Guided by Justin Stevens$7,540 (including local flights)
Game viewing in the dry season in Tanzania (June through November) is a much more technical affair than during the wet season. In some places like the southern Serengeti as much as a quarter of the biomass migrates out of the park to better watered areas. So the key to spectacular game viewing during the dry season is to travel to areas that might still have rain, which usually means as far north in Tanzania as possible or to areas where specific water sources are near guaranteed like Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park. When done well Africa’s dry season provides the best game viewing possible which means extraordinary numbers of lions (normally 70-80), phenomenal congregations of elephants and outstanding plains game!
At any time of the year exciting safaris can be planned that provide a game viewing experience that exceeds most visitors’ expectations. But within this wonderful array of opportunities this dry season spectacular done wholly in Tanzania affords extraordinary value in a relatively short time by concentrating on those areas where game viewing peaks with the dry season.
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The prices include:
** Justin Stevens guiding the safari from start to finish;
** Guaranteed window seating in Landrovers & Landcruisers with pop-top roofs;
** Professionally-trained, English-speaking driver/guides with each vehicle;
** Meals as detailed in brackets following each day's description below;
** All park entrance fees, VAT and other government taxes;
** Comprehensive pre-trip material with discount coupons for travel gear and equipment.
Additional expenses not included:
- Meals not included;
- Some beverages;
- All international, regional and local scheduled flights;
- Requisite visas and other travel preparations like inoculations;
- Tipping (Justin Stevens does not accept tips).
Whenever you arrive in Kilimanjaro you’ll be personally met and privately transferred to the Lake Duluti Serena Hotel located in the foothills of Mt. Meru, Africa's 5th highest mountain, just outside of Arusha town. The beautiful grounds overlooking the deep crater lake is the perfect haven for relaxation before your safari.
The evening is free. Overnight at Lake Duluti Serena Hotel.[d]
First thing this morning you fly into the Serengeti National Park, and your first game drive begins immediately after you arrive! Justin's vehicles will be waiting on the airstrip ready to go! The plane lands right on the border with Kenya on the south side of the great Mara River. During the dry season this is the place in the Serengeti which is a hotbed of activity! Although technically still in Tanzania, this is the southern portion of the great Mara ecological area where rains often linger right into the dry season, so it's the reason so many animals come into this area. After checking in to your classic African safari camp and enjoying a fabulous bush lunch, you'll spent the afternoon on more game viewing. Most of the tracks here follow the Mara river, where you search for the dramatic river crossings of the great herds and photograph the super crocs that lay in wait for them! Return to camp for an outstanding dinner then cuddle into your cozy bed in your tent letting the roars of the African night lull you to sleep! Meals and overnight at Chaka Camp in the far north Serengeti.[b-l-d]
So much about the migration depends upon weather that it's really impossible to guarantee experiencing it with the weather as unpredictable as it has become. But this is absolutely your best chance during the dry season in Tanzania, and even without the migration, the Serengeti is full of animals found all over its vast area. Expect to find the cats, perhaps on a hunt! There are many giraffe, buffalo and lots of plains game. In between game drives return to camp for some unbelievably excellent meals many prepared on the "bush stove!" And before dinner around the came fire Justin will help you interpret all the many sights and sounds and dramatic events you're guaranteed to have had! Meals and overnight at Chaka Camp.[b-l-d]
The Serengeti is a vast wilderness, nearly 5,000 sq. miles! Today you leave the far north and begin exploring other, much different parts. Travel this morning down the heavily wooded northern corridor where elephant often linger, together with buffalo. Justin might arrange your picnic in the beautiful Lobo Kopjes, an unique area of the park where giant granite boulders paint the landscape and with very unusual animals like klipsringers. By the end of the afternoon you emerge out of the forests onto the great central plains. This is the Seronera area, the center of the park, distinguished by the Seronera River that draws enormous amounts of game year-round. Meals and overnight at another beautiful tented camp, Kiota Camp.[b-l-d]
The journey through Africa's Grande Dame game park continues right after breakfast as Justin takes you further south to the very end of this great park. All sorts of animals will be encountered along the way as you skim over the great plains. There may be time to explore the Moru Kopjes with their beautiful boulders and forests on your way to the only lakes region of the park at Ndutu. Dinner and overnight at a modest, favorite lodge among insiders and veterans, Ndutu Lodge.[b-l-d]
This morning you'll visit Olduvai Gorge, where so many precious finds of early man were found. You'll hear a short lecture and update on the exciting current knowledge about early man. Then Justin takes you onto the floor of Ngorongoro Crater National Park, the most visited national park in East Africa. Hardly 100 sq. miles, it’s famous for its cats and rhinos and at this time of the year, upwards of 20,000 herbivores including thousands of wildebeest that normally calve here. The steep 1500-foot sides of the crater provided safe sanctuary for the wildlife since the earliest days, and so much of the game here is considerably more approachable than on the great plains. Enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking a lake usually filled with hippo. At the end of the afternoon the safari ascends the opposite side of the crater for a night at the spectacular Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge set right below the rim. Be warned: it’s cold tonight! You’ll enjoy the robust camp fire before the hearty dinner![b-l-d]
After a very early breakfast you'll descend the crater for a second exciting game drive. This is when the light is best for photography and the animals most active. It's your best change for finding one of the night kills. Your lodge is the closest of all the lodges to the crater floor, so you're assured of optimum game viewing. After another picnic lunch on the floor of the crater, ascend the opposite side and continue into the nearby farming community of Karatu where you’ll now spend two nights at one of Tanzania’s most loved properties, Gibb's Farm. Gibb’s is a proper working farm famous for its coffee. The setting reminds many visitors of Tuscany. Enjoy an afternoon talk on herbal medicines, or sit on the large verandah of your luxury suite overlooking the beautiful hills. Then it’s time for Gibb’s dinner prepared entirely by the natural products grown on the farm. Dinner and overnight at Gibb's Farm.[b-l-d]
This is your only day without intense game viewing, an opportunity to relax in what many consider the most beautiful resort in Tanzania, or to avail yourself of the many options Gibbs offers. These included guided tours of the nearby town and school, mountain biking, farm and nature tours, Maasai clinics, a variety of spa treatments or even ranger-led walks back into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Meals and overnight at Gibb's Farm.[b-l-d]
Leave Gibb's before dawn outfitted for a long and exciting day of game viewing! Travel first to nearby Lake Manyara National Park. You'll enter the park just as dawn breaks and the giant dinosaur-like silvery cheeked hornbills are screeching over the heavens! Wander down to the shore of the great lake and few its many hippos and dozens of shorebirds including pelicans and sometimes, thousands of flamingoes! Then go through the spine of the park, famous for its lions-in-the-tree before exiting the remote southern end, a place that few visitors reach. Enjoy a midday drive through rural Tanzania countryside where you'll watch local farmers of rice and maize before entering the great Tarangire National Park for a packed afternoon of very dramatic game viewing. Enjoy a picnic lunch in areas with the highest density of leopard and elephant in Africa! Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge.[b-l-d]
Today is exactly how you should end the best Tanzanian dry season safari possible, in the world's best elephant park at the best time of the year to do so! During the dry months thousands of elephant migrate into Tarangire to dig for water in the sand of the seemingly dry Tarangire river. They congregate in the hundreds, and these are aggressive, big elephant. Their actions draw animals from all over. Tarangire is a constant, dramatic experience in the summer, and you'll spend the day under the direction of no one better, because Justin lived for years here managing a camp. At the end of the day you'll be breathless and amazed, and at the bar Justin will help you recount this amazing safari before you begin your goodbyes tomorrow. Meals and overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge.[b-l-d]
Game view your way out of the park and the continue back to Arusha town where you'll have time for lunch and shopping before continuing to a modest lodge adjacent the international airport. Say your fond farewells to your fellow travelers, Justin and your amazing driver/guides before the lodge shuttles you to the airport for the overnight departures to Europe.[b-l]