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Classic Tanzania (plus Zanzibar)

Tanzania Safari

Summary : Experience a thrilling safari with excellent game viewing year-round in the Serengeti National Park, as well as the annual Great Wildebeest and Zebra Migration. Go in search of the tree climbing lions, family groups of elephants and an abundance of birds in Lake Manyara National Park. Witness the incredible density of wildlife, as well as magnificent views, at the Ngorongoro Crater. Special add-on excursion to Zanzibar and the white sandy beaches at Bluebay Beach Resort. See end of page for details on the Great Migration.

Note: We are able to modify this trip and can create a custom quote after speaking with you. This tour operates on request. Safari camps fill quickly, so please book early. Itinerary and rates are also subject to change based on dates of travel and fluctuations in exchange rates.

Activities : Birding, Hiking


Prices from
$999,999,999 to $0

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Day 1
Arusha, Tanzania

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be met and transferred to Arusha Coffee Lodge. Spend one night in a chalet at the lodge, which is situated on a coffee plantation and boasts spectacular views of nearby Mount Meru. Your stay is on a bed and breakfast basis.
Arusha Coffee Lodge

Day 2
Lake Manyara

After breakfast, depart Arusha with your safari guide and take a scenic drive to Lake Manyara. This scenic drive gives guests plenty of opportunities to admire the breathtaking Rift Valley setting and encounter the rich wildlife. Established specifically to protect the elephant herds that have made this area world renowned, the park provides an excellent and varied wildlife experience.

Apart from the elephants, Lake Manyara is famous for tree-climbing lions, as well as the thousands of flamingos that inhabit the lake shore. Large herds of buffalo, cheetah, Maasai giraffe, hippo and impala can be encountered. Experience an afternoon game drive with your ranger in the Lake Manyara National Park. Relax with dinner at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Day 3
Lake Manyara

Rise for an early morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Return to the lodge for breakfast and some time to relax and enjoy the property. Enjoy lunch and a late afternoon game drive in the Lake Manyara National Park. Dinner is at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Day 4
Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, depart Lake Manyara and head for the Ngorongoro Crater. Take a leisurely drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Arrive at the lodge for lunch, then descend to the Ngorongoro Crater floor for a half-day afternoon game drive. The largest intact caldera in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens anywhere. A permanent population of more than 30,000 animals inhabit the deep crater, making this one of the few places in Africa where guests stand a great chance of seeing the entire Big Five in the course of a single game drive. Guests on safari also have the unique experience of seeing Maasai herdsmen whose cattle graze side-by-side with the tremendous variety of wildlife found in the area. Check into the lodge on arrival and enjoy dinner.
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Day 5
Ngorongoro Crater

Head out early this morning with your safari guide and enter the Ngorongoro Crater. Enjoy a half-day crater game viewing safari. Return for lunch at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. Depart in the late afternoon on a cultural visit to a nearby Maasai village. Dinner is at the lodge.
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Day 6
Serengeti Plains

Depart the Ngorongoro Conservation area after breakfast at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. Take a leisurely day-long drive through magnificent Serengeti scenery and have time to visit the Olduvai Gorge and Museum. The Serengeti is renowned for having the largest concentration of migratory animals in the world, and is also famous for its large lion population.

Check into your Tented Camp accommodation on arrival in the Serengeti area. Dinner and overnight is at camp.
Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp

Day 7
Serengeti Plains

Travel on an early morning game drive with your safari ranger in Serengeti National Park. Breakfast is back at the camp. Head out again on a late-morning game drive and on an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti National Park. Dinner is at camp.
Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp

Day 8
Serengeti Plains

Enjoy a full day spent in the Serengeti National Park area enjoying morning and afternoon game drives with meals back at camp.
Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp

Day 9
Serengeti Plains / Return Home

Transfer to the Serengeti airstrip (Seronera) with game viewing opportunities en route. Bid farewell to your guide/driver and fly back to Arusha. On arrival, transfer to the Kilimanjaro International (Arusha) Airport located on the outskirts of Arusha. Check in for your onward flights home or for extended travels.

If you choose to add on the Zanzibar extension: 5 nights/6 days

After arrival at Arusha Airport, board a flight to Zanzibar Airport. You will be met on arrival and taken to the Zanzibar Serena Inn Hotel in Stonetown. Spend one night at the hotel in a standard room. Your stay is on a bed and breakfast basis.


The Great Migration:
The Great Migration traditionally follows the rain as animals migrate towards better pastures. Therefore it is difficult to determine precisely when it will happen. Working on the assumption of a "normal" year, the migration generally begins in early April, May and June, when the calves are strong enough and the journey north begins. From June/July the wildebeest gather in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park and in August/September they cross the Grumeti River and head towards the Maasai Mara in Kenya. From October to December the animals begin to move back into the Serengeti.

Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Arusha; full board accommodation throughout the Tanzania safari; lunch on the last day in Arusha; park entrance fees throughout; all game drives and sightseeing as per the itinerary in a 4x4 WD safari vehicle driven by a professional English speaking driver/guide; all transfers to and from the airport; government taxes and levies; Maasai Village and Olduvai Gorge visit.

Not Included:
International airfares to and from Kilimanjaro (Arusha) International Airport; domestic scheduled flight Seronera/Arusha; international and domestic departure tax; visas; travel and health insurance; gratuities for guide/driver, hotel staff and porters; any other items of a personal nature, such as drinks, laundry, telephone and postage; any optional activities not stated on the itinerary.

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