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Wake up to the call of the wild, with nothing more than canvas between your bed and the great outdoors. Each stop on this intimate itinerary through Kenya and Tanzania is designed with the environment in mind. The tented camps are the epitome of eco-safari elegance, ensuring your experience is as raw and authentic as possible – without sacrificing comfort and service.

Set off after a welcome overnight stay at Arusha Coffee Lodge for the remote magnificence of Oliver's Camp in beautiful Tarangire National Park, home of vast herds of elephants. It sets the tone for your stay, keeping you close to the wild with interesting safari walks. Your next stop is Ubuntu Mobile Camp, which follows the migrating plains game across the Serengeti, before you answer the call of the Masai Mara and head for Rekero Camp. Your privacy is top of mind, yet the reassuring and knowledgeable presence of your guides is never far away. A cultural visit is on your ‘to-do’ list to learn more about the traditional ways of the Masai

Your last stop is Mara Naboisho Conservancy, where you slumber under canvas at Naboisho Camp. Set up in 2011, the conservancy is leading the conservation charge under the leadership of its Masaai owners. Let nature fill your senses as walk with these ancient people, who will tell you about their culture, and show you lion and elephant, closer than a 4x4 can take you.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Eco-friendly camps
  • Safari & nature walks
  • Private vehicle & guide
  • Unrivalled Great Migration viewing
  • Cultural & village visits
  • See elephants herds in Tarangire

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Farming coffee in Arusha

The Arusha Coffee Lodge is a fine way to start your East African travels: with Mount Meru in the distance, the emerald bushes studded with red beans surrounding you, and the smell of coffee in the air. Your first night on safari is spent in a welcoming Plantation Room, deep in the estate. Each room is comfortably furnished and has a romantic log fire to ward off the evening chill.

The lodge is on the outskirts of Arusha, the nearest town to all of the northern Tanzanian game parks. While here, visit the Tanzanite Museum or the Masaai Market, or learn more about coffee on the estate tour. Be sure to make time for a relaxing spa treatment at Peaberries to ease into the adventure mood.

Days 2-3

Elephant spotting in Tarangire

Hop aboard a plane bound for beautiful Tarangire National Park where Oliver's Camp, in the remote and little-visited south-east of the park, is your destination. There are just 10 tents here, meaning privacy, exclusivity and personal service. Oliver's is reminiscent of the early safari camps; it offers bush luxury without unnecessary frills, bringing you as close to the wild as the dust on your boots and the canvas separating you from the Big 5. Each tent has an en suite bathroom - half inside and half outside - and solid wooden furniture; on the deck, there are sun loungers to catch a few rays. The camp is set up alongside a permanent wetland with excellent views and great birding. 

Tarangire is famed for its large numbers of elephants and big cats, and there are daily game drives. But the best way to get a real feel for the wilderness is on a walking safari. Without the barrier of the 4x4, your experience of the wild is much-changed. A night game drive introduces you to the nocturnal creatures seldom seen. From August to October, incredibly high concentrations of animals are found at nearby water sources, and herds of up to 300 elephants lumber across the landscape. There are migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland, stalked by predators, in the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti. Keep an eye on the sausage trees – Tarangire's lions are known to lounge in their branches.

Days 4-6

Sightseeing in the Serengeti

Time marches on and it is time for you to migrate to the Serengeti, where the traditional Ubuntu Mobile Camp is waiting to welcome you. Offering the feel of raw wilderness and authentic safari, it still keeps comfort in mind. Ubuntu Camp moves with the Great Migration, always offering you the best game-viewing opportunities: from May to July, it is in the Western Corridor between the Nyakoroma Hills and the border of the Serengeti; from July to October it moves to the northern Serengeti; from December to March, the tents are pitched at the Ngorongoro Conservancy Area. 

All eight tents have safari classics, such as fire-heated bucket showers. Each is also en suite, and with 20 metres between tents, you are guaranteed privacy while the barriers between you and the wild are kept to a minimum. 

You have your own vehicle and guide, who spends 11 months of the year with the herds and is able to pass on this intimate knowledge of their behaviour. Game drives are a top activity at Ubuntu Mobile Camp but during the months in the south, the best option is a walking safari, which can last an hour or half a day, and usually brings you up close to elephant, giraffe, buffalo or even lion.

Days 7-8

Culture in the Mara

Close to confluence of the Mara and Talek rivers, in one of the most game-rich areas of the Masai Mara, sits Rekero Camp, a deceptively simple eco-camp that is ideally situated for the annual migration, and your next destination. The mobile camp is set up seasonally, from June to October, and December to March. There are nine spacious tents, each en suite with flush toilets and showers. Each tent also has a deck with a day bed inviting you to have a quiet siesta after some adrenaline-inducing game viewing. Each also has its own personal butler to attend to your needs. 

Rekero offers an in-depth and truly authentic Mara experience, and its guides share their knowledge willingly. Take a cultural tour or visit a local village to learn more about the ancient Masaai warriors who have long trod this land. There is also birding, game drives, guided walks and picnics on the menu, as well as hot-air ballooning.

Days 9-12

Community and conservation in harmony

The Mara Naboisho Conservancy was established in 2011 with eco-tourism and conservation in mind. Here, the Masaai owners benefit directly from the riches of their land and give visitors the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. To learn more about this fantastic part of the world, go on a guided bush walk, a night drive or a wilderness excursion, then go on cultural visit to learn more about your Maasai hosts’ lives. Your home is Naboisho Camp, a stylish, intimate camp that keeps its footprint on the Earth light. There are just eight tents, making for peace and privacy, each with wall-sized screen windows to get the most of the sights and sounds around you. They are en suite with indoor and outdoor bush showers and flush toilets. Each also has a personal butler and a large deck complete with a day bed for afternoon siestas. Naboisho means ‘harmony’, a concept that has informed the environmentally aware design of the camp: low-impact canvas suites, organic construction and solid wood furniture. 

And then there is the exclusivity and solitude of Naboisho Conservancy, making the bush walks, off-road safaris, overnight fly camps, night drives and wilderness picnics quietly personal experiences. You will not want to leave but leave you must as your plane waits to take you home.

Inclusions

  • 1 night at Arusha Coffee Lodge on bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 nights at Oliver's Camp on game package basis
  • 2 nights at Ubuntu Mobile Camp on game package basis
  • 2 nights at Rekero Camp on game package basis
  • 4 nights at Naboisho Camp on game package basis
  • Inter-camp flights and transfers
  • Walking safari and night game drive at Oliver's Camp
  • Game drive with private vehicle at Ubuntu Mobile Camp
  • Cultural visit at Rekero Camp and Naboisho Camp
  • Selected park and conservation fees

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Additional Tour Notes

Please note that Oliver's Camp is closed for the duration of 1 April until 14 May.

Please note that Rekero Camp is closed for the duration of April and May.

Please note that Ubuntu Migration Camp is closed for the duration of 16 November until 31 December.

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017 $10170
  • 01 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017 $9730
  • 01 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017 $9970
  • 01 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017 $12060
  • 01 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $11920

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
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Emma Hill

Emma Hill

Africa Safari Expert

"If you wish to see Kenya and Tanzania’s most loved National Parks, experience the open plains with an array of game-viewing activities whilst staying in mobile or luxury tented camps then this is it. It is for the Hemingway type of traveller that is interested in the best locations, small and intimate accommodations with a focus on superior game-viewing, excellent hospitality and a great level of comfort."

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