Land in Kilimanjaro International Airport – Fly/Drive into camp (depending on time of arrival)
If you were to charter a flight into camp, we would meet you at the airport at Kilimanjaro and assist you to your charter flight. It’s around a short hours flight to the Endulen Airstrip. Your personal guide will fetch you, hand over your walky talky and transfer you to Fort Ngorongoro, nine km away. You may order your valet to have your preference of spirit waiting at camp for you.
Your personal team will meet you and walk you into the gates of heaven.
Behind the fort walls, the first sight of the stunning views will take your breath away. Settle into camp and let the staff work on your jetlag and spoil you like never before. You may spend the evening at the heated pool, overlooking the waterhole and the great rift valley spreading into infinity below with Lake Eyaasi shimmering in the vast distance.
After a sun downer, we will walk back to the club house and enjoy an evening with the local Maasai, dancing to amazing Maasai sounds.
Dinner will be served at a location decided by the weather that evening.
Post dinner, sit with your guide, a glass of cognac or local Arusha coffee and decide your plans for the coming days.
We will tuck you into bed and let you drift into the sleep of the peaceful.
Your valet will wake you up at 05h15 with hot toast and a cup of tea or coffee. Your clothes will be warm pressed for you to slip into. Your guide will then fetch you from your tent with packed sandwiches and coffee and you will head for the caldera. The drive is through spectacular country. Smoke breaking through the cool morning mist from Maasai manyatas is in itself a breathtaking sight. You should be descending into the crater with first light. Staying with us ensures that you can be some of the first and last few vehicles in the Crater to enter and leave the crater. Revel in the morning light as you drive amongst the 25000 large animals that throng the crater floor. Plains game, rhino, lions, leopards, cheetah, elephants, buffalo and hyena live here. Other lesser predators feed on the diverse prey platter. Lake Magadi hosts the lesser flamingoes and game drives more often than not, offer spectacular photographic opportunities. Stop for sandwiches and hot beverages when you feel like a bite. The crater is normally cool because of the altitude and predators hunt throughout the day. We will pack your breakfast for you to enable you to stay on in. If you are onto something special and would like to stay on in the crater, your naturalist will order lunch that will be dispatched from camp, with your butler, in a follow car. You can then spend the entire day looking for game. We even have a commode fitted into the service vehicle for your convivence.
Return to the lodge to a hot massage in the spa or relax next to the bonfire in your room and put up your feet to be cared for by the masseuse whilst your valet brings spoils you with personalized service. Dinner will be at the Esirwa Club House. Return to your room and be tucked lovingly into bed. Your valet will be on a walky talky with you 24/7
Your valet will wake you up at 06h30 with hot toast and a cup of tea or coffee. Your clothes will be warm pressed for you to slip into. After breakfast at the Esirwa Club House. The valet will pack your breakfast and lunch for you and make sure your guide is ready and waiting for your drive into the plains. Head for the short grass plains of Serengeti. The drive is through rough yet stunning countryside. Head for Matiti past the Endulen airstrip.
As you descend into the plains with the dry stream running alongside, look for cheetah and lions amongst the acacia. Game drive past Masek lake or drift south deeper into Engusoro Plains and hang right towards the Big Marsh. Spend the rest of the day looking for predators. You can off road here and position yourself to get that life defining shot.
Ndutu offers some of the worlds best migration moments as the migrants come to these mineral rich short grass plains to calve between December and April. This is the best time of year to view hyenas, cheetah and lions as they feed upon the quarter of a million calves born sometime in these months. The Ndutu marsh has some of the best predator viewing, especially off season when the Marsh Pride takes to killing giraffe, buffalo and whatever else they can find. Game drives in the Ndutu region can be hugely rewarding any time of year.
From the verdant green short plains (Dec-May) to the dusty volcanic soil (May-December) one can experience an array of diverse wilderness moments.
Drive in the plains, search the marsh and settle down with a predator that you feel might hunt.
Arrive back at the camp and wash the grime away in your bath tub with a glass of champagne, staring into the valley below. We will take you out for a bush dinner (weather permitting). Get back to your tent with both the fire places blazing, heating your room, putting you to sleep with their soothing crackle.
The region around Fort Ngorongoro offers some of the most spectacular treks found anywhere in Africa. On your fourth day with us we suggest you trek the surreal Makarot Route. Your valet will will wake you at 07h00 and after breakfast we will introduce you to your armed ranger and let you explore the surrounding hills, speckled with buffalo, zebra and giraffe with him and your private askari. Your Maasai askari will carry your coffee and sandwiches as you head up into the Makarot mountain. Drift through God’s own country, far from the invading influences. Understand the flora and fauna of the region. Stop for birds and traditional medicine plants. Discover Africa! We will meet you on the other side with lunch. On your way back visit the Maasai. Spend time with them and their cattle. Return early evening and head for the heated pool and see the setting sun paint the infinite horizon in many a splendorous hue. You can have a shower at the pool and let the evening work its way into a beautiful poolside dinner as the animal’s drift in to the waterhole.
Today will be spent in imbibing local culture, meeting the tribes and understanding their ways. Your valet will wake you up at 06h30 with hot toast and a cup of tea or coffee. Your clothes will be warm pressed for you to slip into. Breakfast will be at the Esirwa Club House after which we will head for Manyara National Park. Spend a few hours driving amongst the famed elephants of Manyara and look for the flamingoes. After that head for Hadzabe lands. It’s a long drive via Karatu so sit back and allow Africa to drift by. We will get to the Hadzabe village where you can spend time with the tribe photographing and observing them hunt.
Although there are around 1300 Hadza left in the world, only around 300 still survive exclusively based on traditional means of foraging. While traditionally classified with the Khisan people because of their click language, the Hadza language (Hadzane), appears to be an isolate, unrelated to any other. As descendants of Tanzania's aboriginal hunter-gatherer population, they have probably occupied their current territory for thousands of years, with relatively little modification to their basic way of life until the past hundred years. They must have lived in the Serengeti plains and were pushed into this isolated pocket of the rift valley because of the warring Maasai. After you have had your fill of these incredible people, we will drive to Lake Eyasi and spend time with the Datoga people. We will lunch with a local family residing near the lake and the return to get to the Maasai manyatas to watch their cattle return in the evening. Closer to home. We have also set up a special boma for you to spend time with the Maasai. Learn the ways of this amazing tribe.
Return to the lodge and get spoilt in the spa with a massage. After dinner, sleep the night away.
Spend a day discovering the beauty of NCAA.
Your valet will wake you up at 07h30 with hot toast and a cup of tea or coffee. Your clothes will be warm pressed for you to slip into. Breakfast will be at the Esirwa Club House after which we will head north.
We drive on the Golioni till we take a right to Ol Dupai Gorge. Spend time at the museum. The local guide will explain the sheer magnificence of this discovery as you spend time with your ancestors. After that your naturalist will drive to Shifting Sands, moving black dunes of volcanic ash. Post your time with these sands of ash, drive north to Nasera Rock and walk up the hill and try and find some of the archeological findings dating back around 30,000 years, most rock paintings fading with time. From there head for the home of the vultures at Il Karien Gorge. This is where the vultures nest. Walk around and have lunch on the banks of the river. Head back driving through the short grass plains looking for that elusive picture of dust bellowing in the wind as the Maasai drive back their cattle.
Get back to camp. After a shower, your valet will meet you at the Colonnade. Play bridge, maybe a game of pool or just imbibe from the library as you sink into comfort and let the fire warm your weary body.
Dinner will be served at a location subject to weather.
Sink into your bed, hot water bottle in place, and let the cool sheets lull you to sleep.
Day spent at leisure at Fort Ngorongoro – this is the day of relaxation. Spend time at the spa, get in some yoga. Get a long extended massage. Have lunch poolside and spend a couple of hours in the Mbogo Hide, waiting for the animals to come to you. Do a leisurely walk in the evening and eat to the site of twinkling stars and a glowing fire.
Before returning back to the lodge for a sundowner.
Tuck in after an aperitif as your valet completes the packing and gets you ready for your departure. Your valet will wake you up at 05h15 with hot toast and a cup of tea or coffee. Your clothes will be warm pressed for you to slip into. Your guide will then fetch you from your tent with packed sandwiches and coffee and you will head for the caldera. By now your guide will know the animals you like to spend time with and will try and find you the perfect ending to a surreal safari. Lunch will be served in the crater. Return to the lodge to a hot massage in the spa or relax next to the bonfire in your room and put up your feet to be cared for by the masseuse whilst your valet brings spoils you with personalized service. Dinner will be at the Esirwa Club House. Return to your room and be tucked lovingly into bed.
After early breakfast your valet will help you finish your packing and your guide will take you to Endulen Airstrip for your charter back to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
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