See Tanzania in style, staying at some of the country’s finest accommodation in four very different national parks, flying from point to point. Watch herds of elephant in Tarangire, game-drive in the dormant Ngorongoro Crater, visit an authentic Maasai village, search for cheetah in the Serengeti, and look for leopard in Ruaha. You will visit some of East Africa’s most famed national parks as well as lesser known gems, offering a rewarding and unique safari experience.

Day 1: Arusha

On arrival at Kilimanjaro airport you will be met and transfer to the lovely Rivertrees Country 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 Olivers Camp for the next two nights established by pioneer Paul Oliver in 1992 this camp is for safari enthusiasts wanting more than the postcard-snaps of the Big Five. It’s a camp that celebrates back-to-basics luxury in one of the most uncrowded corners of East Africa. The 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.”

 

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, 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

With a reputation for fantastic guiding, Oliver’s game drives take you to the heart of the action every time. Drives are offered twice daily in the cooler mornings and evenings. Most of our game drives make use of an open game-viewing vehicle – this lets you sit at different levels and gives everyone a ‘window’ seat. Our open vehicles have power points where you can recharge your devices, and are fitted with fridges to keep your drinks deliciously frosty. We do have a closed game-viewing vehicle fitted with a cooler box for chilled drinks that may be used if available.

 

Night drives

As darkness falls, Tanzania’s nightlife comes out to play. Discover the magic of the bush under the stars on an exhilarating night drive from Oliver’s Camp.

 

Walking safaris

The specialty of Oliver’s, the privilege of walking in this spectacular area is exhilarating and memorable. One of our experienced and highly knowledgeable guides and an armed national park ranger allow you to discover the most remote parts of Tarangire.

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 - 7: Serengeti

After breakfast you will be transferred to Lake Manyara airstrip for your flight to Seronera airstrip. You are met on arrival and drive with a game drive en route to Namiri Plains Camp for the next two nights. For 20 years, the grasslands of the Eastern Serengeti were closed to tourists to allow the cheetah population to replenish itself. Today, this is big-cat territory, where cheetah roam the area in pursuit of prey, and lion and leopard hunt undisturbed.

 

This small and exclusive haven comprises ten elegant tented suites with sweeping 360-degree views of the plains. The guest rooms at Namiri Plains have undergone a significant upgrade. Boasting a substantial increase in size, the newly built suites offer sliding doors which run the full length of the room and open out on a full-length viewing deck. The rooms are constructed from the natural calcrete from the area, they are strikingly beautiful but also plays an important role in regulating the temperature in the suites. The bathroom offers full views of the seasonal riverbed from your shower. Large, glass sliding doors give you access to the deck right from the shower. A private bathtub made entirely of resin is located on the deck, offering exceptional views from the tub as you relax.

 

Eco-friendly practices were followed throughout the entire update; an example of this would be the plastics used in designing the decks and floors which are 100% recycled. Décor in camp features hand-woven materials and artifacts that have been handcrafted by local Tanzanian women and tell a story about the area’s traditional people.A camp library caters to all interests, while a fascinating Information Centre provides guests with in-depth information about the area, a variety of informative artifacts, and engaging maps. Another brand new feature at Namiri Plains is the pool and its impressive deck area. A shady pergola offers unobstructed views of the seasonal riverbed, allowing for wildlife viewing from the pool. A mobile bar ensures that refreshments are always close at hand. The spa, another new feature at Namiri Plains, is tucked behind a grove of acacias in a quiet and private corner of the camp. An array of treatments is available and can be enjoyed both at the spa as well as in the comfort of your suite.

 

Over the next two days enjoy your choice of twice daily safari activities.

 

Game drives

Enjoy twice daily game drives from Namiri Plains Camp with the knowledgeable guides. Study and photograph the big cats of the area at your leisure, and absorb the astonishing sight of massive herds of wildebeest appearing to take over the plains. Depending on your preferences, you can choose between a seven-seater open-sided vehicle (with canvas roof) or a five-seater closed vehicle (with pop-up roof). All vehicles have power points where you can recharge your devices, and are fitted with fridges to keep your drinks perfectly chilled.

 

Walking safaris

Heighten your senses to the sights, sounds and smells of the bush on a walking safari from Namiri Plains. This is one of the most intimate ways to experience the bush – the pace is easy and the memories will stay with you forever.

Day 8 - 9: Ruaha National Park

Transfer this morning to the Seronera airstrip for your flight to Ruaha NP. On arrival you will be met and transfer to the new Jabali Ridge Camp for the next two nights. Set high on a rocky kopje overlooking a landscape dotted with spiky palms and bulbous baobabs, Jabali Ridge is a sophisticated base from which to explore Ruaha National Park, and will welcome its first guests in September 2017. The remarkable beauty of Ruaha is not only in the landscape and its diversity of flora and fauna, or the impressive big game, but in the feeling of having the wilderness all to yourself. With only a handful of visitors at any one time in an area the size of New Jersey, this is an exceptional safari experience. Jabali Ridge’s 10 suites are hidden amongst the rocky boulders that cocoon the property. An infinity pool, spa and plenty of places to laze ensure that time off is as memorable as time out in the bush. Expert guides lead walking safaris, game drives and night drives.

 

Ruaha National Park is renowned in East Africa for its excellent guides and truly wild landscape. Whether you’re tracking lions by vehicle, discovering the smaller wonders on foot or just relaxing in camp, the expert guides at Jabali Ridge will enhance your wildlife experience with their superb knowledge.

 

Over the next two days enjoy your choice of twice daily safari activities.

 

Game drives

Guided game drives are offered twice a day. Our six-seater game-viewing vehicles are open-sided with a canvas roof and the canvas sides can be rolled down in case of rain (ponchos are provided). All vehicles have power points where you can recharge your devices and all are fitted with fridges to keep your drinks deliciously frosty. A private game-viewing vehicle can be booked by prior arrangement. In the morning, maximize your game-viewing time by taking a delicious breakfast picnic with you to enjoy under the shade of a tree. In the evening, sip a cold gin & tonic in the heart of the bush as the sun sinks below the horizon.

 

Night drives

When the sun descends, the elusive night animals come out to play. Explore the secrets of these shy creatures on a night game drive through Ruaha National Park.

 

Walking safaris

A walking safari is one the most intimate ways to experience the bush and can be enjoyed with one of Jabali’s experienced armed guides and local trackers. Eye-to-eye with the wildlife, your senses are heightened and the sights, sounds and smells of the bush come alive.

Departure Day

You’ll have a final breakfast at Jabali Ridge before a drive to the airstrip for your late-morning flight to Dar es Salaam. 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 hours. You will land at the domestic terminal and the airline will help you transfer the short distance to the international terminal, where you can check in for your international flight home. Alternatively ask us about extending your stay to the spice island of Zanzibar.

Start Date:End Date:Price Sharing:Single Add:
06 Jan 202029 Feb 2020 USD $8520 USD $1690
01 Mar 202014 Mar 2020 USD $7980 USD $1120
01 Jun 202030 Jun 2020 USD $8920 USD $2720
01 Jul 202031 Aug 2020 USD $10220 USD $2530
01 Sep 202031 Oct 2020 USD $10000 USD $2440
01 Nov 202019 Dec 2020 USD $8580 USD $1170
20 Dec 202005 Jan 2021 USD $10000 USD $2440
06 Jan 202128 Feb 2021 USD $8980 USD $1940
01 Mar 202114 Mar 2021 USD $8580 USD $1170

Dates Reflect Seasonality, Departs Daily on Request. Discounts available for Children.

Price Includes:

Transfers, all light-aircraft flights within Tanzania, all park fees and taxes, shared safari activities, all meals and house drinks on safari and medical evacuation insurance.

Price Excludes:

International flights, visa, gratuities, additional activities and items of a personal nature.

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