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ESSENCE OF TANZANIA

Serengeti, Tarangire & Ngorongoro
(6Day / 5 Night)

Imagine finding yourself under the vast African sky in the middle of one of the last expanses of true wilderness left on our planet, possibly listening to the haunting and mysterious sounds of night predators and their prey as the drama of their interactions unfold.

This safari will allow you ample time to visit the famous wildlife areas of Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarangire.  These parks are world famous icons, and offer probably the best game viewing in Africa.

Our safari is run at a leisurely pace, ensuring plenty of time to explore the different regions – and particularly the Serengeti, where three nights are spent at our intimate tented camp.

Style of Safari

Our camps – Serengeti Wilderness Camp (permanent camp), Serengeti North Wilderness Camp and/or Ndutu Wilderness Camp (seasonal camps) are located inside the national park and conservation areas respectively.  These camps are designed in the safari style of olde – simple, but comfortable with every need being taken care of.  Each camp comprises of maximum 12 tents, each comfortably furnished with great attention to detail.  Quality linens, solar lighting, eco-friendly flush toilet and shower en suite.

Depending on the time of year and the anticipated movement of game you may stay at either one of our camps during your time in the Serengeti.   Serengeti Wilderness Camp is located centrally, and is a great place to base up just about all year round.  There is exceptional resident game in the area, including the big cats, herds of elephant, resident wildebeest and zebra, buffalo and plenty of antelope.  At certain times of the year the migration is a stone’s throw from the camp.

The seasonal camp moves from Ndutu (in the south) during the calving season), to the North for the migration and river crossings.  Whichever camp you stay at, our guides will take you to the best game viewing possible, sometimes that may entail a long day in the vehicle, others the game may be close by!  Sumptuous meals are prepared by our friendly safari chefs, and are served in the dining tent, or directly under the stars.

Inside your spacious safari vehicle you will find a selection of reference books on Tanzania’s parks, history, its flora and fauna, and a cool-box or fridge for drinks.   In our specially customised extended land cruisers the windows are enlarged and the roof height extended to allow ease of photography and game-viewing, with plenty of room to stretch your legs.  Our land cruisers have game viewing hatches that allow 360 degree views.

Your guide is an experienced professional who will prioritise your comfort and safety as well as ensuring optimal game-viewing opportunities throughout your safari with us.

 

Our Program

 

Day 1:

THIS SAFARI IS GUARANTEED WITH MINIMUM TWO GUESTS
Departure dates below

Saturday – Tarangire National Park
This morning after an early morning briefing, we set off for the day to TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK.

Close to Arusha, 118 kilometres away, Tarangire National Park gets its name from the river that threads its way through the length of the reserve. It is famous for its dense wildlife population which is most spectacular between June and September, the dry period. During this time, thousands of animals – elephant, buffalo, giraffe, eland, wildebeest, kudu, hartebeest and the rarely seen oryx – migrate from the dry Masai steppe to the Tarangire River looking for water. Lion, leopard and other predators follow the herds. Tarangire has the largest population of elephant of any park in the northern circuit and is also home to 550 varieties of bird.
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From Tarangire, we drive up through the beautiful highlands to the rich farming area of Karatu. Karatu is located on the ‘outer’ slopes of Ngorongoro – fertile land, from when the massive volcano erupted,

We overnight at Bougainvillea Lodge. All meals included.

 

Day 2:

Sunday, Ngorongoro
Today we head into Ngorongoro Conservation area, and after driving steadily down the steep 610 metre sides of the crater, we enjoy spectacular game viewing in the crater – which is almost guaranteed to turn up four of the Big Five, as well as a rich variety of birds, all viewed against the backdrop of the thickly forested crater walls. Picnic lunch in the crater.
Ngorongoro Crater is one of the natural wonders of the world. A large volcanic caldera, with an area of 259 square kilometres, it contains a huge variety of game and birds and is often referred to as a microcosm of Africa with its dramatic weather changes and varied terrains consisting of forest, grasslands and both freshwater and soda lakes.

All meals included.
Overnight Bougainvilliea, or similar.
It may be cold at night, so bring some warm clothing.

 

Day 3:

Monday, Serengeti
Depart the Ngorongoro region, en route to the Serengeti, with picnic lunch, we stop off at Olduvai Gorge for a short visit and an insight into history of the region.

It is at Olduvai Gorge where, in 1959, Mary Leakey made her ground-breaking discovery of a hominid (human-like) skull dating back 1.8 million years. Since then other hominid species, possibly our early ancestors, have been found in the area dating as far back as 3.7 million years.

The whole area is often referred to as the ‘cradle of mankind.’

There is also time to visit a Masai village before continuing to the Serengeti Wilderness Camp, or Ndutu/North Wilderness Camp, to settle in for the evening.

All meals included. Overnight Serengeti Wilderness Camp (or should you travel outside April/May, you may stay at Ndutu or North Camp. When you confirm your preferred dates of travel, we will advise which camp you will be staying at).

 

Day 4 and 5:

Tuesday/Wednesday, Serengeti
Two more full days in the Serengeti, with time to do some game drives as well as visit the education centre which provides some interesting information on this vast park.

The Serengeti is unequalled for its beauty and contains more than three million large mammals spread over the vast endless plains. It is here, at certain times of the year, that we may encounter the breathtaking spectacle of the annual wildebeest migration, where one and a quarter million wildebeest trek in columns of up to forty kilometres long in search of grazing, drawing with them their predators and numerous other species of game. From January to March the herds can largely be found in the southern area, proceeding north through the centre and Western Corridor during June and July before entering Kenya’s Masai Mara. They return south in November to repeat this amazing instinctive procession all over again.

Africa’s most famous national park covers an area of almost 15000 sq km and is world-renowned for its dense predator population and the annual wildebeest migration. The park is part of the much large Serengeti eco-system, which includes Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve, and encompasses more than double this area.

The greater part of the park is open grassland, patches of acacia woodland and isolated areas of granite rock outcrops called koppies.

Animal migration is linked to the annual rainfall patterns and its effect on their feeding habitats. Formerly the home of the Maasai tribe who displaced the Datoga pastoralists in the 17th century, the name Serengeti is derived from the Maasai word serengit, meaning ‘endless plain’.

The national park was created by the Tanzania Government in 1951 and became famous through the work of Professor Bernard Grzimek (in particular his book ‘Serengeti Shall Not Die’).

Huge herds of wildebeest and zebra can be found here along with smaller concentrations of Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, impala, kongoni, Kirk’s dik dik, klipspringer and small numbers of roan, oryx, oribi, eland and waterbuck. There are also significant numbers of buffalo, giraffe and warthog. Elephants are relatively scarce on the open plains, and more common in the northern areas and the western corridor.

The few remaining black rhinos are restricted to an inaccessible part of the park – so one doesn’t often see them. But the most popular animals to be found here in greater abundance than elsewhere on the northern circuit are the cats. Lions, cheetahs and leopard may all be seen here along with other predators, such as the spotted hyena, golden and black-backed jackals, wild cats and servals.

All meals included. Overnight Serengeti Wilderness Camp.

Balloon safari
If you would like to go on an early morning balloon safari over the Serengeti, this will be possible if you are at our central camp in the Serengeti. Please note that balloon safaris can only be organised by PRE-ARRANGEMENT and there is an additional cost for this.

 

Day 6:

Thursday, Arusha
Transfer to the Seronera/Ndutu or Kogatende airstrip for your (optional) flight to Arusha – mid morning. Or return by road to Arusha. It is an exceptionally scenic flight (weather dependent) over the highlands of Ngorongoro, across the vast expanse of the Rift Valley escarpments, and over the green coffee plantations surrounding Arusha airport. (Enquire for airfare.)

 

Rates

2017 Scheduled Dates
January
Sat 28 January 2017
February
Mon 27 February (post Kili Marathon)
March
Sat 18 March 2017
April
Sat 22 April
May
Sat 20 May
June
Sat 10 June
July
Sat 1 July
Sat 22 July (Ladies Only)
Sat 29 July
August
Sat 26 August
September
Sat 9 September (Ladies Only)
Sat 23 September
October
Sat 21 October (Ladies Only)
Sat 28 October
November
Sat 25 November
December
Sat 16 December

 

ESSENCE OF TANZANIA

Six day/five night package

2017

Scheduled Departures

SINGLE ROOM SUPP
1 January – 31 March USD 3000 pps

Including USD 657 park fees

USD 420
1 April – 30 June USD 2800 pps

Including USD 657 park fees

USD 150
1 July – 30 July  

USD 3000 pps

Including USD 657 park fees

USD 500
1 Aug – 31 Oct USD 3000 pps

Including USD 657 park fees

USD 500
1 Nov – 14 Dec USD 2350 pps

Including USD 657 park fees

 USD 180
15 Dec – 31 Dec USD 2650 pps

Including USD 657 park fees

 USD 500
One way flight

SER-ARS

From USD 300 (depends  on airline used and airstrip)

Additional

Price includes:

  • accommodation at quality lodges and tented camp as set out above
  • all meals on safari
  • park fees and entries
  • game viewing activities as indicated
  • services of a driver/guide, support crew and cook as appropriate
  • bottled water for game drives / in vehicle (not at hotels/lodges)
  • maximum seven guests in a vehicle – all WITH WINDOW SEATS – no ‘middle’ seats.

Excludes – flights, visas, travel insurance, health requirements, gratuities, drinks, all items of a personal nature and any service not specified.  There is a cash bar at the Serengeti Wilderness camps.  One way flight from Serengeti-Arusha/Kilimanjaro

Travel during the months of April/May – GREEN SEASON – and SAVE!
April and May in the Serengeti are two of our favourite times to travel.  Not so busy, no dust, amazing skies and spectacular sunsets and generally the migration is around the central area/Moru Kopjies. During this period less people visit the area which result in hotels/lodges etc. lowering their rates. So you can take advantage of paying less and having less people around a wildlife sighting.

We offer many other fabulous safaris to this part of the world with activities ranging from walking, photography, bird-watching and spa treatments. We tailor make itineraries from camping to upmarket lodge safaris for individuals and groups.

Optional Extras:

Balloon safari.  Flight Serengeti-Arusha / Kilimanjaro

Charging facilities:

There are charging facilities at the lodges/camps as well as on in our Wild Frontiers’  safari vehicles for camera batteries, mobile phones etc. Two-pin plugs as well as the round three-square pin plug points.

Weather:
Tanzania is a land without winter. Temperatures in northern Tanzania range between 15-21C during the day and 4-10C at night, from May to October. From November to March the daytime temperature varies from 21-32C and from 15-23C at night. However, if you are travelling to high altitude areas like Ngorongoro Crater and Kilimanjaro, of course the temperature drops substantially.

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