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Tanzania – Safari Serendipity

Tanzania

Journey Overview

TRAVEL PRICE PER PERSON:

From $11,484 per person

NIGHTS:

12 Nights

DESTINATIONS:

Ngorongoro, Serengeti & Fanjove

JOURNEY EXPERIENCE:

Welcome to

Tanzania – Safari Serendipity

Discover Tanzania’s untamed wonders in Ngorongoro’s dramatic landscapes, witness the legendary Great Migration in Serengeti’s vast savannahs, and immerse in the rich culture of the Maasai people. An unforgettable adventure awaits!

As you touch down at Kilimanjaro Airport, the awe-inspiring sight of Mount Kilimanjaro immediately captures your attention. This marks the beginning of an extraordinary adventure, promising immersive explorations of untamed wilderness, exhilarating encounters with wildlife, and the opportunity to engage in enriching cultural experiences throughout Tanzania.

ARUSHA

Arusha, a vibrant city nestled in the northern highlands of Tanzania, serves as the gateway to some of the country’s most iconic natural wonders. Surrounded by lush greenery and fertile lands, Arusha is often referred to as the “Safari Capital of Tanzania.” It offers a blend of modern amenities and authentic African charm, making it an ideal base for exploring nearby attractions like Mount Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, and Tarangire National Park. Beyond its role as a safari hub, Arusha boasts bustling markets, colourful Maasai culture, and a welcoming atmosphere that will leave you captivated throughout your journey.

DELUXE CITY VIEW ROOM ON BED AND BREAKFAST BASIS

Upon arrival at Gran Melia Arusha, you’ll be greeted with warm hospitality from the friendly staff. Settle into your comfortable room and take in the elegant surroundings and thoughtful amenities. For dinner, head to the hotel’s restaurant to savour a delightful mix of local and international cuisine with the Bed and Breakfast basis. Afterwards, take a leisurely stroll through the lush gardens and enjoy the serene ambiance of the evening. Relax in the cosy lounge area, where you can unwind with a drink or indulge in a delicious dessert by the inviting fireplace.

As night falls, retire to your well-appointed room for a restful night’s sleep, ensuring you are rejuvenated for the adventures ahead. Wake up to picturesque views and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Satisfy your morning appetite with a delicious breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant, fuelling you for the day’s activities. Finally, check-out from Gran Melia Arusha, carrying with you fond memories of your delightful stay in this Tanzanian paradise.

You’ll be transferred to Arusha Airport for an Auric Air scheduled flight to Manyara (flight booked by Ranger Safaris). Upon arrival, a camp driver-guide will greet you with a 4×4 vehicle and provide a shared transfer to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where you’ll reach the camp in time for lunch. After enjoying your meal, join a shared Olmoti Crater Hike/Walk provided by the lodge, returning for dinner at sunset.

NGORONGORO CONSERVATIVE AREA

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, located in northern Tanzania, is a geological wonder and wildlife sanctuary of extraordinary significance. Its centrepiece, the Ngorongoro Crater, is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and teems with an astounding diversity of wildlife, including the Big Five, zebras, wildebeests, and countless other species. This unique ecosystem, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, provides critical protection for endangered species while allowing Maasai pastoralists to coexist with nature. Visitors to Ngorongoro are treated to unparalleled safari experiences, witnessing the breathtaking spectacle of wildlife against the backdrop of the crater’s verdant walls, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking to immerse themselves in the wonders of African wildlife and natural beauty.

ON FULL BOARD BASIS INCLUSIVE OF LOCAL DRINKS, LIMITED LAUNDRY SERVICE AND SCHEDULED SAFARI ACTIVITIES

Upon your return to the Highland Ngorongoro Camp in the late afternoon or early evening, you’ll be greeted by the camp’s warm and inviting ambiance. Nestled in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, this beautiful lodge offers luxurious accommodations in spacious canvas tents, blending seamlessly with the natural surroundings. With breathtaking views of the highland forest and the Olmoti Crater, the camp provides a unique and serene retreat. Enjoy a delectable dinner, prepared with care, while reminiscing about the day’s incredible encounters with the wildlife and natural wonders. As the night falls, you’ll retire to your comfortable tent, falling asleep under the African skies, knowing that you have experienced the very best that Tanzania’s wilderness has to offer.

A highlight awaits you in the morning as you will go on an extraordinary adventure, exploring what is commonly referred to as the World’s largest wildlife zoo – the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. After a hearty breakfast at the Highland Ngorongoro Camp, you descend with a delicious picnic lunch through the early morning mists and 2,000 feet into the crater. The Ngorongoro Crater’s vastness and diversity never fail to amaze visitors; its floor is home to distinct areas, including lush forests, serene swamps, picturesque lakes and springs, expansive grasslands, and sandy dunes. This awe-inspiring landscape provides an exceptional wildlife experience, with abundant opportunities to witness animals in their natural habitat.

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Manyara Airstrip for the scheduled Auric Air flight to Seronera (arranged by Ranger Safaris) departing at 11:10 AM and arriving at 12:05 PM. Upon arrival, a camp driver-guide will meet you with a 4×4 vehicle for a transfer to the camp, offering game viewing opportunities along the way.

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Serengeti National Park, situated in northern Tanzania, is an iconic wilderness expanse renowned as one of Africa’s most spectacular safari destinations. Spanning over 14,750 square kilometres, the park is synonymous with the Great Migration, an awe-inspiring annual event where millions of wildebeests, zebras, and other herbivores traverse the plains in search of greener pastures, closely followed by Africa’s predators. Serengeti’s diverse landscapes, from sweeping savannahs to acacia woodlands and riverine forests, provide a home to an astonishing array of wildlife, including the Big Five, cheetahs, and countless bird species. Visitors can embark on thrilling game drives, hot air balloon safaris, and guided walks to witness this natural spectacle while immersing themselves in the park’s raw, untamed beauty. With its unrivalled wildlife viewing opportunities and breathtaking scenery, Serengeti National Park stands as a testament to the untamed majesty of the African wilderness.

ON FULL BOARD BASIS INCLUSIVE OF LOCAL DRINKS, LIMITED LAUNDRY SERVICE AND SHARED GAME DRIVES AND WALKING SAFARIS (WALKING SAFARIS MUST BE PRE-BOOKED)

Upon arrival at Namiri Plains Camp, you will be welcomed with warm hospitality and served a delicious lunch, providing time to relax and settle in. Afterwards, embark on an exhilarating afternoon game drive in the Serengeti National Park, witnessing the captivating wildlife that roams the vast plains. Return to the camp in good time for a delightful dinner, immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the surroundings.

The following days are filled with shared morning and afternoon (or full-day) game drives in the Serengeti National Park. Experience the thrill of encountering iconic African wildlife, from majestic lions to graceful zebras, as you explore the park’s diverse landscapes. Each moment brings new surprises and awe-inspiring sights, leaving you captivated by the wonders of the Serengeti.

On one of the days, you have the option for an early morning Serengeti Hot Air Balloon Safari with a bush breakfast (quoted separately). Drift gently over the savannah, witnessing the breathtaking scenery from above, and indulge in a delicious breakfast in the heart of the wilderness. Later, continue the shared morning and afternoon game drives, ensuring you make the most of this unforgettable safari experience.

As your time at Namiri Plains Camp comes to an end, you’ll take with you cherished memories of the Serengeti’s untamed beauty and the incredible wildlife encounters that made this journey truly exceptional. The captivating experiences and the rugged allure of the Serengeti will linger in your heart long after you bid farewell to this remarkable wilderness.

Start your exciting journey from the camp with a morning game viewing drive to Seronera Airstrip. Board a Coastal Aviation scheduled flight to Selous – Kiba Airstrip, organized by Ranger Safaris. On arrival, the camp driver-guides will greet you and transfer you to the camp, where a delicious late lunch awaits. Get ready to explore the untamed beauty of Selous and enjoy thrilling experiences during your stay.

SELOUS GAME RESERVE

Selous Game Reserve, situated in southern Tanzania, stands as one of Africa’s largest and most untouched wildlife sanctuaries. Covering a vast expanse of 50,000 square kilometers, it offers an exceptional and remote safari experience far from the usual tourist trails. Named in honor of British explorer Frederick Selous, this reserve boasts pristine wilderness, winding rivers, and an abundance of wildlife, including substantial populations of elephants, lions, hippos, and diverse bird species. Visitors can embark on boat safaris along the Rufiji River and guided walking safaris to gain a deeper appreciation of this unspoiled natural landscape. Selous Game Reserve is a hidden gem for safari enthusiasts seeking solitude and an authentic connection with the wild.

ON FULL BOARD BASIS INCLUSIVE OF LOCAL NON-PREMIUM HOUSE BEVERAGES, LIMITED LAUNDRY AND PRIVATE GAME DRIVES / SCHEDULED SAFARI ACTIVITIES (WALKING, BOATING, FISHING, BUSH MEALS – ON SHARED BASIS)

Upon arrival at Nomad’s Sand Rivers Camp, the camp driver-guides will warmly greet you and transfer you to the camp in a private 4×4 vehicle. Enjoy a satisfying late lunch, immersing yourself in the flavours of authentic African cuisine amidst the wilderness.

In the afternoon, embark on an invigorating game drive in Nyerere National Park, where you’ll encounter the diverse wildlife that calls this pristine reserve home. From the majesty of elephants to the stealth of elusive predators, the park offers an array of captivating sightings. Return to the camp as the day winds down, relishing a delightful dinner beneath the starlit African sky.

The following day, seize the opportunity to experience morning and afternoon game drives or scheduled safari activities in Nyerere National Park. Each moment will unveil new wonders, from awe-inspiring landscapes to up-close encounters with extraordinary wildlife. As the sun sets on the horizon, retreat to the camp, cherishing the memories made during your stay at Nomad’s Sand Rivers Camp. Nyerere National Park’s untamed beauty will leave an indelible impression, fostering a deep appreciation for the raw wilderness of Tanzania.

The journey from Selous Game Reserve to Fanjove Island via flight is a thrilling transition from the untamed wilderness to an enchanting Indian Ocean paradise. Departing from Selous, guests board a small aircraft for a scenic flight that reveals the diverse landscapes of Tanzania, from the sweeping savannahs of Selous to the coastal beauty below. With a flight time of approximately 2 to 3 hours, this aerial adventure allows travellers to swiftly cover the distance.

FANJOVE ISLAND

Fanjove Island is a pristine and secluded paradise nestled in the heart of the Tanzanian Indian Ocean. With its powdery white sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and lush palm trees, the island exudes a serene and untouched beauty. Home to Fanjove Private Island Lodge, this eco-friendly and exclusive retreat offers an intimate and tranquil escape for discerning travellers. The lodge’s rustic-chic accommodations blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings, providing guests with a sense of Robinson Crusoe-style seclusion. Fanjove Island is not only a sanctuary for relaxation but also a haven for marine enthusiasts, boasting exceptional snorkelling and diving opportunities, where vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life await exploration. With its limited number of guests and untouched natural splendour, Fanjove Island is a hidden gem where one can truly disconnect and bask in the serenity of a tropical paradise.

FULL BOARD BASIS INCLUSIVE OF SELECTED LOCAL NON-PREMIUM HOUSE BEVERAGES, BASIC LAUNDRY AND SELECTED WATER SPORTS ACTIVITIES (SNORKELLING OFF THE BEACH, KAYAKING, STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING, ISLAND WALK, SAND BANK TRIP, SNORKELLING BY BOAT, SUNSET DHOW TRIP)

At Fanjove Island’s Fanjove Room, prepare for an unforgettable four-night stay that blends tranquility with adventure. Check into your cozy beachfront room, where the sound of gentle waves will lull you into relaxation. As the sun sets over the Indian Ocean, savor delectable dinners with fresh local ingredients, creating an ambiance of island bliss.

Over the next four days, the island beckons you to explore and indulge. Wake up to ocean melodies and relish leisurely breakfasts with mesmerizing sea views. Delight in thrilling snorkeling trips to vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life or set sail on traditional dhow boats, carried by warm sea breezes. For peaceful moments, bask on the pristine sands and soak in the sun’s embrace.

Fanjove Room offers a sanctuary of comfort and serenity, surrounded by untouched nature and the allure of the Indian Ocean. Encounter sea turtles, colorful fish, and the captivating wonders of the underwater world. Each night, the starlit sky becomes a canvas of dreams as you embrace the peace and seclusion of Fanjove Island.

As your four-night escape on Fanjove Island comes to an end, you’ll bid farewell to this paradise, carrying cherished memories of an exceptional island getaway. Fanjove Room’s allure will remain etched in your heart, a testament to the beauty and serenity of this secluded tropical haven.

After breakfast, enjoy the day at leisure at Fanjove Island with a guaranteed late check-out from your Fanjove Room, inclusive of meals, selected local drinks, basic laundry, and selected water sports activities; later in the afternoon, you’ll be transferred by boat to Songo Songo Airstrip for the Coastal Aviation scheduled flight to Dar es Salaam (flight booked by Ranger Safaris), where you’ll be met upon arrival and assisted to connect to your international departure flight.

Services Overview

  • Meet and greet services
  • Transfers as specified
  • All transport for safari sectors in Northern Tanzania will be in Asilia Camps’ 4×4 vehicles with services of experienced English-speaking driver-guides on shared basis
  • All transport for safari sectors in Nyerere National Park (Selous) Tanzania will be in camp’s 4×4 vehicles with services of experienced English-speaking driver-guides on private basis\
  • Game drives, Crater Tour and scheduled activities as specified
  • Scheduled night game drive in Nyerere National Park (Selous) included during stay
  • All accommodation and meals as specified
  • All park fees and government taxes
  • Internal flights booked by Ranger Safaris as specified inclusive of all taxes
  • Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuation Cover (Tanzania) – booked by Ranger Safaris
  • International and regional flights
  • Airport taxes except on tickets we issue
  • Passport and visa fees
  • COVID-19 testing and certification fees if required
  • Emergency medical evacuation cover
  • Hot air balloon safaris
  • Driver-guide gratuities
  • Dining rooms tips and porterage
  • Personal travel, baggage and medical insurance
  • Drinks (except where specified)
  • Laundry
  • Telephone bills and any items of a personal nature
  • Zanzibar Infrastructure Tax (if applicable)

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