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Travelling along the Rift Valley: Tanzania northern parks safaris itineraries
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Safari 814: accommodation in mid-specification lodges and tented camps
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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 park by car but also by and canoe which allows you to closely approach the lake shores without frightening animals who drink and to sight the multitude of waterfowls ... If water is not your element then you might opt for a walking safari accompanied by an armed ranger.

Day 4
Visited park: Lake Manyara National Park
Dinner and overnight: Kisima Ngeda Tented Lodge
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport you will be met by your private guide and car and depart to Lake Manyara NP to enjoy a gentle game driving. A dense groundwater forest, small savannahs, swamps and reed beds characterize this land considered a bird watchers paradise ...

Day 5
Visited Area: lake Eyasi
Dinner and overnight: Ngorongoro Farm House
Taking part to everyday life of a tribe is, in our opinion, the most authentic way to approach a different culture ... today you will wake up at 5 to hunt with the Hadzabe men or alternatively to gather herbs, fruit, roots, berries and tubers with their women ...

Day 6
Visited park: Ngorongoro crater
Dinner and overnight: Ngorongoro Farm House
After breakfast you will depart with your guide and car to spend the day game driving into the famous caldera with picnic lunch. Since you can entirely dictate the pace you might decide to leave the crater as late as possible or to return to the lodge after the picnic to relax.


Day 7
Visited park: Ngorongoro highlands
Dinner and overnight: Ngorongoro Widlife Lodge
The highlands of Ngorongoro are commonly associated to the majestic crater but as soon as you move away from it a stunningly beautiful and wild landscape opens out in front of you and the visitors traffic drops dramatically making of this day perhaps one of the most rewarding of your trip ... there are several paths to choose from, ranging from 3 to 7 hours walking, some are quite easy while some others can be phisically demanding ... encounters with wildlife are not so common however they cannot be excluded hence you will be accompanied by an armed ranger.

Day 8
Visited park: Serengeti central
Dinner and overnight: Serengeti Kati Kati
In central Serengeti the progression of the dry season forces animals to adapt to different lifestyles than in green season ... Gazelles and antelopes have to gather along permanent rivers and water sources ... predators are compelled to compress their territory close to the same water sources ... Seronera is hosting the largest population of cats in Africa ...

Day 9
Visited park: Serengeti central and surroundings
Dinner and overnight: Serengeti Kati Kati
A full day out in the bush ... at dawn to sight predators hunting or returning from their nightly hunting forays and to witness cubs playing ... nearby the river courses where predators wait their preys moving along very predictable routes ... driving through alternative and more remote locations in the afternoon in order to enjoy a truly excellent wilderness experience where almost no other cars will be met ... lunch at the camp or pic nic, since you are travelling with private car and vehicle you can entirely dictate the pace of your day.

Day 10
Visited park: Serengeti north-east and Mara
Dinner and overnight: Lemala Mara
Between the end of June and the beginning of July the wildebeest migration usually abandons the western corridor heading north, to the Serengeti Mara region. It is hard to predict where exactly herds will be located when you will be in the park, on average they arrive in the Mara region in the second half of July and at that time crossings also start to occur. After breakfast you will leave for Serengeti Mara where you will arrive after about five hours game driving accross the park ... once there you will start game driving along the Mara River banks looking for wildebeest herds ready to cross ...

Note: unlike the other facilities of this itinerary which all provide an average level of servicing, Lemala Mara is a relatively high-specification mobile tented camp. This sector of the park lacks of mid-specification facilities and only offers accommodation in rustic or luxurious camps. If you can adapt to lower budget options then you might consider staying at:
Serengeti Savannah Camp north: set about 1 km far from the river, open from July the 20th]
Serengeti Wilderness Camp north: set about 30 min. away from the river, open from July the 1st]
Alternatively, should you prefer to save some more money, you might consider to stay at Lobo Wildlife Lodge in north-eastern Serengeti and reach Serengeti Mara with a daily game drive from there. From Lobo it will take about 3 hours to arrive in the Mara region and again 3 hours to come back. Transfers occur inside the park and are game drives to all effects.

Day 11
Visited park: Serengeti Mara and Lamai wedge
Dinner and overnight: Lobo Wildlife Lodge
Moving along the Mara river banks you might be able to sight elephants herds passing from one side to the other, large families of hippos resting in the water, huge Nile crocodiles and with a little luck wildebeest crossing the river... the Lamai wedge on the other side of the river and the beginning of the Mara watershed where little by little the acacia groves give way to the open savanna. This is one of the most remote areas of Serengeti, topographically very similar to Kenyan Masai Mara which extends beyond the border, here you can possibly sight wildebeest herds but also many other herbivores along with their predators although sightings of cats never reach that of central Serengeti at this time of the year. By mid-afternoon you will continue game driving towards Lobo reaching the lodge in about 3 hours.


Day 12
Visited areas: Loliondo and Natron [hiking to the waterfalls]
Dinner and overnight: Natron Tented Camp
Today you will reach Natron passing throught the wild Loliondo territory. This five or six hours long transfer will deliver you an unforgettable picture of everyday life of the Masai and Sonjo people inhabiting the area ... Along the way you will encounter some villages, children with their cattle, masai warriors and masai women adorned of their typical beadworks. It is not rare to encounter as well young boys in a black drape and white-painted face meaning they have been circumcised and initiated to become warriors. From the Rift valley escarpment the track winds down through multicolored layers of solidified lava ranging from off-white to greenish-white, ocher and anthracite gray ... After checking-in at the camp, set on the lake shores, you will start hiking upstream the Ngaresero river reaching in about one hour and half the refreshing waterfalls and the natural pools where you can enjoy a cool bath ...

Day 13
Visited park: Natron [walk to the lake shores] and Tarangire
Dinner and overnight: Tarangire Safari Lodge
Walking towards the rising sun you will explore the southern shores of the lake in order to sigh the lesser flamingos flocks. Although you will not be able to get very close to them as they will inevitably move further as soon as the distance between you and them will be judged too short you can enjoy the beautiful lake scenery with the first pinkish daylight and the impressive view back over the active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai. After breakfast you will leave for Tarangire National Park driving along a trail of glittering mica ... crossing rivers of solidified lava ... dry river-beds of seasonal streams that flow downstream from the Ngorongoro highlands ... and finally getting on site.

Day 14
Visited park: Tarangire
Dinner and overnight: Tarangire Safari Lodge
In July, in Tarangire, dry season should be quite underway and at least in the second half of the month almost all animals that had left the park in green season given the availability of seasonal water sources away from the river should have come back ... wildebeest, giraffes, zebras, gazelles, impala, reedbuck, eland, waterbuck, hartebeest, greater and lesser kudu ... and lions, leopards and cheetahs are all around ... matchless for the huge number of elephants coming back ... unforgettable the majestic and enigmatic baobas that dot the north of the park.

Day 15
Breakfast and enjoy your last game drive in Tarangire along the way to Arusha. Time permitting we can arrange the visit to a coffee plantation and hot lunch on site [that has to be requested at the time of booking].




2014 Price per pers. based on
2 travellers
Price per pers. based on
4 travellers
Price per pers. based on
6 travellers
July $ 6312 $ 5237 $ 4878


Price includes:

All transfers
Private driver guide and 4x4 safari vehicle exclusively reserved for you
Accommodation in double
Full Board basis inclusive of a selection of beverages at Lemala Mara
Full board basis exclusive of beverages at all other facilities
Water [1,5 Lt per person per day], tea and coffee during game drives
Park fees and conservancy fees
Natron, Longido and Engaruka village fees
Canoe Safari at Arusha N. P.
Guided visit to some members of the Hadzabe tribe
Guided visit to some members of the Datoga Clan
Walking with camp guide in West kilimanjaro
Masai settlment visit in West Kilimajaro
Trekking in Ngorongoro highlands
Walking to Ngaresero waterfall with masai guide
Walking to lake Natron southern shores with Masai guide
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
Tips

Reductions and supplements:
Day 4
Stay at Serengeti Savannah Camp north instead than Lemala Mara: reduction of usd 214 per night per person
Stay at Serengeti Wilderness Camp north instead than Lemala Mara: reduction of usd 161 per night per person
Stay at Lobo Wildlife Lodge instead than Lemala Mara: reduction of usd 310 per night per person
Day 5
Stay at Lemala Mara instead than Lobo: supplement of usd 310 per night per person
Stay at Serengeti Savannah Camp north instead than Lobo: supplement of usd 96 per night per person
Stay at Serengeti Wilderness Camp north instead than Lobo: supplement of usd 149 per night per person

Extras on request:
Activities combinable with your safari;


Private guide and 4x4 safari vehicle at your exclusive use.

Accommodation in mid and upper-mid specification facilities except at Lake Natron where you will overnight in a pretty spartan camp however able to cater for all essential needs and in Serengeti mara where conversely you will stay at a relatively high-specification mobile tented camp.

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, baboons and blue monkeys, buffaloes, elephants and other herbivores, large flocks. If lucky tree-climbing lions.

Meet some members of the Hadzabe bushmen, a tribe refusing modernity. Go hunting with men or gathering with women.

In central Serengeti: plenty of gazelles; high concentration of cats and in particular leopards, lions and cheetahs ... hyenas, jackals, vultures and marabou ... herbivores and other resident species including the little Bat-eared Fox.

In Serengeti Mara: wildebeest river crossings [most likely to occur from the second half of the month onwards], huge Nile crocodiles, large families of hippos

In Natron and Loliondo: snapshots of the daily life of the Masai and Sonjo people, lunar landscapes, great variety of birds and flocks of flamingos, walking and hiking to the waterfalls, bathing in the natural pools, imposing views of the active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai.

In Tarangire: especially from the second half of the month large herds of elephants, many herbivores and their predators ... even African hunting dogs if you are lucky ...

In the Ngorongoro crater: zebras, elephants, buffalos, rhinos, lions and cheetahs ... Leopards if lucky along ith serval cats.