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Safari 809: accommodation in mid-specification lodges and tented camps



Momela Lakes, Arusha National Park

Cheetahs at Gol Kopjes

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Day 1 and 2
Visited park: West Kilimanjaro
Dinner and overnight: Ndarakwai ranch
In these two days you will explore a territory dominated by the majestic Kilimanjaro Mountain. If you love trekking you cross the rainforest and reach the Shira plateau and the moor at 3400 m. Alternatively you might opt for a nature walk at the foot of the volcano or interact with the Masai people ... Sunrise and sunset are the best time of the day to see the snowy peak of Kilimanjaro.

Day 3
Visited Park: Arusha National Park
Focus on: canoe safari
Dinner and overnight: River Trees
After breakfast you will continue your trip through the wilderness finally reaching Arusha National Park which landscape is dominated by the Mount Meru [4566 m.] the second highest peak of Tanzania. You will explore the car and canoe which allows you to approach the lake shores without frightening animals who drink and to sight the multitude of waterfowls ... If water is not your element then iyou might opt for a walking safari accompanied by an armed ranger.

Day 4
Visited Park: Lake Manyara National Park
Dinner and overnight: Tloma Mountain Lodge
A lush evergreen forest and large flocks of white pelicans, gray pelicans, flamingos, storks, cormorants beyond elephants, buffalos, giraffe and hippos ...

Day 5
Visited Park: Serengeti south-east and central
Dinner and overnight: Serengeti Kati Kati
In between one rain and another this part of the Serengeti is reached by herds of zebras, wildebeest, gazelles and antelopes. The area is renown for the high concentration of cheetahs as well as for the presence of lions. You will then reach at sunset the Seronera valley, actually one of the best spot in whole continent to sight leopards ...

Day 6
Visited Park: Serengeti central and south-west
Dinner and overnight: Ndutu Safari Lodge
Today you will move away from central Serengeti reaching Lake Ndutu by evening. You will game drive in Serengeti counterclockwise along remote tracks leaving behing most visitors. Along the way you might encounter herds of buffaloes, lions, cheetah, leopards, elephants and giraffes, wildebeest migratory herds and if lucky ... rhinos!

Day 7
Visited Park: Ndutu [both Serengeti & Ngorongoro side]
Dinner and overnight: Ndutu Safari Lodge
Along with lions and one of the most relevant population of cheetahs of the entire Serengeti eco-system the area of Ndutu might give you the opportunity to sight some of the less common cats species such as caracals or serval cats or African wildcats. Since this is also calvin season, at this time of the year the presence of predators intensifies. Should migratory herds be scattered around you can head out with your private car into the vast plains ...

Day 8
Visited Park: north-eastern sector of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Dinner and overnight: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
This is a remote and little explored area which we love to include in our itineraries when rains have come to green up pastures. Game driving toward the Gol Mountains can be good for the wildebeest migration but also for predators. Unplanned encounter with members of the Masai tribe are also possible.

Day 9
Visited Park: Ngorongoro crater
Dinner and overnight: Ngorongoro Farm House
Today you will explore the famous caldera ...

Day 10
Return to Arusha or Kilimanjaro airport by 4x4. Time permitting visit Mto wa Mbu market or enjoy a visit and hot lunch in a coffee plantation [the visit to the coffee plantation has to be requested at the time of booking].

2013 Price per pers. based on
2 travellers
Price per pers. based on
4 travellers
Price per pers. based on
6 travellers
March $ 4150 $ 3365 $ 3127

Price includes:

Private driver guide and 4x4 safari vehicle at your exclusive use
Accommodation in double
Full Board basis [excluded beverages]
Water [1,5 Lt. per person per day], tea and coffee during game drives
Park fees and conservancy fees
Canoe Safari at Arusha N. P.
Walking safari in West kilimanjaro
Masai settlement visit in West Kilimanjaro
AMREF urgent evacuation cover

Price excludes:
Shira Plateau hiking supplement: usd 183 per person based on two travellers; usd 137 per person based on four travellers and usd 121 per person based on six travellers.
Reduction for walking safari instead than canoeing in Arusha NP: usd 55 per person
Medical expenses insurance
Beverages except where otherwise stated
Entry Visa

Extras on request:
Activities combinable with your safari;

Private guide and 4x4 safari vehicle at your exclusive use;
Accommodation in mid-range and upper-mid specification lodges and tented camps;

In West Kilimanjaro: naturalistic walking safari and visit to a Masai settlement. Alternatively Shira Plateau daily trekking at 3400 m.

At Arusha National Park: canoe safari in the Small Momela Lake, multitude of giraffes, white colobus monkeys, great variety of resident and migratory waterfowl. Alternatively walking safari with armed ranger.

At Lake Manyara: dense groundwater forest, troops of baboons and blue monkeys, buffaloes, elephants, large flocks of birds including Eurasian migrants. If lucky tree-climbing lions.

In the southern Serengeti plains: off-roads game drives, gazelles, elands, zebras and wildebeest migratory herds and plenty of predators hence lions, cheetahs, jackals and hyanas. If lucky also leopards, cape hunting dogs, striped hyenas, serval cats and caracal. Fortuitous, unplanned encounters with the Masai people.

In central Serengeti: leopards, crocodiles and hippos to name a few.

In the crater of Ngorongoro; elephants, buffalos, rhinos, lions, cheetahs. Leopards if lucky.