Connect to the wildlife, culture & landscapes of the Northern & Eastern Serengeti!
EXCLUSIVE! Gene & Jo Ann Taylor, co-founders of The Walking Connection are your hosts and walking companions for this small group adventure.
October 27 - November 5, 2021
10-Days, 9 Nights
A unique adventure to the Eastern Serengeti is what cinematographers make movies about, but you can see it for yourself.
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per person, double occupancy
$500 USD Due With Registration
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, to the mystical Ngorongoro Crater and highlands; to the remote Tarangire wilderness you will be in the heart of one of Africa's richest wildlife reserves. This is where the 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 and big cats prowl: Lion, leopard and cheetah are on the hunt.
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…
This is a safari where high emotions and the excitement of seeing the teeming wildlife fills each new day. Evenings are set aside for magical sundowners as the sky turns golden orange. This is the place to truly unplug! Dinner is an elegant affair and followed by the warmth of the cozy fire where you can take comfort in just being. The sounds of the wild and the star light of the Southern sky will mesmerize you.
*Join Walking Connection co-founders, Gene and JoAnn Taylor on this small group tour -- they will not only bring the keys to this natural world, but also a global perspective, interesting stories, laughter and shared friendship.
You, along with old and new-found friends will travel the northern section of the Serengeti Plains to view the wildlife, take in the the landscape and share an incredible experience with each other. Your guides are an intricate part of your experience as they share thier knowledge of the land, its human history and the culture of daily life in remote Africa.
Big Five, Little Five, Ugly Five!
Solitary Cats, Massive Herds, Silent Crocodiles.
A WALK WITH THE MAASAI
A cultural visit at a Maasai Village to learn their way of life, shop for one-of-a-kind art or handicrafts as well as have an opportunity to walk with the Maasai. Other walks are scheduled as a way to learn and experience more in this fragile wildlife environment. Due to the presence of large carnivores, our walks are under the watchful eye of armed rangers.
Level of Activity
Each day, we will evaluate the movement of the wildlife, observe the rules of the reserve, and where possible, arrange interesting walks and hikes to stay active. You should not expect long or challenging "walking workouts" while on Safari.
"THREE "P" WALKS"
Prints, Plants & Poop! The nature of our guided-game walks are based upon the region we are passing through. The terrain is what you see throughout this site, but with emphasis on the hoof/paw prints for the animals, the plants on which both the wildlife and the local Masai use as food and medicine and the skat, left behind by recent wildlife visitors. They are all available at your option.
Some will want to take a casual approach to their holiday and taking images is a lower priority. Some will be gear-ready to take wildlife images suitable for national publication. Either way, your days are filled with the opportunity to both with other like-minded guests.
Unless otherwise noted, 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 non-professional photographers.
Level of Comfort
YOUR COMFORT IS DEFINED BY CHOICE
The sleeping accommodations on this journey are "Safari Luxury", always en suite, and always with lots of personality. Although star ratings are not particularly helpful when it comes to remote tented camps on the Serengeti, expect 4/5 star accommodations and services along the way.
Our multi-night stays in each camp afford a relaxed pace to your journey. No reason to hurry unless there is an unexpected wildlife siting. Your curiosity drives the day, your comfort is king during the evenings and nights.
Even though you are travelling through a variety of landscapes, the weather will be similar day-to-day. We expect it to be mostly dry and a bit cooler around the Ngorongoro Highlands because of the crater. Expect temperatures in the evening of 13°- 18°c (58°f) and warm daytime highs at 25°- 30°c (85°f).
Just a few words about safety. It's a shared responsibility, yours and ours. We take it very seriously. Your safe return home is our top priority. We love talking about it. It you have a question or concern, please ask or tell us anything.
Photo Credit: Maasai Wanderings
Level of Culture
The Maasai Wandering Team is made up of resident guides, chef's, service staff and managers who all hail from this area. This is the land they call home. These are the people they call Brother and Sister. They are warm and hospitable and keen to share their lives with guests. We will learn from them and as opportunity allows, we will visit small cultural centers like villages, schools and markets.
As with all Walking Connection adventures, we will seek opportunities for both cultural exchange as well as places and people where we can invest resources that may help them in their day-to-day lives.
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.
The dream that is Africa: after watching the romance of exploration and adventure of the safari expeditions of a bygone era on the big screen, it’s time to create memorable voyages of your own.
Where We Sleep
Casual safari luxury. The accommodations on this safari were carefully selected by Jo Ann Taylor and are in the style she has created and the Walking Connection has become known for. The lodges use 100% locally-sourced materials, and they are built with a passion for the environment and a respect for its local culture. With high quality canvas between your comfortable bed and the sounds of the African night, these camps provide the ideal accommodation for lovers of the great outdoors, while retaining the coziness of a warm bed, a hot shower, gratifying cuisine and a welcoming team.
Mandhari means 'view or landscape’ in Swahili and the view will exceed all expectations. If your eyes are indeed the windows to your soul, then your soul will be touched by the Spirit of Africa.
Ndovu Tented Lodge
Tarangire Ndovu Tented Lodge is located in the heart of Tarangire, Tanzania’s wild land and landscapes. Tarangire is famed for its massive elephant herds, true sense of wilderness and a gentle backdrop of baobabs. There is a magical path of lanterns between the tents and also to our main common area that creates an enchanting setting to unwind after the day’s adventures. Enjoy a sundowner while sitting around the camp fire and taking in the infinite African night sky.
Ehlane Plains Camp
This is where the magic begins, this is where your dream of wild Africa comes alive. ‘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. 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 in this rough country. The area is unique; unspoiled, silent, remote and truly exciting.
Photo Credit: Maasai Wanderings
Photo Credit: Maasai Wanderings
Photo Credit: Maasai Wanderings
A Dream Come True...
"“Thank you for organizing such an amazing trip to Tanzania. Everything was first class and far exceeded my expectations. Each day I kept asking myself, how can this get any better? And each day it did!
- Cindy R., California
"The guides, the food, the service, and most of all our fellow travelers made this a trip of a lifetime."
- Colleen H., Alberta, Canada
"The accommodations were all excellent and unique, perfectly suited to the terrain we visited. For those who count, the numbers of animals, especially the big ones, were amazing."
- Tom M. and Elizabeth D., Arizona
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