dates & group size
February 23 - March 5, 2024.
Maximum 8 participants.
*Historical town of Bagamoyo.
*Serengeti Great Migration and big cats.
*Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Loliondo.
WHAT TO EXPECT
*Combination of historical landmarks and nature reserves.
*Unique ecosystems & raw wilderness.
*Wildebeest calving season in the Serengeti.
*Hiking & interacting with locals.
*Colourful busy fish market in Bagamoyo, east coast of Tanzania.
*Insights into Arabica coffee production.
*Tutoring from Dan Rubin.
*Landscape, documentary & travel photographers.
*All ages & skill levels.
*Educational seekers & history lovers.
Day 1. Arrival at Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) of Dar es Salaam.
Our driver will be waiting for you at the airport to transfer you to your lodge in Dar Es Salaam located on the coast of the Indian Ocean. Upon arrival at the lodge, your tour leader & a member of our team will meet you for a briefing and Q&A relating to your trip.
Accommodation: Alexander`s Hotel.
Day 2. Transfer to Bagamoyo.
In the morning be ready for a drive to Bagamoyo for a cultural and historical exploration of the area.
The town of Bagamoyo is home to world-class Historical sites and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites with rich cultural heritage. Bagamoyo is a quiet village with a few German colonial buildings still standing. In the past, the town of Bagamoyo was one of the most important trading ports on the entire East African coast. Its port was the penultimate stop of slave and ivory caravans that traveled on foot all the way from Lake Tanganyika. Once the caravans reached Bagamoyo, the slaves and ivory were shipped by dhow to Zanzibar, where they were then dispatched all over the world. These days, Bagamoyo is a center of dhow building in the region and along the Tanzanian Coast.
Bagamoyo is surrounded by old buildings of the previous generation and beautiful Arab architecture with thick walls of Earth fitted with well-carved doors made of thick African hardwood. On your walk through narrow streets between the Old buildings of Bagamoyo stone town, you will visit the German Colonial Administrative block, Art market, Old post office, 1st Tanzania Primary School, Old Mosques, Hanging tower, Caravan Serai Museum, and the fish market. On your walk along the Indian Ocean beach visit a center for dhow sailboat building and get to know how local people build boats.
Accommodation: Firefly Bagamoyo.
Day 3. Full day in Bagamoyo.
The highlight of your visit to Bagamoyo will be the morning fish market. You will see how fishermen return from the nighttime fishing in their old-school canoes and sell the fish at the local market. Not to miss such a vibrant event.
Accommodation: Firefly Bagamoyo.
Day 4: Domestic air transfer from Dar Es Salaam to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
Early morning we will take you back to Dar Es Salaam for a domestic flight to Arusha. You will then have another briefing at the lodge before your safari starts the next day.
Accommodation: Rivertrees Country Inn.
Day 5-6. Ndutu Plains & southern serengeti.
In the morning, you will take a domestic flight to the Serengeti to our private camp located in Ndutu Plains. You will have two days of game drives in the scenic area of the park.
Accommodation: The Image of Africa private mobile camp in Ndutu.
Day 7-9. Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Loliondo, and Salei plains.
Be ready for a scenic drive from Ndutu to Loliondo, where a 15-minute drive from camp will take you to the Sanjan Gorge. The mouth of the Sanjan has a spectacular point from which to watch the sunrise behind the Oldonyo Lengai active volcano. On a clear morning, you can see both Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro from this point! After the sunrise and a cup of tea/coffee, you will walk up the river bed for a few kilometers passing stunning geographical formations. These cliffs were formed at the time of the first rift stretching from Lake Eyasi to Lake Natron. This rift is what caused the volcanoes to develop around Ngorongoro. The gorge is culturally important to the Maasai as in the dry season they excavate deep wells in the riverbed in order to water their cattle. Geographically the gorge is fascinating, as you are making your way through a narrow gap that slices straight through the Gol Mountain – in some areas, the walls of the gorge are only separated by a couple of meters whereas in other areas it opens up to the sky! Biologically the walls of the gorge are the nesting ground for species of vultures, mainly the Ruppell’s Griffon vulture. You also have the opportunity to spot the endangered Lammergeier!
The gorge is a habitat for troops of baboons, rock hyrax, and if you’re lucky you may chance a sighting of a leopard sunning on the mountainside.
Accommodation: The Image of Africa Private camp in Loliondo.
Day 10. Town of karatu.
Karatu is a charming town located in the northern region of Tanzania, nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of East Africa. You will enjoy the town's vibrant local culture, interact with the welcoming Chaga and Iraqw communities, and explore the bustling markets offering a taste of authentic Tanzanian life.
Accommodation: Ngorongoro Farm House.
Day 11. Coffee plantations & return to arusha.
Karatu is renowned for its thriving coffee plantations. The coffee estates contribute to the region's economy and offer a unique experience for visitors to learn about the cultivation and production of coffee. The primary coffee variety grown in Karatu is Arabica coffee (Coffea arabica).
In the morning, you will visit one of the plantations before driving back to Arusha.
Accommodation: Rivertrees Country Inn.
Day 12. Transfer to the airport.
From today you are free to continue your journey on your own.
Note that the tickets from Kilimanjaro Airport to Dar es Salaam or elsewhere are not included in the final price, although we can facilitate the booking for you.
Your tour leader Dan Rubin
Born in Miami Beach and based in London for over 10 years, Dan is a designer, photographer, and founder / creative director of Webgraph, a multi-disciplinary studio based in the US. Former Creative Director at MOO and a member of 100cameras’ Board of Creatives, Dan’s design practice focuses on usability and sustainability, and a documentary approach to brand storytelling. In addition to consulting with clients and speaking at conferences around the world, he also provides art direction and photographic services to select clientele on request. Dan is a frequent workshop leader for Leica Akademie, a recurring juror for the International Photography Awards, and a WPO Academy member.
Tour price starts from 7,790 USD
Registering for this tour will require a 200 USD deposit to secure your place.
*Dan Rubin as your tutor & tour leader.
*Domestic air transfers from Dar es Salaam to Arusha and from Arusha to Serengeti.
*All overland transfers as per the itinerary.
*Accommodation throughout your stay.
*Meals and soft drinks, house beers & wines.
*Delicious 'Goodbye dinner'.
*Local expert guides & safari guide.
*Private Land Cruiser 4x4 and game drives.
*Emergency medical evacuation insurance.
What's not included
*Items of a personal nature.
*International return flight to Tanzania and flight from Arusha back to Dar es Salaam when your trip ends.
*Travel, medical, cancellation, and baggage insurance.
*Visa fees (please be sure to check if visas are required).
*Note that the meals and beverages are not included in Alexanders's hotel on day 1 and in Firefly Bagamoyo - these properties use a la carte menu.
*Gratuities for the driver guide and camp staff.