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Tented Safari to Tanzania: Value for Money

6 Nights 7 Days

Days 1 / 2 ~ Serengeti ~ Olakira Camp

Today you will board a short flight to the Serengeti and will stay at Olakira Camp for two nights.
This is exactly where you want to be to see the great wildebeest migration. Serengeti National Park (3,646,500 acres) is the jewel in the crown of Tanzania’s protected areas with over three million large mammals roaming its plains. It lies between Ngorongoro and Lake Victoria and adjoins Kenya's Maasai Mara. The Serengeti has come to symbolize paradise to all, including the local Maasai, who have grazed their cattle on the vast grassy plains for generations. To the Maasai, it is Siringitu – “the place where the stretches on forever."

Today, the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and the Maasai Mara 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. More than a million wildebeest, accompanied by hundreds of thousands of zebras and other herbivores, descend upon the short-grass plains of the southeastern Serengeti at the start of the rainy season around December. After calving in January and February, they scatter over the southern and central plains.

Overnights at Olakira Camp. https://ejafrica.com/destinations/tanzania/serengeti/olakira-camp/

Includes: all meals, house wines, soft drinks and beer with meals and on drives

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Days 3 / 4 ~ Karatu ~ Plantation Lodge

Today you fly to Lake Manyara. Your driver/guide will pick you up from the airstrip and transfer you to Plantation Lodge from where you will explore Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro.
Plantation Lodge rests on the soft, red-brown hills amidst the vastness and silence of East Africa at Karatu, a short distance from Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. Individual cottages meld harmoniously into a flowering garden that attracts colorful birds. The décor, atmosphere and cordial service of this owner-run lodge reflects the owner’s attention to detail. The 16 spacious cottages are beautifully decorated and spead over the beautiful flowering garden, some with verandas and direct access to the garden. Individuality is a major feature of Plantation Lodge, where each room has its own style, choice accessories and bouquets of fresh flowers from the garden. This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy old fashioned Tanzania hospitality. Your stay will include game viewing activities daily.

On your second day you will visit the Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage site. This extinct volcano is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. The cone is believed to have collapsed nearly two million years ago, and while the cone was standing, it could have been as tall, if not taller, than Mt. Kilimanjaro. The crater (1,800 feet deep and 102 square miles) is a microcosm of East African scenery with abundant wildlife – more than 25,000 larger animals, mostly zebra and wildebeest. This is also the best place in Tanzania to see magnificent black-maned lion and black rhino. A soda lake changes size depending on the rains that are the lifeline of this amazing land. Colorful flamingoes and more than 100 species of birds found here and not in the Serengeti frequent the area.

Patience may also reward you with glimpses of leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, elephant, warthog, buffalo, impala, buffalo, hartebeest, eland and lots of other antelopes. As you descend into the crater, you may see the local Maasai as they take their cattle down the steep walls of the crater.

Overnights at Plantation lodge. http://www.plantation-lodge.com/

Includes: all meals

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Days 5 / 6~ Tarangire ~ Oliver’s Camp

You will drive from Plantaion Lodge to Tarangire.

Tarangire National Park, at 260 square km, the third largest in Tanzania. Vast numbers of baobab trees capture the eye as you enter Tarangire National Park. The gently rolling countryside is dotted with these majestic trees, which seem to dwarf the animals that feed beneath them. The park is spectacular in the dry season when many of the migratory wildlife species come back to the permanent waters of Tarangire River. Huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, elephants, eland and oryx gather to stay in Tarangire until the onset of the rains when they migrate again to good grazing areas. In addition to the wildlife, Tarangire has over 300 bird species.

Located in the middle of the Tarangire wilderness, Oliver’s Camp has one of the most wonderful settings one could imagine and offers an unparalleled bush experience. From the camp, a much wider eco-system can be overlooked: the Ngorongoro highlands, the Great Rift Valley, the Lame Manyara region and of course Tarangire NP itself. There is no better location from which to understand the breathtaking beauty and at the same time the complexity and ultimate fragility of this unique eco-system. Oliver’s Camp’s crew has been a team for many years and as a result, a stay in camp feels like joining into a warm family. A family that will not only prepare amazing meals for you, but one that will also share with you a deeper knowledge of this stunning national park and its inhabitants. Naturalist guides will not only be able to find you the lion prides, but will also be able to tell you about the different family members of the lion prides, their characters and their habits. Walking safaris are the specialty of the camp, and especially on walking safaris, the depth of knowledge and experience of the camp naturalist guides makes the experience one to never forget. Research outpost from long gone times meets luxury and refined dining.

The camp features only 8 beautifully furnished guest tents. Solid wooden furniture, beautiful cloth and gorgeous warm showers that can be taken under the Tarangire sky. Every evening, guests relax or read in the lounge and library tent, or drink sundowners at the fireplace, from which superb views of landscape and sunset can be enjoyed.

Overnights at olivers camp. https://ejafrica.com/destinations/tanzania/tarangire/oliver-s-camp/

Includes: All meals daily, game drives in 4x4.

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Day 7 ~ En Route to Europe/the US

Today you will be picked up from your camp and driven back to Kilimanjaro where you will continue onwards with your flight home.

Inclusions:

  • Flights within Tanzania as described in the itinerary.
  • Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar.
  • All meals, drinks and laundry while on safari and as indicated.
  • All wildlife viewing by 4 X 4 open roof vehicle shared with other guests, driven by a highly qualified naturalist guide.
  • Complimentary soft drinks and water in vehicles.
  • All applicable hotel and lodge taxes.
  • All game park entry fees.

Exclusions:

  • European/U.S. and foreign airport taxes.
  • Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas.
  • Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
  • Meals and beverages, other than specified.
  • Gratuities to driver/guides and other conveyance attendants.
  • Laundry and other items of a personal nature.
  • Personal and baggage insurance.
  • Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above.
  • Gratuities.

March 1-March 31: $4210 per person

April 1-May 24: Closed

May 25-June 24: $4450 per person

June 25-October 31: $4700 per person

November 1-December 15: $4100 per person

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