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Klub Afriko organizes your safari based on your accommodation and venue preferences. You can stay in luxury tented camps, National Park lodges, or camp in the bush. We can take you to any or all of the following National Parks: Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Arusha and Kilimanjaro, and the Ngorongoro Crater (Ngorongoro Conservation Area). From our years of experience we can suggest various itineraries, but ultimately the decisions are yours.

Sample Itineraries:

1. 10 Day Serengeti Safari

2. 7 Day Northern Park Hiking Safari

3. 3 Day Ngorongoro Crater Safari

4. Luxury Tented Camp Safari (with flight to Serengeti)

 


I. 10 Day Serengeti Safari

Day 1 - Arrive in Arusha.  KLM is the only international carrier to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA).  Thus, if you choose another carrier, you would fly into Dar es Salaam or Nairobi.  Nairobi is a quick 4-hour car ride to Arusha (we can arrange a ticket for you on a non-stop shuttle bus, or we can pick you up in Nairobi and personally transport you to Arusha).  If you fly into Dar, we will arrange your domestic flight to Arusha or Kilimanjaro airports.  The flights usually leave Dar in the early afternoon, so your arrival time into Dar would determine whether you spend the night in Dar or Arusha.

In Arusha, we would put you up in the Klub Afriko Hotel - we have 8 lovely, private bungalows, excellent cuisine in our dining room, friendly bar with satellite TV, a library in which to relax… all in a quiet neighborhood just outside of Arusha town.

Day 2-3 - Start your safari in Tarangire National Park (2 hours from Arusha). It is famous for a high density of elephants and huge baobab trees.  It is less frequented by tourists, so it gives you space to breathe and really observe wildlife without other vehicles disturbing you.  It is a truly wild place - a great introduction to the bush.  The tented lodge we recommend is situated on a rise over the Tarangire River.  You can sit on the verandah perched on the edge, get a cocktail or coffee, and watch the herds of animals making their way to and from the river for their afternoon drink.

*** NOTE:  We used to include Lake Manyara on this itinerary.  However, Lake Manyara has been flooded for more than a year now.  The majority of the game driving tracks are under water and most of the wildlife have migrated to other areas.  You can still do a short game drive in the Park and you can still see some buffalo, elephant and other wildlife.  But you can easily see the Park and move on to another venue on the same day.  However, there is much to do in this area.  You can take a fascinating cultural-walking tour of the nearby village of Mto-wa-Mbu.  This area has the largest number of different ethnic groups living and farming together.  You can meet different kinds of people and see a bit of their way of life.

Day 4 - Move on to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.   You ascend the Crater and look out over this Wonder of the World... but let's save the visit for later.  You will drive down the northeast side of the mountain out onto the southernmost plains of the Serengeti ecosystem.  These are the grasslands you've seen and read about, full of gazelle, other antelope, jackals, hyenas, cheetah, ostrich, and other grazers.  You can stay near Lake Ndutu (at the lodge or camping) which is located in a gorgeous Acacia woodland area with spectacular sunsets.  This is another well-kept secret of the Northern Parks - private, peaceful and something out of Africa.

Day 5-7 - You are on the border of the Serengeti National Park, so after breakfast you'll be game driving and enter the Park. With three full days, you have enough time to explore different areas of this vast wild land, like Grumeti river with its huge crocodiles, the central Seronera river with the largest resident population of animals in East Africa, or even up north to Lobo with the mysterious rock kopjes and woodlands.

Day 8 - As you drive out of the Serengeti, back into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you can stop at the famous Olduvai Gorge and explore this archaeological treasure and visit the museum.  See pre-history in front of you, imagine hominids living here, and see evidence of the unusual precursor species they hunted.  Finish the day by ending up on the Ngorongoro Crater rim to stay the night.

Day 9 - As the early morning mist disappears up into the sky, descend into the Crater.   It is hard to describe the sensation of entering this huge caldera, so alive with wildlife.  It houses the largest density of predators in the world and you realize this within a short time.  The bird life is rich and plentiful and you are continually surprised by what you see.  Some of the largest elephants in East Africa roam the yellow Acacia forest.  And, of course, the rare black rhinos can be found out on the plains- they are well protected by a top-notch anti-poaching force.  Spend the day game viewing, with a picnic lunch near the lake.  As dusk unfolds, you ascend the Crater wall and enjoy an amazing sunset on the rim;   either at the campsite or one of the lodges perched right on the rim.

Day 10 - Make your way back to Arusha by lunchtime.  You can either spend the rest of the day and night there, shopping for curios and art works, admiring the famous beadwork of the Maasai women, and exploring this bustling town.  Or, we'll get you to Nairobi, Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar, depending on your schedule.

Optional: You can save time driving on the hard roads of Tanzania by flying one-way to or from the Serengeti.  This allows you one more full day out in the bush moving among herds of elephants or antelope, instead of dodging potholes!  The flight is less than 2 hours and our cars will be waiting for you at the airstrip.  Price - $150 per person each way.

Cost (based on a party of 4 people):    

$2,400 per person staying in the moderate Park lodges

$1,400 per person camping at the National Park public campsites

Includes

        All National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area fees (camping and entrance);

        All ground transportation in Tanzania, including airport transfers;

        4-WD safari equipped vehicle and professional driver/guide;

        All accommodation and meals (lodge safari) while on safari;

        A cook to prepare all meals, 2-person tents, all food (basic camping safari);

        One night accommodation (bed/breakfast) at Klub Afriko Hotel;

        All administration fees. 

Excludes

        Airline tickets (between Dar es Salaam and Arusha, or Nairobi and Arusha, or Serengeti and Arusha)

        Accommodation on Day 10

        Bottled beverages

 

II.   7 Day Northern Parks Hiking Safari

You can do a shorter version of the 10-day safari, and/or you can add some hiking to the program if you wish.  There are some great places for a walking safari, but they are limited.  The general rule is that there is not walking in the National Parks, except under certain circumstances.

Day 1 - Stretch your legs and spend the day hiking and game viewing in Arusha National Park.  This is one of the few NP in Tanzania in which you can hike and walk outside of the campsites (in other Parks, you must stay in the vehicle).  Here, you can walk a bit up Mt. Meru, passing by herds of zebra, buffalo, and giraffe on the savannah, hike up to the cloud forest or as far as you want.  Enjoy a picnic lunch gazing out at Mt. Kilimanjaro.  You can also game drive around the different habitats in this truly beautiful Park (lowland forest, marshland, montane forest, etc.).  There are black and white colobus monkeys (unique to this Park in northern TZ), Sykes’s and vervet monkeys, shy forest duikers, leopards, and substantial herds of antelope.  Accommodation at Klub Afriko Hotel for the night.

Day 2 - On to Tarangire National Park.  We recommend Naitolia Tented Camp - a quiet, luxury camp just outside the border of Tarangire.  Because it is outside the Park, you can take walking safaris in the bush (with an armed guide) and night game drives.  There are only 8 tents so it is a very private and peaceful camp - except for the occasional wild visitors!  You can easily spend 2 days here, game driving in Tarangire and surrounding areas and just relaxing in the camp.

Day 3 - Drive to the Ngorongoro Crater rim, stopping at the village of Mto-wa-Mbu near Lake Manyara.  You can take a fascinating cultural-walking tour of this town, which boasts the largest number of ethnic groups in one area.  Visit farms and see different ways of life for a number of tribes from all over Tanzania.  You can stop for lunch at the famous Gibb’s Farm and get to the Ngorongoro Crater in time for the sunset.

Day 4 - All day in the Crater.  Late afternoon, make your way to the Serengeti for the night.

Day 5-6 - Serengeti National Park

Day 7 - Fly back to Arusha by 10:00 am.   You could add another day to the Serengeti to really make the most of 7 full days.

Cost (based on a party of 4):         

$1,700 per person staying in the moderate Park lodges

$1,100 per person camping at the National Park public campsites

Includes

        All National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area fees (camping and entrance);

        All ground transportation in Tanzania, including airport transfers;

        4-WD safari equipped vehicle and professional driver/guide;

        All accommodation and meals (lodge safari) while on safari;

        A cook to prepare all meals, 2-person tents, all food (basic camping safari);

        One night accommodation (bed/breakfast) at Klub Afriko Hotel Day 1;

        One one-way Precision Air ticket from Serengeti to Arusha;

        All administration fees.

Excludes

        Accommodation on Day 7

        Bottled beverages

 

III. 3 Day Ngorongoro Crater Safari

Day 1 - Leave for Ngorongoro Crater, stopping at Mto-wa-Mbu village for walking tour OR afternoon game drive at Lake Manyara National Park.  Arrive Ngorongoro Crater by late afternoon and spend the night.

Day 2 - All day in the Crater with picnic lunch.  Stay on the Crater rim for the night.

Day 3 - Back to Arusha by early afternoon. ** You can extend this safari, and cut down on driving on the roads, by staying at Tarangire National Park for the night.  You would have time for an afternoon game drive on Day 3, and a morning game drive on Day 4.

Cost for 3 day safari (based on a party of 4):

$550 per person staying in the moderate Park lodges   

$330 per person camping at the National Park public campsites

Includes:

        All Ngorongoro Conservation Area fees (camping and entrance);

        4-WD safari equipped vehicle and professional driver/guide;

        All accommodation and meals (lodge safari) while on safari;

        A cook to prepare all meals, 2-person tents, all food (basic camping safari);

        All administration fees.

Excludes

        Accommodation before the safari and on Day 3

        Bottled beverages

 

IV. LUXURY TENTED CAMP SAFARI
      with flight to Serengeti

You can take any of the above safaris and stay in the exclusive and luxurious tented camps in the National Parks.  These camps are small private sites and offer special opportunities not found at the lodges.  They have obtained special permits to take you for a walking safari in the bush, or even night game drives.  Because they only accommodate 8-20 clients at a time, we must make the bookings at least 5 months in advance.  Recommended camps and luxury hotels/lodges for a  10-Day Safari would be:

Day 1 - Arrive Arusha. Transport to the nearby Moivaro Inn and Coffee Estate.  Nestled in a valley of coffee and banana plants, it is like stepping back in time… gorgeous woodwork in the cozy dining room, expansive verandah to enjoy coffee or cocktails, a swimming pool, lovely bungalows with all the amenities and more…

Day 2 - Fly to the Serengeti, arriving by 10:00am.  You have the whole day for game viewing.  Accommodation:   Kirawira or Klein’s Camp.

OR…. For a more private experience…  Klub Afriko can obtain permits to set up a private luxury tented camp in the Serengeti, at special campsites designated by the Park.  That means there are no other clients in camp - just your group.  We have large canvas tents with beds and comfortable furniture, ensuite bathrooms with hot showers and toilets, and verandahs - the same as the permanent tented camps.   The camp crew prepares excellent meals and there is full bar service.  The crew will serve all your needs - it is truly a special experience having your own private camp in the bush.

Day 3-5 - Three more days in the Serengeti allows you to fully explore this vast wild land.

Day 6 - Visit Olduvai Gorge, and on to the Ngorongoro Crater rim for the night.  Stay at the lovely Serena Lodge – pure luxury and fantastic view of the Crater.

Day 7 - All day in the Ngorongoro Crater.   Serena Lodge.

Day 8-9 - On to Tarangire National Park and Naitolia Tented Camp, for walking safari and night game drives.

Day 10 - Make your way back to Arusha (only 2 hours away).

Cost (based on a party of 4 people):

$4,000 per person staying at the permanent tented camps and luxury lodges above;

$3,000 per person for luxury lodges and tented camps and private tented camp in Serengeti.

Includes

        All National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area fees (entrance and special campsite);

        All ground transportation in Tanzania, including airport transfers;

        4-WD safari equipped vehicle and professional driver/guide;

        All accommodation and all meals;

        One night accommodation (bed/breakfast) at Moivaro Coffee Estate

        One one-way Precision Air ticket from Arusha to Serengeti;

        All administration fees.

Excludes

        Accommodation on Day 10

        Bottled beverages

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