Day 1: Arriving East Africa. Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International airport, you will be met by our driver and assisted through customs and immigration formalities. Thereafter, drive to Arusha the nerve center of East Africa, and getaway to several national parks in the north of the country. Nestled between mountain Meru and mountain Kilimanjaro, Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge is located within a lush coffee plantation, 140 acres, with natural streams flowing through the property, from mountain Meru.
The lush vegetation and the magnificent views of the snow capped mountain Kilimanjaro and the looming mountain Meru, right in front of the lodge, is an absolutely awesome sight. This lodge is ideally located between Arusha town and Kilimanjaro International Airport, 27 km either way. Meals and overnight at Ngurdoto Mountain lodge.
Day 2: Arusha – Tarangire. After breakfast, drive to Tarangire National Park, the third largest national park in Tanzania. This delightful park, covering an area of 2600 sq km was established in 1970, and it is the numerous baobab trees that will initially catch your eye. The Tarangire National Park derives its name from the Tarangire River that rises in the highlands of central Tanzania and winds its way through the game sanctuary. The river irresistibly lures the herds of plains migrants from the parched surrounding area to its shrunken – but permanent – brackish waters during the dry season.
The animals come by thousands from as far north as the shores of Lake Natron, dramatically swelling the resident population with wildebeest, zebra, eland, elephant, hartebeest, buffalo and fringe-eared Oryx. Tarangire is said to have the highest recorded number of breeding bird species for any habitat in the world. As the rainless days continue the Tarangire pools are clotted with thirsty migrants, and elephants begin to dig for underground streams in the dry riverbed. Hot lunch at Tarangire Sopa lodge. Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Treetops Tented Lodge.
Located within the 85000 acre Lolkisale Conservation Area, a private reserve bordering Tarangire National Park, Tarangire Treetops has a magical "never never land" feel, appealing to those with a sense of fun. Uniquely furnished with a combination of natural and contemporary décor the 20 tree-houses provide guests with an altogether "different" safari camp experience, one which includes sharing their space with other tree residents such as owls and bush babies.
Perched up in the baobab and marula trees that dominate the landscape the houses each have a large private balcony affording magnificent views over the African plains and the Rift Valley wall. With an internal floor space of 65 sq meters the rooms are the largest of their kind in East Africa. Encasing a vast baobab tree the spacious public areas feature a restaurant, bar, reception, swimming pool and boutique overlooking the waterhole that sees a constant flow of visitors throughout the day and night.
Day 3: Lolkisale Conservation Area. With the natural beauty of the scenery begging to be explored, visitors can take advantage of personally guided walking safaris. You may start with the walking and then do game viewing by exploring Tarangire National Park famed for its large herds of elephant that reside there. Meals and overnight at Tarangire Treetops Luxury Tented Camp.
Day 4: Tarangire – Ngorongoro. After breakfast, you will drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area stopping en route at Gibbs Farm. This is an old colonial farmhouse, built by German settlers in the early 19th century, is a great place to stop for a home cooked lunch that is fresh from the farm. There are tours of the coffee farm or walks through the forest of the Ngorongoro highlands. After lunch you continue your journey up the slopes of the Ngorongoro Highlands arriving at the crater rim, with spectacular views across the Ngorongoro Crater. Continue to your camp and enjoy a sun downer overlooking, what is said to be the eighth wonder of the World.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers 8300 sq km, of which the renowned Ngorongoro Crate only makes up about 3 per cent - equal to approximately 260 sq km. The conservation area also encompasses the volcanic area around the Ngorongoro Crater including the still active volcano of Oldonyio Lengai and the famous Olduvai Gorge. Its centerpiece, the Ngorongoro Crater, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world is the largest unbroken caldera in the world, and the first sight of it is truly breathtaking.
The floor of the crater is home to a year round population of varied wildlife, including the almost extinct black rhino. Animal densities are high, and game viewing is excellent, with visitors after being able to get up close to the now almost habituated “wild” animals. The crater supports up to 25000 large mammals. Grazers dominate: zebra, wildebeest – accounting for almost half the animals – gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest and wart hog. Giraffe, for example, stay away because there is insufficient food at tree level. topi because they compete directly with wildebeest.
An odd feature of the crater elephants is that they are almost exclusively bulls. Breeding herds – comprising large numbers of females and young with a few attendant older males – are probably unable to find sufficient quality food in the crater. Ngorongoro has carnivores in quantity, drawn by the large herds of prey animals. It has the most dense population of large predators, mainly lion – about 100 – and more than 400 spotted hyena, living in eight clans of up to eighty individuals. Both lions and hyenas will scavenge from each other, depending on weight of numbers and of course, hunger. Dinner and overnight Ngorongoro Serena lodge.
Day 5: Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After breakfast descend the crater wall for a full day’s game drive in the crater floor. Lunch will be a picnic lunch at a site located near a hippo pool. After viewing game in the afternoon return to your lodge. Nestled onto the rim of the crater, all in stone and wood construction and overgrown with natural vegetation, the 75 rooms of the lodge become almost unseen among the natural surroundings. They are breathtaking views of the crater from all the rooms. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.
Day 6: Ngorongoro – Serengeti National Park. After breakfast, drive to Serengeti stopping en route at Olduvai Gorge, he site of Dr. and Mrs. LSB Leakey’s discovery of Zinjanthropus bosei. Here, you will enjoy a short talk from one of the Deputies of Antiquities, who will explain to you what has been done and what continues to happen. The gorge was discovered accidentally by a German butterfly collector, Professor Kattwinkle, in 1911, but it was not until 1959 that Dr. Mary Leakey unearthed the Zinj skull believed to be 1.8 million years old.
Continue driving further north game viewing en route to your exclusive luxury mobile camp. Mobile camping is our way of providing you with a unique insight into an Africa few visitors have the opportunity to experience. The oldest and still the most exclusive way to take a safari, sleeping under canvas is reminiscent of the vintage days when every safari was a self-sufficient, private caravan traveling through glorious landscapes.
Our luxury tented product has been designed for the traveler who is determined to enjoy the very best that East Africa has to offer at an affordable price where the rate is a set per person per night rate instead of the sliding scale often used for mobile safaris. With a maximum of 12 guests in any one camp at any time we are able to ensure the experience is intimate and the service provided is personalized and of the highest standard. No compromises are made on safari under canvas and with us your comfort is of the utmost importance.
Days 7-9: Three full days of excitement awaits you as you depart from the camp at sunrise in order to capture the dawn activities, and the early morning light. You will return to lodge for a late breakfast, and have an opportunity to relax in the lodge – enjoying your natural environment watching a heard of Impala wander not far from the lodge, before moving to your mobile camp set up in the middle of nowhere. Dinner and overnight at Luxury mobile camp.
Day 10: Fly Serengeti - Arusha. After breakfast you will board your scheduled flight to Arusha airport. On arrival you will be met at the airport, go on shopping before driving to Mountain village lodge for lunch. A day room will be provided till evening when you will be collected and transferred to Kilimanjaro International airport for your home bound flight.
- Your accommodation: Custom made walk in tents using heavy duty canvas ensure a spacious "room" complete with en-suite bathrooms. Tents are tastefully appointed with twin or double beds, mosquito nets, crisp linen, warm blankets or duvets and hot water bottles for chilly nights. Framed pictures and local wall hangings, Persian rugs, bedside tables, wardrobes and luggage racks make your tent a true "home away from home".
Lighting is provided by solar power and your bathroom comes complete with a dressing table with fully plumbed washbasin, lavatory and showers – a new, and often surprising, interpretation of "camping". Hot water is available throughout the day and evening and, like your laundry, morning tea or in fact your every need will be arranged by your butler allowing for a refreshing wash, shower or maybe a shave on the veranda of your tent.
The spacious veranda in front of your room is furnished with comfortable safari chairs and tables - the perfect retreat for a relaxing moment watching a weaver bird building its nest in a nearby Acacia tree, a herd of impala grazing quietly only meters away, or simply relaxing and listening to the sounds of the African bush.
- Dining in the bush: Cuisine under canvas is exceptional, using only fresh ingredients, original recipes and with beautiful presentation our camp chefs never cease to amaze our guests. We cater to all dietary requirements, however demanding. Meals can be served al fresco or in the traditional mess tent and served by our liveried waiters. A short rest after lunch, at around 15:00 afternoon game viewing. Meals and overnight at luxury mobile camp.
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