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This schedule is a description of a 12-day African Journey through the northern wildlife ecosystems of Serengeti, Tarangire, Mt Kilimanjaro and Ngorongoro Crater, with an optional 5-day trip to the tropical beaches of Zanzibar Island. The safari is a combination lodge and camping safari designed as a group exploration of wildlife, culture and environment, combining a bit of adventure with a bit of luxury and a whole lot of fun.


Safari Style


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Our accommodations on this safari will vary between lodgings in private compounds, permanent tented camps, first-class lodges and light camping in beautiful, wild and pristine locations. Camping will be in lightweight tents with comfortable foam mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets, hot showers, full camp crew, and cooks with all equipment provided.


Transportation will be primarily by well-equipped four wheel drive Land Rover or Land Cruiser safari vehicles, with on-board radio communication. The road conditions, although generally good and constantly improving, can sometimes be rough, dusty, muddy or even underwater.


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We will often spend a good deal of time together in our safari vehicles, especially when changing locations. While in a particular location however, we are generally free to relax on our own, and in fact, all activities described in this itinerary should be considered optional. Anyone who wants to take a break from the group to kick back and read a book under a tree while the camp crew makes some popcorn is welcome.


The nature of this safari will require us to be together as a group for an extended period, and participants should enjoy being part of, and contributing to, a group experience. If you are a “people person” and have an easy going and adventurous spirit, we can almost guarantee the trip of a lifetime - if not, ask us about our private safaris.


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When we do have to make a certain fixed schedule, we rely on the group to help things go smoothly. We can also expect, however, that in spite of the best teamwork and planning there will inevitably be times when things inevitably don’t go according to schedule. For example, a safari vehicle may get a flat, or road or weather conditions may force a delay in schedule. In these situations it is even more important to keep a relaxed positive attitude – after all, this is Africa! 


As you may have gathered this will not be a standard tour bus safari. We will show you what we truly believe are the most incredible places we know with the time, budget and logistics we have available. What we make of it then, depends on each of us. Therefore, each member of the group should consider themselves an active participant in this adventure. A positive attitude and the ability to adapt are the keys to a great experience on this safari.


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Now, being in Africa, I was hungry for more of it, the changes of the seasons...the discomforts that you paid to make it real, the names of the trees, of the small animals, and all the birds, to know the language and have time to be in it and move slowly.”

Ernest Hemmingway



Safari Schedule and Description


Day 1

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Arrive in the morning via London or Amsterdam the night before. Your flight arrangements may be different depending on you travel plans, but the safari begins in the morning in Arusha. If you have arrived earlier, we will meet you in Arusha and we will all go to the Kilimanjaro Airport to meet the rest of the group arriving. There, we will be taken directly to Ndarakwai Reserve. The camp is a permanent tented lodge on an 11,000-acre private reserve. With view of both Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru, the camp is nestled in a lush forest of towering fig, podo, and yellow-barked acacias that line the seasonal Ngare Nairobi River. Facilities include ten spacious tents with thatched roofs, en suite bathrooms, and a large separate dining area.


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We’ll have lunch, introductions and go unpack. There are two more days here, with plenty of time to explore this old colonial ranch, either by vehicle, mountain bike, foot, or even horseback. The afternoon will be free to relax, take naps and recover from the long travel, go on game drives or a walk around the area. We can even go over to the neighbor’s, a Maasai boma (village compound), for a visit in the late afternoon when they bring in the cattle for the night. There is a tree house over a large watering hole that is a wonderful place to spend time laying around, reading a book, and watching the elephant that come by to drink.


Come back to camp where we’ll gather around a campfire at dusk for snacks and sundowners. Welcome the African night, replete with elephants that ghost through the camp and the haunting cries of bush babies in the trees.


Day 2:


Wake up in a beautiful place you have never seen before, tucked on the lower west slope of Kilimanjaro. Breakfast is at 8:30 AM.  If you so choose, you can get up at dawn and do an early morning game drive with one of the guides, and return for breakfast.  Most people think this is a darn good idea.  After breakfast there will be plenty of time for more game drives, or a walking safari around the reserve. 


There is no real need for everyone to stick together here in the reserve, once we have our bearings.  Just explore and have fun.  We have a few mountain bikes that are available to ride around the reserve on. There is nothing like mountain biking in Africa. Grab your bird book, binos and go for a walk with one of the reserve rangers. They know their birds, where to find them, and they are very handy to have around if you come up to a herd of elephant. Tell the camp crew if you need a picnic lunch or expect to be back for lunch.  Always go with a guide or ranger and communicate with the rest of the group.  We will all be in constant radio contact with each other for safety and to communicate if you find something cool. 


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You can also go out for a day on horseback. For experienced riders, this is a chance to get very close to elephant and other game, while novice riders get close to game but not to the elephants. It’s an additional charge of $185 for the day, but it is quite a day of amazing riding that you just won’t be able to do anywhere else.


There is also a 7 year old baby orphaned elephant at the reserve that was found separated from its mother.  Peter Jones, the reserve owner, rescued her and has nursed her back to health with special milk from Nairobi and round-the-clock care.  She used to stick around camp, much to our enjoyment, but she has joined a herd, but she stops by often for a visit, and she is still very affectionate and playful with humans


Another dinner around the campfire.  There are animal researchers living on the ranch that often come and it’s time for stories and plans for the next day. If you’re not sleepy, head off with a guide for a night game drive or visit to the tree house.


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