Best of Asilia Bush & Crater
Tarangire National Park | Ngorongoro Conservation Area | Serengeti National Park
Your safari starts and ends at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Our bush and crater safari begins with a relaxed evening in Arusha after your international flights. There will be an afternoon of relaxing in the lush grounds of Arumeru Lodge watching the small dikdik browsing the gardens of the lodge. Enjoy dinner with fellow travelers and get a good nights sleep before the start of your safari in the morning.
After your breakfast at Arumeru your driver will deliver you back to the airport and a flight into Tarangire National Park to Oliver’s Camp. Relax into your surroundings and look forward to your first afternoon game drive and the incredible wildlife game drives for the next two days. The Silale Swamps and floodplain of Minyoyo Pools is an incredibly game rich area, you will not be disappointed with your game viewing here!
From the plains of Tarangire to the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater and the largest unbroken caldera in the world! Diverse habitats of lush green vegetation and wide open plains home to Black Rhino, huge herds of Elephant and incredible interactions between Lion prides and massive clans of Hyena. Hike to the rim of the crater, relax on your deck overlooking the plains and enjoy excellent game drives.
The central Serengeti and Dunia camp, right in the path of the annual herd migration route will amaze you with huge herds of Wildebeest and Zebra. Lion prides abound with prey moving swiftly across their territories. Enjoy two nights of exciting game viewing and interactions and stunning accommodation.
This combination of bush and crater will amaze you and fulfil all your African safari dreams.
Read our Country Information for travel advice to Tanzania.
Learn more about the efforts to protect Tarangire National Park as well as the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Read about the work the Frankfurt Zoological Society is doing to protect the Serengeti.
If you like secluded and excellent game viewing then explore Sanctuary Swala in Tarangire National Park. Combine this with Sanctuary Kusini in Serengeti NP.
How to Get There
Fly in to Kilimanjaro International Airport with KLM, Emirates, Qatar,Ethiopian and Kenya Airways.
You will be met on arrival by your safari driver for the short drive to your first accommodation at Arumeru River Lodge.
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Day 1 – Arumeru River Lodge
On arriving at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met by your safari representative who will drive you to Arumeru River Lodge just outside of Arusha. This is the ideal location from which to start your safari in Africa.
Freshen up and unwind in the lush gardens and begin your game viewing immediately! The gardens have several resident “dikdiks” – the smallest antelope in all of Africa and quite tame too.
Enjoy a delicious dinner and get an early night – your safari kicks off in the morning.
Day 2 & 3 – Oliver’s Camp
After breakfast you will be collected by your driver for a short drive to Arusha Airport and your flight to Kuro Airstrip in Tarangire National Park. You will be met at the airstrip by a guide and have a short game drive to Oliver’s.
Settle in to your room before meeting for afternoon tea and heading out on your first afternoon game drive in Tarangire. Returning to camp there will be time to have a drink fire side before enjoying a delicious dinner in the African bush.
Oliver’s is located in an area of dense animal populations on the edge of the Silale Swamps which attract all sorts of predators and prey alike. The camp overlooks the floodplain of the Minyoyo Pools and has magnificent views of the surrounding bush.
With only ten intimate and beautifully stylish tents the staff of professional hosts will cater to your every need.
Spend your mornings on walking safaris for 3-4 hours and return to camp for a well deserved and delicious breakfast. Afternoons can be spent relaxing in camp before your afternoon activity.
Day 4 & 5 – The Highlands
After breakfast you will depart the lodge bound for Kuro airstrip and your light aircraft to Manyara airstrip close to Lake Manyara. You will be met on arrival and enjoy a game drive to the Highlands. En route you will stop in the shade of a tree and enjoy the lunch that has been packed for you by Oliver’s Camp.
Settle in and relax in this awe inspiring location and views from your room over the Ngorongoro Conservation area. In the evening you can enjoy a drink at the bar in the main area before a delicious three course dinner.
The Highlands is set on the edge of the mountain forest hugging the Olmoti Crater and has eight luxuriously appointed suites. King size beds, bay windows and wood burning stoves for the evenings. The location of the Highlands offers an excellent base from which to discover this unique area. Walk to the summit of the Olmoti Crater directly from the lodge, visit the local Masai communities and enjoy daily game drives home to Leopard, Buffalo and Elephant.
The Crater conservation area opens at 06h00 and its always best to get there early to experience the magic of the rising sun on this unbroken caldera. Descending to the crater floor with your guide you will be astounded at the multitude and abundance of wildlife including Black Rhino, Wildebeest, Hyena, Jackals and Elephant. Lions in this area are much larger due to the abundance of prey and prides are also numerous.
Day 6 & 7 – Dunia Camp
After an early breakfast your guide will game drive you back to Manyara airstrip for your regional flight to Seronera in the Central Serengeti. A guide will meet you as you land with a fresh cool drink.
Once in camp there will be time to settle in to your new accommodation and freshen up. Meet for afternoon tea in the main area and get on board for your game drive. You will return to camp in the early evening to a delicious three course meal. After dinner, enjoy a night cap around the fire before retiring to bed.
Dunia is a small and intimate that camp is well known for excellent year round game viewing. Big cat sightings are virtually guaranteed as the annual herds of migrating animals pass through this area.
Day 8 & 9 – Sayari
After breakfast this morning your guide will drive you to Seronera airstrip. Here you will once again board a light aircraft for your next flight to Kogatende airstrip in the Northern Serengeti.
Your guide will meet you as you land and game drive you back to camp. Settle in and perhaps enjoy a short siesta before afternoon tea and heading out on game drive.
Tonight your dinner table will be set out under the stars with your fellow travelers in camp.
Sayari is a truly spectacular camp situated on the banks of the Mara River. Each of the luxury tents is spacious and has its own private deck overlooking the river or the bush. Spend an afternoon cooling off in the infinity pool that boasts stunning views over the plains of Africa.
Day 10 – Departure
After breakfast a short game drive will see you back at Kogatende airstrip for the flight to Kilimanjaro Airport. Here you will connect with your onward flight arrangements.
Seasons and Costs
1 – 31 July
Per person sharing $11 254-00
1 – 30 September
Per person sharing $10 970-00
1 – 31 October
Per person sharing $10 826-00
1 Nov – 19 Dec
Per person sharing $8 838-00
20 – 23 Dec
Per person sharing $11 841-00
24 – 26 Dec
Per person sharing $10 833-00
27 – 30 Dec
Per person sharing $10 813-00