Glamp Around Tanzania30/09/2013
In today’s highflying fast paced life, a journey around the world in 80 days seems a merry chase when you can relish some of the most rewarding experiences that any traveller could wish for on an eight day African safari. And with African chic being all the rage on the world’s catwalks and glamping all the roar on the Serengeti plains, the Elewana Collection in East Africa is raising the bar by taking to the skies to offer the ultimate glamorous camping experience.
SkySafari by Elewana, a deluxe all-inclusive package solution, is a bespoke blend of incomparable game viewing opportunities, luxuriant accommodations, intimate dining choices and tailor made experiences, all combining to create a series of unsurpassable and lifelong memories of Africa.
If, in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Life is a journey, not a destination”, SkySafari is all about ensuring exemplary and unfettered access to the wildlife spectacular that is Africa during each stage of the journey. With SkySafari how you travel is as significant as where you stay and both the journey and accommodation form an integral part of the definitive safari experience.
Adventurers travel in style onboard SkySafari’s own executive class Grand Cessna Caravan plane, the only aircraft of its kind in Tanzania, between the parks and conservation areas in the air and in custom fitted Safari Land Cruisers and Land Rovers on the ground. The seven-night, eight-day journey takes travellers across Northern Tanzania’s most iconic locations with unique accommodations at four Elewana Collection lodges and camps.
In the Serengeti guests are in for the pinnacle of glamorous camping in tented rooms that pay homage to the mobile camps of the 1930’s and exude decadence reminiscent of African high society life in days gone by, all whilst being strategically positioned to offer superlative access to the extraordinary annual Great Migration. On the edge of an elephant migration corridor they step up to luxurious new heights in tree houses perched high up above the baobab and marula trees with unmatched views of the largest herds of elephants on the continent. And on a huge coffee estate in the hills south of the Ngorongoro Crater one of the first safari lodges to blend East African hospitality with old world Afro-European architecture and decor offers the perfect grandiose rest stop on the safari trial.
SkySafari by Elewana Itinerary:
Day 1 – Arusha Coffee Lodge
Starting at Kilimanjaro International Airport in the shadow of one of Africa’s most iconic landmarks, adventurers are chauffeured to the bustling town of Arusha. Here the Arusha Coffee Lodge is nestled in one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations at the base of the volcanic Mount Meru and offers invigorating glimpses into the region’s historic coffee rituals in spacious comfort designed around the original landowner’s early 20th-century home.
From the industrious coffee pickers gathering in the harvest to the aromas of the morning brew emanating from the main house, Arusha Coffee Lodge is full of sensory experiences that revitalise the body and soul for the African safari adventure and excitement that lies ahead.
Days 2 & 3 – Tarangire Treetops
After a fascinating coffee walking tour that will delight aficionados, coffeeholics and novices alike, giving the opportunity to learn about coffee harvesting, roasting and sampling Tanzania’s finest organic roast on the working estate, the plane awaits at Arusha Airport for the short hop to the Tarangire National Park.
The Tarangire Treetops lodge occupies a serene spot in a private game reserve bordering the Tarangire National Park, south of the open grass plains of southern Masailand. Centred around a thousand-year-old baobab tree, the retreat invites safari goers to luxurious new heights for a lavish stay, just as the name suggests, in the treetops. The luxuriously appointed elevated guest rooms, some of which are built in the trees, afford unrivalled vistas of the famed elephant corridors and over 550 bird species.
Guests can live the safari dream with day game drives in the Tarangire National Park, set out into the mystical night for astonishing wildlife encounters under a starlit African sky, or enjoy guided walking safaris. A visit to a nearby authentic Masai village affords a glimpse into this fascinating tribe’s daily life.
Surprises are all around and none more so when, as night falls, guests ascend Sunset Hill to discover a table dressed with the finest white linen and laden with refreshing cocktails and pre-dinner delights. Here the last rays of sunshine across the Tarangire plains to the distant Lake Manyara mark the end of an unforgettable day of discovery in one of the most idyllic and unforgettable settings on the planet.
Days 4 & 5 – The Manor at Ngorongoro
A game drive starts the day of exploration on an exhilarating note, stopping along the way for a bush picnic lunch, en-route to the Manyara Airstrip from where the plane takes off to reach The Manor at Ngorongoro in time for afternoon high tea.
In the hills south of the Ngorongoro Crater stands The Manor at Ngorongoro. With spacious cottages – including a three-bedroom, double storey Stable Cottage – and a magnificent manor house, The Manor at Ngorongoro evokes memories of an elegant upcountry farm house with cottages that have been carefully positioned to maximise the views of the adjacent verdant hills, whilst maintaining the intentional intimacy and privacy of this old world homestead.
An unmissable highlight is a day trip to the Ngorongoro Crater, famed as being the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. This extinct volcano – with its eighteen kilometre wide crater floor – is home to an abundant and unique ecosystem that encompasses almost all of the wildlife that safari goers would wish to see in Africa. The spectacular setting is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the rawness and beauty of Africa’s natural fauna and flora. In true Elewana Collection style, lunch here is an event of colonial proportions when a table dressed with the finest linen and silverware is laid on the edge of a lake where hippos splash metres away and the chef’s choice of tantalising fresh dishes is served with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc.
For those who prefer to marvel in blissful tranquillity and relaxation, horseback riding, bicycle trails and coffee processing tours on the estate offer a welcome respite. Day excursions to a nearby Masai market, Lake Manyara or the Olduvai Gorge are also on offer.
Days 6 & 7 – Serengeti Migration Camp
The glorious splendour of the Serengeti awaits after a flight into the national park and a game drive to the Serengeti Migration Camp, arriving to sundowner cocktails as the sun sets over the savannah at the end of another beautiful day in Africa.
At the starting point of the Serengeti Migration, the greatest wildlife spectacle on the planet, the award winning Serengeti Migration Camp boasts luxuriously appointed tents that blend seamlessly with the surrounding rocky outcrops and overlook vast and rugged landscapes. A mere 30 metres away the Grumeti River is home to a pod of hippos which can be observed in their natural habitat from the safety of a bough that hangs over the river.
The unexpectedly large, elevated canvas pavilions have been carefully placed to endow guests with unlimited privacy and blend effortlessly into nature’s architecture. Inside hardwood floors and luxuriant rich furnishings reveal the epitome of old world safari style fused with contemporary luxury.
The colonial style luxuries continue with dining and public areas perched on a rocky outcrop. Guests are invited to unwind and the recall the day’s safari adventures in the airy opulence of a split level lounge and cigar bar that overlook the Ndasiata Hills, or dine in elegant splendour as the Grumeti River lazily flows by.
Restored and revitalised by their plush surroundings, guests can set out on exhilarating journeys to track and follow the Great Migration with day game drives, or admire the African extravaganza from inspirational lofty heights as they soar into endless blue skies with a balloon safari.
With Mount Meru coming into sight and Mount Kilimanjaro towering over the plains in the distance, the flight back to Arusha affords a last bird’s eye view of the cradle of humanity that is Africa. It is a serene and emotional journey that forever remains with travellers in search of life’s great adventures, that make them return, if only in spirit, to Africa where, in the words of Nelson Mandela, “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find how you yourself have altered”.
A SkySafari Plus option offers travellers a custom made package with additional nights at their favourite safari sanctuary, or at the Elewana Collection’s boutique beach hotel on the tropical island of Zanzibar to conclude an extraordinary safari adventure with a bespoke beach holiday. Located on the north-west coast of Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous archipelago off Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coast, and lying adjacent to the clear turquoise waters of the sparkling ocean, is the mesmerising Kilindi Zanzibar. A rarity in the world of luxury boutique hotels, the haven was originally designed for Benny Andersson, one of the members of 1980’s pop sensation ABBA, and is as unique in character and design as its idyllic locale.
The SkySafari by Elewana packages include all private flights between the Elewana Collection properties and private airport transfers, accommodation, laundry, meals, drinks, game drives and bush walks.
With SkySafari by Elewana discerned travellers enter the realm of glamping where life is an extraordinary journey in the ultimate destination.