Enjoy an unforgettable safari in picturesque Tanzania. The Serengeti National Park is the most photographed and filmed game reserve in Africa. This safari trip will take you to the famous Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Tarangire National Park. With an incredibly dense population of wildlife and never-ending rolling plains, the Serengeti offers an authentic and idyllic wilderness safari.
Bougainvillea Safari lodge is located on the outskirts of Karatu town about midway between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater. Facilities of the lodge include reception, lounge, fully stocked bar, gift shop, dining rooms, outdoor dining area, free Wi-Fi in common area, large swimming pool, baby pool, massage room, and expansive tropical gardens.
Facing magnificent sunsets to the west and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater’s entire rim, Ngorongoro Sopa lodge stands well over half a kilometer above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera. Facilities of the lodge include adjoining rooms, hairdryers, telephone at reception babysitting, laundry, traditional dances, bird watching, outdoor dining, turn down service, board games, special diets, weddings, children’s menu, sun downers, wheelchair, accessible rooms, conferences, swimming pool, Wi-Fi in public areas, and a gift shop.
The Serengeti Savannah camps are a private chain, with intimate camps scattered around various locations in the Serengeti National Park. The camps are pitched on magnificent views overlooking Lake Ndutu. The Ndutu camp, a stone throw away from Lake Manyara, is famous for the great annual wildebeest migration safaris and nearness to the Kogatende airstrip.
Tarangire Safari lodge has catered to wildlife enthusiasts and those seeking rest and relaxation among one of Tanzania’s most popular national parks. Perched at the edge of a natural bluff, Tarangire Safari lodge is renowned for its panoramic views of the savannah and Tarangire River below, providing breathtaking scenery and game viewing right from its sweeping terrace and your doorstep.
Fly-in to Serengeti National Park via a local flight, and you will be picked up from the Seronera airstrip and driven to Serengeti Savannah camp central with en route game viewing. After an early lunch, you will continue the game viewing in the Serengeti. Undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, the Serengeti is home to the highest density of animals as well as being unrivaled for its natural beauty, diversity, and scientific value. During your daily game drives, you will witness the annual ancient drama of life, death, and rebirth in this primeval wilderness.
After breakfast, you will be driven to the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, a collapsed volcano. Stop at Olduvai Gorge, a world famous archaeological site, for a visit to the local museum. Thereafter, enjoy your lunch box and visit the local Masai tribe before driving to your luxury lodge perched on the crater rim.
After an early breakfast, spend a full day in the crater taking photos or simply enjoying the animals and landscapes. At lunchtime, relax with a picnic and then leave heading to the Bougainvillea lodge. Arrive in time for a cool drink and hot shower before a delicious dinner and restful night.
Today, you will be driven in comfort to Tarangire National Park for excellent game viewing. After a relaxing lunch, you will head off for game viewing in Tarangire, a small park which offers some excellent sights famous for its giant baobab trees, large herds of elephants, plains game, and predators. Generally, in the dry seasons, Tarangire comes alive as wildlife and bird-life congregate on the Tarangire River which is a permanent source of water. You will spend the night at Tarangire Safari lodge beautifully set inside the park, with stunning views and a unique atmosphere.
You will have an early morning game drive in Tarangire National Park and drive back to the lodge for a late breakfast. Then, you will drive back to Arusha for lunch and transfer to the airport.
Brian is a professional safari guide. He was born in the bush of northern Tanzania and grew up in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where his parents were employed. Early treks into the bush with his father, uncle, and others began his wildlife education. As his bush adventures continued, he developed a love of the wilderness that led him to choose a career as a safari guide.
Amir was born in 1965 and raised in Oldeani area close to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After his wildlife training at the Wildlife College of Pansiansi, he was employed as the ranger in the conservation area where he served till mid 90’s, when he decided he would like to work as the tour guide as this was his dream so he could share his wealth of knowledge with people visiting Tanzania.
Gerard Solomon Lemunge
Gerard is one of those safari guides with whom everyone connects. His easy humor and hearty laugh win you over every time, and then his sincere interest in wildlife and protected areas comes through in the course of the safari. Gerard has the rare skill of balancing well-informed interpretive guiding with good natured sociability in all situations.
Ken Whitten was born and raised in California. In 1971, he moved north to Alaska to attend graduate school, where he studied Dall Sheep in Denali National Park. Ken worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in the Aleutian Islands and as an environmental monitor during construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. He then spent over 20 years with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game doing wildlife research in interior and northern Alaska.
Tryphon has been a safari guide since 2004. He has an excellent knowledge of the wilderness and its inhabitants. He takes great pleasure in showing the safari guests the amazing facets of Tanzania. He is an excellent host and is dedicated to providing an enjoyable and comfortable camp. Tryphon started his career with a diploma in animal science and veterinary care. That qualification led him to positions as a dairy and ranch manager.
Human existence in the Ngorongoro conservation area goes back beyond the dawn of history as evidenced by the numerous remains of hominids, mankind's earliest recognizable ancestors. The world's two famous pre-historic archaeological sites Gorge and Laetoli are in the area. The Laetoli site hides the footprints of human's remote ancient ancestors, who lived about three and a half million years ago.
The Zinjanthropus man lived about 1.8 million years ago. Homo Habilis to Homo Sapiens were found in Olduvai Gorge. The story of the ancient ancestors of the modern human told by the fossils of Olduvai and Laetoli confirms that the humans and hominids have been living in the area for millions of years. In historic times, humankind in Ngorongoro includes the Hadzabe and pastoral Maasai numbering 52,000 individuals, with their strong insistence on their tradition and customs which attracts many visitors in the area.
The Serengeti National Park, Tanzania's largest national park, is located about 335 kilometers northwest of Arusha town. Most tourists visiting the world famous national park are fascinated by the annual migration. Millions of wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson's gazelles are driven by ancient instinct to migrate to the Maasai Mara in Kenya.
The wildebeest usually moves through the northern woodlands between June and December every year to feed on the long grass found during this season. During February and March, they migrate to the southern plains, where the grass is rich in minerals, to rear their young. When the rain stops, in May and June, the herds are once again forced to migrate to the northwest.
Migratory birds including the stork, pallid harrier, and peregrine falcon also use the southern plains during the season. The Serengeti is also renowned for its wealth of leopards and lions. The vast riches of the park help the black rhino fight extinction and provide a protected breeding ground for the vulnerable cheetah. The Kirawira River with its population of giant Nile crocodiles has made this area very famous worldwide.
The fierce sun sucks the moisture from the landscape, baking the earth a dusty red, the withered grass as brittle as straw. The Tarangire River has shriveled to a shadow of its wet season self. But it is choked with wildlife. Thirsty nomads have wandered hundreds of parched kilometers knowing that here, there is always water.
Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem, a smorgasbord for predators and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope, such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk, are regularly observed.
During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over a 20,000 square kilometers or 12,500 square miles range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire’s mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.
Daily meals are included in this safari holiday.
Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). From here, you will take a domestic flight to Serengeti National Park. In Serengeti, you will be picked up from the Seronera airstrip and driven to your first accommodation. The internal flight on arrival and on departure and the land transfers are included in the price.
"Everything about this experience was first rate, top notch. Beyond Expectations does not begin to describe how you are treated from initial contact with Brian, throughout the planning and the trip itself. This trip was a special birthday present to my husband and I wanted to be sure that everything was perfect. Here are a few reasons why it was:"
"Amir, our guide made sure that we were 'Number One" for the entire 10 days we spent with him. From his enthusiastic greeting at the airport (he actually jumped in the air with a smile) to his detailed and accurate explanations for everything we saw. We had complete confidence in him. He was a very skillful driver, kept us very safe and knew every road! He was extremely knowledgeable about plants, birds, animals, terrain and customs whenever we encountered a new situation. He answered all of our questions and guided us with local culture. He saw to our every need and shared the love of his country. He knew where animals would be and many, many times other drivers asked for his guidance. He made sure our beautiful well maintained Land Cruiser was clean everyday and had endless gasoline to take us wherever we wanted to go. He also made sure we were angled just perfectly to take outstanding photos of the animals and countryside."
"* Camps-even though we stayed in a few beautiful lodges, the camps at Central and Northern Serengeti were comfortable and pleasant. Plenty of delicious food and friendly staff that greeted us each afternoon with warm towels, mango juice and an inquiry about our day along with a warm shower ready for us when we wanted it. They made sure we did not have any food allergies and provided 'camp tv' (campfire) each evening before dinner. They even did our laundry mid trip and everything was clean and folded upon our return from the road."
"I cannot say enough about how outstanding the entire trip was-no glitches, never felt unsafe and we experienced everything up close. When we go back, we will be calling Brian again. He even made excellent suggestions about what to bring and we needed nothing once we got there. Fantastic trip of a lifetime!!!!"
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"I had an opportunity to enjoy 6-day safari with Ecological Wilderness Adventures, which I enjoyed a lot. During a relatively short period of time, we've visited a number of exciting places: Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro crater. We saw all animals in which I was interested: Lions, cheetah, hippos, giraffes, elephants. Guide, Rodrick was very knowledgeable and fully committed to providing best possible safari experience. The trip is highly recommended for anyone short on time, but interested in full safari experience."
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"Ecological Wilderness Adventures is problem free planning. All your needs are taken care of. You just need to show up and begin climbing. Dismas, my guide, was superb and I reached the summit with no problems or side effects."
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"My husband and I just got back from a wonderful 12-day safari with Ecological Wilderness Adventures. I cannot recommend this company enough. Brian answered our emails promptly and professionally, providing all the information and preparation we needed to proceed with our trip of a lifetime. Our driver and guide, Gerald, took great care of us from arrival to departure and not only answered all our questions about the wildlife but also gave us some excellent insight into the Tanzanian culture and history. He is a great driver and was always able to get us into an excellent position for viewing. The man also has the eyesight of an eagle! The lodges and mobile camps we stayed at were clean and comfortable with the helpful and friendly staff, good food and great locations inside the parks. We saw some amazing sights but my favorite location was in the northern Serengeti Savannah Mara River camp."
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"Had an absolutely amazing time looking at animals and learning about Tanzania with my family. The trip was perfect and the customer service was great with the best guide in the world. We had fun, informed, and full of laughs. I highly recommend this company, they tailored the trip to our liking and fit together a trip that was ideal for our family."
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"Brian, at Ecological Wilderness, did an amazing job planning our safari. We had never been to Tanzania but had several friends who had gone. We shared our thoughts and ideas with Brian and he created a draft itinerary. I made some comments and suggestions and he happily revised the itinerary to reflect our ideas. Brian always responded quickly to accommodate my requests. We eventually arrived at exactly the balance of animals, culture, hiking and beach time in Zanzibar that was ideal for our family of four."
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