Inclusive to mileage of all accommodation, meals,
bottled water throughout, complimentary wine served at dinners
in camps, laundry (water supplies permitting), all official
fees, English speaking driver/guides, unlimited mileage.
Not included: Airfare, visa/passport fees, staff
tips, beverages (soft drinks & mixers, alcoholic beverages
You'll need dollar bills for the luggage porters at Mountain
Village, Ngare Sero Natron Lodge, Planet Africa Lodge @
If you need to exchange money dollars into Tanzania Shillings
I carry sufficient shillings in the glovebox for the purchase
of local (Maasai) crafts, etc. along the way. We always
refer to our cash as 'dollars' never "American Money"...bad
taste. You can use credit cards at the African Cultural
Heritage, but the exchange rate is very high.
A minimum of 10 persons is required to operate this
Depart Newark Liberty Airport on the evening flight to
Amsterdam arriving Tuesday morning. Following a short lay-over
continuing on aboard KLM Royal Dutch Airline over Europe
and North Africa. Arrival at Kilimanjaro Intl Airport in
Tanzania late evening. Proceed through TZ Customs, transfer
to the Mountain Village Lodge for check in and late night
drinks and hot bits; samosa, chips (real French fries) chicken
Situated in the flowered gardens of a former coffee farm
house and surrounded by a lush forest on the slopes of Mount
Meru relax with morning coffee or tea overlooking Lake Duluti.
Breakfast buffet is offered in the dining room. We will
check out after breakfast and depart for Arusha Town.
30 minutes south of Mountain Village. We meet our Tanzanian
drivers and after a short stop at ShopRite Market we'll
continue in our specially designed Toyota Land Cruisers
for Tarangire National Park some two hours south. Following
a late afternoon game drive well return for hot showers,
cocktails fireside and a candle-lit dinner with fine South
Pre-dawn wakeup with hot coffee, tea or chocolate tent
side precedes breakfast at camp or alfresco in the park.
This unique landscape of highland thornbush, dotted with
massive Baobab trees, very large elephant herds and all
the plain's game and predators found in other equatorial
grassland thornbush landscapes is a great way to begin our
safari. Tarangire's bird-life is extraordinary with a propensity
of birds of prey.
Our Land Cruisers are equipped with electrical connectors
above each seat for charging photographic equipment. There
is a cooler in each vehicle for unlimited ice cold bottled
water on each gamedrive.
Wakeup calls. Depart camp with alfresco breakfast picnic
basket with fresh fruit, toast, jams, peanut butter, hot
coffee, tea or chocolate. We head south and west for Selali
Swamp to search this vast pristine wetland for waterbirds
and ducks, tree-climbing pythons,Cape Buffalo, a per-chance
leopard. It was here two years ago one of the teens on the
trip spotted seven wild dogs--a complete surprise for me
and our drivers since none had been seen here in so many
years. Back to camp for hot lunch, a rest and out again
at 5:00 for late day game drive. Before dinner relax for
sundowners by the fire with cocktails and wine/beer and
talk about the day ahead of us.
Travel the long distance from Tarangire to Mto Wa Mbu
Village and onward to Engaruka and Lake Natron. Dinner served
in spacious canvas dining room with fine South Africa wine.
Overhead on a clear night the African sky affords one of
the most spectacular views of the Universe here at the edge
of the Milky Way.
Coffee served in our sleeping tents. Following early breakfast
walk from camp to Natron to view the Lesser Flamingos before
returning to camp for departure. Drive north along the base
of the Gregory Rift Wall, then the climb with 4x4s to the
top of the rift to Sonjo and Malambo Villages. Picnic lunch
at Olkarian Special Camp with time for a rest before leaving
for Ang'ata Kiti Plain for sundowners.
Depart Olkarian Special Camp with Eli Labuku our, Maasai
Guide for hike into the Gorge. The hike is optional. For
those deciding to stay below I'll take you to the plains
for an early morning birding drive. Those hiking through
the gorge can expect to encounter Maasai boys herding their
cattle through the gorge for water. Olkarian is known for
its strange echos and vocal reverberations off the cliff-sides.
Not necessary to keep up with the more physical hikers as
as the trail is one-way in and out.
in and out. We will return to Olkarian Camp for a hot
lunch. Relax around camp and before dinner we'll drive from
camp to the top of a knoll facing Oldoinyo Lengai--The Mountain
of God. Later, in the dark sky, we'll point out the Southern
Cross and familiar constellations here at the edge of the
Milky Way. Back to our campfire for drinks before dinner.
Early to bed for tomorrow we will move northwest to Nasera
Rock in the Lemuta Hills some of the most stunning landscapes
in all of East Africa.
We could almost guarantee that one would not encounter
a single other vehicle out on game drives in the surrounding
area. This is the last remaining 'true' wilderness experience
left in the Serengeti where one can still roam the famous
Serengeti plains like an ancient explorer. The nearest lodge
(Ndutu Lodge) is about 2-hours to the southwest. Off road
driving, walking safaris and 'authentic' Maasai cultural
tours can be conducted in the remote area around Camp.
Expect fine china, crisp linens and gourmet meals to be
served by the flicker of candle lamps and a billion stars
overhead. Spacious sleeping tents, en suite bathrooms and
a comfortable bed round out the tented accommodations. Bask
in the radiance of an authentic wilderness, where civilization
seems a million miles away. It just doesn't get any better
Upon approach one can begin to make out the details of
the Lemuta Hills - the rocky crags, the sparkling granite,
the gnarled bonsai trees rooted stubbornly in the rocky
soil. One can make out more hills in the distance now -
rising from the flatness of the plains, gently sloping upwards
in smoky blue folds of ancient volcanic soil that immortalize
the memory of the great lava flows that erupted here millions
of years ago. Go a little further and you'll find the giant
monolith of Nasera Rock - a towering mountain of solid stone
that ascends from a fold in a valley of sleepy hills, as
grand and odd and mysterious as it is beautiful. It is no
wonder this area is considered sacred, and to this day Nasera
Rock holds great spiritual significance to the Maasai people
who call this isolated area their homeland.
beautiful valley of Ang'ata Ilkarian cuts through the Gol
Mountains and opens up to the Salei Plains. The open plain
around Lemuta is a destination in itself for the Great Migration,
a place where the great herds take pause on their annual
pilgrimage. The volcanic ash that once settled over the
area formed a shallow dust pan where tree roots cannot gain
a foothold, which is the reason for the stark treeless landscape.
There is safety for the great herds here in the open spaces
where approaching predators can easily be spotted at a distance.
The top soil here is also rich in volcanic nutrients; add
rainfall to this ashy mixture already basking in sunshine
and instantly lush savannah grasses burst forth in emerald
As mentioned previously these nutrient rich grasses are
the main reason this area is a crucial stopover point for
the Great Migration. During the green season the migratory
wildebeest and zebra pour over the open plains and devour
the abundant grasses like giant lawnmowers. This feast of
fresh grass fuels the mass calving of Wildebeest that occurs
once a year, loading the cows' milk with nutrition. Here
the calves are able to develop and grow enough to have a
fair shot at surviving the continuation of the endless quest
for more food and water in the harder months to come.
This area is also home to a few of the last remaining
wild dogs in East Africa.
Travel southwest to Lagarja for four days camping in the
heart of the Serengeti Ecosystem. Siringet Maasai for The
Endless Place. We cannot plan specifics; this will be a
time of wandering. A time of exploring the nooks and crannies
of the Moru Mountains and Kopjes, shorelines of Masek, Ndutu
and Lagarja Lakess spending post-campfire nights looking
into the heavenly skies where the Milky Way meets the end
of its galaxy. We plan each day during breakfast. Our days
have gone on way to quickly and we will need to maximize
the remaining days in Tanzania. We have yet to visit the
massif of the Ngorongoro Caldera this sunken volcano which
at one time rivaled Kilamanjaro. Well do it with great aplomb
and more than enough anxiety in contemplation of our time
Moving on to Ngorongoro Crater. Lunch in the Lerai Forest
and a later afternoon game drive. Tonight we will check
in at our special campsite Tembo B Extra. We will be camping
on the rim of Ngorongoro in the Acacia Lehi Forest. This
is a uniquely bold landscape just at the edge. Elephants
roam the campsite; a Maasai askari guards the place all
night. Stay up late and hear the leopard 'coughing' well
into the night. Stay up late if you dare.
From early alfresco breakfast until late afternoon will
be in the crater with lunch at the Lerai Forest picnic site.
Return to Tembo B Extra for dinner and sundowners in the
Acacia Lehi Forest. A full day of wildlife viewing.
Depart early on the Rim Road to Arusha. Lunch at the African
Cultural Heritage Center and last minute shopping. We will
check in later in the afternoon at Planet Africa where there
may be time for an afternoon game drive in Arusha National
Early hot breakfast and leave for Arusha National Park
for birding on the Momella Lakes and a visit to Ngurdoto
Crater looking for Black & White Colobus Monkey. Back
to Planet Africa for lunch, showers and packing before heading
to the airport for our evening flight to Dar es Salaam and
onward through the night.
Approximately 5-hour layover at Schiphol Airport Amsterdam
Landing early afternoon at Liberty Airport in Newark.