Chimpanzees and Serengeti Safari March 2017
This Safari will be restricted to 8 to 10 Guests.
DAY AND DATE
Day 1, Sunday 12th March
Arrival – self booked flight to JRO ex ? eta ?
Transfer to Arusha Coffee Lodge
Arusha Coffee Lodge for 1 night, HB, arr dinner #standard rooms
Day 2, Monday 13th March
Transfer to Arusha airport
Nomad Shared Charter Flight Arusha to Mahale 08h00/12h00 Boat transfer by Greystoke Mahale to the lodge
Greystoke Mahale for 3 nights, GP, arr lunch
Day 5, Thursday 16th March
Boat transfer by Greystoke Mahale to the airstrip
Nomad Shared Charter Flight Mahale to Ndutu
Nduara Loliondo for 3 nights, GP – exclusive camp, arr dinner
Day 8, Sunday 19th March
Transfer by Nomad Shared Vehicle and Guide to SSC
Serengeti Safari Camp # 1 for 4 nights,
Day 12, Thursday 23rd March
Transfer by Serengeti Safari Camp to Ndutu airstrip
Regional Air Schedule Flight Ndutu to Kilimanjaro 11h35/13h10 Departure – self booked flight from JRO ex ? etd ?
SUN 12TH – MON 13TH MAR 2017:ARUSHA COFFEE LODGE / 1 Night
Something of a stalwart in the Arusha hotel scene, Arusha Coffee Lodge is in a great location on the outskirts of town and close to the main Arusha domestic airport. It's a convenient 5-minute drive away and especially handy for those early morning flights into the bush.Set in a working coffee plantation dating back to the early 1900's, it has 30 “Plantation Houses” inclusive of 12 Suites, all of which sit right in the middle of the coffee itself. The rooms are smart and stylish, with log-fireplaces and en-suite bathrooms. The main building is imposing but homely: wood floors throughout, a roaring fire, big comfortable sofas and chairs and a selection of dining areas with a bar tucked away at the end. They serve a wide variety of food and have a buffet as well as an a la carte menu. The garden, where most people congregate for meals and sundowners, has shady tables and a secluded swimming pool if you fancy a dip. If you're intterested to know more about coffee growing, they'll take you on a 2-hour tour to see the inner workings of the plantation: see how the coffee is grown, harvested, dried and turned into the coffee they serve daily at the lodge
MON 13TH – THU 16TH MAR 2017:
GREYSTOKE MAHALE / 3 NT
Greystoke Mahale sits on a pristine, white sandy beach overlooking the turquoise water of Lake Tanganyika in far-flung western Tanzania. The forested slopes of the 8000 ft Mahale Mountains range rise behind and, across the water, you can often see the mountains of the Congo, some 60kms away.
The camp has just six wood and thatch bandas set on the edge of the forest line at the base of the mountains. Each one has an en-suite bathroom – accessible by a short boardwalk – with hot and cold running water, strong showers and flush toilets, dressing room and upstairs chill-out deck. Dine in the main mess banda
on the beach and enjoy sundowners in the bar on the rocks at the end of the beach. The main mess is the only structure on the beach and it’s the focal point of camp.
Your days can start there, eating breakfast whilst waiting to hear news of the whereabouts of the chimps and deciding what to do with your day. There are many choices as well as the chimp trekking: fishing, boat trips down the lake, gentle forest walks or a lazy afternoon on the beach. Evenings end with sundowners on the rocks of the headland, where drinks are served around the lamp-lit bar whilst the mountains, rising behind camp, disappear into the darkness.
INCLUDES / EXCLUDES
Includes – all meals and house drinks, laundry, 1 x chimp trek per full day, snorkelling, forest walks, boat trips
Excludes – non-house drinks, fishing ($50pp per trip)
THU 16TH – SUN 19TH MAR 2017:
NDUARA LOLIONDO / 3 NT
Nduara Loliondo can be found in Piyaya, southern Loliondo, where the camp moves between December and May. Private campsites are positioned in areas chosen for their stunning views. The main mess and dining tent are fashioned after Mongolian “yurts” or “gers” whilst the sleeping tents are the more traditional Meru-style tents, furnished in bright textiles and warm textures of sheepskin and leather. En-suite bathrooms with eco-flush toilets and bucket showers ensure that you can be comfortable, while still feeling just a little bit intrepid.
In Piyaya, the scenery changes dramatically and the yurts sit beneath vast skies on the edge of wide and endless plains. Nduara is somewhere you can be highly active: walks lead by local Maasai morani, picnics, game drives and night drives are all planned with your guide to allow you to take things at your own pace. In Loliondo, because we’re outside of the boundaries of the National Park, we have all the freedom to walk, game drive on and off road, have picnic lunches out in the bush or stay out for sundowners on rocks with beautiful views.
INCLUDES / EXCLUDES
Includes – all meals and house drinks, laundry, shared activities (day and night game drives, walking, Maasai boma visit)
Excludes – premium brand drinks, private guide/vehicle (available at an extra supplement) Any reference to GP/shared GP in above costing means shared activities with shared guide/vehicle
LOLIONDO PRIVATE CONCESSION AREA
Loliondo is a sensational place. Part of the greater Serengeti eco-system, it’s scenically magnificent with its wide rolling valleys and whale-backed mountain ranges; at times it can overwhelm with its combination of magnificent wildlife followed by rarified emptiness. But more than anything, it’s a place to take in slowly, to let the mixture of Maasai culture, rugged wilderness and wildlife slowly soak in.
To the east, Loliondo runs into the wild extremities of the Great Rift Valley above Lake Natron, to the south it borders the volcanic hills of Ngorongoro, to the north it borders Kenya’s Loita Hills, and to the west it blends with the Serengeti National Park.
But nowhere will you – or the wildlife that migrates through this area – find anything that resembles a man-made boundary. This is somewhere with a palpable sense of freedom from rules. You can leave the car behind and scramble up a rocky kopje, walk along soaring ridges with your Maasai guide or – if you feel like it – lie on your back in the middle of a valley 20 miles wide listening to the sounds of the migration all around you. And you probably won’t see another soul.
SUN 19TH – THU 23RD MAR 2017:
SERENGETI SAFARI CAMP # 1 / 4 NT
Our Serengeti Safari Camp was the first of its kind. It was designed with a purpose in mind; to be in the best possible location to view the wildebeest migration as it covers hundreds of miles of the Serengeti National Park each year. So it should come as no surprise that it really hasn’t changed much since its early pioneering days.
Each year, the camp casts off from Lamai Serengeti and begins its own odyssey. Covering hundreds of miles and moving every couple of months along a route that the herds have travelled for hundreds of years, Serengeti Safari Camp is where you come for your migration fix. We understand well the Serengeti seasons and game movements, and how best to mirror them in this little nomadic camp.
Serengeti Safari Camp has just six large walk-in meru tents, with a dressing area and then an en-suite bathroom at the rear. New eco-flush toilets and safari-style bucket showers are part of every tent, as well as jugs of hot and cold water delivered as and when you’d like them. The main dining tent sits in the middle of the line of tents, with the fireplace right in front and a separate library/bar tent nearby.
Ndutu lies on the southern edge of the Serengeti National Park and makes up part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The area really comes into its own between January and March each year as the wildebeest migration gathers on the short grass plains to give birth. Some 800,000 wildebeest are born during this time and its a fantastic opportunity to see lots of wildlife, and often great predator prey interactions as the cats take advantage of the young wildebeest.
Throughout the year Ndutu retains good populations of game, in particular cheetah and lions which do not all follow the migration north. Being only an hours drive from Oldupai Gorge, and about two and a half hours from the Ngorongoro Crater it is a great base from which to explore the surrounding area.