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8 Days Luxury Sanctuary Retreats Flying Wildlife Safari in Tanzania

Sanctuary Swala Camp, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Exclusive Tanzania Safari

Go on a safari in some of the best national parks and game viewing areas in Tanzania. Starting with Tarangire National Park to Ngorongoro Crater Conservation area, home to the Masai people, and Lake Manyara to the famous plains of the Serengeti, staying in stunning luxury camps built by the award-winning Sanctuary Retreats. This wilderness and wildlife extravaganza in Tanzania, awaits you!

Overview

  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Wildebeest, elephants, greater kudu, impala, waterbuck, and zebra
  • Starting point and ending point: Starts in Tarangire National Park and ends in Serengeti

Highlights

  • 2 daily game drives
  • Travel in special open safari vehicles
  • Fly low between camps and national parks on a Cessna Caravan
  • Explore Tarangire, Serengeti, and Manyara National Park, as well as Ngorongoro
  • Spot zebra, wildebeast, gazelle, elephants and other wildlife
  • All meals, luxurious bush picnics, and drinks
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation
  • Park fees included

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Accommodation

During this safari, you will be spending two nights in Sanctuary Swala Camp, three nights in Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp, and your final two nights in Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp.

Sanctuary Swala Camp

Sanctuary Swala is located in a secluded area of Tarangire National Park, one of the most exciting and least visited parks in the country. In the heart of Maasai country and a remote corner of the Tarangire, in total seclusion amongst giant acacia trees and looking out beyond the flat savannah, Sanctuary Swala offers a very exclusive safari experience.

The picturesque landscape is filled with ancient baobab trees, ambling elephants, and birds in flight. Built to the highest eco-friendly standards, this camp has a particularly low-carbon footprint. This camp is ideal as it is located in an exclusive pocket of Tarangire National Park.

TripAdvisor guest reviews voted Sanctuary Swala as No. 1 out of 18 lodges and camps in the Tarangire National Park. Variety of activities offered in the camp include morning and evening game drives, walking, and night game drives. An infinity swimming pool overlooking a water hole frequented by game. Expect sundowners, bush dinners, and picnics, as well as an opportunity to visit Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy Projects including Mwika beekeeping project.

Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp

This extraordinary new escape, based in three set locations across the Serengeti, invites guests to intimately experience the movement of a million-plus wildebeest and zebra as they follow the fresh grasses across the Serengeti plains during the annual migration cycle.

Being a part of Kichakani - translating from Swahili as ‘in the bush’ - means staying in remarkable luxury tents which can be packed up and moved along in a style evocative of the pioneering explorers of the 19-century, yet with all the modern comforts. Handcrafted luggage, easy chairs with an air of mid-century modern, and characterful cabinets and desks, have all been designed to be perfectly portable.

This considered modern collection of first-class furniture brings the charm of centuries-ago safari living bang up to date. This camp is ideal for migration viewing all year round. It is a mobile camp following the great wildebeast migration. A classic tented camp with a more luxurious look and feel, providing fantastic game viewing all year round.

Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp

Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp is located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area - situated in the Ngorongoro Crater rim valley, close to the access road into the crater, giving guests unrivaled access to the crater floor. Ngorongoro is home to a large assortment of animals including zebra, buffalo, warthog, wildebeest, hippopotamus and elephants; and an amazing population of predators - lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs, and the elusive leopard.

This camp is ideal as it located in the rim valley of Ngorongoro Crater. The camp is located very close to the crater floor access road allowing for quick and easy access to the crater floor - perfect for early morning crater safaris. They offer morning and afternoon game drives in the crater and on the rim, and cultural activities in the nearby Masai village.

Program

In this eight-day luxury wildlife safari, experience some of the best national parks and game viewing areas in Tanzania. Flying between camps and national parks by way of Cessna Caravan you will be flying low over the plains watching the animals move across the landscape. Not only does this cut down days sitting in vehicles crossing sometimes very rough roads, it also maximizes time on safari and gives you another perspective capturing the vastness these areas' span.

Staying in stunning luxury camps built by the award-winning Sanctuary Retreats, you will find yourself in private, wildlife abundant areas of the parks. This style of wildlife safari is best suite to the more discerning client who does not want to compromise on quality.

All camps are located in an exclusive pockets of the parks away from the tourist bus’s for complete privacy offering a variety of activities including morning and evening game drives, walking safaris and night drives, sundowners, bush dinners, and picnics.

Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy Projects at each permanent camp offer the opportunity to see another side of life here in Africa. Working closely with local villages, Sanctuary Retreats are running projects all over Africa, from bicycle donation imports and workshops, bee keeping, farming, and school programs.

In this safari, you will get front row seats to the wildebeest migration across the plains of the majestic Serengeti National Park, the Tarangire National Park which is famous for its large herds of elephants and spectacular baobab trees, world-class private camping in luxury tented accommodation in hand-picked areas such as Ngorongoro Crater, and excellent game viewing.

Activities

Game drives in Tarangire National Park

Tarangire is famed for its large concentrations of elephant and spectacular baobabs of every shape and color. The river is the park’s lifeline and attracts much of the game to its banks. You may also find some of the many leopard that rest by day in the shady trees. The park is also home to kudu with their immense spiral horns, and oryx with their equally lengthy rapier horns.

These shy, show-stopping antelope are common in Tarangire, where Sanctuary Retreats’ expert driver-guides can get visitors close to the herds without disturbing them. The low volume of visitors to the park offers a truly unique and private experience and the customized open safari vehicles offer unobstructed viewing and great photography opportunities.

Game drives in Ngorongoro

Enjoy thrilling game drives lead by highly qualified guides in closed 4 x 4 game viewing vehicles. Game drives are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon in the Ngorongoro Crater and on the rim. Moon Tours offers one crater floor game drive per stay. If guests are staying for more than two nights, you will also do the Lake Manyara National Park game drive on the second day.

Game drives in Serengeti

Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp’s three set locations throughout the year are based on the natural migration path offering wildlife viewing from open plains, sweeping grasslands, and rocky kopjes. The stars of this seasonal path are wildebeest, zebra, Thomson’s gazelles, and the predators that this migratory journey attracts. The Serengeti is known for having the big five; cheetahs are a highlight, along with wild dog, giraffe, waterbuck, and impala.

Sample daily itinerary

Day 1: Sanctuary Swala Camp

At 9:30 a.m. depart from Zanzibar on a light aircraft to Tarangire - Kuro Via Arusha. At 1:20 p.m. arrive in Tarangire and proceed to Swala camp for lunch and afternoon game drives in Tarangire park. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to Sanctuary Swala in a customized open safari vehicle.

Driving time is approximately 30 minutes with game viewing en route. Each of the twelve tents at Sanctuary Swala is shaded by tall acacia trees and ancient baobabs within sight of the well-frequented waterhole. The canvas pavilions at Sanctuary Swala are unashamedly luxurious but still close enough to nature to permit an exciting night under canvas. In the afternoon, there is time to relax before embarking on your first game drive.

Day 2: Tarangire National Park and overnight in Sanctuary Swala Camp

Awake to the sounds of the bush as a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee is served on your tent’s deck. This morning you may like to sleep in and enjoy your surrounds, or explore the park on an early morning game drive before returning to camp for a refreshing drink and lunch.

This afternoon, you have time to take a refreshing swim in the pool or relax on your private deck with a cool drink and gaze out to the waterhole and watch as the game lazily congregates in the shade to escape the heat. As the afternoon progresses, you may like to explore the Tarangire on an afternoon game drive.

The beauty of Tarangire unfolds as you venture out into the baobab scattered landscape. During the dry season, the concentration of wildlife in the Tarangire is second only to the Serengeti ecosystem. Return to camp to freshen up before meeting around the camp fire for a pre-dinner drink as you discuss the day’s adventures.

Huge herds of elephant, greater kudu, impala, waterbuck, and zebra are all easily spotted. While leopards are hard to find amongst the tall tree canopy they are regularly seen in the area as well as lions. Due to the camp’s secluded location you are unlikely to see many vehicles as you venture out into the national park.

Day 3: Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp

At 8:30 a.m., depart from Tarangire on a light aircraft to Southern Serengeti. Early this morning, you will depart Tarangire on a light aircraft which will be a one and half hour flight to Southern Serengeti. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to camp in your customized open safari vehicle, with game viewing en route.

In the afternoon, there is time to relax before embarking on your first game drive. Kichakani is semi permanent luxury mobile camp that moves with the seasons following the great migration; so no matter what time of year you visit you are guaranteed a wildlife spectacular.

Day 4: Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp

Today, you may choose to partake in a full-day game drive into the heart of the Serengeti, or along the Mara River depending on the season, with a picnic lunch and beverages of your choice or remain close to camp with morning and afternoon game drives. The area around Sanctuary Camp Kichakani is regularly surrounded by the great migration. Mainly consisting of wildebeest and zebra, you will find many other animals moving with them including elephant, giraffe, and of course lions.

Day 5: Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp

Enjoy an morning wake up by your softly spoken tent attendant carrying a tray of hot filtered coffee, tea, or beverage of your choice as planned the night before. Take breakfast in the privacy of your luxurious tent at the dining area or on the go. Head out on a morning or full-day game drive as you wish.

Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp’s three set locations throughout the year are based on the natural migration path offering wildlife viewing from open plains, sweeping grasslands, and rocky kopjes. The stars of this seasonal path are wildebeest, zebra, Thomson’s gazelles, and the predators that this migratory journey attracts. The Serengeti is known for having the big five; cheetahs are a highlight, along with wild dog, giraffe, waterbuck, and impala.

Day 6: Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp

After breakfast, at 10:00 a.m., depart from Serengeti on a light aircraft to Manyara and arrive at Manyara in 11:50 a.m. Moon Tours Sanctuary Retreats' guide will meet you at the airstrip and proceed to Manyara National Park for a half-day game viewing.

If you are lucky, you may spot the parks famous tree-climbing lions. Arrive at Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp for sundowners and dinner after climbing the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. This camp is located in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation area, on the crater rim.

There are 10 luxury safari tents. Each custom-made walk-in tent is spacious and complete with en-suite bathroom, flush toilet, shower, and hot water available throughout the day. Each tent provides a room safe, hairdryer, and mosquito nets. There are three main area tents: a dining tent, lounge, bar, and lounge tent.

Day 7: Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp

The climate at 2,200 meters is a lot cooler on the crater rim up than on the plains. Prepare for an early start as the best game viewing and the least amount of crowds are at first light. The crater access road that drops you 600 meters down to the crater floor opens at 6:00 a.m.

Request a 5:30 a.m. hearty breakfast, hot water bottles, and blankets for the morning game drive. Enjoy game viewing with a spectacular backdrop of the crater wall at every turn. This great caldera is home to around 30,000 animals with a high concentration of predators. Zebra and wildebeast account for almost half the animals with plenty of gazelle, cape buffalo, hartebeest, warthog, and big bull elephants.

On the lake in the middle of the crater, you may see thousands of flamingos fluttering and shimmering like a pink heat haze. Return to camp this afternoon with time for a hot shower before pre-dinner drinks by the camp fire as you discuss the day’s adventures.

Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater Camp to Kilimanjaro

Enjoy a leisurely morning relaxing at camp before transferring to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight from Manyara - Kilimanjaro. Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro, a Sanctuary Retreats assistant will meet and assist you with your onward flight or hotel transfer. At 11:50 a.m. depart from Manyara on a light aircraft to Kilimanjaro. You will arrive at Kilimanjaro airport at around 12:45 p.m.

Location

This safari will take place Tarangire National Park, Serengeti, Manyara National Park, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania, a country with incredible topography, from pristine ocean to Africa’s highest peak, Kilimanjaro. Tanzania is a wilderness and wildlife extravaganza.

This vast and sparsely-populated country hosts some of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth. Tanzania is one of the best places in Africa to go on safari. With less tourists than its northern neighbor, Kenya, and unique experiences such as Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania ticks all the boxes.

From the snow-capped summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to the game-rich Ngorongoro Crater, from the endless plains of the Serengeti to the baobabs of Tarangire. Tanzania is the safari insider’s hot tip. Boasting 14 national parks and numerous game reserves, this is home to the largest wildlife herds on the African continent, as well as the palm-fringed island of Zanzibar, ideal for pre or post-safari relaxation.

Food

This safari includes all meals, fine dining, luxurious bush picnics, and delicious chef-prepared snacks, daily sundowners on safari include cocktails and nibbles, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits, and beer (excluding top shelf), teas and coffees, and refreshments and snacks while on game viewing drives.

Bush breakfasts, picnics, and dinners

You may have decided with your guide to take a picnic breakfast or lunch with you but equally lovely in the evening is to enjoy a bush dinner. A secluded clearing is prepared for a traditional East African meal in the middle of the Tarangire bush. With a sundowner in hand watch as the sun swiftly sinks and your setting becomes illuminated by a magnificent log fire. Once you have settled into your surroundings, let the chef introduce you to traditional Swahili fare and experience a memorable evening under the African night sky.

Sundowners

Sundowners are a must on any safari, and the perfect way to end the day and take some time to enjoy the magnificent sunsets of Africa. Enjoy a refreshing drink or a signature cocktail and scrumptious cocktail snacks as you celebrate the end of the day; all while being surrounded by thousands of wildebeest and zebras.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Walking safaris

Put on your walking shoes and experience beautiful Tarangire National Park from a different perspective with a walking safari at Sanctuary Swala. With the professional walking guide and armed ranger, guests can now explore the grassland around camp in one of the most secluded areas of the park.

The qualified guide has a wealth of knowledge and will explain how to understand animal behaviour while tracking a variety of game. You may encounter zebra, waterbuck, impala, ostrich, elephant, as well as a number of birds. Sanctuary Swala is one of only a few camps within Tanzania’s Northern Park that is able to offer walking safaris (maximum six people per walk, additional cost).

Game drives at night

Experience the wonders of a safari at night in Tarangire. As dusk falls, relax in the comfort of Sanctuary Swala’s customized safari vehicle as you venture into the park transformed by night. Search for nocturnal animals rarely seen as this is one of the few places in northern Tanzania where you can enjoy a safari by moonlight.

At night, you may encounter an African wild cat, the elusive leopard or feel the round eyes of a bushbaby peering down at you as the moon rises into the sky. With specialized lighting you will be able to look for lion and hyena, as well as smaller creatures such as spotted genet, serval, bat eared foxes, owls, and nightjars (maximum five people, additional cost).

Beekeeping project

Sanctuary Swala has developed a beekeeping project located in the village of Mwika on the border of Tarangire National Park. Through beekeeping they are able to preserve the natural environment while providing a valuable source of income to the community. Sanctuary Swala not only provided the village with the materials to make the hives, but with the knowledge and the equipment to keep bees which produce organic acacia honey.

The honey that is harvested is sold through Sanctuary Swala with all proceeds going back to the project. With the success of the first harvest of honey in August 2010 the project has plans to develop and grow to over 100 hives, providing more families with income from a traditional foodstuff. While at Sanctuary Swala you have the opportunity to meet with the beekeepers on a visit to Mwika village and learn firsthand how the project operates.

Cultural activites

Guests can enjoy cultural activities in a nearby Masai village.

What's included

  • Morning and afternoon game drives
  • Shared safari activities with highly qualified guides
  • Visit Tarangire National Park, Serengeti, Manyara National Park
  • Explore the Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp
  • Services of English-speaking guides
  • Meet and greet at every stage of your safari
  • Internal flights and transfer to and from Arusha / Tarangire / Manyara / Serengeti / Arusha
  • Refreshments and snacks while on game viewing drives
  • Daily sundowners on safari include cocktails and nibbles
  • All meals, fine dining, luxurious bush picnics, and delicious chef-prepared snacks
  • Soft drinks, house wines, and local brand spirits and beer (excludes top shelf)
  • Teas and coffees
  • Daily laundry
  • 7 nights luxurious accommodation
  • Park fees

What's not included

  • Pre-night arrival if required or post night on departure if required
  • Items of a personal nature i.e. gratuities, premium brand beverages, curios, telephone accounts, etc.
  • Visas and travel insurances
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • International or regional flights
  • Storage or transport of excess luggage
  • Bank charges
  • All optional excursions or activities
  • Transfer to and from international and domestic airport
  • Any other item not mentioned above

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.
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