1 night deluxe lodge accommodation in Arusha
9 nights luxury tented safari camps
Day and night game drives and bush walks led by experienced safari guides, in open safari vehicles
All meals and beverages
Emergency Evacuation Insurance
All intra-tour flights between Arusha and the safari camps
Validity: For travel between Nov. 1, 2012 and July 31, 2014, based on availability. For two guests traveling together and sharing the same accommodation.
Day 1: Arusha Coffee Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania – 1 night
Your adventure begins with a night in Arusha, the hub of the Northern Serengeti Migratory Circuit. Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be transferred to the Arusha Coffee Lodge for the night.
Days 2 – 4: Olivers Camp, Tarangire National Park – 3 nights
Following breakfast, your safari adventure kicks off with a flight from Arusha into the wilderness of Tarangire National Park and the renowned luxury bush camp that is Oliver’s Camp. Adventure waits in the form of including bush walks, day and night game drives.
Days 5 – 7: Dunia Camp, Central Serengeti – 3 nights
A short flight brings you into the heart of one of the world’s most famous game reserves – the Serengeti. Daily game drives allow you to not only absorb the array of wildlife, but also immerse yourself in the
diverse and spectacular landscape. Dunia Camp is perfectly positioned to allow access to the rich regions of Moru Kopjies, Seronera and the Southern Plains.
Days 8 – 10: Sayari Camp, Northern Serengeti – 3 nights
A flight into the northern reaches of the Serengeti brings you to the luxury of Sayari Camp. Outside of the migration season, the northern Serengeti comes into its own with an abundance of resident wildlife, allowing for undisturbed game viewing and a welcome sense of exclusivity. Here is a place to relax and unwind; truly enjoying the very best that safari lifestyle has to offer.
Day 11: Flights Home
Following a morning game drive and breakfast, you will fly back to Arusha for your connecting flight home or onwards to your next destination.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania, covering an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers and situated just south-east of Lake Manyara in Northern Tanzania.
The landscape and vegetation is incredibly diverse with a mix that is not found anywhere else on the Northern Safari circuit. The hilly landscape is dotted with vast numbers of Baobab trees, dense bush and high grasses. During the dry season thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire National Park from Manyara. The park is famous for its huge number of elephants, impressive baobab trees. Visitors to the park can expect to see any number of resident zebra and wildebeest, waterbuck, giraffe, and olive baboons.Cat sightings are generally good, with lion, leopard, serval, caracal and genet cat residing in the NP.
Home to more than 550 species, the park is a haven for bird enthusiasts who can expect to see dozens of species - even in the dry season. The swamps are the focus of the largest selection of breeding birds anywhere in the world Tarangire National Park can be reached via paved road from Arusha in approximately four hours. Lake Manyara National Park is only a 70 kilometer drive from Tarangire, making it an easy day-trip from Lake Manyara NP or even from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Tarangire is also easily accessed by air from Arusha and air strips in the Serengeti.
Game viewing is good year round, but best from July – January each year when large herds return to the Tarangire eco-system after spending time further north and east in various other parks and reserves.
Serengeti National Park
The name ‘Serengeti’ (or more specifically “Serengit”) is derived from the Maasai language meaning "Endless Plains”, and this is the only way to describe the area. Yes, while there are riverine areas, acacia bush and kopjies, it is the vast grassy plains that roll over the landscape that define the Serengeti.
Each year around the same time the great wildebeest migration begins in the Ngorongoro area of the southern Serengeti of Tanzania. From here, the movement of the wildebeest and other grazers will start their move north, looking for new grazing pastures. January to March is the beginning of the calving season. This is because there is plenty of rain ripened grass available for the approximate 750,000 zebra, 1.2 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of other plains game.
During February the wildebeest spend their time in the south eastern part of the ecosystem, grazing and giving birth to approximately 500,000 calves within a 2 to 3 week period: a remarkably synchronized event. Few calves are born ahead of time and of these, hardly any will survive when mixed with older calves from earlier in the previous year, and so are easier preys.
As the rains end in May the animals start moving North West, into the areas around the Grumeti River, where they typically remain until late June. July sees the main migration of wildebeest, zebra and eland heading north, arriving on the Kenyan border and then into the Masai Mara late July/August for the remainder of the dry season (the Thomson's and Grant's Gazelles move only east/west and don’t cross into Kenya).
In early November with the start of the short rains the migration starts moving south again, to the short grass plains of the south east, usually arriving in December in plenty of time for calving in February. It is estimated that some 250,000 wildebeest die during the Great Migration (a total of around 800 kilometers). Death is usually from thirst, hunger, exhaustion, or predation.
In addition to the wonder of the Migration, the Serengeti eco-system offers great year-round game viewing, with large numbers of predatory cats, some of the last remaining free-roaming Black rhino in East Africa as well as most other wildlife species, so regardless of the time of year visitors head to the Serengeti a very good safari experience is likely.
Arusha Coffee Lodge, Arusha
Located on the outskirts of Arusha and hidden amongst one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations, this Lodge is the perfect place to relax and relieve stress before or after an exciting but possibly tiring safari. The lodge is full of sensory experiences as you can enjoy the aroma of the morning brew emanating from the main Plantation House as breakfast is being prepared, or simply watch the industrious coffee pickers gathering in the harvest.
The location and design of the 30 ‘Plantation Houses’ (ie, rooms), including 12 Suites all embrace the ‘coffee theme’, this is particularly evident in the suites where ‘bean partitions’ have constructed and divide the main bedroom from the remainder of the suite. The styling continues into the bathroom, where even the wash basin has a ‘bean theme’ - a delightful resin basin which features coffee beans infused The Main Plantation House hosts an ‘a la carte’ restaurant, an intimate bar and a cosy lounge. Furthermore all areas possess fire places which create a warm and comforting ambience at night. Other amenities include an intimate swimming pool and a garden terrace. The warm atmosphere within the Lodge is further supported by the friendly and personable staff that help creating a memorable experience.
Oliver’s Camp, Tarangire National Park
Located around 2-3 hours game drive away from the main gate into Tarangire National Park, Oliver’s Camp is located in the exclusive southern region and offers a prime safari experience. This area is known for its large elephant herds and baobab trees, but also houses large quantities of lions, cheetah and leopard.
The camp features ten beautifully furnished guest tents scattered along the marsh edge with excellent views over the permanent water source. Each newly refurbished tent is now covered by traditional thatch and offering an outdoor shower with indoor toilet and wash facilities.
Every evening, guests relax or read in the lounge and library tent, or drink sundowners at the fireplace after an exciting day in the heat of Tarangire. As described by experienced safari-goers "Oliver’s is the real Africa”.
Walking safaris are the specialty of the camp, and the depth of knowledge and experience of the camp naturalist guides makes the experience one to never forget.
Tarangire boasts large herds of elephants and buffalo roaming around mystic baobab trees, plus a large concentration of big cats and arguably the best bird diversity in East Africa.
This camp is ideal for those who really want to experience nature in its purest form. Oliver’s Camp offers undisturbed open vehicle game drives, and walking safaris that allow for a rare chance to stalk elephant on foot. The night game drives (complete with night vision goggles!) are definitely a highlight.
Dunia Camp, Tanzania
Dunia is a small, semi- permanent camp tucked away in a private location amongst the Moru Kopjes, Perched in between the known territories of Ndutu and Seronera. Strategically placed, Dunia Camp allows access to some of the best game viewing areas available in the south Serengeti on a year round basis. Each of the 8 spacious tents features either large, king sized double or single beds, an enclosed bathroom with flushing toilet and ‘bucket’ showers and private veranda overlooking the kopjes, A favorite experience at Dunia Camp is watching the spectacular sunrise over the African landscape from the comfort of a warm bed. Yes – you can literally see the sunrise from your bed inside the tent!
The Moru Kopjes are arguably the most breathtaking scenery the Serengeti has to offer. Surreal rock formations protrude out from the plains and provide cats with a perfect viewpoint to overlook their territories. Game drives from Dunia Camp offer an excellent variety of habitats and combine Migration viewing with the search for big cats as well as the rhino - Moru Kopjes currently being the only area in the Serengeti where the illustrious animal can be viewed.
The Southern Serengeti is most famous for the period between December and March as the migration heads into this fertile grassland to give birth to the next generation of wildebeest and zebra. During these months, vast herds of migratory animals descend upon the Southern Plains – followed intently by a range of predators. When the migration departs, attention shifts back to the Seronera Valley which is well known for its high numbers of resident game and quality game viewing.
Sayari Camp, Tanzania
Located in the remote and exclusive northern Serengeti, stunning Sayari Camp is perfectly positioned to witness what may be the greatest wildlife spectacle on the planet: the Great Migration crossing the Mara River.
The camp overlooks vast Serengeti plains, home to staggering wildlife, great numbers of big cats, giraffe, elephant and buck and an increasing population of rhino. During the Migration season, millions of zebra and wildebeest arrive to share the fertile land with the permanent inhabitants.
The 15 luxury guest tents blend perfectly into the majestic Serengeti landscape. Both wings have a separate mess and dining area to ensure intimacy and personal service. Each tent has a king size bed (twins also available) and a large, private veranda overlooking the Serengeti. The en-suite bathrooms have flush toilets, a double sink, shower and beautiful bath with a view. After game drives, guests can enjoy the infinity pool or choose the privacy of their veranda, the warmth of the fire place, or the comfort of the library, bar or lounge to relax.
After game drives, guests can relax and continue admiring the view of Africa’s most famous ‘endless plains’ from the spectacular infinity pool or choose the privacy of their veranda, the warmth of the fire place, or the comfort of the atmospheric library, bar or lounge. Sayari Camp also has a spa facility where you can pamper yourself.
The remote, vast lands of the Northern Serengeti offer undisturbed wildlife viewing. Spectacular Mara River crossings, off-road driving and endless landscapes are some of the specialties that Sayari has to offer. A bush breakfast observing thousands of migrating wildebeest and zebra is a majestic and most memorable experience.
The Migration usually roams around and in the area from mid-July to November each year, and during this time lucky guests could get to see the famous Mara River crossings of zebra and wildebeest. Outside the Migration season, there is still plenty to see: the area hosts many resident cats, elephants, zebra and wildebeest, herds of topi and lesser known animals such as the bat-eared fox.
Open vehicle game driving & bird watching, walking safaris in the morning or afternoon with a walking guide and ranger are all possible. Due to the limited traffic in the area, off-road game-driving is possible in some of the best game-driving areas around the camp.
In addition to game drives led by expert guides, Sayari Camp offers the rare opportunity to experience the Serengeti on foot resulting in an unmatched sense of freedom and an exhilarating connection to the sights and sounds of the bush surrounding you. Even the most enthusiastic safari-goers might end up taking a day off from busy game drive schedules to simply read or relax by the poolside, absorbing the beautiful vista in front of the camp.
The combination of a superb location, luxurious facilities and an incredible wildlife experience ensures that Sayari Camp will etch itself into your memory as the standard against which you will forever judge any other safari camp.