In Tarangire National Park, for example, you’ll be able to see the world’s greatest number of breeding species of birds in a single habitat. In the Ngorongoro Highlands you can explore the mighty Ngorongoro Crater.
On the Serengeti you have the drama, the thunderous noise and the sheer immensity of the wildebeest migration – together with the predators and camp followers it attracts.
London – Nairobi – Kilimanjaro
Take a morning flight from London and you’ll land in Nairobi in the evening. Your connecting flight will take you to Kilimanjaro Airport, where you’ll be met and taken to your guesthouse, just 30 minutes away.
Stay: One night in a double cottage in the Machweo Guesthouse.
Tarangire National Park
After breakfast your guide will drive you into Tarangire National Park, to Kuro Tarangire Camp – the perfect base for seeing one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife outside of the Serengeti ecosystem. As well as lions and great herds of elephants you’ll be able to spot as many as 550 different varieties of birds – the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world – and rare dry-country antelopes such as fringe-eared oryx and long-necked gerenuk.
Stay: Three nights in a double tented room at Kuro Tarangire Camp.
In the morning you’ll be driven to Lake Manyara National Park for an exciting mini-safari and a picnic lunch, before arriving at your accommodation. Standing on the forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a meandering upland region that is part of the Great Rift Valley, Gibbs Farm is perfectly placed for exploring the area surrounding Lake Manyara and the famous Ngorongoro Crater (the world’s largest intact caldera). Your safaris will inevitably show you an abundance of wildlife, as well as the curious sight of Maasai herdsmen grazing their cattle alongside a variety of wild animals.
Stay: Two nights in a double farm cottage at Gibbs Farm.
Serengeti National Park
You fly out of Manyara to alight in the Serengeti. This is Tanzania’s oldest and most prestigious national park, part of the Greater Serengeti – and is wild Tanzania at its best. Contrasting landforms are home to various indigenous peoples and innumerable animals. The mighty, million-strong migration of wildebeest is joined by 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle, but even out of the migration season the region supports huge numbers of big cats, elephants, giraffe, buffalo, eland, topi, kongoni, impala and gazelles.
There are over 500 different species of birds on display – from ostriches to bizarre secretary birds and black eagles, as well as reptiles like gaudy agama lizards and smaller mammals like rock hyraxes – the majority of them, in one way or another, involved in the eternal struggle of predator versus prey.
Stay: Four nights in a double tent at Serengeti Safari Camp.
Kilimanjaro – Nairobi – London
Say farewell to the Serengeti as a light aircraft flies you to Kilimanjaro Airport to meet your flight to Nairobi. From here you’ll depart late at night, to arrive back in London early the following morning.