Vacations

Travel to Tanzania during the annual birthing season and the wildebeest migration on the Serengeti Plains for a once in a lifetime experience. We will enjoy fabulous wildlife viewing, authentic cultural interactions (including walks with locals Masai), and exciting night game drives.  Luxury lodging and camps, excellent cuisine and good company with a grand finale in magical Zanzibar! 

Join us for this incredible journey escorted by OCSC’s Mitchell Andrus.

Day 1: Arusha, Tanzania
Accommodation: Moivaro Lodge

Welcome to Africa! Arrival flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha, Tanzania. Your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area. You will be transferred to the Moivaro Lodge for a late dinner. Rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 2: Moivaro Coffee Lodge
Accommodation: Maweninga camp

Less than 10km from Arusha city, Moivaro Coffee Lodge offers peaceful and green scenery. Surrounded by coffee plantations, its 30 cottages are spread over a luxurious garden. Restaurant, bar, swimming-pool… this place is welcoming and has a beautiful view of Mount Meru.

Day 3 & 4: Tarangire National Park
Accommodation: Maweninga camp

Explore the Tarangire National Park.

Explore The 2600 km2 Tarangire National Park, renowned for its endless Savannah plains filled with Baobab & Acacia trees, boasting some of Tanzania’s best game. Huge herds of elephants, cats, herbivores, rare species such as the Gerenuk, Koudou, and Oryx…

Spend the days exploring this vast wildlife sanctuary. Picnic lunch.

About the Maweninga camp

Perched on the top of a massive granitic rock, the camp has a privileged location within Tarangire national park.

All 16 tents are equipped with large and comfortable beds, a lovely terrace overlooking the park & the lakes on the horizon.

The camp’s architecture is unique and perfectly integrated into the wilderness with breathtaking views from the tents, dining, and bar area.

Day 5: Lake Manyara National Park
Accommodation: Bashay Rift Lodge

Morning departure to Manyara national park.

Ernest Hemingway wrote it was, “the loveliest [he] had seen in Africa.” Although the smallest north Tanzanian National Parks, Manyara area offers an important variety of animals including Lions, Elephants, Giraffes, and Buffaloes. All in a wonderful setting surrounded by the Rift Valley and the Manyara Lake, famous for it’s many birds.

Picnic lunch around midday underneath Acacia trees.

About the Bashay Rift Lodge

Located in the heart of coffee plantations, Bashay Rift Lodge is a small and exclusive property, ideally located near Karatu and only 15 mins away from the Ngorongoro Crater park gate.

All 21 rooms offer a cosy and charming atmosphere with superb views over the Karatu highlands & the Great Rift Escarpment.

“The Main,” as we call it, features a superb bar & lounge area as well as a lovely dining room. Private functions can also be organized on the terrace and be sure to visit our swimming pool. Dinner & Overnight at the lodge.

Day 6: Meet the Hadzabe People
Accommodation: Bashay Rift Lodge

Hadzabe people were the first to be known in Tanzania. Out of a community of 1000 persons, only 300 to 400 have kept a traditional way of living. Gathered on the shores of Eyasi Lake, those keepers of the past live from hunting & gathering. Refusing to grow any vegetable or raise any stock, Hadzabe people live from day to day, taking what Nature has to offer.

Without a Tanzanian guide, meeting the Hadzabes would be very difficult. He will indeed be your interpreter since these people speak their own language; “Clic,” which very few are familiar.

Once in the village, you will be welcomed and offered to share Hadzabes’ daily activities: hunting and gathering. Hadzabes have no equal when hunting. Watching them is amazing! Their main preys are small mammals (hares, rabbits, baboons) as well as birds and small antelope.

This shared moment is also a way to exchange with the last representatives of the world as it was several thousand years ago. Without doubt one of the highlights of your trip.

Back to the lodge for lunch. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater
Accommodation: Olduvai Camp

Depart from your lodge after breakfast and head to the park.

Part of the UNESCO World Heritage, this place is undoubtedly the most famous African sanctuary.

The crater is a unique place in the world, 20 km wide and home to hundreds of different species, all protected by a 600m wall. All the big African mammals can be found in the crater. Big cats, Elephants, Hippos, and last but not least, Rhinos.

Spend a whole day exploring the caldera with picnic lunch break around the lake.

About the Olduvai Camp

Close to the famous Olduvai Gorge (cradle of mankind), lies the world renowned Olduvai Camp.

Perfectly integrated into nature, Olduvai is a unique & must visit property when on safari in Tanzania.

17 state of the “bush-art” en suite tents, and superb bar & dining area. Feel the Safaris atmosphere, enjoy interacting & walking with the Masai, learn more about early people who once stood in the Gorge. There’s so much to see & do around Olduvai!

Dinner & Overnight at Olduvai Camp.

Day 8 & 9: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Accommodation: Olduvai Camp

Find out more about the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA,) as opposed to a traditional National Park, people are allowed to live there and Maasai villages can be found in this area. Other interests will be the Olduvai site and its museum, the Shifting Sands, Olduvai & Olkarien gorges, and Nassera Rock.

Plans for the day include a visit to Olduvai Museum as well as a visit to a nearby Maasai village to learn more about these great people and their way of life.

Great walks can also be organized in the NCA (easy walks and day trekking with local Masai guides.)

Day 10, 11 & 12: Serengeti
Accommodation: Grumeti Hill Lodge

In the morning, head to Serengeti National Park and explore the greatest park on earth…

The Serengeti, Undoubtedly the most famous in the world, covers over 14 000 sq. km and offers attractions, the largest concentration of Cheetahs, Lions, and Leopards in the world.

Many different landscapes can be found in the Serengeti. The Savannah with the big plains to the south, hills & woods to the west, the kopjes area to the east, and bush land to the north. Important rivers like Seronera, Banagi, and Grumeti run through the park and many different species of mammals can be spotted around these. You’ll see Elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes, and Antelopes. Hippos and Crocodiles can also be found here.

Picnic or lunch at camp.

About Grumeti Hill Lodge

Located on the edge of the Serengeti national park, Grumeti Hill enjoys a unique panorama and an environment rich in wildlife.

The 16 tents offer a beautiful living space with lounge and bedroom on wooden floor, en-suite bathroom partly integrated into the surrounding rocks.

Public areas include the reception, bar and restaurant as well as two large terraces.

For relaxation time we have a swimming pool overlooking the Serengeti plains, as well as a Spa.

In two words describe Grumeti Hill, Sophistication & nature.

Day 12: Flight to Zanzibar
Accommodation: Serena Inn

After breakfast, drive back to Arusha. Shopping possible on the way.

Lunch at Shanga River house and transfer to Arusha airport.

Assistance for boarding on a regular flight to Zanzibar.

Our team will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

End of the day at leisure.

Day 13: Leisure at the Serena Inn Lodge
Accommodation: Serena Inn

Ideally located , the Serena Inn offers the best of Zanzibar : the charm of the old city of Stone-town and the beauty of the Indian Ocean.

Representative of Swahili architecture , the hotel offers fifty rooms, all with air conditioning and other modern amenities.

No less than six options for food on the roof terrace. Inside, international and traditional cuisine are offered.

Beautiful pool for relaxation and evening music concerts.

Day 14: End of the Tanzania-Zanzibar Safari – Flight Home

Morning at the hotel. In the afternoon, transfer to Zanzibar airport and assist for boarding on return flight.

Cost of adventures and flotillas vary depending on factors like attendence, the number of people in your crew, and size of your yacht. Please inquire for trip rates and pricing.

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Dates and Leaders
Start End Leaders

June 5, 2018

June 18, 2018

Mitchell Andrus