Day 1: Arusha
Whenever you arrive, you'll be personally met and taken to a lovely resort on Mount Meru, Africa's 5th highest mountain. For those arriving early, optional activities can be arranged. Dinner and overnight at the resort.
Day 2: West Kilimanjaro
Three days are now spent in a very remote, private 60,000-acre wilderness on the western slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. The morning drive from Arusha is past many small pretty peasant farms, market towns and small villages, before crossing a large open plane composed of wheat farms. There can be fabulous views of Mount Kibo, the Shira Plateau and even Mount Meru on clear days.
Arrival in camp is met by fresh juice and a bush lunch. The late afternoon is spent meandering to the nearby Maasai village of Olmalog or simply relaxing in camp. A campfire using sustainable wood sources accompanies the dying light and sounds of the Maasai's cattle heading back to their bomas. Overnight in an adventure camp.
Day 3: West Kilimanjaro
Soon after breakfast you head by foot out with your Tanzania safari guide and scout while the crew packs the camp to move it onto the plains on the lower slopes. During the morning walk, game grows more prevalent and Zebra often canter away after approaching curiously. Giraffe, Eland, Impala and Grant's gazelle are also usually seen. Picnic lunches are taken under the shade of an acacia tree, and there is then usually time to relax as the hottest part of the day passes over.
At the end of the afternoon walk, you arrive camp that has been set under a set of huge acacia trees with sweeping views of the plains that head up to Mount Kilimanjaro. As the sun sets you enjoy the scrumptious dinner prepared with locally fresh foods by expert bush cooks.
Day 4: West Kilimanjaro
An early morning walk to the top of Napopong hill affords great views of the sun rising and hopefully the Uhuru summit of Kilimanjaro as well. Then it's breakfast back in camp before getting into the Landrovers for a wider search of the area. There is a diverse set of bird life as well as a number of different mammals to be seen on this safari in Tanzania.
With luck family groups of Elephant or majestic old bulls will be spotted grazing or resting under the shade of a spreading acacia tortillis. Lunch is taken back at camp, and in the afternoon another game drive is possible. In the late afternoon you head out for a scenic sundowner before game driving back to camp with a spot light, seeking out the more elusive nocturnal creatures.
Day 5: Tarangire National Park
On the final morning at West Kilimanjaro an early morning walk before breakfast is possible. Then drive back to Arusha town for lunch at a popular local restaurant, before continuing in the afternoon to Tamarind Tented Camp in Tarangire National Park. Depending upon your arrival time, there may be time for a short afternoon walk and a dusk game drive with a spot light before dinner in camp.
Day 6: Tarangire National Park
The entire day is spent in the large Tarangire National Park with a picnic lunch. There's an enormous amount of game here, including Giraffe, Buffalo, Lesser Kudu, Eland, Oryx, Zebra, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Elephant. Game viewing tracks meander along the great Tarangire River, one of East Africa's famous 'Sand Rivers'.
The bird life here can be superb and the rolling hills are dotted with ancient Baobab trees and some dense woodlands, distinguishing Tarangire from most of the rest of the northern plains game parks. In the evening return to Tamarind for dinner and overnight, ending a perfect day on your safari in Tanzania.
Day 7: Lake Manyara
A relatively short and spectacular morning drive to the base of the Great Rift Valley where much of the day is spent in Lake Manyara National Park. This UNESCO biosphere is a relatively small park but with an amazing diversity of habitats. Ground water forest, open glades, plains, and acacia woodland create homes for a fantastic array of birds and mammals. Picnic beside the lakeshore.
In the late afternoon head up the steep escarpment to Kirurumu Tented Lodge in time to enjoy sundowners on the deck that overlooks the lake and the rift providing a most spectacular panoramic view. Dinner and overnight at this award-winning eco-camp.