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Under the Canvas

Under the Canvas

Tanzania Explored… under Canvas
8 Days - 7 Nights Mobile safari
Arusha, Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti
Wildlife, Photography, Discovery, Adventure
This program may be operated for individual or for small groups
This is a suggested itinerary – Please call us to customize

On our Explorer Mobile Safari we offer a style of travel which is extremely comfortable, whilst still mobile camping, allowing our guests to get off the beaten track and away from the main safari thoroughfares.  On this style of safari we book private wilderness campsites to keep you away from the crowds and as close as possible to the wildlife action. 

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Tour includes
  • 7-day ‘Explorer mobile’ safari by road
  • All meals on safari
  • Game viewing activities as indicated
    • Tangire National Park
    • Lake Manyara National Park
    • Ngorongoro National Park
    • Ngorongoro caldera tour
    • Serengeti National Park
    • Masai village boma
  • All camping equipment
  • Bedding (duvet/linens), pillows and towels
  • Bottled water for game drives / in vehicle throughout
  • 4x4 vehicle with open game viewing hatches, with
  • Full back up guide and full support crew and cook in separate vehicle
  • Optional one-way flight from Serengeti to Arusha/Kilimanjaro
Not included in tour
  • International or domestic airfares
  • Any taxes related to airfares or airports
  • Park fees and entries (listed separately with Tour Prices)
  • Optional tours or activities listed in the itinerary
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned under inclusions
  • Tips to guides or drivers
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Any item not mentioned as “Included”
  • Optional excursion to Olduvai Gorge & Masai Village visit
  • Balloon safari – must be pre-booked to avoid disappointment


Hotels

Category Hotel Name Tripadvisor
Arusha African Tulip 4.5
Tarangire national Park Explorer Mobile n/a
Ngorongoro Crater Bouganvillea Lodge n/a
Serengeti National Park Explorer Mobile n/a
Our support vehicle and camp crew travel ahead of the group and set up the camp. We provide 11.5 x 21 ft. (340 sq. ft.) dome tents (including the en-suite section), which are extremely spacious with comfortable camp beds, foam mattresses and warm bedding (duvet & linens) and pillow.   The shower and eco-friendly toilet are en-suite, so you don’t have to leave the safety of your tent at night. Sumptuous meals are prepared by our friendly safari chef, and are either served in the mess tent, or if you prefer, “under the stars”.  Outside your tent and at the meal table you will have the use of large, comfortable, foldaway chairs and we provide washstands and towel for each client. 

Prices

These programs can be customized for individuals and groups.

Changes to this program may be requested by phone (1855-55-TOURS) or using the web FIT Quote Request

  • Airfare

We also be glad to add the necessary airfare from your gateway so you take advantage of our special discounted leisure fares

  • Program

You may add or remove;

    • Trip days
    • Cities and sites
    • Meals
  • Other options
    • The program was designed with private services however, we may substitute shared sightseeing where available
    • If you prefer deluxe services we may operate this program including private driver, private guide and concierge service.

  • Quotation

Once we have designed the program the way you want we'll give you a quote within 2 business days.

Tour Code: TZ05ARK20LT


Options
Signature Option: Serengeti additional nights
If you would like to stay in one of intimate Serengeti Wilderness camps instead – this is easily organized.  Please note that this itinerary is totally flexible and merely an idea of our suggested favorite places, for optimum game viewing.
Our camps – Serengeti Wilderness Camp (permanent camp), Serengeti North Wilderness Camp and/or Ndutu Wilderness Camp (seasonal camps) are located inside the national park and conservation areas respectively.  These camps are designed in the safari style of olde – simple, but comfortable with every need being taken care of.  Each camp comprises of maximum 12 tents, each comfortably furnished with great attention to detail and include quality linens, solar lighting, eco-friendly flush toilet and shower en suite. Depending on the time of year and the anticipated movement of game you may stay at either one of our camps during your time in the Serengeti. Serengeti Wilderness Camp is located centrally and is a great place to base up just about all year round.  There is exceptional resident game in the area, including the big cats, herds of elephant, resident wildebeest and zebra, buffalo and plenty of antelope.  At certain times of the year the migration is a stone’s throw from the camp. 
The seasonal camp moves from Ndutu (in the south) during the calving season, to the North for the migration’ river crossings.  Whichever camp you stay at, our guides will take you to the best game viewing possible, sometimes that may entail a long day in the vehicle, others the game may be close by!
 
Signature option: Balloon safari
If you would like to go on an early morning balloon safari over the Serengeti, this MAY be possible but is largely dependent on the position of your pre-booked campsites and the season that you travel.  Please note that balloon safaris can only be organized by pre-arrangement and there is an additional cost for this, detailed below.  It can only be booked for Day 6 or 7 of your safari.
 
Signature option: Arusha overnight extension
If you are not flying out tonight, but overnighting in Arusha, we highly recommend heading out to Mosque Street. Here, you will find probably the best chicken in Africa (we will phone in your order the day before - to be sure...) Relax, eat, meet the locals ... real people. In every town there are a few gems - delightful places off the beaten track that give you a sense of the soul of the town. Khan's is undoubtedly one of the key attractions in Arusha, and while it's definitely been discovered, it's still the real deal. You may have heard of Khan's as "Chicken in the Ditch", "Chicken on the Bonnet", "Kuku on the Curb", "That place by Soko Kuu with the fantastic chicken" or "Zubeda Autospares by Day, Khan's Chicken BBQ by Night". Tasty salads, Zanzibar pizzas, garlic naan, barbecued chicken, beef mishkaki and mutton shish kabob are all winners. Even the passion juice is top notch. But Khan's serves up more than an evening out - it's one place that will always remain a highlight of your trip to Arusha.
Another great spot is the " Lively Lady Bar and Grill ", down by the old train station, where the ambience is great (best pork chops ever), drinks icy, and, 1960's ROCK AND ROLL is played ... loudly!
However, you choose to end off your Essence trip with us, your journey through Tanzania promises to leave you with many fond memories.
 
Other Options:
  • Lunches and dinners can be arranged for individuals, families and groups at top restaurants or any restaurant requested by you.
  • We can revise the itinerary to spend more time and provide more depth in those areas that you are interested on.
  • Any other changes to the itinerary will be accommodated depending on the facilities available in the area.

Group Quotations
  • If you wish to use these programs for your group or as the basis for a customized journey please either call us (1-855-55-TOURS or use the web Group Quote Request.
  • In either case our specialists will work with to refine all the details and they will get you a quote with 2 business days. Quotes may be obtained for the air and land portions of just for the lad journey.
  • Booking both air and land with us will represent savings for you because of our buying power and longtime relationship with the airlines.
  • We will also may have the choice between regular fares and special leisure fares not available to the public.

Others
Weather and Eco-system in Tanzania:
Weather:

Months Rain Day Night
Dry Season
June-October Sporadic 77° 57°
Rainy Season
November-December Short 80° 59°
January-February Intermittent 81° 59°
March-May Long 79° 51°
Tanzania is a land without winter. However, if you are travelling to high altitude areas like Ngorongoro Crater and Kilimanjaro, the temperature drops substantially. The average temperature mentioned above are for exemplification only and may vary during your stay.
 
Eco-system:
The Migration explained: The following should be used as a guideline when planning your safari to East Africa – movement of wildlife depends on a great many aspects. The following migration calendar helps to explain the seasonality of game viewing.  Remember there is resident game throughout the year in the Serengeti/Ngorongoro eco-systems.
January-March
The large herds of wildebeest are generally in the southern plains of the Serengeti eco-system, calving takes place over approximately two weeks.  An abundance of predators, good visibility of game, mix of open plains and some woodland.
April-May
The herds start moving toward central Serengeti.  This is typically the rainy season, however, game viewing is still excellent and there are some great discounts available at lodges and camps.  It generally doesn’t rain all day. Conditions for photography are generally superb with moody skies and good depth of color.
June-August
The wildebeest move from the central area and split to the west and north, continuing their trek toward the Mara River.  River crossings may be seen in both the western corridor (Grumeti area) and north (Mara River) within the Serengeti.
September-October
Whilst some of the wildebeest successfully reach the Masai Mara, there are still hundreds of thousands remaining in the northern region of Serengeti, offering those with guests with loads of patience the chance to see exciting river crossings (the Mara River runs through the Serengeti). 
November-December
The massive herds start to return from the north, to the southern plains, before the cycle repeats again!