The absolute ultimate in luxury travel, Shrike’s Top-notch African Luxury Safari offers the excitement and glamour of the African bush together with a romantic and indulgent itinerary featuring the most exclusive and luxu- rious resorts in all of Africa. You have an option for the extravagance of the Hot Air Balloon Safari over the plains. And an unprecedented flights makes travel between reserves a seamless joy.
Laundry and Internet service if available at the lodge.
100% guaranteed departure. We've never canceled a trip.
Emergency medical evacuation insurance; this should NOT replace your travel insurance.
Private 4-wheel drive custom safari vehicle with cool beverages and snacks, a pair of binoculars, animal and bird guidebooks, and bean bags for stabilizing long lenses.
What is NOT included in the tour
Items of a personal nature.
Airline-Imposed Fuel Surcharges.
Fees for Passport, Visa, or Immunizations.
Champagne, cognacs, cellar wines, cigars, and cigarettes.
Airline-Imposed Seat Assignment and Checked Baggage Fees.
Tips for your Tour Guide/ Driver (minimum US Dollar 50 per day)
Sightseeing and excursions other than those specified in the itinerary.
Visa (Available at the airport for $ 100 or less; costs vary significantly from country to country).
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Visit Hemingway’s favorite place in Tanzania, Lake Manyara National Park
Spend 3 days in the exclusve Grumet Reserve, staying at the supaerb Sasakwa Lodge
Africa’s most luxurious lodges, including splendid Gibb's Farm, much-celebrated Sasakwa Lodge and the elegantly eclectic Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.
Arrive Arusha, Tanzania
Arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Your guide meets you at the airport and escorts you to tonight’s lodge in Arusha.
Accommodation: Legendary Lodge
There's no better haven in which to bookend your Tanzania visit than the Legendary Lodge, where you can begin and end your trip in a cottage with a private verandah overlooking Mount Meru. Just 10 minutes away from the Arusha Airport, the lodge is both conveniently and beautifully located in a lush tropical garden surrounded by a working coffee farm.
Lake Manyara National Park
Start your journey to Lake Manyara National Park, a destination famously held dear to Hemingway. Upon taking in the scenery of the groundwater forest, you quickly realize why he named it his favorite park in all of Africa. Expert guides give you the chance to see elusive tree-climbing lions resting after a successful hunt, hippos cooling off in the water, and flamingoes flocking together in their natural habitat.
After a day of exploration, you retire to your lodge, which offers the epitome of safari elegance. Relax by the outdoor swimming pool with a sundowner in hand or head to bed to rest up for tomorrow’s adventures.
Accommodation: Gibb's Farm
Gibb’s Farm (Travel + Leisure World’s Best List #1 African Safari Lodge 2017 and 2018). After a full day of exploration, relax in your eco-friendly cottage, set amidst the farm’s lush gardens. Enjoy an outdoor shower, in-room spa treatment, farm-to-table dining, and learning about local culture from the attentive staff.
Head to the Ngorongoro Crater floor, the world’s premier wildlife destination. Explore the area on a private, expert-led drive that gives you the best chance to spot the Big Five. Venture through the crater with the stunning volcanic backdrop in the distance and see bull elephants, African buffalos, lions, critically endangered black rhinos, and other big game.
After spending the day touring the largest intact volcanic caldera, unwind at a sumptuous lodge that’s equally breathtaking and described as Versailles meets Maasai.
Accommodation: Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge; one of the most architecturally spectacular safari lodges in Africa, the lodge sits on the edge of the famous "World Heritage Site" of the Ngorongoro Crater. The lodge provides guests with unmatchable views of the crater and interior design inspired by the classic manyatta style of the Maasai culture. Inside the crater, enjoy a private picnic that’s exclusive to guests before you return to your sumptuous oasis in the evening.
Serengeti National Park
Fly to the great Serengeti’s heart - the Seronera, where the wildlife is as plentiful as the plains are expansive. Enjoy wildlife viewing drives in a completely customized safari vehicle that’s designed for optimal comfort and reliability, and witness the cheetah, bat-eared fox, Maasai giraffe, and elephant that reside in the remote area. Seasonally, the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra creates an impressive spectacle.
Return to the acclaimed Four Seasons Lodge, where you’ll reside for the next three days. Marvel in the old world elegance of your remote cottage and end each day with a leisurely dip in your private infinity pool. With a blend of authentic European style and East African influences, the lodge’s décor perfectly complements the stunning landscapes you spend your days exploring.
Accommodation: Four Seasons Lodge Serengeti
Tucked away in an exclusive portion of the central Serengeti, the Four Seasons Lodge offers guests a grandiose safari experience. Filled with old-world elegance, every corner of the private cottages and each ingredient used in their world-class spa treatments exudes luxury. End your day with a dip in the infinity pool and take in the extravagance that few people get to enjoy.
Fly Back home.
Take a scenic bush flight over the stunning Serengeti to begin your journey home, and enjoy one last view of the land. Arrive at Arusha’s Cultural Heritage Center and shop for handcrafted souvenirs or brilliant Tanzanite to serve as a beautiful takeaway from your experience. Refresh at the luxurious Legendary Lodge before being escorted to the airport to return to North America.