A trip to East Africa is not complete without seeing some of the wildlife and scenery synonymous with the great open African Plains. We are therefore offering you the chance to unwind on safari after the exertions of your Masai trek! We visit the famous Ngorongoro Crater as well as Arusha and Tarangire National Parks; you will have the chance to see the big five: lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, as well as giraffe, zebra, hippopotamus and many species of antelope, monkey and smaller mammals and birdlife.
Our campsite is located in the heart of the Northern Tanzania National Parks area; local guides and cooks will look after you. The guides are very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna you encounter, and will do their utmost to make sure you experience as much as possible of their wildlife, scenery and culture. This safari is a great way to fully round off your African experience!
The itinerary below gives you an idea of the main regions you will visit on safari, but please bear in mind that your guides will vary the exact locations you go to depending on local conditions and wildlife sightings. The actual itinerary is designed to be very flexible to maximise your time spent watching wildlife.
Minimum number of people required for extension to run: 2
The itinerary (adds 3 extra days)
Day 1: (Day 10 of main Masai Trek itinerary; main group departs)
You will be picked up from your hotel in Moshi in the morning and drive to Arusha National Park, which lies in between Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru. Here we have a half-day walking safari accompanied by an armed ranger; this is a wonderful way to experience wildlife close-up, and only possible in a few parks in Tanzania. Many different species can be seen here including zebra, giraffe, buffalo, waterbuck, warthog and black and white colobus monkeys. After lunch the rest of the day can be spent game viewing before driving to camp. Overnight camp; breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 2: (Day 11 of main Masai Trek itinerary; main group arrives UK)
We drive to Tarangire National Park for game viewing, with a picnic lunch by Tarangire River observing the huge herds of elephant. Tarangire is famous for its large elephant population, with herds numbering as high as 300 animals at times. The Park also boasts an impressive array of birdlife. We return to camp late afternoon. Overnight camp; breakfast, lunch and dinner included
An early start takes us to the rim of Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Named after the sounds made by the Masai tribes’ ear adornments, Ngorongoro is the sunken crater (known as a caldera) of an extinct volcano that forms a perfect natural depression keeping the resident animals enclosed. Here we are guaranteed to see big game close up: lion, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra and elephant to name but a few. We spend the whole day inside the crater with an extended lunch stop which mirrors the activity of the animals by staying out of the midday sun! This is a truly incredible experience and not to be missed. Overnight camp; breakfast, lunch and dinner included
We leave camp and have a morning walk around Mto wa Mbu or Karatu, which provides a great insight to the local culture. After lunch we transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for our flight home. Breakfast and lunch included.
Arrive UK early (dependent on flight schedules).
Your safari camp is beautifully situated with large tents and chairs and tables for dining, but you are still in Africa and some things will be fairly rustic! Meals are prepared by excellent local cooks and there is plenty to eat!
Cost per person: £699.00 (2015 prices subject to change)
• All tents and camping equipment on safari except for sleeping bag and sleeping mat
• All meals as in itinerary
• Any park entry fees mentioned in itinerary
• All transportation including transfer to the airport on Day 4
• Local English-speaking guides
• International departure airport tax if applicable
• Any personal spending money
• Tips for safari drivers / guides
Health and Vaccinations:
We highly recommend that you have had a tetanus injection and vaccinations against hepatitis A, typhoid, polio and yellow fever, which should all be available from your GP or travel clinic. You also need protection against malaria while you are on this safari, so make sure you know how far in advance to start prophylaxis and remember to take them! The best protection against malaria is to avoid getting bitten, so use plenty of insect repellent (un-perfumed is best when trying to watch wildlife) and cover up arms and legs, especially wrists and ankles, in the early morning and late afternoon/evening. Always check first with your GP or travel clinic for the latest information on health conditions in the regions you are visiting.
It is likely to be hot while you are on safari, with a lot of dust if it has been dry for some time. Wear a sun hat with a wide brim and drink plenty of water. Rain is unlikely but possible, so be prepared!
Min/Max Temperature with Average Rainfall
July 16-28ºC; 9mm
October 17-31ºC; 20mm
Call us on 01722 718444 if you wish to book.
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