Monday, December 15, 2014

Wild Remote Africa 

By Land Rover and small plane, we are offering an intense animal experience:
"The Remote Africa Of Old"

Although we prefer September/October for this trip to avoid the summer crowds and take more advantage of the dry season, we can do this trip in August.

1 Night ~ Arusha
4 Nights ~ Tarangire
3 Nights ~ Katavi
4 Nights ~ Mahale
1 Night ~ Arusha

1 Night ~ Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge, Arusha

Our first night in Tanzania is the Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge, a lovely Colonial Era Lodge on the slopes of Mount Meru in Arusha. After a long flight we are rewarded with a delightful light dinner and a full nights' sleep.

  The Gardens at Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge

4 Nights ~ Oliver's Camp, Tarangire

We are up and out the next morning and on our way via Land Rovers to Tarangire National Park, where we'll spend 4 Nights at Oliver's Camp.  We have the privilege of being with Paul Oliver, who established Oliver's Camp some 20 years ago.  Oliver's is an intimate luxury camp, situated in a remote part of Tarangire - far from the northern areas that are more traveled by "tourists". Our guides know Tarangire intimately.  Here we can walk, take a night drive and explore by Land Rover.  The dry season forces the wildlife to water and along with them their predators. Huge herds of elephant and buffalo. Lions roaring all night. And, throughout the entire trip, the Birding is Spectacular!

   Silale Swamp, Tarangire National Park

  Walking with Elephants and Buffalo, Tarangire River

Marshall Eagle

3 Nights ~ Chada Tented Camp, Katavi

From Oliver's we will no longer need the Land Rovers as we fly from Tarangire to the remote Katavi National Park in Western Tanzania, where we explore in open vehicles.  One of our favorites, Katavi is still wild, with few visitors.  We will spend 3 Nights at Chada Tented Camp - an old world African experience. Again, we are here for large herds of elephant, buffalo, hippo, and big lion prides. 

Chada is a small, stylish, traditional camp. This is a true, authentic experience in the heart of the wild African Bush.


"Tons" of Hippos (not us)

  Bull Elephant, Katavi National Park

4 Nights ~ Greystoke Camp, Mahale

From Katavi we have a short flight and a two hour dhow ride on the lake to a land that can only be described as magical - 4 Nights at Greystoke Camp in Mahale Mountains National Park on the shores of Lake Tanganyika - for 3 days of chimpanzee tracking, fishing, and boating. The dry season brings the chimps lower on the mountains, nearer to the lake.

Greystoke is a one of a kind camp. From your open-air banda walk directly onto the pristine beach of Lake Tanganyika. Words cannot truly describe the entire Mahale experience and all its beauty. 

A View of Greystoke from the Dhow

Dining ~ Library ~ One of the Bars

A Subordinate Male Paying Homage to the Alpha Male, Alofu

  Retired Alpha Male, Kalunde, said to be Mike's Age, 60-something

1 Night plus Day Room, Arusha

Flying back to Arusha, we'll spend 1 night at a lovely Lodge. The next day we shop, have lunch in town, and enjoy our day rooms before our flight out in the evening.

The Fine Print:
Estimated cost for this safari, all inclusive in Tanzania, is $14-15,000, depending on availability of camps and lodges, availability of guides, number of travelers and their wants, etc. We can't commit to a fixed cost yet because this is a custom itinerary. We do our best to bring you the ultimate safari at the lowest cost possible. 
All food, drinks (including most alcohol), water, laundry service in camps; all National Park Fees, walking, camping and vehicle permits; flights in Tanzania. Park fees, permits and internal flights are a huge part of the cost of this trip.
Not Included:
International flights (usually about $1600, $2600 in August), transport in USA, food and drinks in airports; passport, visa and meds; alcoholic beverages in Arusha lodges; tips for guides and camp staff; optional trip insurance.

Email: or Call Bev or Mike at 860-963-0480 for more details