21 Days Camping Off the Beaten Track

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if you arrive into another airport than Kilimanjaro we’ll arrange a connection flight to Arusha either on arrival or the following day (at extra cost). From Nairobi also road transfers in private or shared vehicles possible.

DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
Services of a professional driver guide
All park entrance fees


Day 1: Arrival

You will be met at the International Airport of Kilimanjaro by your Driver / Guide. We will take you to the L’Oasis Lodge, a small friendly authentic safari lodge in the outskirts of Arusha. Our safari manager will come to see you and provide you with a safari briefing.


Day 2: Arusha – Lake Manyara

Your Tour starts with the drive from Arusha via base of the Great Rift Valley to Start of your Safari: After breakfast you’ll drive across the floor of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park for your first game drive. This beautiful park with its lush vegetation and tropical forests of giant fig and mahogany trees, takes its name from the Maasai word for “euphorbia tirucalli”, a bush which is used to make a thorny hedge to protect their cattle. Elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra and a variety of antelope inhabit the park as well as a variety of monkeys and a large population of hippos. If you are lucky you may see the Manyara lions, well known for their tree climbing habits, lazily resting on the branches of an “Acacia tortilis” tree. The birdlife is also abundant, with flamingoes, pelicans, hornbills and plenty of forest species.
Driving time without game viewing 2 hours.
Overnight at a public campsite at Lake Manyara. All meals included.


Day 3: Lake Manyara – Lake Natron

In the morning you drive via Engaruka Town towards Lake Natron on a partly bumpy and dusty road. En route you see many Masai villages, termite mounds, gazelle, giraffe, zebra, baboons, bee boxes, and birds such as vultures, ostrich, starlings, Cory Bustards, and kites. The transfer takes you some 4 hours on a partly dusty and bumpy road. In the afternoon you go on a guided walk around Lake Natron the lowest point of the Great Rift Valley in Tanzania (600m / 2000 ft) and famous for a vast numbers of flamingos and other water birds due to a high concentrate of in sodium carbonate, algae, and zooplankton. You can go for a hike up a Ngare Sero River which flows in the Lake Natron In contrast to the surrounding dry landscape, here you can find a small paradise. After a strenuous walk up the stream, we reach the source of the river, in cascading waterfalls the river gushes out of the mountains. It is an excellent swim in the river and under the waterfalls for a nice cool-down from the hot sun. There may be baboons or other wildlife in the gorge.
Driving time without game viewing 5 hours.
Overnight at a public campsite at Lake Natron. All meals included.


Day 4:Lake Natron – Serengeti

After breakfast you start your way towards Serengeti National Park with some wildlife and many Masai villages to see along the way. You cross Loliondo Area, a concession bordering Serengeti National Park and drive further towards the Western Corridor where the Great Migration is expected to pass through in June/July. After stopping for your picnic lunch on a kopje (rock outcropping) at Serengeti you will continue further into the park and go on a game drive on your way to Ikoma.
Overnight at a public campsite at Serengeti. All meals included.


Day 5: Serengeti National Park

A full day of game drives around Serengeti. Depending on the time of year and the migration of the herds you can expect to see wildebeest, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos, antelopes and many birds and other species. Your Driver/Guide will be in contact with other safari drivers and will amaze you with his skill at locating the hidden animals.
Driving time without game viewing 5 hours.
Overnight at a public campsite at Serengeti. All meals included.


Day 6: Serengeti – Lake Victoria

After breakfast you proceed towards Lake Victoria with game viewing en route at the remote Western Corridor. In the afternoon drive into the nearby hills to take a look at rural Africa, passing through the small villages of the Sakuma people, who grow cotton, ground nuts, sorghum and cassava as well as keeping livestock. Life carries on simply as it has done for centuries, but with a few poignant reminders of the 21th Century! See the local school and take a stroll to the top of a small kopje.
Driving time without game viewing 4 hours.
Overnight at a public campsite at Lake Victoria. All meals included.


Day 7: Lake Victoria

Early morning traditional fishing canoe trip to a fishing village. Local fishermen will paddle the canoes and, on the way, the scene is typical of the lakeshore with women toiling in the fields and men fishing. The paddlers sing as they work taking one back in time as they sing traditional songs of home, of cattle and of life. In the distance can be seen the white sateen sails of fishing boats or dhows, returning from a night of fishing far out on the Lake.
Overnight at a public campsite at Lake Victoria. All meals included.


Day 8: Lake Victoria – Ngorongoro

After breakfast you proceed to Ngorongoro Conservation Area by crossing the Western Corridor and Lake Ndutu region until arrival at Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the afternoon. If time permits, you go on a nature walk at the Northern Crater Rim of Ngorongoro Crater inhabited by buffaloes, elephants, baboons, monkeys and different species of birds. Escorted by an armed ranger you follow animal paths through the bush.
Driving time without game viewing 6 hours.
Overnight at a public campsite at Ngorongoro. All meals included


Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast you will descend into the crater for a wonderful game drive (with a picnic lunch) inside the Ngorongoro Crater often described as one of the wonders of the world.It is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and aa natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest animal populations. It is one of the few places where the rare black rhino can be observed in their natural setting. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 ft. high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and other species. With a bit of luck the ‘Big Five’ can be spotted during one game drive only.
Overnight at a public campsite at Ngorongoro. All meals included.


Day 10-11: Lake Eyasi

From Ngorongoro you proceed to Lake Eyasi home to the hunter-gathers ethnic group of the Hadzabe Bushmen bearing similar characteristics to those of Bushmen at Southern Africa. The small people of this indigenous tribe are probably the last living in true harmony with nature and have a wealth of Fauna and Flora knowledge to share with us. The days are filled with tours and walks guided by bushmen taking you on their traditional hunting tracks. You will also pay a visit to the Datoga tribe, an ethinic group of cattle keepers, famous for their colorful leather clothing.
Driving time without game viewing 3-4 hours.
2 x Overnight at a bush camp at Lake Eyasi. All meals included.


Day 12: Tarangire

After breakfast we depart for Tarangire, Tanzania’s third largest national park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in the area. There is a great diversity of wildlife including lion, leopard, cheetah and up to six thousand elephant.
Driving time without game viewing 3 hours.
Overnight at a public campsite at Tarangire. All meals included.


Day 13: Tarangire – Arusha

One final morning game drive before leaving. In the afternoon we will reach Arusha, were we overnight at L’Oasis Lodge. Breakfast included.
Driving time without game viewing 2 hours.


Day 14: Arusha-Zanzibar

After breakfast and a leisurely morning we transfer you to Arusha Airport for your flight to Zanzibar. Transfer to the beach resort of your choice (our suggestion: Bellevue Guesthouse, Casa del Mar or Coral Rock at the beautiful Zanzibar East Coast). Breakfast included.


Day 15-18: Beach Extension

Relax and enjoy the beaches of Zanzibar. Breakfast included.


Day 19: Spice Tour

After breakfast transfer to Stonetown. On the way we will do the famous Spice Tour. We have developed a special Spice Tour with in depth information not only about spices, but also organically grown herbs and a detailed description about their traditional uses in medicine cosmetics and cooking. After the tour we invite for an opulent lunch at our guides’ home, where you can taste the spices and fruits. In the afternoon you have some time at leisure.
Overnight House of Spices (or similar boutique hotel). Breakfast and lunch at the Spice Plantations included.


Day 20: Historical Stonetown

In the morning we will show you Stone Town on our Historical Stone Town Tour. This tour takes you through fabled StoneTown, where history appears to stand still. With visits to the Anglican Church and the Arab Fort amongst others, it is a fascinating look at the essence of Zanzibar. You will see Zanzibar’s bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless mosques!
The reminder of the day is reserved for own discoveries.
2nd overnight House of Spices. Breakfast included.


Day 21: Departure

Transfer to Zanzibar Airport for departure.

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