Asilia lodges & Camps have assembled a dynamic collection of quality properties in Tanzania and Zanzibar. In Serengeti, the camps are designed as semi-permanent so they can be relocated as the herds of the migration change location.

Day 1            Arusha – Serengeti National Park

You are transferred to Arusha airport for the morning or afternoon flight to the Serengeti .On arrival you will be met by a vehicle and transferred to your camp for lunch. After lunch you go for a game drive. Passengers arriving on the afternoon flight from Arusha will be met and transferred to the camp with game viewing en route and dinner at the camp.
Overnight at Olakira Camp on a full board basis including local drinks/laundry

Olakira Camp

Olakira Camp is an intimate mobile tented camp of 6 guest tents and 2 common area tents. 'Olakira' means 'star' in Maasai and with its sister camp, Sayari, on the Mara River, they cover the best areas of the vast Serengeti National Park. Whilst the mobile nature of Olakira Camp allows it to move to the densest concentrations of wildlife, it manages to surprise with its spaciousness and comfort. Large beds, wide private verandas, convenient bathroom facilities, a great lounge area and wonderful food served under the Serengeti stars ensure total well-being.

A stay in Olakira Camp is not about 5 star luxuries though; it's about something more than that. Being in the middle of this wonderful spectacle, with wild animals roaming around camp at night, is a dream come true to even the most experienced of travelers

Day 2        Serengeti National Park
Morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park.
Overnight at Olakira Camp on a full board basis including local drinks/laundry

Serengeti

In the local vernacular, Serengeti means ‘the endless plains that go up to the sky’. And they do just that. It is therefore easy to understand why this is the most popular and spectacular of all game parks in East Africa. Covering 14,765 sq km, one of the striking features of this park is the series of large granite outcrops that dominate the vast plains, making it very different to the Masai Mara. Life in the park centers on the triangular trek of several million hooves. This movement never stops, as the animals constantly seek out new grazing pastures. Every year, after the south’s short November rains, wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, eland, topi and hartebeest gather in their thousands on the Serengeti’s southern plains and the Ngorongoro Highlands. Then, around April, they head towards the western corridor of the Serengeti, where many overflow into the Masai Mara around

July/August. They remain here until late October/November, when Tanzania’s new rains prompt the move south again, towards Lake Ndutu and Lagaja. This yearly phenomenon also affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of other species, who rely on the migratory herds for their survival. These include predators, gazelles, birds and lowly insects, not to mention the grasses and trees that are fertilised by droppings. Another highlights here, is the optional early morning balloon safari.

Day 3        Serengeti National Park – Karatu

After breakfast you depart for Ngorongoro viewing game across the vast Serengeti plains, stopping off at Olduvai Gorge en route. The Gorge acquired its name from the Sansevieria bush that grows profusely in the area, named Olduvai by the Maasai. The Gorge is about 50km long and in some places around 90m deep and is found between the Crater and the Serengeti. It was first discovered by a German entomologist named Professor Kattwinkel, who instigated an expedition just before the First World War. Later, the exploration was continued by Dr Louis Leakey and his wife, who in 1959 found humanoid remains of Zinjanthropus, later renamed Australapithicus Boisei, an early form of man. You will have time to walk through the simple small museum at the gorge, where you can view copy displays of some of the finds as well as pictures of what life was like for the gorge’s earliest inhabitants.  After a picnic lunch you continue onto Karatu, where your lodge is situated. You have an option of an afternoon nature walk.
Overnight at Plantation Lodge on a full board basis

Plantation Lodge

Like a green oasis, Plantation Lodge rests on the soft, red-brown hills amidst the vastness and silence of East Africa. The individually furnished rooms and suites melting harmoniously into the flowering garden offer comfort and relaxation. Everywhere you look, you can see and even feel the personal atmosphere of this owner-run lodge with furnishings that were selected with great attention to detail. Plantation Lodge’s cordial service leaves no wish unfulfilled. The lodge’s location promises maximum safari enjoyment

Day 4

After breakfast, you head to Ngorongoro and descend the crater for game viewing. After a picnic lunch, you ascend the crater in the afternoon, and head towards your lodge. Late afternoon, enjoy a visit to the local Maasai Village.
Overnight at Plantation Lodge on a full board basis

Ngorongoro Crater

As one of the wonders of the world, it is difficult to give a fair description to the enormity and beauty of the Crater. There is no ready comparison, except perhaps the Garden of Eden. A steep wall of thick forest surrounds the circumference, which looks into a natural amphitheatre, 260 sq km in size. Here, a complete eco-system unfolds, consisting of grasslands, swamps, lakes, rivers, woodlands, forest and an arid area of shifting dunes. Thus the Crater is able to sustain a vast resident population of game, including elephant, buffalo, hippo, wildebeest, gazelle, monkeys, black rhino, leopard and a huge concentration of lion and hyena. The surrounding conservation area is also home to the legendary Maasai tribe. These unique people are seen high on the Crater rim, where young warriors (or children) tend the cattle, armed with nothing but a short spear.

Day 5

After breakfast, you head towards Tarangire National park, arriving at your camp in time for lunch. After lunch and a short siesta, you go for an afternoon game drive.
Overnight at Oliver’s Camp on a full board basis including local drinks/laundry

Oliver’s Cam

Located in the middle of the Tarangire wilderness, Oliver’s Camp has one of the most wonderful settings one could imagine and offers an unparalleled bush experience. From the camp, a much wider eco-system can be overlooked: the Ngorongoro highlands, the Great Rift Valley, the Lame Manyara region and of course Tarangire NP itself. There is no better location from which to understand the breathtaking beauty and at the same time the complexity and ultimate fragility of this unique eco-system.

Day 6

Morning and afternoon game drives
Overnight at Oliver’s Camp on a full board basis including local drinks/laundry

Tarangire

South of Lake Manyara and just over 100km from Arusha, this is a delightful, untamed gem of a park. Covering
2,600 sq km, it abounds with game and the numerous wide-bowed baobab trees create a lasting impression. Tarangire is at its finest during the dry seasons, from between June to October and December to March. This is when the Tarangire River and the various swamps attract the highest concentrations of game, providing a lifeline to thousands of species. This area is best for oryx, kudu, wildebeest, zebra, elephant and eland but leopards and massive pythons are also found here.

Day 7

This morning after breakfast, drive back to Arusha. On arrival in Arusha you will continue on your onward arrangements. End of our services.

  • Meet and greet services
  • Assistance at the airport
  • Depart by modern 4x4 vehicle with an English speaking driver-guide
  • All park fees
  • Accommodation & meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local drinks & laundry included at Olakira Camp & Olivers Camp
  • One bottle of mineral water per person during game drives in Ranger vehicle
  • Flight Arusha / Seronera including tax and flight surcharges
  • Visas
  • Airport tax (pay direct)
  • Driver guide or local escort gratuities
  • Drinks and dining rooms tips, porterage, personal travel and baggage insurance
  • Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature

US Dollars

16 Dec 09 to
28 Feb 10

01 Mar 10 to
31 Mar 10

01 Apr 10 to
31 May 10

01 Jun 10 to 24 Jun 10

25 Jun 10 to
31 Oct 10

01 Nov 10 to
15 Dec 10

Per person sharing twin/double

4023.00

3888.00


Closed

3971.00

4257.00

3971.00

Single room supplement

1080.00

933.00

933.00

1227.00

933.00

High season supplement – 20 Dec 09 to 05 Jan 10 at Olivers Camp
Per person per night USD 71.00
Single supplement USD 77.00

Christmas supplement – 24,25,26 & 31 Dec 09 at Plantation Lodge
Per person per night USD 46.00

Children Policy
Aged 06 - 12 years - 60% of adult rate when sharing with adults
This safari is not appropriate for children under 06

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