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Explore Off-the-Beaten Path Tanzania

This itinerary captures the best of Tanzania, from the essential and game-rich Serengeti, to the remote croc-filled rivers of Katavi National Park, to the sun-soaked beaches and clear waters of an island on Lake Tanganyika.

Day 1 - Arusha

After landing at the international airport in Kilimanjaro you will be met and transferred to Arusha where you will spend one night before beginning your Tanzania safari.

The city of Arusha sits in a pleasant, lush valley, divided by the Naura River near the base of 15,000-ft Mt. Meru. This bustling city, the safari capital of Tanzania, is the economic center of an area with a rich agricultural economy, thanks to fertile volcanic soil.

Days 2 - 5 - Serengeti National Park

This morning you will fly from Arusha to Mwanga Moto tented camp in the Serengeti National Park. You will be met at the airstrip and after a game drive through the park, arrive at your luxury tented camp for lunch.

Serengeti National Park (3,646,500 acres) is the jewel in the crown of Tanzania’s protected areas with over 3 million large mammals roaming its plains. The Serengeti has come to symbolize paradise to all, including the local Maasai, for whom it is Siringitu - "the place where the land moves on forever." Today, the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and the Masai Mara Game Reserve across the border in Kenya, protect the greatest and most varied collection of terrestrial wildlife on earth, and one of the last great migratory systems still intact.

While you explore the Serengeti you will stay at Mwango Moto. Mwanga Moto is a classic tented camp designed with utmost care to insure highest level of comfort for guests. Excellent guides make sure your safari experience is complete with herds of wildebeest, prides of lion and game as far as the eye can see. Watch the sunrise and the plains unfold from the verandah of your tent while sipping tea or coffee and sitting around the fire in the evening sharing stories from the day.

Days 6 - 8 - Katavi National Park

Today you will fly from the Serengeti to Katavi National Park, a remote park in Western Tanzania, where you will spend 3 nights at Palahala Tented Camp

Katavi National Park in the far west of Tanzania is somewhere that, even today, few people have been lucky enough to visit. Teeming with game and visited by less than 2000 tourists last year, Katavi is a wilderness paradise. Encompassing Lake Katavi, the Katuma River and picturesque Lake Chala, Katavi National Park stretches across roughly 1700 square miles of Tanzanian woods and wetlands. The park centers on a series of wide flood plains connected by a network of fragile seasonal rivers. It is these rivers that form the focus of the game viewing for which Katavi is renowned during the dry season. It boasts a wide array of bird and animal life, including leopard, elephant, zebra, buffalo, lion and the densest hippo and croc populations in the country.

Palahala Tented Camp sits amid thick forest on the fast flowing Kapepa River. Each of the camp's eight tents is set up on wooden platforms over the abundant reeds and thick bush. Each tent boasts king-sized beds, goose down bedding, hand crafted furniture and extended eco friendly bathrooms. Palahala's lounge and dining room overlook the river where animals come to drink throughout the day and night. Dinners are served around log fires in a traditional open-air boma, or on one of the many platforms on the river bank.

Experienced guides ensure you make the most of every day while out exploring this impressive park. Get closer to the heartbeat of the park by taking a walk through the bush. Your guide will explain the medicinal value of trees and plants, and delight you with stories of the magical powers often attributed to them, identify grass and bird species and pick the bitter-sweet fruit of a Tamarind tree for you to taste.

Days 9 - 12 - Lake Tanganyika

Today just a short 20 minute flight takes you from Katavi to the Lupita airstrip. A ten minute boat rides takes you to Lupita Island.

Lupita Island rises up out of the pristine sapphire waters of historic Lake Tanganyika in the remote south-western region of Tanzania. The island is prehistorically lush and extraordinarily private. Each of the 13 breathtaking villas is an open-air suite perched high on the hillside, delivering peace and ultra-comfort. Meditate by the stream that runs through your suite or wade into your personal plunge pool.

Activities abound at Lupita. Wander the trails that meander among groups of huge boulders, and remnants of a farming village. Beach comb or skip stones. Let your guide escort you on a wonderful invigorating kayak and snorkelling excursion around the island and beyond or a PADI dive in 30 feet of visibility. Visit a nearby fishing village, unchanged for hundreds of years. See the amazing sunsets from the Winsor rose as you enjoy a sun downer cruise. You can also chose to relax by the pool or visit the spa and end each day with a drink in hand for the most spectactular sunsets.

Day 13 - Depart via Dar es Salaam

Price for 2015

Per Person Sharing for 4 Travelers: $10,100

Per Person Sharing for 6 Travelers: $9,500

Prices excludes international airfare.

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