Best of Asilia
A safari itinerary, which takes in the best of Asilia's Camps in Tanzania's Northern Circuit.
BEST OF ASILIA CAMPS A guide on combining Asilia's safari camps in Tanzania Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: email@example.com W: www.asiliaafrica.com EXPERIENCE Trip Highlights: Enormous Boababs & huge elephant herds in Tarangire National Park The rolling savannahs and plethora of game on offer in the Central Serengeti The wilderness and luxury of Sayari Camp in the Northern Serengeti The "Best of Asilia" is a flying safari which focuses on providing the discerning traveller with a luxury wildlife experience that will prove difficult to beat. The structure of the itinerary allows for a gradual progression of your experience from an adventurous beginning to a relaxing finale. However, this itinerary is a guideline and changes and additions are possible. Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.asiliaafrica.com YOUR TRIP OF A LIFETIME ITINERARY: Olivers Camp, Tarangire National Park: After a night in Arusha, the hub of the Northern Circuit, your itinerary kicks off in the wilderness of Tarangire National Park and the luxury bush camp that is Oliver's Camp. Adventure waits in the form of bush walks, night game drives and fly camping out in the wild of Tarangire amidst the elephant, buffalo and ancient baobabs. Dunia Camp, Central Serengeti: A short flight brings you into the heart of one of the world's most famous game reserves � the Serengeti. Daily game drives allow you to not only absorb the array of wildlife, but also immerse yourself in the diverse and spectacular landscape. Dunia Camp is perfectly positioned to allow access to the rich regions of Moru Kopjies, Seronera and the Southern Plains. Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: email@example.com W: www.asiliaafrica.com Sayari Camp, Northern Serengeti: A flight into the northern reaches of the Serengeti brings you to the luxury of Sayari Camp. Outside of the migration season, the northern Serengeti comes into its own with an abundance of resident wildlife allowing for undisturbed game viewing and a welcome sense of exclusivity. Here is a place to relax and unwind; truly enjoying the very best that safari lifestyle has to offer. "Dunia Camp was my favorite of all the camps we stayed at in the Serengeti. From the moment we arrived to our departure we were pampered and looked after with excellent and welcoming service. We stayed for 3 nights and wish we could have had one more night just to stay in camp and enjoy the surroundings" Trip Advisor review entitled "My Favorite Camp!" by Lynn (USA) who stayed at Dunia Camp in January 2012. Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.asiliaafrica.com DAY TO DAY BREAKDOWN DAY 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 ACTIVITIES Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, transfer to Arusha Coffee Lodge Flight to Tarangire National Park. Afternoon game drive On safari � game drives, walking and fly camping On safari � walking, game drives and night game drives Flight to Seronera. Game drive in the Serengeti On safari � game drives On safari � game drives Fly to Kogatende. Game drive in the north On safari � game drives On safari � game drives Transfer to the airport for your flight back to reality ACCOMMODATION Arusha Coffee Lodge, Arusha Oliver's Camp, Tarangire NP Oliver's Fly Camp, Tarangire NP Oliver's Camp, Tarangire NP Dunia Camp, Central Serengeti Dunia Camp, Central Serengeti Dunia Camp, Central Serengeti Sayari Camp, Northern Serengeti Sayari Camp, Northern Serengeti Sayari Camp, Northern Serengeti Own arrangements Final day to spot big game... The Northern Serengeti awaits Walking safari and night game drive! The `endless plains' of the Serengeti HIGHLIGHTS Welcome to Tanzania! Boababs + elephants everywhere HIGH Touch Tanza Baoba Eleph Walki & fly Day a game Welco Seren The g River From $6,500 per person sharing (based on 2 people travelling and sharing accommodation) Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: email@example.com W: www.asiliaafrica.com YOUR ACCOMMODATION Arusha Coffee Lodge, Tanzania Located on the outskirts of Arusha and hidden amongst one of Tanzania's largest coffee plantations, this Lodge is the perfect place to relax and relieve stress before or after an exciting but possibly tiring safari. The lodge is full of sensory experiences as you can enjoy the aroma of the morning brew emanating from the main Plantation House as breakfast is being prepared, or simply watch the industrious coffee pickers gathering in the harvest. The location and design of the 30 `Plantation Houses' (ie, rooms), including 12 Suites all embrace the `coffee theme', this is particularly evident in the suites where `bean partitions' have constructed and divide the main bedroom from the remainder of the suite. The styling continues into the bathroom, where even the wash basin has a `bean theme' - a delightful resin basin which features coffee beans infused The Main Plantation House hosts an `a la carte' restaurant, an intimate bar and a cosy lounge. Furthermore all areas possess fire places which create a warm and comforting ambience at night. Other amenities include an intimate swimming pool and a garden terrace. The warm atmosphere within the Lodge is further supported by the friendly and personable staff that help creating a memorable experience. Arusha Coffee Lodge's website Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.asiliaafrica.com NATIONAL PARKS Tarangire National Park Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania, covering an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers and situated just south-east of Lake Manyara in Northern Tanzania. The landscape and vegetation is incredibly diverse with a mix that is not found anywhere else on the Northern Safari circuit. The hilly landscape is dotted with vast numbers of Baobab trees, dense bush and high grasses. During the dry season thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire National Park from Manyara. The park is famous for its huge number of elephants, impressive baobab trees. Visitors to the park can expect to see any number of resident zebra and wildebeest, waterbuck, giraffe, and olive baboons. Cat sightings are generally good, with lion, leopard, serval, caracal and genet cat residing in the NP. Home to more than 550 species, the park is a haven for bird enthusiasts who can expect to see dozens of species - even in the dry season. The swamps are the focus of the largest selection of breeding birds anywhere in the world Tarangire National Park can be reached via paved road from Arusha in approximately four hours. Lake Manyara National Park is only a 70 kilometer drive from Tarangire, making it an easy daytrip from Lake Manyara NP or even from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Tarangire is also easily accessed by air from Arusha and air strips in the Serengeti. Game viewing is good year round, but best from July � January each year when large herds return to the Tarangire eco-system after spending time further north and east in various other parks and reserves. Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: email@example.com W: www.asiliaafrica.com YOUR ACCOMMODATION Oliver's Camp, Tanzania Located around 2-3 hours game drive away from the main gate into Tarangire National Park, Oliver's Camp is located in the exclusive southern region and offers a prime safari experience. This area is known for its large elephant herds and baobab trees, but also houses large quantities of lions, cheetah and leopard. The 10 tents, which are well spaced out ensuring a feeling of intimacy, offer a large deck overlooking the Minyonyo floodplains below and wonderful outdoor showers with running hot and cold water. Inside, the tents are spacious and offer plumbed toilet and bathroom facilities. The main lodge is brimming with history and is very cosy, yet maintains that rustic, `bush' feel. Each night, the bar is shifted down by the boma (fire area) where guests regale stories of their daily experiences over a G+T. As described by experienced safari-goers "Oliver's is the real Africa". `Fly-camping' is also possible at Oliver's Camp, whereby guests will hike out to their very own `fly camp' where they'll spend the night under the African night sky. One of best things about Oliver's is the walking safaris and night game drives (complete with night vision goggles!) which you can do here. This is definitely a highlight of any East African experience. Oliver's Camp's website Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.asiliaafrica.com NATIONAL PARKS Serengeti National Park The name `Serengeti' (or more specifically "Serengit") is derived from the Maasai language meaning "Endless Plains", and this is the only way to describe the area. Yes, while there are riverine areas, acacia bush and kopjies, it is the vast grassy plains that roll over the landscape that define the Serengeti. Each year around the same time the great wildebeest migration begins in the Ngorongoro area of the southern Serengeti of Tanzania. From here, the movement of the wildebeest and other grazers will start their move north, looking for new grazing pastures. January to March is the beginning of the calving season. This is because there is plenty of rain ripened grass available for the approximate 750,000 zebra, 1.2 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of other plains game. During February the wildebeest spend their time in the south eastern part of the ecosystem, grazing and giving birth to approximately 500,000 calves within a 2 to 3 week period: a remarkably synchronized event. Few calves are born ahead of time and of these, hardly any will survive when mixed with older calves from earlier in the previous year, and so are easier preys. As the rains end in May the animals start moving North West, into the areas around the Grumeti River, where they typically remain until late June. July sees the main migration of wildebeest, zebra and eland heading north, arriving on the Kenyan border and then into the Masai Mara late July/August for the remainder of the dry season (the Thomson's and Grant's Gazelles move only east/west and don't cross into Kenya). In early November with the start of the short rains the migration starts moving south again, to the short grass plains of the south east, usually arriving in December in plenty of time for calving in February. It is estimated that some 250,000 wildebeest die during the Great Migration (a total of around 800 kilometers). Death is usually from thirst, hunger, exhaustion, or predation. In addition to the wonder of the Migration, the Serengeti eco-system offers great year-round game viewing, with large numbers of predatory cats, some of the last remaining free-roaming Black rhino in East Africa as well as most other wildlife species, so regardless of the time of year visitors head to the Serengeti a very good safari experience is likely. Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: email@example.com W: www.asiliaafrica.com YOUR ACCOMMODATION Dunia Camp, Tanzania Dunia camp is a relatively small camp, with just 8 tents and is considered `semi-permanent' � meaning that while it is completely mobile, it remains in the same location for most of the year. Each of the spacious tents feature an en-suite bathroom and private veranda overlooking the Moru Kopjes in the prime wildlife areas of central and southern Serengeti; Dunia Camp combines elements of style and luxury with an incredible wildlife experience. The Great Migration generally passes through this area twice each year, but it is especially known for its abundance of lion, leopard and cheetah and the rare chance to see the illustrious black rhino. The tents feature either large, king sized double or single beds, with an enclosed bathroom, flushing toilet and `bucket' showers. A favourite experience at Dunia Camp is watching the spectacular sunrise over the African landscape from the comfort of a warm bed. Yes � you can literally see the sunrise from your bed inside the tent! Dunia Camp's website Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.asiliaafrica.com NATIONAL PARKS Serengeti National Park (Northern region) The name `Serengeti' (or more specifically "Serengit") is derived from the Maasai language, Maa, meaning "Endless Plains", and this is the only way to describe the area. While there are riverine areas, acacia bush and kopjies, it is the vast grassy plains that roll over the landscape that define the Serengeti. It was, in fact, the Serengeti that inspired Disney's film The Lion King and it is easy to see why once you're there. Approximately 70 large mammals and some 500 bird species can be found in the Serengeti. The Serengeti, which spans some 30,000sq kilometers, hosts a long segment of the largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world and one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world each year, which is of course, the Great Migration, which is generally in the area from August - November. The Northern Serengeti is also home to the Mara River, where lucky visitors may get the opportunity to witness one of the renowned `river crossings' where the wildebeest and zebra risk their lives crossing the crocodile infested waters to get to the greener pastures on the opposite side of the river. The Northern Serengeti is great year round, with an abundance of resident game and is a real `hidden gem' when it comes to the game viewing during the low season, as it becomes very exclusive as fewer visitors will make their way to the far north. The Northern Serengeti is the only place in the Serengeti eco-system that allows off-road driving. Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: email@example.com W: www.asiliaafrica.com YOUR ACCOMMODATION Sayari Camp, Tanzania A spectacular 15 tented camp on the Mara River in the northern part of the Serengeti, Sayari, Camp has 2 "wings", one with 9 tents and one with 6 tents. Each `wing' has a separate mess and dining to ensure intimacy and personal service. Each of the 15 luxury guest tents are very spacious and have a comfortable king size bed (twins also possible) and a large, private veranda, overlooking the Serengeti. The en-suite bathrooms have flush toilets, a double sink, shower and beautiful bath with a view. After game drives, guests can relax and continue admiring the view of Africa's most famous `endless plains' from the spectacular infinity pool or choose the privacy of their veranda, the warmth of the fire place, or the comfort of the atmospheric library, bar or lounge. Open vehicle game driving & bird watching, walking safaris in the morning or afternoon with a walking guide and ranger are all possible. This unspoilt area is a spectacular wildlife destination. The Tanzanian Mara River area is one of the greatest secrets of Africa, with large concentrations of animals year-round - like the Masai Mara on the Kenyan side of the border, but without the large volume of vehicles. Due to the limited traffic in the area, off-road game-driving is possible in some of the best game-driving areas around the camp. The Migration usually roams around and in the area from mid-July to November each year, and during this time lucky guests could get to see the famous Mara River crossings of zebra and wildebeest. Outside the Migration season, there is still plenty to see: the area hosts many resident cats, elephants, zebra and wildebeest, herds of topi and lesser known animals such as the bat-eared fox. Sayari Camp's website Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.asiliaafrica.com To book your `Best of Asilia' getaway or for further enquiries, please email us at email@example.com. For more images of the various camps, or to stay in touch with us please join our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AsiliaAfrica Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.asiliaafrica.com