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Essence of Tanzania

7 days from £1970pp plus international flights.

You want to see wildlife highlights of northern Tanzania - the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire - on a good value small group safari. Look no further. 

 

Tarangire is a great park which is often overlooked by people who don't realise that the permanent waters here draw and wonderful diversity of wildlife to its lands.  It's particularly good for elephants, but there are lions and other predators, lots of antelopes, zebras and other plains game, and excellent birdlife.  


In the Ngorongoro Crater you could see a wide range of animals, including lions and elephants and, if you're lucky, even cheetahs and rhinos. It's a busy park, but well worth it for its unique landscape and excellent wildlife sightings. 

Your 2 full days in the Serengeti should be really exciting. Depending on the time of year you travel you might see the migration in the park, but even without this spectacle there is always good resident game in this amazing wilderness. 

Your accommodation is of a good standard, ranging from a simple lodge in Arusha to a rural lodge near the Crater, and a 10-tent wilderness camp in the Serengeti (except in the rainy period of mid-April to May when a lodge will be used). 

This is a small group safari which starts on a Friday (with a couple of exceptions) and is guaranteed for a minimum of 2 people. The safari vehicle will take a maximum of 7 people, and in high season up to 2 vehicles may travel together. 

Itinerary
The Outpost

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN ARUSHA

You will be met when you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and driven the short distance to your hotel in Arusha, The Outpost. Set in a quiet suburb, the hotel has pretty tropical gardens which attract a variety of birds and animals including hedgehogs and bush babies. There is an outdoor swimming pool for a welcome refreshing dip after your journey. You can have a drink and a tasty meal at the poolside cafe. 

Bougainvillea Lodge

DAY 2: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

This morning you will leave Arusha and drive to Tarangire National Park. You will have a game drive in the park with a picnic lunch. Baobabs dot the landscape here, and there is a large swamp and a permanent river which attracts wildlife from miles around, especially in the dry season. Later you head off for Karatu, stopping to view Lake Manyara en-route. later you'll arrive at Bougainvillea Lodge on the outskirts of the town, where you'll spend the next two nights. Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Ngorongoro crater view

DAY 3: NGORONGORO CRATER SAFARI

You will have a full day to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Ngorongoro Crater. The walls of this massive crater are covered in forest and the 260 square kilometres of crater floor have a diverse range of habitats including forest, wetlands and open grassland. This is a superb wildlife viewing area and you will have an exciting day, spotting lion, elephant, buffalo, hippo and zebra. If lucky, you may see black rhino and leopard. You will have a picnic lunch at a specially chosen site and continue the game viewing in the afternoon. Later you will return to the lodge for dinner. Full board

Olduvai Gorge

DAY 4: TO THE SERENGETI VIA OLDUVAI GORGE

This morning you will travel from the Ngorongoro Highlands to the Serengeti Plains via Olduvai Gorge, the so called cradle of mankind. You have the possibility to visit a Maasai village, an optional side trip at additional cost to be paid direct to your driver. You will have a lunch stop on the way to the Serengeti and will be game viewing as you travel. Your home for the next three nights is a seasonal camp offering simple but comfortable accommodation. Your tent has en-suite facilities including a bush shower, and you'll be served tasty, home cooked meals here. Full board

Serengeti leopard

DAY 5: SERENGETI SAFARI

A full day exploring the world famous Serengeti National Park and its dense predator population. Much of the park is open grassland with areas of acacia woodland and rocky outcrops. You should see vast herds of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, impala, eland & waterbuck, to name a few. There are also large numbers of buffalo, giraffe & warthog. Big cats seen here include lion, cheetah & leopard. Your guide is on hand throughout answering any questions, sharing his knowledge & expertise. You will return to the camp in time for dinner. A balloon safari MAY be possible today, but needs to be pre-booked. Full board

Serengeti picnic

DAY 6: SERENGETI SAFARI

You have a second day in the Serengeti. The park is known for the annual migration of the herds to the Masai Mara and you may get the chance to witness this impressive spectacle (read more here ADD LINK). However, a safari here is a wonderful experience at any time of year as there are always resident herds to be seen. Your camp is seasonal and moves to different locations depending on the time of year, to be in the best place for game viewing, so you are assured a first rate safari whenever you travel. Full board

Tanzania sunset

DAY 7: TO ARUSHA, DEPART

After breakfast you have the chance of a scenic flight over the Rift edge back to Arusha, which is available at additional cost. Alternatively you can be driven back to Arusha airport, where the holiday ends. Breakfast, lunch

Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £1970 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 2016 - 4 Jan-14 March, June to 19 Dec: £2150 pp sharing. 15 March-31 May: £1930pp.

Includes: 

Accommodation based on twin share; meals from breakfast on day 2 to lunch on day 7; airport transfer from Kilimanjaro airport to Arusha on day 1; transfer Serengeti to Arusha airport on day 7; all game drives; parks fees and camp fees (subject to change); bottled water during the safari 

Excludes: 

International flights and taxes; visa and vaccinations; meals not shown; drinks other than bottled water on safari; personal expenses; tips; optional balloon ride; optional flight from Serengeti to Arusha

Getting there: This trips starts in Arusha (or we can pick you up at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer you to Arusha), so ideally you need to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport. We have ended the trip in Arusha since many people choose to add on some time on the coast after this trip. If you're ONLY doing this trip a return flight to Kilimanjaro would be the best. However if you're including the coast, you'd be better flying in Kilimanjaro and out of Dar es Salaam. 

As rough guide a flight price will be around £750-£1100 depending on the season you travel. July, August and around Christmas is the most expensive time to fly. 

We usually book flights for you.

Departure dates: This is a scheduled small group departure. The first night is usually a Friday.  

Depature dates: 

30 Sep 201628 Oct 201602 Dec 201623 Dec 2016

places you will see

places you will see

Arusha National Park & town
Arusha National Park & town
Arusha is the hub town for northern circuit safaris. Arusha Reserve makes a pleasant day’s outing from here, or we can take you further into Maasai land to Longido.
Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater & the Rift Valley
This area is dominated by the vast volcanic Ngorongoro Crater. See a fantastic amount of wildlife and explore the diverse and scenic highland habitat, where the Maasai still live a traditional lifestyle.
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park
Home to the incredible wildlife spectacle of the world’s largest migration, the Serengeti is an iconic safari destination. Superb for big cats, but also a vast range of other species. 
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park
Enjoy a quieter safari in the lesser known northern park of Tarangire. Noted for large herds of elephants especially in the dry season when they’re attracted by the permanent river. 
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Time: GMT +3 hours

Flight time: Flights from UK to Tanzania take about 9 hours direct or 10-11 with a brief stopover en route if from Europe.

Language: Kiswahili and English are Tanzania's official languages. Although most people in the cities speak some English, a few phrases of Kiswahili are useful in more rural areas.

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