Tanzania Safari Extension: 4-Day Safari
Beginning June 2016
You’ve traveled halfway around the world to trek Kilimanjaro, now experience Tanzania’s other natural wonder – the abundant wildlife roaming through unspoiled landscapes. Catch a glimpse of the famous tree climbing lions at Lake Manyara National Park – a destination that was reportedly Hemingway’s favorite place in all of Africa. Other trip highlights include:
- Exploring the Ngorongoro crater – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and home to the densest mammal population in Africa.
- Spotting Big 5 game animals in the bush – have your camera ready.
- Staying two nights at Gibb’s Farm, an award-winning eco lodge & working coffee plantation. Here you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in optional spa services.
Day 1: Arusha
Relax after your Kilimanjaro summit, and savor a hot shower. Then enjoy a celebratory meal with your fellow trekkers. You’ll depart Arusha the following morning to head out on safari.
Overnights: Mount Meru Hotel
Days 2: Lake Manyara National Park
This small, diverse park is the perfect spot for a short and exhilarating safari. In addition to the famous lions, Lake Manyara National Park is home to numerous leopard, lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and hippo. Visitors will also have a chance to view scores of exotic birds as the park is home to more than 300 species.
Overnight: Gibb’s Farm
Days 3: Ngorongoro Crater
Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, a 10-mile wide volcanic caldera that’s home to a self-contained eco-system. It’s one of the only places on earth where you can still spot all of the Big 5 (lion, leopard, African buffalo, rhinoceros, and elephant) in just one day. The vibrant pink flamingos that line the small lakes of the crater are a must see.
Overnights: Gibb’s Farm
Days 4: Arusha
A short and scenic flight will take you back to Arusha, where you’ll enjoy a farewell lunch and shop for souvenirs at a local artist collective. Unwind in a day room before your flight home.
Day Room: Mount Meru Hotel
Mount Meru Hotel
The Mount Meru Hotel has been a mainstay of Arusha accommodations since it opened in the 1960’s, when Tanzania tourism was still in its infancy. It was recently renovated top to bottom, and the finished product is even better than the original. With reliable modern conveniences, a variety of dining options, a beautiful pool, and a central location, it is one of the best places to start or end your safari or trek.
Fresh food, fresh air, and fresh perspectives abound at award-winning eco-lodge, Gibb’s Farm. At the end of full days of exploration, relax in your eco-friendly cottage, set amidst the farm’s lush gardens. You can even ask the attentive staff to provide insight into local culture and history.