10 Day TANZANIA
Day 1 Tanzania - Kilimanjaro overnight
Day 2 & 3 Tanzania - Tarangire National Park/TNP
Day 4 & 5 Tanzania - Lake Manyara National Park/Ngorongoro/LMNP
Day 6 & 7 Tanzania - Central Serengeti/Ngorongoro/LMNP
Day 8,9,10 Tanzania - Northern Serengeti/SNP
Day 11 Return to USA
Day 12 USA Arrival
Your travel map
Day 1 Arrival day
Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport. Airport pick up with quick transfer to nearby hotel for over night stay. Arrive at The African Tulip,an elegant and charming Luxury Boutique Hotel located along Serengeti Road right in the heart of Arusha. A warm and friendly welcome awaits guests who want to experience the best of Tanzanian hospitality.
1 Night at African Tulip (B&B)
Day 2 & 3 Tarangire National Park
Driver guide will collect you from the hotel with an pop up roof 4x4 land cruiser and drive you approximately 3 hours from the airport to Tarangire entry gate. The rest of the drives will be game drives within Tarangire National Park.
Spend full day game viewing in Tarangire National Park famous for it's massive Baobab trees and big herds of Elephants as well as it's resident predators.
Located right in the heart of Tarangire National Park, Tarangire Balloon Camp offers a unique camp experience in an unexplained luxury as well as spectacular views of Tarangire National Park. Tarangire Balloon Camp is located 70 miles from Arusha town, and 30 miles inside the park, close to Boundary Hill.It is more than just a normal bush accommodation, Tarangire Balloon Camp offers much more; great views of Tarangire National Park's Flora and Fauna, the finest cuisine and exclusive personalized services.The Camp offers 10 super luxury safari tents all equipped with king size large open plan bathrooms. One can also enjoy Tarangire's spectacular sunsets from the comfort of the tent or on the large verandas.
1 Night at Tarangire Balloon Camp (Full boarding)
Day 4 Lake Manyara National Park
Depart Tarangire Balloon Camp after breakfast with picnic lunch and visit Lake Manyara National Park where you'll have picnic lunch.
Driving distance with the 4x4 land cruiser is approximately 1.5 hours from Tarangire Balloon Camp to Lake Manyara National Park entrance gate. Spend approximately 3 hours visiting the lake and doing game drives in this park.
Arrive at Kitela.This small, intimate lodge and spa is set above a valley with glorious views making Kitela an ideal, away-from-the-crowds base from which to explore the region. Game drives into the Crater are easy to arrange, and the lodge combines well with other accommodation in the nearby Serengeti as well as Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks.
The main building serves as a hub for luxurious cottages nestled in a landscaped tropical garden. Relax in the blissful and scenic pool area by day and enjoy the cozy atmosphere of the bar in the evenings. From the comfort of your luxury cottage, take time out to immerse yourself in the indulgence of the African Spa or take guided walks through the vegetable gardens, coffee plantations and local Maasai villages.
1 Night at Kitela Lodge (Full boarding)
Day 6 & 7 Ngorongoro National Park
Wake up very early and make your way down to the crater floor. Catch some of the early morning predators hunting, here you have the possibility to see the big five including the very hard to see Rhino, so good luck. Have picnic lunch at a picnic spot on the Crater floor and return to Rhino Lodge in the late afternoon...
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area holds the status of a National Park. About 2.5 million years ago the young Ngorongoro Volcano became filled with molten rock that then solidified into a crust or roof. As the lava chamber emptied, the solid dome collapsed and from this was formed the largest caldera in the world.The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the last remaining areas in Tanzania where you can see the endangered Black Rhino. A small population is thriving in this idyllic environment, and it remains one of the few wild places where they continue to breed.In it, live 56,000 Maasai in harmony with the East African Wildlife. Seeing the Maasai let their herds share the grazing areas with thousands of Wildebeests and Zebras is unique phenomenon.The encircled grasslands of the crater floor offer excellent game viewing year-round with 25,000 large mammals, including black rhino, zebra and eland, and Africa’s densest population of lion. The rainforests of the crater walls are home to elephant, buffalo, leopard and cheetah, making for spectacular game viewing.
At Ngorongoro Crater, you will see dormant and active volcanoes, archaeological treasures, rivers, forests, lakes, grass and sand dunes.
1 Night at Kitela Lodge (Full boarding)
Day 6 & 7 Central Serengeti
After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch to central Serengeti famous for it's resident predators and open flat plains offering spectacular game viewing! (Distance from Rhino Lodge to Serengeti entrance gate is approximately 1 and a half to 2 hours and another 3 hours driver from the entrance gate to Kiota Camp depending on what you see during the 3 hour transfer en route to Kiota Camp.)
The Serengeti and the The Great migration
Serengeti National Park is located in Northern Tanzania and covers an area of about 14.670 km². The park was founded in 1920 and became a National Park in 1951. The Park is especially famous for it’s immense Wildebeest and Zebra herds, but it is not with out reason that it is also known as the best place for observation wildlife in general. The animals that live in the Serengeti, stay there all year round, and in large numbers. The Great Migration is as old as human history. Fossils that were found in the Olduvai canyon, prove that Wildebeests have already been using the planes of the Serengeti for their migration over a million years ago. Already to those times, they were following the rains through the Serengeti.
The Serengeti is one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world. The Serengeti migration is as remarkable as it is impressive.This migration takes place twice a year within Kenya and Tanzania and is considered one of the greatest migrations of wildlife on the planet. Its ecosystem is spread across 60,000 square kilometers and is home to the largest diverse concentration of wildlife and famous for infamous for the migration of nearly two million Wildebeests, Zebras, and Antelopes. Nearly 400,000 Calves are born between the middle of January and the end of February.
The yearly cycle begins in the south of the park, where half a million calves are born between January and March. But when the rains end in May the land dries fast and the grazing animals must move on, heading for their dry season refuge in the Maasai Mara. The key players in this 1,200-mile odyssey are the wildebeest – 1.5 million of them – accompanied by 200,000 zebras, 350,000 Thompson's' impala and grant's gazelles.For them, every year is an endless journey, chasing the rains in a race for life.
The action takes place across 150,000 square miles of woodlands, hills and open plains, a wilderness that includes not only the Serengeti national park and Kenya’s Maasai Mara game reserve but also the dispersal areas beyond.With the beginning of the short rains in late October the migration makes its way back into the Serengeti, so this a good time to be anywhere in the north of the park between Klein’s Camp and the Lamai Wedge. By December, having emerged from the northern woodlands, the herds return past Seronera to mass on their calving grounds again and the circle is complete.But as soon as the rains return the wildebeest head back to the Serengeti, drawn towards their calving grounds in the park’s deep south. Between January and March when the calves are born there is nowhere on Earth so vibrantly alive.
When the rains end in May the wildebeest make tracks for the Maasai Mara. Some take Route One – north across the Seronera Valley. Others swing through the Western Corridor, but for all of them the journey is beset with danger. For a start there are the famous Serengeti lions – about 3,000 at the last count – to which can be added leopards and cheetahs, hungry hyena clans and monster crocodiles. The river crossing is most likely one on the most dramatic events in the Serengeti!
The exact dates of the actual river crossing is always a mystery but it is usually around the end of July through mid-August
GREAT MIGRATION ANNUAL CYCLE
2 nights at Kiota Camp (Full boarding)
Day 8,9 & 10 Northern Serengeti
Morning transfer to Chaka Camp.The word chaka comes from the word 'kichaka', which means 'bush' in Swahili. The name Chaka Camp implies that the camp is a bush camp, or one that is located in the wilderness. The camp, designed to be lightweight enough to move seasonally.
Chaka Camp operates off-the-grid and relies on a custom built solar system for its power. Room fabrics are handwoven African designs, and the camp's furniture was commissioned and crafted by artisans in Arusha, Tanzania.A perfect place to return to after an exhilarating day of game drives, Chaka Camp blends an authentic bush experience with delicious food and a comfortable atmosphere. Relax on your tent's verandah and learn to expect the unexpected as you watch life in the Serengeti unfold.
Accommodation includes 5 double en-suite tents,3 family en-suite tents accommodating up to 2 adults and 2 children and a private, shaded verandah overlooking the Serengeti ecosystem.
Solar-power is available with UK plug points in the dining tent and bedrooms.
Full day game drives along the Mara river and surrounding the large migrating herds.
3 nights at Chaka Camp (Full boarding)
Day 11 Return
Morning return: Quick boat trip to Kasane immigration point and Kasane Airport for your connecting commercial flight directly to Johannesburg and connecting international flight back to the USA...
Dreaming of the trip of a lifetime!.
Day 12 USA arrival
Arrive back in the USA - dreaming of the trip of a lifetime!
$5,245* (January - March) p.p.s
$ 5,489* (April - June) p.p.s
$ 5,985* (July- October) p.p.s
- Cost may vary depending on actual booking dates and currency fluctuations
- Cost is per person sharing / double occupancy
- Safari begins and ends in Kilimajaro (JRO), Tanzania.
- All accommodation and activities as per the itinerary are included
- BOARDING: Full Boarding (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast) / B&B (Bed & Breakfast). Drinks might or might not be included depending in the specific location - please inquire if you need details
- International flights between USA/Europe and Africa are not included
- Child policy may apply
- Single occupancy policy allies
- Checking passport validity and sufficient empty pages needed in the passport remains the client's responsibility
- Checking and obtaining the necessary/applicable VISA's for each country visited is the client's responsibility
They say that all bugs in Africa bite...but the Safari Bug is the worst of them all!