Overview

The absolute ultimate in luxury travel, Shrike’s Travel like Teddy Roosevelt—Shoot with A Camera offers the excitement and glamour of the African bush together with a romantic and indulgent itinerary featuring the most exclusive and luxu- rious tented camp in all of Africa. Even the extravagance of the Hot Air Balloon Safari is included. And unprecedented internal flights make travel between parks a seamless joy. The following paragraph provides details of this programme and the tale of our inspiration for this exquisite safari.

In 1909 Teddy Roosevelt jour-neyed to East Africa with an entourage of society friends and there undertook a journey that would forever alter the world’s perception of luxury travel at its ultimate. Replete with collapsible canvas bathtubs, custom-made bed linens, exotic safari outfits and equipment, vintage wines and elegant table fittings, the party set out with 500 porters to transport and service the needs of this exclusive group in their quest to conquer the bush in elegance and luxury. It was then that the concept of the Tented Safari was born, an elaborate combination of exotic African adventure and European civility and comfort. A century later, the Africa of Teddy Roosevelt awaits the traveler who wishes to experience the splendour of the wilderness in all its raw and stunning beauty while luxuriating in the finest of services and deluxe accommodations.

This trip will make every aspect of your journey unforgettable...

9 Nights 10 Days 19 Jan, 19 Jan, 20 Jan, and more Tanzania & Kenya
Route Map
Itinerary
Detailed itinerary

Day 1:

Arrival Nairobi, Kenya 

Welcome to Nairobi, the City in the Sun. An awaiting SHRIKE representative accompanies you to the elegant Hemingways Nairobi

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Day 2:

Masai Mara

This morning we fly to Maasai Mara, winging our way over the scenic Great Rift Valley and the unspoiled savannah that the Mara shares with the legendary Serengeti. Below us lies the Africa of your dreams! A country of rolling grass- lands, dense thickets and groves of acacia woodland, the Mara is home to an incredible variety of wildlife. Deep for- est grows along the Mara River and its tributaries, where many hippos and crocodiles bask lazily in the sunlight. Here we find the largest population of lions in Africa, care- fully watched by their neighbors, the stunning Coke’s har- tebeest, large herds of topi and the stately African buffalo. Black rhino are also to be found. Huge herds of elephant often block the roads. Glorious creatures are everywhere— it is difficult to decide where to look first! And tonight, we delight in a luscious meal at this exceptional camp, Cottar’s 1920 Camp. 

“If you want to track the safari bloodline, you go to Cottar’s,” states Travel+Leisure. Meet Calvin and Louise Cottar as your hosts. Calvin’s great grandfather was an American who, inspired by Teddy Roosevelt’s hunting exploits, moved to Kenya in 1911 and established Cottar’s Safari Services. The rest is history —more than 100 years of it. 

Cottar’s today is the quintessential luxe safari camp, inspired by the halcyon days of African travel. And who would know better? Scattered throughout the camp are Cottar family heirlooms, from the Victrola to the silver tea service. Each guest tent, with its own butler, is a luxurious affair of white canvas replete with antiques, illuminated by lanterns, offering private en suite dressing rooms and bathrooms complete with a freestanding tub! Cottar’s for- tuitous position in the Mara—located on a concession of private land bordering the Serengeti—affords prolific game drives in the shimming light of early morning, gold- en light of late afternoon or by the sterling light of the moon. All without equal. 

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Day 3:

Masai Mara – Game viewing

This day an extensive game run is planned. The sheer enormity of the Maasai Mara offers endless opportu- nities for excitement, including one of the most glorious evening events of the safari—sundowners on the Mara Escarpment, where cocktails await us deep in the bush. Soon the natural world is a dark velvet cape all around us with only the firelight and the stars in the ancient African sky to light the night. As the warmth of the African day gives way to the cool of evening, we experience a rare peace and beauty and find our- selves as one with the land and her inhabitants. 

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Day 4 

Tarangire National Park

This morning we fly to the Ngorongoro Crater via Nairobi and Arusha. Then the bush! Light aircraft takes us to Tanzania’s stunning Tarangire National Park. This gem of a reserve is known for its visually striking wilderness of the longest living trees " the ancient baobab" set on rolling savannah grasslands, herds of ele- phants and enormous birdlife. The Tarangire River flows through the land, providing constant water supply and guarantee of strong wildlife. 

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DAY 5:

Bush Walk

We awaken to the sounds of Africa and begin our day with a Bush Walk, affording an intimate and pro- foundly personal bond to the world of the wild. Our expert naturalist is hard at work, pointing out each individual miracle of the land that we are now a part of. An extensive afternoon game run explores the depths of the deep Serengeti. Everywhere there are animals, mon- keys and, yes, birds...but look closely and you will thrill to the huge jungle cats—lion, leopard, and cheetah—just watching the world go by. And go by it does. Rhino, gazelle, antelope and massive elephants by the hundreds. Animals in the trees, on the wing, camouflaged in the bush, in rivers, and in streams. The adventure of a lifetime. This afternoon an extensive game viewing is planned. 

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Day 6 7
Ngorongoro Crater

Drive to Ngorongoro Crater—one of the natural wonders of the world. A spectacular game haunt, the 102-square-mile crater is a perfect caldera, one of the largest on earth. Millions of years ago a smoldering volcano collapsed, creating the crater and a home for thousands of animals amidst its many types of vegetation grown and nourished over the centuries. Over 30,000 animals live here: prides of lion, rarely seen black rhino, herds of ele- phant, leopard, cheetah and giraffe, gazelle by the thou- sands and multitudes of wildebeest. Uniquely beautiful, we will never see its likes again. We spend a memorable day ensconced in the crater, exploring its breadth and depth. Cocktails, sumptuous meals at this exceptional tented camp The Highlands and a solid evening’s rest after the most remarkable days in Africa. We are once again stunned by the beauty of the orange sunset that hovers in the wild African sky, signaling the end to yet another unforgettable day on safari. 

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Day 8 9
Serengeti National Park.

The Serengeti is our next destination; our first taste of the Serengeti is the beautiful and unspoilt Northern plains. Her vast rolling plains spread out before us...the greatest wildlife spectacle in the world offers up views of over three million large animals—ele- phant, zebra, gazelle, rhino, cheetah, lions, leopard and more. Within this huge park, a complex ecosystem gives us the opportunity to view every variety of habitation, from the dry south where the grasslands stretch out in a sultry dance with the breeze to the park’s center, a green oasis of open woodlands and thicket. Streams are lined by dense, brilliantly green forests. 

We have delightful accommodations at Kirawira Serena Camp a vibrant and avant-garde interpretation of African chic. Standing high on a bluff with views over the endlessly rolling reaches of the Serengeti, Kirawira is the epitome of a colonial-styled safari camp featuring tasteful chintz lounges, Persian rugs, antique escritoires, wind-up phonographs, and leather-bound travelling cases. It is a magical place and possibly the most remote camp in Tanzania. Crafted in classically Edwardian style to replicate the elegant hunting camps of legendary hunters of the early 1900s such as Denys Finch Hatton, Teddy Roosevelt, and Baron Bror Blixen, it evokes the simple safaris of yesteryear 

Our stay here will enable us to see the Serengeti not only from the ground but from the air, as we take an early morning Hot Air Balloon Safari. On other safaris this thrilling experience is offered at an additional expense... on SHRIKE's Travel like Teddy Roosevelt—Shoot with A Camera it is our pleasure to invite you on this amazing journey as our guest. You will drift serenely over the great herds as birds of prey swoop past. Elephants and giraffe cast a curious glance your way. The beauty of the wilderness as seen from the early morning African sky is an unparalleled experience. Upon our descent, a sumptuous champagne breakfast is served on the plains that you just so recently observed from your perch high above. 

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Day 10:

Fly to Arusha city | Connect with your International flight.

We awaken to the sounds of Africa. A short flight from the Serengeti will bring you back to Arusha city. We check into the Arusha Coffee Lodge. Relax in a day room before your flight home. As you bid farewell to Tanzania, you know that this has been a journey to remember for the rest of your life. 

 

Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • All tips
  • All transfers.
  • Guaranteed window seat.
  • Tanzania National Park fees.
  • A Local Top-notch safari guide.
  • Accommodation as specified or similar.
  • Vegetarian meals can be served upon request.
  • Laundry and Internet service if available at the camp.
  • 100% guaranteed departure. We've never canceled a trip.
  • All meals and local brand beverages from start to completion.
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance; this should NOT replace your travel insurance.
  • Private 4-wheel drive custom safari vehicle with cool beverages and snacks, a pair of binoculars, animal and bird guidebooks, and bean bags for stabilizing long lenses.

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Travel insurance.
  • International Flights.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Airline-Imposed Fuel Surcharges.
  • Fees for Passport, Visa, or Immunizations.
  • Champagne, cognacs, cellar wines, cigars, and cigarettes.
  • Airline-Imposed Seat Assignment and Checked Baggage Fees.
  • Sightseeing and excursions other than those specified in the itinerary.
  • Visa (Available at the airport for $ 100 or less; costs vary significantly from country to country).
Pickup point
Here is where we will meet, don't get lost!
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, NBO (NBO), Embakasi, Nairobi, Kenya View on Map