Delve into the uncharted wilds of Tanzania on this wildlife focused African adventure combing the pounding hooves of the Serengeti migration, the roaring lions of remote Ruaha and the underwater beauty of the Indian Ocean. Breaking away from Tanzania’s traditional northern route, our itinerary combines the best of the north with rugged new wildlife frontiers in the south. Ruaha National Park contains 10% of the world’s lion population and remains one of the least explored and largest national parks in Africa. From our remote eco-camp you’ll enjoy daily game drives and walks through tumbling granitic kopjes, grasslands punctuated with enormous Baobabs and riverine woodlands to see record numbers of lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog who roam this untouched wildlife refuge.
Day 1: Arrive in Kilimanjaro
Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport where you’ll be met after passing through customs and driven to the Rivertrees Country Inn set in the serene foot hills of Mt. Meru. We highly recommend extending your stay by one extra night to help recover from jet lag and take advantage of some of the fun activities in the area such as canoeing on Lake Duluti or an easy mountain bike ride through the lush mountain scenery. Accommodations: Rivertrees Country Inn. Meals Included: Dinner
Days 2 – 4: Northern Serengeti National Park
Enjoy a beautiful scenic flight this morning, soaring over the Ngorongoro crater and rift valley escarpment on an expeditious route to the heart of the Serengeti National park. Break out your binoculars and begin your first game drive as you make your way to a Olakira Camp. This deluxe mobile safari camp follows the great migration throughout the year, so whenever you travel you’ll be perfectly poised to take in this ecological spectacle. From December – March the camp is located in the verdant and expansive short grass plains of the southern Serengeti. In February, thousands of new babies are born within a two week time period making this a particularly dynamic time to visit the area. From June – November the camp migrates to the very northern reaches of the park and takes a prime location near the Mara River where the migration make their perilous crossing to the Kenyan side of the border with crocodiles nipping at their heels. Each day you’ll have the option of an early morning game drive and a picnic breakfast, or leaving a bit later and taking your lunch with you. Longer game drives enable you to visit different areas of the Serengeti looking for struggles between predator and prey or the chance to watch interactions between different families of elephants. Look for elephant belly rumbles as they greet each other, or witness lion cubs doing somersaults as they chase their litter mates. Touching the earth lightly, this canvas camp all but disappears into the surrounding bush. Eight wonderful en-suite tents ensure an intimate and authentic wilderness experience. Accommodations: Olakira Camp. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Days 5 – 7: Ruaha National Park
Considered one of the undiscovered wildernesses of East Africa, Ruaha fans out from the Ruaha River, the lifeline of the park. This massive national park is the largest in Tanzania at over 20,000 km2 and is even larger than the Kruger National Park in South Africa. It also hosts an estimated 10% of the lions in the world as well as boasting the world’s third largest population of wild dogs. It is one of the few areas with a sustainable population of cheetah left in E. Africa. In addition to the staggering number of unique predators, the varying topography of rocky granitic outcrops “kopjes”, majestic baobabs, and expansive grassland plains are home to species not found in northern Tanzania parks including sable, roan, and greater and lesser kudu. Your camp is in one of the best locations within the national park, perfectly situated between the Mwagusi Sand River and the Mwagusi Valley. This section of the national park is at the core of the national park, where the game density is particularly concentrated. Kwihala Camp will be your deluxe outpost from which to explore the vast surroundings. With only 6 tented camps the experience offers an intimate and unfettered wilderness experience best suited for the true safari traveler. The park becomes a different world after the rains in December with trees erupting into leaf and the Great Ruaha River swelling to bursting. Keep your eyes open for leopard, lion, buffalo, impala, warthog and cheetah and look for elephants passing through camp. Overnights at Kwihala Tented Camp. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Days 8 – 10: Pemba Island
Say goodbye to your guide this morning and fly over the coast of Tanzania to the quiet Indian Ocean island of Pemba. Kick off your shoes and relax in a hammock watching the wind blow over the water and the dhow fishing boats sail by. The next few days are yours to do as little or as much as you like. Snorkeling, diving (at additional cost), fishing sailing on a dhow are all options for leisure. Retire at night to your private seafront villa and drift off to the sound of waves lapping the shore. One of your nights you’ll have the option of sleeping out in the Underwater Room – a private room anchored off shore. Sunbathing by day, wondering at the Milky Way after dark and falling asleep with 360 degree underwater views of the Indian Ocean are what make this the most exclusive room in all of Africa! There is no finer way to finish your African adventure! Accommodations: Manta Resort and the Underwater Room. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 11: Departure from Dar es Salaam
Pack up your belongings for a short flight back to the mainland where you can relax with day use room at the Oyster Bay hotel. Take one last seaside stroll and eat a final tasty dinner before heading to the Dar es Salaam international airport in the evening for your departing flight. Meals Included: Breakfast
- Twin /Single accommodation as specified on the Itinerary
- Greeting and assistance at airport
- Meals as specified in the itinerary
- Scheduled domestic flights as specified in the itinerary
- Scheduled road transportation as specified in the itinerary
- Scheduled game activities as specified itinerary
- Park Entrance Fees
- Emergency medical evacuation insurance
- Gratuities and all items of a personal nature
- Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary
- Champagne, cognacs, cellar wines, cigars and cigarettes
- Sightseeing and excursions other than those specified in the itinerary
- All International flights and Taxes
- Visa fees (if required)
- Travel & Personal accident insurance cover
- Night drives, guided walking trails, a Maasai community visit, sundowners overlooking the Mara and hot air ballooning are available at an additional cost.