This is a small group african safari that explores both the wildlife and cultural highlights of Tanzania, with all Superior-Level accommodations in either a safari lodge or tented camp.
Join us on this trip-of-a-lifetime as we explore the exotic wilderness of East Africa for 9 days. This is a small group safari that explores both the wildlife and cultural highlights of Tanzania, with all accommodations in small wilderness lodges or luxury tented camps, avoiding the large, hotel-style lodges that are used by other safari groups. 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 National Park, and incredible Lake Ndutu wildlife area. The variety of landscapes and animals 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 even a bush hike 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 4 x 4 overland safari vehicles, with a window seat for each person and a pop-up roof for animal viewing. You’ll be accompanied by your seasoned Go Get Lost group leader along with a personal wildlife guide and driver. Our scheduled group trip dates are chosen in order to catch the Serengeti migration at it’s peak, and our camps and lodges are selected with this in mind. However, you can intersect the migration through most of the year in different areas. We can plan a private safari for you or your group for almost any month.
Tour Dates & Pricing
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Day 1 - Arusha
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 casual walking tour of the nearby village, then after lunch we’ll make a trip into Arusha to visit sites like the Arusha Cultural Center, which houses a fascinating mix of tribal art, clothing and souvenirs, and if time permits, a visit to the Old Boma Museum to learn the history of the area. After a final stop to pick up any last minute items, we’ll return to our lodge for dinner, followed by a pre-trip meeting around the fireplace in the lounge.
Accommodation: Moivaro Coffee Plantation or similar
Day 2 - Arusha-Lake Manyara
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 4 x 4 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, and of course we have our own drivers, who are also our private ranger-guides for the entire trip! 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. In certain areas we’ll have the chance to spend some time outside the vehicle as well, as we trek through the African bush on walks with our guides 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! Today we’ll be exploring Lake Manyara National Park. This spectacular national park is located in the northwestern corner of a shallow soda lake that it is named after, at the foot of the Great Rift Valley's western escarpment. Manyara is not only known for its large flocks of flamingos but also for the elusive tree-climbing lions. Many other species call Manyara home as well. We'll be scanning for elephant, leopard, pythons, and over 500 bird species!
Tonight you'll relax in comfort at our wilderness thatched bungalows, have an excellent meal, and maybe enjoy a drink afterwards as you review all of your stunning photos.
Accommodation: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similar
Day 3 - Ngorongoro Crater
After coffee and breakfast, we leave the area this afternoon for a short drive northwest to the famed Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.
We’ll embark on a spectacular drive up the crater wall through the entrance of this magnificent wildlife sanctuary to spend the day exploring the floor of the crater. Being one of the largest calderas in the world, 12.4 miles wide and almost 2,000 feet 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 back to our luxury tented camp, perched on the rim of the crater with stunning views over the unique Ngorongoro landscape. If you’ve never experienced a tented camp, you’re in for a true safari experience…with style! Massive individual tents feature a porch, large beds, furniture, and even showers and flush toilets! There’s no “roughing it” when you’re out in the bush at our camp! You’ll find the cuisine to be as impressive as the accommodations, too. Tonight we’ll enjoy drinks in the dining tent before sitting down to yet another outstanding African dinner.
Accommodation: Pakulala Tented Camp or similar
Day 4 - Southern Serengeti Ndutu Area
This morning, we head southwest 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 a series of individual bungalows 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
Day 5 - Lake Ndutu
Another fabulous day exploring this area!
Accommodation: Ndutu Safari Lodge or similar
Day 6 - Central Serengeti National Park
Today our game drive will lead us into 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’ll have a box lunch today to allow us to stay moving through the stunning landscape of endless plains, dotted with animal herds. This afternoon we’ll arrive in camp and settle into our accommodations. As the heat of the day draws to a close, we depart on an evening game drive before dinner. Tonight we are staying in a true mobile 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: Kisura Tented Camp or similar
Day 7 - Serengeti
Enjoy another full day of game viewing in the Seronera area of the Serengeti. This central area is home to park headquarters and is characterized by open plains of grasslands packed with animals. The Seronera River is the lifeblood of the Serengeti and this area is renowned for its wild animal encounters all year round. It is also particularly good habitat for lion and cheetah sightings, as well as that most elusive of all big cats, the leopard.
Accommodation: Kisura Tented Camp or similar
Day 8 - Serengeti - Arusha
This morning we’ll have one last early morning game drive in the Serengeti, then make our way to the small Seronera airstrip for our bush flight back to Kilimanjaro International Airport. By early afternoon we should be at our lodge, complete with swimming pool and beautiful grounds, and only 10 minutes from the 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
Day 9 - Kilimanjaro International Airport
Our safari tour ends today after breakfast when you’ll be taken to KIA for your departure flight. If you have a very late flight we can arrange for a day room and late checkout.
- 1 night accomm at Moivaro Coffee Plantation (or similar)
- 1 night accomm at Rift Valley Photographic Lodge(or similar)
- 1 night accomm at Pakulala Tented Camp (or similar)
- 2 nights accomm at Ndutu Safari Lodge or similar)
- 2 nights accomm at Kisura Tented Camp (or similar)
- 1 night accomm at Kia Lodge (or similar)
- All meals
- Arrival and Departure Airport Transfers from Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO)...Tour begins on Day 1 at Moivaro Coffee Plantation and ends on Day 9 at Kia Lodge
- All transfers during the tour, we use custom 4x4 overland safari vehicles. Size of vehicles is determined by group size. Every person has a window seat!
- Domestic bush flight (with airport transfers) from Seronera airstrip in Serengeti National Park to Kilimanjaro International airport on Day 8.
- Game drives in Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Ndutu, and Serengeti National Park. We normally have about two game drives per day, depending on weather and logistics. Wild animal encounters are also common in and around many of our camps and lodges.
- All National Park Fees
- Early arrivals will enjoy a casual walking tour of a local town, and a visit to Arusha to explore local sites of interest like the Arusha Cultural Center, Old Boma Museum, etc. (additional cost for the early arrival package).
- 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. Note: A visa ($100) is required for U.S. visitors to Tanzania. It’s a fairly simply procedure, done by mail. Our office can advise you on how to apply.
- Early arrival package (accommodations, local tours).
- Gratuities to guides, drivers, or lodge staff
- Travel and evacuation insurance, which is required for safari travel to Africa. Our office can advise you on the appropriate policy and sign you up over the phone.