Arrive in Arusha, meet your A&K guide and transfer to your lodge, situated on a working coffee plantation. Your private chalet near Mount Meru features a fireplace and balcony.
Meet young Africans who are overcoming learning challenges when you visit Ilboru Primary School. This is one of the few schools in the region that offers programmes for deaf and special-needs children. This project is supported by A&K Philanthropy. Then fly to Tarangire National Park. Spend the afternoon on a game drive in search of eland, oryx, wildebeest, zebra and a large elephant population. Keep your eyes trained for hartebeest, gazelle and exotic birds like the bateleur and martial eagle. Tonight, gather with fellow guests for a welcome dinner.
Today, enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. Your A&K driver-guide draws on years of experience in the bush to locate the best wildlife-viewing opportunities right as they happen. This afternoon, learn how to prepare local dishes like ugali and kachumbari as part of an A&K chef’s table experience.
As you cross the Great Rift Valley, stop for a market visit in Mto wa Mbu, where stalls brim with local produce. Then, see the village from a different perspective on a tuk-tuk ride. Later, after lunch, arrive at Ngorongoro Crater, a 610m-deep caldera. A fascinating microcosm of East African wildlife. Buffalo, flamingo, lion and leopard all live inside. Climb the outer wall until a breathtaking view appears. Your camp is nestled in a wooded area with easy access to the crater floor. It features elegant, tented accommodations with en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets.
Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, a vast expanse where animal activity is commonplace. Avoid the crowded picnic sites during a private hot gourmet lunch. This afternoon, visit with an elder at a Maasai village. Learn about the tribe’s traditional, nomadic lifestyle and coexistence with wildlife. You can also partake in an artisan visit with a demonstration in traditional beadwork and crafts. Later, witness a dance performance at your tented camp. Sense the incomparable spirit of this nomadic people who have kept their tribal traditions alive through countless generations.
Fly to the fabled Serengeti National Park and settle into your camp. The Serengeti is one of the oldest and least-changed ecosystems on earth. Here the circle of life plays out every day, as it has for eons. It is home to one of the world’s largest concentrations of wildlife, with lion, hyena and leopard all endemic. The region also hosts the spectacular Great Migration, which you may witness depending on the time of year. This evening, take a moment to sip a cocktail and reflect on the majesty of Africa.
Venture out on morning and afternoon game drives in the protected Serengeti refuge. Flowing rivers support a variety of birds, mammals and reptiles. In addition to the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino), keep your camera handy. You may get a shot of a cheetah bolting after a fleet of Thomson’s gazelle. Enjoy ideal game viewing throughout your time in the bush. Your highly experienced A&K driver-guide will keep you in the heart of the action. Tonight, gather for a memorable farewell dinner.
Fly to Arusha. Relax in a comfortable dayroom at Arusha Coffee Lodge in anticipation of your flight home.