Day 1: Arrive and stay at the Protea Aishi
Set on the slopes of the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro, the hotel provides a tranquil haven for mountain climbers, honeymooners and holidaymakers. Excursions around the hotel can be organized.
Day 2: Drive to Lake Manyara, tour and stay overnight at the Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
Taking as its muse the glorious bird life of the fabulously soda-encrusted and pink flamingo-fringed…Lake Manyara, the swooping curves of this elegantly evocative lodge defy description. As do the soaring views over the Great Rift Valley, the rose-gold sunsets over the Mto wa Mbu escarpment and the utterly unique tree-climbing Lake Manyara lions.
Day 3: Tour of Ngorongoro Crater, stay overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
Perched on the jagged rim of the crater, wreathed in morning mist, camouflaged in river-stone and cloaked in indigenous creepers, the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is a triumph of ecological and architectural fusion. Sensitively constructed so as to take nothing from its environment whilst affording endless vistas over the heat-shimmering reaches of the crater below, the cluster of boulder-built structures that make up the lodge hug the crater rim, linked by rope-lashed timber walkways that skirt the buttressed roots of ancient, liana-hung trees.
I love this charity with all of my heart. They see a need in Latin America, address it, and go straight to the people that need them the most. No bureaucracy. No BS. Free medical care to give eyesight to people who, if left untreated, would go blind for the rest of their life. And they empower the locals to step up and take part in helping themselves and their community. It should always be that simple. On my Climb for Sight I raised $22,000 US, enough to provide over 100 surgeries free of charge to poor Guatemalan children going blind.Cathy Brown