena Wildlife Safari: Discover Northern Tanzania
Day 1
Arrive in Arusha, Tanzania
You will arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) by your international flight. Your driver guide will meet you at you at the airport and drive you to Lake Duluti Serena Hotel (or similar) for overnight (Bed & Breakfast).
About Lake Duluti Serena Hotel

Lake Duluti Serena Hotel - Arusha
Lake Duluti Serena Hotel - Arusha
Nestled at the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru, this unique hotel in Arusha Tanzania 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, Lake Duluti Serena Hotel offers a range of tastefully presented cottage-styled rooms set amid extensive landscaped grounds. [learn more]

Day 2
The Rift Valley in Lake Manyara
Drive to Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge for Lunch. Afternoon natures walk around the Rift Valley. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge (or similar).
About the Great Rift Valley
The Great Rift Valley


The East African Rift System (EARS) is one the geologic wonders of the world, a place where the earth's tectonic forces are presently trying to create new plates by splitting apart old ones. In simple terms, a rift can be thought of as a fracture in the earth's surface that widens over time, or more technically, as an elongate basin bounded by opposed steeply dipping normal faults. [learn more]

About Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Manyara Serena Safari Lodge - Manyara National Park
Manyara Serena Safari Lodge - Manyara National Park
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 safari opportunities, peace and tranquillity, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness. The unprecedented range of high-adventure sports, meanwhile, include mountain biking, canoeing and forest walks, while cultural choices include tours of the neighbouring villages and dance displays by the local Iraqw and sukuma people. [learn more]

Day 3
Lake Manyara Game Drive
Morning Game Drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Lunch at Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge. Afternoon drive to Ngorongoro. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (or similar).
About Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park

Bushbuck

The compact game –viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience. From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, Blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient Mahogany trees, dainty Bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk in the high canopy.


Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward across the Alkakine Lake. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance.

Giraffe

Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.

  • Location: The entrance gate lies 1.5 hours (126km/80 miles) west of Arusha along a newly surfaced road, close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto Wa Mbu.
  • What to do: Game drives and night game drives, cultural tours, mountain bike outside the park, walking safari inside the park.
  • Best time: Dry season (July-October) for large mammals; wet season (November-June) for bird watching, the waterfalls and canoeing.
  • Learn more
About Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge - Ngorongoro
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge - Ngorongoro
Regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, this unique lodge in Tanzania 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. Decorated with cave paintings, the 75 rock-built 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. [learn more]

Day 4
Ngorongoro Crater
A full day Ngorongoro Crater tour with picnic Lunch. Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (or similar).
About Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater

Spotted Hyena (with wildebeest leg)

The Ngorongoro Crater is only 3% of the total area of Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), but it is home to more than 75% of all the game animals found in NCA. Technically known as a caldera, Ngorongoro crater is the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world with 19.2 km in diameter, 2000 feet deep, and 102 sq miles in area. The rich pasture and permanent water of the crater floor supports a large resident population of wildlife of up to 25,000 predominantly grazing animals. These include wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, kongoni, gazelle, warthog and eland. The swamps and forest provide additional resources for hippo, elephant, waterbuck, reedbuck, and bushbuck, baboons and Vervet monkeys. The steep inner slopes provide habitat for dik-dik and the rare Mountain reedbuck.
Black Rhinos

Jackals thrive in the crater and bat-eared foxes live in the short grass area. Predatory animals such as lion, leopard, cheetah and serval cats live off the abundant wildlife; and large packs of hyenas roam the crater, making their own kills and scavenging from others. The crater is a dynamic and constantly changing ecosystem and the numbers and proportion of some animals including lions and Black rhinos have fluctuated considerably over the past 30 years. Thanks to anti-poaching patrols in the crater and the whole ecosystem, the Black rhino population is coming back. Ngorongoro crater is one of the few places in East Africa where visitors can see a rhino. [learn more]

Day 5
Maasai Village and Olduvai Gorge Museum
Drive to Serengeti National Park, en route visit Maasai Village and Olduvai Gorge Museum. Enjoy your picnic Lunch on the way. PM continue to Serengeti National Park doing Game Run en route. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge (or similar).
About Maasai Village
Maasai Village

Maasai Village


The traditional Maasai Village is called a Manyata. This is where different Maasai families live with their livestock. The Livestock live in the middle of thick Acacia thorny fences that protect them from any possible predator attacks. The visit to these villages give guests an opportunity to learn the lifestyle of Maasai people including their culture and tradition. [learn more]

About Olduvai Gorge Museum
Laetoli and Olduvai Gorge Museum

Laetoli and Olduvai Gorge Museum

Laetoli is found west of Ngorongoro Crater. It is here where hominid footprints are preserved in volcanic rock 3.6 million years old and represent some of the earliest signs of mankind in the world. Excavation, mainly by the archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey, yielded four different kinds of hominid, showing a gradual increase in brain size and in the complexity of their stone tools. The first skull of Zinjanthropus, commonly known as the "Nutcracker Man”, who lived about 1.75 million years ago was found here. [learn more]

About Serengeti Serena Lodge

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge - Serengeti National Park
Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge - Serengeti National Park
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. [learn more]

Day 6
Serengeti National Park
Morning and Afternoon Game Drive at Serengeti National Park. Dinner and overnight back at Serengeti Serena Lodge (or similar).
About Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park

Lion Portrait

Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a World Heritage Site and also proclaimed a Worldwide Wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some two million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffes, and hundreds upon hundreds of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant's gazelle.

Tawny Eagle

The spectacle of predators versus prey dominates Tanzania's greatest park. Golden–mained lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the Acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while high densities of cheetahs prowling the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the Spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.


But there is more to Serengeti than large mammals. 500–plus bird species, ranging from the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grass-land, to the Black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills.

  • Location: 335km (208 miles) from Arusha, stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the west
  • What to do: Hot-air balloon safaris, game viewing. Visit neighbouring Lake Victoria, Olduvai Gorge
  • Best seasons to visit:
    • December–June to see the wildebeest migration
    • June–October to see resident animals and predators (however, mid-March/April is the peak of the rain season)
  • Learn more
Day 7
Journey to the West
Game Drive to Western Serengeti, Lunch at Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp, Afternoon Game Drive in the West. Overnight at Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp (or similar).
About Western Serengeti
Western Serengeti


Best known as Western Corridor, the western Serengeti includes River Grumeti Valley which pours its water into Lake Victoria. This region provides superb wildlife, especially the great wildebeest migration in May and June. Resident wildlife include giant crocodiles found in River Grumeti teaming up with enormous schools of hippos. Black-and-white colobus monkeys are regular resident primates that live on large trees found along River Grumeti and Mbalageti.

About Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp

Kirawira Serena Camp - Serengeti National Park
Kirawira Serena Camp - Serengeti National Park
Ideally located on a hill of the famous Western Corridor with sweeping views of the Serengeti National Park. Accommodations include 25 elegant and spacious luxury tents raised on timber platforms, en-suite hot showers and toilets, with a large private deck/verandahs. Speke Bay activities include lake cruises, bird walks, canoe trips on Lake Victoria, and mountain bike trips. [learn more]

Day 8
The Western Serengeti
Morning and afternoon Game Drive in the Western Serengeti (option of visiting Lake Victoria for an extra charge). Overnight at Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp (or similar).
About Lake Victoria
Lake Victoria


Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and the second largest freshwater lake in the world. It is a spectacular place for our guests to experience a local fishing village as well as enjoy an hour of canoeing. [learn more]

Day 9
Return Flight to Arusha
After Breakfast, enjoy a birds-eye view flight over the Serengeti Plains, en route back to Arusha. Lunch and day room at Lake Duluti Serena Hotel. In the evening, transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your international flight back home.
  • Inclusions:
  • Respective accommodation or similar throughout as indicated.
  • All meals on main tour as shown (except day 1 at Bed & Breakfast).
  • All game drives with photographic roof hatch land cruiser driven by a professional driver guide.
  • All transfers as per the itinerary.
  • Complimentary bottled water during game drives.
  • Tips to waiters.
  • All national park entry fees and Olduvai Museum entry fee.
  • Visit to Maasai Village.
  • Exclusions:
  • Entry VISA and local airport tax.
  • Personal and baggage insurance.
  • Excess baggage charges levied by airline.
  • Meals and beverages other than specified.
  • Tips to your driver guide.
  • Tips to porters.
  • Cost for anything not mentioned on the list above.

Accommodations
Our Luxury Serena Wildlife Safari Features Superior+ Accommodations

Lake Duluti Serena Hotel - Arusha
Lake Duluti Serena Hotel - Arusha
Nestled at the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru, this unique hotel in Arusha Tanzania 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, Lake Duluti Serena Hotel offers a range of tastefully presented cottage-styled rooms set amid extensive landscaped grounds. [learn more]

Manyara Serena Safari Lodge - Manyara National Park
Manyara Serena Safari Lodge - Manyara National Park
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 safari opportunities, peace and tranquillity, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness. The unprecedented range of high-adventure sports, meanwhile, include mountain biking, canoeing and forest walks, while cultural choices include tours of the neighbouring villages and dance displays by the local Iraqw and sukuma people. [learn more]

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge - Ngorongoro
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge - Ngorongoro
Regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, this unique lodge in Tanzania 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. Decorated with cave paintings, the 75 rock-built 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. [learn more]

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge - Serengeti National Park
Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge - Serengeti National Park
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. [learn more]

Kirawira Serena Camp - Serengeti National Park
Kirawira Serena Camp - Serengeti National Park
Ideally located on a hill of the famous Western Corridor with sweeping views of the Serengeti National Park. Accommodations include 25 elegant and spacious luxury tents raised on timber platforms, en-suite hot showers and toilets, with a large private deck/verandahs. Speke Bay activities include lake cruises, bird walks, canoe trips on Lake Victoria, and mountain bike trips. [learn more]

Destinations
Discover the World's Abundant Wildlife in Northern Tanzania
The Great Rift Valley


The East African Rift System (EARS) is one the geologic wonders of the world, a place where the earth's tectonic forces are presently trying to create new plates by splitting apart old ones. In simple terms, a rift can be thought of as a fracture in the earth's surface that widens over time, or more technically, as an elongate basin bounded by opposed steeply dipping normal faults. [learn more]

Ngorongoro Crater

Spotted Hyena (with wildebeest leg)

The Ngorongoro Crater is only 3% of the total area of Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), but it is home to more than 75% of all the game animals found in NCA. Technically known as a caldera, Ngorongoro crater is the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world with 19.2 km in diameter, 2000 feet deep, and 102 sq miles in area. The rich pasture and permanent water of the crater floor supports a large resident population of wildlife of up to 25,000 predominantly grazing animals. These include wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, kongoni, gazelle, warthog and eland. The swamps and forest provide additional resources for hippo, elephant, waterbuck, reedbuck, and bushbuck, baboons and Vervet monkeys. The steep inner slopes provide habitat for dik-dik and the rare Mountain reedbuck.
Black Rhinos

Jackals thrive in the crater and bat-eared foxes live in the short grass area. Predatory animals such as lion, leopard, cheetah and serval cats live off the abundant wildlife; and large packs of hyenas roam the crater, making their own kills and scavenging from others. The crater is a dynamic and constantly changing ecosystem and the numbers and proportion of some animals including lions and Black rhinos have fluctuated considerably over the past 30 years. Thanks to anti-poaching patrols in the crater and the whole ecosystem, the Black rhino population is coming back. Ngorongoro crater is one of the few places in East Africa where visitors can see a rhino. [learn more]

Laetoli and Olduvai Gorge Museum

Laetoli and Olduvai Gorge Museum

Laetoli is found west of Ngorongoro Crater. It is here where hominid footprints are preserved in volcanic rock 3.6 million years old and represent some of the earliest signs of mankind in the world. Excavation, mainly by the archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey, yielded four different kinds of hominid, showing a gradual increase in brain size and in the complexity of their stone tools. The first skull of Zinjanthropus, commonly known as the "Nutcracker Man”, who lived about 1.75 million years ago was found here. [learn more]

Serengeti National Park

Lion Portrait

Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a World Heritage Site and also proclaimed a Worldwide Wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some two million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffes, and hundreds upon hundreds of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant's gazelle.

Tawny Eagle

The spectacle of predators versus prey dominates Tanzania's greatest park. Golden–mained lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the Acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while high densities of cheetahs prowling the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the Spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.


But there is more to Serengeti than large mammals. 500–plus bird species, ranging from the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grass-land, to the Black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills.

  • Location: 335km (208 miles) from Arusha, stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the west
  • What to do: Hot-air balloon safaris, game viewing. Visit neighbouring Lake Victoria, Olduvai Gorge
  • Best seasons to visit:
    • December–June to see the wildebeest migration
    • June–October to see resident animals and predators (however, mid-March/April is the peak of the rain season)
  • Learn more

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