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Tantalizing Tanzania - Deluxe

Tanzania

9 days from $8,495 per person

* Prices are in US dollars, based on double occupancy.

1 Night Arusha 2 Nights Tarangire National Park 2 Nights Ngorongoro Conservation Area 3 Nights Serengeti Ecosystem

The Highlights of Tantalizing Tanzania

This safari captures the very best of East Africa. You will explore the rugged landscape of Tarangire National Park, a unique safari backdrop with rolling grasslands, vibrant swamps and forests of enigmatic baobab trees, which according to legend were planted “upside down” for growing too tall and proud. Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater and roam the great plains of the Serengeti in search of the migratory herds of zebra and wildebeest and their territorial predators: lion, leopard and cheetah. 


Highlights

Explore the famed Serengeti plains, the greatest wildlife region of East Africa, in search of migratory herds of zebras and wildebeest and their territorial predators: lion, leopard and cheetah.

Discover the spectacular scenery created by gigantic baobabs silhouetted against the African sky.

Experience the descent into the most unique caldera in the world: Ngorongoro Crater, often called the Eden of Africa.

Enjoy wildlife viewing in Lake Manyara renowned for its seasonal pink flamingos coloring its shores, as for its nimble monkeys and fabled tree climbing lions.

Accommodations

1. Lake Duluti Lodge

Tanzania, Arusha

Named after the crater lake ‘Duluti’ by the local Meru people, Lake Duluti Lodge is located in an exclusive area on the outskirts of Arusha.  The lodge features spacious contemporary African styled chalets ideally positioned for maximum privacy.  All chalets face the coffee farm and each has a private deck with a view of the ancient indigenous trees.  Each room has a comfortable bed, a mosquito net, mini bar, coffee making facilities, plasma flat screen TV with satellite channels, intercom and international telephone line, internet connection, hair dryer, digital safe, shower, bathtub and separate toilet.  The main area offers complimentary internet access.  Meals are provided in the main dining area, deck and swimming pool gardens.  The cuisine is modern African with an international twist, using local organic and fresh products. There is a gift shop and a spa. The entire lodge is wheelchair accessible.  

2. Oliver's Camp

Tanzania, Tarangire National Park

Set in the southern reaches of Tarangire National Park, Oliver’s Camp is an echo of the early days of East African safaris; when the camp offered a warm bed and crackling fire at the end of the day, yet the real magic was out there in the wilderness. The spacious tents are beautifully appointed with camp-style wardrobes, chairs, safe, en-suite bathroom with outdoor shower and flush toilet. The private verandas have magnificent views of the horizon punctuated by the silhouettes of the ever-present baobab trees. In the main area, deep leather sofas invite you to relax and watch the restless wilderness beyond. Oliver’s specializes in delicious meals, breakfasts are continental with bacon and eggs made to order, and lunches are light and fresh. Come nightfall, meals are taken communally in the dining tent. Whiskies are poured around the campfire and safari tales are told late into the night. There is a well-stocked library tent where you can escape after dinner.

3. Gibb's Farm

Tanzania, Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Overlooking the Great Rift Valley and the Ngorongoro Forest, Gibb’s Farm is a refurbished coffee farm with a warm, rustic luxury atmosphere. The main farmhouse and cottages, each with a unique theme, offer the warmth and charm of another era, with all of the modern amenities. The cottages have eucalyptus floors, hand-crafted furniture, two queen-size beds, indoor and outdoor showers, a fireplace and private veranda. The main farmhouse features a charming living room, dining rooms, outside verandas, a gazebo and gift boutique. A large, open fireplace offers a welcome spot to relax in the early evening, to enjoy a glass of wine and good conversation. Throughout the day, the culinary team dishes up delectable cuisine. Garden grown organic vegetables and locally raised meat, farm-fresh milk, cream and baked goods provide the healthy, nutritious ingredients for sumptuous breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. The farm’s organic vegetable and terraced flower gardens provide a wonderful sanctuary for afternoon tea or a quiet walk to impart a sense of contentment and well-being.

4. Kimondo Migration Camp

Tanzania, Serengeti National Park

Kimondo is a mobile camp which moves with the migration, splitting the year between the north and south of the Serengeti, just like the millions of wildebeest which move with it. Blending East African charm with a hint of Moroccan romance, the camp pays homage to an age when trade merchants crossed the Serengeti on camels. Handwoven rugs line the floors and burnished copper lanterns glow into the night. Entirely solar powered, the elegant safari styled tents feature cast-iron king or twin beds, en-suite bathroom with safari shower, hot and cold running water and flushing toilet. Each tent has a private veranda and is the perfect place for a siesta during the lazy afternoons. The main camp comprises two separate tents, housing the lounge in one and the dining area in the other. Meals are either taken outside, under the stars or in the dining tent. The mess tent is full of comfy places to relax and books to browse.

5. Namiri Plains

Tanzania, Serengeti National Park

Namiri Plains is in the remote Eastern corner of the Serengeti, in an area that was closed for 20 years as a reserved cheetah conservation and breeding program. Today, this is big-cat territory, where cheetah roam, and lion and leopard hunt undisturbed. This small, exclusive camp only has eight tents to minimize the impact on the environment. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom, indoor and outdoor safari showers with hot running water and flushing toilets. All the tents have sweeping 360° views of the surrounding plains. Watch wildlife roaming the plains from the comfortable sofas in the mess tent, or relax in the outdoor seating area under the shade of the giant acacias. In the evening, gather to recount the day’s adventures beside the camp fire before dinner is served in the dining tent or under a glittering canopy of stars. The camp is solar and generator powered.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Arusha, Tanzania

With a warm welcome upon your arrival, you’ll be transferred to your delightful accommodations in Arusha, northern Tanzania’s safari capital. (D)

Lake Duluti Lodge

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Day 2. Arusha / Tarangire National Park

Begin your journey to Tarangire National Park, best known for its large elephant population and the majestic baobab trees that dwarf the animals that feed beneath them. After settling into your safari lodge, grab your camera and meet your expert ranger to set out for a late afternoon game drive. Tonight, you will be immersed in the African safari experience as you dine beneath the stars. (BLD)

Oliver's Camp

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Day 3. Tarangire National Park

Join your expert ranger for morning and afternoon game viewing activities in the Tarangire / Manyara corridor. Tarangire National Park, with its river providing the only permanent water supply during the dry season, supports a great diversity of wildlife — elephants, giraffe, buffalo, lesser kudu, zebra, lion, leopard and cheetah. (BLD)

Oliver's Camp

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Day 4. Tarangire / Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Set out early this morning for Lake Manyara. The seasonal flamingos lining its shore provide the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. Large herds of elephant roam the park and your ranger will diligently seek out the park’s fabled tree-climbing lions and countless wildlife photo opportunities. Continue on to your lodge for the next two nights, perfectly situated to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ngorongoro Crater. (BLD)

Gibb's Farm

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Day 5. Ngorongoro Crater

Descend some 2,000 feet to explore the crater floor of this extinct, collapsed volcano. You’ll be in awe of the wildlife concentrated here. Zoom in on the elephants wandering along well-worn tracks. Listen for the roaring lion guarding its large pride. Gazelle quietly graze, surrounded by zebra and wildebeest, and you might spot the endangered rhino feeding down by the lake. Enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to your camp. (BLD)

Gibb's Farm

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Day 6. Ngorongoro / Serengeti Ecosystem

Take a short flight and drive to the great Serengeti — “endless plains” in the Maasai language. While the exact timing is difficult to predict, here is where more than two million wildebeest, half a million Thomson’s gazelle and a quarter-million zebra gather for annual migrations, attracting large predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena. (BLD)

Kimondo Migration Camp or Namiri Plains

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Day 7. Serengeti Ecosystem

Depart early in the morning for your first game drive of the day. Collect a gallery of thrilling images as the morning unfolds: a lioness relaxing after her morning hunt; alert elephants carefully guarding their young as they traverse the bush; a startled warthog running with tail erect; ungainly herds of wildebeest grazing alongside zebra. Relax at camp until the day cools down and the animals become more active before setting out for your afternoon game drive. (BLD)

Kimondo Migration Camp or Namiri Plains

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Day 8. Serengeti Ecosystem

During morning and afternoon game viewing activities, your ranger continues to lead you to the locations where you are able to observe the wildlife quietly and at your leisure. Watch the many species of game grazing in close proximity to your camp as the sun sets over the savanna. (BLD)

Kimondo Migration Camp or Namiri Plains

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Day 9. Serengeti Ecosystem / Depart

It is time to savor your last morning in Tanzania. After a short flight to Arusha, you’ll enjoy lunch and a place to relax at a day room reserved for your use at a charming lodge. Later tonight, you are transferred to the airport for your onward arrangements. (BL)

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Pricing

Land Arrangements (Price per person)

Departure Dates Jan 11, 2017 - Feb 28, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $9,895
Single Room Supplement From $2,565
Departure Dates Mar 1, 2017 - Mar 31, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $9,195
Single Room Supplement From $2,495
Departure Dates Jun 1, 2017 - Jun 30, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $9,995
Single Room Supplement From $2,895
Departure Dates Jul 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $10,665
Single Room Supplement From $2,795
Departure Dates Sep 1, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $10,195
Single Room Supplement From $2,595
Departure Dates Nov 1, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $9,095
Single Room Supplement From $2,395
Departure Dates Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 15, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $9,245
Single Room Supplement From $2,255

**Surcharges Apply Jan 01-10, Dec 15-31 This itinerary does not operate in April or May.

Air Arrangements (Internal Airfare)

Tour Flights

Included in Land Arrangements

Add-Ons

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