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Great Migration Safari - 4 nights/ 5 Days

Tour Type - Migration Safari, Destination - Tanzania

Tour Summary
This is a luxury safari encompassing Lake Manyara to the sweeping grasslands of the Serengeti and the great natural phenomenon that is the Ngorongoro Crater, said to be the seventh wonder of the world.

Day 1: Arusha
Whenever you arrive, you'll be personally met and transferred to the family-owned and managed Rivertrees Lodge built on the banks of a river and shaded under a canopy of beautiful trees in a thick African forest along a beautiful river. For those arriving early for their safari tour in Tanzania, optional activities can be arranged.

Days 2 & 3: West Kilimanjaro
Drive through a patchwork of farmland skirting the flanks of Mount Kilimanjaro before reaching into the beautiful highlands of the western edge of Mount Kilimanjaro, onto a private Maasai conservancy reserve where award-winning Elephant conservation efforts take place. Spend 2 nights in a Luxury Tented Camp, the only guests on 60 000 acres. Game view in vehicles and track Elephant on foot. Learn about the local Maasai and experience some of the most awesome scenery in Africa.

Day 4: West Kilimanjaro - Lake Manyara
Spend the morning visiting sacred Maasai cave paintings with an optional visit to a Maasai boma and chance to buy Maasai beads and artifacts. Then, take a quick charter flight to the edge of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara. Transfer to Kirurumu, an award winning tented lodge that is perched on the very edge of the escarpment with phenomenal views of Africa. Time permitting, join a Maasai for an ethno-botanical walk to the edge of the Rift Valley.

Day 5: Lake Manyara and The Great Rift
Dawn game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, perhaps the most beautiful on the circuit. Famous for its Elephant and Lions in trees, the park boasts 20 times as many species of trees as in all of North America and outstanding bird life. During the morning game drive you'll understand why this is where Out of Africa was filmed. In the afternoon explore an important Elephant corridor and rich native forest in the Maasai community of Silela, with whom Peter has been working closely on a variety of conservation efforts. Meals and overnight at Kirurumu.

 
Classic Tanzania Migration Safari - 9 nights/10 Days

Tour Type - Migration Safari, Destination - Tanzania

Tour Summary
Experience the world's longest running show! The annual drama of the great migration on one of the planet's most beautiful stages, the Serengeti!

Days 1 & 2:
Evening arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, Arusha, Tanzania. Transfer to our beautiful highland lodge with views of Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro. Explore the Great Rift Valley and Lake Manyara National Park, known for its beautiful soda lake often full of flamingoes, and tree-climbing lions.

Days 3-4:

Visit a Rift Valley orphanage, and learn how we can help local children who are most in need. Arise early to be the first on the crater floor as the sun rises and while the wildlife is most active. Enjoy an extended game drive, taking time to observe the interactions of the lions, cheetah, hyena, wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, buffalo and black rhino.

Day 5:
Descend to the Serengeti, visiting a traditional boma along the way, where our guide introduces us to the Maasai who live and raise their livestock here. Hike into the Olduvai Gorge, known to the world as the cradle of humanity, where the Leakeys made their incredible discoveries of remains of the earliest humans. Known to the Maasai as Oltupai, for a flower that grows abundantly here, the gorge is steeped in history. Continue to our mobile tented camp on the Serengeti.

Days 6 & 7:

Game drives in the Serengeti from our private mobile tented camp. At sunset, enjoy drinks by the campfire and delicious meals prepared by our bush chef. Soak in the sounds of the Serengeti – distant roars of lions and the rhythmic beat of hooves.

Days 8 & 9:
Game drive to our permanent luxury tented camp, home for the next two nights. Relax by the swimming pool and watch hippos leaving their swimming hole at sunset from the observation deck. Early in the morning, wake to watch the antics of monkeys while sipping coffee on your private terrace.

Day 10:
Experience an incredible flight over the Serengeti and Great Rift Valley on our way back to Arusha. Say goodbye before your evening flight, or extend your tour on the exotic island of Zanzibar.

Optional Zanzibar Extension,

Days 10-14:
White sand beaches, great snorkeling, and exotic surroundings make the spice island of Zanzibar an ideal end to your journey.

 
Serengeti Panoramic Views

Tour Type - Balloon Safaris, Destination - Tanzania

Tour Summary

Part of the flight will be at an altitude of at least 1 000 feet for magnificent panoramic views of the plains, another part will be at tree top height for unique views of wildlife.

1-hour Balloon flight over the Serengeti Plains with Champagne type breakfast. Takes off from Seronera Lodge.

Duration: 3 hours
Locations Visited: Serengeti National Park.  Note: This Safaris is done while in Serengeti.

 
Serengeti Balloon Safari

Tour Type - Balloon Safaris, Destination - Tanzania

Tour Summary
The hot air balloon safari allows you to see the plain from higher above.The Safari starts at the south west of Serengeti National park

Close your eyes,and for a moment feel your body lift up, with you having no control over it,and there is a certain part of you, inside you, saying to yourself,I am crazy for taking this balloon safari.This is what most people feel, when the excitement of a Serengeti hot air balloon safari crosses on

5.00 a.m :
Wakeup call
Tea or coffee will be served at your lodge before the drive to the launch site.   

6.00 a.m : Pre-flight briefing by pilot

6.15 a.m :
Lift off at . Flight lasts approximately one hour.
Champagne bush breakfast after the flight.
Flight certificate award after breakfast.

9.30 a.m
: Return to Seronera .
with a game drive on route. End of service.
Your safari driver-guide will pick you up upon arrival to continue with your other planned safari activities for the rest of the day.

 
Treasures of Tanzania - 11 nights/ 12 Days

Tour Type - Family Safaris, Destination - Tanzania

Tour Summary
There is no more enriching, exciting family vacation than a real African safari. Explore the natural world at its very best, with morning and afternoon game drives.

Day1 -  Arusha, Tanzania

Upon arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania this evening you will be met and transferred to the Mount Meru Game Lodge. Nestled between the peaks of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro the lodge is located within 33 acres manicured gardens and the tranquil waters of the Usa River. The Lodge and its grounds are also home to a variety of birds and animals that live out their lives here at the Animal Sanctuary. All 17 rooms have a veranda with comfortable chairs where guests may sit during the late afternoons enjoying the surroundings, watching the animal and birdlife. Other amenities consist of a terrace, bar, lounge, restaurant and gazebo.

The main emphasis of the Game Sanctuary is to provide safe haven to African plains game and birds. These include eland, ostriches, waterbucks, zebras, buffalo, small carnivores such as Monitor lizards, small wild cats and of course the enormous variety of birdlife who come to feed, breed and enjoy the unique freedom offered here. The majority of the animals were once either orphaned or badly injured and were brought to the sanctuary for rehabilitation. The Sanctuary is supported entirely by the Lodge.
Overnight - Mt. Meru Game Lodge (late snack)

Days 2/3 - Sinya
After breakfast you will be met by your guide and depart for a remote area in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro called Sinya, a private wildlife reserve on Maasai land. Flood plains, hills, acacia woodland and a memorable landscape of Mt. Meru and Longido Peaks give life to one of the most beautiful, pristine, wild areas of Northern Tanzania. This is the arid land of Sinya, one of the few areas in Africa where huge Elephant Bulls, more than 50 years old, carrying tusks of considerable size, are regularly seen. These bulls, some of them living permanently in the zone, together with herds of mothers and calves, migrate from Amboseli National Park to Sinya in search of water and food. Because of their familiarity with safari vehicles in Amboseli (Kenya) , they allow you to approach them at very short distances, allowing for excellent photographic opportunities. Most of them have been monitored by Cynthia Moss in Amboseli for more than 25 years and form one of the healthiest and most balanced Elephant populations of the whole African continent.

The Maasai in Sinya still live in the traditional way and are spectacularly dressed and follow all the traditional ceremonies. They are very friendly and unexposed to the commercial relationship with tourists that is common in other more visited areas. You will have opportunities to be led on wildlife walks, visit the Maasai villages and market, and participate in ceremonies if the occasion arises. While in Sinya you will spend two nights at Kambi ya Tembo, a small luxury tented camp that looks directly at Mt Kilimanjaro and is the only facility in the reserve. Activities while at Kambi ya Tembo include game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, bird watching and walking safaris escorted by Maasai warriors. Also, during free times the Askaris (watchmen) will patrol day and night for animals, and the area will be cleared by our head watchman well before children are allowed to walk or play.

Today after you arrive and eat lunch you will depart in the late afternoon on an evening game drive returning in time for drinks and story telling around the camp fire with the enormous African sky overhead. Excellent meals are served under the trees or in the dining tent. Overnight - Kambi Ya Tembo (all meals & activities)

Day 4 - Sinya / Arusha National Park
Arise for an early breakfast then go for a short game drive in the reserve before departing back to Arusha. En route you will visit Arusha National Park. Set between the slopes of Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro this small park is one of Tanzania’s hidden gems and one of the few places where you will have a good chance to see the rare Black & White Colobus monkeys, which inhabit the Ndurdoto Forest. The parks contains a series of shimmering alkaline lakes, which attract large flocks of flamingo’s and a variety of birds, along with elephant, buffalo, zebra, gazelle, wart hog, hippo and an amazing number of giraffe. The rare black rhino is also found here.

One of the highlights of today’s game drive is a short walk to a viewing area overlooking the miniature Ngurdoto Crater, which is completely reserved for the animals, so no one is allowed to go down into it. From high above the tiny dots that appear on the crater floor are actually huge Buffalo, that feed in the marsh grasses.

Enjoy a picnic lunch, before heading back to Arusha arriving at the Mt. Meru Game Lodge in the afternoon. Relax for the rest of the day. Overnight - Mt. Meru Game Lodge (all meals & activities)

Days 5/6 - Tarangire National Park

This morning you will drive down the escarpment to Tarangire National Park, Tanzania’s third largest wildlife reserve. As you enter the park you will see the ancient Baobab trees that dot the grasslands. Elephant, leopard, lion and many plains game can be found here as well as eland, Maasai giraffe, Grant's and Thompsons' gazelle, hartebeest, impala and the usual collections of baboons, warthog and ostrich. The landscape is as diverse as the wildlife, with zones ranging from grassland to woodland and deep gully vegetation to scattered rocky hilltops. The Tarangire River meanders through the park, enticing over 6,000 elephants to the are during the dry season and a variety of colorful birds.

Your accommodations for the next two nights will be at Maramboi Camp. This is a small luxury camp set on a 2,000 acre private wildlife concession in the migratory corridor between Lake Manyara and Tarangire – just 20 minutes drive from the entry gate. The 10 large walk-in tents are set on wooden platforms and there is a dining boma and salt water swimming pool. Each tent has full ensuite facilities and 24hr, 22Volt solar power.

Activities include wildlife viewing in the park, walking with Maasai guides and visiting nearby Datoga or Maasai villages. After lunch you will enjoy an afternoon game drive followed by drinks around the fire before dinner. Overnight - Maramboi Camp (all meals & activities)

Day 7 - Lake Manyara/ Ngorongoro Farm House

Arise early this morning and after tea or coffee, you’ll leave Tarangire for a short 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 comical Ground Hornbill and the Crested Eagle.

After spending several hours in the park and stopping for a picnic breakfast, you’ll continue to the Ngorongoro Highlands, driving through small villages and passing small farms on your way to the Ngorongoro Farm House. The Ngorongoro Farm house is set on 500 acres of gardens, pasture and coffee plants. It faces the Oldeani Volcano at the foot of Ngorongoro Crater and has 22 charming cottages that look out at the rolling hills, a pool, dining room and lounge. After lunch you will visit the local primary school in the small town of Karatu. Then return to the lodge with time to cool off in the pool. Overnight - Ngorongoro Farm House (all meals & activities)
Day 8 - Ngorongoro Crater
This morning after a wonderful farm house breakfast you will leave the farm and drive the short distance to the "eighth wonder of the world", the Ngorongoro Crater. Driving up the slopes of the lush green mountain and arriving at the rim of the crater, the first glimpse takes your breath away. The floor of this collapsed volcano spreads for 102 sq. miles and the walls are 2000 ft. high, a truly awesome sight. The crater floor is a virtual "Noah's Ark", inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa. It contains a river, several swamps, a soda lake - complete with flamingoes, a forest and open plains.

Descend down into the floor of the crater for a full day of wildlife viewing, stopping for a picnic lunch. Return to the Ngorongoro Farm House in the afternoon. Overnight - Ngorongoro Farm House (all meals & activities)

Days 9/10/11 - Serengeti National Park

This morning after breakfast and a final glimpse of the crater, you’re off to the infamous Serengeti National Park, the symbol of Africa's wildlife. The word Serengeti comes from the Maasai language meaning "endless plains". The 6,900 sq. mile (18,000 sq. km) park is inhabited by more than 2 large million 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. Many smaller animals – rock hyrax, bat eared foxes, mongoose, honey badger, jackals, monkeys, baboon and African hare inhabit the area along with nearly 500 species of birds. Off road you’ll find the "Kopjes", massive boulder islands of granite standing in a sea of grass, provide shelter to a great variety of plants and animals, from the elusive leopard to the tiny dik dik.

Along the way to the Serengeti you will stop at the famous “Oldupai Gorge”, where Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey made their discovery of early man. Here you will visit the small museum and attend a short lecture describing the archeological digs and geology of the gorge.

Your lodging for the next three nights will be either at Ndutu Lodge, or the Serengeti Serena Lodge, depending on where the herds of wildebeest and zebras are migrating. From December to May, the migration is clustered in the southern Serengeti between the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Lake Ndutu. The Ndutu Safari Lodge is a delightful small lodge that sits back from the lake in a beautiful setting. It is known for it’s friendly staff and wonderful food, and the Genets (small nocturnal catlike animal) that wander the rafters in the main building. At night you can sit around the campfire and look up at the magnificent African sky, while listening to the sounds of animals in the distance. In the morning you'll be awakened by the sounds of birds.

During June the herds began to move north into the central and western Serengeti and up into the Grumeti River area. From June through November your accommodations will be at the beautiful Serengeti Serena Lodge, a luxury lodge where you stay in a stone-built, traditionally-thatched 'Rondavel', featuring natural stone bathrooms, wildwood balconies, rope-lashed staircases, leopard-print drapes and intricately carved furniture, all with views of the endless plains below. The lodge has 66 guests rooms, a pool, fire pit, barbecue area, restaurant, lounge and bar. Optional hot air balloon safaris can also be done here. Overnight - Ndutu Safari Lodge (all meals & activities)

Day 12 - Serengeti / Arusha/ Depart
After breakfast you will leave the Serengeti, spotting wildlife on the way, stopping for a picnic lunch. You will arrive in Arusha in the afternoon at 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 lush gardens. The open air bar has a magnificent view of Mt. Kilimanjaro, which at 19,340 feet (5,895 m), is the highest mountain in Africa. Relax the remainder of the day by the pool, or soak in the view from your bungalow. Dinner is on your own tonight. In the early evening you will be driven to the airport in time to catch your evening flight home.
Dayroom -KIA Lodge

 
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