Dorobo specializes in setting up customized trips directly with clients to make sure they get exactly what they want. However, from experience we have found that there are some areas and combinations that have always been popular. Below are a couple of sample itineraries and descriptions of areas that we would recommend to people who are contemplating a trip to Tanzania. These can be used as a starting point to create your own personalized trip, or can be taken as described. Contact us for more detailed information and prices.

Northern Tanzania Circuit- A focus on the Dorobo Wilderness Experience (June - November)

Walking, Culture and Wildlife

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Leopard in Kogatende Serengeti

Day 1- Kiota Nest, Arusha- You arrive in Arusha. I would suggest you stay the night at a small bed and breakfast place that is very nice “Kiota Nest” http://kiotanest.com/. Located on the slopes of Mt. Meru this privately owned bed and breakfast is located close to the airport and adjacent to Arusha National Park.

 

Day 2- Full day to explore and walk in Arusha National Park. We can leave after breakfast and spend the morning and lunch in Arusha National Park. This is a small park located on the slope of Mt. Meru. Dominated by lush evergreen forest, ANP offers a special chance to see different species of primate, special forest birds and some larger animals such as Giraffe, Buffalo, Zebra, Waterbuck and some smaller endemic duikers (small antelope). There is a very nice optional walk up into the ash cone through the lush forest. Stretch your legs and adjust to Tanzania time!

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Maasai Steppe

Day 3-4 (2 nights) Dorobo Mobile Camp- Tarangire NP- After a morning in Arusha we will pack up and head south toward an area called the Maasai step. This will be a relatively full day of drive through classic rural maasailand. As we move into the Maasai step we should begin to see some wildlife. We will arrive in the afternoon where our private mobile camp will be awaiting our arrival. If time permitting we can take a small walk to stretch our legs and check out the area. Night in camp.

 

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Vulturine guinifowl

Day 5-6 (2 nights) After breakfast game drive to the central part of Tarangire National Park. Along the headwaters of the Tarangire River we have an exclusive spot along the river. Most of the wildlife from Tarangire depend on the river as a source of water in the dry season. This offers a great chance to walk with wildlife or enjoy game drives in the area.

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Elephants chasing pelicans!

Day 7-Tarangire Safari Lodge, Tarangire NP- The following morning we head north through Tarangire National Park. The drive will be game viewing with some interesting scenery and finally along the Tarangire River. During the dry season, the Tarangire River acts as a water refuge for lots of game that can be found in fairly dense numbers. Tarangire is famous for its dense population of Elephant and Baobab trees. We will make our way north through the park too the Tarangire Safari Lodge.

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Camping in the Nou forest

Day 8 -9 – Dorobo Mobile, Nou Forest- After breakfast and a short game drive. We will make our way up the rift valley as we did last time except we will stop over in the Nou Forest. This is another community based tourism program where we stay in a forest reserve protected by local people (Iraqw) as an important catchment area. This is located on top of the Great African Rift Valley and is offers a nice contrast to the hot dry savannah. We have the option to take some hikes in the forest, guided by local Iraqw people.

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Neje out hunting

Day 10-12 – Dorobo Mobile Camp, Yaeda- After breakfast in the Nou forest we will make our way west and down into the Yaida valley, home to the Hadzabe hunter gatherers. This will be a full day of travel through some amazing areas. We will make our way east over the great rift valley through classic rural Tanzania. A car with our personal camp and crew will be there set up and waiting for our arrival. You’d stay in your own private Dorobo mobile camp. This isn’t luxury but is comfortable with stand up tents, camp beds, toilet and solar shower enclosures behind the tent and good food. A separate support car and crew would go ahead and have the camp set up for you and take care of your needs in camp.

Day 13- Gibbs Farm, Drive to Karatu- Spend the night at Gibbs farm located just outside the Ngorongoro conservation area. This night is a chance to catch up after three days of camping before heading on to Serengeti.

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Camp in the Serengeti

Day 14-17-Dorobo Mobile, Serengeti walking area. Drive through the Ngorongoro highlands and into the Serengeti. Full day of driving but through the Serengeti so we will be game-viewing the entire time. Enter the walking area . We can go for a short walk this afternoon. We then have 2 full days to walk from camp to camp depending on how you feel. Given that we are in an exclusive wilderness zone we have the freedom to drive, walk, move camp etc as we please so we can play these days by ear and how we are feeling.

Day 18-19- After a final morning in the walking area we will pack up and make our way out of the walking zone. The majority of this day will be game viewing from the vehicle as we make our way north through Lobo and finally into Kogatende. Depending on the rains the wildebeest will be around in this area and with luck there might be a chance to witness some crossings. The area always has abundant wildlife around the river and rock outcroppings. We will be staying at the Nomad Lodge nestled into the hillside with great views of the surrounding area for two night. This gives us a full day to explore the area west and east of the Mara-river.

 

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The migration crossing the Mara-River

Day 20- On the final morning you will have a chance to relax and pack before catching a mid-afternoon flight from northern Serengeti (Kogatende) area to catch your flight back to Arusha, landing at 18:20. A driver will then transfer you directly to Kilimanjaro Airport to catch your KLM flight. I need to drive the vehicle back to Arusha so we will say goodbye in Kogatende.

 

 

 

Classic Wet Season (December - May)

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Day 1 arrival JRO; transfer to Ngare Sero Lodge www.ngare-sero-lodge.com with its beautiful environment on the slopes of Mt. Meru

Day 2 travel south onto the Maasai Steppe to camp in the Oldonyo Sambu community wilderness area.

Oldonyo Sambu wilderness area, adjacent to the eastern border of Tarangire National Park, is the result of a community conservation project established in 1991 between Dorobo and the Maasai Village of Emboreet. Wildlife densities are generally low except seasonally when Tarangire ungulates migrate through, however, with luck some special and less common species can be seen – fringe eared oryx, greater and lesser kudu, wild dog and striped hyena in addition to more common species such as impala, hartebeest, giraffe and seasonally lion, elephant, buffalo, wildebeest & zebra. It’s a great area for folk to begin to get a feel for their ‘bush legs’ – how to walk in the African savanna and interpret natural history on the ground. By taking walks accompanied by local Maasai guides people also have the opportunity to get acquainted with the Maasai culture. A climb up the Oldonyo Sambu mountain gives great rock scrambling opportunities and a 360 degree vista of the whole Tarangire ecosystem. You’d stay in your own private Dorobo mobile camp. This isn’t luxury but is comfortable with stand up tents, camp beds, toilet and solar shower enclosures behind the tent and good food. A separate support car and crew would go ahead and have the camp set up for you and take care of your needs in camp

  • project has protected 250 sq. km of the Tarangire ecosystem from agricultural encroachment including key migratory corridors
  • community benefits include annual fee and visitor bed night fees into village accounts – use of which is prioritized by the community
  • employment & training of village guides
  • continued access for livestock grazing also safeguarded by contractual stipulation
  • opportunity for guests to learn about local livelihood and conservation issues while walking in a pleasing savanna environment

Day 3 Hiking with local Maasai and an armed Dorobo walking guide; Oldonyo Sambu

Day 4 travel into Tarangire National Park wildlife viewing en route to the Tarangire Tented Safari Lodge www.tarangiresafarilodge.com ; elephant viewing is generally unparalleled in Tarangire along with other resident spp. including if lucky big cats. The tented camp is superbly situated on bluffs overlooking the Tarangire river valley and a classic African savanna environment.

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Day 5 – Long but interesting travel day through the rift valley, up the escarpment, over the Mbulu plateau and into the Lake Eyasi basin to camp in the Yaeda Valley. Private Dorobo mobile camp.

The Yaeda Valley is home to Hadzabe hunter gatherer people. The focus of a visit here is to learn about and from the Hadza by taking natural history walks with them and by visiting their camps. This is a very special experience in this day and age. The Hadza are such fun people to be with and their bush skills really amazing. Note that this program has been carefully set up and run together with the Hadza community – it is structured but not staged!! The country is a pleasing mosaic of open valley grasslands and rocky ridges punctuated by thousands of baobab.

  • visitor bed fees go into community accounts the use of which is determined by the community
  • adjacent village communities (Datoga pastoralists and Iraqw/Iramba) also incorporated in revenue sharing to ensure support for Hadza land use zones (traditional economy zones) and their own conservation zones
  • Ward and District also incorporated in revenue sharing to ensure political support for land and use zones
  • tourism has played a huge role in bolstering the self identity of Hadza who generally face severe prejudice due to a hunting and gathering lifestyle
  • educational support for Hadza youth

 

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Day 6 – 7  Hadza activities; Arrow making, hunting, digging for tubers, harvesting honey and berries in Yaeda Valley

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Day 8 travel into the Ngorongoro highlands to the Angata luxury camp www.angatacamps.com/ngorongoro/ situated in pleasing highland Acacia woodland on the rim.

Day 9 day for wildlife viewing in Ngorongoro crater a self contained ecosystem teeming with wildlife.

Day 10 move into the Serengeti ecosystem with a stop at Olduvai Gorge archeological site for perspective on our deep roots as a species. Continue wildlife viewing on the vast short grass plains where the large populations of migratory species that define the Serengeti should be concentrated. You’ll headquarter at the Matembezi Classic luxury camp at Naabi – a small hilltop wooded island surrounded by the plains.

Day 11 & 12 All about wildebeest and the other species that drive the Serengeti ecosystem – wildlife viewing based at Matembezi camp.

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Day 13 begin the journey back with a stop at Escarpment Lodge http://www.escarpmentlodge.co.tz/ overlooking the great rift valley.

Day 14 spend a few hours in Lake Manyara National Park en route to Arusha and JRO; KIA Lodge day rooms and depart www.moivaro.com/lodges/tanzania/kia-lodge

Classic Dry Season (June - November)

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Day 1 arrival JRO; transfer to Ngare Sero Lodge www.ngare-sero-lodge.com with its beautiful environment on the slopes of Mt. Meru.

Day 2 travel south onto the Maasai Steppe to camp in the Oldonyo Sambu community wilderness area.

Oldonyo Sambu wilderness area, adjacent to the eastern border of Tarangire National Park, is the result of a community conservation project established in 1991 between Dorobo and the Maasai Village of Emboreet. Wildlife densities are generally low except seasonally when Tarangire ungulates migrate through, however, with luck some special and less common species can be seen – fringe eared oryx, greater and lesser kudu, wild dog and striped hyena in addition to more common species such as impala, hartebeest, giraffe and seasonally lion, elephant, buffalo, wildebeest & zebra. It’s a great area for folk to begin to get a feel for their ‘bush legs’ – how to walk in the African savanna and interpret natural history on the ground. By taking walks accompanied by local Maasai guides people also have the opportunity to get acquainted with the Maasai culture. A climb up the Oldonyo Sambu mountain gives great rock scrambling opportunities and a 360 degree vista of the whole Tarangire ecosystem. You’d stay in your own private Dorobo mobile camp. This isn’t luxury but is comfortable with stand up tents, camp beds, toilet and solar shower enclosures behind the tent and good food. A separate support car and crew would go ahead and have the camp set up for you and take care of your needs in camp

  • project has protected 250 sq. km of the Tarangire ecosystem from agricultural encroachment including key migratory corridors
  • community benefits include annual fee and visitor bed night fees into village accounts – use of which is prioritized by the community
  • employment & training of village guides
  • continued access for livestock grazing also safeguarded by contractual stipulation
  • opportunity for guests to learn about local livelihood and conservation issues while walking in a pleasing savanna environment

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Day 3 Hiking with local Maasai and an armed Dorobo walking guide; Oldonyo Sambu

Day 4 travel into Tarangire National Park wildlife viewing en route to the Tarangire Tented Safari Lodge www.tarangiresafarilodge.com ; wildlife viewing is optimal in Tarangire in the dry season as animals concentrate in the vicinity of the river with unparalleled elephant viewing. The tented camp is superbly situated on bluffs overlooking the Tarangire river valley and a classic African savanna environment.

Day 5 wildlife viewing based out of Tarangire Safari Lodge

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Day 6 long but interesting travel day through the rift valley, up the escarpment, over the Mbulu plateau and into the Lake Eyasi basin to camp in the Yaeda Valley. Private Dorobo mobile camp.

The Yaeda Valley is home to Hadzabe hunter gatherer people. The focus of a visit here is to learn about and from the Hadza by taking natural history walks with them and by visiting their camps. This is a very special experience in this day and age. The Hadza are such fun people to be with and their bush skills really amazing. Note that this program has been carefully set up and run together with the Hadza community – it is structured but not staged!! The country is a pleasing mosaic of open valley grasslands and rocky ridges punctuated by thousands of baobab.

  • visitor bed fees go into community accounts the use of which is determined by the community
  • adjacent village communities (Datoga pastoralists and Iraqw/Iramba) also incorporated in revenue sharing to ensure support for Hadza land use zones (traditional economy zones) and their own conservation zones
  • Ward and District also incorporated in revenue sharing to ensure political support for land and use zones
  • tourism has played a huge role in bolstering the self identity of Hadza who generally face severe prejudice due to a hunting and gathering lifestyle
  • educational support for Hadza youth

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Day 7 – 8 Hadza activities; Arrow making, hunting, digging for tubers, harvesting honey and berries in Yaeda Valley

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Day 9 travel into the Ngorongoro highlands to the Angata luxury camp www.angatacamps.com/ngorongoro/ situated in pleasing highland Acacia woodland on the rim.

Day 10 day for wildlife viewing in Ngorongoro crater a self contained ecosystem teeming with wildlife

Day 11 move into the Serengeti ecosystem with a stop at Olduvai Gorge archeological site for perspective on our deep roots as a species. Continue wildlife viewing as you drive through the Serengeti to the north-east to Matembezi Classic camp at Nyamalumbwa.

Days 12 & 13 wildlife viewing in the Serengeti with a good chance to intercept the great migration defined by the large herds of wildebeest. Matembezi Classic luxury camp.

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Day 14 fly from the Serengeti to JRO via Arusha; day rooms at KIA lodge and depart

The best of Ruaha - Off the beaten track in southern Tanzania (6 day)

 

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  • Multi-day walks with rustic but comfortable mobile camps on your own stretch of the Great Ruaha river
  • Intimate encounters with an array of life from dik-dik & elephant to lion and greater kudu
  • Classic wildlife viewing from a vehicle based out of a lodge or tented camp on the river

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Dorobo Safaris has been trekking in the remote wilderness areas of Ruaha National Park for over 20 years. The initial multi day treks along the Mzombe river were incredible experiences – remote, arduous but unforgettable chances to leave “civilization” behind for a brief moment in our lives. Unfortunately the Mzombe experience was undermined by the rapid expansion and development of the hunting business on the opposite side of the river in the Rungwa Game Reserve. However, further wanderings and exploration in the last few years have now opened up some new options that offer similar wilderness camping and walking experiences.

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We have explored two different areas that offer very different experiences in Ruaha. One focuses on walking and exploring a 60 km section of the Ruaha River that has only recently been added to the park and is very undeveloped and little traveled. There is no doubt that in the dry season, it is the great Ruaha River that provides the magic of an experience here.

A second area is a remote plateau system called Isunkaviula. The Isunkaviula plateau lies almost 1000 meters higher than the river and offers some of the most pristine and mature Miombo woodlands, highland grasslands and evergreen riverine forest found anywhere. While the density of wildlife in the Miombo environments is fairly low, the diversity is good and there is a chance of encountering a variety of species including sable antelope. Spending time in this area is about encountering the unexpected, beautiful scenery, different birds, and highland walking in a very remote and unexplored wilderness area.

 

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Due to the logistics and costs of getting to Ruaha, we suggest that one spend a minimum of 4 or 5 days in the area, which could easily be extended to a week or more. There is much flexibility in how we can plan an itinerary – days on the river, walking between camps or walking out from a base camp, how many total days and whether to include some of both the river walking and exploring at Isunkavula as well as add more time for traditional wildlife viewing in the main tourist part of the park. Please contact us with questions and requests for personalized itineraries.

 

We would caution that these off the beaten track type excursions are not for those who want the intensity and close habituated wildlife viewing found in the core areas of the national parks nor is it for those who want the pampering and amenities offered in an upscale lodge. It is for those who like the private intimacy of being in wilderness and who marvel and engage in the whole experience – from the tracks in the sand left by insects to the chance encounter with an unsuspecting animal coming down to drink at the river.

 

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  • Stark & stunning landscape
  • Rigorous climb up the Maasai mountain of God – the active volcano Oldoinyo Lengai
  • Hike and frolic up the Engare Sero river with waterfalls, natural slides and jacuzzis
  • Discover ‘the source’ – “When God was creating the world, he didn’t pass by here quickly, he hung around for awhile” Hadza Julius Indaya’s comment the first time he saw the source.

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Hadza Experience (minimum 2 nights)

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The Yaeda Valley is home to Hadzabe hunter gatherer people. The focus of a visit here is to learn about and from the Hadza by taking natural history walks with them and by visiting their camps. This is a very special experience in this day and age. The Hadza are such fun people to be with and their bush skills are really amazing. Note that this program has been carefully set up and run together with the Hadza community – it is structured but not staged!! The country is a pleasing mosaic of open valley grasslands and rocky ridges punctuated by thousands of baobab.

  • visitor bed fees go into community accounts the use of which is determined by the community
  • adjacent village communities (Datoga pastoralists and Iraqw/Iramba) also incorporated in revenue sharing to ensure support for Hadza land use zones (traditional economy zones) and their own conservation zones
  • Ward and District also incorporated in revenue sharing to ensure political support for land and use zones
  • tourism has played a huge role in bolstering the self identity of Hadza who generally face severe prejudice due to a hunting and gathering lifestyle
  • educational support for Hadza youth

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A suggested Itinerary to get an idea of activities:

Day 1 long but interesting travel day through the rift valley, up the escarpment, over the Mbulu plateau and into the Lake Eyasi basin to camp in the Yaeda Valley. Depart for trip in either Arusha, Karatu or Tarangire.

Day 2 After breakfast in camp walk about an hour to a nearby Hadza camp. Some introductions and a brief tour around camp. Head off with the women to dig for tubers and pick berries & baobab fruit when in season. During this foray you are accompanied by men who will be harvesting honey. Head back to camp for lunch. Afternoon activities include making arrows with the hadza men . Evening target practice and an optional short hunt. Sundowners with great sunsets and views!

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Day 3 Day is focused on going out for longer hunts. Preferable to leave early by 6.30 or 7 am while it is still cool and animals are still a bit active. The months September – November are a great hunting time from blinds, which are situated by scarce resources for wildlife which are water points and baobab flowers. Lunch back in camp. Siesta time and another evening hunt. Guests that want a longer hike can walk about 15 gps kilometers and have camp move to meet you. You will be assisted by hadza, which makes it a hunting/honey gathering excursion.

Day 4 After breakfast head out of Yaeda valley to either Arusha, Karutu or Tarangire.

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Serengeti Trek

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The Serengeti truly offers some of the most spectacular wildlife viewing and scenery in Africa. However, most visitors now experience this from a vehicle and often in the company of many other tourists and vehicles. In the early years of Dorobo, we pioneered some special remote walking experiences in the buffer areas to the east of the park where we worked with the local Maasai communities. While we still have a foot in these areas, they have been partially compromised due to various conflicts over the wildlife resources (another whole story) and in 2009 we shifted our focus to some of the wilderness zones within the Serengeti National Park itself that are set aside for walking. We are one of the few companies currently authorized to conduct treks in these areas and they allow a return to the past where one has that unique freedom to walk each day to a new camp in an area that feels like your own private wilderness. At almost any time of the year, we can put together anywhere from a 3 to 7 day trek that covers new ground each day. The landscape is varied with rolling ridges and hills, rock kopjes, open plains and valleys that support permanent water in the rivers that make their way west ending eventually in Lake Victoria. Wildlife is usually extremely varied and fairly abundant with chances of encountering almost any of the vast array of species of found in the Serengeti.

 

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Below is a sample itinerary:

Day 1– Drive into our wilderness zone and make your way to the trailhead. This can be accessed from Seronera or Lobo depending on your guest’s location. Once you enter the wilderness zone you leave behind roads and any human activity. A private mobile camp and its crew will be waiting for your afternoon arrival.2013-08-01_13-28-53_273

 

Day 2-4 After an early breakfast and coffee from the fire we begin to prepare for the day of walking. Once your bags are packed we take off along small rivers surrounded by rolling hills and small rock out-cropping’s. With a GPS point as a reference we take off on foot guided by Toroya a resident “hunter gatherer” from this area. Toroya is one of the last remaining “hunter gatherer” people that used to inhabit these areas. Living solely off the land by gathering tubers, berries and hunting he is an amazing naturalist. Guided by his knowledge of the area, we make our way over rolling hills to the private camp that has packed up, driven around and set up for our arrival around lunch. The afternoon is spent relaxing from the days walk. Smaller bird walks or game drives are evening options. Over the course of three days of walking from camp location to camp location, one covers a large area of pristine wilderness on foot. Dorobo Mobile camp

During the walks an armed walking guide who acts as a translator and natural history interpreter accompanies you. Walking is about a wilderness experience in its entireness, from bird sounds in the distance, to the tracks left by insects in the sand. It is the chance to cover a large area on foot much like our ancestors once did.

 

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Day 5– Continue with safari- After breakfast the guest vehicle is packed up and we begin to make our way out of the wilderness zone. This can either be to the Lobo or Seronera area depending on where one started.

 

Serengeti & Ruaha Wilderness Safari July-Sep

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SERENGETI AND RUAHA WILDERNESS SAFARI    Remote and wild – walking and fly camping at its best in two very different and unique environments. 14 nights/15 days

 

Day 1: arrive at Kilimanjaro International airport – transfer to the Meru House Lekisilai on west side of Arusha

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Leopard in Seronera

Day 2: scheduled flight departing Arusha to the Seronera airstrip in the Serengeti – your Dorobo guide will meet you with a picnic lunch. Travel into one of the Serengeti wilderness zones and to the trailhead camp – Dorobo mobile camp.

Day 3-6: trekking in the Serengeti. The wilderness zone is striking country – a combination of mid elevation savannah with rolling ridges, valleys, water courses and rock kopjes. The plan is to walk each day to a new camp area – we keep the actual walking flexible as well as the moving of the camp each day to accommodate the interests of the group and also the local situation in terms of wildlife and habitat at the time. This will be 4 full days without getting into a vehicle. Dorobo mobile camps

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Dorobo Mobile camp in Serengeti

Day 7: travel out of the wilderness zone and to the Serena Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp for this night – an afternoon for relaxing and enjoying the camp and to reflect on the safari. http://www.serenahotels.com/serenambuzi/default-en.html

Day 8: catch a scheduled flight from Seronera departing at 9:30 AM to Jongomeru airstrip in Ruaha arriving at 12:30. Your Dorobo guide will meet you with a picnic lunch. Travel upstream following the Great Ruaha to the first trailhead camp.20090903-_gms0676

 

 

 

Walking between camps along the Ruaha river

Day 9-13: exploring and excursions – mostly walking between camps each day but with the flexibility to adapt – staying one area for two nights or veering off the planned route if something strikes our interest.   Dorobo mobile camps.

Day 14: wildlife viewing as one drives to the Ruaha River Lodge – afternoon for relaxing and enjoying the lodge and views. www.ruahariverlodge.com

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Wildlife viewing from Ruaha River lodge

Day 15: catch a scheduled flight from Msembe airstrip Ruaha to either Arusha or Dar – international departure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tarangire & Ruaha Wilderness Safari July-Sep

TARANGIRE AND RUAHA WILDERNESS SAFARI

 

Another exceptional combination of the best of Tarangire and then flying straight into the back country of Ruaha National Park for 7 nights of walking and fly camping along an undeveloped and remote section of the Great Ruaha River. 13 nights/14 days

 

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The Great Ruaha River

Day 1

Arrival in Tanzania – Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Dorobo will have a driver and vehicle to pick you up and transfer you to the Rivertrees Lodge (Check out: Rivertrees Lodge)

 

Day 2

Travel through the Maasai steppe and the Simanjiro plains to Tarangire National Park. Dorobo mobile camp. This day’s drive is an introduction to Maasai pastoralism as well as the dry season savannah as one travels through this landscape which is important to both the Maasai and the migratory ungulates of Tarangire National Park.  In the heart of the dry season, one gets a firsthand appreciation of the many adaptations that life has evolved to deal with arid conditions – from the plants to the larger mammals.

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Maasai Steppe

Day 3

Full day for remote walking and wildlife viewing based out of a Dorobo mobile camp in Tarangire National Park. 

Day 4

travel towards the center of Tarangire – picnic lunch and wildlife viewing enroute. The mobile camp for this night is situated nicely on the bluffs overlooking the start of the Tarangire river and a great location to just sit and enjoy the activity in the area.

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Eli close to camp

Day 5

Full day for excursions based from camp – walks, game drives, relaxing and enjoying the views. In September, which is the heart of the dry season, the concentration of wildlife in Tarangire is exceptional. Dorobo mobile camp

Day 6

Catch a scheduled flight from Tarangire Kuro airstrip to Ruaha Jongomeru airstrip – departs 10:40 and arrives at 12:30. Your Dorobo guide will meet you with a picnic lunch. Travel upstream following the Great Ruaha to the first trailhead camp.

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Daily walks based from the ruaha river

Days 7,8,9,10,11, and 12  exploring and excursions – mostly walking between camps each day but with the flexibility to adapt – stay one area two nights or veer off the planned route if circumstances or interests warrant. Dorobo mobile camps.

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 Stalking elephant in Ruaha

Day 13  wildlife viewing as one drives to the Ruaha River Lodge – afternoon for relaxing and enjoying the lodge and views. www.ruahariverlodge.com

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Wildlife viewing from ruaha river lodge

Day 14  catch a scheduled flight from Msembe Ruaha to either Arusha or Dar – international departure

 

 

 

Tarangire & Katavi Wilderness Safari June-Sep

THE LAST OF THE BEST OR THE BEST OF THE LAST

TARANGIRE AND KATAVI WILDERNESS SAFARI

A RARE SET DEPARTURE OFFER FROM DOROBO SAFARIS

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Sable in Katavi

Day 1

Arrival in Tanzania – Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Dorobo will have a driver and vehicle to pick you up and transfer you to the Rivertrees Lodge (Check out: Rivertrees Lodge)

Day 2

Travel through the Maasai steppe and the Simanjiro plains to Tarangire National Park. Dorobo mobile camp. This day’s drive is an introduction to Maasai pastoralism as well as the dry season savannah as one travels through this landscape which is important to both the Maasai and the migratory ungulates of Tarangire National Park.  In the heart of the dry season, one gets a firsthand appreciation of the many adaptations that life has evolved to deal with arid conditions – from the plants to the larger mammals.

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Maasai Steppe

Day 3

Full day for remote walking and wildlife viewing based out of a Dorobo mobile camp in Tarangire National Park. 

Day 4

travel towards the center of Tarangire – picnic lunch and wildlife viewing enroute. The mobile camp for this night is situated nicely on the bluffs overlooking the start of the Tarangire river and a great location to just sit and enjoy the activity in the area.

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Eli close to camp

Day 5

Full day for excursions based from camp – walks, game drives, relaxing and enjoying the views. In September, which is the heart of the dry season, the concentration of wildlife in Tarangire is exceptional. Dorobo mobile camp

Day 6

catch a charter from Kuro airstrip in Tarangire to Ikuu airstrip in Katavi National Park. A Dorobo guide will meet you with a picnic lunch. Wildlife viewing along the Ikuu river and Chada grasslands and then follow the Kapapa drainage and on to the base of the Mulele escarpment. The Dorobo mobile camp will be set up on the edge of the clear flowing Cholangwa stream. This day takes one from the busier tourist area of the park (never that busy) and into the lesser traveled back country.

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Cholangwa river camp

Day 7

full day for walking excursions in this area with options for a climb up the Mulele escarpment, bird along the Cholangwa river and/or a walk on the edge of the vast Kapunga mbuga. Dorobo mobile camp

Day 8

move camp this day and travel to the Rungwa River on the northeast edge of Katavi. A full day for wildlife viewing as one explores and drives through this remote part of the park.

Day 9

full day excursions in area – walk to falls and pool at base, along river, return to same camp

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Rungwa River

Day 10

retrace one’s route back to the large grassland area called Paradise. Dorobo camp on the edge of Paradise.

Day 11

excursions based from Paradise. Dorobo mobile camp

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Paradise

Day 12 Sep 18 Sun:

wildlife viewing to the Flycatcher Classic Tented Camp – arriving for lunch with the afternoon for relaxing or further excursions.   (Check out: Flycatcher Katavi Camp)

Day 13 Sept 19 Mon:

fly on Safari Air link scheduled flight to Dar es Salaam (slightly less expensive) or Arusha. The flight to Arusha leaves at 11:20 and arrives at 17:30 – just enough time to catch the KLM flight.  The Dar flight leaves at 11:20 and arrives in Dar at 16:35.  Depart on one’s international flight. Depending on the timing, there are options for dayrooms and dinner before the flight.

Note that the cost is inclusive from pick up at Kilimanjaro International Airport until drop off at either Kilimanjaro or Dar airport except for drinks and personal extras at the lodges, dinner on the last evening before departure, and tips.   The internal flights from Kuro to Katavi and Katavi to Dar are included.

 

OPTIONS FOR ADD ONS:

 

  1. ARRIVE ONE DAY EARLY – EXTRA NIGHT AT RIVERTREES AND RELAXED DAY/ EXCURSION TO ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK:

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  1. THREE NIGHTS AT LAKE SHORE LODGE – LAKE TANGANYIKA WITH ITINERARY AS FOLLOWS:

Day 13 Mon: travel from Flycatcher to Lake Shore Lodge – about 4 hours. Arrive for lunch. Afternoon for activities, relaxing on the lake with accommodation at one of the Beach Chalets

 

Day 14 Tue: full day for activities, excursions – snorkeling, diving, kayaking – Lake Tanganyika. Lake Shore Lodge

 

Day 15 Wed: morning at Lake Shore Lodge – after lunch drive back to Flycatcher Tented camp in Katavi.

 

Day 16 Thu: catch scheduled flight to Arusha or Dar. Depart on International flight.

Mt Meru forest hiking - Day trip

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Get picked up by your Dorobo driver from your hotel/lodge in Arusha  and make your way into Arusha National Park. Enjoy the drive up through the lush mountain forests of Mt Meru, while spotting a range of diversity from suni antelope, red duiker Hartlaubs turaco and the leaping colobus monkeys.

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Start hiking toward the Meru ash cone base; a beautiful hike through the forest with great views of Mt Kilimanjaro on a clear day. This hike takes about 2-4 hours depending on your groups fitness but also if you stop to bird and enjoy the scenery. You will be escorted by a armed TANAPA ranger as a safety precaution for there are often Cape Buffalo encountered on the trail.  Have a picnic lunch either at the base of the ash cone or by waterfalls on your drive down depending on the pace of your group.

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On your way out of the park enjoy driving by the mommela lakes which are often full of flamingo and many other water birds!

This day trip itinerary costs a total of $339 per person for 2 pax, $227 for 4 pax and $190 for 6 pax.

Mt Biking and Rock climbing in Maasailand

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Day 1

After an early breakfast in Arusha get picked up by your guide and drive south into Maasailand, have a picnic lunch on the simanjiro plains. The Simanjiro plains are crucial calving grounds for wildebeest and zebra of the Tarangire ecosystem from December-May. This offers some great wildlife viewing of plains game including zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and grants gazelle. What better way to observe these animals then from a mountain bike! Spend the afternoon biking into camp. Night at Dorobo mobile camp.

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Day 2
Spend the day rock climbing on beautiful granite close to camp. All climbs are on top rope with a varying difficulty of routes from easy 5.8 to harder 5.11. This day there is also the option for a half day excursion to climb up the Oldonyo Sambu mountain which gives great rock scrambling opportunities and a 360 degree vista of the whole Tarangire ecosystem. While in camp you will be accompanied by Maasai guides allowing you to get acquainted with the Maasai culture. Night at Dorobo mobile camp.

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Day 3

Option for a few early morning climbs and then drive into Tarangire National Park or back to Arusha. This can be a great add on for guests that want more activity on their safari.