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11 Day Safari in Tanzania: The Western Circuit

Endangered Wildlife

A 11 Day safari through the western circuit of Tanzania

Lodging

Lodges, Tented Camps

Nights

10

Trip Details

Privately Guided

Price

From $3,000 per person in the low season

Transport

4X4 Vehicles, one internal flight

Pygmy miles

4,536

Experience
Experience
Itinerary
Pygmy miles
Accommodation
Practical info

Experience

Journey

SAFARI

1. a journey or expedition, for hunting, exploration, or investigation, especially in eastern Africa. 

C19: from Swahili: journey, from Arabic safarīya, from safara to travel

This is a Safari in the true sense of the word. A journey into the east African bush using 4X4 vehicles.  Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, guests will be transported to a coffee plantation in Arusha in preparation for a journey into the heart of Africa. The next day, adventurers are transported to Tarangire National Park, home to one of the largest populations of Elephants in Africa.

The journey takes travelers northwest to Lake Manyara, set in a rift valley with thousands of exotic birds and followed by an encounter with the hunter gatherers of Lake Enyasi, the Hadzabe. The entire morning will be spent learning from the Hadzabes, their ancestral way of life and the opportunity to spend some time hunting & walking with them. From there, the safari continues west to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ngorongoro crater. Here, it's possible to see all of the "big five" in one game drive. The crater is enormous and witnessing thousands of animals grazing and living out the predator / prey relationship under the towering rim of the crater is an unforgettable experiences.

The Serengeti awaits.  Guest lodging is located near Seronera; known for big cats, this area is famous for lions and hyenas. The final stop before flying back to Arusha, is the Grumeti river where the Nile crocodile resides.   In July and August, expect to encounter the Wildebeest migration and see the herds test their luck against the powerful jaws of the crocodiles laying in wait as they cross the Grumeti river. Included in the itinerary is a flight back to Arusha and transfer flight to the Kilimanjaro airport.  and tented camps which provide a high standard of accommodation, without breaking the bank. 

A lonely kopje stands in the savanna at dusk

Activities

Cultural immersion

Visit the Hadzabe and learn how they survive in the bush.

Wildlife Viewing

During this 10 day safari across western Tanzania, you will experience game drives, game walks and even night safaris.

Mountain biking

There is a possibility to mountain bike at Bashay Rift on the 5th day.

Roadtrip

A safari was the original road trip. You will blaze across Africa in your outfitted 4X4 land cruiser.

Place

Tarangire National Parks -- Approximately  2,600 sqm and is the home of rare species such as the Gerenuk, small Kudu, and Oryx; the landscape varies  between granite ridges, river valley and swamps. The Late Summer & Autumn is a great time to game drive in this park and lots can be seen including: big cats, elephants (thousands can even be seen in one day!), giraffes and buffalos.  The area is defined by this long-distance migration of wildebeest and zebras. 

Manyara National Park -- Although the smallest of all north Tanzanian National Parks, Manyara National Park offers an important variety of animals including Lions, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffalos… in a wonderful setting surrounded by the Rift Valley and the Manyara Lake with its thousands of birds.  The area is known for the flamingos that inhabit the lake and in the wet season flocks of thousands inhabit the edges of the lake.  The area is a favorite spot for bird watchers and visitors may witness 100 different species in a single day. 

Ngorongoro -- Considered the flagship of Tanzania's tourism industry, Ngorongoro includes specatcular volcanic craters, the Olduvai Gore, savannah, forest and bush land.  It may be the only place on earth where mankind and wild animals are able to co-exist in harmony.  The area was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.  The land is designated multi-use by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority and provides protection status for wildlife while permitting humans to co-share the area.  An example of this symbiotic relationship is that Maasai cattle can be seen grazing alongside zebras in Ngorongoro's grassland. 

Serengeti -- Described as paradise by Stewart Edward White, an American hunter and the first white man to discover the area in 1913, as well as the native Maasai having grazed their cattle on the grassy plains for centuries.   Known for big cats, the great migration and the stretching savanna, broken only by rolling hills and giant rock formations called kopjes.  The Serengeti includes the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Maswa Game Reserve, the Loliondo, Grumeti and Ikorongo areas as well as the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.  The Serengeti ecosystem maybe the oldest on earth with the vegetation, fauna and climate barely changing in the last million years. 

Grumeti Game Preserve -- An extension of the Serengeti National Park, the land was previously used for hunting safaris, but since 2009 it is designated for photographic safaris.  Visitors can expect to see wildlife year round, including giraffes, zebras, impalas, elephants and lions.  Night vehicle safari and walking safaria are allowed, but not possible inside the main reserve. 

   

Itinerary

Track

Itinerary

Day-1

Arrival and Transfer to Arusha

You will be met at Kilimanjaro airport upon your international flight arrival. Afterwards, you will take a private transfer to Moivaro Lodge.

Dinner and overnight at Moivaro Lodge (3***)

Day-2

Arusha / Tarangire National Park / Maweninga Camp

In the morning departure to Tarangire NP. After arriving in the park you will go search for wildlife on a game drive and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Day-3

Maweninga Camp

On day three, more game drives are in store. Tarangire national Parks is 2 600 sqm and is the home of rare species such as the Gerenuk, small Kudu, and Oryx… The Late Summer & Autumn is a great time to game drive in this park and lots can be seen including: Big cats, Elephants (thousands can even be seen in one day!), Giraffes, Buffalos…

Day-4

Maweninga camp / Manyara National Park / Bashay Rift Lodge

In the morning, head to Manyara National Park for a full day game drive with picnic lunch under acacia trees. Short drive in the afternoon to reach Bashay Rift Lodge, a lovely property located in the heart of coffee plantations.

Although the smallest of all north Tanzanian National Parks, Manyara National Park offers an important variety of animals including Lions, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffalos… in a wonderful setting surrounded by the Rift Valley and the Manyara Lake with its thousands of birds.

Dinner & overnight at Bashay Rift Lodge (4****) with swimming pool

Day-5

Bashay Rift lodge / Eyasi Lake / Bashay Rift lodge

In the early morning, drive towards the shores of Lake Eyasi to meet the Hadzabe tribe. Spend the entire morning learning from the Hadzabes, their ancestral way of life and spend some time hunting & walking with them. A local guide will be taking you throughout this great experience.
Head back to the lodge for a late lunch and enjoy Bashay facilities & swimming pool in the afternoon. Mountain biking and local walks are also possible.

Dinner & overnight at Bashay Rift Lodge (4****)

Day-6

Bashay Rift lodge / Ngorongoro Crater / Olduvai camp

Leave lodge after breakfast & enjoy a full day game driving in the Ngorongoro Crater. Picnic lunch in the crater. Afternoon drive to Olduvai Camp. Upon arrival at the camp, you will be met by Maasai warriors and you will be taken by foot (20mn walk) to a nearby Kopje to admire sunset over the southern Serengeti plains. Definitely a great moment not to be missed!

Dinner and overnight at Olduvai Camp

Day-7

Olduvai Camp / Serengeti National Park / Ronjo Camp

Head to Serengeti NP after breakfast. Full day game drive in Serengeti. Picnic lunch on day 7. Lunch at camp on day 8.

Dinner and overnight at Ronjo Camp

Day-8

Serengeti

Today you will search for wildlife among one of the most famous game reserves in all of Africa. The Serengeti is known for big cats, the great migration and the stretching savanna, broken only by rolling hills and giant rock formations called kopjes.

Day-9

Ronjo Camp / Grumeti Private Area / Grumeti Hills

Early morning final game drive in Serengeti NP. Then head towards Grumeti Hills. Check-in for lunch at Grumeti Hills
Afternoon at leisure &/or game drive.

Dinner & overnight at Grumeti Hills

Day-10

Grumeti Hills

Walking Safari in the morning. Picnic lunch by the river or lunch at camp. Afternoon at leisure &/or game drive. Night Game drive also included.

Lunch, dinner & overnight at Grumeti Hills

Day-11

Grumeti Hills / Arusha or Zanzibar

Morning transfer to Ikoma Airstrip. Then board your regular scheduled flight back to Arusha (or onward connection to Zanzibar). Meet & greet upon arrival in Arusha. Transfer to Shanga restaurant for lunch. Then final transfer back to JRO airport in the afternoon for your return flight home.

Pygmy miles

Pygmy Miles Total

Challenge
Motorized Vehicle
Hiking
Bicycle
Sustainability
Miscellaneous
3562pygmy miles

Adventure Miles

You will receive 3,250 miles for choosing Pygmy Elephant to help plan your trip. You also received 312 miles for driving 312 miles on a Vespa.

974pygmy miles

Sustainability Miles

Learning about the Hadzabe and providing economic stimulus to their local community, helps sustain their way of life. Additionally, our partner supports local villages, schools and charities through various donations.

They also take an active part in the protection of the
environment through “tree plantation” projects is a member of "Tourism for Development".

Total Pygmy Miles

4536pygmy miles

Accommodation

 

Moivaro Lodge

Arusha

Moivaro Lodge is situated right in the heart of beautiful, natural scenery and yet is only 7 km from the town of Arusha: an ideal spot to enjoy the impressive flora and fauna of East Africa. The lodge features spacious thatched brick cottages that are set in a lovely tropical garden, with private verandas ensuring every visitor all the privacy needed. Relax and enjoy the beautiful views of Mount Meru from the comfortable veranda, go for a stroll around the Moivaro property, or laze at the pool nestling in the midst of tropical trees and coffee plants.

Maweninga Camp

Tarangire National Park

The camp is located in the north-western area of Tarangire National Park and is built on top of a massive "kopje" (granite rocks) There are amazing views over Lake Burungi and, away to the north, Lake Manyara in the Rift Valley. On a clear day, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is visible from the highest point, up among the rocks of this authentic bush camp.

Bashay Rift Lodge

Ngorongoro

Built on top of a hill, this lodge offers breathtaking views (360°) over the Ngorongoro walls on one end and the Rift Valley on the other. Small exclusive property of 26 rooms. Swimming pool on site and charming accommodation providing our guests with 4* services. Additional activities include : mountain biking, guided walks, massage.

Olduvai Camp

Northwest of Ngorongoro Crater

Olduvai camp was originally set up in 1990. Located in a spectacular site at Kiloki Hill, not far from Olduvai Gorge, since 1994. Over the years, the Camp has undergone many changes and improvements to offer a unique and authentic “Out of Africa” bush style while retaining an undisputed standard of comfort and welcoming atmosphere.

Ronjo Camp

Serengeti

The camp is set in the stunning Banagi Valley, in the heart of Serengeti National Park. All guest tents as well as mess tents face the gentle plain which is home to a rich and varied fauna throughout the year. The camp is ecofriendly, 24h power & hot water are 100% sola

Grumeti Hills

Grumeti Private Game Reserve

Bordering Serengeti NP, in the heart of the Grumeti Game Reserve, Grumeti Hills offers outstanding safari accommodation. 16 spacious tents all en suite & all facing the great plains. Main facilities include : Bar, restaurant, swimming pool, with an awesome view on Serengeti plains.

Practical info

Price

Price depends on the time of year and the number of travelers in your group. For example, for a group of 4 in the low season, the price per person is $3,250 dollars. You can request a quotation by clicking on the inquiry button. 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Meet & greet upon arrival at JRO airport 
  • The use of private regular or Stretched Land Cruisers from day 1 to day 9 (Drop off at Grumeti Hills) with unlimited mileage and qualified German-Speaking driver-guides 
  • Available in all cars : Mineral water, wildlife books & 1 pair of binoculars 
  • Full board throughout safari (From Dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 11) 
  • All Park, camping & crater fees as per itinerary 
  • Evening walk to sunset Kopje at Olduvai Camp
  • Hadzabes Excursion 
  • Game Package at Grumeti Hills includind shared game drives (with English Speaking driver-guide), Walking safari & night game drive 
  • Domestic flight Ikoma / Arusha including local airport taxes 
  • Transfers & assistance in Arusha on final day 
  • Our Arusha office 24 h assistance throughout the trip if needed

 

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Visas 
  • Drinks (apart from mineral water aboard 4 x 4)
  • Tips & gratuities 
  • Personal expenses 
  • Optionals if any 
  • Travel insurance

When

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Low Season: April & May 2017

Shoulder Season: March, June, September,  November, 1st to 15th December 2017

High Season: January & October 2017

Peak Season: February, July, August, 16th to 31st December 2017

How

Privately guided

This trip will be privately guided. Groups from 2 to 6 can be accommodated in land cruisers. 

Service categories

Pygmy Itineraries

This trip has been designed by Pygmy Elephant in combination with a local partner. The itinerary can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. 

Challenge Level

Technical Ability

Level : Low

Mental Strength

Level : Low

Physical Conditioning

Level : Low

Individuals in good health should have no problem completing a safari. No trekking or long walks are compulsory. Furthermore, lodging and amenities are quite comfortable. 

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