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Marabou Stork Fly-in Safari

Four luxurious camps enable exploration of Tanzania’s north and southern regions. With a range of land- and water-based activities available throughout, decidedly comfortable accommodation and applicable long-stay discounts, this adventurous safari is excellent value.

Marabou Stork Fly-in Safari: Summary

Marabou Stork safari in a nutshell

This luxurious safari visits both northern and southern Tanzania, including stays in four stylish sister camps located within prime wildlife destinations.

Beginning at Oliver’s Camp in the quieter south-east of Tarangire National Park, the safari starts with the chance to enjoy guided walking safaris, night drives and fly-camping. An excellent introduction to the trip, Oliver’s Camp makes for a tastefully rustic base from which to explore a relatively remote region of the park.

Maintaining this degree of exclusivity, The Highlands sits removed from other crater-rim camps in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, overlooking the forested slopes near Olmoti Crater. Here, the views are breathtaking and a unique bubble-domed design allows for spectacular visibility over the crater’s sunrises and sunsets. Ample hiking opportunities, cultural visits and safari on the crater floor offer great variety to a day’s activities.

The safari then travels to Ruaha National Park, where Jabali Ridge makes for a decidedly luxurious base in an excellent game-viewing region. Jabali sits atop rocky kopjes with commanding views over the surrounding bush, and offers a mixture of both day and night game drives as well as walking safaris.

As the name might suggest, Roho ya Selous (translating as "heart of the Selous", the previous name for Nyerere) occupies a similarly excellent location in Nyerere National Park. Being near to both Lake Manze and Lake Nzerakera, the camp offers a range of water-based activities such as boating and fishing as well as 4WD drives and walking safaris.

Run by the same experienced safari operator, these decidedly stylish camps come with the option of long-stay discounts, making this luxurious trip excellent value.

At a glance

Starts: Kilimanjaro International Airport
2 nights Oliver's Camp - Tarangire National Park, Tanzania Full Board & Activities
3 nights The Highlands - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania Full Board & Activities
2 nights Namiri Plains Camp - Serengeti Migration Area, Tanzania Full Board & Activities
3 nights Jabali Ridge - Ruaha National Park, Tanzania Full Board & Activities
3 nights Roho ya Selous - Nyerere National Park, Tanzania Full Board & Activities
Ends: Dar es Salaam International Airport

Oliver's Camp

Days 1-3

In the quiet south-east of Tarangire National Park, beside Silale and Lormakau marshes, Oliver's Camp is a lovely tented camp set on a low, sandy ridge. It is particularly good for wildlife in the height of the dry season, when the marshes attract huge herds of buffalo, zebra and wildebeest. It originally started off as a temporary camp, but was made permanent in 2008.

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The Highlands

Days 3-6

The Highlands is located north of the Ngorongoro Crater, far from other camps in a forested area near the Olmoti Volcano. The design is unique – you won't find another camp like this anywhere else in East Africa.

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Namiri Plains Camp

Days 6-8

Namiri Plains is located an hour and a half's drive due east from the game-rich core of the Serengeti – Seronera. The camp first opened in 2014 in an area that for more than 20 years had been closed to the public. Previously this region had exclusively been used for cheetah conservation and the number of big cats found here – especially lion prides and cheetahs – is astonishing.

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Jabali Ridge

Days 8-11

Jabali Ridge is an exciting new luxury addition to Ruaha National Park. It opened in September 2017, in a prime game viewing area with commanding views over the park and the Mwagusi River.

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Roho ya Selous

Days 11-14

Opened in 2017 Roho ya Selous is currently the newest safari camp in the Nyerere National Park. Its name means 'Heart of the Selous', after the old Selous Game Reserve. It's located on a small promontory on the west side of Lake Nzerakera, just to the north of the inland delta formed by the Rufiji River. This is indeed at the heart of the Nyerere National Parks' best area for game.

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Oliver's Camp

Oliver's Camp

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

The Highlands

The Highlands

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Namiri Plains Camp

Namiri Plains Camp

Serengeti Migration Area, Tanzania

Jabali Ridge

Jabali Ridge

Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

Roho ya Selous

Roho ya Selous

Nyerere National Park, Tanzania

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Marabou Stork Fly-in Safari.

  • Watching game wander through Lormakau marshes
  • Enjoying spectacular sunrises at The Highlands
  • Seeking black rhino on the Ngorongoro Crater floor
  • Encountering giraffe on foot at Jabali
  • Drifting downriver with sundowners on the boat

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Marabou Stork Fly-in Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Boat trip

  • Cultural excursion

  • Fishing

  • Fly-camping

  • Guided walking safari

  • Hot air ballooning

  • Night drive

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Key species to see on the Marabou Stork Fly-in Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Marabou Stork Fly-in Safari. Click on the animals and our wildlife surveys page for more info.


Lion

100% chance

Leopard

100% chance

Cheetah

100% chance

Buffalo

100% chance

Eland

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Giraffe

100% chance

Hippo

100% chance

Spotted Hyena

100% chance

Wildebeest

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Black Rhino

65% chance

Striped Hyena

55% chance

Wild dog

54% chance

Oryx

15% chance

Aardvark

12% chance

Roan antelope

8% chance

Pangolin

4% chance

Sable antelope

0% chance

Side-trips whilst on this safari

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Marabou Stork Fly-in Safari. Talk to us: they’re usually best arranged when you book.


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Mto Wa Mbu Village Walk

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Discover the nuances of day-to-day life in the large Tanzanian village of Mto Wa Mbu with a knowledgeable local guide. This is not a village set up for tourists – Mto Wa Mbu is a real community and offers a chance to see a side of Tanzania that many visitors pass by.

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Crater Rim Walk

Half day - two hour walk

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Olduvai Gorge visit

Olduvai Gorge visit

One - two hours

See for yourself the renowned archaeological site of Olduvai (or Oldupai) Gorge, which lies en route between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park. Famed for the discoveries of early hominin remains as well as the Laetoli Footprints, the site offers beautiful views, an engaging museum and potentially the opportunity to visit an active dig.

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93% (15 reviews)
Lake Manyara Treetop Walkway

Lake Manyara Treetop Walkway

Usually one hour

Experience the forest of Lake Manyara National Park from a whole new perspective – high up in the trees. The first suspended walkway in Tanzania, it stretches underneath the canopy for 370m between the mahogany and fig trees, giving intrepid visitors a unique view of the surrounding flora and fauna.

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75% (4 reviews)
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Balloon Safari over Ruaha

Three hours - one hour flight

Varied and scenically stunning, Ruaha National Park features rolling hills, woodlands, open plains and two wide meandering rivers: the Ruaha and the Mwagusi. What better way to view it than from the air, at sunrise? A balloon safari offers just this, the landscape unfolding below your basket as you float almost silently above.

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