February 3-11, 2019
Guided by Erla Koch
US$ 3,990 per person
In partnership with National Geographic, journey through the Great Rift Valley, to the Ngorongoro Crater, and on to the wide open savannahs of the Serengeti! Spend starry nights under luxurious canvas in the midst of two million wildebeest and zebra as they migrate across the Serengeti plains -- an incredible wildlife spectacle not seen anywhere else in the world !
February 3,4: Flight to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
A comfortable international flight takes you to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (arriving February 4). Upon arrival, Erla will welcome you with champagne and cold face towels, before driving with you in 4x4 Landcruisers (with pop-up roofs) to the charming Ilboru Safari Lodge.
February 5: Lake Manyara National Park
After a delicious breakfast and safari briefing, drive to Mto wa Mbu village; enjoy a guided cultural walk and traditional lunch with a local family. Continue to The Rift Valley Photographic Lodge located just outside Lake Manyara National Park, providing unobstructed views of the Rift Valley Escarpment. Embark on an afternoon wildlife safari drive along the western wall of the Rift Valley escarpment, providing a backdrop for the park's bird life, tree-climbing lions, elephants, hippos, and baboons.
February 6: Serengeti National Park
Drive through the Rift Valley in your specially outfitted 4x4 Landcruiser and visit a Maasai village to learn about the Maasai people and the Clean Cookstove project. Enjoy an exclusive presentation by one of the Maasai women and hear how participation in the project has impacted her life and empowered others around her. Take a guided tour of the village, meet the women that have been trained as stove engineers, visit bomas (traditional homes), and observe (or get your hands dirty) by helping the Stove Team build a stove in a home. Enjoy a short lecture by a National Geographic paleontologist at the Olduvai Gorge Museum before continuing to the Serengeti Tortilis Camp for dinner and the night.
February 7: The Serengeti National Park
Enjoy morning and afternoon wildlife safari drives in our 4x4 Landcruiser with 'pop-up' roof for optimal wildlife observation. For lunch, visit the Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre, where wildlife researchers and scientists are working on projects within the National Park and surrounding protected areas. Enjoy an exclusive lecture by one of the visiting National Geographic researchers on a variety of topics. After lunch, continue photographing lions, leopards, elephants, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, warthogs, and of course -- wildebeest! Return to the Serengeti Tortilis Tented Camp for dinner and the night.
February 8: Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, enjoy another morning wildlife drive, before starting the ascent up the world famous Ngorongoro Crater, before descending to the Pembeni Luxury Tented Camp for lunch. In the afternoon, you can opt to relax at the camp with a cool drink, or deliver food supplies and school kits to the incredible children at the nearby Shalom Orphanage.
February 9: Ngorongoro Crater & Arusha
After an early breakfast, descend into the Ngorongoro Crater -- a UNESCO World Heritage site -- for what is often the highlight of the trip! With more animals per square kilometer than anywhere else in Africa, this is truly a photographers paradise! After a picnic lunch by the hippos pools at the bottom of the Crater, and a final wildlife drive on your way out of the Crater, drive towards Arusha for dinner and the night at Ilboru Safari Lodge.
February 10,11: Arusha & Kilimanjaro Departure Flight
After a final breakfast by the pool, Erla will take you a local craft market to purchase some handmade curios, a local children's home for disabled children, and a delicious lunch in the midst of a fair trade coffee plantation. Return to your lodge for a chance to swim, relax by the pool, and re-pack your gear before transferring to the JRO airport in time for your evening flight home (arriving February 11), with some incredible photographs and memories of the greatest wildlife show on earth!
- You will visit the following places:
Serengeti National Park Serengeti
Arusha is a city in northern Tanzania. It is the capital of the Arusha Region and has a population of 1,288,088. It is surrounded by some of Africa's most famous landscapes and national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, it has a mild climate and is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as having its own Arusha National Park on Mount Meru. Arusha is a major international diplomatic hub. The city hosts and is regarded as the de facto capital of the East African Community. Since 1994, the city has also hosted the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. It is a multicultural city with a majority African population, large Arab and Indian minorities, and many European and American ex-pats, engaged in diplomatic affairs and the fast-growing local tourist industry. Religions and denominations of Arusha's population are Catholic, Anglican, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu.