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  • Stunning Views of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • 'Big Five'
  • Small, Authentic Lodges

A Taste of Tanzania




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Staying in small, authentic lodges, you'll get a real flavour of this magnificent land on this 4-night safari, which takes in Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and the 'Big Five' haven of Ngorongoro Crater.

Day 1: London – Kilimanjaro

Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Nairobi and onward to Kilimanjaro airport with Kenya Airways.

Day 2: Arusha

On arrival, transfer to Mount Meru Game Lodge, bordered by the Usa River and an animal sanctuary, with Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. The lodge offers a free guided excursion of the local area giving you a glimpse of authentic Tanzania. Overnight: Mount Meru Game Lodge. (D)

Day 3: Tarangire

After breakfast, drive for 2 hours to Tarangire National Park for an exciting game drive in this amazing park, home to thousands of elephants, arriving at Tarangire Sopa Lodge in time for lunch. Later on, depart for another game drive in this wilderness with an amazing variety of wildlife until evening. Overnight: Tarangire Sopa Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 4: Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater

Depart Tarangire early and within 1 hour, you are entering the lush forests of beautiful Lake Manyara where you can spot impala, buffalo, wildebeest, hippo, giraffe and the famous tree-climbing lion. After a picnic lunch, continue on to Ngorongoro (1 hour) where you stay for 2 nights. Overnight: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. (B/L/D)

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater

Explore the famous Ngorongoro Crater, Africa's 'Garden of Eden' and home to the 'Big Five', including the black-maned lion. Departing early you are soon descending into this amazing crater full of wildlife for an extended game drive on the crater floor with picnic lunch. After lunch, continue your game drive until the late afternoon before returning to your accommodation to relax. Overnight: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. (B/L/D)

Day 6: Kilimanjaro-London

After an early breakfast, return to Arusha (2 hour drive) for lunch followed by your flight to Zanzibar or to Kilimanjaro for your flight back to Nairobi. (B)

We highly recommend a relaxing beach stay in Zanzibar after your safari adventure.


Please note: This tour is not exclusive to Virgin Holidays and operates on a shared basis.

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Pre Tour

There is a shopping centre with a supermarket, pharmacy, bookstore and cash machines situated adjacent to the Jacaranda Hotel.

Tour start/finish times

The first day is at leisure or the safari starts at noon with an optional excursion to the Rothschild Giraffe Centre and lunch. Safari finishes in Nairobi at 1.30pm.

Time difference

GMT +2hrs (summer) +3hrs (winter)

Included activities

  • Game drives in Nakuru National Park
  • Game drives in Amboseli National Park
  • Game drives in the Masai Mara.

Optional activities (not included)

  • A visit to the Rothschild the Giraffe Centre


Occasionally we may need to substitute one or more of the hotels with that of a similar standard.


We use specially designed and strengthened, modern 4x4 safari land cruisers which have large pop-up roofs for extended wildlife viewing and photography. Safari vehicles have 7 seats, all of which are window seats, so you are guaranteed a great view.

Journey times

Kenya in a vast country and hence journey times between resorts/towns can at times be long. As a guide:

  • Day 2: Nairobi to the Amboseli National Park is approx a 4 hour 30-min drive
  • Day 3: Amboseli National Park to Nairobi (stop at the Carnivore Restaurant) is approx a 4 hour 30-min drive
  • Day 4: Nairobi to the Lake Naivasha is approx a 2-hour drive
  • Day 5: Lake Naivasha to Lake Nakuru is approx a 2-hour drive
  • Day 6: Lake Naivasha to the Masai Mara is approx 4 hour 30-min drive
  • Day 8: Masai Mara to Nairobi is approx 4 hour 30-min drive.


We recommend taking soft sided holdalls as this can be transported more easily in the 4x4 vehicles. Luggage allowance on internal flights is 15kgs per person. Excess luggage will be charged at approximately 200 Kenyan Shilling (Ksh) per kilo subject to space being available. Excess luggage can be left in Nairobi (a local nominal charge may apply). It can also be couriered onto Mombassa if you continue onto a beach resort after your safari. We recommend packing one bag between you for the safari and a second for your beach stay which can remain in Nairobi to be collected on return.

Group size

There is a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 7 people per group.


English and Swahili are the official languages.

Visa requirements

A visa is required for Kenya and can be obtained prior to travel (currently approx US$50 for travel in 2011) or upon arrival (cash only accepted).Visit for more information.


Kenyan Shilling (Ksh). US Dollars and Sterling Pounds are also widely accepted. You can change money at the exchange desks in the airport arrival hall or use the airport cash points for local currency. There are plenty of banks and ATMs in Nairobi, but you see less once you head out of the city, so make sure you have enough to cover your drinks and ad hoc item bills. You may want to carry small amounts of local currency for tips and to buy souvenirs from vendors too! Please note: Not all safari lodges and camps can accept credit cards.


The electricity supply in Kenya is the same as the UK with a 3-pin plug (however you may need a 2-pin adaptor when staying at some of the camps and older style properties).


It is customary to tip. In restaurants 10-15% is the norm. On game drives, a guideline is US$ 5-10 per person per day.

What to pack (safaris are very casual, so light packing is advised)

  • Lightweight, cotton clothes in neutral colours for the day time
  • A light sweater or fleece for early mornings and evenings
  • Comfortable, enclosed and sturdy footwear for game drives
  • Casual clothing and sandals for dinner and relaxing at your lodge/camp
  • Sun cream, sunglasses and hat
  • Camera and/or video camera with spare batteries and memory cards
  • Swimming attire for an optional swim in the pool between drives at some lodges
  • Binoculars
  • Mosquito repellent and spray
  • Handy wipes, hand gel and bottled water where possible
  • Low denominations of local currency – handy for ad hoc tipping!

Please note: Camouflage clothes are not permitted as it is the local soldiers uniform!

What to expect

A safari is an adventure where the unexpected can happen. Roads can get very dusty in the dry season or you may get stuck in the mud during the rainy season. Occasionally, adverse conditions or a change in lodge may cause an itinerary to be altered.

Recommended vaccinations

  • Immunisation against Yellow Fever is recommended
  • Malaria prevention is strongly recommended

We advise you to discuss your individual requirements with your GP at least 6-8 weeks prior to travel.

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Tours, extensions and tailor-made prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may vary due to availability, date of departure and time of year. In this way we ensure our customers receive the best holiday prices available. Prices are for departure dates stated and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room with return economy flights. Single room and flight upgrade prices available at a supplement. Price includes saving. Prices are subject to availability.

Please note this tour is subject to minimum numbers. Please call our travel experts on 0344 417 3706 for our latest prices and offers.

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