Tanzania Wildlife Safari

10 DAYS/9 NIGHT SAFARI ADVENTURE

Hosted by Walking Connection Founders,

Gene & Jo Ann Taylor

 
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Tanzania's rich diversity will come to life on this intimate journey of a lifetime. From the magic of the vast plains of the Serengeti, the allure of the Ngorongoro Crater and the excitement of the remote wildness of Tarangire National Park you will be in the heart of the wildlife where magic happens.

Tarangire National Park is known for its abundance of wildlife and the regularity of sightings. Last fall, we were overwhelmed by the number of elephants. Big cats prowl the area and we will be on the lookout for the majesty of the lion, but also the leopard and cheetah.

A unique adventure to the Eastern Serengeti will be new for all of us, even if you have traveled to Tanzania with Walking Connection before. This area is what cinematographers make movies about, but you can see it for yourself. With a cup of freshly ground coffee in hand, stretch up out of your vehicle to spot the wildlife as far as the eye can see…

All the images on this site are originals by Gene Taylor. He will be hosting several game drives dedicated to more serious (pro-amateur level photographers) during this adventure. He will be providing (and requesting) a gear list prior to the trip. These game drives are suited to avid learners from beginners to advanced photographers.

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This is a safari where high emotions and the excitement of seeing wildlife will fill each new day. Evenings are set aside for magical sundowners as the sky turns golden orange. After an elegant dinner reflect by the warmth of the cozy fire where you can take comfort in just being while listening to the sounds of the wild.

Join Walking Connection co-founders, Gene and JoAnn Taylor on this small group tour  -- they will not only bring the key to this natural world, but also a global perspective, interesting stories, laughter and shared friendship.

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Itinerary

Please note that the details of this itinerary are subject to change. Many of the planned activities are organized according to availability, events or seasonal dates, appropriate weather conditions or the discretion of our guides. We make every effort to provide the experience described in the itinerary with the understanding that some things may change.

Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport - Arusha

This is the perfect place after a long flight to relax and recharge. Arusha Coffee Lodge sits right at the foot of Mount Meru.  Amidst the lush greenery of the coffee farm, it is located in a safe and exclusive area on the outskirts of Arusha. The lodge will make you feel like you are right at home.

Gene and Jo Ann Taylor, co-founders of the Walking Connection, first visited Arusha in the 90’s and have enjoyed their stays ever since. As a gateway to sub-Saharan Africa, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, it’s a great place to start your safari adventure.

Accommodation: Arusha Coffee Lodge

Day 1

 Tarangire National Park

After a leisurely breakfast we head by 4 x 4 vehicles to Tanzania's off the beaten track Tarangire National Park. 

 

Welcome to the Great expanses of elephant country!

Tarangire is famed for its massive elephant herds, true sense of wilderness and a gentle backdrop of the sculptural silhouette of baobab trees. It is the lesser visited but more intriguing park on the northern circuit with its wildland and landscpes. With a rich and varied habitat of grassy swamps, dense woodland, tall grass and the snaking Tarangire River it makes it the perfect home for a plethora of animals. Predator and prey alike we will be in search of prides of lion and the allusive leopard. 

Each morning and afternoon we will head out on a game drive into big country never knowing what nature will have instore. Perhaps waiting as a journey of giraffe cross our path, slowly weaving along riverbanks looking for lions, watching leopards asleep in giant baobabs, and scanning the great swathes of elephant grass for big herds of buffalo…

For 2 nights we will be treated to an intimate stay in the heart of the park at Tarangire Ndovu Tented Lodge. A small camp with only 12 permanent tents, your nights under canvas will feel like luxury.  As you reach your private tent walking up specially crafted stairs you'll find a balcony with loveseat for relaxing. The front of the tent has double sliding doors, including a layer of mosquito netting for your comfort. Once you step into the tent your beautiful bedroom reflects soothing colors in natural tones to adhere to the intrinsic area we are located. 

There is a magical path of lanterns between the tents and also to the main common area and swimming pool – a great place to unwind and share stories of the animal sightings from the day's adventure. In the evening there is always time to enjoy a sundowner while sitting around the camp fire under infinite African skies.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Tarangire Ndovu Tented Lodge - 2 nights

Days 2, 3 & 4

Manyara Escarpment and Ngorongoro Crater

After an early breakfast we will transfer by road with a game drive along the way as we depart Tarangire.

 

Our next stop will be a cultural visit at a Maasai Village to learn their way of life as well as have an opportunity to walk with the Maasai

We will then make our way high up on to the Manyara Escarpment which forms part of the Great Rift Valley to our lodge aligned with soaring flamingos, Mandhari Lodge.  ‘Mandhari’ means ‘view, scenery, landscape’ in Swahili, and with a bird’s eye view of the great expanse from Lake Natron to Mondulli Mountains and across Lake Manyara, this lodge offers breathtaking views from sunrise to sunset.

Swaddled in the colors of the earth, the lodge offers unique accommodations with glass-fronted suites and an unobstructed view across the dreamy landscape below. With 100% locally sourced materials, the lodge has been built with a passion for it’s environment and a respect for its beloved history. The large, core gathering area of reception, dining, lounge, bar and swimming pool is largely an open, eucalypt platform filled with hand-crafted furnishings and woven delights.

Our stay here will be continued the next morning as the sun rises over the perfect bowl of the Ngorongoro Crater. We will descend for a morning game drive onto the caldera’s floor where over 25,000 wild creatures call home. Still a lambent lost world of wildlife, it gives flashes of how the first humans must have experienced it. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Mandhari Lodge - 2 nights

Day 5 & 6 

The Unexplored Eastern Serengeti

Today we head by vehicle to the far eastern plains of the Serengeti, a remote and wildlife-filled pocket of the savannah. This is where the magic begins, this is where your dream of wild Africa comes alive. 

 

The area teems with prides of lions, cheetahs roaming, large packs of hyena and leopards confidently striding through their ranges. What brings them here? This exclusive expanse of the Serengeti is where the acacia woodlands borders the great savannah, attracting herbivore masses of elephant, giraffe, zebra, warthog and more. When carnivore meets herbivore on the open plain; it’s time to rumble.

It is here in the Soit le Motonyi region, far from the Serengeti transit areas, that you are able to find something wild and spectacular amongst this rough country. The area is unique; unspoilt, silent, remote and truly exciting.

 

We are home at the stunning Ehlane Plains Camp with only eight permanent tents designed to merge with the eco-system, all under canvas and all with clear vistas of the wilderness ahead.  Ehlane is a Zulu word which translates to ‘wilderness’. It is a clear description of the extraordinary and newly accessible location which presents forth an unsurpassed display of predators and predator activity.

Each day we will set out on game drives with nature as our conductor.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Ehlane Plains Camp - 2 nights

Day 7, 8 & 9

Transfer to Seronera and on to Kilimanjaro Airport

Transfer to Seronera airstrip for your flight to Kilimanjaro Airport for your international flight home or points beyond.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 10 

Don’t want to go home?  Ask about optional extensions:

- Cultural icon of Zanzibar

- Northern Serengeti Plains for more wildlife viewing

- Greystoke Mahale to trek among the chimpanzees

 
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