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.
The charge of the bull elephant that was blocking the road while on safari, the hours of talking, listening and hiking up the ever-changing climate zones on the mountain, the shortness of breath that hit my chest when I tried to jog back to get my camera at 13,000 feet, the quiet of the day and deeper quiet of the night, the fatigue-hunger and elation of being at Uhuru Peak 19,340 feet above sea level on the roof of Africa. The Climb for Sight was an adventure of a lifetime.Frank Villa OD