Tanzania - Luxury Under Canvas

A safari to Tanzania is to bear witness to the ebb and flow of the natural world from the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra in the Serengeti to the diverse vitality in the extinct and now Edenic, Ngorongoro Crater. Much like the explorers of old, you will fall under Tanzania’s spell, intoxicated by the calls and rumbles of migrating herds, the elegant aches of ancient baobab trees and the kaleidoscope of its ethnic diversity. Venture into remote areas of the Serengeti and stay in intimate, exclusive tented camps that blend into the landscape where you are serenaded only by the wildlife around you. Unforgettable moments… Unbelievable memories!

Degree of Difficulty - Three Paws

Moderately Active. May involve some moderate hikes in forests and nature reserves, getting in and out of vehicles and rocking boats, and walking in uneven pavement in archaeological sites, in some cases in extreme weather conditions, heat, high elevation and humidity.

Weather Reports - When To Go

Tanzania is located close to the Equator. The temperature, therefore, does not vary too much. During our summer months (June through August) it is about 10 degrees cooler, but days will be warm and can reach 80’s and evenings can be cool and can drop to the 40’s in the higher elevations. The program includes some high elevation spots – the rim of the crater is at 7,500 feet. The rainy season is in April/May (long rains) and November (short rains). However, it does not rain every day, or all day, and rainstorms are quickly followed by brilliant sunshine which makes for incredible photographic opportunities. Wildlife viewing is good year-round, however the migration of zebra and wildebeest follows the following cycle:

  • January-March – southern sector of the Serengeti and the animals are massing and giving birth to their young
  • April-June – central Serengeti and the animals begin to move
  • July – western corridor of the Serengeti and on the move towards Kenya
  • August-October – northern Serengeti and mostly into neighboring Maasai Mara in Kenya
  • November-December – returning back to the Serengeti and making their way to the southern sector.

Zanzibar follows a similar pattern with rains (longer rains in April & May with short rains in November) but it does not rain every day and all day, rather short showers. Being so near the equator, Zanzibar is tropical year round, but in summer (December/January) it’s usually windy, so there are pleasant sea breezes.

Days 1/2 WASHINGTON, D.C./ADDIS ABABA/ARUSHA

Your journey begins as you board your overnight flight to Addis Ababa and connect to Arusha, Tanzania. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel. Designed as an authentic African village, guests are housed in cottages thatched with banana fronds, surrounded by tropical shade trees and bougainvillea. The lodge boasts magnificent views of the mighty snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro on one side and Lake Duluti and the rugged peaks of Mount Meru on the other. LAKE DULUTI SERENA HOTEL. (Meals Aloft, D)

Days 3/4 TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

Wake up feeling refreshed and eager to begin your safari adventure. Start with a drive to Tarangire National Park, where the gently rolling countryside is dotted with the majestic baobab trees which seem to dwarf the animals that feed beneath them. This stretch of Africa is spectacular in the dry season when many of the migratory wildlife species come back to the permanent waters of Tarangire River. Huge herds of wildebeest, zebra, eland and oryx gather to stay until the onset of the rains when they migrate again to good grazing areas. Tarangire is a birdwatcher’s dream with over 300 bird species. But in addition to all those magnificent trees, birds and beasts, Tarangire is known to house the largest population of elephants in northern Tanzania, now numbering close to 2,500. Your intimate camp features only ten beautifully furnished guest tents. The expertise of the naturalist guides at Oliver’s Camp is unparalleled and their depth of knowledge of the resident lion prides reaches down to individual family members and traits, making this a once in a lifetime experience. OLIVER’S CAMP. (All Meals Daily)

Days 5/6 LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK/NGORONGORO CRATER

Depart for Lake Manyara National Park, an ornithological paradise inhabited by over 350 bird species. Elusive treeclimbing lion lay in wait on branches while eagle, vulture, stork, swift and swallow glide along the spectacular cliffs overlooking the pink shimmering lake with thousands of flamingos. Enjoy a picnic lunch and then drive to Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage site, an extinct volcano and the world’s largest unbroken caldera. Next day, descend 2,000 feet into the crater, through misty clouds to the crater’s floor for a treasure trove of wildlife: Swaggering prides of black-mane lion, large herds of wildebeest, buffalo, hartebeest, eland and zebra, roam the grasslands with hyena close behind. The best chance to see the rare black rhino is here, as they are protected around the clock. Colorful flamingo inhabit the shores of the soda lake, and Hildebrandt’s Francolin lurk in the forest while Verreaux’s Eagle soar high above. Bull elephant with massive tusks charge the plains while their female counterparts, and the solitary leopard, meander through the forests. Your accommodation is built at the rim of the crater. The ivy-covered native stone blends masterfully with its surroundings and the flowering plants attract a plethora of colorful birds. Most of the 75 rooms have private terraces with views of the crater floor and some of its animals. Here, visitors exist in perfect harmony with the natural environment and the wildlife that inhabits it. NGORONGORO SERENA SAFARI LODGE. (B,L,D Daily)

Days 7/8 OLDUVAI GORGE/SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Visit Olduvai Gorge and tour the museum to learn about the paleoanthropological methods of Louis and Mary Leaky who uncovered evidence of humankind’s earliest origins here. Continue on to a Maasai village before crossing into the Serengeti, a World Biosphere Reserve, which plays host to the annual Great Migration of over a million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebra shadowed by cheetah, leopard, and hyena who eye the movable feast. Search the open plains for giraffe, topi, buffalo, and Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle. See Elephant herds resting in shady thickets in the Seronera Valley. At an additional cost, soar through the skies on a balloon safari. Your home combines elements of style and luxury with an incredible wildlife experience. This diminutive camp of eight exceptionally appointed tents rests in a secluded setting in the Moru Kopjies and is a tranquil retreat in the most scenic part of the Serengeti. DUNIA CAMP. (All Meals Daily)

Days 9/10 SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK/SAYARI CAMP

Soar through the sky as you fly over the sweeping landscape to the north and Sayari Camp, located next to the Mara River which offers access to one of the best wildlife-viewing secrets in Northern Tanzania – the superb Mara Triangle, a wedge of sloping grassland that divides the Mara River from the Kenyan border packed with grazers, the ‘Big Five’ and endless varieties of birds. At this intimate and quiet camp of just 15 spacious tents, the chef will prepare a three-course meal each evening for you utilizing mouth-watering recipes and fresh homemade bread. SAYARI CAMP. (All Meals Daily)

Days 11/12 ARUSHA/ADDIS ABABA/WASHINGTON, D.C.

After the morning’s activities, fly to Arusha where you can do some last-minute shopping at the African Heritage before transferring to the airport for your overnight flights home, bringing with you the memories of all the wonderful sights of East Africa. (B, Meals Aloft)

OPTIONAL POST EXTENSION TO ZANZIBAR

Spend four days on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar beginning in Stone Town – a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars and unique wooden doors. Stay at the ZANZIBAR SERENA INN on the Indian Ocean – a haven of tranquility and old-world opulence. Dazzle your senses at a spice plantation and watch rare, red colobus monkeys frolic overhead in Jozani Forest. Then travel to MATEMWE BUNGALOWS for a refreshing stay in spacious villas set on top of a small cliff overlooking the ocean, beaches of white powder, and some of the best snorkeling and diving in the continent.

YOUR JOURNEY INCLUDES:

  • Flight between Dunia and Sayari in the Serengeti, as well as between the Serengeti and Arusha.
  • Flight between the Serengeti and Zanzibar on the post extension.
  • Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar.
  • All meals, starting with dinner on day 2, and finishing with breakfast on Day 11. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • All wildlife viewing by land cruisers driven by a naturalist driver/guide.
  • At Oliver’s Camp, Dunia Camp and Sayari all drinks are included (except premium brands).
  • Complimentary bottled water in vehicles and with meals.
  • Professional naturalist with a minimum of 10 travelers.
  • All applicable hotel/lodge taxes and gratuities for baggage handling.
  • All park entry fees.
  • Complimentary baggage tags and passport wallet.
Prices starting at $7,995. For further booking, date, and pricing info please contact info@classicescapes.

Does not include international or domestic flights. Prices are based on 10 or more travelers, and are subject to change.