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Tammy’s Tanzanian Bush Birthday Special

Tammy’s Tanzanian Bush Birthday Special

9 Days

Tanzanian Bush Birthday Special – 1 night Arusha | 1 night Tarangire | 2 nights Ngorongoro Crater | 2 nights Serengeti | 1 night Lake Manyara | 1 night Arusha

Tour Consultant's Overview

Tanzania had been at the top of Matilda and Sven’s dream destination list for a few years. When they contacted me early in 2018 they were looking for an ultimate Tanzanian safari experience and I was thrilled to help them realise their dream. We decided to divide their time between four distinct reserves within the wildlife area of Tanzania providing a comprehensive wildlife experience as well as offering different accommodation types which was one of their wishes for their trip. The Ngorongoro Crater was as always a highlight of their trip and it was here that the birthday celebration that this trip was planned around was enjoyed thanks to the willing team at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. The magic of Tanzania definitely swept these two away and they hope to return to Africa soon!

Trip Highlights

  • Tarangire Treetops Accommodation
  • Ngorongoro Crater Magic
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Private Game Drives
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Big Five Game Viewing
  • Olduvai Gorge
  • Escarpment Luxury Lodge
  • Amazing Arusha


Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be welcomed by our representative who will pre-brief you and assist with your transfer to your hotel in Arusha town. Spend the evening at leisure to relax and recuperate after your international flight .

After breakfast you leave Arusha and drive to Tarangire National Park. You enjoy a game drive en route to Tarangire Safari lodge where you enjoy lunch on arrival. After lunch you drive through Tarangire National Park.

This morning you enjoy an early morning game drive in the Tarangire National Park before returning to your lodge for breakfast. After breakfast you check out and are transferred to the Ngorongoro Crater Area for two night stay. You check into your lodge and have the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

After breakfast at your lodge, you depart with packed lunches for a full day Ngorongoro Crater Tour. Later in the afternoon you will be driven back to your lodge.

Today you drive to Serengeti National Park via Olduvai Gorge, the site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s renowned archaeological discoveries. Their findings include some of the man’s earliest known ancestral remains. Thereafter you continue to the Ndutu area on the border between Ngorongoro and Serengeti where you will arrive in time for lunch at your lodge. Depart for an afternoon game drive in the plains of the Serengeti for a chance to see the great herds of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles or a pride of lions lounging in the shade.

Here you spend the mornings and afternoons game viewing in the endless plains of the Serengeti. The Serengeti is unequalled for its beauty and contains more than three million large mammals spread over the vast endless plains. It is here, at certain times of the year, that you may encounter the breathtaking spectacle of the annual wildebeest migration, where one and a quarter million wildebeest trek in columns of up to forty kilometres long in search of grazing, drawing with them their predators and numerous other species of game. From January to March the herds can largely be found in the southern area, proceeding north through the centre and western corridor during June and July before entering Kenya’s Masai Mara. They return south in November to repeat this amazing instinctive procession all over again.

You drive to Lake Manyara National Park with a game drive en-route (packed lunch included). Later you will have a chance to drive to Lake Manyara National Park and have dinner and overnight here.

After breakfast at your lodge, you will have a chance to do a morning game drive en-route to Arusha town. Upon arrival at Arusha you will be transferred to your hotel for the night.

After breakfast at your hotel, you will have safari debriefing before you are transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport to catch your schedule flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will proceed on to check-in for your departing flight to Mauritius.

Arusha: Mount Meru Hotel

Situated at the foothills of Mount Meru in the city of Arusha, Tanzania, the Mount Meru Hotel lies on 9 acres of lush landscape, surrounded by some of Africa’s most breath-taking vistas, rich with a diverse array of wildlife, etched against the fertile slopes of this beautiful mountain.

The Hotel offers the discerning traveller more than just a resting place when it comes to accommodation. The room itself is an experience of understated African opulence, open space and natural light.

Take in the spectacular views from the privacy of your room as you bask in the glow of an African sunset. The hotel has a total of 178 rooms. In-room facilities include: Direct dial telephone, mini bar, free Wi-Fi, Satellite TV, pay-Per-View Movies, electronic Safe, air Conditioning Panels & tea / Coffee making facilities.

Tarangire National Park: Tarangire Treetops Lodge

Astride the path of the Elephant Migration, Tarangire Treetops sits alone in a private game reserve bordering Tarangire National Park and the Maasai Steppe amid rolling, baobab-studded hills with views to Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley. Treetops has a magical never-never land feel appealing to any with a sense of fun. Distinctively furnished blending natural materials and contemporary décor, the 20 tree houses provide guests with a unique safari experience.

Perched up in the Baobab and Marula trees each tree house has a large private balcony, an exotic shower and, with a floor space of 65 square metres, some of the largest rooms in East Africa. Other facilities include a tranquil dining room, reception and lounge overlooking the swimming pool and a waterhole that sees constant flow of visitors

Ngorongoro Crater Conservancy: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, this unique lodge in Tanzania clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth. Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 metres below. hanging the contours of the jagged Crater rim, this luxury safari lodge takes its inspiration from the so-called ‘Cradle of Mankind’, the prehistoric site of Olduvai Gorge, which lies close by. Linked by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its walls are decorated with stylized prehistoric cave paintings and lit by flaring torches. At the stone heart of the lodge burns a glowing fire, which is kept constantly alight. Decorated with cave paintings, the rooms are strung around the Crater rim. Each has its own rock- enclosed balcony, and all enjoy completely uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheatre far below. The location, the service and the luxury accommodation make Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge the ultimate destination for a unique safari experience in Tanzania.

Serengeti National Park: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Serengeti Serena Lodge is set high on a hill with breathtaking vistas of a landscape teeming with game. The wildlife defines the Serengeti – countless zebra, buffalo, gazelle, wildebeest and other species make it their home. Big game feed in full view of the lodge itself.

The lodge design is simple but stunning. From the overall impression to the smallest detail, the lodge is rich in local atmosphere created by indigenous handicrafts and art. Rooms at the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge are designed to blend in with the surroundings and create a series of traditional circular dwellings, or rondavels that are widely spaced throughout the grounds and shaded by acacia trees.

Each rondavel have three rooms with one on the top floor and the other two at the bottom floor, each with their own balcony/terrace. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and feature an en suite bathroom decorated in natural colours and feature stone designs.

The pool overlooks the seemingly endless savannah plains that trademark the Serengeti and you’ll enjoy uninterrupted views of this incredible sight as you cool off after a morning of game drives.

The safari bar has a timber terrace that offers great views of your wild surrounds – ideal for a relaxing drink in the late afternoon or evening.

Lake Manyara National Park: Escarpment Luxury Lodge

Perched high on the rim of the Great Rift Valley, Escarpment Luxury Lodge is a serene haven overlooking the wonder of Lake Manyara below. Offering 16 private, tastefully decorated chalets, this luxury en-suite accommodation provides visitors with breathtaking views of the picturesque biosphere around Lake Manyara National Park.

The main lodge area features a tastefully designed lounge bar just off the restaurant, serving exquisitely crafted dishes. A selection of soothing massages, along with an array of activities such as walking safaris, cultural tours, game drives, bush dinners and breakfasts, make this a truly idyllic destination to escape the stresses of daily life!

This luxurious haven is harmoniously integrated within the African bush, affording spectacular views of beautiful Lake Manyara and the dramatic setting of the Great Rift Valley.

Tarangire National Park: Daily Safari Programme at Tarangire Treetops Lodge

Best known for its elephant herds and tree-climbing lions, Tarangire is home to all the classic African savannah species plus a few unusual ones – such as the long-necked gerenuk – that you won’t see in the Serengeti. It’s home to all the big predators as well as 550 species of bird.

More densely vegetated than the open grasslands of the Serengeti, Tarangire is mostly covered in open woodland with thick forest set along the river – ideal cover for leopards. It’s also the best place in northern Tanzania to see the oddest-looking tree in Africa – the ‘upside down tree’ or baobab.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area: Full Day Crater Tour

We start by descending 2000 feet (600m) into the ancient volcanic caldera. Home to some 30 000 animals, the crater’s surprisingly diverse habitats are revealed; the scenery is spectacular, predators are abundant and it’s not unusual to see the Big 5 in a single day.

The crater covers over 102 square miles (250 square kilometers) of land and is the home of the rare black rhino, prides of lion, elephant, cheetah and great herds of buffalo, antelope and wildebeest. Explore the forest areas that are inhabited by monkey and elephant, the lake area, where you may see the flamingos and the open savannah where the lions hunt for food.

Serengeti National Park: Daily Safari Programme at Serengeti Serena Lodge

Home not only to the world’s greatest concentration of wildlife but also its most spectacular natural migration, the Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s flagship conservation area. Known as ‘The Land that Moves on Forever’, the Serengeti’s unmistakable African setting will resonate with travellers on their first trip to Africa as well as old safari hands. Its vast rolling grasslands give a soul-stirring feeling of space and support hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra as well as buffalo, elephant, giraffe and many gazelle and antelope species; red-robed Maasai tribesmen watch their grazing cattle warily – no prizes for guessing that the Serengeti is a big cat – and a photographer’s – paradise.

Contiguous with Kenya’s Masai Mara, the Serengeti’s pleasant climate and abundance of resident wildlife ensures that it is an excellent year-round game viewing destination but it is of course the great wildebeest migration that attracts most attention. Between November and August the herds are on the move in the Serengeti, providing visitors with some of the continent’s most astonishing game sightings.

Lake Manyara National Park: Daily Safari Programme at Escarpment Luxury Lodge

Lying at the foot of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a shallow alkaline lake, the north-west of which is protected by the Lake Manyara National Park. Much of the 330km² park is taken up by the lake but one of the many surprises in store for visitors is the remarkably wide diversity of terrestrial habitats – forest, wetland, floodplain, acacia woodland – which in turn supports an equally impressive variety of wildlife.

The first thing you’ll notice on a Lake Manyara safari is the birdlife: nearly 400 species have been recorded here. Feathered highlights include large flocks of flamingos and many birds of prey. More surprises lie ahead for the visitor. Besides a supporting cast of buffalo, antelope, zebra and giraffe, Lake Manyara is home to a growing elephant population while the park’s lions have developed the intriguing habit of climbing tree

Matilda & Sven, Norway , 20th April 2019

Tammy from Pembury Tours was fantastic in every way! She listened to what we thought we would like to do and just made it so much better than we could ever have imagined! Her attention to detail and personal service was something we have not often experienced. But her professionalism is not what most impressed us – she organised the most wonderful birthday surprise for us in Ngorongoro that felt so personal and special to us! We stayed in four different areas of Tanzania and all of the choices of accommodations were superb, each one had something that made it unqiue – I could write about this for many more lines! The game viewing was out of this world and we have come home with the most wonderful memories and photographs to share with our friends and family! We will certainly recommend Pembury and Tammy’s service to anyone who asks us about our dream holiday in Tanzania. Thank you once again!

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