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Highlights

  • Stay at luxurious lodges and safari camps
  • See the Big 5 in famed Ngorongoro Crater
  • Cultural interactions with the Maasai people
  • Incredible game viewing in the Serengeti
  • Great photographic opportunities
  • Sky safaris being charter flown between destinations
  • Chimpanzee trekking on Rubondo Island
  • Magnificent island setting on Lake Victoria

Overview

Take an incomparable journey through Tanzania and witness the wild spectacle of the Ngorongoro Crater, the endless plains of the Serengeti and the still, tranquil waters of Lake Victoria. This is a unique mix of classic East African safari experiences as well as breaking ground on new habituation efforts with chimp trekking at Rubondo Camp.

Your adventure starts in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This once ancient volcano is classed as a World Heritage Site and is home to thousands of animals coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai tribes. This is where you will sample locally grown and brewed coffee, gain fascinating insights into Maasai culture and safari through a crater, while enjoying luxury accommodation in a domed canvas and glass suite.

Your next stop is being charter flown to the Serengeti, one of the world's most celebrated wilderness areas and host of the Great Migration. You will be spending your time in a migratory safari camp that follows the herds during the year. It's the ultimate disconnect from the modern world and an immersion into raw and wild Africa, where canvas is the only thing separating you from the landscape.

The final leg of this already incredible safari sojourn takes you to Lake Victoria where you will spend some time exploring lush forests in search of monkeys and chimpanzees with researchers and rangers, dedicated to conservation efforts. Your leisure time will be spent cruising on the lake or sunbathing poolside, the perfect way to relax at the end of a trip.

Summary

  • Tour Duration: 9 Days

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Itinerary

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Day 1-2: Journey to the Ngorongoro

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Detailed breakdown

Day 1-2: Journey to the Ngorongoro | 2 Nights

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Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will board a light aircraft and be flown to the Manyara Strip, where you will be met and driven for approximately three hours towards the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. You will stop along the way to take in the views, enjoy a packed lunch, and then head to the Highlands for your next two nights.

The Highlands is exceptional safari luxury featuring en suite tents which have floor-to-ceiling windows intended to harmoniously blend the indoors with the outdoors of this African wilderness.

The next day of your 9-day Tanzania itinerary includes a morning game drive in the Crater which offers a classic Big 5 safari experience in this unique setting - an ancient volcano caldera. In the late afternoon you will be taken to a nearby Maasai village, where you can learn more about this wonderful culture and take part in their afternoon activities, which often includes rounding up cattle to be taking into the boma for the evening.

Day 3-5: Glamping Safari | 3 Nights

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Serengeti, Tanzania

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the Manyara Airstrip, where you will catch your next charter flight to the famed Serengeti, a sky safari for about forty-five minutes. You will then be transferred to your next accommodation, Kimondo Migration Camp.

This camp is at the heart of one of the greatest natural spectacles on earth, the Great Migration. The camp is pitched twice a year, spending a few months in the northern section of the Serengeti and other months in the southern section, moving as the herds would. The safari tents feature bucket showers and flush toilets and connects you to the raw wilderness of your surroundings, a true African escape.

The next few days will be an exploration, in search of what is undoubtedly some of the best game viewing in all of Africa. Beautiful grasslands, endless savannahs, riverine forests and woodlands are home to iconic wildlife including leopard, lion and cheetah - the sought-after big cats. Your evenings will be spent at camp, enjoying dinner, and retelling the day's adventures the African way, alongside a roaring fire.

Day 6-8: Serengeti Spectacular | 3 Nights

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You will have one more opportunity for an early morning game drive in the magic of the Serengeti before you fly out to Rubondo Island Camp on Lake Victoria in the mid-afternoon.

Rubondo Island Camp is the only camp on the island, and it overlooks the lake, surrounded by tropical forests. It's an untouched haven where hippos and crocodiles sunbath, and chimpanzees and monkeys populate the lush forest canopy.

One of your mornings will be spent setting out with a guide, a researcher, and a ranger to search for chimpanzees and be a part of the Rubondo habituation programme, a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be some of the first travellers to meet the islands chimps.

The island offers a host of activities that include guided nature walks, safari-style game drives and floating serenely on calm waters in a traditional dhow. Leisure hours are spent in utter relaxation, reclining poolside, or retreating to your private veranda with a chilled bottle of wine being serenaded by the sounds of the forest.

Day 9: Till we meet again, Tanzania

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After your final breakfast overlooking Lake Victoria, you will be driven to the airstrip for your morning flight back to Kilimanjaro International Airport to continue your adventures or start heading back home.

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Inclusions

  • All park fees
  • All road and airstrip transfers
  • Chimp tracking and Fishing permits
  • Flying doctors / medical evacuation insurance
  • Government taxes
  • Internal flights and applicable taxes
  • Shared activities
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Exclusions

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