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STORY Africa's 9 Day Great Migration: Tanzania and the Serengeti

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Discover new experiences throughout the Central Serengeti
  • Enjoy game drive in the central Serengeti with your Namiri Guides
  • On-Call, On-Demand Game Drives
  • Specially-designed 4-Wheel Land Cruisers
  • Unique, all included Chef-Prepared dining
  • See the Ngorongoro and gather to watch the sun set over this magnificent wonder of the world
  • Visit Ngorongoro Crater is a world heritage site, the world's largest intact volcanic caldera and is commonly referred to as the 8th wonder of the world

Short Description

1920s Style Luxury Safari 0n the Serengeti.  This is Your Story.  Featuring Expert Safari Guides  Under Canvas Luxury Tented Safari Camps Inspired by the original 1920s-style safaris infused with the romance of Hemingway, Karen Blixen, and our founder Mark Story

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Arusha
End City Serengeti

Trip Includes

  • Enjoy a luxury experience in our mobile- and permanently tented camps.

  • Our Airport Arrival Transfer into Kiliminjaro International Airport and Welcome Reception.
  • A Strict Baggage Restriction is in effect for this expedition of 33 pounds (15kgs) per person in soft bags. We've done the planning for you and taken away the stress - we recommend you purchase the new Eagle Creek® Soft-Sided Duffel Bag!
  • Note: This restriction includes purses and camera equipment, in addition to your regular luggage. Luggage restrictions are adhered to very strictly and passengers should re-pack their bags accordingly prior to departure from Arusha Hotel. Large suitcases of dimensions greater than 22" x 14" x 9" are impossible to store in vehicles and aircraft and should not be used.
  • Arusha Hotel on Day 2
  • Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge on Day 3
  • Departure Day: Day room at the Arusha Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinners while on Safari, paired with wine varietals, beer, soda and bottled waters.
  • All known government taxes ($100 Visa is paid by STORY guest upon arrival Tanzania).
  • Park Entrance Fees.
  • Game Drives in 4-wheel drive vehicles with charging plugs
  • Laundry Services at Safari properties.

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Itinerary

Day: Flight Departure from North America

Transatlantic Crossing: Highly Recommended: Plan to arrive Europe and recover with our Amsterdam Pre-Safari Experience (includes 2 nights, Welcome Dinner, Walking Tour and airport transfers). Then we recommend you book KLM from Amsterdam, non-stop to Kilimanjaro International Airport. Inquire with reservations for details.

Day 1: First Day in Tanzania: Arrival Day

Arrive Tanzania This Evening

Important: Please Read: Your flight will likely arrive Kilimanjaro Airport commencing around 7pm through to Midnight or even 1am (into the very early morning hours of Day 1). Our included transfer will be waiting for you to clear customs. You will then be transferred about 50 minutes (along an unsurfaced and surfaced road) to Arusha where your hotel room will be waiting for you for immediate occupancy.

Day 2: Arusha

Accommodation: Arusha Hotel, 1 Night upon arrival

After getting some sleep, you may join the Tour Captain for our Arusha Day Tour later today (included). Final scheduling of this excursion will be provided in your Final Tour Brief.

We will take in the Tanzanite Experience so you can be tempted by these precious gems. Then we will make our way to the local Market and also to the Cultural Heritage Centre to see an amazing collection of crafts (you can purchase items here and they will deliver larger items to your home as well).

We return to the hotel for leisure time until tonight's reception and dinner.  

STORY Exclusive: Welcome Reception and Dinner

Lying on the gently rolling foothills that cascade down from the ever-present Mount Meru is the bustling and vibrant city of Arusha. Have time to relax before meeting your Tour Captain this evening for a reception and welcome dinner.

Built in 1894, the Arusha Hotel in Arusha Town is a classic landmark set in beautifully-landscaped gardens with all the amenities needed for a great first night of sleeping recovering from jetlag.

Day 3: Tanzania

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, 1 Night

To Ngorongoro Crater & Highlands

This morning we will depart Arusha in our Safari equipped vehicles making our way towards Ngorongoro we will engage in our first game drive. After a stop for a picnic lunch today we continue our game drive before arriving to our luxury lodge for the evening. Facing the always magnificent sunsets to the west, and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater's entire rim, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge stands well over half a kilometer above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera. There will be time to freshen up this afternoon before we gather to watch the sun set over this magnificent wonder of the world.

Permanent Lodge

The Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge has an ideal location, as the only hotel on the east rim of the Crater it has commanding views into the Crater and is the only lodge situated to witness sunset across the Crater. Best of all it is perched by one of the only two access roads into the Crater and this road is used by only about 5% of the Crater traffic. This means you can take a picnic breakfast and be amongst the first to enter allowing you to get in faster and get more space away from the crowds for the prime early hours of the day. The hotel is comfortable and a good value for its outstanding location.

Day 4: To The Namiri Plains

Accommodation: Namiri Plains Camp, 3 Nights

More of Ngorongoro Crater

Today, plan a full day to expand our scope of this amazing game reserve. We will be on the lookout for the Big Five.., Rhinos, Buffaloes, Leopards, Lions and Elephants. The Ngorongoro Crater is a world heritage site, the world's largest intact volcanic caldera and is commonly referred to as the 8th wonder of the world. With walls approx 2,000 feet high and 13 miles wide, the crater is a natural amphitheatre for the densest populations of large animals anywhere in Tanzania. Traveling through the crater on today's game drive we will most likely encounter a multitude of wildlife up close and personal. We make our way this day to the Serengeti where we base in our luxury tented camp for the next three nights. En route we plan to make a stop at a Maasai village for a culture experience.

The Maasai are an indigenous ethnic group of semi-nomadic people living in northern Tanzania and Kenya, and they are the only group allowed free travel over the border. The Maasai reside near many game parks and their dress is very distinctive. Consequently, they are probably the most well-known African ethnic group in the world.

Ngorongoro Crater

Lion, Hyena, Black Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Zebra, Wildebeest

The Ngorongoro Crater is often called the 8th Wonder of the World. The crater was formed when a volcano collapsed creating the largest unbroken caldera on earth, almost 2,000 feet deep and 13 miles wide. Nearly 25,000 large mammals reside within the crater including some of Africa’s highest densities of lions and spotted hyenas."

This is the best location in Tanzania to spot the highly endangered black rhino. Elephant, buffalo, zebra, and wildebeest are all common and within this confined habitat very close up viewing is often possible.

Day 5: On Safari: Namiri Plains

Central Serengeti, Tanzania - 3 Nights in Luxury Tented Camping

We continue to explore and discover new experiences throughout the Central Serengeti. Each day brings a new chapter for our journey. Soak it in. Breathe in the Serengeti. Experience the wilds of Africa the way it used to be.

Imagine an area where the sun seldom dawns without cheetah gaining on prey, rarely a day passes without spotting a leopard draped over the branch of a tree, and most nights are filled with the roar of lions. This is where our partner Asilia and their Namiri Plains Camp opened in 2014. Namiri means, "Big Cat!"

Closed to the world for over 20 years to create a safe haven for cheetah breeding and research, today the area has an exceptional population of big cats including one of the highest densities of cheetah in East Africa.

Located 1.5 hours east of the popular Seronera area of the central Serengeti you will find very few vehicles.

The STORY Africa Professional Guides have a no mileage limit policy that allows our guests easy exploration of the game rich sections of the Serengeti.

Namiri Plains Camp is in a favorite location of our Safari team as it is tucked into the eastern edge of the Seronera Valley. Located near the banks of the spring-fed Ngarenanyuki River, as well close proximity to the Sametu Marsh, Barafu Kopjes, and Research Kopjes this location provides stunning opportunities for game viewing. We have found it an ideal location for nearby private big cat viewing as well as 'in-camp' viewing:

Namiri Plains Camp has been designed to combine the traditional bush style with a fresh modern feel focusing on attention to detail and high levels of personalised service. This eight-tented camp is ideal for safari enthusiasts wanting bush luxury, advanced guiding and a deeper wildlife experience.

Tonight enjoy a special dining experience from the Chef at Namiri.

Day 6: Namiri Plains

Central Serengeti

Today after a great breakfast we feature a full day game drive in the Central Serengeti with your Namiri Guides. For 20 years, the grasslands of the Eastern Serengeti were closed to tourists to allow the cheetah population to replenish itself. Today, this is big-cat territory, where cheetah roam the area in pursuit of prey, and lion and leopard hunt undisturbed.

STORY Exclusive: Amazing. We use this word to describe our Unique Perspectives Experience of the Serengeti Sunset tonight. In the company of STORY Guests and your Tour Captain along with our Namiri staff —  we present, Africa!

Day 7: Serengeti

Northern Serengeti

This morning we are off to the airstip for another airhop to our next location in the Northern Serengeti, Kogatende. We will meet our Sayari guide upon arrival and head out for wildlife viewing on our game drive. We enjoy a wonderful picnic lunch in route and arrive to our camp in the afternoon where we will have time for drinks around the fireplace before another amazing evening in the Serengeti. The award-winning Sayari Camp is renowned for extraordinary wildlife sightings and supreme comfort. Set on the unspoilt plains of the Northern Serengeti, close to the famous Lamai Wedge, Sayari gives you easy access to the Mara River and multiple river crossing points.

Our Camp: Sayari Camp, 2 Nights; Luxury Tented Safari

Day 8: The Mara River

A magnificent day on Safari in far north Serengeti included the opportunity for viewing elephants and it is excellent big cat country with leopards and lion tucking into the rock kopjes areas and cheetah working the open plains. The area is best known for one of nature's most dramatic spectacles as the great migration herds of wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara River on a near daily basis. The crossings typically take place from mid-July through early October but do vary year to year.

Day 9: Farewell to the Serengeti

Kilimanjaro Airport Area, Tanzania

This morning, en route to the airstrip we take our final game drive on the Serengeti. Transfer by Asilia to Kogatende airstrip for a morning flight back to Arusha in time for lunch. We plan a visit to the Maasai Market and Cultural Heritage Center. We will also offer an optional visit from the Cultural Center to the Tanzanite Experience with time to shop. A bit later we transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for departure flights home.

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STORY Africa's 9 Day Great Migration: Tanzania and the Serengeti

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 18

Accomodations

Day 1: Arrival into Arusha

Accommodation: Arusha Hotel, 1 Night upon arrival

Built in 1894, the Arusha Hotel in Arusha Town is a classic landmark set in beautifully-landscaped gardens with all the amenities needed for a great first night of sleeping recovering from jetlag.

Conveniently located for a morning flight out of Arusha Airport this is a great place to begin our journey. The hotel's rooms are elegantly furnished with en-suite bathrooms equipped with bathroom and tea/coffee amenities. Each room is fitted with satellite television with a selection of channels, hair dryer, and an electronic safe. Rooms also have direct dial phones, wireless internet (chargeable), and air-conditioning.

Buffet style breakfast and dinners with appetizing contemporary modern cuisine is prepared from the freshest produce, flavored and garnished using only the highest quality. A classic meeting spot is ‘Hataris’ Tavern (named after John Wayne’s movie made in 1962). John Wayne and the rest of the cast were frequent visitors to the hotel. Hataris has a large television screen to watch the latest sporting events and news made complete with the relaxed informal and comfortable surroundings.

Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge:

Permanent Lodge The Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge has an ideal location, as the only hotel on the east rim of the Crater it has commanding views into the Crater and is the only lodge situated to witness sunset across the Crater. Best of all it is perched by one of the only two access roads into the Crater and this road is used by only about 5% of the Crater traffic. This means you can take a picnic breakfast and be amongst the first to enter allowing you to get in faster and get more space away from the crowds for the prime early hours of the day. The hotel is comfortable and a good value for its outstanding location.

On Safari: Accommodations At Asilia's Namiri Plains & Sayari Camps

The tents are spacious and inviting with lovely carpets and stylish wrought-iron full size beds decked out with high quality linens and duvets. There is a large bedroom/living area, a dressing area with a sink that has running water and a small wardrobe, and then separate private shower and toilet areas. The showers are the typical bucket shower set up found throughout the Serengeti area where you can enjoy a normal shower in the privacy of your own tent.

The central area of camp includes a mess tent with veranda area for relaxed hanging out as well the essential camp fire area. There is a lounge tent with wildlife books and a battery charging station. A well-stocked bar (champagne and premium brands excluded) and fantastic meals are included to round out your safari experience. While many seasonal camps work with primitive kitchens our camp puts a full emphasis on the culinary experience. The camp kitchen includes a refrigerator, freezer, grill and the extremely rare inclusion of a full four burner gas stove! The chefs are skilled and produce outstanding meals including catering for the full range of dietary requirements. The staff is the soul of the camp and their friendly service in the front of the house and tireless work behind the scenes makes the operation smooth, welcoming, and outstanding for our guests.

Cancellation Policy:

Special Cancellation Penalty Schedule

In the event of written cancellation, the following forfeiture of tour price will be assessed based on the number of days prior to the tour departure the cancellation was received*.

120 days or more is $500 per person

119-60 days: 25% of the tour price

59-40 days: 75% of the tour price

39 days or less: 100% of the tour price

NOTE: Additional cancellation penalties may apply above and beyond those noted above if your tour is inclusive of a stay at certain properties and/or for certain services or fees. Please review the list of services and properties and their specific cancellation penalties noted below.

Additional Information:

Baggage Restrictions: For reasons of safety as well as the physical capacity of the aircraft, baggage weight and size restrictions apply and are strictly enforced for tours within Africa. The vehicle utilized will accommodate up to one suitcase and one carry-on bag per person. Weight is not to exceed 33 lbs. per person on flights within Tanzania. This includes purses and camera equipment in addition to your regular luggage. Luggage restrictions are adhered to very strictly and passengers should re-pack their bags accordingly prior to departure from Arusha Hotel. Soft-sided luggage or duffels are preferable to hard luggage for storage on safari vehicles within Tanzania. Large suitcases of dimensions greater than 22" x 14" x 9" are impossible to store in vehicles and on aircraft and should not be used.

Accommodations

All accommodations as indicated in the itinerary based on double occupancy rooms with private baths or shower.

Meals and Beverages As indicated in the itinerary (daily breakfast, lunch and dinner as detailed). Coffee and tea is provided with all included meals. Local bottled water is provided in tents/lodge rooms and in vehicles during sightseeing excursions. Local beverages (excluding champagne and imported varieties of wine) will be provided with included meals at Safari Camps."

Transfers

As indicated in the itinerary."

"Please Note: At international airports in East Africa, passengers cannot be met on arrival (or assisted with departure) inside secured areas (including immigration, customs halls, and baggage claim areas). On arrival your STORY Land & Sea representative (holding a yellow sign placard with the STORY Land & Sea logo), will greet you as you exit these restricted sectors. On departure, you will be escorted to the doors of the main terminal building. This is due to airport security regulations for arrivals and departures and is beyond STORY Land & Sea®'s control.

While STORY Land & Sea and our correspondent companies and organizations will endeavor to protect your property, baggage, personal effects, and other possessions, they are carried at your own risk. Trip Cancellation & Interruption insurance is required."

Sightseeing

All sightseeing as specified in the itinerary including entrance fees. Surface transportation and game viewing provided in four-wheel-drive safari land cruisers with roof hatches. Unless a private vehicle has been requested and confirmed for exclusive use by your party, you will share camp vehicles with other guests. Private vehicles will be used for city transfers."

Guides/Lecturers/Staff

The services of professional English-speaking guide(s) residing at the camps and a professional safari guide throughout will be provided as indicated in the itinerary."

Taxes/Service Charges

Hotel taxes and service charges included for all services in the itinerary."

Required

Medical evacuation service via a temporary membership with Flying Doctors is included should such services be required. Please note however that this does not include hospitalization expenses. Therefore we require that all travelers purchase adequate trip cancellation, interruption, medical, and baggage insurance."

Please Note: Internal air flights within Africa often make numerous stops to offload passengers at various camps and landing strips between initial take-off and en route to final landing and a change of plane may be required on some routes. While we sympathize with any inconvenience this may cause, please be aware this is a circumstance beyond STORY Land & Sea®'s control. Most internal air flights are operated using Coach/Economy Class only, and Business Class may not be available. All internal flights are subject to change.

Air Transportation

International and on-Safari airfares are not included in tour cost. On-Safari airfare is required. Please see Dates & Rates Tab.

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Trip Excludes

  • Your Safari Expedition does not include the following:
  • Internal flights are required to participate in this trip.
  • International Airfare is not included but it can be quoted
  • Immunization costs.
  • Passport & Visa fees: $100 per person.
  • Optional sightseeing tours and optional excursions.
  • Room upgrades, available on request.
  • All items of personal nature.
  • Drinks at the Arusha Hotel not related to reception.
  • Laundry at the Arusha Hotel.
  • Early check-in or late check-out from hotels (unless specified in the itinerary).
  • Any activities not included in the itinerary.
  • All statutory increases beyond our control.
  • Any Unforseen Tax Increases.
  • Gratuities: We recommend for safari camp staff are $425 per person or you may tip camp staff independently on a voluntary, individual basis.
  • Customary gratuities for your Tour Captain are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis.

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