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Tanzania Discovery Safari

Tanzania Discovery Safari

Discover the remote and wild places of Northern Tanzania on this private safari. You will experience the “great migration” in the Serengeti, view wildlife up-close in the Ngorongoro Cater and walk with Maasai trackers in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro. This safari combines permanent and mobile luxury tented camps with wilderness lodge stays.

Highlights:

Serengeti, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Sinya Conservancy, Lake Manyara, Arusha National Park, Walking with Maasai Trackers

Detailed Itinerary:

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Day 1 – Arusha
Arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport today off your International flight, or from a connecting flight out of Nairobi, Kenya. After clearing customs you will be met and transferred to the KIA Lodge. This lovely lodge is located near the airport and your accommodations will be in one of the 40 charming bungalows set among the gardens. The open air bar has a magnificent view of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Relax the remainder of the day by the pool, or soak in the view from your bungalow. A late dinner buffet for those flying in late is provided.
Overnight – Overnight – KIA Lodge (B & B basis)

Day 2 – Sinya Wildlife Conservancy
This morning after breakfast you will be met by your guide and depart by road to Sinya, a 55,000 acre private wildlife conservancy in a remote area in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Its flood plains, hills, acacia woodland and spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, give life to one of the most beautiful, pristine, wild areas of Northern Tanzania. This is Maasai land, the arid land of Sinya, one of the few areas in Africa where huge bull elephants more than 50 years old, carrying tusks of considerable size, are regularly seen. Some of these bulls live permanently in the area and others migrate, together with herds of mothers and calves, from the bordering Amboseli National Park in Kenya.

The Maasai in Sinya still live in the traditional way. They are very friendly and less exposed to the commercial relationship with tourists that is common in other more visited areas. The land is leased from several local tribes, so your stay here helps preserve the area for the wildlife and generates funds for schools and other needs. You will have opportunities to be led on Maasai guided wildlife walks and visit their bomas.

While at Sinya you’ll spend two nights at Kambi ya Tembo, a small luxury tented camp with exclusive use of the conservancy. Each of the 20 luxury thatch roofed tents has an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and solar powered hot shower and a private verandah. The dining room, bar and lounge are housed in a dramatic thatched roofed structure with a spectacular view of the conservancy.

Activities while at Kambi ya Tembo include game drives and walking safaris escorted by Maasai trackers. If it happens to be a Tuesday, you can visit the weekly market where the Maasai gather to trade and visit with each other. Enjoy your first game drive this morning on the way in to camp.

After lunch and some time to get acquainted with your surroundings, depart on a game drive, returning in time to freshen up before drinks around the camp fire and dinner. Spend your first night “in the bush” with the sounds of an African night in the background.
Overnight – Kambi ya Tembo (all meals & activities)

Day 3 – Sinya Wildlife Conservancy
This morning after breakfast at sunrise, you will depart on a game drive in the conservancy. Early mornings, when the cloud cover lifts from the snow capped Mt. Kilimanjaro, the light is perfect for photographing the majestic mountain. You will also visit a local Maasai compound where you are allowed to take photos of the extended families and their way of life. Return to camp for lunch and some time to relax set out on another game drive, go for a walk escorted by Maasai trackers. If it happens to be a Tuesday, you can also visit the Maasai market where Maasai from miles around bring their cattle, goats, fabric and other items to sell or trade. Spend your final evening at Sinya with drinks around the camp fire, and dinner to celebrate the end of another memorable day.
Overnight – Kambi Ya Tembo (all meals & activities)

Day 4 – Arusha National Park / Arusha
Today you’ll leave Sinya and drive a short ways to Arusha National Park. Set between the slopes of Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro this small park is one of Tanzania’s hidden gems and one of the few places where you will have a good chance to see the rare Black & White Colobus monkeys.. The parks contains a series of shimmering alkaline lakes, which attract flamingo’s and a variety of birds, along with elephant, buffalo, zebra, gazelle, wart hog, hippo and an amazing number of giraffe. One of the highlights of today’s game drive is a short walk to a viewing area overlooking the miniature Ngurdoto Crater, which is completely reserved for the animals.

After stopping for a picnic lunch and a short walk in the Mt. Meru forest you will leave the park and continue to the Kigongoni Lodge. This beautiful small lodge is located on an historic 70-acre coffee farm near Arusha. Set upon a hilltop with lush gardens, the lodge offers breathtaking views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru. Tucked between the trees are 14 guest cottages, built in traditional African styles and materials. The rooms, cocktail lounge, and restaurant maximize the site’s unique views and natural features.

Relax for the remainder of the day and take in the views, or enjoy them from the pool.
Overnight – Kigongoni Lodge (all meals & activities)

Day 5 – Tarangire National Park
Today you continue south down the Great Rift Valley to Tarangire National Park, Tanzania’s third largest. Here you’ll find a diverse geologic landscape, with nine distinct vegetation zones. Ancient Baobab trees dot the landscape dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. The Tarangire River which meanders through the park attracts an abundance of wildlife, from elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and numerous antelope to a variety of colorful birds. During the dry season thousands of elephants gather in the area.

Your accommodations for the next two nights will be at Lake Burunge.

Night game drives and walks escorted by Maasai trackers, are also available in the private area outside the park.

After lunch, depart on a game drive in the park, returning before dark with time to freshen up and have a drink around the fire before dinner.
Overnight – Lake Burunge (all meals & activities)

Day 6 – Tarangire National Park
Today you will be awakened for an early breakfast before departing on an early morning game drive. Return to camp in time for lunch and some well earned time to relax before a late afternoon game viewing activity. Enjoy a sundowner in the bar/lounge or around the fire before dinner.
Overnight – Lake Burunge (all meals & activities)

Day 7 – Lake Manyara National Park / Ngorongoro Highlands
This morning, after an early breakfast, you’ll leave Tarangire and drive across the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park. Although only 205 sq. mile, this enchanting park is noted for its beauty and incredibly lush forest of giant fig and mahogany trees, which are home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys. The park is also home to large numbers of buffalo, giraffe, elephant, hippo, impala and the Hippo Pool, where large numbers usually gather.

After spending several hours in the park, you’ll continue to the Ngorongoro Highlands, driving through small villages and passing small farms on your way to the beautiful Gibb’s Farm. Formerly a working coffee plantation, the farm is set high on the hillside with a breathtaking view of the surrounding hills. The cottages, set amongst the lush gardens, attract a wide variety of birds. Gibb’s is known for its fabulous food with most of it coming from their ten acre organic garden.

After lunch, relax for the remainder of the day, or take a walk to the nearby elephant caves.
Overnight – Gibb’s Farm, Luxury Cottage (all meals & activities)

Day 8 – Ngorongoro Crater
This morning you will leave Gibb’s Farm and drive up through the crater highlands to the “eighth natural wonder of the world” – the Ngorongoro Crater. You will have your first view of the spectacular crater with a photo stop on the crater rim. With walls 2000 ft high and a crater floor that spreads for 102 sq. miles, the crater is a virtual “Noah’s Ark”, inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa including the rare black rhino. It contains a river, several swamps, a soda lake – complete with flamingoes, a forest and open plains. The large bull elephants that reside here have extremely large tusk, due to the rich mineral content of the volcanic soil and it’s grasses.

Descend down to the crater floor for a day of wildlife viewing. After a stop for a picnic lunch and more wildlife viewing, drive up the steep road and on to the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. The Ngorongoro Serena Lodge with it’s dramatic architecture is nestled into the side of the crater rim. After checking in, you will have some time to freshen up and get acquainted with the lodge before dinner in the exotic dining room.
Overnight – Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (all meals & activities)

Day 9 – Serengeti National Park
Today you’re off to the famous Serengeti National Park, home of the “great migration”. Your drive today is spectacular as you drive across the crater highlands. As you crest the hillside, spread out before you, as far as the eye can see, is the vast Serengeti. Serengeti means “endless plains” in Kiswahili and this 6,900 sq. mile (18,000 sq. km) park is inhabited by more than 2 million large animals including more than a million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of plains zebras, and Thomson’s gazelles. Large predators including lions, cheetahs, and hyenas are drawn to the area by this abundance of prey which migrates throughout the park.

On the way into the Serengeti you will stop at the famous “Oldupai Gorge”, where Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey made their discovery of early man. After attending a short lecture describing the archeological digs and geology of the gorge, you’ll have time to visit the small museum before continuing to your camp where you’ll spend the next three nights under canvas.

Your stay in the Serengeti will be at the Masek Under Canvas/Ndutu Under Canvas/Mara Under Canvas or Bologonja Under Canvas (depending on time of year) – all luxury seasonal tented camps.

After enjoying lunch, you will depart on an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti. Return to the camp in time to freshen up and enjoy a sundowner around the campfire before dinner.
Overnight – Masek Under Canvas/Ndutu Under Canvas/Mara Under Canvas or Bologonja Under Canvas (depending on time of year) (all meals & activities)

Days 10/11 – Serengeti National Park
During your stay in the Serengeti, you can decide with your guide how you would like to spend your days. On most mornings you’ll be awakened early and after coffee or tea depart on an early morning game drive in the amazing Serengeti. The early mornings are magical in the Serengeti, when the wildlife is just waking up to greet the days. After returning to camp for breakfast you can depart on a late morning game drive returning to camp for lunch or you may want to depart with a picnic lunch so that you can spend the whole day wildlife viewing. Off road, across the Serengeti plains, you’ll find “Kopjes” – massive boulder islands, standing in a sea of grass. The kopjes were formed by volcanic activity and provide shelter to a great variety of plants and animals, from the elusive leopard to the tiny dik dik. After a days activities you return to camp for sundowners around the fire and dinner.
Overnight – Masek Under Canvas/Ndutu Under Canvas/Mara Under Canvas or Bologonja Under Canvas (depending on time of year) (all meals & activities)
Day 12 – Serengeti / Arusha / Depart
After a final morning game drive and a leisurely breakfast your guide will drive you to the airstrip, where you will say good-bye and depart on a later morning scheduledflight to Arusha Airport. After touching down you will be met by a driver who will take you to the Arumerau River Lodge for lunch. Relax the rest of the day or explore Arusha town. This evening after a light dinner you will be driven to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departing flight.
Dayroom – Arumeru River Lodge (B, L, D)

Tanzania Discover Safari Rates

Cost:

  • Starting from $7,075 per person sharing double accommodations
Our fully inclusive rates include:

  • Airport transfers from Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Accommodations and meals as per itinerary ( At Kampi ya Tembo & Serengeti Tented Camp – beer, sodas and wine with dinner included)
  • Game drives in modified 4WD Land Cruiser with open photographic hatches, refrigerator, charging station and unlimited mileage
  • At Kampi ya Tembo & Simiyu – beer, sodas and wine are include
  • Bottled water on game drives
  • Exclusive services of a professional Tanzanian safari guide
  • All National Park and wildlife reserve fees
  • Membership in Flying Doctors Service

Does not include:

  • International airfare & flights
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for safari guide and camp staff
  • Airport departure fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and visa fees
  • Laundry services (can be done for a small fee)
  • Drinks at meals and alcoholic beverages (except at Kampi ya Tembo and Simiyu)

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