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Secluded Tanzania Safari

See More of Tanzania — Including the Great Migration — Away from the Crowds!
Day 1: Arusha, Tanzania
Our Tanzania safari begins in Arusha, where we transfer to the Arusha Coffee Lodge. Explore the beautifully landscaped gardens that offer a refreshing respite after our long travels, relax by the pool, or enjoy the view from your private veranda.

Please note: Our Sept 21, 2014 departure stays at Legendary Lodge, located in the same area. 

Days 2 - 4: Natural Habitat Camp, Tarangire National Park 
Seldom-visited Tarangire, the “Baobab Capital of the World,” teems with wildlife. Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry riverbed for underground streams while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons and wild dog roam the plains. Tarangire is also the one place in Tanzania where we regularly see dry-country antelope such as the oryx and gerenuk. A range of daily activities is available, from guided walking safaris to wildlife drives in open vehicles, bush breakfasts beneath a baobab tree, and sundowner cocktails under thatch at our luxury semi-permanent Natural Habitat Camp. Located in Tarangire National Park close to the Silalie wetland, our camp is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the proximity of some of Africa’s densest concentrations of wildlife. Though far from the standard tourist circuit, our deluxe tented camp spares nothing in comfort, from hot showers to gourmet dining and conversation around a crackling campfire under the stars. 

Day 5: Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro Highlands
Nestled at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara National Park is famous for its alkaline lakes, habitat for thousands of pink flamingos. Troops of baboons and blue monkeys carouse in the forest while leopard, cheetah, elephant and plenty of hoofed wildlife roam the plains. With luck we may see the park’s famous tree-climbing lions. We continue our drive along the Great Rift Valley escarpment to Lemala Ngorongoro, a seasonal luxury camp replete with the romance of Africa.

Please note: Our July 12-23, 2014 departure will spend the night on Day 5 at Plantation Lodge, situated on a working coffee plantation, with the ambience of a genteel private household. The group will continue to Lemala Ngorongoro on Day 6.

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater
Traversing the Ngorongoro Highlands, we reach the crater rim, 7,300 feet above sea level. Within the steep walls of the world’s largest unbroken volcanic caldera, we find a remarkable haven for wildlife, attracted to the constant water. On the crater floor, we watch for zebra, wildebeest, gazelle and eland, and the lions and hyenas that prey upon them. If we are exceptionally fortunate, we may spot the endangered black rhinoceros. Late this afternoon, we return to the crater rim to relax in camp and share sightings of the day around the dinner table.

Day 7: Mbuzi Mawe Camp, Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti Plains are legendary. These expansive grasslands are home to a profusion of wildlife year-round, and are renowned for the phenomenon of the Great Migration, when vast herds of wildebeest trek 1,800 miles from Kenya’s Maasai Mara to the southern Serengeti and back again. We spend the night at Mbuzi Mawe Camp, its name taken from the Swahili for klipspringer, a small antelope native to the plains. Located in a scenic glade in the heart of the Serengeti and guarded by 3-million-year-old granite towers, this luxury tented camp rests within one of the main annual migration corridors for a million wildebeest, half a million zebras and gazelles, and their accompanying cast of predators. 

Please note: Our July 12-23, 2014 departure goes directly to our Natural Habitat mobile camp in the western Serengeti for Days 7-11.

Days 8 - 11: Natural Habitat Camp, Northern Serengeti
We continue across the vast Serengeti today to our private mobile camp, where we spend the next few days immersed in the phenomenon of the migration. On daily safari drives we witness this remarkable wildlife spectacle, as huge herds of wildebeest and zebra traverse the savanna with thousands of gazelle, while big cats steal behind. We may behold stunning scenes of predator-prey interaction as a lion takes down a sick wildebeest, or a cheetah overtakes an infant. We track the area’s prolific wildlife in private 4x4 vehicles, allowing optimal mobility and proximity. Our deluxe mobile camp ensures that we go where the wildlife is, yet we forsake few amenities despite our remote location. Our walk-in tents are reminiscent of the safari era of yesteryear, offering every comfort and superb seclusion. Enjoy a farewell dinner in camp.

Day 12: Arusha / Home
Relish one final wildlife drive this morning before our flight back to Arusha, where a day room is provided at a nearby hotel. Our Tanzania safari comes to a close with a transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for flights home.

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