7 Day Tanzania Safari with scheduled departure dates from US$2,990.- p

Explore Northern Tanzania, including the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Park. Stay at authentic safari camps as well as hotels. Meet Maasai in their village and visit a local school project.

Highlights:

  • Serengeti Migration in Mobile Safari Camp
  • Ngorongoro Crater Safari with Big-5 Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, Leopard
  • Game Drives in Tarangire National Park
Accommodation Destination Nights Basis Room Type
Ilboru Safari Lodge Arusha 1  FB+ 1x Standard Room
Mandhari Lodge Ngorongoro Conservation Area 1 FB+ 1x Guest Chalet
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge Ngorongoro Crater 1 FB+ 1x Standard Room
NNasikia Mobile Migration Camp (Jun – Oct) Serengeti 2 FB+ 1x Safari Tent
Tarangire Ndovu Camp Tarangire National Park 1 FB+ 1x Standard Safari Tent

Key

FB+: Dinner, bed, breakfast, lunch and activities daily

Price

US$2,990.-per person, sharing occupancy for 2020

US$350.- single supplement

Note: If the below small group departures do not fit your schedule, then this safari is available for any date departure with  just the two of you. Please inquire for pricing.

Trip dates 2020 (your arrival date in Tanzania):Sun Jan 5th
Sun Jan 19th
Sun Jan 26th
Sun Feb 2nd
Sun Feb 16th
Sun Mar 1st
Sun Mar 15th
Sun Jun 7th
Sun Jun 21st
Sun Jul 5th
Sun Jul 19th
Sun Aug 2nd
Sun Aug 16th
Sun Aug 30th
Sun Sep 13th
Sun Sep 27th
Sun Oct 11th
Sun Oct 25th
Sun Dec 6th
Sun Dec 13th
Sun Dec 27th

Comfort Level: Mid-level deluxe

Included

Accomodation and full board (some picnic lunches) as per package, transport in 4 wheel drive safari vehicles with naturalist guide, all National Park fees and Ngorongoro Crater fee, airport meet and greet and transfers, Swahili Cooking Class and lunch on your first day in Arusha, payments to local community project;

Excluded

International flight to Kilimanjaro airport, visa, travel insurance, optional Hot Air Balloon flight or activities not included in package,

Day 1:           Ilboru Safari Lodge, Arusha

Day Itinerary

You will be met at Kilimanjaro Int. airport and transfereed to your lodge for pre-safari briefing.

Are you interested in learning to cook African food in an authentic traditional surrounding? Let us take you to the Swahili people who will show you that cooking the African way entails more than just a recipe. It involves using the most basic elements to create an inviting aromatic meal. This fun and rewarding experience will have you chopping and mixing the freshest ingredients, then cooking over an open pit fire. To top off your experience, try eating your freshly prepared meal the Swahili way…with your bare hands. You’ll return home with interesting new skills and an appreciation for the Swahili kitchen.

Activities

Swahili Cooking Class

Tanzania

The name Tanzania conjures up images of wildebeest stampeding across vast savannah, rain forests teeming with monkeys and birdlife, and great plains brimming with legions of game. All of these natural wonders and more are on offer in this exceptionally diverse African nation. Visitors typically visit Tanzania to partake in at least one of the four well known Tanzanian tourist experiences: a relaxing seaside vacation on the picturesque island paradise of Zanzibar, an underwater tour of some of the world’s most renowned dive sites around the gorgeous Spice Islands, a safari adventure in some of Africa’s most impressive game reserves, or a hiking excursion around Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. Whichever of these incredible holidays you choose, you will undoubtedly be welcomed by some fabulously friendly and peaceful inhabitants who, despite being divided into 120 different ethnic groups and cultures, live in harmony with one another and provide some of the most wonderfully exotic local cuisine you could imagine. With all of this diversity on offer, the most difficult part of your Tanzanian holiday experience is likely to be deciding where to go!

Arusha

Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania – nestled below Mt. Meru and close to Mount Kilimanjaro. From Arusha there are options to head  to Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Parks and from there it’s a short trip to the Serengeti. Arusha was built by the Germans as a centre of colonial administration because of the temperate climate.

Overnight: Ilboru Safari Lodge     View iBrochure

Nestled on the lower slopes of the majestic Mt Meru, the Ilboru Safari Lodge is popular with mountain climbers and safari travelers in northern Tanzania. Ideally located between the northern safari circuit and Mt Kilimanjaro, the beautiful Swahili sanctuary is set on a five acre plot, tucked away beneath ancient trees on the outskirts of Arusha town. The lodge features rooms for singles, couples and family. Four rooms are in the main building, close to the pool and other facilities, each with a balcony overlooking the garden. The rest of the rooms are double cottages situated throughout the lushly landscaped grounds.

Included

Lunch, Dinner

Day 2:           Mandhari Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day Itinerary

We transfer into Lake Manyara for morning game drive and lunch, a classic safari pic-nic, and enjoy our final glimpse of the great wilds of the Northern Tanzania. Lake Man-yara offers an insight into the Great Rift Valley system and the adaptation of many herd animals and magnificent birdlife. We continue Esilalei Maasai Village to explore the area and our school project. In the late afternoon, we zig zag our way up the Rift Valley Escarpment and onto the Rift Valley escarpment wall for overnight. The lodge is locat-ed in the farmlands bordering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where the wildlife roam nearby, but the best part is the 180 degrees of views right in front of you.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area includes the famous Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site  and expansive plains of grassland which run all the way across to the Serengeti. Local Masai herd their cattle and goats alongside Africa’s famed wildlife, as they have for centuries.

Lake Manyara National Park

With the Lake on its east and the Manyara Escarpment to its west the Lake Manyara National Park offers breathtaking views and a large variety of habitats. Acacia woodlands, water forests, baobab strewn cliffs, algae-streaked hot springs, swamps and the lake itself. Manyara has the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world. It lends itself for a picnic stop on the way to Ngorongoro Crater.

Overnight: Mandhari Lodge          View iBrochure

Aligned with soaring flamingos, Mandhari Lodge is situated high on the Manyara Escarpment which forms part of the Great Rift Valley. ‘Mandhari’ means ‘view, scenery, landscape’ in Swahili, and with a bird’s eye view of the great expanse from Lake Natron to Mondulli Mountains and across Lake Manyara, this lodge offers breathtaking views from sunrise to sunset.

Swaddled in the colours of the earth, the lodge offers a unique medley of accommodation options; nine dramatic, glass-fronted standard suites, one honeymoon suite, one cosy family suite for up to 4 people and one incredible 4-bedroom (up to 8 people) Nasikia Villa with private plunge pool. All suites and villa have an unob- structed view across the dreamy landscape below.

The large, core gathering area of reception, dining, lounge, bar and swimming pool is largely an open eucalypt platform filled with hand-crafted furnishings and woven delights.

Use the lodge to delve into the hearts of Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Crater – or simply remain in the grasp of its surroundings with an extensive range of cultural delights to absorb: traditional spa treatments, highlands hiking, Tinga Tinga painting lessons, Swahili cooking lessons, African drumming, customary dancing, the ancient art of yoga and more. Welcome to soulful Tanzania.

Guest Chalet

Each guest chalet is full glassed in the front to take advantage of the incredible views – perched atop the Rift Valley Wall with view from Lake Natron and all the way through to Lake Manyara. This land is ancient, set amonst acacia trees and Iraqw farms. Each chalet is ensuited in polished concrete with private lounge for relaxing after a long day of safari – and warm bedroom to spend the night where flamingos soar

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 3:           Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater

Day Itinerary

Short drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ngorongoro is collapsed volca-no – an incredible natural amphitheatre, 25 km across and teeming with all of the African big game. Early morning descent into the crater for spectacular scenery and game viewing in what has been described as the eighth wonder of the world. Tonight we are staying on the crater rim, it is quite common for zebra, buffalo and even elephant to be grazing right outside the lodge.

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater, once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Today, long since having collapsed and eroded, it is an extensive highland area with the famous 600 meter deep Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. Fresh springs and a large soda lake quench the thirst of all the inhabitants.The Ngorongoro Crater is game viewing gone crazy and it is not surprising that it is one of Tanzania’s major tourist draw cards. Black rhino are protected within its rim, giant tusked elephants wander the forests, black-maned lions stalk the grasslands, and flamingos crowd the soda lakes. It is also one of the view places where hyenas can be seen roaming during the daylight. Outside of the crater Masaai herdsmen can be seen tending to their flocks of goats and herds of cattle.

Overnight: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge        View iBrochure

Perched on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, the magnificent Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is the only property on the eastern rim of this World Heritage Site.

Accommodating 186 guests in its 97 spacious en-suite bedrooms, the Lodge has its own private road to the crater floor.  The Lodge is perfectly situated to explore the abundant game in what is often referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”.  Its location offers awe-inspiring views over the crater and some of the most breathtaking sunsets to be seen in Tanzania.

Each suite has a private lounge with mini-bar, en-suite bathroom, central heating and a private solarium.  The Lodge has telephone facilities, satellite TV, a conference room, and a swimming pool situated on the very edge of the rim.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 4:           Nasikia Mobile Camp ,  Serengeti

Day Itinerary

We depart after breakfast to the endless plains of the Serengeti, passing through Oldupai Gorge. We enjoy a view of the archaeological sites (and visit the muse-um) where early human tools and fossils have been found. Continue to the Serengeti to game drive all the way to our camp. The camp is located to be in best seasonal position for the wildebeest migration patterns and incredible resident wild-life.
NASIKIA MOBILE MIGRATION CAMP (Dec-Mar & Aug-Oct) OR NAONA MORU CAMP (Apr-Jun & Nov)

Activity: Olduvai Gorge Museum: The museum’s exhibits tell the story of the paleoanthropological artefacts that have been discovered here and the research they have generated. There is a room dedicated to the Leakey family and all they have achieved here and another to the famous Laetoli fossilized footprints which included a cast of part of the trail. Museum staff also conduct orientation presentations.

 Serengeti

The Serengeti together with Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Park form Africa’s most famous wildlife park. The image of acacia trees on an endless grass plain epitomises Africa for many, and then add a Masai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. But that is not where the game viewing ends; large prides of lions, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles and eland to mention but a few.

Note: Animals are wild and sightings can not be guaranteed.

Overnight: Nasikia Mobile Camp View iBrochure

Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp

Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp is moved and constructed each year to follow the migration herds and to maximise the experience of staying in the heart of wildlife action. From the southern plains of Ndutu in the Ngorongoro Conservation area to the rolling landscapes of northern Serengeti. The number of tents varies and never exceeds 12, so a maximum of 24 guests at any given time.

This is the ultimate and original tented camp experience with ensuite bathrooms, bucket showers, comfortable bedding, beautiful linens and a dining and lounge tent for relaxing and escaping the heat of the day or inclement weather. Food here is a highlight, home cooked style delights always too much to consume! Service is friendly and personal as its owner run with a team of outstanding local staff to ensure your every need is catered for.

We offer double (a honeymoon option), twin, single, triple and family (quad) tents and each bed is fully netted for custom made protection from mosquitoes and insects. The beds are fitted with imported cotton sheets, double pillows, duvets and bed runners for your comfort. The tents have netted windows down each side of the tent which you can fully open only the canvas remaining at all times with the mosquito netting stitched strongly into the actual tent. Then comes the bathroom area, which can be accessed directly from the bedroom with a separate doorway. Once inside, there is a bathroom stand with a ceramic wash basin with running water via stylish taps, a mirror, a supply of natural based bathroom products, and linen to suit the number of people expected to occupy the tent.

This area also displays a woven grass mat and cloths rack. Within this area, there are additional toilet and shower areas for privacy. Inside the toilet area is a ceramic flushing toilet, encased in a wooden frame for stability. Inside the shower area, is stand for washing behind a shower curtain and under a 20 litre PVC bucket erected on a pulley system as required. From the entrance to the bedroom and onto the bathroom, each tent is fitted with an extensive solar lighting system for your convenience.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 5:           Nasikia Mobile Camp, Serengeti

Day Itinerary

We enjoy further exploration of the endless plains. The habitats are natural and we can game drive with a picnic lunch to explore further afield. There are resident cats and herd animals for us to observe.
NASIKIA MOBILE MIGRATION CAMP (Dec-Mar & Aug-Oct) OR NAONA MORU CAMP (Apr-Jun & Nov)

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 6:           Tarangire Ndovu Camp, Tarangire National Park

Day Itinerary

We transfer out of the Serengeti and set off in the direction of Tarangire National Park and arrive to our camp for sunset. This camp provides us with a classic bush experience that ensures intimacy.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is known for having the greatest concentration of wildlife outside of the Serengeti eco-system. Named after the river that crosses through it, this park at 1,100 square miles located southwest of Arusha, is sometimes sadly missed by those heading for the more well known of the National Parks in Tanzania. Yet we can highly recommend it for its elephant migration, quiet authentic atmosphere and fantastic birding opportunities. During the dry season, the river is the only source of water for many animals, with thousands migrating to it from the nearby Lake Manyara National Park. The landscape here is diverse, with a mix of habitats that are unique to the area and not found anywhere else: hilly landscapes are dotted with vast numbers of baobab trees, dense bush and high grasses. Herds of up to 300 elephants congregate here, whilst migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala and eland can also be seen, with the accompanying predators following along behind. On drier ground you find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; ostriches, the world’s largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys.

The park is also famous for the termite mounds that dot the landscape. Those that have been abandoned are often seen to be home to dwarf mongoose.

The swamps, an oasis of green year round, are where you will find over 550 bird species, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. It is a birder’s dream with frequent sightings of yellow-collared lovebirds, which can be seen during a game drive alongside the river.

Tarangire’s pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.

Overnight: Tarangire Ndovu Camp          View iBrochure

Tarangire Ndovu Tented Lodge is located in the heart of Tarangire, Tanzania’s wild land and landscapes. Tarangire is famed for its massive elephant herds, true sense of wilderness and a gentle backdrop of baobabs. It is the lesser visited but more intriguing park on the northern circuit.

At Tarangire Ndovu Tented Lodge, we have 10 standard tented suites PLUS 2 x 2 bedroom inter-connected tented family suites that are open throughout the year. During these dry months, the massive elephants herds travel through the corridor between Manyara and Tarangire and spend their time in and around the park. This is because of their ability to uncover permanent sources of fresh water. We endeavour to retain the uniqueness and intimacy of the camp, while being directed by the location, wildlife and other factors of responsible tourism. The main thatched area is open plan from bar to lounge to dining area – and offset with a stunning rim flow pool in front of the property overlooking the wild expanses ahead, all the way to the Great Rift Valley wall.

We offer double, twin, single, triple and family inter-connected tented suites. Each tented suite is fully netted on windows and doors. The beds are fitted with fresh cotton sheets, double pillows, duvets and bed runners for your comfort. The tents have netted windows down each side of the tent which you can fully open, while keeping the lightweight curtains flowing for privacy.  Double sliding doors open to enter the platformed suite, with writing desk, study chair, double sofa and bed configuration as requested. With a room divider, pass through to the back of the tented suite to enter for polished concrete ensuite with separately walled bathroom and shower area.  Wooden shelving with robes, fluffy towels and safe form the back of the ensuite while the reverse of the wall divider are handcrafted basin stands complete with terracotta basins to ensure a natural look. The bathrooms have hot and cold water, based on solar heating and Zanzibari bathroom amenity offering of coconut and lime.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 7:           Departure

Day Itinerary

Early morning game driving in Tarangire National Park; this park is famed for its massive elephant herds, true sense of wilderness and backdrop of baobabs. This is true Africa and the perfect way to end our adventures. You are then transferred to Arusha or Kilimanjaro airport for your late evening departure.

Basis: Breakfast and Lunch.

Optional: Inquire about Zanzibar or gorilla tracking add-ons which will be tailored to your interests and budget.

Note: All reservations/quotes are subject to our Terms and Conditions as per our website: https://www.adventuretoafrica.com/Terms-and-conditions/ All participants required to sign liability release form. Images are for reference only. Malaria prophylaxis is highly recommended for this itinerary. Please consult with your travel clinic or CDC.gov  for complete advice. Price discounted for  deposit payment by credit card with final payment wire or check only. Travel and evacuation insurance is highly recommended.

Price valid for set departure dates as listed only. Minimum 2 guests per date.

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