Best of Tanzania
7 Day Safari, Accommodated
Number of Participants: 2-7 per vehicle
Tour Price: from 2,500 USD
Single Supplement: from 200 USD
The 7-day “Best of Tanzania Lodge Safari” is our most popular safari. You will visit four of Tanzania’s best game parks. The Tarangire is famous for its huge herds of elephants while Lake Manyara National Park will enchant birders with over 400 bird species. Also included are the magnificent plains of the Serengeti and the with wildlife filled Ngorongogro Crater. ‘Best of Tanzania’ is perfect for wildlife seekers, cultural enthusiasts and travellers who want a true wildlife experience.
Day 1-7; Tanzania
- Tarangire National Park: Game drive
- Mto wa Mbu: Cultural experience
- Lake Manyara National Park: Game drives
- Serengeti National Park: Game drives
- Karatu: Coffee walk
- Ngorongoro Crater: Game drives
Day 1 Arusha - Tarangire National Park
Distance approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 2-3h
After breakfast you will depart from your hotel for a two hour drive to the Tarangire National Park southwest of Arusha. The Tarangire River is the source of water in the park and animals and birds congregate at its waters in the dry season. You will see swamps and lagoons, acacia trees, enormous baobabs and most importantly, elephants. Other animals include hippos, crocodiles, two species of kudus and the usual suspects - zebra, buffaloes and wildebeest. The day will be spent on a game drive in a 4x4 safari vehicle with a pop-up roof and there will be lots of time for photos and breathing in the air of Africa. After an exciting game drive you will arrive at Maramboi Tented Camp in the late afternoon. Relax with a cold drink while the sun sets over the palm-studded landscape.
Day 2 Tarangire Area – Mto Wa Mbu cultural programme – Lake Manyara National Park
Distance approx. 80 km; driving time approx. 1-2h
An exciting experience awaits you today when you will drive to Mto wa Mbu, a town near Lake Manyara. Various tribes settled here and today it is a bustling centre with crafters and farmers. You will see coffee and banana plantations, see wood carvers at work and might be able to visit a local school. Come lunchtime, you will sample home-cooked traditional African food, before heading to Lake Manyara National Park. The protected area covers a large part of the Manyara lake, home to thousands of flamingos, huge troops of olive baboons and in October, many species of migrant birds. After a game drive in the park, you will spend the night at the eco-friendly Kirurumu Manyara Lodge, set on a hill overlooking the plains and lake below.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Lake Manyara Area – Serengeti National Park
Distance approx. 250 km, driving time approx. 4-6h
Today´s journey takes you northwest over the highlands, where you should see the southern parts of the Serengeti National Park around midday. The combination of grassy plains, acacia trees, savannah, strange rock formations and herds of wild animals make the Serengeti a haven for predators. The Serengeti is where the big migration of thousands of animals takes place - zebras, wildebeest and other game move in search of greener pastures. Depending on where the migration is located, you might overnight at either Kati Kati Tented Camp inside the park or at Mapito Tented Camp just outside the park.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Serengeti National Park
The day will be spent on a game drive in your 4x4 safari vehicle. The pop-up roof is the perfect vantage point for game watching and an ideal set-up for wildlife photography. As the massive herds are trekking, the best spots for viewing them might change, but your expert guide will follow the herds as best as he can. The long rain season is from April to June and the herds will most likely be moving northwards. They will return south in November and December when the short rain season occurs. Of course, following the moving herds are scores of predators, waiting to delight in the selection of prey...
Tonight you will spend another night at the same camp where the camp fire will be the best spot to reflect on the day's sightings.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Serengeti National Park – Karatu – Coffee Walk
Distance approx. 180 km, driving time approx. 4-6h
After a hearty breakfast, you will head south through the Serengeti, towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you can marvel over the picturesque scenery .The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its most famous attraction is the Ngorongoro Crater. Almost 20km wide and 600m deep, the crater is home to a diverse variety of animals. You will continue to Karatu and spend the night at the Ngorongoro Farm House on a coffee farm. If there is time, you can go for a guided walk to explore the coffee plantations and learn more about the coffee production process.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Karatu – Ngorongoro Crater – Karatu
Distance approx. 30 km; driving time approx. 1-2h
Getting up early is unavoidable today, as you will descend with the first sun rays on a steep track into the Ngorongoro Crater. With a little bit of luck you will see huge tusker elephants, black rhinos, wild dogs and leopards in addition to the general plains game such as zebra and different antelope species. For lunch, you will take a break and have a picnic inside the crater. Continuing the game drive you will drive out the crater in the afternoon to overnight again at the Ngorongoro Farm House.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Karatu – Arusha
Distance approx. 150 km, driving time approx. 2-3h
You will only depart the lodge after a leisurely breakfast and arrive in Arusha around midday.
- Safari according to the itinerary
- 6 nights accommodation in hotels, camps or lodges as indicated in the itinerary
- Transport in a 4x4 safari vehicle (window seat guaranteed)
- Professional, English-speaking guide
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Mineral water while on safari
- Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
- National parks fees
- Mto wa Mbu cultural programme including lunch
- Flights (international and domestic)
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Beverages (alcohol and soft drinks)
- Optional activities
- Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance
How big is the group and where are my fellow travellers from?
- Group sizes vary however there is a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 7 travellers per group.
- Travellers are from all over the world and from all walks of life.
Is there an age limit on tour?
- Generally there is no age limit on small group safaris. Due to the long driving distances we however don’t recommend small group safaris for children under the age of 6 years. But if you as a parent are confident that the long driving distances and the many hours spent in the car won’t bother your child/children, they are welcome to join this safari. Please note that parents are responsible for children at all times.
Where does the group overnight while on tour?
- You will overnight in hotels, safari lodges or in permanent tented camps (with en-suite bathrooms). While the safari lodges are solid structures, the tented camps are permanently fixed walk-in safari style tents, offering the same service as hotels and lodges.
What vehicle is used on tour?
- We make use of 4x4 safari vehicles (i.e. Toyota Landcruiser) that have been reconstructed in order to cope with the demanding African conditions. Each guest is guaranteed a window seat and during game drives, the roof can be opened.
What meals are included and what food can be expected on tour?
- Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary. Mineral water is provided on safari however soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are not included and are for your own account.
- Meals are enjoyed at the accommodations. Breakfast is buffet and for lunch and dinner you are usually offered a three course menu. Please inform us of any special dietary requirements you may have.
- Lunch can also be en route at a designated picnic spot in form of a lunch box, which can contain sandwiches, boiled eggs and fruits or grilled chicken thighs for example.
What do I need to bring with me?
- Good, suitable clothing (long trousers and sleeves are recommended for protection against mosquitoes)
- A detailed list of what to bring will be provided after booking.
- Please remember that there is limited space available in the vehicle and that you should restrict yourself to one large piece of luggage or a rucksack, weighing no more than 15 kg and one small piece of hand luggage. If possible, please do not bring a suitcase with you. Please also take note of the luggage regulations of the different airlines.
How much extra money do I have to take along?
- Tipping the crew after the tour is common. We recommend 15 - 20 USD per day/group for the guide. In addition you should take some extra cash for drinks, snacks and souvenirs.
- Please note that all USD bills must be printed after 2004 as any earlier dated bills are not valid and won’t be accepted.
Do I need visa for this safari?
- Citizens of all nationalities need to contact the respective embassies of their travel destination to check the visa regulations.
- In general European citizens can apply for a Tanzanian Visa upon arrival in Tanzania.
- It is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of the required documents and visa that allows them to enter their holiday destination.
Do I need vaccinations for this safari?
- The safari starts and ends in Tanzania, a yellow fever region, which is why we recommend a yellow fever vaccination.
- Tanzania is also situated within a malaria area, wherefore we would recommend some precautions. Please speak to your doctor or travel clinic about the different prophylaxis and their effects and side effects.
- Although Tanzania does not require proof of immunization against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A & B, we nevertheless recommend those vaccinations.