12 Day Exclusive Tanzania

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  • Tanzania
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  • Unlimited
  • Unlimited
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Meals as per Itinerary
  • Speaking tour guide
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12 Day Exclusive Tanzania


Tour some of Tanzania's greatest parks on a private luxury Tanzania safari with your own guide and 4x4 Land Cruiser safari vehicle. Start in a beautiful coffee plantation on the cool shore of Lake Diluti. Then it is on to Tarangire Park with its magnificent herds of elephant. Next stop Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and likened to.

Day 1 - Arusha

Airport transfer with private vehicle and guide. The Bay Leaf Boutique Hotel is nestling between the twin peaks of Meru and Kilimanjaro, in beautiful Arusha. The town clock is said to mark the exact halfway point between Cape Town and Cairo. This Boutique Hotel consists of three suites and three superior rooms which are unique in design and layout creating an enchanting atmosphere. Arusha is a city of northern Tanzania surrounded by some of Africa's most famous landscapes and national parks. Beautifully situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, it has a pleasant climate and is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as having its own Arusha National Park on Mount Meru. International flights arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, and regional flights use Arusha airport.

Day 2 - Arusha - Tarangire

From Arusha, your guide will drive you to the Tarangire National Park. This commute takes 1 and a half hours to complete. Enjoy lunch (included in tour price). On this afternoon drive you will notice the unusually shaped baobab trees, also known as the “upside-down tree”. Look up and you might find the tree climbing African pythons. This is one of the world's largest species of snakes, but do not worry, it is also a non-venomous species. Enjoy dinner (included in tour price). Swala Camp is buried in the core of Tarangire National Park, beside the Gurusi wetlands of Tanzania and where sprees of elephants and bird life spend their time. The private, permanent tents are structured to fit the comfort of home and suit the indulgences of vacation. Lavish safari-style travel is embraced here, as full silver service is provided at meals and superior wines mark the ambiance of fine dining. Tarangire National Park is probably one of the least visited of the northern Tanzanian game parks, and retains a real air of undiscovered Africa, particularly in the south of the park. Just a two hours drive away from Arusha. It lies a little distance to the south east of Lake Manyara and covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometres. It is named after the Tarangire River that flows through the park.

Day 3 - Tarangire - Ngorongoro

Your guide will pick you up from the Tarangire National Park and drive you to the massive Ngorongoro crater. This drive will take approximately 2.5 hours. Enjoy lunch (included in tour price). Hike the hills of Ngorongoro with a local guide. Prices may vary depending on accommodation. Enjoy dinner (included in tour price). Hanging off the edge of the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater, which is considered a UNESCO World Heritage site, sits the opulent Crater Lodge. On the eastern side of the Serengeti in Northern Tanzania, the lodge is an astonishing example of accommodations somehow built in the great African wilderness. It comprises three separate camps totalling 30 suites of the highest standard and most breathtaking views. Dining is a gala event, where one may put on their best etiquette and flaunt the outfits that have been collecting dust when roughing it during the day. Here, one may feast on cuisine from the American chef’s world-knowledge. Activities include game drives involving visits to the Ngorongoro Crater. "The Ngorongoro Crater is often called ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ‘8th Natural Wonder of the World’. A massive extinct volcano, the sheet walls drop thousands of feet to a "Noah's Ark" of animals on the verdant floor below. Large herds of zebra, buffalo, antelope and wildebeest graze nearby while sleeping lions laze in the sun. At dawn, the endangered black rhino returns to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dew-laden grass in the morning mist.

Day 4 - Ngorongoro

Private transportation and guide in the Ngorongoro national park. Includes national park fees. Descend into the Ngorongoro caldera to view the wildlife on the crater floor. The crater is roughly 20 km/12 mi wide and 600 m/2,000 ft deep, once you've reached the top of the caldera it takes about 45 minutes to descend to the crater floor. The floor is home to a rich and highly concentrated wildlife. Some 20,000 mammals of size live there, including about 20 black rhinoceros, making the crater the best place in Tanzania to see the rhino. The crater floor also has one of the highest carnivore densities in the world. Lions, cheetahs, hyenas and jackals are commonly seen, while leopards, servals and bat-eared foxes may be seen with some good luck. Enjoy lunch (included in tour price). Enjoy dinner (included in tour price). Overnight at Crater Lodge.

Day 5 - Ngorongoro - Serengeti

Your expert guide will be dropping you off at the Manaya airstrip. Take the flight from Manyara to Grumeti today. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour. Enjoy lunch (included in tour price). Meet back up with other people from your lodge for another game drive this afternoon. Enjoy dinner (included in tour price). Sabora Plains Tented Camp is in a massive private reserve aside the Serengeti Park, on the Serengeti Plains. As the focus of much international and media acclaim, the 6 tents have surpassed all standards in luxury camping in 1920s style, with outdoor shower and air conditioning, and simply going beyond the comforts of home. Dining is set with elegant glassware, white porcelain, and crisp tablecloths. Champagne glasses clink in the background, while animals wander the property. Activities include archery and badminton for the whole luxury experience, though others prefer a little game-gazing. Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, the Serengeti is massive in size, 14,763 sq km (5,700 sq miles). Famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers the most diverse game-viewing in Africa.

Day 6 - Serengeti

You'll join up with others at the lodge for your game drive. Drives are typically done in the morning at 6:30am for a few hours and/or 4pm for a few hours. Head out into the park to explore the vast expanse of the Serengeti. Enjoy lunch (included in tour price). Meet back up with other people from your lodge for another game drive this afternoon. Enjoy dinner (included in tour price). Overnight at Singita Sabora Tented Camp.

Day 7 - Serengeti

You'll join up with others at the lodge for your game drive. Drives are typically done in the morning at 6:30am for a few hours and/or 4pm for a few hours. Head out into the park to explore the vast expanse of the Serengeti. Enjoy lunch (included in tour price). Meet back up with other people from your lodge for another game drive this afternoon. Enjoy dinner (included in tour price). Overnight at Singita Sabora Tented Camp.

Day 8 - Serengeti - Dar Es Salaam

Take your flight from Serengeti to Dar Es Salaam (DAR) today. The flight duration is approximately 4 hrs. (dep10h30-14h50) Airport transfer with private vehicle. Enjoy lunch at leisure (not included in tour price). Enjoy dinner at leisure (not included in tour price). Situated in the city center, this eight-story luxury hotel, with its 180 rooms and suites, is an urban resort complex on the seafront of Dar es Salaam. The Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski offers a stunning view over a picturesque lagoon and the city islands. The Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski introduces purity, thoughtful and contemporary luxury to Tanzania - with a ravishing infinity pool, two outstanding restaurants, an exceptional spa with pure products and a philosophy founded on well-being and generous service from Thailand. Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania. It is also the country's richest city and a regionally important economic centre. There are a few sights in the downtown though it is not known as a tourist city but rather a gateway. Located near the island of Zanzibar, a fast ferry is an interesting ride. Regular flights are also available to Arusha.

Day 9 - Dar Es Salaam - Selous

Take your flight from Dar Es Salaam (DAR) to Selous today. The flight duration is approximately 45mins. Enjoy lunch (included in tour price). The 'short' rains arrive... December! With the first drops, wildflowers begin to paint the landscape. Impalas begin to drop their foals, while wild dog wait in the fringes for an opportune moment. The river responds immediately and rises, allowing the great congregations of hippo to disperse among the tributaries. The reserve comes alive. By January, led by zebra and wildebeest, huge herds of buffalo move slowly toward the hills from the floodplains. Aptly named, this season is for the more adventurous. There are fabulous opportunities for extended walking expeditions, paired with enhanced water activities. We often follow the wildlife into the hills, where walks along the high ridges afford unrivalled views into the Luwego and Lukula River valleys. Vehicles are used less frequently, and the primary focus is on full or multi day walking and canoeing journeys. All camp facilities and activities are available, with access to an extensive canoeing area. Enjoy dinner (included in tour price). Lukula Camp embodies the spirit of early African exploration, but with simple indulgences. It draws from the influences of Frederick Courteney Selous' camps of bygone days. He and his contemporaries would have found home and comfort here - a place to renew their spirits, document their discoveries and continue their intrepid ways. It is in this vein, that guests are welcomed into the stylish and authentic retreat of Lukula Camp. Only 200 km West of Dar es Salaam lies the mighty Selous Game Reserve, one of Africa’s least known yet wildest conservation areas. At an unbelievable 55,000 sq km Selous is almost twice the size of Belgium and four times larger than the famous Serengeti in the North, covering 5% of Tanzania’s land area. The Selous’ ecosystem as a whole is made up of a few conservation areas, namely Mikumi in the North and the Kilombero game controlled area in the West, covering in total over 90,000 sq km of pristine wilderness devoid of human influence. Fed by the mighty Rufiji River, the largest river in East Africa which drains most of South Western Tanzania’s water, this reserve is home to over 1,000,000 large animals and is home to over half of Tanzania’s elephant population. Selous is unique among reserves in Tanzania as it encompasses an area exclusively devoted to tourism in its Northern part, making up for about 10% of the reserve’s total size. Selous has over 2,100 species of plants, 350 species of birds, 60,000 elephant, 108,000 buffalos and an estimated 1,300 of the worlds’ approximately 4,000 remaining rare wild dogs giving guests an opportunity to glimpse all of these exotic animals in true unspoilt wilderness.

Day 10 - Selous

Lukula Selous is a unique place, where you will find yourself on no schedule. It is about adventure, discovery and spectacular wildlife. Today, by foot, 4x4 and canoe, you set out to let the whims of the day dictate the experience. You may find Nyasa wildebeest dashing in the open plains, and decide to track them on foot, getting within mere feet of the herd. You may build a hide, and wait it out for the breeding herd of elephant to come to the water's edge. Or perhaps, hike along the rocky ridges absorbing the sheer magnitude of this grand wilderness. But then, you see fresh buffalo spoor and the tracking is on. You are led, by your experienced guide and Lukula Selous team, along the trail until, there it is, a herd 100 strong grazing on the sweet grass of the savanna. Enjoy lunch (included in tour price). Enjoy dinner (included in tour price). Overnight at Lukula Camp.

Day 11 - Selous

Lukula Selous is a private photographic sanctuary of over 300,000 acres that specialises in experiential travel – authentic life changing adventures in Africa’s last great untouched wilderness – the Selous Game Reserve which is 55,000 sq. kms in Southern Tanzania. The weather and environment in Lukula is a constant cycle of dry and wet characterised by two periods of rain that bless the land each year. The short rains usually arrive in December and are quick to fade in January. The long rains commence in mid to late February staying through to early April. The Reserve comprises diverse habitat from open flood plains interspersed with dense riparian forests that lie along the Lukula, Luwegu and Chi rivers to open savanna, which recedes to forested, rolling hills and steep ridges of exposed rock. A landscape seldom visited and unchanged by man, rich in wildlife and spectacular with nature. Wildlife sighted in the area are Elephant, Buffalo, Impala, Waterbuck, Greater Kudu, Klipspringer, Eland, Hippo, Nile Crocodile, Lion, Wild dog, Leopard, Sable, Bush Duiker and exceptional birdlife with sightings of Pel’s Fishing owl, Wattled crane, Palm nut vulture common as well as a plethora of more common species, a total of 350 recorded to date. Enjoy lunch (included in tour price). The project is a brave new conservation initiative, pioneered by two young conservationists, Anton Turner and Ryan Wienand who have set out to maintain, and expand this unspoilt landscape, through low impact sustainable tourism. The Selous Project’s safari experience is completely unique. There is no fixed itinerary. An idea shared at the dinner table or an inspiration at the dawn of day, will provide the spark for your next adventure. Enjoy dinner (included in tour price). Overnight at Lukula Camp.

Day 12 - Selous - Dar Es Salaam

Take your flight from Selous to Dar Es Salaam today. The flight duration is approximately 45 mins. Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

Trip Includes

All ground transport in a comfortable safari vehicle fitted with pop up roof for easy photography and game viewing whilst on safari - Guaranteed window seating - Guaranteed departure - Airport transfers as per the itinerary - Meals as listed on itinerary

Trip Excludes

Laundry - Tips - Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages including mineral water - International airfare - Visas - Optional activities/extras - Vacation insurance

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