This is a small group african safari that explores both the wildlife and cultural highlights of Tanzania, with all accommodations in either a lodge or tented camp.
Join us on this trip-of-a-lifetime as we explore the exotic wilderness of East Africa for 9 days. We’ll be visiting some of the world’s most exciting wildlife destinations…including Serengeti National Park, the fabled “Lost Land” of Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire NP, and Lake Ndutu. The variety of landscapes and wildlife in all of these parks are beyond belief! A land of plains, lakes and mountains, with a narrow, low-lying coastal belt, Tanzania is East Africa’s largest country and also one of its most diverse. Tanzania is home for more than 100 different ethnic groups, mostly of Bantu origin, each with its own language and customs.
Tanzania has one of the largest and wildest animal populations in the world. Wildebeest, monkey, antelope, lion, cheetah, crocodile, gazelle, and flamingo – you name them. Blessed with some of the world’s largest game reserves, the country also has one of the highest concentrations of elephant, buffalo, hippo, wild dog and chimpanzee. You’ll be astounded at the huge amount of wildlife we’ll encounter…close up and personal! Bring your cameras…and lots of memory!
We’ll be staying at a fascinating mix of safari camps…from game lodges situated in the wilderness to luxury safari tents in the bush. All your meals are included, as are exciting game drives and hikes with local guides. Since this overland adventure crosses a huge swath of the African landscape, our transportation is of utmost importance. For this we’re using a custom built overland safari vehicles, holding just 11 people along with your support staff: the group leader, your personal wildlife guide and driver.
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Upon your arrival, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your lodge in the lush forests surrounding the town of Arusha. If you arrive early enough, you will have an opportunity to explore the lodge grounds, take a dip in the swimming pool or partake in any of the offered additional activities available. It’s a great idea to arrive a day in advance of the tour, you’ll have a chance to relax, get over your jet lag, and prepare your gear for your overland journey. For those arriving a day early, your group leader will arrange a trip into Arusha to pick up any last minute items, and then if time permits you’ll have a casual walking tour of the nearby village.
Accommodation: Moivaro Coffee Plantation or similar
Arusha - Tarangire National Park
Your safari begins after breakfast this morning. On our adventure we will be traveling overland crossing great swathes of the African plains and countryside, searching for the game herds and their ever-present predators. We'll be traveling in style with custom-built 4WD safari vehicles that are capable of dealing with the sometimes rugged African landscape. These overland vehicles are the result of many years of safari experience and design and will allow us to get to the game in safety and comfort! They have ample room for our small group of 12, and of course we have our own driver and private ranger-guide for the entire trip with us! The vehicles also have pop-up tops to allow everyone the chance to watch game, take unobstructed (but safe) photos, or just feel the wind in your face. They also carry all of our luggage and gear in specially built storage compartments. For this area of Africa, these custom overland vehicles are far superior to the smaller "land-cruiser" type used elsewhere. Since all safari vehicles in Tanzania must be enclosed, the oversized windows on these allow everyone plenty of view. And you can also move around inside, unlike the land-cruisers which are cramped seating only. We'll be spending plenty of time outside the vehicle as well, as we trek through the African bush in search of wildlife and scenery.
Our first stop is Arusha town, for any last minute purchases before we head off on our exciting safari experience! We will be in the Tarangire National Park for lunch and an afternoon game drive. The Tarangire National Park covers 2,600 square kilometers and has the highest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem. Tarangire is well known for its huge elephant population and baobab trees. It forms the center of the annual migratory cycle that includes up to 3000 elephant, 25,000 wildebeest and 30,000 zebra. Here, you can watch huge herds of wildebeest, eland, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle and elephant moving through the undulating countryside and taking a rest under a vast number of baobab trees, or drinking at the lagoons and the rivers. Remember not to just look on the ground though, but have a look at the branches of the trees for lion, leopard and pythons or the amazing 550 bird species also found in this area.
Tonight you'll relax in comfort at our wilderness tented camp, have an excellent meal, and maybe drinks afterwards as you watch the incredible African sunset.
Accommodation: Taragire Safari Lodge or similar
Tarangire National Park
After coffee and breakfast, we start the day with a walking safari with a ranger at the park boundary. Bush hikes are an exhilarating experience that puts you down on the same level as the animals...with unparalleled opportunities to learn fascinating bush skills from the rangers.
Afterwards, we carry on with a game drive within the Tarangire National Park. Breathtaking views of the Maasai Steppe and the mountains to the south make our explorations of Tarangire a memorable experience. We have the afternoon free to relax, perhaps by the pool to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and lovely views of the Tarangire River, where animals come to drink. We have the option to end the afternoon with a sunset game drive, the warm glow of the evening light will delight the photographers.
Accommodation: Tarangire Safari Lodge or similar
Ngorongoro Crater & Conservation Area
After an early breakfast, we head towards the world famous Ngorongoro Crater. A spectacular drive up the crater wall, leads us to the entrance of this magnificent wildlife sanctuary, where we spend some hours exploring the floor of the crater. Being one of the largest calderas in the world, 12.4 miles wide and almost 2,000 ft tall, with a variety of animals and vegetation, Ngorongoro Crater is one of Tanzania’s most stunning areas. The vegetation includes grasslands, swamps, forests, salt-pans, as well as a freshwater lake and has been compared to Noah's Ark or the Garden of Eden.
With 20,000 grazing mammals and the world’s largest concentration of predators, you will have no trouble finding lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and many of the plains herbivores such as wildebeest, Thomson's gazelle, zebra and reedbuck, as well as thousands of flamingo wading in the shallows of Lake Magadi, the soda lake on the floor of the crater. Within the steep walls of the crater you will find considerable movement of animals and you may well come across local Maasai tribesmen (who have grazing rights here), tending their cattle.
This evening we leave the crater and drive up the winding caldera wall road to our lodge located in the thick forest on the crater rim. We’ll enjoy drinks around the huge fireplace in the dining hall before sitting down to yet another outstanding African dinner.
Accommodation: Rhino Lodge or similar
Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Lake Ndutu
This morning, we head through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, towards Lake Ndutu. Lake Ndutu forms a shallow basin where water accumulates from the nearby areas of slightly higher altitude. The water in the lake is extremely saline, too saline for human consumption but Lake Ndutu becomes alive with animals during the migration because it is surrounded by the Ndutu woodlands and the Short Grass Plains, which provide ample cover and food.
Situated in the south-eastern part of the Serengeti ecosystem, Ndutu Safari Lodge is surrounded by indigenous trees and shrubs, which encourage a host of birds and other animals to come right to your front door. After lunch we will go out for an afternoon game drive to try and spot any unusual, and exciting animal activity. If our timing is lucky, we may be on the edges of the great migration, with large animals and predators stalking the landscape.
Accommodation: Ndutu Safari Lodge or similar
Lake Ndutu - Serengeti National Park
Today our game drive will lead towards the Serengeti National Park. Serengeti, which sprawls across 5,757 square miles, is Tanzania’s largest and most famous national park. Most of the park is open swathes of grassland, broken by isolated granite kopjes (hills) and patches of acacias woodlands. The chief herbivore of Serengeti is the wildebeest of which there are up to two million. The amazing annual migration of wildebeest herds is one of the biggest attractions of the Serengeti. It begins at the Serengeti National Park near the Kenyan border, when huge herds of these animals head for greener pastures in Kenya. Starting in April each year, they migrate across the Serengeti's southern plains accompanied by zebra, antelope, gazelle, and lions! The park is also famous for its cheetah, Cape buffalo, and large herds of giraffe.
We arrive in camp for lunch and settle into our accommodation during the heat of the day. As the mid-day heat draws to a close, we depart on an evening game drive before dinner. Tonight we are staying in a true safari camp on the African plains. The stunning display of stars combined with the sounds of the wilderness will be an experience you won't soon forget.
Accommodation: Kati Kati Special Mobile Tented Camp or similar
Enjoy another full day of game viewing and adventure in the Serengeti National Park!
Accommodation: Kati Kati Special Mobile Tented Camp or similar
Serengeti - Arusha
This morning after breakfast, we make our way back to Arusha town with a brief stop at Karatu town and Mto wa Mbu to mingle with the locals and have a chance to do some more souvenir shopping. By this evening we will be at our lodge, complete with swimming pool and beautiful grounds, and only 10 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport!
Tonight we’ll have our farewell dinner, with the chance to exchange photos, email addresses, and goodbyes with all your new friends who shared your safari experience!
Accommodation: Kia Lodge or similar
Serengeti - Arusha
Our safari tour ends today after breakfast when you’ll be taken to KIA for your flight.
- 1 night accomm at Moivaro Coffee Plantation (or similar)
- 2 nights accomm at Tarangire Safari Lodge (or similar)
- 1 night accomm at Rhino Lodge (or similar)
- 1 night accomm at Ndutu Safari Lodge (or similar)
- 2 nights accomm at Kati Kati Special Tented Camp (or similar)
- 1 night accomm at Kia Lodge (or similar)
- All meals
- Group Arrival and Departure Airport Transfers from Kilimanjaro Airport...Tour begins on Day 1 at Moivaro Coffee Plantation and ends on Day 9 at Kilimanjaro Airport
- All transfers during the tour, primary vehicle is a custom 4WD overland safari vehicle. Size of vehicle is sized to the group.
- Game drives in Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Ndutu, and Serengeti National Park.
- Bush walk with armed rangers in Tarangire.
- Fully escorted by an Go Get Lost Tour Leader
What´s not Included
- International airfare
- Alcoholic drinks
- Items of a personal nature...laundry, telephone calls, etc
- Visa fees, if necessary
- Gratuities to guides, drivers, or lodge staff
- • Travel and evacuation insurance, which is required for safari travel to Africa