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Tanzania Cool Cats Safari
September 23rd - October 2nd, 2013
10 Days / 9 Nights
See the Africa you’ve always dreamed of!
Don’t just watch Wild Kingdom or Animal Planet to view the Big Five, grab your camera and step into the coffee table book world and experience it all first hand. Experience life in The Mbahe Village high above the clouds, game drives in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, track lion in the Ngorongoro Crater and race across the Serengeti plains.ITINERARY:
DAY 1-2: MBAHE FARM HOUSE, TANZANIA
DAY 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania in the shadow of the great mountain itself. After clearing customs, you will be met by your private driver and taken to Mbahe Farmhouse. The village of Mbahe sits at 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, nestled within the lush tropical forest that envelops the mountain.
Simon Mtuy’s Mbahe family farm consists of 15 acres of land on which his ancestors raised cattle and today is used as a small ecologically sustainable farm. This is a climate which allows for a year round growing season, rich volcanic soil, and irrigation directly from the mountain streams make it an ideal environment for farming. The completely organic farm produces coffee (processed and roasted on‐site) and honey, and contains large gardens of tropical and temperate fruits and vegetables, which provide most of the ingredients in the fresh home‐cooked meals. The farm maintains the atmosphere and welcoming feel of a Chagga family’s private homestead.
The cottages at the Mbahe Village farm consist of three buildings with semi‐detached rooms, simply and tastefully decorated in Simon’s own touch with hand‐made furniture from local materials. Five rooms have their own bathroom with sink, toilet, and shower with hot water; two rooms share a large full bathroom with tub. The rooms share porch space overlooking the farm’s flower garden and the forest above the Moonjo River, which runs through the property. There is an outdoor shower for guests to enjoy, especially nice after a refreshing dip in the river and its waterfall, just steps from the cottages. A covered outdoor dining, meeting, and socializing area surrounds a large fireplace. Electricity comes from the local grid or our own generator. Overnight at Mbahe Farmhouse…LD
DAY 2: Explore The village of Mbahe and enjoy the local coffees grown right on the side of Kilimanjaro. Hike to the falls along the river and witness the amazing array of birdlife, flora and fauna, accompanied by the locals themselves. Dine an open-air room overlooking the valley then enjoy a local beer or warm beverage next to the roaring fireplace.
Overnight at the Mbahe Farmhouse….BLD
DAY 3-4: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA
DAY 3: After breakfast, we head down the mountain and into Arusha, the bustling commercial capital of northern Tanzania, then head north to Tarangire National Park and the Tarangire Safari Lodge, arriving in time for lunch. The Tarangire Safari Lodge sits on a bluff overlooking the Tarangire River, the park’s only permanent water source and a popular watering hole for elephant, buffalo, and other grazing herds. Accommodations are in bungalows and permanent luxury tents with full amenities strung out along the ridge. The lodge has excellent buffet meals, a full bar, and a swimming pool. We’ll relax at the lodge during the heat of the day then take a late afternoon/early evening game drive.
DAY 4: Breakfast at the Lodge, followed by an early morning game drive through Tarangire National Park, “The Baobab Capital of the World” is renowned for its wild landscapes and diverse habitats. The Tarangire River, from which the park derives its name, is the only permanent water source within the 2,600 square kilometer protected wildlife area. One also finds several large swamps (Silale, Larmakau, and Nguselororobi) that attract animals and birds of all kinds.
DAY 5: LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK / NGORONGORO FARMHOUSE, TANZANIA
After an early breakfast head to Lake Manyara National Park at the base of the Rift Valley escarpment. Day game drive; picnic lunch in the park.
Lake Manyara is a small and beautiful park situated at 3,150 feet elevation that abuts the 1,000 foot western wall of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. It is 330 square kilometers in area, much of which is taken up by the soda lake tinted pink by huge flocks of flamingos.
We’ll overnight at the Ngorongoro Farm House, situated on a 500-acre working farm, offers large private cottages with ample space built in the style and rustically decorated with local materials in a manner reminiscent of an old colonial farm. The lodge offers many additional activities, such as a walking safari to the adjacent forest leading to the Oldeani Volcano, and other local trips. Overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House (BLD)
DAY 6-8: NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA / SERENGETI, TANZANIA
DAY 6: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park
In the morning drive into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area for a game drive in the Crater, often referred to as “Africa’s Eden.” Picnic lunch in the crater. In the afternoon continue your drive west to the African plains Overnight at Kati Kati Tented Camp in the Serengeti…BLD
Day 7-8: Each day your guides, trained experts in East African wildlife and ecology, will explore with you the vast Serengeti Plain in search of the best game-viewing opportunities, dependent on the seasonal and daily migration patterns. You may take early morning pre-dawn game drives and late afternoon game drives at dusk – the times of the day at which the animals are most active – with a rest at camp for lunch. Or, take a full day game drive with a picnic lunch to explore a greater range of the Serengeti.BLD
DAY 9-10: OLDUVAI GORGE/RIVERTREES, TANZANIA
DAY 9: This morning we head towards Olduvai Gorge, the site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s archeological discoveries of early human ancestors, their tools, and other prehistoric fossil remains. The site consists of a small but comprehensive museum on the rim of the gorge and optional descents into the gorge to visit some of the dig sites. Visitors can also enjoy the nearby Maasai Village cultural center and stop to view the incredible shifting sands, a large dune of volcanic ash that is slowly moving with the consistent prevailing winds.
We then turn back to Arusha for an overnight at the Rivertrees Country Inn. Rivertrees is a small country estate, set in an exquisite location in Usa River, Tanzania. With an emphasis on personalized attention, exceptional creative flair and a passion for hospitality that aspires to inspire – your senses will be fulfilled while creating an incomparable experience. Overnight Rivertrees Country Inn….D
DAY 10: Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport and homeward bound.
$4955Contact us for more details
- all accommodations
- all costs of a dedicated guide throughout as per this inclusions list, in guide accommodation
- all game viewing activities: boat cruises, morning and evening game-drives, walks and fishing (unless specifically noted as optional extra)
- sight-seeing as noted
- meals as indicated after each itinerary day (B&B = bed & breakfast, B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
- all drinks, beer and local wine
- daily laundry
- road and boat transfers as noted
RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- additional/extra activities,
- international flights
- drinks and meals not specified above & after each itinerary day,
- airport departure taxes
- optional tipping or gratuities,
- additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors,
- cost of medical immunizations (if any),
- travel insurance,
- and other expenses of a personal nature (liquor, etc. not included above).
IMPORTANT NOTES FOR TANZANIA TRAVELLING
- Passports MUST be valid for at least six months from your return home date. We recommend a validity of nine months to prevent any problems in this regard.
- There must be at least THREE blank VISA pages in the passport (not endorsement pages).
- Health Requirements: a YELLOW FEVER CERTIFICATE is a requirement for entry into Tanzania and must be obtained at least 10 days prior to departure. Health Surveillance Desks have been reinstated at all Tanzania borders, ports and international airports and no passport will be accepted at the immigration desk without a stamp from this health desk. Yellow Fever vaccinations are provided at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Arusha at the cost of US$50 per person. Cholera is highly recommended (and required if travelling on to South Africa). MALARIA PROPHYLACTICS ARE ESSENTIAL. Tetanus and Hepatitis A&B are also recommended, but are not compulsory.
- Luggage restrictions: 15kg per person inclusive of hand luggage – must be in soft bags