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Activities
  • Wildlife Safari
Accommodation
  • 4 nights permanent camp
  • 2 nights hotel
Meals
  • 4 Dinners
  • 4 Lunches
  • 6 Breakfasts

7 Days$3710USD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: SFD

Trip highlights


  • Experience the spectacular Tarangire National Park known for its elephant populations and prolific birdlife
  • Marvel at the scenery on a flight from the Serengeti to Arusha
  • Game viewing in the incredible Serengeti National Park
  • Encounter a wide variety of animals in World Heritage Ngorongoro Crater
  • Visit the world famous paleolithic site of Olduvai Gorge
  • Learn about the Masai with a visit to a Masai boma (village)

An all encompassing safari through Tanzania's magnificent National Parks. We begin in spectacular Tarangire National Park known for its elephant populations and prolific birdlife where wildlife viewing is at its best from June to October (bird watching is excellent from November to May). We then make our way to Ngorongoro Crater, where encounters with a variety of animals are guaranteed due to the large concentration of species supported by the permanent water source and naturally enclosed in the volcanic crater with its steep, densely vegetated sides. We travel by road to a Masai village and then to the world famous paleolithic site of Olduvai Gorge and Serengeti. Multiple game drives allow opportunities to search for and observe a huge array of plains animals, associated predators, estuarine life, birds and the distinctive scenery of the famous Serengeti. Flying from the Serengeti National Park back to Arusha means we can save a day of transit by road and maximise the time available for game viewing. This is a great fly-drive safari highlighting the best game parks in northern Tanzania.


Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the group hotel either on the outskirts of Arusha or in town, depending on the trip version/ price level you have chosen. The rest of the day is at leisure. Accommodation: Moivaro Lodge, or Arusha Safari Lodge (3.5 star upgrade) or Mt Meru Hotel (4 star upgrade) ... or similar.

Meals:  Nil

After breakfast, we will drive to Tarangire National Park (approx 2- 3 hours) where we will have lunch on arrival. Later in the afternoon we will spend time game viewing within the park. This area has the largest population of elephants in northern Tanzania, with approximately 2000 sighted along the river at certain times of the year. In the dry season, (July–November) most of the wildlife in the Tarangire ecosystem migrates to the permanent water of the Tarangire River. The lush green shores of the river are a big attraction to many varieties of wildlife, so they offer fantastic game viewing. Dry baobab and acacia trees are scattered widely throughout Tarangire National Park and these provide an ideal home to over 500 species of birds. Most people who have visited East Africa give fabulous accounts of their safaris in this national park, which is famous for both its flora and fauna. Accommodation: Migunga Tented Camp, or Maramboi Tented Camp (3.5 star upgrade), or Tarangire Sopa Lodge (4 star upgrade) ... or similar.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is a long but rewarding day, filled with scenic driving and fabulous wildlife viewing. We leave early this morning for a 3 - 3.5hr drive up the Rift Valley escarpment to Ngorongoro Crater. At nearly 2300m on the Crater rim, the mornings are brisk and low cloud sometimes covers the area. Please bring some warm clothing as it can be cold here. We drop down into the Crater for a day of game viewing, including a picnic lunch. The World Heritage listed Ngorongoro Crater is one of the last refuges for the endangered black rhino in northern Tanzania; the rhino population here is carefully protected and they are quite commonly seen. With over 30,000 animals, the 100 sq km caldera of the Ngorongoro Crater is a natural amphitheatre for wildlife with its permanent water source and varied habitats. We drive to our accommodation back up on the rim of the Crater in the late afternoon. Accommodation: Crater Forest Tented Camp, or Ngorongoro Farm House (3.5 star upgrade), or Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (4 star upgrade) ...or similar.

Meals:  B,L,D

On our way to the Serengeti National Park we visit the world famous Olduvai Gorge, where our earliest ancestors were discovered by Professor Richard Leakey. We will also visit a Masai boma (village) to learn about Masai traditions and way of life.The hills and plains en route are home to wildlife as well as the Masai people and we are likely to see both on our journey. After passing through the Serengeti park gate we have opportunity to see a variety of wildlife as we game drive our way to our accommodation. We begin to get an idea of the vastness and remoteness of this incredible park as we travel across the savannah to our base for the next two nights. Accommodation: Kati Kati Tented Camp (for both the regular trip and the 3.5 star upgrade), or Serengeti Serena Lodge (4 star upgrade) .. or similar. (NOTE: Kati Kati is a semi-permanent tented camp operating from December - March and from June - October. Outside of these months, an alternative property will be used which may attract a small surcharge)

Meals:  B,L,D

We spend a full day in the Serengeti National Park, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage area for its wildlife and natural beauty. Mornings and late afternoons are the best times for wildlife spotting, as the animals retreat to the shade of trees to escape the heat of the day. We will follow this pattern to make the most of the time when wildlife is most active. We will wake with the sun and generally return to our camp or lodge after sunset, with time in the middle of the day to relax. Depending where we find most game, we may take a picnic lunch and stay out all day or return to our accommodation over lunch for a siesta before going out again in our 4WD safari vehicle to explore the different habitats found within the park. Famed for its annual migration, the Serengeti offers amazing game viewing at any time of the year: herds of buffalo, groups of elephant and giraffe, zebra, eland, topi, kongoni, impala and gazelle, among other wildlife. We hope to experience a blazing Serengeti sunset, with silhouetted acacia trees, to top off a magical day. Accommodation: Kati Kati Tented Camp (for both the regular trip and the 3.5 star upgrade), or Serengeti Serena Lodge (4 star upgrade) .. or similar. (NOTE: Kati Kati is a semi-permanent tented camp operating from December - March and from June - October. Outside of these months, an alternative property will be used which may attract a small surcharge)

Meals:  B,L,D

We will enjoy one last early morning game drive in the Serengeti before transferring to the Seronera airstrip for a 10:30 flight back to Arusha. (Please note that flight schedules are subject to change and availability.) On arrival in Arusha we will be met at the airport and transferred to our accommodation. There is time for an optional visit to a cultural market en route if you wish. Accommodation: Moivaro Lodge, or Arusha Safari Lodge (3.5 star upgrade), or Mt Meru Hotel (4 star upgrade) ... or similar.

Meals:  B

Trip arrangements end after breakfast with a transfer to the airport.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • airport transfers (day 1 and 7 only)
  • 4 nights in 3 star permanent safari camps on a twinshare basis (option to upgrade accommodation to 4 star safari lodges)
  • 2 nights in 3 star hotel on a twinshare basis
  • English speaking local driver-guide
  • game drives and excursions as listed in itinerary
  • national park fees valued at US$338
  • one way flight from Serengeti to Arusha valued at US$245
  • private transport in 4wd safari vehicle

  • International airfares & departure taxes
  • Bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, porterage, etc.
  • Visa costs
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Airport transfers if not arriving / departing on Days 1 & 7

Departure dates

Departs daily year round

Notes

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Price is based on two people travelling together.

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Total Priceper person from

$3710USD

Your trip price includes:

  • Internal flight valued at USD$255
  • Park Fees valued at USD$338
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    *Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

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