The Road Less Traveled Safari Itinerary
On your first day of the Road Less Traveled Safari Itinerary, fly into the city of Dar Es Salaam, the largest city in Eastern Africa. You will be chauffeured from the airport to the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Spend time carousing the local shops and restaurants or relax at your luxury hotel in preparation for the days to come.
Catch an early morning flight deep into Africa’s largest game reserve. Take in the breathtaking aerial views of the wildlife roaming the savannah below. Upon arrival you will be driven to the Sand Rivers Camp. Relax on the verandahs of their open-fronted rooms, or cool off in the pool, surrounded by Kingfishers and Bee Eaters, listening to the grunts of hippos on the river.
Wake up early morning and meet your guides who will take you on a morning game drive into pristine areas far from other visitors. Selous is heralded as one of Africa’s most remote game reserves. The park contains over 70,000 elephants and about 4,000 lions, just to name a few. Head back to the Sand Rivers Camp for a night of authentic food and drinks.
Start your morning with a walking game drive, hop down from the Jeep, and quietly work your way into the perfect position on foot. After lunch meet your guide who will have a boat ready to navigate the Rufiji River through the hippo and crocodile filled waterways. Spend your last night at Sand Rivers Camp preparing for the next leg of your trip.
After breakfast take to the skies over Tanzania’s wilderness en-route to Arusha. You will be met by a guide that will shuttle you through the Tarangire National Park to Oliver’s Camp. Oliver’s was inspired by the trailblazing camps that pioneered the early days of safari. It gives you direct access to the dense concentration of wildlife you will find year-round in this remote region, as well as the chance to enjoy walking safaris and fly camping.
Enjoy a morning game drive in Tarangire National Park. The park is known for its large herds of buffalo, as well as tree-climbing lions. This is one of Africa’s little-known gems and should be on the go to list of all wilderness lovers. Spend your afternoon cruising the Tarangire river viewing the wildlife along the shore. Return to Oliver’s Camp for dinner and cocktails and get ready for your next adventure.
Take a morning drive along the shores of Lake Manyara on your way to Ngorongoro Crater. Travel along the outer rim of the crater en-route to Neptune Ngorongoro Lodge. This all inclusive property features 20 spacious private log cabins with fireplace, a restaurant, and a bar. Indulge in moments of relaxation at the swimming pool or at the Earth & Rain Spa after a full-day game drive.
Today’s trip takes you into the heart of Africa. What once was a gigantic volcano is now the Earth’s largest intact caldera. Descend to the crater floor on a private game drive, surrounded by steep cliffs, the open grasslands give you the best chance of viewing the big 5 in the same spot. Ngorongoro boasts the highest concentration of wildlife in Africa. Finish your day at Neptune Lodge relaxing by the fireplace with a glass of fine wine.
Travel from Ngorongoro to the Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important paleoanthropological sites on Earth. Half way along this stretch, a Maasai show village may be visited which permits photography and sees how Maasai live in this area. After checking in to the Lemala Camp visit the museum at Olduvai, for an excellent photographic history of the research carried out in the Gorge. Head back to camp and enjoy the large and well-furnished suite, comfortable lounges and fine food and wine, Lemala offers a superior level of style in intimate isolation.
A day of exploring wildlife around Serengeti National Park which is the ideal location for marveling at the annual migration of large herds of animals. The Serengeti’s endless plains provide an exceptional landscape for wildlife viewing, it truly is the ultimate safari country. Often spotted in the Serengeti are elephants, hippos, lions, zebras, wildebeests, cheetahs, leopards and more. Retreat back to Lemala and sip on a drink while watching the sunset.
Set off early on a morning game drive or choose to fly over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon viewing the wildlife from a bird’s eye view. Take along a prepacked lunch for a picnic in the bush then head off to other areas of the Serengeti in search of large cats and herds of elephant. Finish your day back at Lemala enjoying an authentic Swahili buffet.
Your final full day on safari, your guide will bring you up close with the annual migration. Watch millions of wildebeest trample the sun scorched savannah in search of food and water. Where there is prey there are predators. Observe large cats eyeing up their prey in hopes of feeding their young cubs. In the evening, head back to Lemala and gather outside around the campfire under starlit skies for sunset cocktails to share your safari stories.
On the last day of your the Road Less Traveled Safari Itinerary, fly to Arusha for lunch at Arusha coffee lodge then explore the plantation after if you wish. If times allows visit Mount Meru village, the town Ombeni was born, then Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home. Asante.