Elephant trails

Elephant Trails

From the Lemiyon Plains of northern Tarangire, from our camp located amongst the acacia and baobab forests
bordering the Naitolia floodplains, we head south west, across the open plains and savannah, following the paths frequented by elephants, their giant footprints hardened in the sun baked soils, their piles of dung steaming in the early morning. Our destination is one of the valleys of the Tarangire River. A large seasonal white sand river, with fig trees, baobabs and tamarinds trees lining its banks, where narrow deep holes have been dug by elephants searching for subterranean water, and where we find our picnic lunch, set up under the shade of a nearby tree.

Elephant Trails – Itinerary available from June 1st 2011.

Day 1: Arrival at Naitolia Camp late this afternoon, where you will be shown to your banda and meet your Masai guides for tomorrows walk. Dinner is served under the light of a kerosene lantern in our spacious mess area. After-wards experience a night drive on the plains; kudu, zebra, bat eared foxes, and the occasional leopard, returning to the large king size beds, to fall asleep in the stillness of the African night.

Day 2: Awaken this morning as the sun slowly rises over the floodplains, acacias silhouetted against the rose pink sky and to the soft morning call of the camp staff, as they bring your morning coffee or tea and the hot water for your shower. After breakfast, you will meet up with your guides and head out onto the plains, heading south west, across the savannah and along the edge of a “wait-a-bit” thorn tree forest towards a distant kopje. It is in this area that hope-fully we will see giraffe, zebra and wildebeest, ostriches and elephant. After climbing the kopje for the spectacular views over the Tarangire ecosystem and towards the rift valley, continue towards a line of green trees that mark the location of the sand rivers. As we approach the river, we will see the tracks of the many elephant, the holes they have dug for water, and the trees and bushes stripped of vegetation as they have foraged. A picnic lunch will have been set up under the shade of a tree on the river bank. After lunch, walk along the river bed before heading towards the pick up point where the staff from Boundary Hill Lodge will be waiting to drive you in the open vehicle to the lodge. Arrival about 16hr00, in time for a hot shower or to soak in one of the baths. Dinner and overnight on the dining terraces at Boundary Hill overlooking the Silale swamp.

Day 3: After breakfast continue your safari, meet up with your guides, or transfer to Arusha, Makyuni, Kuro airstrip or the Boundary Hill gate.

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INCLUDED: This is a walking safari with English speaking guide Masai guides, all full board accommodation throughout, conservation fees, and night drives as stated.

NOT INCLUDED: soft and alcoholic drinks, all items of a personal nature, transfers to Naitolia and from Boundary Hill Lodge.

Quote: $290 USD per person. Minimum group size of one.