Experience Teddy Roosevelt's African Adventure Immerse Yourself in Old East Africa [Kenya & Tanzania] in Style...
Updated: November 15
African safari experience that takes you back to the 1920s.
Shrike’s Experience Teddy Roosevelt's Adventure—offers the excitement and glamour of the African bush together with a romantic and indulgent itinerary featuring the most exclusive and luxurious tented camp in all of Africa. The following paragraph provides details of this itinerary and the tale of our inspiration for this exquisite safari.
In 1909 Teddy Roosevelt journeyed 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 camp 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 splendor of the wilderness in all its raw and stunning beauty while luxuriating in the finest of services and tented camp accommodations.
This trip will make every aspect of your journey unforgettable...
1 Night | The Norfolk
2 Nights | Cottar’s 1920 Camp
3 Nights | Kirawira Serena Camp
2 Nights | The Highlands
8 Nights | 9 DaysStarts from Arusha [Kilimanjaro airport]Ends in Arusha [Kilimanjaro airport]
Starting at 8990 per personExcluding International flights
Tarangire National ParkNgorongoro CraterSerengeti National Park
Arrival Nairobi, Kenya | The Norfolk
On arrival at the airport. An awaiting SHRIKE representative accompanies you to the elegant The Norfolk. The lodge has been hosting naturalists and safariers since 1904. The old photos of famous past travelers like Churchill and Teddy Roosevelt will remind you ...this is where grand adventures begin.
Masai Mara | Cottar’s 1920 Camp
The Mara is home to an incredible variety of wildlife. And tonight, we delight in a luscious meal at this exceptional camp, Cottar’s 1920 Camp. The camp was established by Calvin and Louise Cottar. 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.
Ngorongoro Crater | The Highlands
In truth, every luxury tented camp seems utterly perfect. However, The Highlands takes luxury, privacy, and adventure to dazzling new heights. Due to its location right at the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, we can guarantee you to be the first guest to descend into the Ngorongoro Crater floor in the morning [if you like...]
Serengeti | Kirawira Serena Camp
Your three nights in the Serengeti are spent in the unique atmosphere of the original safaris of yesteryear, under canvas in a luxurious tented camp, Kirawira Serena Camp —a reincarnation of Victorian-era elegance standing high on the bluff with a panoramic view of the Serengeti endless plains, a reminder of the safari style of the 1920s. Serengeti is truly the Africa of your imagination, and it is here that our expedition reaches a grand finale with unforgettable bush cocktails
Farewell Lunch | Fly Back Home
We fly to Arusha this morning. A dayroom has been reserved at Arusha Coffee Lodge for our comfort while we enjoy a final day to shop or revisit a favorite site. Later this evening we proceed to the airport.
Meet your Dedicated Safari Planner...
This safari is unmatched in its degree of included extras—from exceptional special events, seriously stress—free, and educational enhancements to the myriad little luxuries lavished upon you throughout your safari.
Gratuities included for meals and porterage even substantial ones to your Safari Guide and Safari Leader from beginning to end of your safari and you won’t be “nickel and dimed” for WIFI, tips at the lodges, drinks, and laundry; all that’s left for you to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy...
From the moment that we pick you up until the moment of your reluctant departure, all meals and beverages (including soft drinks, house wines, well spirits, and local beers) are provided as part of our all-inclusive safari cost—an extravagant saving and an enormous convenience.
Early riser’s coffee is served before the sunrise game drive, followed by abundant breakfast buffets, luncheons on the veranda, and a formal afternoon tea. Dinners are fashionably late following the return of the afternoon game drive, allowing time for relaxation and “sun-downers at the lounge or around the campfire.
Making a Difference
A safari with us helps to change the lives of destitute and orphaned children in Tanzania through educational support.
Once a full payment or a 25% deposit has been made for this safari your trip will depart as scheduled, we will never cancel for any reason other than Force Majeure. Your departure is guaranteed 100% No surcharge or supplemental cost ever imposed.
Admissions & Game Drive
National park entrance and concession fees, game viewing and Immersive activities for everyone including airport transfers from start to completion with little unexpected surprises along the way.
Top—notch Local Safari Guide
Enjoy the services of our highly—credentialed Safari Guide during your safari.
Emergency medical evacuation service
This assures Shrike guests in the wilderness area of prompt medical attention and air transportation to the nearest medical facility in the unlikely event that an emergency should arise. However, this should NOT replace your travel insurance.
Moreover, when you travel with Shrike, you are assured of the services of the Flying Doctors, a group of well—qualified physicians who travel by aircraft throughout the bush to provide treatment and transportation in East Africa.
The Finest and Well—equipped 4x4 Safari Vehicle
Our safari vehicles are also outfitted with ice chests stocked with ample bottled water and soft drinks. Binoculars—one for each traveler—is also available to Shrike guests in the bush, as well as a safari library of field guides to aid in your understanding of the flora and fauna of each region. Bean bags for stabilizing long lenses is available upon request.
Land Arrangements, Per Person.
Lifetime Deposit Scheme™
We understand that in today’s constantly changing world, plans can change at any time. That’s why we have introduced a Lifetime Deposit Scheme™ offering hassle—free rescheduling. i.e we'll keep your deposit as a credit to reschedule all the services at no extra cost until you’re ready to decide when to do the same trip or another available trip anytime. There’s no rush. And if you can't do the trip anymore, you can pass it on to a friend or relatives.
Thank you for taking such good care of us in Tanzania. Your knowledge of the African wildlife taught us so much about Tanzania and the great Serengeti. We appreciate your careful attention to detail and making sure we had plenty of time to visit every location on the list...
Robert Chizek—Owner, Chizek Custom Builders LLCMichigan, US
What is the best time to come on this safari?
There is no best time, each season has its own special features. Safari in the rainy season [April—May, and October—November] and the landscape is beautifully green, the dust has settled and there are fewer guests on safari. The grass is fertile and tall which makes the spotting game more challenging but rewarding. The rain will mainly fall during the night. The remainder of the year is called the dry season, when there is less water available so animals tend to congregate around the water sources, making game spotting easier. High season attracts more guests on safari specifically from June to September.
How many participants per departure?
In keeping with our commitment to personalized service and exclusive arrangements, the Shrike Specialty safaris are always small and intimate in size—carefully crafted to avoid any “big-group” feeling. Groups vary from as few as 4 guests [and what service!] to an average of 6 and not more than 12 participants ...believed to be the smallest group in the industry. Our safari vehicle accommodates no more than six guests.
Can I transform this trip into a private safari?
We easily customize this safari into an exclusive, fully Private Safari, with you and your family, or a group of friends with your own safari guide. A private vehicle will be yours for all game drives and tours—a lovely feature! Please ask for this option upon booking...
I am lactose intolerant/ require gluten—free meals/ allergic to peanuts/ vegan. Can you cater for this?
Yes, the chefs at each lodge have been specially trained to deal with many different types of dietary requirements. They will personally discuss your upcoming meals with you. Please also be sure to notify us of dietary requirements when making your booking.
What if I need serious medical attention while on safari?
As a local tour operator, we can recommend the best physicians. However, in more remote locations of Tanzania, you are assured of the services of the Flying Doctors—a group of well-qualified physicians who travel by aircraft throughout the bush to provide treatment and transportation. This assures Shrike guests of prompt medical attention and air transportation in the unlikely event that an emergency should arise.
How do I book this safari?
The unique appeal of this safari is the exclusive nature of hand-picked accommodations which can fill up quickly, particularly in high season, it is recommended to book at least 90 days in advance, most of our guests book 6 months to 1 year in advance. A deposit in the amount of 25% of your per—person trip price will hold your space. Credit and Debit Cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, PayPal, and Discover are accepted.
Do I need a passport and visa to travel to Kenya and Tanzania
After booking this safari you will receive detailed information that explains everything you need to know prior to your departure date including helpful tips, visa application, packing list, vaccination, etc.