Group Size: Based on Minimum of 2 passengers
Departs: Scheduled departures throught the year
If you prefer to stay more off the beaten track without the crowds, consider this authentic eco-friendly wilderness camp in the Serengeti. With only 12 spacious tents in camp, this is a true bush experience at its best, with comfortable beds, en-suite bathroom and bucket showers. Join one of the scheduled small group departures.
The aim of this itinerary is to be as close to the migration as possible, which means that the location of the camps in the Serengeti will change depending on the time of year.
Day 1 – Tarangire National Park
An early morning briefing at your Arusha hotel kick starts your safari, before you head off away from the main safari route of the northern circuit, to Tarangire National Park, a true wildlife gem known primarily for its vast elephant population and impressive baobab trees. (Driving time approx – 2 hours) (LD)
Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge is located on the very edge of Tarangire National Park overlooking a floodplain that is a rich seasonal feeding ground for elephants and other game. A short 15 minute drive and you’re in the park. It’s a relatively simple but comfortable camp, with guest accommodation in ten 10 permanent tented cottages – each well decorated and offering private verandahs. Relax around the campfire before dinner – which regularly receives excellent reviews!
There is plenty to keep guests busy aside from day and night game drives, including Maasai guided ethno botanical walks, mountain biking, and an evening of shared stories, dance and song with local Maasai.
Day 2 - Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Morning game drive in Tarangire. Head past the highlands of Karatu, stopping on the way to view Manyara and the escarpment below. Continue to the unique Ngorongoro area and the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth. (BD)
Known as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife arenas. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it offers a unique biosphere, which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Deep within the Crater, enclosed by towering walls, an abundance of wildlife wanders the plains, lakes and forests of ‘the land that time forgot’. This unique lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, one of the largest and most perfect volcanic crater’s on earth. The lodge, with 75 rock built rooms with panoramic views, is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 metres below.
Day 3 - Serengeti National Park
An early start today, but one you are sure you’ve been itching to tick off your African travel bucket list. (BLD)
Enjoy a full morning and picnic lunch in the Ngorongoro Crater, one of the natural wonders of the world. The volcanic caldera of Ngorongoro offers spectacular game viewing in the crater. We can almost guarantee you four of the Big Five will show up, as well as a rich variety of birds, all viewed against the backdrop of the thickly forested crater walls. Varied terrains and dramatic landscapes consisting of forest, grasslands and both freshwater and soda lakes make the Ngorongoro Crater a true marvel of creation. Your picnic lunch on the crater floor will forever remain a unique memory.
Continue onto the Serengeti, home to more than three million large mammals spread over vast endless plains. It is here that we may encounter the fascinating spectacle of the annual wildebeest migration, where one and quarter million wildebeest trek in columns of up to forty kilometres long in search of grazing, drawing with them plenty predators and numerous other species of game.
From January to March the herds can largely be found birthing their young in the southern area around Ndutu, before proceeding north through the centre and Western Corridor during June and July, eventually splitting to the west and north as they continue their way toward the Mara River. August to October sees dramatic river crossings which can only be considered Africa’s “greatest leap of faith”, before the herds return south in November to repeat this amazing instinctive procession all over again.
Serengeti Wilderness Camp is designed in the safari style of old – simple, but comfortable with every need being taken care of. Each camp comprises of only 10 tents, each comfortably furnished with quality linens, solar lighting, eco-friendly flush toilet and shower en-suite. Sumptuous meals are prepared by friendly safari chefs, and are served in the dining tent, or directly under the stars. Inside the spacious safari vehicle, with game viewing hatches that allow 360 degree views, you will find a selection of reference books on Tanzania’s parks, history, its flora and fauna, and a cool-box or fridge for drinks.
Day 4 to Day 6 - Serengeti National Park
Relax with three full days in the Serengeti, home to more than three million large mammals spread over vast endless plains. It is here that we may encounter the fascinating spectacle of the annual wildebeest migration, where one and a quarter million wildebeest trek in columns of up to forty kilometres long in search of grazing, drawing with them their predators and numerous other species of game. From January to March the herds can largely be found birthing their young in the southern area around Ndutu, before proceeding north through the centre and Western Corridor during June and July, eventually splitting to the west and north as they continue their way toward the Mara River. August to October sees dramatic river crossings which can only be considered Africa’s “greatest leap of faith”, before the herds return south in November to repeat this amazing instinctive procession all over again. (BLD)
Day 7 - End of Serengeti Wilderness Safari
Today you will be transferred to the Serengeti Airstrip for your flight to Arusha. (BL)
Dates and Pricing
- 16 Dec 23 $8,235 $9,280
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.
From start to finish our trip was incredible
From start to finish our trip was incredible.
We are a family of 7 who travelled from Sydney to Johannesburg, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and a stop over in Dubai on the way home.
Julie from Bench Africa arranged everything, from flights, meet and greet, transfers and accomodation and every single detail was covered and ran like clock work.
All up we had 12 flights, some to very remote airstrips and without fail, there was always a smiling face at the other end to meet us and transfer us to the next destination.
In Zambia we were lucky enough to stay at Baines River Camp, this place is simply amazing. From the accomodation, the food, the staff, and of course our guide Weston, everything was 5 star.
Then onto to Tanzania, we stayed at Lemala Ngorongoro Camp and Sergengeti Wilderness Camp, both were beautiful with amazingly warm and friendly staff. Its hard to believe the facilities and food they provide in such remote settings but everything was so tasty and the tents were just perfect.
Last but not least we spent 2 nights at Karen Blixen Camp in Kenya - these tents are luxurious and very well appointed. The restaurant served up a fabulous selection of meals and the staff were very friendly and helpful. It was a little more commercialised than what we had experienced in the other locations, but we thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to families.
Overall the entire trip was such an amazing experience for our whole family and I wouldn't change a thing.
Thankyou Bench Africa, you are an incredible team and we look forward to booking with you again.