A Taste of Tanzania

Highlights

  • Enjoy game drives in the Great Rift Valley, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti
  • Visit one of the world's oldest archaeological sites at Olduvai Gorge
  • Stay in luxury safari camps where you sleep under the stars and enjoy relaxing by the campfire
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What you'll do

Overview

Tanzania is one of Africa's most epic countries to explore. Boasting the jaw-dropping wildebeest migration and the highest peak in Africa, this is your chance to explore Tanzania and experience the magical Serengeti, spot hippos wallowing in the wetlands of Ngorongoro Crater, and the tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara National Park.

Your adventure begins when you arrive in Arusha International Airport, situated between Mount Kilimanjaro National Park and Lake Manyara National Park. Afte...Read All

Arrival Day

On arrival at Kilimanjaro or Arusha Airport you’ll be personally met and escorted by our driver-guide to the fashionable Arusha Hotel in the heart of Tanzania’s safari centre, where you’ll spend the night. Activities, including swimming, shopping, or visiting the Tanzanite Experience Museum for those who arrive early.

Otherwise simply relax, refresh after your journey and start getting excited for the epic adventure that awaits you.

Accommodation

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Your First Game Drive

Leave Arusha after a buffet breakfast for Lake Manyara National Park. Situated in Tanzania’s central-northern region with the Lake Manyara to its east and the Manyara Escarpment to its west, the Lake Manyara National Park offers breathtaking views and a large variety of habitats supporting an array of wildlife. This small park is home to surprising biodiversity and features a magnificent landscape of acacia woodlands, forests, baobab strewn cliffs, algae-streaked hot springs, swamps and the...Read All

Discover the Serengeti

Leave camp after breakfast for the drive to the Serengeti National Park, passing through rich farmland until reaching the lush montane forests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Crater Highlands.

After ascending and descending the rift escarpment, stop first at Olduvai Gorge, one of the world’s most famous fossil and archaeological sites, dating back two million years and where many finds of early humans were discovered.

Tour the Olduvai Museum before a picnic lunch. In the a...Read All

Ngorongoro Crater Adventure

Drive to the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, a collapsed volcano, once as high as present day Mount Meru, for an afternoon of exciting game-viewing and a picnic lunch.

Descend 2,000 feet to the floor of this 10 mile-wide ‘caldera’ that teems with a variety of wildlife, including the highest density of lions per square kilometre in Africa, open savannah grasslands, the Lerai groundwater forest and a soda lake tinged pink by thousands of flamingos.

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Journey to Coffee Country

After an early breakfast, spend another half-day in the Crater photographing or simply enjoying the animals and landscapes. At lunchtime, relax with a picnic, then leave on a 2-hour drive to the historic and newly renovated Plantation Lodge, in heart of coffee country. Arrive in time for a cool drink and hot shower before a delicious dinner and restful night.

Accommodation

The Plantation Lodge

The Plantation Lodge’s location offers maximum safari enjoyment to visitors. ...Read All

Departure Day

After breakfast, return to Arusha, stopping for lunch at a popular local restaurant. Later enjoy the benefits of day accommodations at the Kilimanjaro Airport Hotel before a late transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

We hope you have had an incredible time with us in Tanzania, and leave feeling as though you have truly immersed yourself in the amazing nature and wildlife of Africa during your time here.

What's included

Included

  • 1 night accommodation in Four Points by Sheraton Arusha The Arusha Hotel (HB)
  • 1 night accommodation in Kirurumu Manyara Lodge (FB)
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kirurumu Serengeti Central Camp (FB)
  • 1 night accommodation in Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (FB)
  • 1 night accommodation in The Plantation Lodge (HB)
  • Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park
  • Daily game drives in Serengeti National Park
  • Visit to Olduvai Gorge and Olduvai Museum tour
  • Game drives in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Experienced English speaking driver guide
  • Bottled water and/or soft drinks in vehicle during game drives
  • All entry fees for national parks, conservation fees, reserve fees relevant to this itinerary
Your local host

Steven and Team

Steven is a Maasai who grew up in Arusha and became prominent in the national parks service. He rose to the rank of senior ranger of Tarangire National Park before embarking on a career in tourism.

Steven is a Maasai who grew up in Arusha and became prominent in the national parks service. He rose to the rank of senior ranger of Tarangire National Park before embarking on a career in tourism.

Location

Your adventure begins from the moment you land in Arusha International Airport in the north of the country, where you are transferred immediately to your accommodation to relax, refresh, and get ready for your journey through Tanzania.

From there, you’ll head westwards to Lake Manyara National Park and the Great Rift Valley, before you head into the wilderness of the Serengeti, far to the north of the country, not far from the border with Kenya. The final half of your adventure is spent heading to the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, before your final stop in coffee country, closer to Lake Manyara.

From there, you’ll head back to Arusha for your flight home, hopefully having enjoyed exploring this magnificent corner of Africa.

FAQs

How much should I tip?

There is a strong tipping culture in Tanzania, but it can be hard to know exactly how much to tip for what service. Here are some guidelines as to what is generally expected of tips:

Safari driver/guide - US$20 per day as a total for the whole group on safari, not per person (i.e. $20 per car used per day).

In lodges - Service charges are almost always included in lodges on the Northern Safari Circuit. If clients wish to leave a tip, then there is usually a tip box provided at reception. Gratuities placed in the tip box are generally divided amongst the entire staff on a monthly basis. Tips are not normally given on receipt of meals and it is advised that if clients wish to leave a tip for services received, then they leave it in the tip box at the end of their stay. A guideline of US$5 per day is reasonable.

Porters - If someone carries your bag to/from your vehicle at a lodge, then a reasonable guideline is US$2.

What should I wear for safari?

· Should be comfortable, preferably not in bright colours.
· Shorts.
· Trousers for the evening (and day if very hot).
· Sleeved shirts (to roll down against the sun or insects).
· Comfortable boots or shoes.
· Walking boots (already broken in!), especially if walking or trekking.
· A fleece or sweater - the nights can be cool in the bush and Ngorongoro cold after dark.
· A good, wide brimmed, hat.
· Sunglasses and sun block/screen.
· At least 2 changes of clothing for safari.
· In the evenings, especially at Lodges, a change of informal, casual clothes for dinner.
If you are travelling during rainy season - usually November and April / May- a shower proof jacket is useful.

When is the rainy season and what can I expect in rainy season

The rainy season is usually short bursts of very heavy rain followed by sunshine. in November and April / May. The rains usually don't last long , but can be heavy and so a shower proof jacket and walking boots rather than trainers are recommended.

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