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„Tanzania Walking Safari“

 With GESA & FRANK

   

Arusha - Ngorongoro Crater - Eastern Serengeti - Northern Serengeti

9 DAY FRANK & GESA PRIVATELY GUIDED WALKING SAFARI

MINIMUM 6 PERSONS / MAXIMUM 8 PERSONS

Minimum Age 16

21. – 29. JulY 2019

 

USD-6830 (5.758 EUR) per person sharing

Receive a 2,5 % discount when paying in full upfront** see notes.

Single supplement USD-550 (464 EUR)

A supplement might be charged, if less than 8 persons travelling** see notes

 


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·        Explore alongside Frank & Gesa for their first time- the most famous safari destination.

·        Excellent wildlife sightings and great photographic opportunities -  bring cameras if you have!

·        Accommodation in a rustic and authentic Classic Tented Camps

·        Vehicle based and Multi-Day walking safaris as activities.

·        Travel around as one exclusive small group but split into two vehicles so everyone has a window seat

·        Witness the great Wildebeest migration

·        Morning Game-drive in the Ngorongoro crater!

·        Spend 3 nights in a mobile walking camp which moves every day!

·        Explore on foot, the exclusive and remote walking wilderness areas of the Serengeti National Park

·        Run by a company with 3 generations of safari experience! One of few operators allowed to conduct walking safaris

·        Scenic return flight back to Arusha


ANFORDERUNGEN UND ERWARTUNGEN

Should you wish to explore more of Tanzania - We have crafted a four-night safari to Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara before joining up with Frank and Gesa.  Please scroll down further to receive more information on the pre-itinerary.


INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

Note that there are no international flights included in the cost of the tour. Please do make sure that you fly from your home country to Kilimanjaro International Airport and vice versa.

The internal flight from Lobo Airstrip to Arusha Airport is included in the tour price. Dorobo Mobile Safaris will take care of the booking.


Itinerary Summary

 

Day 1     Arrive by airplane in the afternoon, at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Meet Gesa and Frank, set-off to the Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge!

Day 2     Morning Game Drive in the direction of our next camp, the Ang’ata Ngorongoro Camp

Day 3     Head down to Ngorongoro Crater floor for a morning game drive and arrival at Pembezoni Tented Camp

Day 4      First morning walk in the direction of our mobile camp in the wilderness area

Day 5      Another fabulous day walking in the Serengeti awaits you

Day 6      This will be the last day of exploring this beautiful area by foot

Day 7      Morning drive to the Nyamalumbwa hills in the North-East Serengeti and arrival at Matembezi Classic Camp

Day 8      Enjoy a full day of wildlife viewing in the Northern Serengeti and take the chance to see the wildebeest crossing at the Mara river

Day 9       After a nice breakfast head back to Arusha Airport, from here you will be transferred back to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back home or onward journey!


Detailed Itinerary


DAy 1

ARrival

Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge, Arusha

Dinner

Arusha

Resting at the foot of Mount Meru, the sprawling city of Arusha is known as the safari capital of northern Tanzania. It serves as an excellent base from which to explore the remarkably scenic surrounding area which includes majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as the Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Parks. Arusha is a good spot to take a day or two off from the safari circuit as it features a temperate climate and lush surrounds. Visitors can look forward to exploring the wildlife-abundant Serengeti National Park; the magnificent Arusha National Park; and taking on the challenge of climbing Mount Meru, Africa’s fifth highest mountain.

Day Itinerary

On arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport, clear immigration and collect your luggage before proceeding through customs.

In the arrival hall, you will be warmly greeted by a driver and transferred to your hotel.

On arrival at Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge, check in and spend one in a standard room with breakfast and dinner included.

Meet up with your guides Frank & Gesa as well as fellow guests.

Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge         

Set in tropical gardens amid lush forest and crystal-clear waters on the slopes of Mount Meru, Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge is a blissful place to relax and unwind in the stunning beauty of East Africa. The property has been adapted from an early colonial farmhouse built in the early 20th century and it is one of the oldest family lodges in Arusha. With only 10 cozy garden rooms and 2 main house suites, the lodge provides personal service for its residents since 1974.  Spend your days in nature - hike in the forest inhabited by colobus and Sykes monkeys as well as hundreds of small animal and bird species or paddle across the lakes and try your luck trout-fishing. Have a refreshing dip in the spectacular pool and enjoy your sun-downers on the veranda watching the changing colours of the Kilimanjaro glacier.  The Lodge is located only 30 minutes away from Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha town center and it is a perfect base perfect base for your safari in Northern Tanzania.

 


DAy 2

Ang'ata Ngorongoro Camp, Ngorongoro Crater

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Ngorongoro Crater

Located in Northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is best known for its natural beauty and abundance of diverse wildlife; which makes it one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. Surrounded by Tanzania’s highlands, this UNESCO-listed crater is said to be the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Visitors can look forward to spotting the world-renowned Big Five and a host of other wildlife species including large herds of zebra and wildebeest. It is famed as one of Tanzania’s best tourist attractions offering visitors an array of wonderful activities including excellent bird watching, trekking, wildlife viewing, mountain biking and visiting a local Maasai village. Don’t miss the opportunity to jump on an excursion to the magnificent Olduvai Gorge.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, check out and meet your guide at the agreed time. Now the adventure starts as you head towards Lake Manyara where you will meet up with the rest of the group and embark on a game drive through Lake Manyara as well as stopping for a picnic lunch along the way. Lake Manyara has incredible biodiversity due to the many types of habitat found within it – from thick, lush ground water forest, to open lake shore and dryer acacia woodland.  It lies between the large alkaline Lake Manyara and the Gregory Rift escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. Head out of Lake Manyara and your way into the Ngorongoro Highlands.

On arrival at Angata Ngorongoro Luxury Tented Camp, check in and spend one night a tent with all meals included.

Ang'ata Ngorongoro Camp           

The camp is situated amongst a beautiful grove of Acacia Lahai trees on the North Eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Situated ideally just off the descent road, the camp allows you to take advantage of the early hours in the Crater while it is still cool, animals are active, and the mass of other safari vehicles haven’t descended yet.

Ang'ata Ngorongoro Camp with 7 medium size tents and 1 double Family Tent and is ideally situated on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, just inside the Lemala Ranger Post. It allows early descent in the crater before the crowds arrive and late game drives when most have already left the Crater floor.  Each guest tent has an en suite bathroom with shower and vanity desk.  The camp’s lounge is the place to meet other travellers and share safari stories while enjoying a complimentary cup of Tanzanian coffee or tea.  Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are served in the dining tent, freshly prepared on a daily basis.  Bush TV, the local name for campfires, is lit when the weather permits.  Crater Floor Lunches and Walking Safaris to be booked upon reservation.


DAy 3

Pembezoni Camp, eAStern Serengeti

 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Eastern Serengeti

The rich acacia-dotted plains of the Eastern Serengeti are home to abundant wildlife. Visitors flock here to view the world-renowned wildebeest migration. Some of the best game-viewing can be enjoyed from Lobo on the eastern edge of the Serengeti National Park along the Grumeti River. Popular activities include: taking a guided walk through the spectacularly scenic terrain of the wild Serengeti, jumping on a hot air balloon safari, picnics in the bush, and learning about Maasai culture and history. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the world-famous Gol Kopjes for the best cheetah viewing in Africa.

DAy Itinerary

Today will be an early departure from camp, as this is the best time to head down onto the Ngorongoro Crater floor for a morning game drive. Explore the incredible abundance and diversity of wildlife as we make our way across the Crater floor. By late morning, we will make our way up and out of the Crater, and down off of the highlands onto the short-grass plains of the Serengeti. As we make our way towards the Central Serengeti, we will have the option to pass by the Olduvai Gorge archaeological museum.

On arrival at Pembezoni Tented Camp, check in and spend one night in tents with all meals and selected local drinks included.

This night will be spent at the Pembezoni Luxury Tented camp set up on the edge of our wilderness/walking area.  This will be the starting point for your next 3 days of walking in the Serengeti. 

Pembezoni Camp

Boasting large guest tents with en-suite toilet & shower, a large mess tent with an open fire-pit out front, and a library tent with a spacious verandah, the Pembezoni camp is a great home in the bush. This is a great platform from which to venture into the wild to explore the Serengeti on foot.

Pembezoni, African Environments semi-permanent Serengeti camp is located within the exclusive Wilderness Area of the National Park. The camp is situated just 40 mins from Central Seronera off the Lobo Road.The new permanent location is perfect for year-round game viewing with resident animals plentiful within this sectioned off part of the Park.  Pembezoni Camp can be split off into two to ensure clients have a dedicated Mess and Lounge as well as camp fire for sundowners and star-gazing. The nine luxury sleeping tents can be configured for single, double, twin or triples in the case of a child sharing with parents. The tents have proper wooden beds, duvets and quality linens ensuring a comfortable night's sleep!  One of the best things about Pembezoni is that we can host half day, full day and multi day walking safaris direct out of camp. Our trained wilderness guides accompanied by a Park Ranger will unveil an entirely different type of exciting safari on foot, taking in the sights and smells of the ecosystem.  


DAy 4

Dorobo Mobile Safari Serengeti, Eastern Serengeti

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

 

Day ITinerary

We will start our walk on the first day directly from the Pembezoni camp, arriving at our first mobile camp in the wilderness area around lunch time. 

The schedule for each day of walking is flexible, however a typical day of walking would look something like this.

Have an early breakfast and coffee from the fire and begin to prepare for the day of walking. With a GPS point as a reference we make our way over rolling hills, along small rivers and around small rock out-croppings to our private camp that has packed up, driven around and set up for our arrival around lunch.

The afternoon is spent relaxing from the days walk. Smaller natural history/birding walks or game drives are evening options. Over the course of three days of walking from camp location to camp location, one covers a large area of pristine wilderness on foot.

During the walks an armed walking guide who acts as a translator and natural history interpreter accompanies us. Walking is about a wilderness experience in its entireness, from bird sounds in the distance, to the tracks left by insects in the sand. It is the chance to cover a large area on foot much like our ancestors once did.

 

Mobile Camping

Our Private Dorobo Mobile camps are by necessity basic, but comfortable. They allow you to access some of the most remote areas left to explore in Tanzania, while still giving you the creature comforts to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. There are few, if any, companies that are able to break-up camp in the morning and have it ready in a new location when you walk into camp for lunch.

We believe that we have found the perfect medium between providing for our basic needs while creating an experience of "real" camping, where one feels completely a part of the environment around you, rather than apart from it. Our tents are large enough to stand in, and are furnished with beds, mattresses, bedding and towels. The solar showers provided are simple, but exactly what one needs to wash off the safari dust after a day of walking.  In some areas, water is a scarcity and showers are often rationed to one a day. We provide enclosed pit-latrines with a wooden seat over.  Simple but effective, these also align with our "leave no trace" philosophy.

Our camp staff will cook up scrumptious, hearty meals and ensuring that your needs, from the first hot sip of coffee in the morning to the last satisfied sip of your nightcap in the evening is taken care of for you. 

Meals are normally eaten around the fire, under the stars, or in the shade of an Acacia Tree.  We do set up our mobile dining canopies which acts as central gathering place for meals should you wish to eat at a table and be sheltered from the weather.

History Dorobo's

The Serengeti truly offers some of the most spectacular wildlife viewing and scenery in Africa. However, most visitors now experience this from a vehicle and often in the company of many other tourists and vehicles. In the early years of Dorobo, we pioneered some special remote walking experiences in the buffer areas to the east of the park where we worked with the local Maasai communities. While we still have a foot in these areas, they have been partially compromised due to various conflicts over the wildlife resources (another whole story) and in 2009 we shifted our focus to some of the wilderness zones within the Serengeti National Park itself that are set aside for walking. We are one of the few companies currently authorized to conduct treks in these areas and they allow a return to the past where one has that unique freedom to walk each day to a new camp in an area that feels like your own private wilderness. At almost any time of the year, we can put together anywhere from a 3 to 7-day trek that covers new ground each day. The landscape is varied with rolling ridges and hills, rock kopjes, open plains and valleys that support permanent water in the rivers that make their way west ending eventually in Lake Victoria. Wildlife is usually extremely varied and fairly abundant with chances of encountering almost any of the vast array of species of found in the Serengeti.


DAy 5 & 6

Dorobo Mobile Safari Serengeti, Eastern Serengeti

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Another fabulous day walking in the Serengeti with your guide and fellow guests. Have an early breakfast and coffee from the fire and begin to prepare for the day of walking. With a GPS point as a reference we make our way over rolling hills, along small rivers and around small rock out-croppings to our private camp that has packed up, driven around and set up for our arrival around lunch.

The afternoon is spent relaxing from the days walk. Smaller natural history/birding walks or game drives are evening options. Over the course of three days of walking from camp location to camp location, one covers a large area of pristine wilderness on foot.

During the walks an armed walking guide who acts as a translator and natural history interpreter accompanies us. Walking is about a wilderness experience in its entireness, from bird sounds in the distance, to the tracks left by insects in the sand. It is the chance to cover a large area on foot much like our ancestors once did.


DAy 7

Matembezi Classic Camp Northern Serengeti,

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner               

Northern Serengeti

The vast, rolling savannah of the Northern Serengeti, is known as the hub of the great migration. The landscape is characterised by vast stretches of savannah interspersed with acacia trees and riverine woodlands. Wildlife can be seen along the banks of the Mara River and visitors can view the annual spectacle of the half a million migrating wildebeest. Commonly spotted wildlife includes: a multitude of plains game such as buffalo, zebra, gazelles, impala, giraffe as well as lion and leopard. Visitors can look forward to bird watching, hot air ballooning, game safaris and guided bush walks. 

DAy ITinerary

After breakfast the vehicle is packed up and we begin to make our way out of the wilderness zone. Wildlife viewing en-route as we make our way towards the Matembezi Classic Tented camp located on the edge of the Nyamalumbwa hills in the North-East Serengeti.

This area of the Serengeti is a mosaic of open ridges, wooded valleys and low hills with springs emerging from their side. The springs offer a year-round water supply which supports resident herbivores and their predators. During this time of year, the area also normally has an influx of migrating wildlife from the massive, majestic Eland to the dainty Thompson’s Gazelle, and with luck, the large herds of Wildebeest and Zebra that define the great migration.
On arrival at Matembezi Classic Camp, check in and spend two nights in tents with all meals and selected local drinks included.

Matembezi Classic Camp Northern Serengeti      

Classic Camping is about total privacy with no other camp for miles around. The tents are spacious and comfortable offering the perfect blend of mobility and comfort, the sites are wildlife rich and scenically beautiful and the dining caters to your personal needs with a private chef,  a well appointed mess tent and free consumption bar.  Classic mobile camping is the best standard of mobile camping in Tanzania; in the grand style of the traditional East African safaris, once the privilege of royals. Large, comfortable and beautifully furnished mobile tents, with en-suite toilets and hot showers. It is a private home away from home in the bush and is ideal for any one who wants the ultimate in comfort, mobility and exclusivity, offering a more flexible wilderness and wildlife viewing experience than any lodge can offer! The camp is fully lit by solar lighting, the kitchen is equipped with a gas freezer and fridge, and a generator serves as a back up for any emergency. The camp is run with a strict adherence to eco principals, all cooking is done on gas and bio-briquettes brought in from our head office.


DAy 8

Matembezi Classic Camp Northern Serengeti

 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner   

Day Itinerary

Full day for wildlife viewing in the Northern Serengeti based out of the Matembezi Classic Camp. The camp location gives us good flexibility and options to try intercept the large herds of the migration. One option is for a full day drive up toward the Kogatende area, with a chance to see the wildebeest crossing the Mara river.

             


DAy 9

DEparture

Breakfast

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, it's time to head back to Arusha. Meet your guide at the agreed time and transfer to Lobo Airstrip, bid your guide good-bye as you board a light aircraft bound for Arusha.

On arrival into Arusha, disembark and collect your luggage.  Meet a driver in the arrival hall and transfer to Katambuga House where you will have access to a day room and lunch. 

Transfer back to Kilimanjaro in time for international flight.

Recommendation

Located close to the Arusha Airport on the outskirts of Arusha town, the Katambuga House is an intimate boutique hotel with great views of Mt. Meru and excellent food. The tranquil gardens and atmosphere make it a great place to wind down after your safari and prepare for your flight home.

 


Extension BEFORE the safari with GEsa & Frank

Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park

5 DAY PRE-SAFARI

MINIMUM 4 PERSONS / MAXIMUM 8 PERSONS

Minimum Age 16

from 1,890 USD pp

Receive a 2,5 % discount when paying in full upfront** see notes.

Single supplement USD-150 (126 EUR)

A supplement might be charged, if less than 8 persons travelling** see notes

18.- 22. July 2019


Itinerary in brief

Day 1                   Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and Transfer to Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge.

Day 2                  Departure from Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge and Game Drive through the Tarangire National Park. Check-in and overnight at Dorobo Safaris Mobile Camp.

Day 3                   Full day of game viewing inside Tarangire National Park

Day 4                   Departure from Doboro Safaris Mobile Camp and drive from the south of Tarangire right through the middle to the north along the Tarangire River. Overnight at Escarpment Luxury Lodge.

 Day 5                   End of Itinerary and meet-up with Gesa & Frank and the rest of the group.

If you want to know more about the Pre-Safari, please send us an email to hallo@safarifrank.com


Included

  • All accommodation as described above.
  • Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned safari vehicle/s with pop up roof for optimal game viewing.
  • Services of a registered and experienced English-speaking naturalist safari guide/s.
  • Services of Gesa and Frank as your private guides.
  • All meals as described. 
  • All entrance fees and excursions as described in above itinerary.
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • Local beverages (water, beers, ciders, juices, soft drinks, house wines) for dinner – excluding premium and import brands.

Not Included

  • International flights to Tanzania and related airport taxes.
  • Personal travel insurance (required).
  • Any additional meals or drinks not included above.
  • Any entrance fees and guided excursions not included in the above itinerary.
  • Premium or vintage wines and champagnes as well as imported spirits. 
  • Gratuities for accompanying guides.
  • Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc).
  • ENTRY VISA FEES.
  • BANK CHARGES (as per bank or 3.5% commission for VISA/MASTER and 4.5% commission for AMEX).

 


Notes

  • Services subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • Times of activities, meals, transfers and campsites is subject to change.
  • Given the nature of this safari, the age restriction is a minimum of 16 years paying full fare.
  • Maximum age is 65. Anyone older than this is required to produce a medical certificate proving that they are physically able to participate in the activities and terrain in which the safari tour will be conducted in.
  • PLEASE NOTE that whilst we endeavour to accommodate guests at the above stipulated lodges/camps, safariFRANK reserves the right to replace such with one of a similar standard and location.
  • As of paragraph 6 of our German T&C’s, safariFRANK has the right to cancel the trip latest 75 days before start of the trip (in this case 07.04.2019). The trip cannot be cancelled by safariFRANK later than 75 days before tour start.
  • Terms and conditions apply.
  • Rates are quoted as per person sharing. Although we try to accommodate the same sex per room (unless travelling together) this is not always possible. If we cannot find a suitable partner to share the room with, single supplement will be charged.
  • Should less than 8 people book this safari, there will be an additional cost of USD 332 (280 EUR) per person charged for each person below 8 travelling. The maximum extra cost for this tour is USD 664 (560 EUR) per person. The amount will be added to your rest payment invoice 60 days before departure.
  • This tour is priced on USD. The EUR price indicated above has been calculated with the exchange rate available at time of publication of this tour. safariFRANK reserves the right to recalculate the exchange rate at time of deposit and at time of rest payment due. Your invoice for the rest payment will be adjusted accordingly.
  • You shall receive a 2,5% discount on the overall tour price, if paying in total upfront. In case of a non-favourable exchange rate, you will be charged the difference 60 days before departure in case of a favourable exchange rate, we will grant a credit of the same kind.
  • Please note that we provide all our guests with insolvency insurance.

Handy Tips

  • Visas/Passports: Please ensure: 1) that you have pre-arranged your entry visa if required; 2) that your passport is valid for at least six months after your scheduled departure date from Tanzania; 3) that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive clear pages. If this is not the case, there is a danger of being turned away by the Immigration Service on arrival at the airport – assuming your airline has agreed to bring you and risk a fine in the first place.
  • Please ensure that you have arranged the entire necessary single or multiple entry visas prior to your arrival into southern Africa (unless you have confirmed they are available on entry). For an up to date list on which nationalities are automatically granted tourist visas upon entry into Tanzania please refer to the Tanzania Tourism Board website – http://tanzaniatourism.go.tz/en/tanzania/visa-requirements.
  • For Visa application procedures, please visit the Tanzanian Ministry of Home Affairs website - https://immigration.go.tz/index.php/en/
  • It is your clients’ responsibility to ensure that the necessary visa requirements are complied with before entering the county. safariFRANK cannot be held responsible for any travellers being declined access into the country due to incorrect papers.
  • Health: No vaccinations are mandatory, but please consult your doctor for medical advice. Parts of Tanzania are considered to be malarial so we recommend the use of anti-malarial prophylactics (normally Malarone) – subject to advice from your own doctor.
  • Luggage is normally restricted to 15 per person including photographic equipment and hand luggage - in soft, hold all type bags which should not have any wheels, frames, or rigid structures as these may not be able to fit in the plane’s luggage compartment.  If adding other extensions that involve other light aircraft transfers, the luggage limit may be reduced even further to 12kg in soft bags (please enquire if you think this may apply to you).
  • Luggage Dimensions: The maximum dimensions for soft bags that can be easily accommodated are as follows: 25cm (10 inches) wide, 30cm (12 inches) high, and 62cm (24 inches) long
  • Passenger weights: Please note that passengers weighing over 100kg may be required to pay for a second seat when flying on scheduled seat rate flights. This should not be applicable very often and it would rarely be the case if travelling on private charter flights when some of the seats are not filled. This is more a matter of the pilot being able to balance the plane for safety reasons than because of the seemingly arbitrary weight limit. However, please let us know in advance if this restriction is likely to apply to you so we can do whatever is possible to minimize the likelihood of it becoming an issue or leading to any significant extra costs.
  • Vehicles: Vehicles used are normally specially modified 4x4 Toyota Landcruisers, equipped with air-conditioning and fridges for drinks and snacks. A trailer for luggage is taken if required.

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