Sample Itinerary #1

 

Custom designed to maximize your experience. I have always believed that with every adventure you take in travel there are 3 trips in one. The one you experience while planning. The one you experience while actually on the trip and the one you keep in your memory.

Our aim is to make all three fun and memorable….

 

Departure Day:

Depart on flight organized independently by the client.

 

Day 1:

Arrive in Tanzania

Morning arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). After going through immigration, customs, and the obtaining of your visa, you will be met in the luggage area by a driver who will be holding a sign with your last name. The drive to your hotel will take about an hour and 30 minutes and brunch will be waiting for you upon arrival at Mama Joe’s, the former residence of a wonderful British lady who made all of us feel at home. Rest and a leisurely afternoon tour of Arusha, a bustling East African city which, besides being the center of the safari business in Tanzania, is home to the International Criminal Tribunal (ICTR) that tries genocide cases.

Overnight at Private Home 

 

Day 2:

Tarangire

After breakfast or with a picnic basket, you will depart today for Tarangire National Park and your first day in the bush! The scenic drive from Arusha to the park gate will take about 2 hours. Tarangire Lodge is perfectly situated to have access to the Tarangire River which is one of main features of the park and always draws wildlife to drink. The view from the lodge deck is awesome!

Overnight at Tarangire Lodge

 

Day 3:

Tarangire National Park

Full day to explore Tarangire.  Since you are visiting during the dry season the river and the huge Silali swamp will definitely be areas to explore. I have seen more elephants in one herd moving through the swamp than anywhere in Africa! Tarangire National Park offers a wonderful opportunity to observe elephant behavior in general and this is the ideal season for it.

Overnight at Tarangire Lodge

 

Day 4:

Karatu

Your destination today will be the beautiful Plantation Lodge, located in the Karatu area. This scenic drive is one of my favorite drives in your itinerary. The main road has greatly improved so this is an easy 3-hour drive. The landscape change is dramatic and very interesting. Karatu is one of Tanzania’s most productive agricultural areas where coffee, rice, and maize are important crops. On our way, we will pass through the lush and lively village of Mto Wa Mbu where the best bananas in the area can be found. Seriously, the bananas here are delicious!

Shortly after passing this village, the road starts ascending as you near the Great Rift Valley Escarpment and you will have a chance to appreciate a view of this awesome geological feature as well as one of the famous soda lakes, Lake Manyara.

Arrival at Plantation for lunch and relaxing afternoon with plenty of activity options such as a farm visit, or just hang out in the lush, mature gardens.

 

Day 5:

Crater Highlands

The gorgeous drive to Lion’s Paw Camp will take about 3 hours from Karatu. As you make your way to the camp, you drive partly around Ngorongoro Crater, stopping along the way to enjoy the outstanding views. Lion’s Paw is located in a remote area of the Highland region and will provide access to Olmoti and Empakai Crater hikes. This area is also the home of the Masai and a visit to one of the villages can be arranged. Exaud will brief you on the many options you have this full day to explore the area that is still off-the -beaten track to most safari goers!

Overnight at Lion’s Paw Camp

 

Day 6:

 Ngorongoro Crater

Depart with a packed breakfast and lunch for the floor of Ngorongoro Crater. It takes about 1 hour to reach the descent road from the camp. Picnic lunch and full day in one of the most photogenic places on earth. Your hotel the next two nights is larger than I would usually like but is positioned right on the crater rim and affords you not only a spectacular view of the crater but also efficient access to and from the access road.

Overnight at Serena Lodge

 

Day 7:

Ngorongoro Crater

Early morning descent to the crater floor with picnic breakfast and lunch. Today you will be one of the first cars down into the crater. The morning is a magical time in this magnificent natural wonder and the best opportunity to see lions active within the pride-- an unforgettable experience.

You will return to the hotel later this afternoon and have a private walk with our favorite local naturalist. Yotham will surely impress you with his knowledge of this incredible region’s history flora, and fauna.

Overnight at Serena Lodge

 

Day 8:

Central/East Serengeti

Another beautiful drive today as you leave the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and enter the vast Serengeti National Park. There are a few ways to design this day’s schedule and Exaud will have briefed you the night before. Length of drive is quite variable depending on your design but generally this is an all-day drive. But, whatever the plan, this is another exciting drive with an incredible landscape transition that one can never forget! We have recommended that you have one night in this particular camp in Central Serengeti so that we can easily access one the most incredible environments in all of Serengeti. The Moru area is dotted with large and particularly beautiful kopjes (rocky outcrops) that seem like designed rock gardens but, are the result of millions of years of environmental conditions. A must see!

Overnight at Singing Grass Lodge

 

Day 9:

Northern Serengeti

The precise schedule of your day can be determined on location but you will be traveling north. The landscape changes as you make your way. Part of the drive will detour out of the park where you can see the small towns and villages that border Serengeti and get their lifeblood from it. It is also the area where most of the food to the northern camps and lodges comes from and you will pass many farms that supply the lodges and camps in the park. Your destination today is Mara Mara Camp in time for sundowners and dinner. Today is a full day scenic drive.

Overnight at Mara Mara Camp

 

Day 10:

 Northern Serengeti

These 2 full days afford you the luxury of time to explore the northern region of the park as you are positioned to explore many interesting areas adjacent to your base. The Mara River is very close to your camp and this is the place where the famous wildebeest crossings occur and if you are very lucky, you may be just in time for a front row seat! On a personal note, I have seen the most incredible things in the north. Exaud is very familiar with the area and will advise you of the various options you have the flexibility to enjoy.

Overnight at Mara Mara Camp

  

Day 11:

Northern Serengeti

Full day to explore.

Overnight at Mara Mara Camp

  

Day 12:

Central Serengeti

Long and exciting drive back to central Serengeti today and Exaud will advise of the options you have based on conditions at the time. I can tell you that I always find retracing my route very interesting as I notice the small and, sometimes dramatic, shifts in the environment. You will once again make a detour outside the park and maybe appreciate it more if you have a chance to talk to the staff at Mara Mara as many will have come from that area. You eventually arrive back in Central Serengeti after this full day drive.

Overnight Embalakai Tented Camp

 

Day 13:

Mwanza, Lake Victoria

Early morning departure from camp to the park gate. I have never made this journey and will look forward to hearing your feedback. That said, I have never had a road trip I didn’t like! You will be passing lots of different villages of varying size and the landscape will become increasingly more industrial and modern as you make your way to the second biggest city in Tanzania located on the shores of Lake Victoria. This is an all-day drive on good tarmac roads and the hotel is comfortable and will be a welcome respite after this long day in the car.

Overnight at Malaika Beach Hotel

 

Day 14:

Kigoma

 Today’s drive was described to me as having a feeling of going back in time; the villages become more and more traditional as Lake Tanganika nears. If time allows, Exaud will bring you to the Livingstone Museum and enjoy lunch at a hilltop resort with a fabulous view. You will then be transported by boat to your destination for the next 3 three nights. What a day, what an adventure! You’ll arrive at the comfortable rustic camp on the shore of the lake and enjoy a great dinner cooked just for you with local ingredients. Exaud will brief you this evening regarding the next day’s schedule and procedures.

 Overnight at Gombe Camp

 

Day 15:

Gombe Stream National Park

Two full days to enjoy another remote and magical place that definitely is off the beaten path. Each morning after breakfast you will depart with a ranger/guide who is familiar with the area and where the chimps are located that morning. After lunch and free time, you will once again have another chance to go chimping! Enjoy the evening and dinner either in your tented room or the nearby lounge and enjoy the sounds of the waves while you sleep!

Overnight at Gombe Camp

  

Day 16:

Gombe Stream National Park

Full day to explore

Overnight at Gombe Camp

 

Day 17:

Departure Day

            Last morning in the bush! You will make your way back to Kigoma by boat and Exaud will make sure you get to your flight on time for your homebound flight.