Classic Tanzania Safari
Upon arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport today and after clearing customs, you will be met by your safari guide and driven to the Kigongoni Lodge. This beautiful small lodge is located on an historic 70-acre coffee farm near Arusha, amid natural forest. Set upon a hilltop, the lodge offers breathtaking views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru. Tucked between the trees are fourteen cottages, built in traditional African styles and materials. The rooms, cocktail lounge, and restaurant – all with fireplaces – maximize the unique views and natural features. There is also a beautiful swimming pool. Relax for the evening before beginning your safari the next morning.
Overnight – Kigongoni Lodge
Day 2 – Arusha National Park
After breakfast you will depart for nearby Arusha National Park for your first game drive. Set between the slopes of Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro this small park is one of Tanzania’s hidden gems and one of the few places where you will have a good chance to see the rare Black & White Colobus monkeys. The park contains a series of shimmering alkaline lakes, which attract large flocks of flamingo’s and a variety of birds, along with elephant, buffalo, zebra, gazelle, wart hog, hippo and an amazing number of giraffe. The rare black rhino is also found here. One of the highlights of today’s visit is a short walk to a viewing area overlooking the miniature Ngurdoto Crater, which is completely reserved for the animals.
Return to the lodge in the early afternoon for lunch and some time to relax before dinner.
Overnight – Kigongoni Lodge (all meals & activities)
This morning after breakfast you will depart for Tarangire National Park, Tanzania’s third largest. Here you’ll find a geologic landscape as diverse as the wildlife, with nine distinct vegetation zones ranging from grassland to woodland, from deep gully vegetation to scattered rocky hilltops. Ancient Baobab trees dot the landscape dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. The Tarangire River, that meanders through the park attracts an abundance of wildlife, from elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and numerous antelope to a variety of colorful birds.
Your accommodations for the next two nights will be at Lake Burunge. Activities include wildlife viewing in the park and walking with Maasai guides and visiting nearby Datoga and Maasai bomas.
After lunch you will enjoy an afternoon game drive in the park returning to the camp before dark with time to freshen up and enjoy a drink around the fire before dinner.
The next day, depart on a long game drive in the park, with a box lunch. Return in the afternoon with time to relax by the pool, visit a local Maasai boma or go on a guided walk to the lake shore.
Overnight – Lake Burunge (all meals & activities)
This morning you will depart across the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park. Although it only covers 205 sq. miles this enchanting park is one of the most popular and attractive wildlife sanctuaries in East Africa. It is noted for its beauty and incredibly lush acacia forest of giant fig and mahogany trees, which are home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys. The park is also home to large numbers of buffalo, giraffe, elephant, hippo, impala and of course it’s famous tree climbing lions. Other highlights include the Hippo Pool, where large numbers usually gather. Well known for its birds (over 400 species), Lake Manyara is one of the few places you will see the comical Ground Hornbill and the Crested Eagle.
After several hours of wildlife viewing in the park you’ll continue to the Ngorongoro Farm House. The Ngorongoro Farm house is a luxury lodge facing the Oldeani Volcano, set on a 500 acre farm located just 3 miles from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area gate. Three separate and intimate camps contain a total of 40 huge bungalows. The huge main building, covered with an elegant thatched roof, contains the reception, bar, dining area, library and lounge with a fireplace where guests can enjoy a rest during the cool evenings in the highlands. The property also includes a swimming pool with superb views of Oldeani Volcano and a craft shop, and an organic vegetable and flower garden.
After lunch, you can relax on your deck, or the pool, go on a coffee tour, or visit the small town of Karatu.
Overnight – Ngorongoro Farm House (all meals & activities)
This morning enjoy a hearty breakfast before driving a short distance to the “eighth wonder of the world”, the Ngorongoro Crater. The floor of this collapsed volcano spreads for 102 sq. miles and the walls are 2,000 feet high, a truly awesome sight. The crater floor is a virtual “Noah’s Ark”, inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa. It contains a river, several swamps, a soda lake – complete with flamingos, a forest and open plains.
Descend to the crater floor for a day of wildlife viewing with a box lunch. In the afternoon return to the rim and check in at your lodge on the rim of the crater. Then relax and take in the view before dinner or enjoy a drink in the lounge.
Overnight – Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (all meals & activities)
This morning after breakfast and a final glimpse of the crater, you’re off to the famous Serengeti National Park, the symbol of Africa’s wildlife. The word Serengeti comes from the Maasai language meaning “endless plains”. The 6,900 sq. mile (18,000 sq. km) park is inhabited by more than 2 large million animals including more than a million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of plains zebras, and Thomson’s gazelles. Large predators including lions, cheetahs, and hyenas are drawn to the area by this abundance of prey which migrate throughout the park. Many smaller animals – rock hyrax, bat eared foxes, mongoose, honey badger, jackals, monkeys, baboon and African hare inhabit the area along with nearly 500 species of birds. Off road you’ll find the “Kopjes”, massive boulder islands of granite standing in a sea of grass, provide shelter to a great variety of plants and animals, from the elusive leopard to the tiny dik dik.
Along the way to the Serengeti you will stop at the famous “Oldupai Gorge”, where Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey made their discovery of early man.
Afterwards you will continue into the park, spotting wildlife on the way to your safari camp or lodge. Depending on the season and the movement of the migration you will stay at one of four safari lodges:
Ndutu Safari Lodge (late November – March). During this time the migration is settled in the southern Serengeti in an area that includes the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the wooded Ndutu Lakes, and the vast plains and kopje’s where you can venture off-track. It is also calving season. Ndutu Safari Lodge is near the shore of Lake Ndutu and is surrounded by Acacia forest. The thirty four cottages, which are built of local materials, have a private verandahs facing Lake Ndutu. The main building houses the dinning room and there is a large open air lounge area and fire pit.
Mbalageti Serengeti Lodge (April – mid June). Once the heavy rains of April arrive the migration moves westward slowly, feeding on the fresh grasses before heading north in June. This luxury lodge is situated in the southwest area in the Mwamyeni Hills. It offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Serengeti plains and the Mbalageti River. The 24 chalets are made of local rock, wood and canvas. Each has a private veranda and full ensuite facilities. There is also a restaurant, bar, lounge and gift shop in the main building plus a swimming pool set on the edge of the hill – with a 360 degree view of Serengeti.
Kati Kati Camp (mid June – August) Kati Kati Camp is made up of 3 classic bush camps with just 15 guest tents, along with a huge dinning tent, and separate kitchen area. The tents are the large walking CK Hemmingway type, with regular beds (twin and king) along with flush toilets and 24 hour lighting. Showers are taken on request, as the water is heated beforehand and placed in a large bag with a handle. Kati Kati is set in the central area of the Serengeti, with hills and Acacia forest and Kopjes but you can also drive to the plains areas, and west to the Grumeti River from here.
Lobo Wildlife Lodge (October – late November) This lodge is located in the Northeastern part of the park, just 15 miles from the bordering Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya. Here you will see the migration as it heads back into the Serengeti after spending several months in the Mara. The lodge is set inside an enormous volcanic rocky outcrop. A waterhole below the Lodge attracts a variety of wild visitors during the day and is lit each evening revealing an interesting array of nocturnal animals. Each of the 75 guestrooms have views of the Serengeti. A swimming pool is situated on the very edge of the rock, offering uninterrupted views of the horizon.
Relax this afternoon or go on a game drive if time allows, returning to the lodge before dark.
Overnight – Serengeti Camp / Lodge (all meals & activities)
During your stay in the Serengeti, you can decide with your guide how you would like to spend your days. On most mornings you’ll be awakened early and after coffee or tea depart on an early morning game drive in the amazing Serengeti. The early mornings are magical in the Serengeti, when the wildlife is just waking up to greet the days. After returning to camp for breakfast you can depart on a late morning game drive returning to camp for lunch or you may want to depart with a picnic lunch so that you can spend the whole day wildlife viewing. After a days activities return to camp for sundowners around the fire and dinner.
Overnight – Serengeti Camp / Lodge (all meals & activities)
Day 10 – Serengeti / Arusha – Depart
After breakfast you will leave the Serengeti, spotting wildlife on the way with a box lunch. You will arrive back in Arusha in the late afternoon and be taken to the Kigongoni Lodge, where you will have the use of a dayroom and a light dinner before your guide drives you to the airport for your departing flight.
Dayroom – Kigongoni Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch)
NOTE – Optional flight available out of Serengeti to Arusha or Kilimanjaro (to avoid long drive out of Serengeti, 4 to 8 hours depending on location). – Approximately $220 per person
Classic Tanzania Safari Rates
- Starting from $4,875 per person sharing double accommodations
- Accommodations and meals as per itinerary
- Private airport transfers to and from Kilimanjaro Airport, or Riverside
- Shuttle Service if arriving and departing from Nairobi
- All National Park and Wildlife Reserve entry fees
- Exclusive services of a professional safari guide throughout
- Game drives in modified 4WD Land Cruiser with open photographic hatches, refrigerator, charging station and unlimited mileage
- Bottled water on game drives
- Membership in Flying Doctor’s service
Does not include:
- International airfare & flights
- Private Transfers or Flights to or from Nairobi (can be arranged)
- Gratuities for safari guide and camp staff
- Alcoholic beverages
- Sodas and bottled water at meals
- Laundry (can be done for a fee)
- All Items of a personal nature
- Travel insurance
- Visas and visa fees
- Airport departure taxes