Travel through northern Tanzania’s iconic national parks, home to some of Africa’sbest wildlife densities as well as the changing landscapes of the Great Rift Valley and the rich culture of the Maasai. Enjoy game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater looking for rhino, watch herds of elephant in the verdant swamps of Tarangire and explore the vast savannah plains of the Serengeti on this experience-rich safari.
Day 1: Arusha
On arrival at Kilimanjaro airport you are met and transferred to the lovely countyside retreat Rivertrees Inn for your overnight rest.
Day 2 - 3: Tarangire
After breakfast you will be transferred to Arusha airport for your flight to Kuro Airstrip. On arrival you are met and transferred to Little Oliver’s for two nights. This highly exclusive, little camp is 1 km downstream from the original Oliver’s Camp and overlooks a flood plain of the Minyoyo Pools that form part of the Tarangire river system. The 5 well-appointed tents with full en-suite facilities are beautifully furnished with handmade pieces crafted from the reclaimed timber of old trading dhows that plied the East African coast in earlier times. Each tent has its own large deck that overlooks the flood plain and, from the comfort of your easy chair, you can sit back and observe the never-ending ebb and flow of wildlife species that pass by a little more than a stone’s-throw away. In addition to this, each tent has both an indoor and an outdoor shower—so you have the choice of showering under canvas or the African sky. Whenever the mood takes you, wander over to the shared dining and relaxation area; it is the perfect place to kick back, enjoy a cool drink after a long day and reflect on the day’s “happenstances.”
Little Oliver’s Camp is situated in the remote south-eastern reaches of the Tarangire National Park. This relatively undeveloped park – celebrated by safari travellers looking to head a little off the beaten track – offers a welcome respite from the crowds of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater to the north. Tarangire boasts large herds of elephant and buffalo, plus a large concentration of big cats and arguably the best bird diversity in East Africa with more than 500 species. But there’s more to Tarangire than the game and birds. This rugged landscape offers a unique safari backdrop that transforms from rolling grasslands and vibrant swamps to forests of enigmatic baobab trees; according to legend, planted ‘upside down’ for growing too tall and proud. Set in the remote wilderness zone in the south of the Park, away from the more crowded north, Little Oliver’s is also perfectly situated to ensure a year-round Tanzania safari experience as each passing season paints Tarangire in vibrant new colours.
Over the next two days enjoy your choice of twice daily safari activities.
Game drives are offered twice daily from Little Oliver’s in open-sided game-viewing vehicles. Our highly skilled guides will share their detailed understanding of this wilderness and all its creatures, both great and small. All vehicles have power points where you can recharge your devices, and are fitted with fridges to keep your drinks deliciously frosty.
When darkness falls, enjoy a night game drive and look for the nocturnal animals of Tarangire with a powerful spotlight, or simply turn off the engine and enjoy the stillness of the dark African night.
The privilege of walking in a national park is an opportunity that cannot be missed. Join a walking safari from Little Oliver’s and learn about wildlife tracks, spoor and the flora and fauna of the area in an unforgettable journey on foot.
Day 4: Ngorongoro
After breakfast you will be transferred to Kuro airstrip for your flight to Manyara. On arrival at Manyara airstrip you are met and transfer to the Ngorongoro Crater area and check in to the new Ngorongoro Highlands Camp. The Highlands redefines the Ngorongoro experience. Set on the edge of the mountain forest hugging the Olmoti volcano to the north of Ngorongoro Crater, The Highlands strikes a perfect balance between a true wilderness experience and a high-style, contemporary escape. Seven elegant domed suites offer king-sized beds with floor-to-canvas-ceiling bay windows opening out to the spectacular views, en-suite bathrooms with hot running water, showers and flushing toilets, and wood-burning stoves for the cold winter evenings.
Experience the highlands of the wild Ngorongoro Conservation Area surrounding camp, home to leopard, buffalo and elephant. Follow ancient Maasai trails to the summit of the Olmoti crater and visit local communities to catch a glimpse into the traditional Maasai way of life that has defined this corner of East Africa for centuries. The famous Ngorongoro Crater is easily accessible from camp, while the setting ensures maximum privacy, a rich adventure and a range of activities not possible elsewhere in Ngorongoro.
This afternoon you have a visit with the local Maasai in one of the neighbouring villages to learn about the traditional way of life that has defined this corner of Africa for centuries. School visits may be possible depending on the time of year.
Day 5: Ngorongoro
This morning you depart the camp for a half-day excursion to the Ngorongoro Crater. This protected area is located in the Great Rift Valley. The Crater actually is a gigantic fracture of the earth’s crust. The magnificent landscape consists of volcanoes, mountains, plains, lakes, forests and archaeological sites. At 1600 meters altitude the bottom of the Crater (265 km square), dotted with watering holes, offers shelter to almost 30.000 animals in an area naturally enclosed by the slopes of the volcano. The Crater elephants are strangely, mainly bulls. There is a small number of black rhino. The bird life is largely seasonal and is also affected by the ratio of soda and fresh water on the Crater floor. You will also explore the wildlife: lions, elephants, zebra, hippo, buffalos, and rhino are just a few to be mentioned. Enjoy picnic lunch at the crater floor. After an exciting safari ascend the other side of the crater and proceed back to camp. Rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Day 6 - 8: Serengeti
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Lake Manyara Airstrip for your flight to the Seronera airstrip. On arrival you are transferred to Dunia Camp for the next three nights. Dunia is a tranquil semi-permanent camp with just eight spacious tented suites, each with expansive views of the pristine wilderness and game-filled plains from a large private veranda. Attention to every detail is balanced by a graceful simplicity in harmony with the serene location. Enjoy an exclusive Serengeti safari with superb sightings of resident game and migration viewing twice a year. Dunia Camp embraces the philosophy of leaving the lightest possible footprint on the earth. Weathered wood, sturdy canvas and elegant linens make the mess tent comfortable and atmospheric, while brass hurricane lanterns add a flicker of traditional charm. Settle into one of the old leather armchairs and watch as the sun drops behind the iconic granite outcrops before enjoying dinner in the beautiful mess tent or outdoors under the stars.
Over the next three days enjoy your choice of twice daily safari activities.
Wildlife-viewing and birdwatching game drives are offered twice a day from Dunia, allowing you to explore the hidden corners of the central and southern Serengeti with an expert guide. Dunia utilizes open vehicles (with canvas roof and canvas sides that can be rolled down if it rains). Rain ponchos and Maasai shuka blankets are available to keep you comfortable if it is wet or cold. All vehicles have power points where you can recharge your devices, and are fitted with fridges to keep your drinks deliciously frosty.
Hot-air balloon safaris
This is a romantic and evocative way to experience the wilderness of East Africa. Nothing can beat the feeling of gliding silently over the game-filled plains on a balloon safari, as the early-morning sun rises over the horizon (at an additional cost).
Enjoy a final breakfast in camp before a short drive to the airstrip for your late-morning flight back to Kilimanjaro Airport in Arusha. The flight will likely stop a couple of times on the way to drop off/pick up passengers, and the total journey will be approximately two and a half hours. You will land at the international airport so you can simply collect your luggage and check in for your international flight home.
|Start Date:||End Date:||Price Sharing:||Single Add:|
|06 Jan 2020||31 Mar 2020||USD $6890||USD $1530|
|01 Apr 2020||31 May 2020||USD $5000||USD $560|
|01 Jun 2020||30 Jun 2020||USD $7340||USD $1510|
|01 Jul 2020||31 Aug 2020||USD $7760||USD $1870|
|01 Sep 2020||31 Oct 2020||USD $7570||USD $1790|
|01 Nov 2020||19 Dec 2020||USD $6850||USD $940|
|20 Dec 2020||05 Jan 2021||USD $7570||USD $1790|
|06 Jan 2021||31 Mar 2021||USD $7340||USD $1510|
|01 Apr 2021||31 May 2021||USD $5390||USD $1010|
Dates Reflect Seasonality, Departs Daily on Request. Discounts available for Children.
All logistics starting and ending at Kilimanjaro International Airport, all light-aircraft flights within Tanzania, all park fees and taxes including Ngorongoro Crater descent fee, shared safari activities, all meals and house drinks on safari and medical evacuation insurance.
International flights to Tanzania, Tanzania entry visa, gratuities, additional activities and items of a personal nature.