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- Tarangire National Park
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A great introduction to the country's fantastic wildlife and scenic heritage, visiting the rolling grass plains of the Serengeti, the ancient baobab trees of Tarangire National park and Ngorongoro Crater, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Travel in the spring time to hopefully catch a glimpse of the Great Wildebeest Migration on their way back up to Kenya.
Day 1: Monday
Jambo and a warm welcome to Tanzania! Upon arrival you’ll be met by your tour guide at Kilimanjaro airport and transferred to African Tulip Hotel or similar. The lodge is right in the heart of Arusha. (D)
Day 2: Tuesday
After breakfast, head to Tarangire (approximately 2 hours), the National Park has a vast number of baobab trees that first capture the eye. The gently rolling countryside is dotted with these majestic trees, which seem to dwarf the animals feeding beneath them. Arrive in time for lunch at Tarangire Sopa Lodge where you will also spend the night Afternoon game-drive in Tarangire National Park to spot elephant as well as other animals and large variety of birdlife. This is a long park and as you venture further south the more wild it becomes and until eventually total isolation. Overnight at the Tarangire Sopa Lodge or similar (B/L/D)
Day 3: Wednesday
After breakfast depart for the Serengeti with a game-drive en-route through Tarangire (approximately 4 hours). Stopping for a lunch at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge and then continue on to Serengeti. Enjoy a game-drive across the stunning Serengeti Plains (approximately 3 hours and 3 minutes). Dinner and overnight at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge or similar. (B/L/D)
Day 4: Thursday
After breakfast enjoy a full day of game viewing in the Serengeti, with a picnic lunch. The oldest and largest of Tanzania’s national parks, the Serengeti, whose name is derived from the Masai word for ‘endless plains’, presents us with the very essence of Africa. Its open savannahs thunder beneath the hooves of countless wildebeest and zebra, a tempting target for the ever-present predators. Spend the day in search of the Serengeti’s big game and so much more. Dinner and overnight at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge or similar. (B/L/D)
Day 5: Friday
After breakfast head out on a final morning game-drive in The Serengeti before driving to Ngorongoro stopping for a picnic lunch in the Naabi Hills area (approximate 5 hours 30 minutes). Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge or similar. (B/L/D)
Day 6: Saturday
After breakfast spend a full day exploring the Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site. With 30,000 animals in 100 square miles, game viewing is plentiful. Enjoy a picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge or similar. (B/L/D)
Day 7: Sunday
After breakfast return to Arusha arriving at approximately midday (approximately 4 hours). Lunch and then drop off at Arusha airport or Kilimanjaro Airport for onward flight arrangements. (B/L)
Please note: driving times are approximate and depend on weather and road conditions at the time. En-route game-drives will extend the drive times given.
Meals: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Dates & prices
The table below shows our escorted tour departure dates.
Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.
Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.
Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.
Pre/Post Tour Options
The first day of the tour is at leisure but if you wanted to arrive earlier extra nights are available at African Tulip Hotel. We recommend a beach stay in Zanzibar after this safari.
GMT +2 hours (summer) +3 hours (winter).
- Private transport throughout in a 7 seat safari land cruiser with a driver/guide
- Sightseeing as detailed including entrance fees, park fees and game-drives
- Road taxes, parking fees and fuel surcharges.
- International flight with Kenya Airways in economy class, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
- Flight upgrades and airport transfers in the UK
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry or tips and gratuities
- The required Tanzanian visa
- Anything not detailed on the itinerary.
6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners.
Tours and game-drives listed in the itinerary.
Occasionally we may need to substitute one or more of the lodges with that of a similar standard, also adverse weather conditions could mean a lodge or itinerary needs to be altered.
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.
Tanzania is a vast country and hence journey times between resorts/towns can at times be long. Journey times are listed in the itinerary and are approximate. En route game-drives will extend the drive times given.
We recommend taking soft sided holdalls as this can be transported more easily in the 4x4 vehicles. Excess luggage can be left in Arusha (a local nominal charge may apply). We recommend packing one bag between you for the safari and a second for your beach stay which can remain in Arusha to be collected on return.
There is a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 7 people per vehicle.