The Kilimanjaro Adventurer

Kilimanjaro Spirit Tanzania 7 day Safari USD $3550.00 per person Our packages generally include an extra park compared to most other operators. We include a visit to Tarangire National Park enroute in most of our packages. Our safaris depart after breakfast as opposed to after lunch, thereby allowing a full day in the national park […]

 

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  • Destination: ,
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Departs: 23/02/2018
  • Arrives: 01/03/2018
  • Price: $3,550

Kilimanjaro Spirit Tanzania 7 day Safari

USD $3550.00 per person

  • Our packages generally include an extra park compared to most other operators. We include a visit to Tarangire National Park enroute in most of our packages.
  • Our safaris depart after breakfast as opposed to after lunch, thereby allowing a full day in the national park visited on day 1.
  • We use our own vehicles and guides rather than out-sourcing to other companies.
  • We spend more game viewing time in the parks to give you a better opportunity to see elusive game.
  • We will, if allowed, spend a full day in Ngorongoro Crater as opposed to half a day.
  • We can make arrangements for you to fly home immediately after your safari if you are pressed for time, which often works out to be cost-effective too.
  • We offer 24 hour support from our base in Arusha.
  • We are a fully licensed and insured company

This is a 6 night / 7 day Scheduled Authentic Style Mobile Safari starting and ending Arusha, including pick up / drop off at Arusha hotel, services of driver / guide throughout, all meals, and full support camp safari crew in separate vehicle.

Park fees are not included in the above package cost, but are charged and indicated separately.

The “Authentic Mobile Safari” offers a style of travel which is extremely comfortable, whilst still mobile camping, allowing you to get off the beaten track and away from the main safari thoroughfares. On this style of safari, private wilderness campsites are booked to keep you away from the crowds and as close as possible to the wildlife action. It is a relaxed alternative to a lodge safari – for those who prefer to sleep under canvas and get away from the crowds.

The support vehicle and camp crew travel ahead of your group and set up camp. Camping equipment consists of 3.5m x 6.5m en-suite dome tents, which are extremely spacious, and camp beds, foam mattresses and warm bedding consisting of sleeping bag, cotton inner sheet and a small pillow. The shower and eco-friendly toilet are en-suite, so you don’t have to leave the safety of the your tent at night. Sumptuous meals are prepared by the friendly chef and are either served in the mess tent or, if you prefer, directly under the stars. Outside your tent and at the meal table you will have the use of large, comfortable foldaway chairs and you are provided with a washstand and large towel.

In the safari vehicle you will find a selection of reference books on the parks, history, their flora and fauna, and a cool box for drinks. The Land Cruisers have game viewing hatches that allow 360-degree views.

Your guide and their assistants are experienced professionals who prioritise your comfort and safety as well as ensuring optimal game-viewing opportunities throughout your safari.

Your guide will be happy to show you where best to purchase other beverages or alcoholic drinks prior to departure and at convenient points along the way. Your drinks supply will be carried in the supply vehicle.

Day 1
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and conduct a pre-departure briefing at 09h00 for a 09h30 departure. Your guide can assist you should you wish to exchange money or purchase other beverages or snacks. The rest of the safari crew will have gone ahead to set up your camp. The drive to Tarangire is just over two hours and so you will either be able to enjoy lunch at the campsite or a picnic lunch en route so that you will be able to spend the rest of the day game-viewing. Continue on to Lake Manyara National Park and overnight at a private campsite at the park or in a private concession nearby.

The Tarangire ecosystem is the third largest in Tanzania (20,000 square kilometres), of which the park occupies a mere 13%. During the dry season, the park has the second largest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania. The unique acacia and baobab vegetation provides a home for over 550 bird species, as well as lion, leopard, buffalo and large herds of elephant as well as species such as gerenuk, oryx and eland, rarely seen in the other parks in the north.

Day 2
This morning, you will be able to enjoy a full day exploring Lake Manyara National Park where you can enjoy game viewing and bird watching. If you rise early, you will enjoy the park in relative “privacy” before other guests arrive from their lodges outside of the park. Tonight, spend a second evening in your private campsite in Lake Manyara or in a nearby private concession.

Lake Manyara is a shallow, alkaline lake at the base of a sheer stretch of the western Rift Valley escarpment. The north-western area of this lake is protected in a 330 square kilometre national park, which contains a remarkable diversity of terrestrial habitats: the grassy floodplain of the lakeshore, the rocky base of the escarpment, a belt of thick acacia woodland and a lush patch of groundwater forest just inside the northern entrance gate. An interesting bio-diversity of fauna and flora can be observed here and a variety of large mammal species, including elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe and lion. Perhaps, however, the most immediately visible residents are the troupes of olive baboon, sometimes found in the company of the smaller and rather beautiful blue monkey. This is also a wonderful location for viewing groups of elephant and, for keen birders, Manyara has recorded almost 400 species due to the wide habitat diversity.

Day 3
This morning after breakfast, continue to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, with a picnic lunch packed for the day. You may stop along the way at the bustling town of Mto-wa-mbu, where there is a lively curio market, and then at Karatu, a rich farming area. Weave your way upwards into the densely forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Conservation area, pausing to admire the splendid view of the crater floor 600 metres below at Heroes Point.

Head down into the caldera below and spend the rest of the day enjoying game viewing in one of the most spectacular places on earth! Photographic opportunities are abundant, and one often sees four out of the Big Five in a short time. Have a picnic lunch at the floor of the crater at a pleasant lakeside location where you can stretch your legs and soak up the magnificent scenery. Overnight at a private campsite inside the conservation area. The crater rim can be very cold at night and cloaked in mist in the early mornings. You will need a heavy jumper, several layers or a warm jacket here.

At 8,300 square kilometres, Ngorongoro Conservation Area is named after its central feature, the Ngorongoro Crater, which is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and within which has evolved an extraordinary natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest populations of large mammals. The crater floor itself is 260 square kilometres and from the viewing points at the rim the vast herds of wildebeest, buffalo and zebra look like mere ant formations winding their way across the grasslands below. The crater is also home to a great diversity of environments and you may encounter all of the large herbivores mentioned above as well as lions, hyenas, jackals, male elephant (females and family groups tend to stay up on the higher slopes) and, in the forest around the rim, occasional leopard and bushbuck. There is an active rhino breeding project inside the crater and you may be lucky enough to spot some of these magnificent, shy beasts during your tour, but sightings are limited as breeding areas are strictly protected and usually closed to public access.

Day 4
Break up camp this morning and embark on a game drive into the great Serengeti plains. Before crossing from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area into the Serengeti National Park, you should take the opportunity to visit the Olduvai Gorge where you may attend a short talk on the archaeological importance of Olduvai and the work of Mary and Louis Leakey in excavating the area and discovering some of Africa’s most important hominid fossils. You may like to consider an optional extra visit to a Maasai village boma where you can spend some time learning about the culture, traditions and beliefs of this ancient, noble warrior tribe. This is an additional cost, and should be discussed with the guide, and paid directly to the guide and the Masai. Overnight at a private campsite in the Serengeti National Park.

The Serengeti is unequalled for its beauty and contains more than three million large mammals spread over the vast endless plains. Africa’s most famous game reserve covers an area of almost 15,000 square kilometres and is world-renowned for its dense predator population and the annual wildebeest migration. The park is part of the much larger Serengeti eco-system, which includes Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve, and encompassed more than double this area. The greater part of the park is open grassland, patches of acacia woodland and isolated areas of granite rock outcrops called koppies. Animal migration is linked to the annual rainfall patterns and its effect on their feeding habitats. Huge herds of wildebeest and zebra can be found here, along with smaller concentrations of Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, impala, kongoni, Kirk’s dik dik, klipspringer and small number of roan, oryx, oribi, eland and waterbuck. There are also significant numbers of buffalo, giraffe and warthog. Elephant are relatively scarce on the open plains, more common in the northern areas and the western corridor. The few remaining black rhino are restricted to an inaccessible part of the park. The most popular animals to be found here in greater abundance then elsewhere on the northern circuit are the cats. Lion, cheetah and leopard may all be seen here, along with other predators such as the spotted hyena, golden and black-backed jackal, wild cat and serval.

BALLOON SAFARI
If you would like to go on an early morning balloon safari over the Serengeti, this MAY be possible, but is largely dependent on the position of your pre-booked accommodation or camp and the season you are travelling. Please note that the balloon safaris can only be guaranteed if they are pre-booked and there is an additional charge for this.

Day 5
Morning and afternoon, or full day, game drives in Serengeti National Park. If you would like to go on an early morning balloon safari over the Serengeti, this may be possible – but it is largely dependent on the position of your pre-booked campsites and the season that you travel. Please note that balloon safaris can only be organised by pre-arrangement and there is an additional cost of this. Overnight at your private campsite in the Serengeti National Park.
Day 6
Another day in the Serengeti – with either morning and afternoon game drives, or a full day game drive with picnic lunch. Overnight at your private campsite in the Serengeti National Park.
Day 7
It is recommended that you consider the option of flying back from the Serengeti to Arusha today. It is an exceptionally scenic flight over the highlands of Ngorongoro, across the vast expanse of the Rift Valley escarpments, and over the green coffee plantations surrounding Arusha airport. On a clear day, you will see amazing views of Mount Meru’s dark profile rising up above the town, cloaked in wisps of cloud, and sometimes Kilimanjaro in the distance. This flight is an additional cost. Should you fly back, only breakfast this morning will be included.

Alternatively, if you decide to drive back to Arusha, you will arrive in the late afternoon and a picnic lunch will be provided en-route. There may be a little time to shop for curios along the way, or just outside the town centre.

 

TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
The Tarangire ecosystem is the third largest in Tanzania (20,000 square kilometres), of which the park occupies a mere 13%. During the dry season, the park has the second largest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania. The unique acacia and baobab vegetation provides a home for over 550 bird species, as well as lion, leopard, buffalo and large herds of elephant. Species such as gerenuk, Oryx and eland – rarely seen in the other parks in the north – are also common to this area.

LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Lake Manyara is a shallow, alkaline lake at the base of a sheer stretch of the western Rift Valley escarpment. The north-western area of this lake is protected in a 330 square kilometre national park, which contains a remarkable diversity of terrestrial habitats: the grassy floodplain of the lakeshore, the rocky base of the escarpment, a belt of thick acacia woodland and a lush patch of groundwater forest just inside the northern entrance gate. An interesting bio-diversity of fauna and flora can be observed here and a variety of large mammal species including elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe and lion. Perhaps, however, the most immediately visible residents are the troupes of olive baboon, sometimes found in the company of the smaller and rather beautiful blue monkey. This is also a wonderful location for viewing groups of elephant and, for keen birders; Manyara has recorded almost 400 species due to the wide habitat diversity.

NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
The 8,300 square kilometre Ngorongoro Conservation Area is named after its central feature, the Ngorongoro Crater, which is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera, and within which has evolved an extraordinary natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest populations of large mammals. The crater floor itself is 260 square kilometres and, from the viewing points at the rim, the vast herds of wildebeest, buffalo and zebra look like mere ant formations winding their way across the grasslands below! The crater is also home to a great diversity of environments and you may encounter all of the large herbivores mentioned above, as well as lions, hyenas, jackals, male elephants (female and family groups tend to stay up on the higher slopes) and, in the forest around the crater, the occasional leopard and bushbuck. There is an active black rhino breeding project inside the crater and you may be lucky enough to spot some of these magnificent, shy beasts during your tour, but sightings are limited as breeding areas are strictly protected and usually closed to public access.

Olduvai Gorge and optional Masai Village visit.

Please note: The Masai Village visit is an additional per vehicle cost split between the group and paid direct to the village.

Between Ngorongoro and Serengeti, we visit the famous Olduvai Gorge, where remains of early man were discovered by Louis Leakey. The museum is fascinating, and a resident specialist gives an interesting talk on this area in the past and present. We also have the opportunity to visit a great Masai village in the area, where you will learn about these amazing people, see their homes and meet them – and take as many pictures as you like.

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Africa’s most famous game reserve covers an area of almost 15,000 square kilometres and is renowned for its dense predator population and the annual wildebeest migration. The park is part of the the much larger Serengeti eco-system, which includes Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve, and encompasses more than double this area. The greater part of the park is open grassland, patches of acacia woodland and isolated areas of granite rock outcrops called koppies. Huge herds of wildebeest and zebra can be found here along with smaller concentrations of Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, impala, kongoni, Kirk’s dik dik, klipspringer and small numbers of roan, oryx, oribi, eland and waterbuck. There are also significant numbers of buffalo, giraffe and warthog. Elephants are relatively scarce on the open plains, more common in the northern areas and the western corridor. The few remaining black rhino are restricted to an inaccessible park of the park. The most popular animals to be found here in greater abundance than elsewhere on the northern circuit are the cats. Lion, cheetah and leopard may all be seen here along with other predators, such as spotted hyena, golden and black-backed jackals, wild cats and servals.

Price per person $2,395.00 per person

IMPORTANT NOTES:

• All rates have been quoted in AUD.

• Prices are subject to change without prior notification due to circumstances beyond our control, namely fuel surcharges, supplier increases, government taxes, exchange rate fluctuations, etc.

• All flight costs are based on the lowest fare class and are subject to availability at time of booking.

• Airport taxes can only be confirmed at time of booking due to exchange rate fluctuations and may change the costing of the attached estimation.

• Standard Terms and Conditions Apply.

• It is a condition of travel that guests must have insurance for cancellations / curtailment, medical expenses and baggage loss.

Should any details change, we reserve the right to re-calculate the tour price accordingly.