Tanzania Explorer

Explore the remote and wild places of Northern Tanzania on this private safari. Highlights include walking with Maasai trackers in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the elephants of Tarangire and experiencing the “great migration” in the Serengeti. This safari combines permanent and mobile luxury tented camps with wilderness lodge stays. Travel is by 4wd vehicle with your personal Tanzanian driver/guide.

Highlights

 

SINYA CONSERVANCY

TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

LAKE MANYARA

NGORONGORO CRATER

SERENGETI

GUIDED WALKS

NIGHT GAME DRIVE

Camps and Lodges

 

KIA LODGE

KAMPI YA TEMBO

LAKE BURUNGE TENTED CAMP

NGORONGORO FARM HOUSE

KATI KATI CAMP

ARUMERU RIVER LODGE

Day by Day Itinerary

 


Day 1 | ARUSHA, TANZANIA

 

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 is provided for those flying in late.

     KIA Lodge 

     Meals: Dinner

 


Day 2 | Sinya Wildlife Conservancy

 

This morning after breakfast you will be met by your safari guide and depart by road to Sinya, a 55,000 acre private wildlife conservancy in a remote area on the west side 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. It is one of the few areas in Africa where you will see huge bull elephants, some more than 50 years old with huge tusks. Some of these bulls live permanently in the area and others migrate, together with herds of mothers and calves, between the adjacent Amboseli National Park in Kenya – in search of water and food. The Maasai people of Sinya still follow the traditional ways. They are friendly and less exposed to the more commercial relationship with tourists that is common in some areas. The conservancy land is leased from several local tribes, so your stay here helps preserve the area for the wildlife and generates funds for schools and medical needs

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 along with hikes and walks escorted by Maasai trackers. You may also have the opportunity to visit the Maasai bomas and experience the weekly Tuesday “market day”.

After lunch and some time to relax, depart on a game drive or guided walk. Return for drinks around the camp fire and dinner.

     Kambi ya Tembo 
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


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 boma 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.

     Kambi ya Tembo 
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 4 | Tarangire National Park

 

This morning you will depart– driving south through Arusha town and continuing down the rift 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, that 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 Burunge Tented Camp. After some time to get acquainted, depart on an afternoon walk with Maasai guides and return in time to freshen up before dinner.

     Lake Burunge Tented Camp
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 5 | Tarangire National Park

 

Awaken early and enjoy a sunrise breakfast before departing for an all day game drive in Tarangire National Park. Tarangire has a diverse landscape , with nine vegetation zones. Ancient Baobab trees dot the landscape dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. The Tarangire River, that meanders through the park attracts an abundance of wildlife, from elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, antelope to a variety of colorful birds.

With a stop for a picnic lunch, continue game viewing and when you are ready – return to camp. This afternoon you can take a walk with the Maasai guides or just relax on the verandah of your tent. Enjoy a sundowner around the campfire before dinner.

     Lake Burunge Tented Camp
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 6 | Lake Manyara National Park / Ngorongoro Highlands

 

Depart after breakfast and drive across the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park. Although only 205 sq. miles in size this enchanting park is noted for its beauty and incredibly lush acacia 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. Well known for its birds (over 400 species), Lake Manyara is one of the few places you will see the Ground Hornbill and the Crested Eagle.

After a short game drive continue up the escarpment driving through small villages and passing small farms on the way to the beautiful Ngorongoro Farm House. After lunch if you want to get some exercise you can take a swim in the saltwater swimming pool or walk through the farm. You can also visit a local primary school or the town of Karatu.

     Ngorongoro Farm House
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 7 | Ngorongoro Crater

 

After an early breakfast you will drive a short ways to the “eighth natural wonder of the world” – the Ngorongoro Crater. With walls 2,000 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 flamingos, a forest and open plains.

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 out of the crater and back to Ngorongoro Farm House, arriving in the late afternoon.

     Ngorongoro Farm House
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 8 | 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 up the crater highlands – stopping at the rim for a birds-eye view of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. Continuing on, 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 migrate 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.

Your stay in the Serengeti will be at the Serengeti Kati Kati Camp. This is a classic bush camp set in the central part of the park. It has 15 large walk-in guest tents well spaced apart with, furnished with beds, linens and en-suite facilities with flush loo’s and hot bush showers. The tents also have 24 hour solar powered lighting. Each tent has a shaded verandah with chairs and a table. There is also a dinning tent and lounge for meals and socializing.

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.

     Kati Kati Camp
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Days 9 and 10 | 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 a hearty 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.

     Kati Kati Camp
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 11 | Serengeti / Arusha – Depart

 

Depart the Serengeti this morning spotting wildlife on the way. In Arusha you will stop at the Arumeru River Lodge where you will have the use of a dayroom until your evening transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your departing flight.

     Dayroom: Arumeru River Lodge
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Note – Optional flight out of the Serengeti to Arusha, to avoid a 5 hour drive is approximately $220 per person.

Rates and Dates

Starting at US$4,895 per person, based on double occupancy

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INCLUSIONS

KIA Lodge airport transfer on first day

Private airport transfers on last day

Accommodations and meals as per itinerary

At Kampi ya Tembo & Simiyu – beer, sodas and wine with dinner are included

Game drives in modified 4WD Land Cruiser with open photographic hatches, refrigerator, charging station and unlimited mileage

Exclusive services of a professional Tanzanian safari guide

All National Park and wildlife reserve entry and camping fees

Bottled water on game drives

Membership in Flying Doctors Service

EXCLUSIONS

Gratuities to safari guide & camp staff

International Airfare & flights

Optional flight out of Serengeti

Drinks with meals and alcoholic beverages & sodas except at Kampi ya Tembo

Laundry Services (can be done for a fee at any 2 night accommodation)

Visas and visa fees

All items of a personal nature

Airport departure taxes

Travel Insurance