8 days from £3970pp plus international flights.
This is a superb safari combining three of the best wildlife viewing locations in northern Tanzania. In just eight days you'll enjoy varied terrain including lush forest, bird-filled lakes and sweeping savanna, which support a rich variety of animal life.
You will have your own driver-guide throughout whose specialist knowledge and experience will be at your disposal throughout the holiday. He'll get to know what kind of things you want to see, consider whether you're a photographer needing good angles for wildlife shots, and generally make sure you have a good time on this special safari.
You'll be staying in comfortable lodges and camps, where the staff will provide a warm welcome after your time out game viewing. All accommodation is en-suite and three of the properties have swimming pools, ideal for a refreshing dip and during the trip you'll witness breathtaking views of the Serengeti plains, Lake Manyara and the vast Ngorongoro Crater. Your last night is spent at a lovely lodge in the heart of a coffee plantation. It has lovely gardens and a is a wonderfully restful place to relax after the thrills of life on safari.
This holiday can be taken as a group tour with a minimum of two people and maximum of eight, or as a private safari staring on the date of your choice.
When you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met and driven to Arusha. In the heart of this town, you'll stay overnight at the Arusha Hotel. You can explore the town if you arrive early in the day, or make use of the hotel's pool and poolside snack bar. This evening you can choose to dine on site or stroll into town and take your pick of the restaurants there.
After breakfast you will leave Arusha in your safari vehicle driven by the guide that will be with you for the rest of the safari. He'll make sure you have a good time and enjoy a first class safari.
You start by driving to Lake Manyara National Park which is about 2 hours away. Here you'll have game drive through this lush park with its soda lake which attracts flamingos and a myriad of other birds. The park is also know for its lions (tree-climbing at times!) and elephants. You end the day at your lodge high on the Rift Valley escarpment overlooking Manyara. Full board.
Today you will head for the Serengeti. On the way you will pass by the Ngorongoro Crater which you'll visit properly on the way back. Dropping down to the plains from the Rift escarpment, you will stop to visit the Olduvai Gorge. This is a famous archaeological site where you can learn about early human development. You then continue on to the Serengeti where your game viewing continues in hopefully spectacular fashion! Full board
Your first full day of game viewing in the Serengeti. Your driver/guide will take you out to spot wildlife in this reserve which is known for its profusion of wildlife. You should see huge herds of zebra, wildebeest and gazelle plus giraffe and buffalo. This is a good place to observe big cats, too, so look out for lion, leopard and cheetah. At the end of the day you'll be driven back to camp in time to shower and change and join the group for dinner around the camp fire. Full board
Another day to enjoy this beautiful wilderness and its wildlife. Although particularly well known for the dramatic annual migration, you're certain to see a profusion of animal life whatever time of year you travel as there are always resident herds in the park. Your driver/guide is on hand to provide information and answer any questions you have. Full board
This morning you will set off an on early drive back towards the Ngorongoro highlands. Descending in the famous Ngorongoro Crater, you have an afternoon to meet the residents of this massive, 10-mile wide, ancient collapsed volcano! Terrain includes open grassland, forest and a soda lake. After an enthralling afternoon you'll dive back up to the crater rim to your comfortable lodge, arriving back in plenty of time for dinner. Full board
After an early breakfast you have another half day in the Crater. At lunchtime we stop for a picnic before driving back up the crater walls and down the other side. Our destination for this afternoon is not far away. On the outer slopes of the Crater an historic coffee farm will be your place to chill out by the pool and enjoy some delicious food and wine. Full board
After breakfast we will drive you back to Arusha stopping for lunch at a popular local restaurant. You can either stop in Arusha for onward connections, perhaps to the coast, or we will drive you back to Kilimanjaro airport where you can use a day room at the Kilimanjaro Airport Hotel before your flight home. Breakfast, lunch
Guide price from (pp sharing): £3970 (ex. international flights)
2020 price from (pp sharing, exc international flights):
06 Jan - 23 Feb & 24 May - 18 Oct 2020 from £4355
All prices are based on set departure dates throughout the year. Please see below.
1 night Arusha Hotel on B&B basis; 1 night Kirurumu Manyara Lodge on full board basis; 3 nights Classic Camping on full board basis; 1 night Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge on full board basis; 1 night Plantation Lodge on full board basis; Safari vehicle and expert driver/guide throughout; National Park fees.
International flights and taxes; Visa; Vaccinations; Insurance; Tips; Drinks; Personal expenses.
This trip starts and ends in either Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport in northern Tanzania. You can fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport with various airlines (for example KLM via Amsterdam or Kenya Airways via Nairobi) and the flights cost from around £700 depending on the season and class. We can help with flights.
Departure dates: This safari is priced as a group departure based on the dates below but can be taken as a private safari on any date you like with minimum 2 people.
The Arusha Hotel is centrally placed in a lovely shady garden with a pool and comfortable rooms.
A lovely tented lodge with phenomenal views over Lake Manyara National Park.
Two small tented camps which between them use three locations for best sightings of the annual wildebeest migration.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is a large lodge on the edge of the crater with spectacular views.
How this holiday helps
This is a wonderful northern circuit safari run by good friends of Tribes. We have been working with them for many years and they are leaders in their field in many ways which benefit our travellers, including their wish to make a real difference to the people and places they have an impact on.
They are a Tanzanian owned and managed company who pay taxes in Tanzania, and their guides are some of the most loyal and well-trained in northern Tanzania. They back many community projects such as providing clean water to villages near their camps, and they run a very eco-friendly business as shown by their use of coconut husk charcoal briquettes for fires, and distributing about 70,000 indigenous tree seedlings per year to local schools and communities from their own nursery.
These people are well-liked, and deservedly so. Even the Clinton Foundation chooses to work with them because of their conservation, anti-poaching and community projects. We know you’ll like them too.
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