Crossing Tracker Safari - Camp Style
Africa
Countries Visted: Tanzania
12 days / Trip Code: TAN006
$5765.00 (double / per person)



Trip Overview:
>Shangazi House
>Oliver's Camp
>Plantation Lodge
>Olakira Camp
>Kasha Boutique Hotel Luxury Villa

This Adventure Includes:
>Accommodation in standard rooms at hotels, lodges and camps, unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary.
>Meals as indicated in itinerary.
>Entrance fees where applicable
>Tourism levies where applicable

This Adventure Does Not Include:
>Personal extras (curios, gifts etc.)
>Any gratuities.
>Porterage.
>Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary.
>Any airfare or airport departure taxes.
>Any medical or travel insurance.
>Any tourism levy on accommodation portion of itinerary. Properties reserve the right to charge such levies to clients direct at time of check-out.
>Optional tours and transfers are not included in the total person package cost.

Service Level:
Four Star Level (The Four Star service level features deluxe suite, 4 star accomodations. Some meals may be provided. Programs feature private guides and customized personal adventures.)

Physical Demand Rating:
1 (Very Easy)

Departure Info:


Additional Trip Notes:


Adventure Type:
Adventure Honeymoon, Classic Adventure, Wildlife Safari

Budget: $5001 ~ $10000

Days: 12

Day 1:
ARUSHA
Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport, we meet you at the airport and transfer you to Arusha (45 min), spend the evening at Shangazi House with dinner and breakfast included.

>Shangazi House

Shangazi House is built along the foothills of Mount Meru in northern Tanzania, and has 10 acres of gardens and woodland with views south and east across Maasailand. It is a ten-minute drive away from the Arusha National Park, the home to deep calderas and Colobus monkeys
The colonial-style main house and 4 outlying cottages provide not only great privacy and comfort, but also the luxury of the cooling breezes coming off the mountain. There is a swimming pool next to the main house (along with a pool bar) and fireplaces in the lounge and dining room for the cool season (June through August). Shangazi is located in Usa River, about half way between Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha, the gateway to the Serengeti.
Set in the shadow of Mount Meru, a part of the volcanic chain that makes up Africa’s famed Rift Valley, the lodge is conveniently close to the amenities of the city, yet still gives one the feeling of living in the traditional African “Bush.”

Day 2:
TARANGIRE
We start your safari an hour’s drive from Arusha at Tarangire National Park, a wonderful dry season park just south of Arusha, huge elephant herds on the swamps and the Tarangire river makes Tarangire a must see, overnight at Oliver’s Camp with your meals and drinks included.

>Oliver's Camp

The camp is ideally placed to access the yearly migrations of wildlife, and to view impressive concentrations at waterholes and in the spectacular Silale swamps. This area offers the best chance of seeing lion, leopard and cheetah and, especially during the dry season, the swamps are filled with elephant, buffalo and zebra. Walking safaris and off-road driving are possible in the area around Oliver's Camp, thus ensuring you discover Tarangire in an intense and unforgettable way. The camp features 8 beautifully furnished guest tents, furnished with solid wooden furniture, beautiful cloth, each with an outside shower. There is a lounge tent, as well as a library tent, where guests can relax with the superb surrounding views. The crew, who are much like a family, will prepare amazing meals in refined luxury-dining style.

>Tarangire National Park

Located approximately 110 kms southwest of Arusha, covering an area of approximately 2,600 sq kms, this park has a particularly high concentration of wildlife during the dry season from June to October, mainly congregating along the Tarangire River. The park is also an ornithologist’s paradise with more than 300 species of birds, including the largest bird in the world, the ostrich and the heaviest bird that can fly, the Kori Bustard.

*The best game viewing months are between September and December but for bird viewing is best to come between the months of October and May*

Day 3:
NGORONGORO CRATER
We drive you up the Great Rift Valley and onwards to Ngorongoro Crater where you will spend the day on the Crater floor, enjoy this World Heritage Site and spend the evening at Plantation Lodge with your meals included.

>Plantation Lodge

Like a green oasis, Plantation Lodge rests on the soft, red-brown hills amidst the vastness and silence of East Africa. The individually furnished rooms and suites melting harmoniously into the flowering garden offer comfort and relaxation. Everywhere guests look, one can see and even feel the personal atmosphere of this owner-run lodge with furnishings that were selected with great attention to detail. Plantation Lodge’s cordial service leaves no wish unfulfilled. The lodge’s location promises maximum safari enjoyment

Plantation Lodge grows its own vegetables, salads, herbs and fruit. This means that the products from the kitchen are healthy, untreated and particularly tasty. In the restaurant guests are pampered every evening with a fine multicourse meal in a stylish, comfortable atmosphere. A good wine from the cellar rounds off the culinary pleasure. At lunchtime guests can enjoy lunch dishes or afternoon coffee and cake, al fresco at one of the garden tables. We’ll be happy to serve you lunch or afternoon coffee and cake at one of our garden tables.

Plantation Lodge is located in Northern Tanzania, near Karatu. - a stone’s throw from the entrance to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a short hop from the Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks, and just a short journey from the Serengeti.

>Ngorongoro Crater

Few things in Tanzania compare to the breathtaking natural beauty of the Ngorongoro Crater. Widely regarded as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and a Unesco World Heritage Site, this collapsed volcanic caldera covers an area of 8300 square kilometers and encompasses several different ecosystems.

What makes Ngorongoro special is its concentration of animals. An estimated 30 000 animals - including the famed Big 5 - inhabit an area of 260 square kilometers inside the 600m deep caldera, which forms its own, unique eco-system. Ngorongoro is literally “Wildlife Central”! Geologists believe that the Ngorongoro volcano was originally 1000m higher than Mount Kilimanjaro, which at 5891m is the highest peak in Africa. Its eruptions regularly deposited ash to the west of Ngorongoro up until the volcano collapsed around 2-million years ago, cultivating the only habitat that can sustain the birth of half a million wildebeest calves in two months on a annual basis.

The ash deposits also made for the ideal preservation of fossil remains in the area, and led to the archeological discoveries of early human remains made by Dr Louis Leaky and his wife, Mary, at Olduvai Gorge just to the west of the Ngorongoro highlands. The greater Ngorongoro Conservation Area is also home to one of the most iconic tribes in Africa - the Maasai - who were moved here from the Serengeti. With their nomadic lifestyle, the Maasai co-exist with relatively minimal impact on their wild neighbors, helping to preserve this unique African treasure.

Day 4-6:
SERENGETI
We fly you from Lake Manyara airstrip to the northern Serengeti where you will spend 3 days with the migration, the herds gather here from August to October and possible river crossings can be expected, overnight at Olakira Camp with your meals and drinks included.

>Olakira Camp

Olakira Camp is an intimate mobile tented camp that moves through the southern and Northern Serengeti, in areas of great wildlife concentration.
'Olakira' means 'star' in Maasai. A stay in Olakira Camp is not about just about 5 star luxury though. It's about something more than that! Being in the middle of this wonderful spectacle, with wild animals roaming around camp at night, it is a dream-come-true to even the most experienced of travelers. Olakira Camp is a mobile tented camp of 6 guest tents and 2 common area tents and located right at the Mara River in the months of July to December to be located right at the heart of where the famous migration river crossings occur... The guest tents are spacious and comfortable with large king-size or twin beds and convenient bathrooms, each with its own private verandah. Bathrooms are extremely comfortable for a mobile camp, with shower, wash basin and an environmentally friendly toilet.

>Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti National Park is arguably the most famous in the world today, thanks largely to the millions of wildebeest which migrate across it every year. It is, quite literally, a paradise and in safari terms, if you have not experienced the magic of the Serengeti’s vast, sweeping plains, then you have not truly experienced Africa.

The Serengeti has three distinct areas, each of which is a must if you want to fully appreciate this magnificent place. By exploring the whole of the Serengeti, you are virtually assured of seeing the legendary wildebeest somewhere on your itinerary!

The “endless plains” to the south were formed more than 3-million years ago when the then active Ngorongoro volcano deposited ash onto granite bedrock. This is where the Great Migration reaches its peak, with more than 2-million wildebeest, accompanied by zebra and antelope spend three months of the year giving birth to their young. The woodlands area covers almost two thirds of the Serengeti, and this is the secret of its success as a wildlife paradise because the majority of animal species need a combination of open savanna and woodland habitat to survive. The granite hills of the Serengeti form the third part of this incredible place, and play a crucial role in its ecosystem. If you imagine the Serengeti as a bath, then these rock hills are the plug, preventing the much needed ground water from seeping away and providing perennial springs and water holes.

*The area you should visit depends on the time of year you will travel, as each is unique and spectacular*

Day 7-11:
ZANZIBAR
Flight from Arusha airport to the island of Zanzibar where you will be transferred to Kasha Boutique Hotel on the north east coast of the island, enjoy 5 nights relaxing at this wonderful beach property.

>Kasha Boutique Hotel

The spacious Swahili-Arabic style Villas at Kasha Boutique Hotel are a luxurious experience, each with a private Baraza outdoor lounge and own splash pool with sun terrace. Each Villa is luxuriously furnished and tastefully decorated with an elegant Baraza in a Niru finish for those special romantic moments.

Kasha Boutique Hotel is located on the North East coast of Zanzibar, in Matemwe, which is famous for its 15 km stretch of pristine white tropical Beach.

Zanzibar’s capital - Stone Town - is a marvelous mixture of African and Asian heritage, producing a fusion of these two cultures which is unique. Arab dhows are still moored in the harbor and colorful narrow alleyways are full of interesting history, shops and bazaars.

The rest of Zanzibar is typified by soft, white beaches and swaying palm trees dotted along the warm, inviting waters of the Indian Ocean. A combination of a night in Stone Town followed by a few nights relaxing at a beachside retreat make for a perfect addition to any Tanzanian holiday and a great way to round-off an exciting wildlife safari.

Day 12:
ZANZIBAR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
We transfer you to ZANZIBAR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT for you to connect with your flight back home. We hope you will enjoy your Safari.

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60 or more days: $150
30-60 days: $300 Advance payment cost unless deposit is higher
29–8 days: 40% of trip cost
7–0 days No refund

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Required Deposit Per Person:
$300.00

Deposit Note:
A required deposit per person is $300.00 unless otherwise noted. The balance is due within 60 days of departure. This may vary depending on destination and requirements of our travel partners.

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