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Sep 30 - Oct 4
There is nothing more magical than a golden sunrise in the savannah, being surrounded by thousands of animals - sharing it with Tribe members feels like being part of a National Geographic documentary.
Unplugged adventures are all about our reunion; seeing familiar faces while taking an intentional break from work to reconnect and reminisce about the wild days of the Tribe. To keep in touch with old friends a few times a year and stay plugged into the community, even when we're no longer fully nomadic.
Living our daily lives together is beyond compare, now imagine us driving through the savannah and seeing thousands of wild animals.
Unplug & Go on a 5-Day Safari
Led by a certified safari guide, we'll journey to the Serengeti in search of phenomenal wildlife in its natural habitat. Full-service lodges will bring us closer to the region’s animals and is an economical way to gain insight into local cultures in a short amount of time. Our small safari vehicles minimize drive times and improve your chances of snapping that perfect shot of one of the elusive "big five."
Safari Together: Our Itinerary
This Unplugged adventure is organized in combination with a tour company based in Tanzania, Africa who was recommended by a member of the community. See an outline of our upcoming adventure below
ARUSHA - LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
You'll depart from Arusha after breakfast for the drive to Lake Manyara National Park.
The journey takes approximately two hours, but we'll pass through the market town of Mto Wa Mbu along the way. This agricultural and fresh produce market is a melting pot of local cultures and a souvenir hunter's paradise.
After a brief stop at the village market, you'll enter Lake Manyara National Park. The park is truly a photographer's playground and offers some of the best game viewing in the world. You can expect to see many of Africa's most well-known animals, with the tree-climbing lions a particular treat. These proud predators lounge in acacia trees practically begging to be photographed.
Bird-watchers will find Lake Manyara is an absolute delight, with a huge variety of birds on display in the park. Even the novice can expect to be amazed by large flamingo flocks, circling birds of prey, and the brightly coloured lilac breasted roller.
You'll then retire to your chosen accommodation for dinner and a good night's rest.
KARATU - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
We'll take an early breakfast, as we've got a big day of exploration and adventure ahead of us!
We'll begin the day with the scenic drive towards the Serengeti. Along the way, we'll pass through the mist-shrouded rainforests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you might be lucky enough to glimpse cape buffalo, baboons, or even elephants and leopards in the dense undergrowth.
It's a nearly four-hour drive to the Serengeti park gates, but you can choose to break up the drive with one of the optional activities.
After a delicious lunch at the Serengeti National Park picnic area, it’s time to explore the Serengeti itself. Witness Africa’s iconic savannah landscape and be amazed by the sheer number of animals that roam these grassy plains.
Dinner and overnight in the heart of the Serengeti National Park according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.
SERONERA (CENTRAL SERENGETI)
Today you can choose when you will do game drive and when you want to relax in the lodge.
You can wake before dawn to take part in a sunrise game drive. As the sun sets fire to the savannah, you'll have the best opportunity to see predators in action as they take advantage of the low light and cooler temperatures to look for an early meal. It's an ideal time to see lions, leopards, and cheetahs in action as well as the early morning movements of the wildebeest, zebra, and other herbivores.
After your unforgettable morning, you'll return to your lodge for a late breakfast and to freshen up before hitting the road again with a picnic lunch / or to stay in the lodge in the afternoon to enjoy the view from the mess tent or the platform in front of your room.
Your driver will select the best possible route based upon the time of year and the kind of animals you'd like to see, catering your day so that your opportunities to see the Serengeti's diverse wildlife are maximized.
You can also have a normal morning game drive after breakfast, and return to the lodge for hot lunch.
From 1:00pm until 3:00pm, it is hotter than the rest of the day, so you may choose to stay in the lodge after lunch, and start another game drive in the late afternoon.
You have another option to take to the skies with a sunrise hot air balloon safari and champagne breakfast. Speak with your safari expert about adding this once-in-a-lifetime experience to your safari.
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK - NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
After breakfast, we get right on the road back towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Our drive takes us back through the Serengeti via a different route, offering plenty of opportunities to spot the animals that eluded you on day two. As far as the eye can see, you’ll spot thousands upon thousands of animals in herds; wildebeests and zebras migrating together, tall and graceful giraffes, jumping antelopes and gazelles, the powerful African elephant and the most respected group of animals: the predators.
You will have the chance to spot lean cheetahs and shy leopards, foraging hyenas, and last but not least, the king himself; the lion.
Once arrived in Ngorongoro Conservation Area you have the chance to visit an original Maasai Boma. The Maasai is the only tribe that is allowed to live inside this area.
Dinner and overnight on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater or in nearby Karatu Town according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.
END OF THE ITINERARY
After breakfast, you'll depart for Ngorongoro Crater; considered by some to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. When you get your first glimpse of this vast, verdant caldera from the panoramic viewpoint, you'll soon understand why it has earned such a lofty reputation.
Home to over 120 species of mammal including the fabled Big Five, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the most sought after safari destinations in the world. It's a particularly good place to see the endangered black rhinoceros enjoying a lonely meal out on the grass plains, as well as a place to see large numbers of hippopotamus enjoying the cool water.
From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, you'll be able to observe and photograph some of Africa's most recognisable faces. The crater is home to a large number of predators including lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas, as well as a large population of wildebeest, zebras, antelope, cape buffalo, and more. It is truly one of Africa's premier safari destinations.
After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch by the park's famous hippo pool before returning to Arusha.
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch Stay
Nsya Lodge is set amongst acacia forest within spacious beautiful gardens, away from the hustle, giving you the upmost relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. Just 5 minutes drive from Lake Manyara National and 2 hours drive from Arusha.
The variety of accommodation suits all types of holiday makers’ cottages from single, double, triple and family rooms. All furniture is hand made from Tanzanian Aristans giving the opportunity to support local community, enabling us to create a true traditional African style lodge.
Featured at Nsya Lodge & Camp is a restaurant that serves mouth watering local and international cuisine. A daily trip to the Mto wa Mbu market to purchase the freshest produce from the farms, inspires the on-site chef’s menu of the day.
The Main Bar area offers a variety of alcoholic and non alcoholic refreshments. For those who would like to keep up to date on the latest news and sports, a satellite television is available.
Unwind after a long day on safari with a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, enjoy a sundowner under the African sun. Have a game of pool or darts with your family or friends at the Pool Bar.
A Curio Shop is located beside reception for those who are looking for an ideal gift or souvenir to take home.
Complimentary WI-FI internet access is available around the main areas of the lodge.
A beautiful space in the Acacia Forest has been set aside for those who enjoy getting in touch with nature and camping, the area is ideal for overland trucks and individuals alike. The lodge offers campers facilities such as bathrooms with hot showers and a special kitchen is available for their use.
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch Stay
Osinon Camps and Lodges is located at the heart of Serengeti National Park, just a few minutes drive from Seronera airstrip.
Set under the shade of the acacia trees, the camp provides an easy view of wildlife passing from the south of the park to the northern corridor.
The camp offers 14 luxury en-suite canvas tents – including a family tent with private lounge, all with spectacular views. Each of the exclusive guest tents provides a king/queen size bed, study table and chair, traditional sofa and coffee table, 24-hour solar power, as well as free Wi-Fi. The ensuite bathroom provides a hot water shower, washbasin and toilet.
The camp offers a true bush experience with a very private atmosphere and personalized services.
Meals are served in the dining tent close to the communal lounge where guests can enjoy cold drinks after meals.
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch Stay
The Octagon Lodge is a small and private lodge located twenty minutes away from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Gate in Tanzania. Ideal for visitors on a private vacation or trip, it is situated amid exotic gardens and provides an ideal base for visitors to the northern parks of Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro.
The accommodations at the Octagon Lodge consist of twelve chalets and two stone cottages, as well as 1 large one bedroom unit. Most of the chalets are arranged as twin beds, while some are also arranged as double rooms with queen-sized four poster beds.
The cottages are oriented for families or groups of friends on a safari vacation or African holiday. All rooms contain en suite bathrooms with shower. The beds are extra large with four poster draping nets for protection against insects.
Each room also has a private veranda where guests can sit out and enjoy the sun, read a book or write a postcard.
Good to Know Before We Go
All Unplugged experiences are different, and this Safari comes with its own set of notes to be aware of before we get in the 4x4 Safari vehicles.
Out of 1800 tour companies, we are going with one of the Top 10 tour operators that have been in the business for over 10 years.
Our safari will be led by seasoned, professional, English-speaking guides that are looking forward to answering all your questions about the animal kingdom, culture, and country.
Unlimited game drives, with no limit on driving distance, you can game drive from dawn until dusk.
We'll stay in 3 different lodges, full board in all the places - you got nothing to worry about.
Good to Know
We are going to be in nature with wild animals. While we are trying to see the "Big 5" specific animal sightings can't be guaranteed.
All accommodation is going to be shared, due to high prices for private rooms inside the national parks.
Unplugged adventures are a time to take time off from work, we do have WiFi connection available, but the focus is on connecting rather than staying productive. While being in the savannah we can't guarantee stability.
There are lots of optional add-on adventures and trips during the Safari - like visiting a Masai Boma village or going on a hot air balloon safari. More info is going to follow!
Join Us for the 5-Day Safari in Tanzania
Unplugged adventures are about reuniting with old friends. It's a week-long intentional break from the day-to-day to disconnect from work and reconnect with the Tribe. Members who have joined Chapters before and intimately understand what being a Triber is all about will thrive most on Unplugged adventures.
Booking priority will be given to Veterans, Citizens, and Nomads – find out which one you are here.
Sep 30 - Oct 4:
- Airport transfers
- All Park entrance fees, government taxes and fees, service charges
- Private 4x4 wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch and sliding windows for 360-degree view of the wildlife surrounding you with English-speaking tour guides and drivers
- Unlimited game-viewing between the hours of 06:00 and 18:00;
- Charging station and WiFi - Each car includes a charging station so you can charge your phone, camera battery, or laptop while on the road and comes with WiFi so we can stay connected
- Shared Accommodation as indicated, all meals while on the safari (also, water and hot drinks anytime you'd like).
- At the lodges it will be on a full board basis
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Find answers about Unplugged below:
As part of the Unplugged Safari adventure, these things are included in the price:
- All meals while on the safari. When staying at lodges it will be on full board basis and when budget camping then our accompanying chef will prepare delicious warm meals.
- All Park entrance fees & taxes.
- All prices are quoted in US Dollars.
- Game safari to national parks as specified
- Hotel/lodge/camp accommodation for the duration of the safari.
- Private 4x4 wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch and sliding windows for 360-degree view of the wildlife surrounding you
- First aid kit - Every safari vehicle comes standard with a fully stocked first aid kit. Our guides are all trained in providing basic first aid.
- Spare tires - for any unforeseen issues that may arise on bumpy African outback
- Charging station - Each car includes a charging station so you can charge your phone, camera battery, or laptop while on the road.
- WIFI - Our Tanzanian vehicles come standard with WiFi so that you can stay connected while on the road.
- Tea & Coffee - Every safari departs with a box including coffee and tea that can be enjoyed at any point during your safari.
- Binoculars - 1 pair per car
- Professional English-speaking safari and tour guide / driver
- Water and hot drink (coffee and tea) during safari.
- Wildlife tours according to your itinerary preferences.
As part of the Unplugged Safari adventure, these things are included in the price:
- Any sightseeing excursions and optional activities other than those specified
- Entry visas
- International flights
- Tips and gratuities to safari crew - recommended: 15-20 USD per day to safari driver
- Travel insurance
Chapter deposits won't be used to secure a booking for the Safari, full payments are due 8 weeks before the Unplugged adventure begins.
Unplugged Payments (please be aware we have reverted back to our pre-COVID policies):
- Booking requests will receive a link to finalize your booking to pay the full Unplugged price payment
- The final full payment is due 8 weeks prior to the Unplugged adventure starting. (Note: this means you’ll have from the time of booking until 8 weeks out to submit the full Unplugged adventure payment)
- If your full payment is not received 8 weeks before the Unplugged adventure start date, your spot will be given to the next person on the waitlist
- Bookings made less than 8 weeks before the Unplugged adventure start date will pay the full Unplugged adventure price at booking
Cancellations (please be aware we have reverted back to a version of our pre-COVID policies):
Once the full Unplugged adventure payment is paid, the following cancellation policy applies:
- Cancelled 6+ weeks before Unplugged adventure start date: 100% refund of full Unplugged adventure payment
- Cancelled 4-6 weeks before Unplugged adventure start date: 50% refund of full Unplugged adventure payment
- Cancelled ≤ 4 weeks before Unplugged adventure start date: No refund
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- Trip protection against weather-related incidents that cause trip cancellations or delays
- Gear protection to protect yourself against theft, lost or damaged equipment
- Emergency medical insurance and emergency evacuation to cover any accidents on the mountain
Unplugged adventures are about reuniting with old friends. It's a week-long intentional break from the day-to-day to disconnect from work and reconnect with the Tribe.
It's a chance for us to keep in touch with old friends a few times a year and stay plugged into the community, even when we're no longer fully nomadic and able to join month-long Chapters.
That's why, for these adventure weeks, we're looking for members who have joined Chapters before and intimately understand what being a Triber is all about.
Chapters have a focus on productivity with the expectation that everyone will log on to work Monday-Friday. Unplugged is a time to... well, unplug.
Set up an out of office message and take off days from work, these week-long adventures are a holiday as a Tribe. We won't be working during the week, instead all of our focus will be on the adventure and the intention of getting even closer by sharing an epic experience.
Since this is a chance to unplug from our daily work schedules, we aren't specifically sourcing accommodations for their WiFi reliability and speeds. We also won't have the backup MiFi devices on the ground or other supportive tech gear.
There will be WiFi on the 4x4 private vehicles, and at the lodges, but we can't guarantee any stability and recommend people not to rely on it.
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