African Mobile Safari in Tanzania
ON THE WILDSIDE SAFARI
nights & 12 days lodge/mobile safari
cost · best season ·
map of safari
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.
Day 2: WEST KILIMANJARO
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
Day 3: WEST KILIMANJARO
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.
Day 4: WEST KILIMANJARO
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.
Day 5: TARANGIRE
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.
Day 6: TARANGIRE
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.
Day 7: LAKE MANYARA
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.
Day 8: NGORONGORO RIM WALK
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.
Day 9 NGORONGORO
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.
Day 10: SERENGETI
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.
Day 11: SERENGETI
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.
12: ARUSHA - DEPARTURE
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.
and departure dates:
Please contact us for up to date rates
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.
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:
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
• 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:
your stay: to the tropical island of Zanzibar
Emerson & Green, Zanzibar Serena Inn, Breezes Beach
approx. USD150 per person per night sharing
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