MINIMOON our VERSION OF HONEYMOON
A SHORTER HONEYMOON FOR THOSE RICH IN LOVE AND POOR IN TIME
You and the one you love will spend your luxury Tanzania minimoon safari on private conservancies within the Tarangire and Serengeti National Park, exploring the wilderness together in authentic African luxury. The parks offer incredible game viewing with stunning romantic accommodations throughout.
WHY CHOOSE A2A SAFARI FOR HONEYMOON SAFARI?
Many companies operate the same cookie-cutter “HONEYMOON“, they choose large, centrally located hotels and lodges that are often overrun with hordes of tourists. We, on the other hand, recognize that superb nature adventures require the quiet and seclusion of remotely located luxury tented camps and lodges
Our ground operation and relationships with the properties means we’re perfectly placed to ensure the best value with no compromise on luxury or the little extras that make a minimoon so special.
- TRIP DETAILS
- 1 DAY ARUSHA
- 2 DAYS TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
- 2 DAYS NGORONGORO CRATER
- 2 DAYS SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
ABOUT THIS TOUR
- Internal Air: Economy class from $$740 (Tarangire/Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti)
- Hot Air Balloon $550
- English-Speaking Local Guides
- Private Sightseeing
- Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
- Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
- Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
- 24/7 A2A Safari On-Call Support
WILDLIFE SIGHTING Meet young Africans who are overcoming unique learning challenges when you visit Ilboru Primary School, one of the few schools in the region that offers programs for deaf and special needs children. Then, fly to Tarangire National Park, where open grasslands, acacia trees and the Tarangire River paint the wild landscape. Spend the afternoon on a game drive in search of eland, oryx, wildebeests, zebras and a large elephant population. Keep your eyes trained for hartebeests, gazelles and exotic birds like the bateleur and martial eagle. Tonight, gather with fellow guests for a welcome dinner.
A LESSON IN LOCAL CUISINE Today, enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. Your local expert driver-guide draws on years of experience in the bush to locate the best wildlife viewing opportunities right as they happen. This afternoon, learn how to prepare local dishes like ugali and kachumbari as part of an A2A Safari Chef’s Table experience.
A LESSON IN LOCAL CUISINE
AMPHITHEATER OF ANIMALS As you cross the Great Rift Valley, stop for a market visit in Mto wa Mbu, where stalls brim with vibrant local produce. Then, see the village from a different perspective as you Ride Like a Local on a tuk-tuk, viewing the local community and rice fields as you go. Next, take a scenic drive to tranquil Gibb’s Farm, where you stop for a lunch made with organic, just-picked ingredients. Later, arrive at the natural amphitheater of Ngorongoro Crater, a 2,000-foot-deep caldera. A fascinating microcosm of East African wildlife — including buffalo, flamingos, lions and leopards — resides inside. Climb the outer wall, passing through dense vegetation until a breathtaking view across the crater floor appears. Arrive at your camp nestled in a wooded area with easy access to the crater floor and featuring elegant, tented accommodations adorned with handwoven rugs, comfortable beds with crisp linens, and en suite bathrooms with flush toilets. Refresh yourself with the bucket shower, enjoying plenty of hot water provided by your private tent attendant, and relax on your veranda to view the panoramic natural wonderland.
AMPHITHEATER OF ANIMALS
INTIMATE CRATER BARBECUE Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, a vast expanse where animal activity is commonplace. Avoid the crowded picnic sites during a private hot gourmet lunch, prepared by your camp staff, as a symphony of wildlife sounds envelop you. This afternoon, visit with an elder at a Maasai village, where you learn about the tribe’s traditional, nomadic lifestyle and coexistence with wildlife. You also partake in an artisan visit with a demonstration in traditional beadwork and crafts. Later, witness a private dance performance at your tented camp. Sense the incomparable spirit of this pastoral, nomadic people who have kept their tribal traditions alive through countless generations of life in East Africa.
INTIMATE CRATER BARBECUE
SEARCHING THE VAST PLAINS Fly to the fabled Serengeti National Park and settle into your camp. Then, set out on the boundless Serengeti, one of the oldest and least-changed ecosystems on earth, where the circle of life plays out every day, as it has for eons. It is home to one of the world’s largest concentrations of wildlife, with lions, hyenas and leopards all endemic. The region also hosts the spectacular Great Migration, when a flurry of wildebeests and zebras arrive in search of grass and water. It is an epic spectacle you may witness, depending on your choice of departure. This evening, as the equatorial sun hangs low over the plains, take a moment to sip a cocktail and reflect on the majesty of Africa during a relaxing Scenic Sundowner experience.
SEARCHING THE VAST PLAINS
WHERE THE “BIG FIVE” ROAM Venture out on morning and afternoon game drives in the protected Serengeti refuge, where flowing rivers support a plethora of species. In addition to the “Big Five” (lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos), keep your camera handy for a cheetah bolting after a fleet Thomson’s gazelle. Enjoy ideal game viewing during your time in the bush, as your highly experienced A2A Safari trained driver-guide strives continually to keep you in the heart of the action. Tonight, gather for a memorable farewell dinner.
WHERE THE “BIG FIVE” ROAM
Fly to Kilimanjaro. Relax in a comfortable day-room in anticipation of your flight home.
Fly to Kilimanjaro. Relax in a comfortable day-room in anticipation of your flight home.
PLANTATION COTTAGES – A HEAVEN FOR RELAXATION
Comprising of 30 Plantation Houses that radiate out into the evergreen coffee fields, Arusha Coffee Lodge has been designed around the original landowner’s home that dates back to the early 1900’s.
THE PERFECT ACCOMMODATION -END & START SAFARI
From the industrious coffee pickers gathering in the harvest to the aromas of the morning brew emanating from the main Plantation House as breakfast is being prepared, Arusha Coffee Lodge is full of sensory experiences that revitalizes the body and soul for the adventures and excitement that lie ahead.
ADVENTURE IN STYLE WITH CUSTOMIZED LUXURY TENTS
The twelve tents are spacious and neutrally decorated to blend in with the surroundings and have strong eco-credentials. Set within a shaded grove of acacia trees, the tents all have a view of the waterhole which is visited by a variety of wildlife. All of the tents are en-suite and have both an indoor and outdoor shower and a deck that looks out over the plain in front of camp.
THIS ACCOMMODATION IS A TRUE SLICE OF WILD AFRICA
Sanctuary Swala’s welcoming communal spaces blend chic style with relaxed open-air living. Traditional peaked thatch roofs harmonize beautifully with the surroundings bush and keep these areas cool in the hot months. Set on stilts around ancient towering baobab trees, the elevated dining area, lounge and library, are sound-tracked by the sing-song of the hundreds of species of birds that have their home in the mature acacia trees’ canopy – ornithologists say that 23 are exclusively endemic to this corner of the world.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the main area and in guests’ tents.
Sanctuary Swala is at the heart of Tarangire National Park, where Northern Tanzania’s largest population of elephant makes its home, as does a rare white giraffe. Abandoned termite mounds become the sanctuary of dwarf mongoose. Drives out from Sanctuary Swala reward you with Big Five encounters, while herds of elephant, a crash of hippos and prides of lions all roam within sight and earshot of the camp. The low volume of visitors to the park offers a truly unique and private experience and our customized open safari vehicles offer unobstructed viewing and great photography opportunities. Experience the wonders of a safari at night in Tarangire. As dusk falls, relax in the comfort of Sanctuary Swala’s customized safari vehicle as you venture into the park transformed by night. Search for nocturnal animals rarely seen as this is one of the few places in northern Tanzania where you can enjoy a safari by moonlight. At night, you may encounter an African wild cat, the elusive leopard or feel the round eyes of a bushbaby peering down at you as the moon rises into the sky. With specialized lighting you will be able to look for lion and hyena, as well as smaller creatures such as spotted genet, serval, bat eared foxes, owls and night jars. (Maximum 5 people, additional cost)
GAME DRIVES AT NIGHT
All of the scrumptious meals served at Sanctuary Swala are enjoyed on the main dining deck which is lifted on stilts around an enormous and ancient baobab tree. A full English and continental breakfast is served before your morning game viewing activity. Lunch can be enjoyed back in camp where the menu might include your favorite pizza made in our special pizza oven; or alternatively a picnic basket can be arranged should you wish to stay longer in the park. We have many favorite spots to go to for a quiet lunch in the bush or for special sundowners – toasting to the end of yet another beautiful day in Africa. r.
BREAKFAST UNDER A BAOBAB
Put on your walking shoes and experience beautiful Tarangire National Park from a different perspective with a walking safari at Sanctuary Swala. With our professional walking guide and armed ranger, guests can now explore the grassland around camp in one of the most secluded areas of the park. Our qualified guide has a wealth of knowledge and will explain how to understand animal behavior while tracking a variety of game. You may encounter zebra, waterbuck, impala, ostrich, elephant as well as a number of birds. Sanctuary Swala is one of only a few camps within Tanzania’s Northern Park that is able to offer walking safaris. (Maximum 6 people per walk, additional cost)
There are few experiences that match watching herds of wildebeest or zebra from a hot air balloon as the sun rises. This extraordinary adventure offers a unique perspective and some first-rate photo opportunities! As memorable as the game viewing is, it is the liberating sense of space that characterises ballooning over destinations like the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania. The ultimate African safari experience in Tarangire is a hot air balloon flight. Gliding across the Tarangire on your A2A Safari tour as the sunrise stains the plains pink, you are part of the natural world, drifted by the prevailing winds so that no two flights are alike. You may rise high enough to see golden grasslands dotted with giant baobab trees; silver ribbons of the Tarangire River and its tributaries where game congregate in their hundreds in the early morning; herds of elephants, their suede grey skins offsetting white scimitar tusks as they look up at you from the shelter of scrubby acacia woodlands, and in the distance, the blue outline of the African Rift Valley Escarpment.
Tarangire is a great bird-watching site with more than 500 species recorded. The swamps, tinged green year-round, have the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. The park also harbors several dry-country bird species at the extremity of their range, such as the northern pied babbler and vulturine guineafowl. Serious bird-lovers should keep an eye open for flocks of the dazzlingly colorful yellow-collared lovebird, and the somewhat drabber rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling – all endemic to the dry Savannah of north-central Tanzania. Migratory birds are present from November to April.
UNIQUE DESIGN & FABULOUS LOCATION
It is modeled on a nearby prehistoric site. The 75 rooms are built out of rock along the crater rim and each has a balcony giving absolutely stunning views out over the volcanic crater below.
The buildings are linked by arched stone passages, while the walls are decorated with prehistoric cave paintings. A permanent fire glows in the rock dining room and flares light the way between the rooms.
This is a truly unique lodge. The lodge has taken the cave paintings of Olduvai Gorge as its main décor inspiration, with all the interiors filled with African artifacts and frescos.
TOUR OLDUVAI GORGE
Take a historical and cultural tour to nearby Olduvai Gorge – the site of one of the most interesting paleolithic finds in recent history – or to one of the local Maasai villages to meet the community.
After a long day you can enjoy a herbal massage at the lodge, browse the African wildlife library, or simply sit with a drink and enjoy the sunset over the crater. Fantastic view, of Ngorongoro and catch the sunrise over the crater.
Excellent big game viewing then end the evening with nightly Maasai dance & wildlife talk.
Quite possibly one of the most iconic wildlife areas in the world, it doesn’t get much better than the Ngorongoro Crater. A UNESCO World Heritage Site (and with very good reason) the cavernous crater is in fact a caldera, formed two to three million years ago when a large volcano exploded and collapsed in on itself. Today, the flat floor of the spectacular bowl is covered in nutritious grasses and home to an unprecedented number of black rhino as well as black-maned lion, magnificent tuskers and smaller plains game. Down here on the crater floor you can expect to see herds of zebra, wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelle and buffalo, with the open plains also home to Grant’s gazelle and topi. Predators are regularly seen, especially lion, hyena, jackal and bat-eared fox, though cheetah and leopard also occur here. And as if that wasn’t enough, the crater is also one of a handful of places in Africa where you have a very good chance of seeing rhino.
Many opportunities to dine al fresco; from a full safari breakfast under an Acacia grove to a barbecue lunch by a hippo-filled pool. Sunset is a magical time of day and sundowners high on the Caldera Rim is an experience not to be missed. The Maasai-inspired, split-level dining and bar area features a 2-tier wall of windows so while enjoying your meal you can look down onto the constantly changing vistas of the crater below. The atmosphere is relaxed and candle-lit whilst the menu choices include traditional Maasai fare, as well as international cuisine. r.
DINNING AL FRESCO
Safaris don’t get much better than walking in the wilderness with only a pair of binos and an expert guide, and some spectacular face-to-face wildlife encounters along the way. The original (and dare we say it, best) way to experience the bush, a walking safari can be a heart-pumping, camp-to-camp expedition spanning several days or a leisurely morning stroll returning to camp after morning coffee in a shady spot. This scenic walking safari takes place in the Ngorongoro Conservation area with the largest unbroken caldera in the world; the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater. During this remote walking safari you will explore extinct volcanoes, diverse landscapes, wildlife and meet the local Maasai who live in this area. Immerse yourself in these beautiful highlands, away from the crowds. The views and scenery are truly breathtaking.
Immerse yourself in ancient history at the fascinating palaeoanthropological site of Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important in the world. Set between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, the gorge makes a good stop if you’re travelling between the two, rewarding visitors with a presentation on its history, an excellent new museum, and beautiful views – as well as the possibility of visiting an active dig. A visit to the Olduvai Gorge focuses on the smart new museum, opened in October 2017 and overlooking the gorge. Whilst here you will also have a chance to listen to a short presentation by a resident guide. Explore the different sections of the museum to discover the history of the site and learn about the various fossils to be found here. See a replica of the nearby Laetoli Footprints, which provide some of the earliest evidence of bipedalism; learn about the hominines and prehistoric mammals that lived in the area; and chat with a resident expert about the significance of the area as well as the current research. We found that it takes around an hour to explore the museum, but there is no time limit and you can spend as much time looking around as you wish. Olduvai Gorge was made famous by paleoanthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey, who conducted numerous digs here in the mid 20th century. It is globally renowned for the early hominin fossils discovered here, most notably ‘Nutcracker Man’, a new species of hominin that was later classified as Paranthropus boisei. Sites at Olduvai Gorge have also yielded a vast quantity of stone tools, plant and mammal fossils, and the area remains important for research. Louis and Mary Leakey two of the foremost fossil hunters of the twentieth century, are known for their many discoveries relating to early human evolution.
OLDUVAI GORGE VISIT
HISTORY OF FINDINGS IN THE GORGE
An essential part of traditional safari life, the concept of having drinks whilst watching the sun go down dates back to the time of the great safaris of the 1920’s, all of which featured the serving of elegant ‘bush’ cocktails against the unforgettable backdrop of the African sunset. Timed to commence as the sun starts its descent, which on the Equator is usually around 6 pm, the Ngorongoro sundowner begins with a gentle drive to a scenic spot on the rim of the Crater, where chairs, lamps, campfire and bush bar with cocktail snacks will already have been set up. Musical entertainment can also be provided.
SUNDOWNERS ON THE CRATER RIM
MOTHER OF ALL WILDLIFE PARKS IN AFRICA.
Travel across the legendary Serengeti in Tanzania for an unforgettable safari experience that trails the world’s largest land migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and other grazers. Nasikia Mobile Camp brings you close to the action and its unique location is determined each season, according to the dynamic movements of the wildebeest mega herds.
Listen to the Sounds of the Wild.
With high quality canvas between your comfortable bed and the sounds of the African night, these camps provide the ideal accommodation for lovers of the great outdoors, while retaining the coziness of a warm bed, a hot shower, gratifying cuisine and a welcoming team.
ULTIMATE LUXURY ACCOMMODATION
With just Eight to Twelve luxury tents rigged up, with a Honeymoon suite positioned at a distance from the other accommodation. This luxury camp is a dream getaway offering the ultimate privacy and five star service.
All tents are Meru style – an outer layer of canvas extends over the inner layer to form a shady veranda. Each standard tent’s interiors include a double bed or twin beds, bedside tables and lighting, a writing desk and chair, a chest of drawers, a wardrobe, a luggage rack, and a rug or two for a homely feel. The en-suite facilities comprise flush toilet, washbasin in vanity unit, and separate shower.
The family tent can accommodate up to two adults and two children.
The Serengeti is the mother of all safari parks. Stomping ground of the Great Migration and home to the highest concentration of predators in Africa, the Serengeti is the most famous game-viewing park in Africa. Stomping ground of the 2 million strong Great Migration and home to the highest concentration of predators in Africa, Serengeti National Park is one of those rare places that exceeds your imagination. The Serengeti is the Africa that we all have in our minds – endless grass plains stretching as far as the horizon, punctuated only by the odd flat-topped acacia tree. The concentration of game here is truly phenomenal. This is “Big Five” game viewing territory, in an authentic environment with no fences and little interruption from man – the huge herds following ancient migration routes embedded in their genes.
As the grasses display fresh, green shoots the migration arrives – millions of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles. From late January and through most of February, this area is what cinematographers make movies about. With a cup of freshly ground coffee in hand, stretch up out of your vehicle to see these animals as far as the eye can see: Calving usually takes place between January and February of each year. In January the herds begin making their way to the south of the Serengeti after the rains start falling. The question of how the herds know when it is raining or not is something many people have questioned and the answer is that we actually do not know! Many people say that they can smell the rain, others believe they can sense when the pressure in the air changes. The only thing we know for sure is that where it rains, the herds follow. Within a two to three week time period, over half a million wildebeest are born with as many as 8 000 wildebeest being born on the same day! r.
CALVING SEASON: THE GREAT MIGRATION’S BEST KEPT SECRET (SOUTHERN SERENGETI)
The Mara and Sand Rivers are pivotal locations (and gauntlets!) for the masses of wildebeest that circulate through the northern Serengeti from July-October each year – they must cross in order to maintain their migration patterns and follow the rains and fresh grasses to the south. Often fast-slowing waters, snorting hippos and giant prehistoric crocs play havoc with the intentions of the herds and their drive to seek fresh food and water. We have Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp and Kaskaz Mara Camp in this stunning area – to highlight herd viewing and also faithful resident species. This area is adrenalin-pumping Jul-Oct, and a pleasure to explore at all other times of the year.
RIVER CROSSINGS: MIGRATION (NORTHERN SERENGETI)
Africa on the ground is pretty good, but Africa from the air is worthy of every adjective in the dictionary. Behold the flying safari! First on the list; a romantic float across the Serengeti in a hot air balloon (champagne mandatory) and the ultimate view from the Gods. What better way to take in the stunning Serengeti landscape than from the air? A sunrise hot-air balloon flight over the Serengeti is sure to be one of the highlights of your safari. Flights last approximately one hour and are followed by a Champagne bush breakfast. Hot-air balloon safaris require an early departure from the camp at approximately 4:45 am; a quick grab-and-go breakfast is provided. For maximum enjoyment, children are permitted from age seven and above. This may be the most beautiful area in the world for a balloon flight. There are no power lines, fences and few roads. Our capacity is limited making this experience a special and exclusive one. Each and every balloon flight is different and therefore an adventure – even for us. We aim to provide the high point of your safari and an experience that you will remember always. You will notice wildlife trails made by generations of animals, impossible to see from the ground. The balloon’s altitude will vary from almost ground level to over 1,000 ft, offering various perspectives throughout the flight. The pilots know the area well and are committed conservationists. After your hour’s flight, you can reflect and enjoy a delicious champagne breakfast in the bush!
Central Serengeti’s Seronera Valley is a year-round game-viewing mecca with impressive populations of bovids and predators which remain even after the spectacular hordes of blue wildebeests and zebras have gone. There are several species of hyrax, diminutive cousin of the elephants, hares, elephant shrew and other rodents, many of them red-listed as threatened species, hundreds of bright reptiles and amphibians, and birds in an astonishing variety from gigantic puffed up bustards to the jewel-like sun birds. The endless variety of landscape explains the diversity of wildlife to be seen during a Serengeti Central Safari with African Mecca. Volcanic in origin, the terrain has weathered over time to form distinctive areas. The low hill ranges contains black clay pans, which support acacia trees and the giraffe that browse on them. Central grasslands teem with varied herbivores including elands, impalas, buffalos, topis, hippos, and also their predators, hyenas, lions, leopards, cheetahs and other small cats
WILDEBEEST MIGRATION (CENTRAL SERENGETI)