Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group, Private

Romantic East Africa Safari- 11 Days / 10 Nights (11 days)

andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Lake Manyara Airport, Tanzania To Zanzibar, Tanzania

Valid for Departures Now Through: 12 Jun 2018


Day 1
Lake Manyara Airport, Tanzania
&Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by a member of the &Beyond team who will assist you to your scheduled flight to Manyara Airstrip. On arrival at the airstrip, you will be met by a representative from &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge for your first game drive to the lodge.

Lake Manyara National Park offers a wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. Apart from a spectacular setting, the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect. The shores of the lake, encrusted with pink flamingo, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. Large herds of buffalo, cheetah, Masai giraffe and impala roam the lake shores and the forested valley slopes. A Lake Manyara safari is a fascinating experience as the park also features a ground-water forest; acacia tortilis woodland and hot springs called Maji Moto.

Spend two nights at &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. Accommodation is in an elegant, stilted treehouse, which is cradled in the boughs of mahogany trees. Your room is built of timber and makuti (palm fronds) and has a spacious sitting area, viewing deck and a lovely ensuite bathroom. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, emergency medical evacuation insurance, laundry and daily lodge activities.

Day 2
Lake Manyara Airport, Tanzania
&Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Safari Game Drive

Game drives from &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge explore areas of the park that cannot be reached by day visitors and are undisturbed by others. Each morning and afternoon set off in the company of your guide and tracker in an open 4×4 safari vehicle with a canvas canopy. Together you will explore the diverse habitats of the park, stopping on the lakeshore to admire the different bird species and look for pink flamingo. You will traverse a mosaic of acacia woodlands, grassy floodplains and tall forest in search of wildlife, including Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions and family herds of elephant.

Day 3
Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Tanzania
&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Enjoy an early morning breakfast before a safari vehicle drive back to the Manyara airstrip, where you will be met by a representative from &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge who will drive you to the lodge.

The Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, within the Serengeti, is home to more than 30 000 protected animals. It is an area of spectacular beauty and excellent game viewing, a truly unique safari destination in Africa. The Ngorongoro Crater, once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Today, long since having collapsed and eroded, it is an extensive highland area with the famous 600 metre deep Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. Fresh springs and a large soda lake quench the thirst of all the inhabitants. Black rhino are protected within its rim, giant tusked elephants wander the forests, black-maned lions stalk the grasslands, and flamingos crowd the soda lakes.

Spend two nights at &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. Accommodation is in a suite with ensuite bathroom, bath and shower. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, scheduled safari activities, refreshments on game drives and laundry.

Day 4
Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Tanzania
&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Lunch banquet on the Crater floor

Indulge in a gourmet feast served in one of the most unique settings in Africa. Descend into the scenic landscape of the Ngorongoro Crater and enjoy the incredible density of wildlife before making your way to a private picnic spot on the Crater floor. Tables set with snowy tablecloths and sparkling silver cutlery are laden with the most delectable of dishes. An army of butlers spring into action to attend to your every wish as you indulge in a mouth-watering meal served against the backdrop of groups of zebra strolling along the Crater floor.

Day 5
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
&Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Tuck into a sensational breakfast feast before your drive back to the Manyara airstrip for your scheduled flight to &Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas.

The Serengeti National Park, meaning “endless plains” in the Masai language, is undoubtedly one of the world’s most celebrated Wilderness areas and is an on-going source of inspiration to writers, filmmakers and photographers. It is Tanzania’s oldest game reserve, renowned for the part it plays in the annual Great Migration, when an estimated three million antelope – mostly wildebeest – migrate to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. This epic, seasonal journey is a deeply moving experience and a wonderful photographic subject. Here visitors to the park can roam its sprawling plains on exhilarating game drives or hop into a hot-air balloon ride for an once-in-a-lifetime wilderness adventure. The Serengeti National Park is also home to the Olduvai Gorge, where ground-breaking archaeological discoveries have been made, as well as the breath-taking Ngorongoro Crater - a World Heritage Site.

Spend three nights at &Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas in an ensuite tent. Your stay includes accommodation, meals, scheduled activities, laundry, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and return airstrip transfers.

Day 6
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
&Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Lake Victoria full day excursion

This full-day tour along the shoreline of Lake Victoria promises a combination of wildlife adventures, sightseeing, fishing thrills and cultural insight. A morning game drive through the Serengeti takes guests to the park gate. From here, it is a 20-minute drive to the lake shore, with the option to stop and learn about the work of the Africa Foundation at Lukungu Primary School. On arrival at Lake Victoria, guests can choose to set off on a fishing safari in a traditional canoe, pay a visit to the traditional doctor, clap along to the rhythm as villagers perform a local dance or simply admire the magnificent landscapes. A picnic lunch is served on the lakeshore before guests set off on their return journey.

Day 7
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
&Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Specialist Photographic Safari

The Maasai Mara is one of the world’s most photogenic safari destinations and enthusiasts should not miss out on the opportunity to take their photography to another level by booking a half or full-day specialist safari in a uniquely customised photographic vehicle. The specially designed vehicle offers unobstructed views and swivel chairs that allow photographers to follow the action, as well as a personal bar and air conditioning for additional comfort. You can also choose to book a specialist photographic guide who can give you tips and hints on how to get the most out of your photographs.

The art of capturing brilliant wildlife photographs is in the sharp perception and understanding of animal behaviour. Besides startling action shots, there is also the opportunity to photograph spectacular landscapes.

An abundance of wildlife ensures you will snap prowling carnivores and foraging herbivores. The big cats, including the lion, leopard and cheetah and the famous black-maned Mara lions, are one of the highlights of the Masai Mara spectacle. There are many other diverse species, including wildebeest, topi, kongoni, Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelle, waterbuck and primates, and they all deserve a place in the photo album. The colourful bird life is also prolific, offering stunning opportunities for bird photography. These include various species of vultures, from Ruppell’s griffon to the outlandish lappet-faced vulture.

Day 8
Zanzibar, Tanzania
&Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Depart by road to the airstrip, where you will board your scheduled flight to Zanzibar Airport via Arusha. On arrival in Zanzibar you will be met by an &Beyond representative who will assist with your road transfer to the crossing point for Mnemba Island. Here you will be met by a boat for your transfer to Mnemba Island Lodge.

Spend three nights at &Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge in a Banda. Your stay includes accommodation, meals, soft drinks, house wines, local beer, local brand spirits, snorkelling, kayaking, salt water fly-fishing, windsurfing and scuba diving (guests must provide proof that they hold a valid diving certificate, alternatively diving courses are available at an additional cost)

Day 9
Zanzibar, Tanzania
&Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Scuba Dive

Zanzibar boasts a variety of pristine coral reefs, particularly off Unguja Island, the main island of Zanzibar, as well as Pemba Island and Mnemba Atoll. Boasting calm waters and a wide variety of colourful marine species, these are some of the top dive sites in the world. Keen divers will find diving off Zanzibar an absolutely breath-taking experience, with some of the healthiest reefs in the Indian Ocean. An average water temperature of 26ºC / 79º and visibility of 30 to 40 metres / 100 to 130 feet, as well as truly staggering range of marine wildlife, make this an unforgettable diving destination.

Day 10
Zanzibar, Tanzania
&Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Prison Island dhow cruise and buffet lunch

Climb aboard a traditionally crafted dhow and sail away to one of the many deserted sandbanks around the island of Unguja. Once there, swim in the crystal waters or snorkel the marine waters. Tables will be set out on the golden sand and a decadent seafood picnic prepared for you. After lunch, relax and listen to the crew tell tales of the seven seas. Relaxed and full, sail to Prison Island to explore the tortoise sanctuary and the prison ruins before returning to Stone Town. Don’t forget your swimsuit, towel, shoes for walking over coral, sunscreen, and a waterproof bag for your valuables.

Day 11
Zanzibar, Tanzania
&Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Depart by boat to the crossing point, where a member of the &Beyond team will meet and transfer you to Zanzibar International Airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam Domestic Airport. On arrival at the Domestic Terminal of Dar es Salaam International Airport you will be met by an &Beyond representative and transferred to the International Terminal for your outbound flight.

Tour Features


  • Cruises & Water Tours
  • Food & Wine
  • Romance & Honeymoons
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking & Biking
  • Wildlife & Nature


Indulge in the drama of East Africa’s most beautiful landscapes, from the romance of classical safari to the wonder of breath-taking landscapes and the barefoot luxury of a private island. At Lake Manyara you will share a cosy tree house in the heart of a scenic landscape, where lions lounge in the forks of trees and pink flamingo wade near the lakeshore. Enjoy a taste of adventure combined with the ultimate luxury on the open plains of the Serengeti, where Persian carpets and fully sized beds are separated from the African night by only a thin sheet of canvas and the light of lanterns sparkles on silver and crystal as your private feast is served in the open air. Wrap yourself in the glamour and decadence of another era as you gaze out at endless misty views of the Ngorongoro Crater from beside a blazing fireplace. End your adventure with a moonlight walk on the white beaches of &Beyond Mnemba Island, serenaded by the whisper of the waves.

About Us

The three discrete safari camps of andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge are located at the edge of what can only be described as an African Eden. The incredible crater, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is home to 30,000 animals. The continent's largest black-maned lions live here, as do multitudes of zebra and wildebeest. When you're not out on game drives, enjoy the luxurious lodge, which evokes a blend of Versailles Palace and Maasai village and offers every creature comfort, from personal butler service to a cozy fireplace. Enjoy a dinner overlooking the crater below, savoring the locally sourced, farm-to-table philosophy.

Insider Tip

Go on a guided nature walk or visit the nearby Masai village, where the lodge has built new classrooms, provided skills training and invested in community projects.

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By: JR

Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2018

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Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale