Departure on overnight flight
Day 2 (Sept 10)
Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport. Our hosts will meet us outside customs and transport us to the Mt. Meru Game Lodge. The lodge is located on 33 acres of mature, well-manicured gardens bounded on one side by the rushing waters of the Usa River and on the other by the animal sanctuary where resident animals and birds live in peace. The lodge consists of 17 double rooms with verandahs. This location provides a great way to decompress from the long flights.
Our only optional sleep in morning, after a lovely breakfast on the veranda, at 9 AM we will visit the orphanage project being supported by Acacia Photography travelers. and then head off on safari. First stop on the way is a grocery store where you may purchase your choice of beverages / snacks for your room and in the car. We will take a picnic lunch and head to Tarangire National Park for an afternoon game drive. Tarangire lies in the Great Rift Valley and is known as a magnet for large herds of elephants, and a wide variety of other wildlife as well. Overnight at the Tarangire Safari Lodge. Game viewing from the veranda can be excellent, with large herds of elephant, giraffe & other animals coming down to the river to drink. The grounds are also highly attractive for birders, not only for the remarkably habituated hornbills, buffalo-weavers & starlings that parade around the common areas, but also for the host of smaller birds that are resident in the acacia scrub.
Optional sunrise photo workshop to capture wildlife and/or baobab trees at dawn followed by morning and early afternoon game drives in Tarangire. We then proceed for dinner and overnight to the beautiful Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge which sits on the highest rim (7800 ft) of the Ngorongoro Crater. All of the rooms in this world class location have breathtaking views into the crater floor 2000 feet below. The lobby and dining areas are a stunning combination of modern and ethnic décor.
We will depart before dawn for our descent into the amazing World Heritage site of the Ngorongoro Crater (Africa’s Eden). More than 25,000 large mammals (including black rhinoceros) and all the carnivores call the floor of the crater home. The crater floor sits inside the largest (16 miles in diameter) continuous rim caldera in the world, and it creates it’s own ecosystem. We will have lunch on the crater floor and return to the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge just in time to see the sunset.
Day 6 & 7
After breakfast we will look for game as we drive to one of the most significant origin of man archeological sites in the world. At Olduvai Gorge, the Leakeys uncovered traces of man’s predecessors from 3.5 million years ago. After a lecture and viewing the museum we will spend the afternoon game viewing as we wind our way into the Serengeti National Park. Overnight at a Cowger Custom Photo Camp by Intimate Places Camping in the middle of the most dense cat population in Africa. This camp is chosen because of location along the Seronera River that is a permanent water source for wildlife and the permanent cat territories. Each car has the option of going out all day for game viewing with a picnic lunch, or returning to the lodge for a few hours of R&R in the middle of the day. The vehicles do not need to stay together.
After breakfast we depart on a slow safari drive to the luxurious Buffalo Luxury Camp, Camp a permanent tented lodge featuring 15 suite tents and 5 smaller chalet tents, as well as a main lodge for dining and relaxation. The lodge and all accommodations are located by one of the hills of northern Loliondo, at an altitude of 6,000 feet and offering stunning views into the Lobo Valley and all the way towards the Western Corridor. Due to the fact that the property is on the perimeter of the Serengeti, activities such as night drives, bush walking, meaningful cultural interaction with Maasai and off-road game driving are possible.
Game drive to the Mara Wedge (the small triangle of wilderness north of the Mara River in the Serengeti). and our Cowger Custom Photo Camp by Intimate Places Camping amid the migration along the banks of the Mara River. Daily safari drives among the largest concentration of the ‘Mega Migration’ at this time of year and hopefully witness a river crossing of zebras and/or wildebeests.
After a morning game drive we will fly back to Arusha for lunch and our day room at the Mt. Meru Game Lodge until 5:30 PM when we leave for the airport for the return flight. The flight from the Mara Wedge to Arusha is in a passenger plane that seats 22 and has 2 engines and 2 pilots.
$7860* per person. Accommodations are two person to a room. If you will be traveling alone and would like a private room there will be a supplementary charge of $1800. The non refundable deposit for this trip is $2500. Optional hot air balloon ride is $550 per person.
Please note: We will attempt to adhere to this itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (climatic, environmental, cultural, or wildlife migrations) may necessitate changes in the itinerary.
* Price subject to change. After receipt of deposit, the price will not be changed except for new taxes or fees levied by the Tanzanian government.
- All Game Park fees
- All accommodations, based on double occupancy
- All meals including of restaurant staff tips
- All beverages at Cowger Custom Photo Camps
- Services of naturalist guides and drivers
- Air transportation internal to Tanzania (flight back to Arusha)
- Land transportation in 4×4 safari Land Cruisers. Each person has a row to themselves and an empty seat for photographic equipment. The vehicles also have charging outlets, and refrigerators
- Airport transfers to and from hotels
- Bottled water at all times and beer in the cars for lunch and late afternoon.
What is Not Included?
- International airfare to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
- Fees for passport, visas, immunizations, and insurance
- Optional hot air balloon flight of $550
- Alcoholic beverages
- Additional tips for staff such as guides and for drink service
- Laundry, phone and other items of a personal nature
- Cost of hospitalization and medical evacuation if needed
Call 248-828-0666 or email info@CowgerSafaris.com to reserve your spot.
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