ULTIMATE AFRICA SAFARIS
Visit: Arusha, Tarangire, Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro Crater, Empakai Crater, Olduvai Gorge, and Serengeti
Highlights: off the beaten path, all inclusive, comfortable tented camps, excellent wildlife viewing from 4x4 vehicles (no minibus's) in Africa's premier parks and reserves, Tarangire, Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro Crater, Empakai Crater, Serengeti, Olduvai Gorge, professionally guided hikes and walks, and visits to remote African villages
This safari gives clients the opportunity to experience Africa off the beaten path. You will visit with local tribes and walk in the Ngorongoro highlands as well as view incredible wildlife in the spectacular Parks of northern Tanzania. Great value and comfort!
Full itinerary and trip details below:
DAY 1 ARUSHA You will be met in Arusha and accommodated at the Mountain Village Lodge. Set in beautiful indigenous gardens the lodge overlooks Lake Duluti. Enjoy an afternoon walk around the lake and marvel at Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. ARUSHA, Mountain Village, bed and breakfast
DAYS 2, 3 TARANGIRE After breakfast depart by road to Tarangire River Camp, a semi-permanent tented camp, situated on the border of Tarangire; Tanzania's third largest National Park and a sanctuary for an unusually large animal population. Group members are accommodated in ten tents complete with running water in the attached shower and toilet cubicles. There is solar powered lighting at night. Meals are served in the mess tent with attentive service.
During the dry season from June to November, animals congregate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in Masai land. The area supports a great diversity of wildlife including lion, leopard, buffalo, wild dog, cheetah and up to six thousand elephant. Activities at Tarangire include wildlife viewing drives within the park, and walks along the park's border. Cultural interaction with the local Datoga, a semi-nomadic pastoralists tribe, is common. The Datoga have so far resisted neighboring tribes' cultural infiltration's. Ladies still wear fat treated goatskin gowns, carving their faces and bodies to look more pretty. TARANGIRE, Tarangire River Camp, all inclusive
DAYS 4, 5 KARATU After breakfast on day 4 drive across the rift valley floor and enjoy a nature walk near Lake Manyara. Continue to the village of Mto wa Mbu - Mosquito Creek, where you can mingle with the locals at the market. Bargaining for bolts of cloth, crafts, and local produce will immerse you in a daily ritual of African life. This afternoon you will visit a local school before continuing to Karatu, on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater. You will overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House in Karatu.
On day 5 you will depart early crossing the Rift Valley to Lake Eyasi. This dry and rugged landscape is inhabited by Bushmen who live in nomadic groups hunting with bows and arrows and gathering roots, tubers and wild fruits. You will partake in a pre-dawn walk with the local hunters or time will be spent participating in the morning routine of the settlement. Your guide will interpret for you and discuss hunting techniques still used by the tribes. Be prepared for an extraordinary cross-cultural experience! You will return to Ngorongoro Farm House where you will overnight. KARATU, Ngorongoro Farm House, all inclusive
DAYS 6, 7 NGORONGORO
& EMPAKAI CRATER The crater is one of the most impressive wildlife areas in Africa
and has been designated a World Heritage site. On day six you will drive you will drive
down inside the 100 square mile Ngorongoro crater to view wildlife on the vast grasslands
of the crater floor. Throughout the year a spectacular parade of animal life may be found
within the crater. You are very likely to see black maned lion, the highly
endangered black rhino, wildebeest, zebra, elephant, hippo, jackal, and hyena.
The birdlife is prolific with flocks of flamingoes on the soda lake as well as other
species of water and plains birds. You may see Masai herdsmen grazing their cattle around
the crater rim. On day 7 you may enjoy a morning walk near Empakai Crater (weather and
road conditions permitting), an impressive caldera lying at the northern end of the crater
highlands. Empakai is beautiful, with
islands of forest and a waterfall at the source of the
DAYS 8, 9, 10, 11 SERENGETI After breakfast you will descend by road to the Serengeti plains. Enjoy a short stop at Olduvai Gorge, the famous archeological site where the Leakey's discovered remains of Australopithecus Homo Habilis and Homo Erectus.
The Serengeti is arguably the most impressive wildlife sanctuary in the world. At certain times of the year these vast, seemingly unending plains, are inhabited by enormous herds of wildebeest and zebra. In the calving season (February-March) the herds concentrate at the Ndutu and Salei plains attracting the attention of predators like lion, cheetah and hyena. Another interesting feature of the Serengeti are the massive granite kopjes; islands of rock standing in a sea of grass. From the elusive leopard to the tiny dik dik the kopjes provide shelter to a great variety of plants and animals.
Days will be spent on guided wildlife viewing drives while nights will be enjoyed deep in the Serengeti at one of several private camps. Campsites include Barafu, Gol or Moru Kopjes, the Lobo area or the western corridor depending on the season. Walks will be offered in the Ikoma region outside the park from June through November and in the Southern sector of the park from December through May. SERENGETI, Kibo private camp, all inclusive
DAY 12 ARUSHA Enjoy a morning game drive across the Serengeti plains with a picnic lunch as you make your way back to Arusha. You may choose to fly from the Serengeti to Arusha for an additional US $185 per person arriving in time to board a connecting flight to the spice island of Zanzibar (see extension below) or a shuttle to Nairobi.
Trip name: Classic Tanzanian Tented Safari
Type of safari: Voyager Collection - Quality, all inclusive, road based small group camping safari with scheduled departure dates.
Trip Length: 12 days
Trip cost: US $2,805 per person during 2004. Single supplement US $150. This itinerary will run as a private safari for a minimum of 2 people at US $3,210 per person. Price excludes airfares.
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When to travel: This trip is best during the periods mid December through mid March and from July through October each year.
Departures: Guaranteed departure with a minimum of 2 passengers. Maximum group size is 10 passengers. Arrangements can be made for passengers arriving/departing Nairobi, Kenya.
January 6 to January 17, 2004
Guides: Guides are highly qualified, enthusiastic and well versed in local culture, flora and fauna. Unlimited mileage is allowed on each safari to ensure that clients receive the best possible game-viewing. This is important as some companies limit mileage.
Accommodations: All camps are privately located in wilderness areas, camping services and equipment are top notch - large Ngong type walk in tents (10 x 10 x 8) shared by two people, with cots and 4" foam mattresses, linen and blankets, bed side table, 2 wash basins, towels, and mirror. There will be a shared shower and toilet for each set of two tents. The camps will be staffed by a cook and at least 2 camp attendants to ensure that each clients stay is comfortable. Each camp includes a small mess tent with olive wood tables and chairs. Food is excellent (wine with dinner, three course meals).
The group (maximum 10 people) will be transported in custom 4 wheel drive Land Rovers or Toyota Land Cruisers with roof hatches for game viewing. Each vehicle seats 5 or 6 guests (everyone has a window seat), mammal, bird, and plant guide books, a cool box for water and cold drinks, thermos with tea and coffee, sand bags for photography, and a long distance radio capable of reaching Arusha from the Serengeti and other northern circuit parks. Radio service has proved invaluable in the event of emergency as well as giving clients peace of mind.
Trip price includes: meet and greet in Arusha (airport transfers are extra), transport in 4 wheel drive Land Rover or Land Cruiser with roof hatches for game viewing, services of English speaking driver / guide, exclusive services of camp crew, all accommodations on a fully inclusive basis excepting 1 night at Mountain Village Lodge on a bed and breakfast basis, all guided wildlife viewing activities with rangers for walking, camping / park's fees, some drinks, laundry and Flying Doctor coverage
Trip price excludes (unless stated): international airfare, domestic airfares, airport taxes, entry visas, and all items of a personal nature i.e. trip insurance, tips and gratuities, some drinks, telephone calls
Visas: American passport holders visiting Tanzania as tourists DO require an entry visa. Please contact the Tanzanian embassy at:
Embassy of the Republic of
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