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Tanzania

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greatness and freedom and unequalled nobility.”
— Karen Blixen, Out of Africa

On Safari in Tanzania –
Wild, vast and beautiful

 

If a wildlife safari is on your wish list, then Tanzania offers some of the best experiences! Locked between the shores of Lake Victoria and the shimmering Indian Ocean, Tanzania is world-renowned for its extraordinary abundance of wildlife and fabulously unspoiled vistas. Tanzania is also home both to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar and the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at 5,896 meters.  Learn more…

 

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“Just had to thank you so much for putting together for us the most amazing holiday. The trip was so much more than we ever dreamed it would be , the scenery, accommodation, food, service and everyone who had anything to do with our journey was outstanding. Not once did your team let us down, not once were we disappointed with the arrangements you had made for us, it absolutely was a trip of a lifetime. “

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The United Republic of Tanzania

  • Area: 945,087 km² includes the islands of Mafia, Pemba, and Zanzibar
  • Capital: Administrative: Dodoma, Commercial: Dar es Salaam
  • Currency: Tanzania Shilling
  •  Population: 41 million (Christian 30%, Muslim 35%, indigenous beliefs 35%; Zanzibar – more than 99% Muslim)
  • Official language: Swahili, English (official, primary language of commerce, administration, and higher education), Arabic (widely spoken in Zanzibar), many local languages.
  • Time: GMT +3
  • Climate: Tanzania’s climate is predominately tropical. Coastal areas are usually hot and humid, but on the beaches a sea breeze cools the air considerably. The average day temperature is 30°C.
  • Best time to visit:
    Tanzania has two rainy seasons – the long rains from late March to May and the short rains from November to January. The long rains fall in heavy downpours, often accompanied by violent storms, but the short rains tend to be much less severe.
    The hottest time of the year is from December to March, before the long rains begin. The coolest months are June, July and August, when the weather is often overcast.
    In high-altitude areas such as Kilimanjaro and the Ngorongoro Highlands, temperatures can fall below the freezing mark.
    More about Tanzania’s wildlife regions and landscape…

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Tanzania Luxury Wildlife Safari

9 Day Fly-in Safari, from US$7,260* (&B)

For those who savour the ultimate luxury of private conservation areas, where Africa’s wildlife and culture can be enjoyed away from the beaten track, this exclusive air safari is the perfect choice.

Commence your stay in a Bedouin style tented camp in the magnificent Serengeti National Park. Continue on to a wildlife concession leased from Maasai landlords (Ololosokwan Maasai community) and to the 8th wonder of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater.

 Testimonial:
“I want to thank you for all your help planning our trip to East Africa.
I appreciate all your advice, guidance and insight.
Your passion for the continent and people really shines through.
The little touches such as travel journal, luggage tags and packing list made working with you unique and special.
You made this whole process much less stressful.”

Itinerary outline:

Day 1: Kilimanjaro – Serengeti, Tanzania
You will be welcomed at Kilimanjaro Airport and flown to the Serengeti National Park.
Experience 3 nights under canvas in a Bedouin style tent with en-suite bathroom and outside bucket shower.

Days 2 & 3: South-Eastern Serengeti, Tanzania
With two full days to enjoy the park, your options are wide. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the camp. Morning and afternoon game drives, as well as optional guided nature walks can also be taken.

Days 4 & 5: North-Eastern Serengeti, Tanzania
Morning flight to a remote corner of the north eastern Serengeti, and enjoy 2 nights at a camp overlooking the incredible wooded hillsides, rolling grasslands, marshes and forested river banks which surround it. A truly exclusive Tanzanian safari experience!

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Days 6 & 7: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Morning flight and transfer to Ngorongoro Crater, where you can indulge your senses for 2 nights in a suite with en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. Morning and afternoon game drives, as well as optional guided nature walks can also be taken.

Day 8: Lake Manyara
Lake Manyara National Park
offers a wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. Apart from a spectacular setting, the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect. The shores of the lake, encrusted with pink flamingo, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. Large herds of buffalo, cheetah, Masai giraffe and impala roam the lake shores and the forested valley slopes. A Lake Manyara safari is a fascinating experience as the park also features a ground-water forest; acacia tortilis woodland and hot springs called Maji Moto.

Day 9: Departure
Spend your last morning enjoying the uninterrupted views of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, before being transferred to the airport for home-bound flight.

Includes:

  • 7 nights in luxury Meru-style tented camps and luxury Safari Lodges, in double rooms with private facilities
  • Three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees
  • Inter-camp flights and transfers
  • Scheduled safari activities in in open 4×4 game vehicles, refreshments on game drives
  • Services of highly qualified professional local guides
  • Park entrance and conservation fees

*High season supplement $3,695 (01 June – 31 October). Certain conditions apply.

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Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

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Highlights of Tanzania

10 Day Road & Air Safari from US$2,950 (WF-03)

This high-value safari takes in all the highlights of Northern Tanzania, while featuring both comfortable tented camps and traditional safari lodges.

Testimonial:
“A trip to Africa is a personal journey and one that is difficult to describe.
It is something you just have to experience for yourself, so let Christine customize and book your dream. She won’t disappoint.”

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Arusha
On arrival you will be welcomed and transferred to Arusha town situated at the foot of Mount Meru. Check in at your hotel for overnight.

Days 2 & 3: Tarangire National Park
Embark on a drive to Tarangire and your tented camp, situated on panoramic buff in the national park with one of Tanzania’s most spectacular views, encompassing acacias and baobabs, plentiful wildlife and the Tarangire River.
The tents are sturdy and comfortable – built on a solid base, with a thatched roof and veranda, screened windows with large curtains and en-suite bathrooms with solar heated showers.
Enjoy international homestyle safari cuisine in the spacious, open-air dining room.  All the fruit and vegetables are freshly grown at a nearby farm.

Game drives within Tarangire National Park are a year-round wildlife spectacle! Enjoy an entire day exploring this national park, named after the river that flows through it and is a magnet for wildlife. Tarangire also contains varied and contrasting landscapes and unrivalled birdlife.
Optional activities include guided walks and cultural interaction with the Datoga and Maasai people.

Days 4 & 5: Ngorongoro Crater
Travel to Lake Manyara, a 200 km² soda lake and sanctuary to over 400 species of birds. This national park is particularly noted for its incredible beauty and its tree-climbing lions, as well as for its huge herds of buffalo and elephant.

After a picnic lunch continue on to the Ngorongoro Crater – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest caldera in the world. The floor of the crater lies 610 metres below the rim and is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife arenas.

Spend a full day in the Ngorongoro Caldera, enjoying game viewing in one of the most spectacular places on earth!  Photographic opportunities are abundant, and one often sees four of the Big Five in a short time.  Have a picnic lunch at the floor of the crater at a lakeside location where you can stretch your legs and soak up the magnificent scenery. This utterly unique biosphere harbours grasslands, swamps, forests, salt pans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife, all enclosed within its towering walls.

Days 6: Olduvai Gorge, Masai Village and Serengeti National Park
The Olduvai Gorge is a short drive off the main road enroute to the Serengeti. It was here that, in 1959, Dr Louis Leakey and his wife Mary discovered the skull of first Zinjanthropus Boisei, or “nutcracker man”, and then, a year later, the remains of Homo Hablis or “handy man”, regarded as mankind’s first step on the ladder of human evolution.  Many more fossils have been discovered here, including those of prehistoric elephants, giant-horned sheep and enormous ostriches.
There is a small museum and an observation platform overlooking the gorge, where visitors can listen to an informative talk from the resident guide.
You also have the opportunity to visit a great Masai Village in the area where you will meet these amazing people, learn about them, and see their homes – and take as many pictures as you like.

Continue on to the Serengeti, arguably the best known wildlife sanctuary in the world and Tanzania’s first-established and largest national park. Serengeti means “endless plains” in the Masai language and, within its boundaries, are more than three million large mammals.

Days 7,8 & 9: Serengeti National Park
With three full days to enjoy the park, your options are wide. Whilst the annual migration is the Serengeti’s most famous attraction, the park – covering 14,763 sq km of endlessly rolling savannah plains, is host to about 35 species of plains animals, including the so-called “big seven” – buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, cheetah and African Wild Dog.  The black rhino population of the Serengeti has developed well in recent years thanks to constant surveillance. There is, of course, also a profusion of birdlife.  Over 500 species including bustards, cranes, eagles, herons, owls, storks, vultures and the bizarre, long-legged secretary birds.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the lodge. Morning and afternoon game drives, as well as optional guided nature walks can also be taken.
This is also the ideal location to experience a hot air balloon safari, but pre-booking is essential.

Day 10: Departure
Spend your last morning enjoying the uninterrupted views of the spectacular African bushveld before being transferred by light aircraft to Arusha, from where you can connect to Zanzibar for some R&R on the beach, or to Uganda / Rwanda to come face-to-face with a Mountain Gorilla.

Tour dates: scheduled through the year, however customized private departures are available

Includes:

  • 9 nights in Meru-style tented camps and traditional Safari Lodges, in double rooms with private facilities
  • Most meals
  • Transportation in open game drive vehicles,
  • Services of highly qualified professional local guides
  • All transfers, touring and game drives
  • Scenic flight from Serengeti to Arusha
  • Park entrance and conservation fees

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Mount Kilimanjaro – Lemosho Trek

10 Day Trek to the ‘Roof of Africa’ (EX-KC)

This trek begins in the farmlands and plantations of the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro. Climb through shrub forest onto the Shira plateau, with fine views over the Great Rift Valley and Mt. Meru. Explore the pinnacles of Shira Cathedral before pressing on in the shadow of the northern icefields of Kibo crater itself. Take an acclimatisation walk to Lent Hills for further stunning views over the surrounding plains, before reaching Lava Tower, with a further (optional) hike to the ruins at Arrow glacier.

A dramatic trek into the Great Barranco Valley and up the Barranco Wall to the last water point of Karanga Valley, before climbing further into a lunar landscape and reaching the final ascent camp at Barafu. The summit attempt takes you up the steep southern side of Kibo Crater to Stella Point on the crater rim, before making your final approach around the rim to Uhuru Peak. The descent takes a more direct route on the south side down through the forest to Millennium camp and Mweka Gate.

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Trip Highlights:

  • Lemosho Route – Climb one of the most scenic and least busy route
    7 day ascent – Maximize your summit chances by climbing slowly and allowing more time for acclimatisation
  • Uhuru Peak – Marvellous 360 degree views from the roof of Africa at 5895m!
  • Shira Plateau – Traverse the wild heath and moorlands of Shira Plateau
  • Wild Camps – Enjoy wild camping in magnificent, scenic locations
  • Trek crew – Climb with some of the best and most experienced leaders, guides, porters and cooks on the mountain

Comment: A tough, camping-based trek to high altitude ascending from 2100m to 5895m over 8 days and 7 nights.

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Tour Dates: Thursdays to October 2017

Tour Cost: from $3,900 per person sharing twin accommodation
Single Supplement from $150
Group Size: 10 – 16 passengers
Minimum age: 16
Type of Accommodation: standard hotel & basic camping
Vehicles: bus, walking
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners

Why choose this tour?

On this trek we spend eight days on Mount Kilimanjaro. Our ascent rates are slow and safe, resulting in a much higher than average summit success rate.
– The safety of our treks on Kilimanjaro has been assessed by independent medical specialists
– Our rate of ascent complies with Wilderness Medicine Society (WMS) guidelines
– All of our guides and trek leaders on Kilimanjaro are first aid trained
– Oxygen cylinders and Gamow bags are carried on all treks for emergency use
All of our guides and trek leaders on Mount Kilimanjaro are first aid trained; as a precaution we carry oxygen cylinders and Gamow bags on our treks for emergency use.

Responsible tourism note: We actively support our trek crew through the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP). Our trekking staff are all from the local area and revenues from our treks benefit the local economy.

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More about Tanzania:

Landscape
The landscape is dominated by plains along the coast, central plateau, and highlands in the north. Mount Kilimanjaro (5, 895 m) is the highest point in the country and in Africa. Tanzania is bordered by three of the largest lakes on the continent: Lake Victoria (the world’s second-largest freshwater lake) in the north, Lake Tanganyika (the world’s second deepest) in the west, and Lake Nyasa in the southwest.

National Parks and Reserves
Some 100,000 sq km of Tanzania is devoted to Game Reserves. Amongst the better known are the endless plains of the Serengeti, host to the annual Wildebeest Migration, and the massive wilderness of the largely undiscovered Selous, Lake Manyara National Park, Olduvai Gorge – the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ and then there is the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, the enthralling Ngorongoro Crater.
The game parks of Tanzania have been set aside by the government as wildlife and botanical sanctuaries that enjoy a high degree of protection and management. 25% of Tanzania is gazetted as national parks and reserves, making conservation a major element in land use. Tanzania has more than 20 game reserves including the world’s largest, the Selous. Forest reserves make up 15% of the country.

Flora
Tanzania’s forests offer over 50 tree species and 200 species of shrubs.

Fauna
The East African plains support some of the last great herds of wildlife left in the world, offering a greater number and diversity of species than any other continent: Tanzania offers over 80 major species, including ‘The Big 5’ (elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard), and 600 species of butterfly.

Avifauna
From glacial mountain to savannah plain, semi desert to tropical rainforest, Tanzania’s botanical versatility supports more than 1,000 bird species.

People & Culture
Like much of East Africa, Tanzania is home to the fiercely traditional and striking-looking Masai people; seeing an isolated, red-robed warrior stalk the plains is a lasting image of Tanzania. Their beaded jewelry and red checked blankets make good souvenirs to buy. Tanzania also offers other interesting arts and crafts, most notably the Makonde sculptures carved in ebony, and Tanzanite, a turquoise-blue semi-precious stone unique to the country.

World Heritage Sites
Ngorongoro Conservation area, Selous Game Reserve, Serengeti National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park and Kondoa Rock Art Sites.

National museums and historical sites
Olduvai Gorge, The National Museum of Dar es Salaam, The Catholic Mission and prison of Bagamoyo, Ujijii Cultural Centre, Sukuma Museum, Mwanza, The Amboni Caves and Hot Springs, the Tongoni Ruins, the National Museum of Zanzibar, also the Kidichi Persian Baths, the House of Wonders, the Arab Fort, Livingstone’s House, Mangapwani Slaves Caves, the Maruhubi Palace, the Old Slave Market and the People’s Palace of Zanzibar.

Travel Visas are are required by most passport holders.

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Wildlife regions in brief:

Serengeti National Park was established as a park in 1951. It covers an area of 14,763 sq kms. The name Serengeti is derived from the Maasai word ”Siringeti” which means an extended area. The principal features of the Serengeti Park are the short and long grass plains in the south, the acacia savannah in the central area, and the extensive woodland. The concentration of plain game is high -with an abundance of Topi, hartebeest, gazelle, wildebeest and zebras. It is also famous for the lions, cheetahs and other predators and is home to a wide variety of bird life.

Ngorongoro Crater: Called the eighth wonder of the world and stretching across some 8,300 sq kms, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania boasts a blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeology that is unsurpassed in Africa.
The first view of the crater is absolutely magnificent. It has an area of 265 sq kms and is about 16 to 19 kilometers across. The floor lies about 610m below the rim. There is a shallow soda lake that dries up, and there are also springs and streams of fresh water for the animals to drink. There are wildebeest, zebra, lions, hyenas, rhino, cheetah, hippo, gazelle, baboon and many more, as well as rich bird life such as ostriches, eagles, geese, Cape Crown Cranes, flamingos, pelicans and more.

Olduvai Gorge: One of the most fascinating attractions in the area is the Olduvai Gorge, where an old river has carved away the rock to expose layer upon layer of volcanic soil. This is where Dr Louis and Mary Leakey found the remains of hominids “Nutcracker Man” and “Toolmaking Man”. The “Cradle of Mankind” now has a visitor centre where you may hear a short lecture on the the work of the Leakeys and their successors and a small museum where you may see some of their finds, including a giant giraffe – it is hard to believe that they were once even taller!

Lake Manyara National Park was established in 1960 and has a total area of 325 sq kms of which 229 sq kms is covered by the lake. Manyara is a Maasai word – emanyara – for a plant. Apart from a spectacular setting, the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect. The shores of the lake, encrusted with pink flamingo, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. Large herds of buffalo, cheetah, Masai giraffe and impala roam the lake shores and the forested valley slopes.
A Lake Manyara safari is a fascinating experience as the park is excellent for bird watching and also features a ground-water forest; acacia tortilis woodland and hot springs called Maji Moto.
Permanent streams flow from the volcanic rocks below the rift wall.

Zanzibar: For centuries past, cardamom, clove and cinnamon culled from the fabled spice gardens of the enchanted island of Zanzibar have been prized by sultans and princes alike.
Now you can pick them for yourself on a spice tour that takes you from the winding alleys, carved doors and cool courtyards of Stone Town, through the slave caches of the coral bays, past the blue-domed bath-houses of long dead sultans and out onto the silver and blue ribbons of Zanzibar’s perfect beaches.
To enter the world of Zanzibar is to step through the looking glass into the world of a thousand and one nights and black eyes that smile from behind deep veils. There’s a House of Wonders and a street of food, a Palace Museum, an ancient slave market, an age-old fort, a ruined harem and the house where Dr Livingstone once lived. There are Red Colobus Monkeys and dolphins and a bright tapestry of Arab, African and Swahili culture, folklore and cuisine that are as mesmeric as myth.
There’s also a wide selection of wonderful hotels, wide-open beaches and all the facilities that you could possible wish for.

Zanzibar beach

Photo courtesy of R.Vanderdrift

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