About the Swanepoel Serengeti Safari
During the first two weeks of August 2014, a small and fortunate group of 16 travelers will set off on a safari of a lifetime together with New York Times Best Seller Author of Surviving Your Serengeti, Stefan Swanepoel, and his son DJ.
The Serengeti is without a doubt the mother of all the wild life parks of East Africa, probably the world. The Serengeti National Park rarely fails to live up to its top billing any time of year. Have the Serengeti plains come alive before your eyes as a million hoofed beasts kick up dust and gallop across the grassy savannahs in the greatest concentration and migration of wildlife on the planet. The migration herd will absolutely be where we are heading, and the chances of us experiencing them actually crossing the Mara River in tens of thousands, and all the excitement and emotion that comes along with that experience, is very good. There is NO better time to be in this region than the first weeks of August.
During our ten-day safari, we will see more large wildlife than you have most likely seen in your life combined. You will experience the king of the jungle, the lion; the African elephant, Black rhino, African buffalo, cheetah, leopard, wildebeest, hyena, African wild dog, crocodile, hippo, monkey, baboon, giraffe, zebra, Bat eared foxes, jackal, Grant's and Thompson's gazelle, flamingo, Martial eagle, vulture, Secretary bird, Crowned crane, Marabou stork, and much more.
DAY 1 - ARUSHA
We arrive from New York via Amsterdam at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania and stay overnight in the nearby city of Arusha in a small Dutch-owned lodge that offers a high level of intimacy so that the group can get to know each other and settle into their new time zone.
DAY 2 and 3 – TARAGIRE and MANYARA
The next morning we start on our private safari operated locally by Tanganyika Expeditions, one of the oldest safari companies in East Africa. Ernest Hemingway called the expansive views across the alkaline lake towards the serrated blue volcanic peaks that rise from the grassy flood plains “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. Maybe you will see the legendary tree-climbing lion or the impressively tusked elephants. You will; however, be certain to see the baboon troops
lounge nonchalantly along the roadside and blue monkeys noisily scurrying dexterously in the trees. As the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater, forest troops of mongoose will dart between the acacias, introducing you to Tanzania’s impressive birdlife, with over 400 species; including the world-renowned pink-hued flamingos that partake on their own perpetual migration.
DAY 4 and 5 – NGORONGORO CRATER
And then we reach Africa's Great Rift Valley and the dramatic Ngorongoro Conservation Area with its striking range of volcanic craters. Created two million years ago by the collapse of an enormous volcano, Ngorongoro with a diameter of 12 miles and 6,500 feet high, the rim is now the world's largest unflooded caldera containing a rich and healthy microcosm of East Africa, with plains, lakes, forests, swamps and springs supporting approximately 25,000 of Africa's big game. Game-viewing here is as more abundant that anywhere in the world and it is the best place in Africa to see the big five. A healthy population of Black Rhino and some of the largest elephants left in the world are the prize spots, but the Crater is also home to strong populations of lion, leopard and hyena, along with good herds of wildebeest, buffalo and zebra.
DAY 6 and 7 – SOUTH CENTRAL SERENGETI and OLDUVAI
With the title the 'Cradle of Mankind' Olduvai, is the site of numerous prominent archaeological finds dating back 3.6 million years that have helped scientists answer important questions about human evolution. A second uniqueness is the Maasai tribe’s people who have been grazing their livestock here for around 200 years when the first European explorers visited the area. We will be staying at an intimate and authentic camp operated by local Maasai. One of the highlights is to take a stroll from the camp to Sunset Kopje, a large rocky outcrop about 15 minutes distant, scramble up the rock, past a small cave containing Maasai rock art, and reach the summit with its spectacular 360°degree view.
DAY 8, 9 and 10 – SERENGETI MARA
Serengeti wildebeest migration is the movement of 2 million wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of zebra, and smaller numbers of gazelles. These move in an annual pattern, which is entirely dependent upon the rainfall patterns each year.
The short rains begin around early November. A little after this, in late November and December, the herds of the wildebeest migration arrive on the short-grass plains of the Serengeti. They stay here through January, February and March, with most wildebeest calves born in a short window around February. Gradually they spread west across these plains, and then around April they start their great migration north. By May the wildebeest seem to be moving north, migrating. Around June they often halt on the south side of the Grumeti River, where they congregate, often building up to a high density before crossing the river.
The wildebeest migration continues moving northwards during July and August, often spreading out across a broad front: some heading through Grumeti Reserve and Ikorongo, others north through the heart of the Serengeti National Park. September sees the herds cross the Mara River into Kenya's adjacent Maasai Mara Game Reserve before they in October head back south, through western Loliondo and the Serengeti National Park's Lobo area, returning to the green shoots which follow the rains on the short-grass plains of the southern Serengeti in November.
DAY 11 - ARUSHA
We return via small plane to Arusha for a little shopping and freshening up before we say goodbye to the sights and smells that will stay with you forever. This will be one of the most memorable trips of your life and you will have a legion of photos and video to memorialize this unforgettable experience. Our return flight is from Kilimanjaro International Airport, via Amsterdam back to New York.
Specifics of the trip
DATES: Thursday, August 1st – Monday, August 14th
COST: $9,900 per person in a shared room including flights or $8,400 if you book your own flights*.
· International economy flight on Delta and KLM from New York, via Amsterdam to Arusha and back.
· Airport Departure Tax and transfer fees on above ticket.
· Arrival and Departure Meet and Greet with airport assistance.
- Domestic flight in Tanzania from Olduvai to Ubuntu.
· Domestic flight in Tanzania from Kogatende to Arusha.
- Domestic airport transfers and assistance.
· Comfortable Toyota Landcruiser Safari Vehicles (3 vehicles dedicated to our group) with guaranteed window seat.
· Unlimited game viewing drives per day while on safari.
· Three local certified and experienced Safari guides dedicated to our group.
· All accommodations – 10 nights (in Arusha and four different types of bush camps) In most cases we will be taking over the entire camp and will enjoy a unique bush experience as one group from the beginning to end.
- Breakfast and dinner will be at the camp everyday.
· Most lunches will be a picnic lunch while on safari.
- Park fees for the Taragire National Park.
- Park Fees for Lake Manyara National Park.
- Park fees for Ngorongoro Conservation area.
- Park fees for Ngorongoro crater descent.
- Park fees for Serengeti National Park.
· Three bottles of complimentary water, per person, per day.
- Safari of Self Discovery
And yes, DJ and Stefan Swanepoel will be there as well all the way as overall coordinators and your Safari of Self Discovery coaches. At night, drink in hand, invigorated by the days sights and sounds, we will discuss what it all means and how you can bring the wisdom of Africa back to the USA.
- Passport and Visa Fees
- Travel and Medical Insurance
- Personal Bar Tab and Personal Items Purchased
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 16 Guests
RESERVATIONS: Space on the tour will be handled on a first come, first served basis. To confirm your reservations for the 2014 Swanepoel Serengeti Safari, a 25% non-refundable deposit is required, with the balance due by end of February 2014. As our tour group will be taking over most camps completely, this tour will cut off when we reach the maximum number of bookings. To reserve a seat click here and complete the online registration and DJ Swanepoel will get back to you within 48 hours.
The tour operators are Africa Travel Resource (ATR) Ltd based out of Dorking, England. ATR is a full member of the Africa Travel and Tourism Association, the main trade body overseeing the safari sector, based in London, England. Africa Travel Resource Limited is also holder of a Air Travel Organisers' License, a compulsory UK government system that applies strict financial constraints on travel companies and provides a guarantee for customer funds in the event of insolvency.
Our specific tour operator is African born Clyde Beaty of ATR who with Stefan
designed this specific safari. Clyde has spent 14 years in the bush, including having worked at various camps in the Taragire and Serengeti Mara areas, and
has been planning group safaris for the last 5 years.
As with any trip things can go wrong, and although Stefan and DJ together with Africa Travel Resource will do everything possible to make sure this is a great trip, it may be worth looking at those the terms and conditions if you are of a pessimistic nature.
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