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This safari will take you to three spectacular wildlife areas in the north of Tanzania where excellent game viewing awaits in every location. Experience the thrill of walking alongside a big game in Tarangire before visiting Ngorongoro Conservation Area to explore the breathtaking crater highlands region. Watch as thousands of wildebeest fill the plains in the Serengeti as they continue their trek through the park in the Great Migration, a simply awe-inspiring spectacle.
Owner-managed and run, the house has an intimate and friendly feel. Adding to this the superb staff and a reputation for culinary excellence, and Onsea House is a wonderful place to spend your first night in Tanzania.
Oliver’s Camp, in the remote southern reaches of Tarangire National Park, has just 10 beautifully appointed safari tents in a spectacular location close to the game-dense Silale Swamps and overlooking a flood plain of the Minyonyo Pools. Oliver’s Camp was inspired by the trailblazing camps that pioneered the early days of safari. This camp gives you direct access to the dense concentration of wildlife you will find year-round in this remote region, as well as the chance to enjoy walking safaris and fly camping. Oliver’s Camp is intimate and personal, staffed by a world-class team that has worked together for many years to perfect a safari experience that guests consistently rank among their best.
The Highlands redefines the Ngorongoro experience. Set on the edge of the mountain forest hugging the Olmoti volcano to the north of Ngorongoro Crater, The Highlands strikes a perfect balance between a true wilderness experience and a high-style, contemporary escape. Experience the highlands of the wild Ngorongoro Conservation Area surrounding camp, home to leopard, buffalo, and elephant. Follow ancient Maasai trails to the summit of the Olmoti crater and visit local communities to catch a glimpse into the traditional Maasai way of life that has defined this corner of East Africa for centuries. The famous Ngorongoro Crater is easily accessible from camp, while the setting ensures maximum privacy, a rich adventure, and a range of activities not possible elsewhere in Ngorongoro.
Shadowing the wildebeest’s every move, Ubuntu Camp uncovers fascinating and unexplored corners of this great wilderness ensuring that first-class game viewing is never far away. With their unwavering focus on keeping pace with the migration, Ubuntu Camps’s guides have an enviable reputation for bringing this remarkable natural phenomenon to life. The camp itself is intimate and personal, and the seven spacious tented suites epitomize traditional East African safari charm.
On day 1, you will be accommodated in Onsea House which is located just outside Arusha, on the drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
Discover Africa just as it should be from Oliver’s Camp in the remote southern reaches of Tarangire. You will have a game drive through forests of enigmatic baobab, home to vast herds of buffalo and elephant, or discover the inner workings of the bush on foot on an exclusive walking safari.
You will explore the magnificent crater highlands of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area straight from the door of Highlands Camp, follow ancient Maasai trails to the top of Olmoti, and descend to the sparkling soda lake on the floor of Empakaai. Of course, you will also explore the jewel in the crown, the Ngorongoro Crater itself, which is home of some of the richest game viewing on the continent.
You will get up close and personal with the thundering herds of wildebeest on their long trek through the Serengeti at Ubuntu Camp. With three locations in the north, south, and west of the park and the expert knowledge of the resident guides, fantastic Great Migration viewing is never far away.
Today, you will enjoy a final game drive (depending on arrangements) deep in the wilderness before going to the airstrip for the next part of your journey.
Game drives are an integral part of any safari. You’ll head out into the wilderness with your trained and knowledgeable guide in one of Asilia Africa's specialized vehicles. They have both closed and open-sided vehicles and try to have no more than six guests in one vehicle, so everyone is guaranteed a window seat for the best view of the action. The vehicles also have the added benefit of charging stations to ensure your gadgetry is never at a loss and a cooler to ensure you’ll have a cold beverage or two along the way.
Imagine going to sleep at night with only the sounds of the African bush around you and the only lights the stars overhead. Asilia Africa is one of very few operators to offer you the exceptional, highly adventurous option of fly camping. A night at your own personal campsite deep in the bush gives you a true wilderness experience - there is nothing between you and the African bush.
Accompanied by an armed guide, you will spend the afternoon on a walking safari to the fly camp, a comfortable yet solo site in the bush. If your camp is pitched beyond comfortable walking distance, you may access it via a game drive. Fly camping may take you a little outside your comfort zone, but once you try it, you will be hooked.
There is no better way to experience the African bush than on foot. It is likely that you will get close to larger mammals with Asilia Africa’s experienced walking guides, but this is your chance to explore the ecosystem from the ground up by learning about animal tracks, the beetles and bugs, the grasses, bushes and trees, and the astounding birdlife.
Asilia Africa's camp guides and managers are mostly drawn from local communities, allowing you a unique insight into the rich culture that defines these corners of East Africa. The guides and managers are always eager to share their culture with interested guests, and visits to nearby communities and homesteads are easily arranged.
Uncrowded and relatively unknown, Tarangire National Park covers approximately 2,850 square kilometers just south of Lake Manyara in the northern region of Tanzania. Famous for its vast herds of elephants and forests of enigmatic giant baobab trees, the rugged landscape is incredibly diverse and stands out from any other on the traditional northern safari circuit.
Tarangire is a park for those who want to step that much further off the beaten track to experience a truly wild area. It boasts large herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as a remarkable concentration of big cats. The African wild dog, kudu, oryx, and gerenuk, rarely found at other parks in the northern circuit, can also be found here along with arguably the best bird diversity in Africa. More than 550 species are attracted to its vibrant swamps. During the dry season from August to October, Tarangire has the highest concentration of mammals of any of Tanzania’s renowned national parks.
Ngorongoro Crater Area offers one of the richest wildlife viewing experiences on the African continent. Part of the Serengeti ecosystem, the region covers 8,292 square kilometers and encompasses expansive short-grass plains on the southern border of the Serengeti National Park and the dramatic Ngorongoro Highlands region with its enormous calderas and spectacular vistas.
Ngorongoro Crater Area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that takes its name from the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera, formed two to three million years ago. Approximately 25,000 large animals live in the natural enclosure formed by the 300-square-kilometer crater, while the greater conservancy surroundings are home to wildebeest and zebra migratory movement in the wet season. It was recently voted one of the new Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.
It is no wonder that the spectacular Serengeti is the iconic wilderness safari destination. This vast East African conservation area, comprising 15,000 square kilometers of savannah, is one of the last areas on Earth where you can get a front-row seat to the Great Migration. Few lifetime experiences can beat that of watching over a million wildebeest plus hundreds of thousands of gazelles and zebras, followed by their predators, embark on a 1,000-kilometer-long circular trek through unfenced Kenya and Tanzania in search of seasonal pasture and water.
This natural spectacle is both thrilling and profoundly moving. However, with its high biological diversity (home to over 100 mammals), the Serengeti also offers rewarding year-round adventure and intimate wildlife experiences, with exceptional, high-density game viewing as well as significant large predator-prey interactions.
Meals on this safari feature wholesome homemade dishes with a hint of local flavor. Asilia Africa takes great pride in growing their own fresh, organic produce wherever possible and supporting local communities.
Asilia Africa's camp chefs are able to cater to any dietary requirements with advance notice including preparing gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and halal meals.
Lunch is usually a buffet featuring fresh salads and meaty mains, while dinner is a 3-course meal served beneath the stars. Dishes feature beef, chicken or fish, and wholesome organic produce with a hint of local spices and flavors.
Please arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Asilia Africa can pick you up there at an additional cost.