Wilderness Travel have combined exquisite Tarangire National Park, with its lovely woodlands and winding rivers that attract abundant wildlife year-round, with Eden-like Ngorongoro Crater, and the legendary Serengeti, where vast herds of migratory plains animals and their predators roam. The private camps are set in gorgeous locations, specially chosen to bring you extraordinary up-close game viewing and you’ll enjoy activities not possible elsewhere.
Nestled in a coffee plantation on the shores of Lake Duluti, this lodge is a well-run property with an excellent restaurant and a tranquil location. It’s a good place to unwind after the long flight to Tanzania. Guest rooms (individual thatch-roofed cottages) are set amid lawns and gardens by the lake. The central dining area, in the style of a country manor house, is a great place to watch the sun go down and have a drink before dinner. You will be staying here on your first night of the safari.
Set beneath mature acacia trees and facing the rising sun, Osunyai offers all the creature comforts of a seasonal camp, while retaining the relaxed casual feel of a mobile camp. Luxury safari tents are set to maximize the view in front of the camp where game meanders in search of grazing. The tents are large and airy with full-width windows and en suite bathrooms, king-size double or two extra long single beds, hanging wardrobe, luggage racks, and interior solar light tables.
Each has a private veranda. A very large tent forms the nucleus of the camp, an ideal spot to relax and enjoy the tranquil ambiance. In the dining area, you can enjoy delicious meals, sample wines from South Africa and beers from the region, as well as the normal selection of soft drinks, juices, and spirits. You will be staying here on the second to the fifth night of the safari.
With 16 lovely cottages spread out across flowering gardens and located near the Ngorongoro Crater, this elegant lodge has a peaceful setting and is in fact a working coffee plantation. The lodge offers very comfortable and nicely decorated rooms with en suite bathroom, a small sitting area, and a spacious veranda overlooking the gardens, which provide many of the vegetables and fruits served in the restaurant.
There is a welcoming bar with a good wine list and the staff offers complimentary appetizers on the terrace before dinner. You can also enjoy a sundowner by the pool. You will be staying here on the sixth and the seventh night of the safari.
This 75-room international-style hotel enjoys a spectacular setting on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Built from local river stone, the lodge complex offers spacious rooms, handsomely decorated with stylized cave painting, and each with its own balcony granting uninterrupted views of the amphitheater below.
Though you’re in the heart of Africa, there are direct-dial telephones and even Wi-Fi. Dinner is buffet style with something for everyone. You will be staying here on your eighth night of the safari.
Wilderness Travel's private camps are set in exquisite locations with fantastic access to the wildlife. At Dulana, views look out onto across a shallow valley where many species of animals can be spotted, and the camp at Akiba Kibwe lies directly in the path of migrating wildebeest and zebra as they head toward the Mara River.
Both camps feature large, walk-in tents furnished with bright fabrics and hardwood furniture. Each tent is about 10 by 14 feet with twin beds (or one queen bed), en suite shower and toilet, and full-length windows that offer fine views of the surrounding wilderness right from bedside. In front is a small veranda with two chairs, there is a small table, and a wash basin.
Dinner is served al fresco or in a large dining tent under a big shade tree, and dinners are complete with flatware, china, glasses, and complimentary wine and beer. Because Wilderness Travel uses rechargeable resources and propane refrigeration at camp, no noisy generators spoil the sound of the African wilds. You will be staying here from the ninth to the twelfth night of the safari.
Tarangire National Park is a haven for wildlife, home to the richest concentration of animals outside the Serengeti ecosystem. Elephants in the hundreds, as well as migratory herds of wildebeest and zebra are drawn to the permanent waters of the Tarangire River, which meanders dreamily through a lovely landscape dotted with baobab trees and high grasses.
The very private camp, set within the territory of one of Tarangire’s largest lion prides, offers all the creature comforts. While here, you will savor the thrilling experience of exploring on foot, night drives in search of nocturnal wildlife, and visits with the local Masai. Feeling adventurous? You can even spend a night in a fly camp! As an added treat, enjoy the option of an exciting balloon safari, complete with a champagne breakfast, for an additional price.
Head out for game viewing in the lush Lake Manyara National Park, home to tree-climbing lions and troops of baboons and blue monkeys. The birdlife is astounding, more than 350 species of birds dwell around its soda lake. Ngorongoro Crater hosts a magnificent array of wildlife - zebra, wildebeest, and plenty of lions. This is also one of the best places to see the endangered black rhino, more than 20 currently reside in the crater where they are carefully monitored by biologists.
While at Ngorongoro, you will stay at a lovely lodge on the crater rim at a cool 6,000 feet.
At Olduvai, you will visit the small but fascinating archaeological site where Mary Leakey discovered the Zinjanthropus skull, then enjoy game viewing en route to your private camp in a secluded section of the Serengeti. Under vast African skies, you will witness an age-old wildlife spectacle as enormous herds of plains animals play out a battle of life and death with their predators while migrating across the endless savannas.
A steaming cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate is brought to your tent each morning and you're up before the sun, to search a rich mosaic of habitats for lion, cheetah, and leopard together with the gazelle, zebra, hyena, giraffe, and thousands of wildebeest. The camp is set just outside of the park and you are granted easy access to the short grass plains where cheetahs are abundant and lion prides have their territory.
Exclusive and remote, the private camp embodies the true spirit of romance under canvas and each tent features roomy walk-in tents with attached bathrooms and hot showers and cozy beds made up with linen and a duvet. This is ultimate comfort, Wildrness Travel style!
You will depart on day 13 via Arusha.
Mzee Justice Mangyangi
Mzee Justice, whose name means “revered elder” in Swahili, has been a professional safari guide since 1994. His guiding prowess incorporates a hunter’s eye and he can spot game in circumstances beyond the normal realm of most people’s visual abilities. Active in every aspect of his home country’s conservation efforts, he encourages awareness among his fellow Tanzanians of the huge value that wilderness and natural history can play in Tanzania’s progress. Mzee possesses a wonderful combination of charm, humor, and a wealth of knowledge.
Naiman Mungare, a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), has been leading wildlife safaris for nearly two decades. Whether strolling among riverine forests in search of rare birds or navigating his way across the short grass plains of the Serengeti, Naiman has a sense of what makes a great safari experience and ensures that all his guests leave Tanzania with a new insight into the wonders of his native country. His quiet personality and depth of knowledge make him one of Wilderness Travel's most likeable guides.
This safari will take place in Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
You will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Your meals are included in the price. Wilderness Travel will do their best to accommodate special dietary needs, however, please keep in mind that certain cultural differences or limitations due to logistics can make it extremely difficult and, at times, impossible
to accommodate dietary restrictions.
Please inform Wilderness Travel at least eight weeks before your trip if you have a restricted diet. It is important to bring a flexible attitude and supplemental snacks.
Please book your flight to arrive at Arusha Airport (ARK). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Wilderness Travel will pick you up from the airport.