Welcome to Tanzania! You will be met on arrival after passing through customs and immigration at Kilimanjaro International Airport and be transferred to your lodge, about an hour away in the town of Arusha, for dinner and overnight.
On day 2 fly from Arusha’s regional airport to Ndutu’s airstrip on the edge of the Serengeti National Park. Your family will be met on arrival and transferred to the extremely comfortable seasonal tented camp that will be your base during this unique, adventure safari. Your private vehicle, guide and spotter will be waiting for you. Afternoon game activity as time allows.
Your intimate tented camp is set on the edge of the short-grass plains of the Southern Serengeti, which host the wildebeest birthing season and all the predator action that coincides; it’s hard to imagine a more stunning backdrop to your safari adventure. Flora bursts forth, fields of wildflowers bloom, and the striking contrast of traditional Hadzabe cloth and bead work against the emerald background makes for a perfect palette. We’ll spend time with and learn more about this threatened tribe in the upcoming days, but for now settle into your surrounds and get into the safari swing of things before embarking on your African walking adventure.
Settle into your surrounds and get into the safari swing of things before embarking on your walking adventure into one of Tanzania’s most unique areas.
Walking Safari & Fly Camping
Hiking in the African bush might sound like hard work, but in reality it is an adventure dictated entirely by your own pace. Spend the days ambling and exploring, and arrive in the evening at your fly camp. What’s a fly camp? We set up a stripped-back camp with custom-built dome tents and dinner around the campfire. Just you and your staff and guides under the stars. Tracking is easy in the rich, alluvial soil, and your Hadzabe guides will teach your family to read the pug-marks and prints… as well as how to harvest honey, light fires the real way, make bows and arrows, and silently stalk prey. This is a teenager’s dream come true (and most adults feel the same way, too)!
Walking in this wild space, you will feel the opening of your senses and your ability to read and interpret the signals of the bush. You will learn to see the landscape through the eyes of the Hadzabe, immeasurably enhancing the richness of the way you experience it. Enjoy the active participation of engaging with your surroundings, and cultivate a fuller appreciation of the endless intricacies that make up the magic of the bush. Sleep in comfort and safety under canvas and beneath the skies iridescent with sparkling stars. Listen to centuries-old folklore and learn astronomy around the camp fire as you drink in the nocturnal sounds of the African night.
Head back to the luxuries of the Serengeti South main camp for a well-earned break as you let the experience of living in the bush sink in. Test your new-found bush skills on game drives as you scan the horizon for cheetah and wild dog among the wildebeest. Daily game drives and nights around the camp fire discussing everything you’ve experienced.
Sadly on day 9 it’s time to depart. Bid farewell to the Serengeti after breakfast and enjoy your last game drive en route to the airstrip. You will fly back to Arusha, where you will be picked up and transferred back to Arusha Coffee Lodge, where there is a dayroom reserved for you. Have lunch and relax, maybe do a little shopping and repack before it’s time to return to the Kilimanjaro Airport to meet your departing flights for home.
As a native South African, safaris are in Mike's blood. While he has traveled extensively throughout Africa - 12 countries and more safaris than he can count - from Morocco to Namibia (and almost every country in between), his favorite safari experience is still in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. With 20 years in the safari industry, Mike has spent decades fostering close-knit relationships with camps, lodges and guides throughout Africa. As a true safari expert, he personally vets all African Safari Company & Expeditions safari partners in Africa.
Julia's summers as a child were spent exploring her grandparent's farm in Zimbabwe, game parks throughout the region and visiting family in South Africa. These experiences shaped her more than she could have imagined, and in her early 20s she packed her bags and headed to Zambia to manage a camp in the South Luangwa Valley. Julia returned and joined her father, Mike, at African Safari Company in 2001 assisting with special projects until she came on board as the Director of Sales in 2011.
Julia has traveled countless times to Africa: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Morocco vetting safari lodges, meeting guides and exploring game reserves and her favorite African cities (Cape Town being her top pick!). Even after venturing to so many places, she can still easily pick her favorite African safari experiences, one being Kiba Point in the Selous National Park in Tanzania. "Incredible wildlife, amazing guides, the river, sleep outs, hot springs...it has it all!" She has also visited Ecuador and the Galapagos, Peru, the Bahamas, France, Mexico and Jamaica, and is always looking for the next opportunity to explore exotic locales. While her in-depth knowledge spans East and Southern Africa, plus Morocco, we consider her to be our resident Zambia safari expert, South Africa safari expert and Tanzania safari expert. Contact Julia to plan your custom African safari today!
Isaac joined African Safari Co. & Expeditions in 2018. He has extensive experience traveling throughout Latin America and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. While his expertise lies in the tropical paradise of of South America, he is excited to hit the ground running in discovering Africa and scouting out the most unique, and adventurous, safari experiences.
Shannon joined the company in 2015 and has since had the incredible opportunity of visiting Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Her first trip to Kenya is where she fell in love with the people, wildlife and the soul of a safari. She now managers web design & marketing for African Safari Co. & Expeditions.
Elliot joined the African Safari Co. team, and the world, in June of 2016. He begin as our official Director of Naps and has since traveled to South Africa and Guatemala and has been promoted to Vice President of chaos. Elliot is excited to continue to grow with the company, quite literally speaking, and travel the world in search of new adventures!
Bogey has been with the African Safari Co. since 2014. While he unfortunately can not travel to Africa, for a natural fear of lions, he loves being in the office and helping to keep everyone on their toes and on time for daily walks.