Ngorongoro Crater, TanzaniaDay 2-4
The base of this caldera has become a veritable 'Garden of Eden', where thousands of animals cohabitate, and Maasai herd their cattle alongside predators and prey. See giant-tuskers, black-mane lions, 6,000 wildebeest, black rhinos, cheetahs and flamingos turning the soda lakes pink. Game drives descend from the rim in the morning and usually last all day, with a picnic lunch.
The Plantation Lodge2 Nights
Stroll through this tropical oasis, with heady floral scents and colorful flashes from parrots and lovebirds. This is a tranquil escape from safari life, yet within easy reach of Ngorongoro, the Serengeti and Lake Manyara. Have a massage, then relax poolside.