A safari itinerary which combines the best of Tanzania - from the floor of the ancient Ngorongoro Crater to the plains of the Serengeti and white sandy beaches of Zanzibar!
ULTIMATE TANZANIA Your safari and beach adventure! Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.asiliaafrica.com EXPERIENCE Each year, 1.5 million animals perform an annual migration around the plains of the Serengeti ecosystem, driven by the need for water and the necessity of giving birth. There are two very specific times of the year when the action reaches a climax of spectacular proportions: From July to October, and from December to February. During these periods the herds regroup and swell, making for some of the best wildlife experiences any enthusiast could possibly hope for. This "Ultimate Tanzania" itinerary has been designed to showcase the very best that the Northern Circuit of Tanzania has to offer. Aptly named, it provides the perfect balance of opportunities for adventure, scenery unlike anything you have seen before, and wildlife viewing that will almost certainly have you returning for more. Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: email@example.com W: www.asiliaafrica.com YOUR TRIP OF A LIFETIME ITINERARY: 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 and night game drives amongst ancient baobab trees and spectacular herds of buffalo and elephant. Next stop: the Ngorongoro Crater. A full day game drive in the World Heritage site is going to be an experience you will not forget! Down on the crater floor with the walls of the unbroken caldera towering above you on all sides, you will have the chance to marvel at the abundance of wildlife that calls this fascinating landscape their home. Journey on to Ubuntu Camp � a luxury mobile camp following the movements of the Migration. From July to October, Ubuntu Camp is located in the Northern Serengeti. Here you wait in rapt attention; poised with camera waiting for the moment the herd decides it is time to cross the crocodile infested waters of the Mara River. Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.asiliaafrica.com From December to February, Ubuntu Camp is located inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area overlooking the open plains. During these months, the herds congregate on the lush grass to give birth to the next generation of wildebeest � which quickly turns into a feeding frenzy of easy pickings for the resident cats and scavengers. For the final leg of your itinerary you can relax, unwind, and let the "hardships" of safari wash away as you lounge in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and rejuvenate in the oasis that is Matemwe. Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: email@example.com W: www.asiliaafrica.com "There is a reason that Ubuntu camp has the highest rating... Ubuntu goes out of the way to get out of the way and go above your expectations. The tents (a term they redefine) were amazing with wonderful views across the plains where the animals roam. One morning I woke up to 8 giraffes wandering along the crest of the hill in perfect silhouette" One client's Trip Advisor review (published March 2012) who stayed at Ubuntu Camp. 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 12 ACTIVITIES Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, transfer to Arusha Coffee Lodge Transfer to Tarangire National Park. Afternoon game drive On safari � walking and game drives Transfer to Gibb's Farm, via Lake Manyara National Park Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater Drive or fly to Ubuntu Camp and the Great Migration On safari � game drives On safari � game drives Fly to Zanzibar, transfer to the North East coast Relaxation time Relaxation time Transfer to the airport for your flight back to reality ACCOMMODATION Arusha Coffee Lodge, Arusha Oliver's Camp, Tarangire NP Oliver's Camp, Tarangire NP Gibb's Farm, Karatu Gibb's Farm, Karatu Ubuntu Camp, Serengeti NP Ubuntu Camp, Serengeti NP Ubuntu Camp, Serengeti NP Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar Own arrangements Welcome to paradise... HIGHLIGHTS Touchdown in Tanzania! Baobab Trees & Elephants Walking safari's & night game drives Flamingo's & tree climbing lions The Ngorongoro Crater 1 million Wildebeest The Great Migration From $7,750 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 day-trip 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 Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) and Lake Manyara National Park (LMNP) These two parks, located between the world famous Serengeti National Park and equally game rich, Tarangire National Park, are a convenient inclusion in a Northern Circuit safari. Ngorongoro Crater The view from the rim of the crater looking down is one which will certainly impress visitors, but it is the dense game viewing in the crater itself which generally surprises guests. Large numbers of resident lion reside in the crater, as do the other four of `the big 5'. Game viewing is fantastic in the Crater year round. Interestingly enough, there are no giraffe in the actual crater itself � this is a good question to pose to your guide when you visit! Lake Manyara National Park The shallow lake and its environs are home to herbivores such as hippos, impalas, elephants, wildebeests, buffalo, warthogs and giraffes. Giant fig trees and mahogany seen in the groundwater forest immediately around the park gates draw nourishment from the underground springs replenished continuously from crater highlands directly above the Manyara basin. Leading away from the forest to the fringes of Lake Manyara are the flood plains. To the south are visible the acacia woodlands. Leopards, although in abundance, are tricky, but not impossible, to get a glimpse of due to the dense foliage, just like the other elusive carnivores � the renowned `tree-climbing lions' of this park. Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: email@example.com W: www.asiliaafrica.com Gibb's Farm, Tanzania YOUR ACCOMMODATION Located around 2.5 hours drive away from Arusha, and conveniently nearby to Lake Mayara National Park, Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Gibb's Farm is the perfect stop-over for any Northern Circuit safari. Gibb's is still a working coffee farm and has been for well over 80 years. Guests can explore the farm, the beautiful, expansive gardens or the nearby area with guided walks. Or enjoy the original artwork in the Zawadi Boutique which is located on the property. Relax in one of the nooks and crannies with a cup of tea, enjoy the original artwork or sip wine by one of the roaring fires to unwind. Just outside the farmhouse, Offering 17 gorgeously decorated guest cottages featuring a unique theme, they are all richly appointed with eucalyptus floors, hand-crafted furniture, two queen-size beds, open fireplaces and a verandah. Furthermore, there are beautiful outdoor showers (in addition to those inside much more suited for those chilly mornings!) that lead to Gibb's being a rustic, yet luxurious getaway in the Tanzanian countryside. The dining on offer at Gibb's is also a treat � with hearty, country dishes, largely made using produce from the farm itself. Gibb's Farm's website Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.asiliaafrica.com NATIONAL PARKS Southern Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) The area is part of the Serengeti ecosystem and, to the north-west, it adjoins the Serengeti National Park and is contiguous with the southern Serengeti plains. These plains (Southern Serengeti and southwestern sections of the NCA) during February are home to the wildebeest of the Great Migration, and here they spend their time 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. Southern NCA The annual `Great Migration' passes through the NCA each year with wildebeest and zebra usually moving south into the area in about December and moving back north in about June. They do not, however, enter the Ngorongoro Crater itself. This movement changes seasonally with the rains, but the migration will traverse almost the entire plains in search of food. The NCA has a healthy resident population of most species of wildlife: in particular, the Ndutu Lake area to the west has strong cheetah and lion populations. Game viewing here can be very rewarding � especially for rarer sightings such as the African Wild Dog. Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.asiliaafrica.com YOUR ACCOMMODATION Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania The seasonal Ubuntu Camp has just 8 tents and follows the Great Migration through the plains of the Serengeti, spending a few months in the southern Ngorongoro Conservation Area between December and February, and then relocating further north into the Northern Serengeti from July to November. The intimate camp is designed to reach key migration areas and is lightweight enough to relocate seasonally, but doesn't lose any of the luxuries you'd expect from this type of camp. The meaning of `Ubuntu', being generosity, consideration and humane-ness towards others as human characteristics, is reflected by the camps' personalized and warm hospitality. Each tent is either a double or a twin and features a plumbed toilet and a 'bush shower' at the back of the tent (a bucket shower); each has a spacious verandah for guests to enjoy the African vista. Ubuntu Camp is great in either location - in the north, it's located in a prime wildlife viewing area with fantastic views over the renowned Mara River and when it's in the south, it's set up on top of a ridge, offering spectacular views out onto the plains below. Ubuntu is a real gem when it is located in the south due to the number of activities visitors can do in the region, including walking safaris, as well as scenic walks to nearby waterfalls or to a lookout point over nearby Lake Eyasi. Ubuntu Camp's website Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: email@example.com W: www.asiliaafrica.com AREA INFO Zanzibar Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous state of Tanzania, in East Africa. It is comprised of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25�50 kilometers off the coast of the mainland, consisting of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, informally referred to as Zanzibar), and Pemba. Arab and Portuguese traders visited the region in early times, and it was controlled by Omanis in the 18th and 19th centuries. Britain established a protectorate (1890) that became an independent sultanate in December 1963 and a republic after an uprising in January 1964. In April 1964 it joined Tanganyika to form a new republic that was renamed Tanzania in October 1964. The capital of Zanzibar, located on the island of Unguja, is Zanzibar City, and its historic centre, known as Stone Town, is a World Heritage Site. We recommend spending at least one day here, exploring the cobbled streets and antique shops, also a plethora of wonderful Spice Farms in its interior. Tropical warm waters of the Indian Ocean lap at the white sands of the Zanzibar coastline, making it a stunning beach destination. Deep sea fishing, diving, snorkeling and other watersports abound here in the warm waters. Few international flights use Zanzibar airport, however, connections through to Dar Es Salaam and even Kilimanjaro and Nairobi are very good so Zanzibar is the perfect beach destination to end your safari. Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.asiliaafrica.com YOUR ACCOMMODATION Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar This is an intimate lodge, with just 12 luxury suites, is perched on a coral rock out-crop, surrounded by some of the best and most pristine beaches of Zanzibar. Located on the exclusive North-East coast, Matemwe is easily accessed by transfer from either Zanzibar Airport or Stone Town. Snorkeling, diving, guided reef walks and other activities can be organized by the Lodge's staff; otherwise, Matemwe is perfect for lounging in and admiring the expansive views of the Indian Ocean or the occasional dhow (traditional wooden sailboat) which floats by. The white sandy beaches which are adjacent to Matemwe's lodge are perfect for relaxing and whiling away a sunny afternoon. The rooms are luxuriously decorated in Zanzibari style, and feature outdoor sofas and hammocks, perfect for enjoying the view while sipping a tropical cocktail. In room massages can also be arranged. We suggest that if you can spend a day away from the beach, that you take the time to visit Jozani Forrest, which is the only place on earth you'll see the Red Colobus Monkey, native to Zanzibar, or undertake a 'Spice Tour' through one of the many spice farms that are dotted across the island. Matemwe Lodge's website Ph: +27 21 418 0468 E: email@example.com W: www.asiliaafrica.com To book your `Ultimate Tanzania' getaway or for further enquiries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more images of the various camps, or to stay in touch with us please join our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AsiliaAfrica. 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