February 1st. Depart from home on your African Adventure.
February 02 Amsterdam to Arusha
Upon arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport and after clearing customs and immigration, you will be met and transferred to the Moivaro Coffee Lodge. This beautiful small lodge is located on an historic 40-acre coffee farm near Arusha, amid natural forest. From the hotel you have a fantastic view of Mount Meru. The lodge is an ideal starting point for the Safaris in the Northern Circuit. Moivaro has a total of 40 cottages well positioned in the beautiful gardens. Each cottage is individually placed around the coffee plantation which ensures they are private and very cozy. The interiors are fairly basic but very neat and very comfortable. Each of the 40 picturesque cottages has its own veranda and there is a swimming pool, children's playground, bar and restaurant as well as jogging path, massage room and internet facilities. Dinner and Overnight at Moivaro Coffee Lodge, All Meals included.
February 03 Arusha to the Ngorongoro Highlands / Lake Manyara
Depart Arusha after your safari briefing this morning, heading in a southwesterly direction. Soon, the impressive Great Rift Valley Escarpment will come into view – a 2,000 foot high wall that rises up, improbably steep and incredibly tall, out of the flat plains. Take the switchback road up to the top of the escarpment and into the Ngorongoro Highlands. Arrive at Gibbs Farm, with time to freshen up before a scrumptious lunch and a photo workshop this afternoon. You’ll also have an opportunity to photograph local Maasai and learn more about their cultural history. Jess brief you on how to capture the best images of these unique situations. This is a great opportunity to begin sharing your photos with the group and getting feedback on how to improve your photography skills in a planned setting. You’ll also begin delving into capturing rapid movement on camera today, in preparation for a busy day in the bush tomorrow. Overnight Gibbs Farm.
February 04 Lake Manyara National Park
Using Gibbs Farm as our base, we will spend a full day visiting Lake Manyara National Park in this incredibly diverse ecosystem. At times large groups of flamingos, storks and waterfowl can be found along the lake. Enjoy a picnic lunch inside the park. Photograph until evening. Overnight Gibbs Farm.
February 05 Ngorongoro Crater
After a delicious breakfast you depart for Ngorongoro Crater. Our first glimpse of the Ngorongoro crater floor is nothing short of awe-inspiring. The world’s largest unbroken caldera, the crater is a geologic marvel, and in addition, boasts some of the densest wildlife populations in the world. We will arrive at our luxury camp in time for lunch, and this afternoon, you will take the steep, scenic descent road onto the crater floor. This mini-ecosystem of savanna, forest and small lakes sustains a huge number of non-migratory animals year round. In the evening, you will return to your Nyumba (kiswahili word for home), high on the escarpment wall. At this elevation, temperatures are cool year-round, so be sure to bring a sweater. Take advantage of the roaring fire, sitting in a comfortable chair, admiring the canopy of stars overhead and talking about all the day’s interesting sightings and discussing various photo techniques. Overnight at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge - one of the most luxurious small lodges in Tanzania, perched on the edge of the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater – a World Heritage site! Inspired in design by the Maasai mud-and-stick manyatta (homestead), three intimate camps comprise romantic suites. Without doubt, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is one of Africa's architecturally most spectacular safari lodges. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (FB)
February 06 Ngorongoro Crater
Day of wildlife viewing in Ngorongoro Crater. Rise early and depart for the crater floor at 6am. Enjoy a morning of wildlife viewing in the world’s most concentrated mammalian habitat. You may see lion, cheetah, flamingo, warthog or hippo, to name just a few, all with the 10 mile wide caldera. Overnight on the crater rim at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (FB)
February 07 Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, you depart for the Serengeti. Along the way you will pass picturesque Maasai bomas and see the local Maasai in their bright red robes walking or tending their flocks as they do every day. En route, you will stop at Olduvai Gorge, where several generations of the Leakey family have toiled for decades, making important archeological discoveries in relation to the origins of “man.” The museum may be small, but the collection is a fascinating mix of fossils, bones and historical information. From there, the sprawling landscape of the Serengeti begins to unfurl before you. It is impressive in its size, but also in the variety and number of species it protects. From the comfort of your Luxury Tent, you will enjoy your first night in this extraordinary wilderness. Dinner and Overnight at Serena Mbuzi Mawe Camp - luxury tented camp, Serengeti (FB)
February 08 Serengeti National Park
You may choose to view these vast plains from above by taking an optional balloon safari early this morning (advance reservations required). You have more time to explore the Serengeti, watching closely for the elusive cheetah, the graceful Thomson’s gazelle or the tiny dik-dik, an antelope barely two feet tall. There are countless other unique and fascinating sights for you to see. Dinner and Overnight at Serena Mbuzi Mawe Camp - luxury tented camp, Serengeti (FB)
February 09 Serengeti National Park
You have another full day to journey far and wide in this immense park, allowing your guide’s unerring instincts to lead the way. An infinite number of dramas play themselves out on these endless plains: predators stalk prey, animals eat, scavenge and graze, mothers nurture their young, birds hover and soar overhead, young animals frolic as older animals keep a watchful eye on these vulnerable little one. In short, it is a story of survival of the fittest and the Serengeti is one of the few places where you can still see “the world as it was in the beginning.” Dinner and Overnight at Serena Mbuzi Mawe Camp - luxury tented camp, Serengeti (FB)
February 10 Serengeti National Park
Spanning nearly 6,000 square miles, the Serengeti has even more to offer you today. With your skilled guides at the helm, the game viewing promises to be interesting on this last day of your adventure. Enjoy your last glimpses of this beautiful, wild place, and be sure to savor your final safari moments away from the hectic, noisy, modern world. As always, the attentive Nyumba staff is at your service, making sure you are comfortable and that all your needs are taken care of. This last night in Tanzania, relish every moment as you are lulled to sleep by the sounds of the Serengeti. Dinner and Overnight at Serena Mbuzi Mawe Camp - luxury tented camp, Serengeti (FB)
February 11 Morning Game drive, back To Airport
After a final morning of game photographing in the Serengeti, you will be transferred to the Airstrip back to Arusha for a farewell lunch. You’ll have a chance to pick up a few last minute souvenirs if you’d like. You’ll head off to your day rooms, which are provided so you can prepare for the final journey home. Grab a shower, rest, or take a swim before you are transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departing flight this evening
Arrive Amsterdam for a day of rest and sight seeing or continue home.
Your trip ends but for years your mind is filled with the memories of the wonders of Africa.