Your safari starts on the shore of Lake Manyara, home to flamingos and famous tree-climbing lions. Next, you explore the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, a Natural Wonder and one of the few places in Africa where it is possible to see all of the Big 5 in a single day. Move on to the Serengeti where you will witness the Wildebeest Migration in season (approximately November to July). This grand finale of your safari adventure features dramatic interaction between mega herds of wildebeest and Africa’s apex predator, lions. After nine days of big game thrills, you arrive on Mahé Island in the Seychelles ready to relax and unwind. The atmosphere is idyllic and there is plenty to do when the mood strikes you.
Throughout this tour, your accommodation is comfortable and elegant, from the safari lodges to the Serengeti’s authentic tented camp to Banyan Tree Resort on Mahé. It is a once-in-a-lifetime itinerary, perfect for honeymooners or first-time travellers to Africa. The combination of safari and beach destinations ensures that you’ll experience an ideal balance between action and relaxation.
You will be met on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and driven to Arusha Coffee Lodge.
This charming lodge is set on a lush coffee plantation with stunning views of Mount Meru. Settle into your cottage before taking a stroll around the grounds to acclimatise to Africa. Walk through the plantations, visit the markets of nearby Arusha, or simply relax in the poolside gardens with a chilled drink. On cool winter evenings, get cosy next to a fireplace and sip one of the freshest coffees you will ever taste.
Depart after breakfast for your light aircraft flight to Lake Manyara, where a guide waits to meet you. He will drive you to Lake Manyara National Park and the grove of mahogany trees that shelters Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. This is the only lodge in the park, which makes for an exclusive and intimate atmosphere.
Ten thatched, treehouse suites radiate from the central lounge, bar and dining area, each offering beautiful views. You will spend two nights here, enjoying morning and afternoon game drives, and exciting night drives. Expect a rich variety of natural habitats set around the lake, which is a sanctuary for flamingos and other waterbirds. The woodlands and open savannah plains support a large elephant population along with giraffe, buffalo and a multitude of graceful antelope. Lake Manyara's lions are the primary predators here and famous for their unusual habit of climbing trees.
After an early breakfast, you depart on a 4x4 vehicle transfer to the Ngorongoro Crater. This long-extinct volcano and Natural Wonder is considered one of the most spectacular wildlife destinations on Earth. Ngorongoro is home to a thriving population of big game species, including elephant, rhino and rare black-maned lion.
Your home for two nights is the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, set on the rim of the crater. Although sometimes shrouded in a fine veil of mist, the lodge’s lavish suites look out over one of Africa’s most spectacular views from private balconies. Ngorongoro is one of the few places in Africa where it is possible to see the Big 5 in a single day, along with gazelle, wildebeest and zebra, small predators like caracal and serval cats, apex predators like lions and their greatest rivals, spotted hyena. We recommend you spend a full day game viewing, stopping for a delicious picnic lunch on the crater plains before returning to the lodge’s comforts for fireside cocktails and a sumptuous dinner.
Another short flight carries you from Ngorongoro to the Serengeti, giving you an eagle’s eye view of this legendary reserve along the way. Your safari coincides with the Wildebeest Migration, a natural event that sees over a million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle follow the summer rains in a vast circular migration. The mega herds must endure crossings rivers with strong currents and lurking crocodiles and keep their young safe from the magnificent lion prides of the open plains.
Your home for three nights is Serengeti Under Canvas, an authentic tented camp that moves location with the Migration. As comfortable as a permanent lodge but always offering a prime location to witness the best of the Migration, this camp offers morning and afternoon game drives led by specialist plus thrilling night drives, guided nature walks and optional hot-air ballooning to make the most of the largest terrestrial movement of animals in the world.
Banyan Tree Seychelles is set above the white sands of a private bay on the island of Mahé. Your suite for four nights is a luxurious, private villa with its own swimming pools and private outdoor Jacuzzi, sheltered by palm trees and lush vegetation. Banyan Tree offers a wide range of activities including mountain biking, snorkelling, diving, walking through its tropical gardens and cruising the warm Indian Ocean on a 47-foot twin-hull catamaran. If you prefer to soak up the sun in a more social setting, you will love the resort's private pool overlooking the ocean and the beach itself beyond that.
Mahé is the international gateway to the Seychelles archipelago and a delightful introduction to the local Creole culture. The island’s interior is mountainous with densely forested slopes and there are plenty of optional attractions to its beaches, including Morne Seychellois National Park (for great hiking trails) and the quaint capital city, Victoria. After five blissed-filled days, you begin your journey home from Mahé’s international airport.
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We travelled with Falcon Safaris in Zimbabwe and Botswana for 16 days. Falcon designed a wonderful trip with private guide to the most interesting sites in both countries. The organization of the whole trip was excellent, flights within the country, accommodation and activites. The guides were very knowledgable and told us a lot about the countries, their history, people, economy and much more. Wevisited the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the Victoria Falls and a number of national parks in both countries.
Rhino tracking was a real adventure! We had tremendous further game drives and saw very many animals - we did the Big Five. We had much more activities than planned and enjoyed very much.We strongly recommend Falcon Safaris to everyone planning a trip to Southern Africa and East Africa.
Our Consultant Vimbai was very helpful and accommodating. We stayed at the Elephant hills hotel which was nothing short of amazing.Our activities included a helicopter flight, dinner cruise as well as a morning game drive. All the activities were absolutely amazing.
We worked with Gertrude to schedule and organize everything and she did an excellent job. I asked a lot of questions via e-mail and she answered everyone in a timely helpful manner. Our guide at Victoria Falls was also great. He met us at the airport, provided a thoughtful tour of the Falls and got us to our next guide in Botswana. Our lodgings at River View Lodge were just as described- very comfortable and excellent food. All the staff were so pleasant and helpful. If I had to do it again I would arrange a morning boat ride as well. We only did the sunset boat rides and they were the high point of our entire trip- we saw so many animals and our guide was very knowledgeable. Just a great experience. Our lodgings at Oddball's Enclave was rustic and we loved it. So great to disconnect from the world for a bit. Leo, our guide, was the best - got us out and about, saw fantastic wildlife and got back to camp safely each time. Doc manages the camp so well. This whole trip was planned and organized by Falcon Safaris and we could not have been happier.
Falcon safaris have given my the correct advice with excellent service. The only suggestion will be to work closer with the lodges to confirm bookings as soon as possible. We have booked and pay our deposit a year in advance. We have only receive our final convermation from Chobe Safari lodge a week before departure. I do realize its not within your controle but with limit alternatives and a group of 14 people it becomes an issue to find alternative accomodation if the booking was cancelled.
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