Highlights
  • Explore and discover new experiences throughout the Central Serengeti
  • Experience game drive in the Central Serengeti with your Namiri Guides
  • Discover Arusha
  • 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
  • Amazing Safari in Namiri Plains

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

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Story Africa's The Great Migration: Tanzania with Kenya

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I would absolutely recommend them. November 2015

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We were on a tour of Portugal with Dan Dieckhaus in October 2015. It was a wonderful trip! Dan is a great tour captain and made sure our experience was everything we had hoped for. Portugal is a beautiful country, and I feel like we saw the best of it. We have taken several tours with Queenslander/Story--Land & Sea, and we have loved them all. I would absolutely recommend them. They do it right!
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It was perfect August 2015

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My mom and I went to Italy with a Queenslander tour two years ago. It was perfect. I wouldn't change one minute. We are going again this fall! Can't wait!

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The trip very enjoyable and memorable February 2015

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I went on a trip to Italy led by Caron. It was absolutely fantastic! Our group was small and Caron made the trip very enjoyable and memorable. I never have enjoyed traveling with a tour group before, but going with Queen slander is a different experience than other tour groups I've experienced. Can't recommend Queenslander enough!
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Outmost of integrity and ALWAYS with the absolute determination September 2014

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I can see why guests would rate QueensLander Tours with 5 stars, as the guests are treated like royalty for the entire tour. As an employee (Tour Captain) with QueensLander, I can speak from an insider's point of view. This company is run with the utmost of integrity and ALWAYS with the absolute determination to provide exclusive experiences and first class treatment for our esteemed guests. The entire team, whether in office or in the field, work tirelessly to provide the vacation of a lifetime for the very wise traveler who chooses QueensLander Small Group Tours!!
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Very enjoyable trip July 2014

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In April of 2013 my wife and I took the Philadelphia and Washington DC trip. Mark and Sherry know how to treat their travelers like royalty. It was a very enjoyable trip and the price was very attractive. I would not hesitate one bit going on another Queenslander trip
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Every moment special !!! July 2014

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We had the time of our lives on Great Cities Tour. Looking forward to planning another Italy tour. Every moment special !!!

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Itinerary

Day 1: Departure Day

Accommodation: Arusha Hotel, 1 Night upon arrival

Day one is your flight day into Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania, unless you have taken the Kenya Pre-Tour, in which case you will take a short flight today from Nairobi, Kenya to the Kilimanjaro Airport, Arusha.

Please Note: If you are taking the Tanzania Safari only, then "Day 1" is the published tour date, and is the date you will arrange your air travel to depart your home airport. Your Small Group Tour will commence on Itinerary Day 2.

Arrival with Welcome Reception and Dinner

Today as you arrive to Tanzania you will be be met at the airport for your private vehicle transfer to our wonderful hotel. Lying on the gently rolling foothills that cascade down from the ever-present Mount Meru is the bustling and vibrant town of Arusha. Have time to relax before meeting your Tour Captain this evening for a reception and welcome dinner.

Day 2: 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 Ngorangoro 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.

Ngorongoro Crater

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 ‘Hatari’ Tavern (named after John Wayne’s movie made in 1962). John Wayne and the rest of the cast were frequent visitors to the hotel. Hatari has a large television screen to watch the latest sporting events and news made complete with the relaxed informal and comfortable surroundings.

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 3: To the Namiri Plains

Accommodation: Naimiri 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, Leapords, 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 todays 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, Hyeana, 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 4: 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's 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.

Our approach to game sightseeing was inspired by our experiences with Denver-based Safari outfitter, The Wild Source, under the direction of wildlife biologist Bill Given. We encourage you to visit their website to learn about their unique approach to Africa - www.thewildsource.com).

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 Ngarenyuki 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 5: 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.

Day 6: 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 7: 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 natures 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 8: 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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$ 997 per day
 
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Details
Trip Includes
  • Enjoy a luxury experience in our mobile- and permanently tented camps.
  • Our Airport Arrival Transfer into Nairobi 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!
Trip Excludes
  • Internal flights are required to participate in this trip.
  • International Airfare is not included
  • Immunization costs
  • Passport & Visa fees: $51 per person
  • Optional sightseeing tours and optional excursions
  • Room upgrades, available on request
  • All items of personal nature
  • Drinks at the Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel not related to reception
  • Laundry at the Fairmont The Norfolk 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 $35 per person per day -- $10 to your guide, $5 to your tracker, and $10 to the camp staff. In city hotels, $1 a bag
  • Customary gratuities for your Tour Captain are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 18
Start City
Arusha
End City
Serengeti

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