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Classic African Mobile Safari in Tanzania

11 nights & 12 days lodge/mobile safari

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Whenever you arrive, you’ll be personally met and taken to a lovely resort on Mt. Meru, Africa’s 5th highest mountain. For those arriving early, optional activities can be arranged. Dinner and overnight at the resort.

Three days are now spent in a very remote, private 60,000-acre wilderness on the western slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The morning drive from Arusha is past many small pretty peasant farms, market towns and small villages, before crossing a large open plane composed of wheat farms. There can be fabulous views of Mt Kibo, the Shira Plateau and even Mt Meru on clear days. Arrival in camp is met by fresh juice and a bush lunch. The late afternoon is spent meandering to the nearby Maasai village of Olmalog or simply relaxing in camp. A campfire using sustainable wood sources accompanies the dying light and sounds of the Maasai’s cattle heading back to their bomas. Overnight in an adventure camp.

Soon after breakfast you head by foot out with your guide and scout while the crew packs the camp to move it onto the plains on the lower slopes. During the morning walk, game grows more prevalent and zebra often canter away after approaching curiously. Giraffe, eland, impala and Grant’s gazelle are also usually seen. Picnic lunches are taken under the shade of an acacia tree, and there is then usually time to relax as the hottest part of the day passes over. At the end of the afternoon walk, you arrive camp which has been set under a set of huge acacia trees with sweeping views of the plains that head up to Kilimanjaro. As the sun sets you enjoy the scrumptious dinner prepared with locally fresh foods by our expert bush cooks.

An early morning walk to the top of Napopong hill affords great views of the sun rising and hopefully the Uhuru summit of Kilimanjaro as well. Then it’s breakfast back in camp before getting into the Landrovers for a wider search of the area. There is a diverse set of bird life as well as a number of different mammals in this magnificent area. With luck family groups of elephants or majestic old bulls will be spotted grazing or resting under the shade of a spreading acacia tortillis. Lunch is taken back at camp, and in the afternoon another game drive is possible. In the late afternoon you head out for a scenic sundowner before game driving back to camp with a spot light, seeking out the more elusive nocturnal creatures.

On the final morning at West Kilimanjaro an early morning walk before breakfast is possible. Then drive back to Arusha town for lunch at a popular local restaurant, before continuing in the afternoon to Tamarind Tented Camp in Tarangire National Park. Depending upon your arrival time, there may be time for a short afternoon walk and a dusk game drive with a spot light before dinner in camp.

The entire day is spent in the large Tarangire National Park with a picnic lunch. There’s an enormous amount of game here, including giraffe, buffalo, lesser kudu, eland, Oryx, zebra, lion, leopard, cheetah and elephant. Game viewing tracks meander along the great Tarangire River, one of East Africa’s famous “Sand Rivers”. The bird life here can be superb and the rolling hills are dotted with ancient Baobab trees and some dense woodlands, distinguishing Tarangire from most of the rest of the northern plains game parks. In the evening return to Tamarind for dinner and overnight.

A relatively short and spectacular morning drive to the base of the Great Rift Valley where much of the day is spent in Lake Manyara National Park. This UNESCO biosphere is a relatively small park but with an amazing diversity of habitats. Ground water forest, open glades, plains, and acacia woodland create homes for a fantastic array of birds and mammals. Picnic beside the lakeshore. In the late afternoon head up the steep escarpment to Kirurumu Tented Lodge in time to enjoy sundowners on the deck that overlooks the lake and the rift providing a most spectacular panoramic view. Dinner and overnight at this award-winning eco-camp.

Morning drive to the fabled Ngorongoro Crater with its truly breath-taking views. Continue round the rim, where a crew of guides, a ranger and Maasai and donkeys will be waiting. Begin a marvelous walk in this pristine Maasai land. The track takes you part way around the rim of the crater through open woodland and acacia forests. To your right are the remarkably spectacular views of the crater floor below, and to your left are the endless plains of the Serengeti. A very simple camp is set in a remote location where one of the important rivers off the highland volcanoes enters the crater.

After an early breakfast, camp is packed up and the morning trek continues along the crater rim traversing the Olmoti slopes. The trail leaves the rainforest and cuts through grassland and open woodlands inhabited by local Maasai. In the late afternoon we reach a vehicle track which winds out of Ngorongoro crater towards Empakai crater. Landrovers will be waiting with refreshments to take us back to Ngorongoro. Time permitting, we’ll head down into the crater for a short afternoon game drive before returning to a lovely camp set for us on the rim. Time for a hot shower and sundowners before a well-deserved dinner.

We leave at dawn to enjoy further game viewing on the crater floor. This unique hundred-square mile wildlife paradise has a greater density of wildlife than practically any other protected wilderness in Africa. It’s the last place to see relatively easily free-ranging black rhino. There are numerous lions, and large families of buffalo. The plains gazelle seem innumerable. The crater provides a scenic wonderland distinguished by its central lake and many shore birds including at times large numbers of flamingo. By late morning we ascend the opposite side of the crater and head into the Serengeti plains, stopping en-route at Olduvai Gorge, the cradle of mankind. The Serengeti -- undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world -- is the fitting climax for our exciting safari. In the Serengeti your adventure camp will be placed seasonally to optimize game viewing.

The day is spent exploring the wide open spaces of the Serengeti, visiting different habitats and following the ebb and flow of life in its seasonal movements. In addition to the abundant game, there may be opportunities to visit sacred Maasai sites and cave paintings. The Serengeti satisfies the most demanding imaginations of what Africa is, with its endless grassland plains filled with wildlife. Your last night in camp will be a celebrated one, as you review the wonderful days you’ve spent learning about this magnificent land. Enjoying sundowners around the fire before dinner, you’ll undoubtedly be blessed by one of the Serengeti’s unrivaled sunsets, bringing to a spectacular end this remarkable journey.

Morning game drive to the nearest airstrip, where you take a quick flight back to Arusha. You’ll be met by new vehicles that will take you around time to shop and sightsee, and for another local lunch before continuing to the hotel adjacent Kilimanjaro airport. You’ll have a private room before the evening departures.

Cost and departure dates:
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Included: All transfers, all accommodation and meals as described, flying doctors local membership, all Tanzanian park fees and transportation on safari in a 4WD Landrover specially adapted with enlarged viewing hatch and SSB radio, with Driver/Guide.

Excluded: International air flights, entry visas, airport departure taxes, customary tips/gratuities to Driver/Guide and safari cook, laundry, alcoholic drinks and non-alcoholic drinks (except where otherwise noted) and other items of a personal nature, comprehensive travel insurance.

Walking is a major focus on this safari. Explore on foot a Masaai Village on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, the rim of Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park. Other activities include game drives and night drives in major National Parks and Reserves of Tanzania such as Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. Also visit the Leaky Museum at Olduvai Gorge and enjoy mobile camping at exclusive mobile camps.

Best time to visit Tanzania:
Tanzania is the ideal destination for an abundance of wildlife and beautiful scenery. Some of the highlights include the famous Serengeti and the snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro. This country has a diverse range of national parks and reserves offering habitats ranging from forests to deserts, all connected with regular air- and road transfer services.

• Summer: Oct-March. Winter: April-Sept.

• Tanzania offers excellent game viewing all year round. The migration between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is a spectacular sight and a highlight when visiting Tanzania, but it is important to note that not all animals migrate and are year-round residents. The Great Migration takes place from April-June and Oct-Dec.
• Birding is excellent year round but the south is best at the height of the northern winter Tanzania boasts over 1 000 bird species, with Lake Manyara alone being home to more than 400. It is a year round birding destination, but at the height of the northern winter, some 160 species of migrating birds make their way south.
• For the traveller interested in the botanical aspect of Tanzania, the months immediately after the two rainy seasons are best for floral and botanical interests.
• Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is best from August to October and January to March.

Map of safari route:

Extend your stay: to the tropical island of Zanzibar

Suggested lodges:
Emerson & Green, Zanzibar Serena Inn, Breezes Beach Club

Cost of extension:
approx. USD150 per person per night sharing

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