Tarangire National Park features the largest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania that remains in the park throughout the year. It is known for its large herds of elephants near the river. Especially the southern part is extremely remote and hard to get to. Few tourists venture this area, keeping this area wild and the perfect spot for a private walking safari.
Day 1: Arusha
Arrival in Arusha, where you spend your first evening in the lovely Onsea House just outside Arusha. Your guide meets you upon arrival and makes sure you are comfortable.
Day 2: Lake Manyara NP
Your guide will meet you after a relaxed wake up and breakfast with beautiful views from the Onsea deck over the outskirts of Arusha. Today will be an easy drive towards Gibbs Farm where you stay the 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. In the late afternoon your guide takes you on your first game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, followed by a night game drive in the evening.
Day 3: Karatu
Today Gibbs Farm will have various options of things you can enjoy - a visit to a Masaai spa, various walks, bike rides or cultural visits.
Day 4: Tarangire
You depart from Gibbs Farm and drive over the Masaai Steppe into local Masaai community land, ajacent to Tarangire National Park. Enjoy an afternoon stroll and the beautiful views.This is the perfect place to start ones exploration of the wilderness with classic African views of the bush. Dinner will be all under the stars.
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 will spend the nights small camps close to the waterholes from where quietly, animals can be viewed.
Day 5: Tarangire
Wake up early and enjoy a morning bush walk and a steep but manageable climb to the top of a nearby mountain. After descent and lunch, you continue by car to our next camp. Today's drive will take you through some very remote Maasai settlements. 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. Here starts your real walking with wildlife. 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.
Day 6: Tarangire
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.
Day 7: Tarangire
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 to the camp on the bank of the Tarangire River.
Day 8 & 9: Tarangire
After a relaxing breakfast you can enjoy a short morning walk to Olivers Camp a few kilometres up river. This beautiful camp is situated in the remote southeastern reaches of the park. 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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