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Into the Heart of Africa

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Into the Heart of Africa

We hope that this example holiday will give you give some inspiration to help you begin to plan your own dream holiday to Africa.

The next couple of pages show a summary of the itinerary, and then there is a page on each place that is included.

Important travel information for visitors to Tanzania is included at the back of this document.

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Into the Heart of Africa

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Holiday Title: Into the Heart of Africa

Holiday Destination: Holiday to Tanzania for 12 nights

Passengers: 2 Adults

Example Cost for 2 Adults: * per person sharing.

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Summary Of The Itinerary

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Holiday Title: Into the Heart of Africa

Passengers: 2 Adults

Day 1

Arrive into Kilimanjaro. Go through Immigration, collect your luggage and clear Customs, then make your way to the Arrivals Hall, where you will be met by your transfer driver who will be holding a sign board with your name on it. You will then be transferred to Arusha. Depending on the time your flight lands, this first night is either a necessity as you will be arriving late at night OR included so that you can relax and rest after an overnight flight, ready to start your safari adventure fresh the next morning.

Ideally situated between Arusha and Kilimanjaro Airport, Kili Villas are located on a private wildlife estate and offer a relaxing start to a safari holiday in Tanzania. Private chefs produce everything from delicious breakfasts to refreshing lunches, afternoon teas and 3 course dinners. Sundowner cocktails are to be enjoyed around the swimming pool.


Day 2

After breakfast, you will check out of your room and will be transferred to Arusha Airport, arriving in time to check in for your light aircraft flight to Tarangire.

Coastal Aviation (Light Aircraft): Fly from Arusha (ARK) to Kuro Airstrip - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your camp.

Oliver's reflects the glory days of African safari. The camp has a low-key simplicity enhanced by discreet creature comforts and truly welcoming hosts. Expert guides give you access to the wilderness beyond. In the main area, deep leather sofas invite you to relax and watch the restless wilderness beyond. Come nightfall, meals are taken communally in the dining room. Whiskies are poured around the campfire and safari tales told late into the night.

Tarangire National Park

2 nights at Oliver's Camp


Day 4

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip.

Coastal Aviation (Light Aircraft): Fly from Kuro Airstrip to Manyara Airstrip - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

You will be met and transferred to your next camp.

The Highlands redefines the Ngorongoro experience, raising the bar for low-impact/high-style camps. Carefully positioned for maximum privacy high on the slopes of the Olmoti volcano, guests enjoy sweeping views all the way to the Serengeti.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

2 nights at The Highlands


Day 5

An early start is highly recommended to enjoy your game drive into the Crater today. You will set off with your guide and a packed breakfast and return to camp in time for lunch. Or, head out in the afternoon and enjoy sundowners on the rim on your way back to camp. Whatever you choose to do, the Ngorongoro Crater is on many people's bucket list of places to see and visit. This natural wonder is the largest unflooded, intact volcanic caldera in the world. The actual crater is about 20 km across and 600 meters deep, and covers 300 sq km. Within the rim there are an estimated 30,000 animals, making this one of the densest concentration of wildlife within Africa.

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Day 6

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip.

Coastal Aviation (Light Aircraft): Fly from Manyara Airstrip to Seronera Airstrip - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

You will be met and transferred to Dunia Camp.

Dunia is a tranquil semi-permanent camp with just 8 spacious tented suites, each with expansive views of the pristine wilderness and game-filled plains from a large private veranda. Attention to every detail is balanced by a graceful simplicity in harmony with the serene location. Enjoy an exclusive Serengeti safari with superb sightings of resident game.


Day 8

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip.

Coastal Aviation (Light Aircraft): Fly from Seronera Airstrip to Zanzibar (ZNZ) - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

You will be met once you disembark from the plane by our representative, who will be holding a sign with your name. You will be assisted through passport control, luggage collection and luggage screening, and then be accompanied to meet up with your transfer driver.

You will then be transferred to your beach resort.

Matemwe Retreat offers 4 exclusive private villas set just metres from the Indian Ocean. A spacious veranda with comfortable day bed and loungers, made from locally produced coconut wood, is the perfect spot from which to watch the fishing dhows return with their catch. Upstairs on the private roof terrace, enjoy lazy days beside the plunge pool with both sun and shade decks. In the evening, savour dinner cooked by your private chef under the stars or stroll down to the main lodge for a seafood buffet in the open-air restaurant.


Day 13

You will need to check out of your villa this morning but you can remain at the hotel and use all the facilities until you are collected for your transfer back to the airport. Alternatively, if you have an evening flight, the hotel may be able to arrange a late check out for you (additional cost and payable directly to the hotel) subject to the availability of the villa.

 
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Kili Villa

Arusha: 1 Night

Kili Villa is located on a private golf and wildlife estate and offer a relaxing start or end to a safari in Tanzania. Located just outside Arusha, which is the gateway to some of Tanzania's best National Parks, Kili Villa also boasts access to Tanzania’s only 18 hole championship golf course. The property is located only 45 minutes from Arusha and Kilimanjaro International Airport, and within 15 minutes of the Arusha National Park.

There is plenty to do here - head off for a round of golf, take a tour of a fragrant coffee plantation in Arusha or work up a sweat hiking and canoeing around Kilimanjaro and Lake Duluti.

Whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced rider, there is also an opportunity to enjoy a horse ride. Those with little riding experience can enjoy a gentle hack along dusty tracks where wildebeest and antelopes graze contentedly. Led by experienced guides, you can explore the meandering paths, spotting a rich array of wildlife along your way. Regularly seen is one of the most elegant mammals found in Tanzania, the gerenuk. The morning rides departs at 08:00 and the afternoon rides departs at 14:30, usually lasting around 2 hours. Riding times are flexible, however these are the best hours of the day to be out in the bush on horseback.

The main hotel has 10 bedrooms. There is a main guest lounge and dining area, and a swimming pool. Afternoon tea is served on the patio and sundowner cocktails can be enjoyed around the pool area.  After dinner, the fire beckons with the promise of a nightcap to wrap up your day at Kili Villa before retiring to your room ready to dream of Africa with the unique night sounds to lull you into a deep sleep.

In addition, 4 villas are ideal for families or groups travelling together, and are booked on an exclusive use basis. Villa Kudu can sleep up to 7 people; The Lodge, Villa Tembo Mtoni and Villa Agame Pacha can all sleep up to 10 people. All villas come with their own chef and team of housekeepers, and have a private swimming pool.

Example Details For Kili Villa

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Villa Room
Includes: Breakfast is included. Half Board and Full Board rates are available on request.

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Oliver's Camp

Tarangire National Park: 2 Nights

Established by pioneer Paul Oliver in 1992, Oliver's Camp is situated in the remote south-eastern reaches of the Tarangire National Park. Reflecting the glory days of African safaris, the camp has a low-key simplicity enhanced by discreet creature comforts and truly welcoming hosts.

This relatively undeveloped Park - enjoyed by safari travellers looking to head a little off the beaten track - offers a welcome respite from the crowds of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Tarangire boasts large herds of elephant and buffalo, plus a large concentration of big cats and arguably the best bird diversity in East Africa with more than 500 species. During the dry season from August through to October, vast herds of wildlife migrate to the watery wetlands on the fringes of Oliver's Camp, and at this time, Tarangire boasts the highest concentration of mammals in any of Tanzania's renowned National Parks.

With a reputation for fantastic guiding, twice daily game drives in open game-viewing vehicles head out in the cooler mornings and evenings. The open vehicles have power points and are fitted with fridges to keep your drinks cool. Closed game-viewing vehicles are also available.

Walking safaris are, however, the absolute speciality of Oliver's Camp. The privilege of walking in these natural areas gives you an exhilarating feeling of adventure, and a safari on foot can take an hour or a whole morning or afternoon, depending on what you want to do.

There are 10 luxury tents at Oliver's Camp in total and all feature kingsized beds and en-suite bathrooms with a lovely outdoor shower with views of the surrounding area. The tents also have thatched roofs and private wooden desks with day beds. There is also one family tent specifically designed to accomodate 2 adults and 2 children. Larger than the usual tents, the emphasis here is on creating enough space to accommodate a family without anyone feeling too cramped.

In the main area, deep leather sofas invite you to relax and watch the restless wilderness beyond. Meals are taken communally in the dining room, while around the camp fire whiskies are poured and safari tales told late into the night.

Example Details For Oliver's Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Safari Tent
Includes: Game Package: Tarangire National Park fees; all meals; local branded beverages; shared twice daily safari game drives with an Olivers Camp guide; and a laundry service are included.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

Location

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Oliver's Camp

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The Highlands

Ngorongoro Conservation Area: 2 Nights

The Highlands redefines the Ngorongoro experience, raising the bar for low-impact yet high-style camps. Carefully positioned for maximum privacy high on the slopes of Olmoti Crater to the north of the Ngorongoro Crater, The Highlands strikes a perfect balance between a true wilderness experience and a stylish contemporary escape.

The Ngorongoro Crater is an iconic natural wonder of the world. The crater was formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago. The enclosed caldera is a thriving ecosystem in itself and home to some of the richest wildlife viewing in Africa, with an estimated 30,000 animals within the crater rim.

Other activities include climbing the Olmoti Crater for outstanding birding opportunities and magnificent views, descending the nearby Empakaai Crater to view the pink flamingoes on the soda lake on the crater floor, or visiting a neighouring village to meet the local Maasai people.

Inspiration for the 6 spacious canvas-and-glass domed suites was drawn from the traditional Masai bomas that dot the landscape. Each suite has floor-to-canvas-ceiling bay windows opening out onto spectacular views which reach all the way to the Serengeti. There is also a wood burning fireplace and plenty of cosy blankets and rugs for warmth in the colder months, and an en-suite bathroom with separate flush toilet and double-headed plumbed shower. Some also have a mezzanine floor where a third bed can be set up.

The main dome of the Family Tent is a standard double suite with a covered walkway leading to a smaller domed suite with twin beds and an en-suite shower room for the children. The Honeymoon dome emphasises privacy, rest and relaxation, with a kingsize bed, en-suite bathroom with a double headed shower, as well as wood burning fire place for warmth in the colder months. In addition, there is a seating area, large elevated deck, and an outdoor hot tub which looks out over the beautiful landscape of Ngorongoro.

At the heart of the camp is an authentic indoor fireplace designed to emulate the traditional East African campfire experience. Delve into the library or enjoy a drink from the extensive bar and unwind in comfort and style at the end of each rewarding day.

Example Details For The Highlands

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Tented Suite
Includes: Game Package: Crater fees; all meals; all drinks (except champagne, cellar wines, premium brand spirits); NCAA camping fees; a laundry service; scheduled game drives with a Highlands guide and lunch on the crater floor; Olmoti and Empakaai Crater hikes; a Masai cultural visit; and transfers to/from Manyara airstrip are included.

Children aged 16 years and older can visit the Olmoti and Empakaai craters.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

Location

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The Highlands

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Dunia Camp

The Serengeti: 2 Nights

Tucked between the prime wildlife areas of central and southern Serengeti, the semi-permanent Dunia Camp combines elements of style and luxury with an incredible wildlife experience. Run by a team of only women, the camp's secluded setting in the Moru Kopjes is a tranquil retreat, and the area itself is one of the most scenic parts of the Serengeti.

Weathered wood, sturdy canvas and elegant linens make the mess tent comfortable and atmospheric, while brass hurricane lanterns add a flicker of traditional charm. Settle into one of the old leather armchairs and watch as the sun drops behind the iconic granite outcrops before sitting down for dinner in the beautiful mess tent or outdoors under the stars.

The Great Migration passes through at certain times of the year, but year round the region is also especially known for its abundance of lion, leopard and cheetah and the rare chance to see the illustrious black rhino.  Half day or full day game drives take guests across the plains in search of the Serengeti's wildlife, in the company of an experienced guide.

Guests can also book a memorable morning balloon safari during their stay here.

Dunia Camp has 8 spacious raised tents with fantastic views from the veranda where morning coffee can be enjoyed. The tents all feature king-sized beds and en-suite bathrooms.

The family tent consists of a main room with king-sized bed and a separate smaller room with 2 single beds. Each room has an en-suite bathroom with shower and share a large verandah with view out towards the kopjes.

Example Details For Dunia Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Safari Tent
Includes: Game Package: Serengeti National Park fees;all meals; all drinks (except champagne, cellar wines and premium brand spirits); a laundry service; scheduled open vehicle game drives; walking safaris; and transfers to/from Seronera Airstrip are included. A private vehicle with a driver-guide can be booked (minimum 2 days) - quote on request.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

Location

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Dunia Camp

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Matemwe Retreat

Zanzibar: 5 Nights

Matemwe Retreat offers 4 exclusive private villas set high up on an outcrop amid palm trees, all with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean.

Days at Matemwe Retreat are all about indulgence, from the private butler catering to your every whim, to the chef stopping by each morning to discuss your preferred menu for the day. In the evening, savour dinner in your villa cooked by your private chef under the stars or stroll down to the main lodge for a seafood buffet in the open-air restaurant.

Stone Town is just 60 minutes from the villas, allowing for easy day trips into the winding streets of the historic town, and excursions to all corners of this fascinating island.

A 30 minute boat ride away is Mnemba Island and the world-renowned coral reef that provides some of the most spectacular diving and snorkelling in the world. Here you will have a good chance of seeing turtles and wild dolphins, in addition to the colourful reed fish that dart around the coral.

Other water-based activites include kite surfing, stand up paddleboarding, and sailing trips.

The 4 villas are set just metres from the Indian Ocean and are situated above a small beach which is shared by all guests staying here.

The villas were constructed by local craftsmen using local materials wherever possible - walls were made of local stone and the roof of Makuti thatch. Most of the furniture was made from locally produced coconut wood, while the soft furnishings were produced by Zanzibari women.

The ground floor of each villa features a private bar area, air conditioned bedroom and a bathroom with double basins, shower and a large oversized bathtub overlooking out towards the ocean.

A spacious veranda with a comfortable couch and large hammock is the perfect spot to unwind and watch the fishing dhows return from their day at sea. The private roof terrace hosts a plunge pool complete with both sun and shade decks.

Example Details For Matemwe Retreat

Nights: 5 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Private Villa
Includes: Breakfast, lunch and dinner; tea/coffee, water, and all drinks (except cellar wines and premium brand champagne and spirits); a laundry service; snorkelling with boat (one trip per person); guided reef walks; and guided cultural village walks are included. PLEASE NOTE: The rate excludes the US$1 per person per night Infrastructure Levy - this is payable directly to the hotel upon check out.

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Important Travel Information For Tanzania

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

Holders of the following passports require a visa to enter Tanzania when travelling as a tourist: United Kingdom; United States of America; Canada; Australia; New Zealand; Belgium; Netherlands; Italy; France; Germany; Spain; Ireland. If you are a passport holder from another country, please contact your local Tanzania High Commission or Embassy for up-to-date visa requirements.

Visas are issued at any Tanzania Embassy, online via the Tanzania Immigration website https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/ or on arrival - please note that getting a visa on arrival can take a substantial amount of time and if possible, we would advise getting your visa online prior to travel. Single entry visas obtained at port of entry currently cost USD 50 per person (but USD 100 per person for US Nationals) - costs all subject to change - and the cost is payable in USD cash only. We recommend small denominations of dollars as officials are not in the position to give change. Please note that if you are applying online, you need to allow 2-3 weeks to receive your visa, and Embassy applications can take longer. American nationals applying online MUST select Multiple Entry Visa type. Online or Embassy visa applications for minors under 18 years travelling alone or with only one parent/legal guardian must also be accompanied by a consent letter, jointly signed by both parents or legal guardians approving the travel. NOTE: Zanzibar Airport is referred to as Abeid Amani Karume International Airport on the online visa application. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Tanzania and have sufficient blank pages for entry/exit stamps (AT LEAST 4 consecutive pages).

Please note that plastic bags are banned in Zanzibar and mainland Tanzania. Arriving visitors are requested to avoid bring plastic bags into the country - this includes in suitcases and carry-on hand luggage. Please check hand luggage before disembarking and any plastic bags (including plastic duty-free shopping bags and the transparent plastic bags that some airlines require passengers to use for keeping liquids, cosmetics, etc) should be left in the plane. Ziploc bags that are specifically used to carry toiletries will be permitted as they are expected to remain in the permanent possession of visitors and are not expected to be disposed in the country.

PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with current passport and visa requirements.

Medical

You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to Tanzania.

To help prevent diarrhoea, avoid tap water – drink only bottled water and use bottled water for tooth brushing, and avoid ice made with tap water – and only eat fruit or vegetables that are cooked or can be peeled. To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.

There is a risk of malaria in all areas of Tanzania and Zanzibar - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Dengue fever can also be transmitted via mosquito bites. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.

Tsetse flies are found throughout most of Tanzania's Northern and Southern Parks, especially in wooded areas. There have been some cases of sleeping sickness occurring after a tsetse fly bite, although these are mainly amongst farmers/locals who have repeated exposure to bites. However, the fly can still deliver a painful bite, so it is advisable to take necessary precautions - don't wear dark colours, especially black and blue (including denim), wear long-sleeved clothing/trousers, and don't walk through bushes during the hottest part of the day.

Tanzania is not listed as a yellow fever endemic country, however, in accordance with International Health Regulations, Tanzania requires all travellers over one year of age to present a yellow fever vaccination certificate on arrival if (a) they are arriving from a yellow fever risk country; (b) they have been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of a yellow fever risk country; (c) they have left the airport whilst on transit in a yellow fever risk country. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.

PLEASE NOTE: Although Tanzania is not listed as a Yellow Fever endemic country, Zanzibar immigration officials MAY ask to see Yellow Fever vaccination certificates or exemption certificates upon arrival from the Tanzania mainland. We would therefore suggest that if your holiday includes both mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar, each traveller considers getting/travelling with a Yellow Fever certificate to avoid any complications upon arrival at Zanzibar.