The Soul of Africa is Calling – The Great Migration & the Big Five

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“THE SOUL OF AFRICA” IS CALLING! THE GREAT MIGRATION & THE BIG FIVE

From the dramatic wildebeest crossings in the Serengeti, coveted sightings of Africa’s majestic big cats, and a glimpse of a rare black rhino in the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, to the sheer numbers of elephants and dwarf baobab trees in Tarangire, this bucket list itinerary will take you to the very heart of Tanzania, “the Soul of Africa”. For an even more soulful encounter, consider joining in an authentic cultural experience with members of the legendary Maasai tribe in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

ARRIVE LOCATION  

  • Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

DEPARTURE LOCATION

  • Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

INCLUDED

  • Professional private English-speaking safari guide;
  • Exclusive use of safari Landcruiser 4×4 (open-sided or enclosed with pop-up roof for game viewing);
  • Accommodation as detailed;
  • All domestic flights;
  • All national park entrance fees for sightseeing, concession and camping fees;
  • All food – breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals during safari;
  • All local brand drinks (house wine, beer & spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, tea & coffee, juices)
  • Donations and payments to local community projects
  • All government taxes and fees
  • Emergency evacuation insurance

EXCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Travel and personal accident insurance
  • Visa, passport, vaccinations, medicines
  • Gratuities for airport transfer drivers, safari guide, hotel and camp staff
  •  Expenditure on personal bar bills for premium brand drinks (those not included), souvenirs, etc.
  • Optional excursions/activities not detailed in itinerary

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This itinerary is intended as inspiration, giving you an idea of how to capture the soul of Tanzania’s wilds and touch the real heart of Africa. It makes a great starting point for planning your unique adventure through this stunning landscape, but we will work with you to customize, tweak and tailor your trip so that you can start looking forward to the safari of your dreams.

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DAY 1: MACHWEO WELLNESS & RETREAT (ONE NIGHT)

Welcome to Tanzania! Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) you will be warmly welcomed by a Wito Africa private vehicle and driver, who will transfer you to your boutique accommodation in Arusha for a pre-safari briefing and overnight stay. Kick off your adventure of a lifetime with an exquisite fine dining experience. Your butler will then show you to your room where you will spend one night.

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DAY 2 & 3: MARAMBOI TENTED CAMP (TWO NIGHTS)

After a delicious breakfast, your Wito Africa private field guide and vehicle will transfer you to Tarangire National Park for a morning game drive and exploration. Tarangire is known for its massive elephant herds, true sense of wilderness and backdrop of baobabs. During your game drives, you will marvel at your first sightings of what is probably one of Africa’s largest populations of elephants, along with Cape buffalos, impalas, giraffes, zebras, and wildebeest who— in addition to some big cats and an abundance of mammal species—call the park their home. Lunch will be a classic safari picnic within the park, while enjoying a glimpse of the great wilds of Northern Tanzania. In the afternoon, check in to your camp, get settled and enjoy a private sundowner before having your delicious dinner on the patio (feel free to squeeze in a guided nature walk if you decide to head back to your intimate camp by 3:45pm).

The next day, your guide will greet you and take you for another exhilarating morning game drive in this unique, wildlife-filled area of Tarangire. Return to the camp for lunch and relaxation before setting out again in the afternoon for further exploration.

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DAY 4 & 5: NEPTUNE NGORONGORO LUXURY LODGE (TWO NIGHTS)

After a leisurely breakfast, your Wito Africa private guide will greet you at the lodge and transfer you in the direction of the Great Rift Valley to the crater highlands, for a taste of culture. Your guide will take you to a local Maasai village, or perhaps to the FAME Africa Hospital, where you will meet the people who started this local hospital in order to help the people of Tanzania (you could choose to visit a school, orphanage, village, hospital ... whatever most interests you!). After lunch, transfer to the lodge that borders Ngorongoro Crater for relaxation and an overnight stay.

The next day, after an early breakfast, you will descend with your private safari guide to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, where you will find spectacular scenery (arriving nice and early gives you the best chance of witnessing the predators returning from their overnight hunts) and game viewing in what has been described by UNESCO as the eighth wonder of the world. Ngorongoro is a collapsed volcano - an incredible natural amphitheater, 25 km across, and teeming with more than 30,000 protected animals, including all members of The Big Five. Depart from the lodge with a picnic so that you can maximize your time in the Crater. In the late afternoon, return to your lodge for sundowners and relaxation before your scrumptious dinner.

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DAY 5, 6, 7 & 8: LEMALA KURIA HILLS LODGE (FOUR NIGHTS)

After a leisurely breakfast, your Wito Africa private guide will transfer you to the Lake Manyara airstrip for your scheduled flight to the Northern Serengeti. You will be greeted at Kogatende airstrip by a private safari guide and vehicle and taken on a gentle game drive on your way to your intimate lodge. From your Serengeti luxury accommodation, you will enjoy breathtaking views of the endless plains and stunning wildlife. A stay here offers a front row seat to the Great Wildebeest Migration. For the next four days and nights, you will explore the resident wildlife and stunning landscapes, and venture to the river for a chance to witness the dramatic river crossing!

OPTIONAL – Why not take an unforgettable flight over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon!

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DAY 9: KILIMANJARO & BEYOND (DAY ROOM AT MACHWEO WELLNESS & RETREAT)

You will say goodbye to the Serengeti with hearts and minds full of incredible memories, and board your scheduled flight to Arusha Airport. Since your flight home will probably not depart until later in the evening, we have arranged a day room for you at the unparalleled Machweo Wellness & Retreat. Here, you can wash up, rest and relax by the pool, take a tour of the coffee estate, and visit the remarkable workshop and gift store, Shanga. Shanga is an inspiring local initiative that strives to support the lives of Tanzanians with disabilities. We love connecting our clients to Shanga and encourage them to support their fair trade, handmade goods (made from recycled materials) as a way for us to highlight their amazing work.  

In the evening, your driver will greet you and transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your scheduled flight home.


PRICING

Your total cost will vary depending on seasonality, size of group and specific travel arrangements, but this is a good guideline for an all-inclusive safari (everything except international flights):

  • $499 USD per person per day for 3-star accommodation
  • $699 USD pp per day for 4-star
  • $999+ USD pp per day for 5-star

It’s worth noting that, depending on your itinerary, your lodge cost will make up about 75–85% of your total safari trip cost.

FIND YOUR SAFARI STYLE:

It’s your adventure of a lifetime, so make it your own by picking and choosing from the huge selection of safari activities, trips and tours on offer. There’s something for every age, group, budget and timescale so whatever you dream of, you’ll find it here…

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