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Touch of Wilderness

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Tanzania

Touch of Wilderness

Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania located at the foot of Mt. Meru, close to Mount Kilimanjaro, the Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Parks. From there it’s only a short trip to the Serengeti. Just to the north, on the slopes of Mt. Meru is the Arusha National Park. After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania and in the dry season the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. This is also the one place where dry-country antelope such as oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. Tarangire is also known for its spectacular baobab trees and its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south. The Ngorongoro Crater is game viewing gone crazy and it is not surprising that with is one of Tanzania’s major tourist draw cards. Within the crater rim a daily wildlife drama is played out as large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby lions, leopards, elephants and black rhinos. The Empakaai Crater is the beautiful little crater contains forests and a shallow lake. The caldera is 6 km wide and the lake occupies nearly half of its floor. At Empakaai, the scenery is spectacular everywhere. From the Northern and Eastern side you can look out to the dramatic cone of Oldonyo Lengai, the Great Rift Valley and Lake Natron.

Description

Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania located at the foot of Mt. Meru, close to Mount Kilimanjaro, the Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Parks. From there it’s only a short trip to the Serengeti. Just to the north, on the slopes of Mt. Meru is the Arusha National Park. After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania and in the dry season the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. This is also the one place where dry-country antelope such as oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. Tarangire is also known for its spectacular baobab trees and its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south. The Ngorongoro Crater is game viewing gone crazy and it is not surprising that with is one of Tanzania’s major tourist draw cards. Within the crater rim a daily wildlife drama is played out as large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby lions, leopards, elephants and black rhinos. The Empakaai Crater is the beautiful little crater contains forests and a shallow lake. The caldera is 6 km wide and the lake occupies nearly half of its floor. At Empakaai, the scenery is spectacular everywhere. From the Northern and Eastern side you can look out to the dramatic cone of Oldonyo Lengai, the Great Rift Valley and Lake Natron.

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Tanzania

Arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by one of our experienced driver guides, ready to greet and escort you to Arusha and your chosen hotel. He will introduce you to this wonderful city and country. Journey time and Distance: 1 hour, 55 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha

Overnight: Arusha Serena Hotel Extraordinary natural beauty, sweeping Lake Duluti and garden views and the ambience of a colonial era coffee farm distinguish Arusha Serena Hotel. Each of our 42 meticulously crafted guest rooms has been inspired by our heritage and natural splendour, welcoming guests to experience the romance and simplicity of a 1920s lakeside retreat. Designed in the manner of a stone cottage, all accommodations are clustered around a village square adorned with beautifully tended lawns and extensive gardens.

Today your adventure begins at Arusha Serena Hotel - just a stone’s throw from the ‘centre of Africa’.

Activities

  • Hotel Transfers

Accommodation

Arusha Serena Hotel

Day 2

Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, depart with packed lunch and drive to Tarangire National park for game drives. In the afternoon, drive back to Tarangire Tortilis Camp for dinner and overnight. You will stay for 2 nights at Serengeti with game drives This is a full day activity.

Overnight: Tarangire Tortilis Camp Off the beaten track, and far from the park’s other camps and lodges, this is a great wilderness experience. The nearby Gursi swamplands ensure that warthog, zebra and other mammals are attracted to this area as they come to drink. After a long day, you can kick back, take a drink yourself and watch an unforgettable sunset. Tarangire Tortilis is located around four magnificent specimen of the iconic baobab tree, which is characteristic of Tarangire National Park.

Away from the noise of the busy park gates, this safari camp combines comfort with tranquility, a sense of freedom and being at one with nature. You can be assured that you will be warmly welcomed by an enthusiastic team, keen to turn your stay here into something rather special.

Activities

  • Game Drive

Accommodation

Tarangire Tortilis Camp

Day 3

Walking Safari

After breakfast, depart with packed lunch and get close to the wildlife on a morning walking safari, one that will surely stay in your memory for ever. After our lunch, we will climb aboard our vehicle to explore the many wonders of this diverse park. After our afternoon game drive, we will return you to your Tarangire accommodation to relax, have dinner and spend another night. This is a full day activity.

Get close to the wildlife on a morning walking safari, one that will surely stay in your memory for ever.

Activities

  • Game Drive

Accommodation

Tarangire Tortilis Camp

Day 4-5

Central Serengeti

After breakfast, depart from your lodge with packed lunch and drive to the Serengeti National Park via the Ngorongoro conservation area. On arrival in the Serengeti, spend the afternoon with game drives. In the early evening arrive at your lodge for check in, dinner and Overnight. You will stay for 2 nights at Serengeti with game drives. This is a full day activity.

Overnight: Serengeti Tortilis Camp Superbly situated, a wilderness experience like no other. This is what some call ‘glamping,’ with a high degree of comfort in the heart of this famous National Park. The team here is totally dedicated to your enjoyment, providing the warmest of welcomes which might include a bit of singing and dancing: bring your sense of rhythm! You may not be alone here, as the wildlife like to roam freely amongst the tents. But don’t worry, our staff will keep you safe.

Enjoy a drink at our outdoor ‘fireplace’ while listening to the calls of the wild.

Activities

  • Game Drives

Accommodation

Serengeti Tortilis Camp

Day 6

Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, depart your lodge with a packed lunch and drive through the Serengeti plains to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. On arrival descend into the crater, for half a day tour of the crater floor. In the late afternoon ascend and drive to your lodge, for check in, dinner and Overnight. This is a full day activity.

Overnight: Ngorongoro Tortilis Camp The camp located in dense, sloping woodland and adjacent to a traditional Maasai community. Some will call the set-up here ‘glamping’, and it certainly offers a great level of comfort, considering the wilderness location. The nearby Ol Mote and Makarot mountains give it an added dimension, but it is the warm welcome of the staff which is the highlight for many of the visitors here.

You’ll enjoy the team’s singing and dancing, perhaps you will even be tempted to join in. You can relax, have a drink, sit in front of the camp fire, and listen to the sounds of the noisy tree hyrax who live nearby. Then, enjoy dinner - and fall asleep, dreaming of the day’s highlights.

Activities

  • Ngorongoro Crater Half Day Tour

Accommodation

Ngorongoro Tortilis Camp

Day 7

Empakaai Crater: Ngorongoro

After breakfast, we drive to the trailhead on the rim of Empakaai Crater. From there, we walk down to the crater lake, keeping our eyes peeled for points of natural interest along the way. In the background, you will see some of Tanzania’s many volcanoes. The crater lake here is around 80 metres deep, much deeper than the lake in Ngorongoro.

This is a peaceful place, with chatter of the flamingos and the distant clatter of cowbells often being the only sounds to disturb the silence. After your walking safari, you will return to your accommodation for some relaxation, your evening meal and a welcome sleep. This is a full day activity.

This is a peaceful place, with chatter of the flamingos and the distant clatter of cowbells often being the only sounds to disturb the silence.

Activities

  • Explore Empakaai Crater

Accommodation

Ngorongoro Tortilis Camp

Day 8

Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, depart your lodge with a packed lunch and drive to Lake Manyara National Park and enjoy a day of game drives at the park. In the afternoon check in into Lake Manyara Tortilis Camp for dinner and overnight. This is a full day activity.

Overnight: Lake Manyara Tortilis Camp The camp will provide you with a night to remember. Unlike many accommodations in this area, this unique camp is located actually inside the National Park, and it’s also perfectly placed for spectacular sunrises. Small and intimate, it is staffed by a team of warm and welcoming personnel, eager to ensure you enjoy your stay here. Wildlife roam freely amongst the tents, there’s an atmospheric ‘fireplace’ for you to take a drink, and the tents themselves will surprise you with their levels of comfort.

Activities

  • Game Drive

Accommodation

Lake Manyara Tortilis Camp

Day 9-10

Safari Deluxe

After breakfast, enjoy a morning walking safari to get get you into the safari mood very quickly. Accompanied by a park ranger, you will be so close to Mother Nature, discovering wonders too small to see from a 4x 4 vehicle.

After our lunch, we will explore further, as we take another game-drive in Lake Manyara National Park. After your fantastic day of exploring Lake Manyara, we will return you safely for another relaxing night at your accommodation. Have a drink, relax, dine and sleep – and look forward to tomorrow, of course! This is a full day activity.

After a relaxing morning yoga session, a game drive and lunch, we will have a 3 1⁄2 hour journey, covering the 175km back to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

Accompanied by a park ranger, you will be so close to Mother Nature, discovering small wonders.

Activities

  • Walking Safari
  • Game Drive
  • Airport Transfer

Accommodation

Lake Manyara Tortilis Camp

What's Included

Accommodation

  • 1 Night at Arusha Serena Hotel
  • 2 Nights at Tarangire Tortilis Camp
  • 2 Nights at Serengeti Tortilis Camp
  • 2 Nights at Ngorongoro Tortilis Camp
  • 2 Nights at Lake Manyara Tortilis Camp

Meals

  • Arusha Serena Hotel: Breakfast
  • Tarangire Tortilis Camp: Full Board - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Serengeti Tortilis Camp: Full Board - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Ngorongoro Tortilis Camp: Full Board - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Lake Manyara Tortilis Camp: Full Board - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Selection of snacks and cooled, hot drinks in safari vehicle.

Exclusions

  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any service not specified

Medical Evacuation Fees

Medical evacuation facilitation fees:

  • Only valid in combination with International medical evacuation cover. (Please provide us with your medical insurance policy and insurance provider name at time of booking).

Flights

All international/domestic flights and visas

Ground Transport

  • Pick-up at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
  • Arrival and Departure Transfer.
  • Unlimited mileage on game drives.
  • Special converted 4x4 safari land rover/cruiser.

Tours and Fees

  • All park and entrance fees as per itinerary.
  • National parks and Ngorongoro Conservation entrance fees.
  • 1 Half day Crater tour and Ngorongoro Crater service fees x 1.
  • Professional guide.
  • Walking safaris.
  • Visit Masai Village.
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Johnothan Dean Sanders

I am open to everything and trying new things. From food, to extreme and challenging adventures, I’ll be up for it! I love mysterious places, blue oceans and the true African "Braai" with people and music in the air. I like to fully submerse myself in other cultures and customs.

Traveling for me is freeing. It’s allowing myself to be moulded, shaped, transformed by a place that isn’t my home. It’s seeing that the world is so limitless, so inviting, beyond what you’ve always known. It teaches you about yourself. Your strengths, your limits, your patience, your compassion, your love for others, your openness, your confidence and your connectedness with what’s around you.

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