Thank you Erica and Francesco! Once again you created an experience of a lifetime for me — one that I will draw on for comfort and joy and reflection while I deal with the stresses, trials, and tribulations of work life. Africa has a special place in my heart… I loved how I got to witness the circle of life and most importantly how we ALL are a part of a greater whole and connected on multiple levels. The icing of your trips are all the wonderful souls I get to meet and connect with. Thank you.
Yoga. Meditation. Fitness Training. Massage.
Fresh, local, creative, flavorful cuisine — with a variety of delicious choices to satisfy every palette. While you might be reluctant to come in from the awe-inspiring game drives, the delicious cuisine is definitely worth returning “home” to. Vegan or gluten-free? We’ve got you covered.
This is a truly elegant, beautiful, authentic Out Of Africa mobile safari experience, with lovely, private, tented accommodations, delicious food and expert guides. If experiencing a classic safari in the most authentic, elegant of ways is on your Bucket List, this Escape is for you!
Join us as we support Pack For A Purpose. Bring items to donate with you and we will arrange for them to be picked up at in Arusha and distributed through the proper channels to those that are in need in Tanzania.
Bucket List Escape + Epic Escape + Ultimate Escape all wrapped up in a perfect package — complimented by the unique and unpredictable performance that Mother Nature puts on daily. There truly are no words to sum up the experience that awaits.
The Great Migration is often referred to as The Ultimate Safari Experience — dramatic, raw, real and impactful as the predators and prey live out a daily battle of life and death amidst the greatest diversity of wildlife, in a setting unsurpassed in any big game country in Africa.
We invite you to join us at two of East Africa’s most luxurious mobile tented camps for an experience that is sure to stay with you forever. Twice daily private game drives, yoga + meditation and fitness classes, delicious meals prepared by our private chefs, served by our impeccable staff; sundowners and picnics, a hot air balloon ride, massage, plus so much more.
This is a truly elegant, beautiful, authentic Out Of Africa experience, with lovely accommodations, delicious food and expert guides, but as we will be staying in mobile camps, it is not for everyone. Please read all details below in order to decide if this once-in-a-lifetime experience is for you.
The name Olerai originates from the Masai word for the Yellow Barked Acacia trees that are prevalent on the grounds of the lodge, casting a dappled light over the 8 acres of land on the outskirts of Arusha City. Once a private home, Olerai welcomes us with an air of calmness — an Urban Oasis, perfect for starting our safari adventure. Their philosophy is “simple-exclusivity is the greatest luxury”, and, as such, we will have the entire property just for ourselves — just like with all of the safari camps. The small team of dedicated staff are there to provide personalized service in a relaxed, home setting. En-suite rooms spread over the garden grounds provide comfortable accommodation, while lush gardens will serve as the perfect backdrop for our meals on the veranda.
Osunyai Lamarkau sits facing the rising sun on the edge of the wilderness zone, affording stunning game viewing by 4WD or on foot accompanied by an armed Ranger.
Due to the location of Osunyai Lamarkau and the sunrise setting, the camp affords a glimpse of true exclusivity — the last true luxury in travel.
It’s unique location on the edge of the wilderness zone within Tarangire — far from the main circuit — makes Osunyai Lamarkau the most remote and exclusive of any accommodations within the park.
Sitting in the very north of the Serengeti National Park, Akiba Kibwe lies directly in the route of the migrating wildebeest and zebra as they head towards the Mara River. The river creates an exciting backdrop and alternative wildlife haven to the surrounding short grass plains and kopje systems that dot the valleys of the north.
Akiba Kibwe, with its westerly setting, epitomizes the true spirit of an authentic, elegant safari experience under canvas. Each tent offers uninterrupted views west, situated to maximize the classic African landscape. Dining and relaxing are well taken care of in the separate tents with their billowing fabrics rippling in the African breeze.
Each tent in both locations has an en-suite bathroom with a bucket shower (part of the adventure). This is a wonderful way to experience an authentic safari, inspired by the early explorers on their first expeditions to this beautiful part of East Africa.
Please note all activities are optional.
5:30 am – Morning wake up
6:00 am – Breakfast
6:30–11:00 am – Game Drive
11:30 am – Yoga & Meditation
1:00 pm – Lunch
3:00 pm – Circuit Training
4:15 pm – Game Drive
8:00 pm – Dinner
Egg made to order
Home made muesli with dried fruits & home made cashew nut milk
Coffee & tea
Deconstructed salad of quinoa, fresh local greens, roasted vegetables & cashew-nut dressing
Slow roasted chicken & black bean tostadas
Fresh fruit plate
Mid-afternoon Snack – Raw nuts & cacao trail mix
Pumpkin & ginger soup
Grilled fish & roasted vegetables
Passion fruit sorbet
4:30 am – Morning wake up
5:30 am – Hot Air Balloon Experience
9:00 am- Champagne Breakfast on the Savannah
12:00 pm – Yoga & Meditation
2:00 pm – Lunch
4:00 pm – Game Drive
8:00 pm – Dinner
On account of the hot climate, it is generally recommended that you take light cotton clothing for the daytime and warmer items for early mornings and evenings when temperatures tend to drop considerably. On early morning game drives you will find that it is cold initially and later warms up dramatically as the sun rises. During night game drives the opposite is naturally the case and it is therefore suggested that you take several layers of clothes which you can either put on or take off as required. In other words, layers are essential.
Clothing for game drives, bush walks and other game activities should generally be neutral with the emphasis being on shades of khaki or beige in order to cause minimal disturbance to animals. Laundry can be done in our camps and is washed by hand.
Here are a few other essentials:
To enter Tanzania you will need a passport (valid for six months after departure from Tanzania) and a visa. We strongly suggest that you apply for your Tanzania visa online at www.immigration.go.tz . Please note, it is recommended to use this official site and not any other third party websites. The online process usually takes 2–3 weeks for a visa to be issued so please be sure to visit this site no later than June 1 to be on the safe side.
It is also possible to get a visa on arrival at Kilimanjaro International airport. The cost (as of today, subject to change) is $100 per person. However we do not recommend this process due to long delays on arrival.
You may decide to fly via Nairobi or visit Kenya before arriving to Tanzania — in this case, you will need a Kenya Visa as well. Kenya Visa applications are online and should be done at least 1 week prior to travel by visiting this website: www.evisa.go.ke. The visa application process requires some patience and persistence. Before starting, it is good to have all documents prepared and downloaded to your desktop. If you experience any difficulties, please contact the Kenya Consulate directly.
Erica is an acclaimed wellness expert, yoga teacher & fitness trainer. She is largely inspired by the journey of wellness, the subtle to the grand discoveries each individual makes through their physical practice, inviting students to embrace a sense of play while experiencing their body in a whole new way through each unique class. With classes always set to music, from tribal to lounge to classic rock songs, Erica encourages students to find their own personal rhythm and expression, to meet their edge and challenge themselves in new ways. Additionally, Erica is co-founder and co-owner of Escape To Shape: Adventures in Wellness & Escape Artists: Luxury Travel Advisors. Erica is passionate about travel & giving back to the communities in which she visits & thrives on authentic connection, curiosity & discovery.