Wilderness Basecamp

Peak Views to Plains Tanzania - Deluxe

Ngorongoro, Tanzania

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We designed our Peak Views to Plains itinerary based on feedback from clients who wanted a truly in-depth safari experience and it definitely delivers! This private journey focuses on some of the world’s best national parks for game-viewing: Kilimanjaro, Tarangire, and Ngorongoro Crater, and of course includes our signature GBC cultural interaction throughout the trip. On game drives and on walking safaris this itinerary brings the best of Tanzania’s wildlife into center stage for an unforgettable adventure.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Arusha

This evening you'll enjoy an exciting pre-safari briefing.

Overnight: KIA Lodge (Dinner included)

Day 2 - Arusha - Kilimanjaro

After breakfast, we make our way to the access road between the mountains of Kilimanjaro & Meru. This area is home to the Maasai tribe, the Chagga tribe and massive farming projects. We pass through and end our journey at Sinya – with views of Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru, Mt Longido and Amboseli National Park in Kenya. We enjoy an afternoon of an open vehicle game drive, viewing species not seen in the national parks.

Overnight: Kambi Ya Tembo Tented Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 3 - Kilimanjaro

Early morning game drive to see who passed through in the night – the elephants here are massive and have a migratory path here between Tanzania & Kenya. Return for lunch, a short wilderness walk and rest. In the mid-afternoon, we set off again and explore the acacia-ridden plains below the camp.

Overnight: Kambi Ya Tembo Tented Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 4 - Kilimanjaro - Tarangire

Our final early morning game drive, before setting off to the west and Tarangire. Tarangire is famed for its massive elephant herds and true sense of wilderness with a back drop of baobab trees. From dry river beds, to acacia forests and Silale Swamp – Tarangire has it all. Continue to our luxury camp for overnight.

Overnight: Kikoti Safari Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 5 - Tarangire

Armed with a picnic lunch, we set off back in Tarangire to explore further afield before returning for overnight. This evening we are able to partake is an exciting night game drive in search of the nocturnal wildlife.

Overnight: Kikoti Safari Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 6 - Tarangire - Ngorongoro

We say goodbye to Tarangire and climb into the Crater Highlands. In the village of Karatu, there is leisurely walking safari through farms and villages on the rift valley escarpment. You can discover the farming, irrigation and cattle husbandry techniques, visit houses and, if you want, sample local cuisine of the Iraqw tribe. There is also traditional wood-fired brick making, local musicians and you can generally gain a deeper understanding of the lifestyle of the people who live and work here. We proceed into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area for our overnight stay at a Maasai run lodge located in the Ngorongoro Forest.

Overnight: Rhino Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 7 - Ngorongoro - Arusha

Ngorongoro is collapsed volcano - an incredible natural amphitheatre, 25 km across and teeming with all of the African big game. Early morning descent into the crater for spectacular scenery and game viewing in what has been described as the eighth wonder of the world. After lunch we return to Arusha.

(Breakfast included)

Accommodation Information

KIA Lodge

The KIA Lodge is located only 2 kms from Kilimanjaro International Airport, in the heart of beautiful savannah scenery that is so typical of East Africa. The hotel offers magnificent 360° panoramic view of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, Blue Mountains and Maasai Plains! This makes it a perfect start and end of a Safari of the northern circuit in Tanzania, especially if you arrive late at JRO or leave early.

Kambi Ya Tembo Tented Camp

An exclusive Luxury tented Lodge situated on the border of Kenya's Ambosli Natioanl Park & Tanzania. You'll experience the wildness and solitude of East Africa on a private 45,000-acre preserve. Travel this exotic area in luxury, open-air vehicles as you participate in game drives and view resident elephant herds, zebras, gazelles, impalas, and possibly lions. When you return to camp in the evening, you'll relax under the starry skies of Africa with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro waiting to greet you at first light. Nearby is a Maasai Village that you will visit to see up close, the culture of a great people. Without another tourist group in sight, you'll feel as though the open plains of Africa belong to you.

Sinya, a private concession of about 600 square km, bordering Kenya at Amboseli National Park, offers spectacular landscapes with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, Ol Doinyo Longido and Ol Doinyo Orok. A unique nature and cultural experience.

Kikoti Safari Camp

Kikoti means "meeting place" in the Maasai language. Kikoti is a meeting place of people, cultures and wildlife. A lone bush elephant stately lumbers through the camp, watched by buffalo, drinking at the water hole, passing through on the migration route. A Maasai warrior, armed with bow and arrows, escorts you to your room in the evening, looking out across the Simanjiro plains as the African sun sets over the horizon, the air alive with noise and life.

Situated in the heart of the Maasai plains, just 6km from Tarangire National Park, Kikoti is a place where visitors come as guests and leave as friends. A place where your safari dreams can come true.

Rhino Lodge

Rhino Lodge is ideally located on the edge of the Ngorongoro crater rim. Rhino Lodge offers a perfect base from which to explore the Ngorongoro crater and its surroundings. Game drives into the crater, and, for the more adventurous, walking safaris in the forest reserve and visits to nearby Maasai villages, can all be arranged from the lodge.

The Lodge was originally the home of Ngorongoro’s first conservator, and its developers have maintained the house’s original rustic, low-impact style and natural setting. The 24 basic yet comfortable ensuite rooms all have balconies with forest views and the grazing area of the buffaloes, zebra, waterbuck and elephants.

Location

Region: Africa - Eastern and Southern

Address:
Ngorongoro
Tanzania

Amenities/Activities

All Meals All Meals

Ecologically Responsible Ecologically Responsible

Wildlife Wildlife

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General Information

Price Includes

  • All accommodations as indicated in midrange lodges and tented camps
  • All meals for duration of safari (please advise if you have any dietary needs)
  • All transport as mentioned between destinations during trip
  • All transport in 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser with popup roof for game viewing
  • Private English-speaking professionally trained guide/driver
  • The walks within the tribal areas are carried out by our own guides in conjunction with the local, tribal guide – this allows easy translation and interpretation.
  • Two (2) 1.0 liter bottles of drinking water per person per day in the game driving vehicle
  • National Park entrance and transit fees
  • A portion of all trips will benefit local community projects
  • Full support before, during & after your trip

Price Excludes

  • International/Domestic flights
  • Visa, passport, vaccinations, medicines
  • Travel Insurance (recommended)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Expenditure on alcoholic drinks, laundry, personal items at camps/lodges
  • Optional excursions/activities not detailed in itinerary