July till late October is winter but also the dry season in Northern Tanzania. In the wet season animals are scattered over a huge area since water is plentiful but in the dry season wildlife congregate around water holes making wildlife viewing superb. Southern Tarangire is no exception. Being extremely remote and hard to get to, few tourists venture into the area - luckily this is keeping the area wild.
Our focus will be the very southern corner of Tarangire National Park where a small grouping of waterholes attracts hundreds of elephants at night. You will spend the night in a small camp close to the waterholes from where quietly, animals can be viewed.
Our main mode of transport will be our feet, however we will make use of vehicles at times since we do need to cover a large distance between camps. There are no fixed lodges in the area and we make use of a light weight camp that will have all the creature comforts you need for a very comfortable stay in the wilderness.
You arrive in Arusha. You will enjoy your first evening in the lovely Onsea House just outside of Arusha. You will be met by your guide upon arrival who will make sure you are comfortable.
Your guide will meet you after a relaxed wake up and breakfast with beautiful views from the Onsea deck over the farms of the outskirts of Arusha town. Today will be an easy drive towards Gibbs Farm where you will enjoy your first two days of your safari. You arrive on the farm in time for one of the splendid lunches they are well known for. Your guide will join you for lunch and give you a detailed safari briefing to answer any questions you might have about the next few days. In the late afternoon your guide will take you on your first game drive in to Lake Manyara National Park. Here you will enjoy an afternoon game drive with sundowners followed by a bush dinner and night drive out of the park.
Today the farm will have various options of things you can enjoy - a visit to a Masaai spa, various walks, bike rides or cultural visits.
You depart from Gibbs Farm and drive over the Masaai Steppe in to local Masaai community land ajacent to Tarangire National Park. Here you enjoy an afternoon stroll and the beautiful views from the top of the rock where you are camping. This is the perfect place to start ones exploration of the wilderness with classic African views from our camp over miles and miles of African bush. Dinner will be all under the stars.
You wake up early and enjoy a morning bush walk and a steep but manageable climb to the top of a near-by mountain. For the more adventurous there is an interesting chimney to climb through to the top. Safe but challenging and once through a huge sense of achievement.
Once down from the mountain and fed you continue by car to our next camp. Today's drive will take you through some very remote Masaai settlements where you will get quality Masaai interactions. We will visit the Masaai chief of the area and pay our respects for being able to pass through his land.
You arrive in camp in time for a nice afternoon walk inside Tarangire National Park. You will be joined by a game ranger from the National Park and it is here where our real walking with wildlife starts. This area is very good for herbivores (plant eaters) and you stand a good chance to see Giraffe, Impala, Dik dik and many more. We will follow the footsteps and trails of animals left behind walking to and from watering holes. During the next few days you will move the way animals move and it is with this that our senses will come to life. Senses which in a western life have been forgotten but are so close to the surface and all that is needed is some intimate experiences with nature.
Today will be an easy full day walk. You cover approximately 14km on flat ground. You depart from camp early following game trails past various water holes. The aim of being on foot is to be quiet and feel connected with the bush without the physical obstruction a vehicle brings. We will be quiet as we wander through the bush and will focus on smaller things such as birds, insects, plants and tracks. Saying this, there is always a chance that we will encounter larger mammals and for this reason you will be guided by an extremely well trained and armed guide.
You arrive in camp for a late lunch and enjoy the rest of the afternoon in and around camp. This camp is situated about 1km behind the waterholes. Over the years we have located a few vantage points from where we can quietly view animals coming down to the water to drink with out disturbing them. During full moon evenings it is possible to view animals moving down to the waters edge from camp.
Being the only water in a very large area not only mammals but also birds have to use these water holes. Another very special moment is to quietly sit next to the water holes and have hundreds of thousands of doves and sand grouse come to drink. The sky is filled with the sounds thousands of wings.
After a nice breakfast back in camp you set off by car to our next destination; another set of waterholes more towards the centre of the park. Today you half walk half drive in to our camp on the bank of the Tarangire River. Here elephants are frequent visitors to the waterholes in front of camp and you can sit in camp and enjoy them close by.
After a relaxing breakfast with our Elephant neighbours you can enjoy a short morning walk into the beautiful Olivers Camp situated a few kilometres up river. For the next day you will enjoy the pampering of this luxury lodge with their great staff and delicious meals.
For those keen on more wildlife viewing, regular game drives and walks are available from the lodge.
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