From: February 18 to February 28, 2018

Destination: Tanzania

  • Walking and Wildlife In Tanzania

    Our new African safari combines a traditional jeep-based safari during the amazing wildebeest and zebra migration with a walking safari in a remote part of Ngorongoro Highlands and the Great Rift Valley. Visiting Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro National Parks by jeep allows us to quickly go where the wildlife is best. The trek, going past the Ngorongoro Highlands across the Great Rift Valley to Lake Natron and Northeastern Serengeti, with its minimal civilization and infrastructure, provides a more intimate experience of the wilderness as well as the surrounding communities that have lived there forever. Imagine sitting in the African bush at night, listening to the sounds of the bush with the skies ablaze overhead. Or walking through the bust, alert to all that surrounds you. Or watching hippopotami wallowing in the mud or herds of wildebeest streaming across the plains. Tanzania offers a magic found nowhere else in the world. Maximum group size: 12
  • Sunday, February 18: We meet our guides at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transfer to our hotel. Our hotel, Ilboru Safari Lodge (http://annelie3.wixsite.com/isl2015) is located at the foot of Mt. Meru and has spectacular views from every room. Undoubtedly bed will be early this evening. Overnight: Ilboru Safari Lodge

    Monday, February 19: After a hearty breakfast, we drive southwest through Maasai Steppe to Tarangire National Park. Known for its diverse scenery, including dramatic baobab trees, one of Tanzania's largest populations of elephants, more than 500 species of birds, and impressive numbers and variety of animals, today will be a day of game viewing from our safari vehicle. Our overnight tented camp is located inside the park on the edge of Tarangire River, a favorite watering place, so it is common to see animals drinking water and grazing along the river from the lodge. Overnight: Tarangire Tented Safari Lodge. (B, L, D)

    Tuesday, February 20: This morning we drive to the rim of the Ngorongoro main crater and through the Ngorongoro highlands to the small Maasai village of Nainokanoka for a visit to learn about the culture, traditions, and survival strategies of the Maasai people, including a trip to the local Maasai market. We start our trek from here, with a hike through the nearby Olmoti Crater, a critical watershed with an underground reservoir which slowly releases water throughout the year for the livestock and wildlife of Ngorongoro Crater. We'll explore the crater and visit the Munge River waterfalls. In the afternoon we hike across the wide expanse of the "Embulbul Depression," a retreat for wildlife from the Ngorongoro Crater. Our wilderness camp is situated on a ridge of the Empakaai Crater, a hidden gem of the area. This extinct caldera is one of the best-kept secrets of the area with spectacular Rift Valley views from its rim. Its thickly forested sides, and a sparkling lake covering half of the floor, its full of flamingos and lurking predators. For safety, we will have an armed park ranger with our group today and for the rest of our trek. 3 - 4 hours hiking plus some driving. Overnight: Camping at the rim of Empakaai Crater.(B, L, D)

    Wednesday, February 21: We'll take for day for a full exploration of Empakaai Crater, hiking down the steep forested slopes of the caldera; hopefully catching glimpses of rarely seen forest animals such as bushbuck, duikers, and even leopards. Around the lakeshore we will watch many species of water birds, and an abundance of flamingos: millions of flamingos roam the Rift Valley lakes in great flocks throughout the year searching for the best feeding and bathing conditions. After we've had our fill of watching, it's time to hike back up to camp for a hearty safari dinner. 5 - 6 hours of hiking. Overnight: Camping at the rim of Empakaai Crater. (B, L, D)

    Thursday, February 22: Today we hike from Empakaai through Nayobi, possibly to Lerai Forest. Our hike descends from the Ngorongoro Highlands to the Great Rift Valley, through lush grassland pastures scattered with Masai villages. The scenery alternates between the mountains of Gelai and Ketembeni (both extinct volcanoes) and Lake Natron stretching into the distance. The active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai, "Mountain of God," dominates the view. Our next wilderness camp will be in Nayobi or Lerai Forest depending on wildlife conditions, with dinner around the camp fire in traditional African style. 4 - 5 hours of hiking. Overnight: Camping in Nayobi or Lerai Forest (B, L, D)

    Friday, February 23: After a leisurely breakfast, we continue hiking down into the Rift Valley - by now Ol Doinyo Lengai will be towering above us. We cross the old lava flows and hike towards the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment for the best views and our waiting truck. After a break with cold drinks and a snack, we drive to the Engare Sero River and our campsite. In the evening we will hike up the waterfalls above the camp for a relaxing swim or watch the Baboons leaping back and forth on the cliffs. 3 - 4 hours of hiking. Overnight: Camping at Engare Sero Village (B, L, D)

    Saturday, February 24: Today we explore Lake Natron, a favorite breeding place for 2.5 million Lesser Flamingoes. Lake Natron attracts so many flamingos because its caustic environment is a barrier against their predators, especially Hyenas. We will see Lesser Flamingoes floating nests on seasonally-forming evaporative islands and Great Flamingoes nests on the mud flats. We'll then drive across the Great Rift Valley to Serengeti National Park, with game viewing in the very remote northern East Serengeti. We will begin seeing large game and predators, and so are mostly restricted to viewing from our special safari trucks for the rest of the trip. Our overnight lodge is strategically built in an enormous volcanic rocky outcrop. 2 - 3 hours of hiking. Overnight: Lobo Wildlife Lodge (B, L, D)

    Sunday, February 25: Our early morning allows for a full day of game viewing and travel into the Serengeti. The Seronera River Valley is rich with wildlife and a common place to find leopards and other big cats like lions and cheetahs. At the Retima Hippo Pool, we will be able to get out of the vehicle to stretch legs and walk to see hippos and crocodiles lounging together in the same habitat. We'll have a picnic lunch under an acacia tree and then continue with game viewing during our drive to southern Serengeti and our tented camp in a wooded hill overlooking the surrounding savannas. Overnight: Ndutu Kati Tented Camp (B, L, D)

    Monday, February 26: Our focus today will be tracking the great migration of wildebeests and zebras as the graze on the southern plains of Serengeti ecosystem.One of the highlights of any safari is a sunrise game drive when, animals are very active grazing on the grasslands and the predators are busy hunting. We will spend the entire day game viewing and following the great migration of wildebeests and a big number of predators hunting them as they migrate. We will stop for a lunch break and enjoy our picnic lunch at a designated picnic site or under an acacia tree. After lunch we continue with your game viewing, returning to the same camp in the evening to enjoy the evening by the campfire. Overnight: Ndutu Kati Tented Camp (B, L, D)

    Tuesday, February 27: Today there will be an optional early morning guided walking safari, guided by an armed park range. This is an amazing way to see wildlife on foot and will take up to 2 hours. For those not interested in the walking safari, an equally excellent option is an early morning game viewing. In either case we return to the camp in midmorning for breakfast. After breakfast we continue with game viewing while driving to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It's a long drive and we'll arrive at our overnight lodge, located on the edge of the Ngorongoro forest, in the evening. 1 - 2 hours optional hiking plus game viewing in the truck. Overnight: Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge (B, L, D)

    Wednesday, February 28: We will leave early in the morning after breakfast and drive down the Ngorongoro crater to spend a full day exploring Ngorongoro crater. Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site and home to nearly 25,000 animals, is quite different from the Serengeti: a huge collapsed volcano crater, the steep walls both confine and protect many of the animals that live here. Most animals live on the crater floor some 1200 feet below the rim. Herds of wildebeest, zebras, warthogs, buffalos, and their babies are common and we may also see the black rhino, one of Tanzania's "Big Five" and difficult to see other places. In the afternoon, we will take time out to stretch our legs and enjoy a picnic lunch at Ngoitokitok Springs while watching hippos jostle for position in the water. After lunch we will sadly make our way out of the crater and drive back to Arusha. From here we will be transferred to the airport in the evening for our international departure flights back home. (B, L)
  • $4695  (click here for travel discounts) $400 deposit. There are a limited number of possible single supplements available (only necessary if you want to be assured of your own room) for an additional $425. You can read our cancellation policies here 

    Trip Includes

    • Experienced guides (including an Adventures in Good Company group leader) and porters, and an armed national park ranger on the camping/walking safari
    • Six nights lodging in hotels or private luxury tented camps, and four nights camping
    • All meals from breakfast on February 19 to lunch the final day
    • all National Park fees
    • Transportation within Tanzania including transfer to/from Kilimanjaro airport if you arrive and leave with the group
    • Group camping and cooking equipment (including tents and sleeping pads)
    • Unlimited bottled drinking water
    • Gratuities for local guides, porters, lodges, and safari drivers

    Not included: Airfare to Kilimanjaro Airport, AGC guide gratuities, beverages other than water, and travel insurance

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    If you’ve never traveled with us before, you may have some questions about how we do things and what you can expect. We’ve answered the most common ones below and are always available by phone or email to answer any others.

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    You might be. Someone has to be the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape person on the trip. And while the great majority of our trips have both single and non-single women, and moms and non-moms, sometimes they don't. But it doesn't matter if you're "different" in any of those ways - what you will share with everyone else is a desire to experience adventure in your life, and an appreciation of the joy and camaraderie of being in an all women's group.

Trip highlights

  • Sitting in front of your tent and listening to the sounds of the bush
  • Having your eyes opened to by our naturalist guides to everything around you
  • Learning about Maasai culture and lifestyle
  • Visiting three completely different National Parks: Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Witnessing the Great Migration os vast herds of wildebeest and zebra
  • Watching elephants, lions, giraffes, antelopes, warthogs, and hippos, many of whom have babies this time of year

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