8-Day Spirit of Tanzania Luxury Wildlife Encounter Safari

Duration

8 Days

Price From

$4058

Cities & Parks

Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Eyasi, Hadzabe Tribe

Time of Year

Available whole year

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Awe-inspiring and Unforgettable Safari Experience. During this tour, you will have the chance to visit all the famous parks in the northern safari circuit and have fascinating cultural experiences in Lake Eyasi with the Hadzabe tribe. Northern Tanzania is the best-developed tourism circuit in Tanzania, allowing the chance to see the “Big 5” – Elephants, Lions, Buffalo, rhinos and Leopards. The circuit is the most popular safari destination and includes many of the country’s most renowned national parks, namely Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater.

TOUR SUMMARY

  • This tour starts and ends in Arusha
  • You'll visit Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Eyasi and the Hadzabe Tribe
  • Activities: Game Drives & Cultural tour
  • Game drives: Pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle

TOUR FEATURES

Luxury tour

This tour uses luxury tented camps.

Can start any day

If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.

Suitable for solo travellers

Solo travellers can book this private tour.

Private Tour

This tour will be organised exclusively for you and won’t be shared with others.

Can be customised

You can request changes to this tour.

Minimum age of 1 year

The minimum age for this tour is 1 year.

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Arusha Town to Tarangire National Park 

We will pick you up from your hotel in Arusha at 08:00 and take you to an extraordinary national park. Tarangire is famous for its diverse landscape with nine different vegetation zone. The park is mainly known for the abundance of ancient baobab trees (the giant trees on the continent), which fill the landscape and dwarf the animals next to them. The park’s river includes wildlife ranging from birds to lions, leopards, zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, and elephants.

The park has the largest concentration of elephants in the country and provides unique chances to observe the interaction between elephant families. The lunch area is fascinating, boasting an observatory with amazing views of the river and wildlife (with good chances of seeing a hunt while having your picnic). After the game viewing, drive to Nimali Tarangire, a luxury tented camp for rest, dinner, and overnight.

Day 2: Tarangire to Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, you will have a beautiful, short drive across the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park for a full-day game drive. Although the park is small in dimension 330 sq. kilometres, the park has awe-inspiring scenery. Its lush acacia forest, giant figs, mahogany trees, and a growing population of baboons and blue monkeys are well-known.

Permanent residents of this park also include giraffes, elephants, impalas and many buffaloes. The lake is also home to a large number of hippos. The landscapes of Lake Manyara are something that cannot be described in words. The game drives along the lake provide spectacular photo opportunities of giraffes and buffaloes in the foreground and the lake and its flamingos in the background.

Some additional promising tours are possible during this day, including a bike tour or a boat excursion. Drive to your luxury accommodation – Manyara Secret for relaxation, dinner, and overnight stay in the evening.

Day 3: Lake Manyara to Serengeti National Park

After an early breakfast, depart on the way to the most renowned national park in the World, the Serengeti. The driving itself, although long, is remarkable. This will be an extraordinary moment for anyone seeing it for the first time. As you progress well into the Serengeti, you will realise why the name means, in the local language, “endless plains”.

The park has 14,763 sq. km, and more than 4 million large mammals live in total wilderness freedom. The park is undoubtedly one of the best-known wildlife sanctuaries globally. It is famed for its annual wildebeest migration of 2 million wildebeests, hundreds of thousands of zebras, and antelopes. As for the big cats and large predators, it’s the place of choice to look out for lions, cheetahs, leopards, and hyenas, with many television scenes like the famous River Crossings filmed in this park. Drive to Melia Serengeti Lodge for relaxation, dinner, and overnight stay in the evening.

Day 4-5: Serengeti National Park

You will enjoy full days in the Serengeti National Park. We are entirely flexible with your preferences, and these days will be prearranged according to your desires. Your guide will discuss the best timings on every safari day, including the game drives and the wake-up time. For example, on this day, you could do a morning game drive, return to the camp for lunch and relaxation and finish with an afternoon game drive. Alternatively, you could do a full-day game drive with a picnic lunch—relaxation, dinner and overnight stay at Melia Serengeti Lodge.

Day 6: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

On this day, we suggest a very early wake-up to do an early morning game drive (it’s time when the animals are more active) and see one of the best African sunrises you will ever witness. After the game drive, you return to the camp for a rewarding, delicious brunch, followed by a drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the 8th Wonder of the Natural World.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a pioneering experiment where people (the Maasai), livestock, and wildlife co-exist and share the same protected habitat. The stunning spectacle of the Ngorongoro Crater, its steep walls falling some 610 meters to the floor, is undoubtedly one of the highlights of a safari tour in Tanzania. The crater floor is home to thousands of everyday animals, including the rare black rhinos, zebras, wildebeests, gazelles, hippos, elands, elephants, and a large predator population of lions, hyenas, and jackals.

It’s also famous for its most giant elephants globally and has massive tusks. Ngorongoro Crater is truly a Wonder of the Natural World. You will reach Ngorongoro in time for a sundowner, dinner and overnight stay at Lion’s Paw Camp.

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater

You will start the day early and descend into the crater floor for an incredible morning of wildlife viewing in one of the most splendid places. After the game drive, there will be time for a picnic lunch near the beautiful Hippo Lake. After lunch, continue for a short game drive, ascend the crater, and exit Ngorongoro Conservation Area towards Lake Eyasi. Here you will have a unique and fascinating cultural experience the next day—relaxation, dinner and overnight stay at Ziwani Lodge.

Day 8: Lake Eyasi and the Hadzabe Tribe

Today will be a delightful and different day. You will wake up early, just before sunrise, and follow your guide until he finds the Hadza people, one of Africa’s last truly nomadic tribes. After some explanations about the tribe, you will join them in their daily morning activities.

This experience is out of the beaten track and does not feel touristic. The photographic opportunities are out of this world. This tour will be a highlight of your safari. Your experiences with the Hadza people include joining the men in their daily hunting or the women in their fruit-gathering session. You will learn about many aspects of the Hadzabe way of living.

After finishing the activities with the Hadza people, you will visit the beautiful Lake Eyasi, a seasonal shallow Salt Lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley, followed by a return to Arusha town for drop-off.

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Seasons Price per person sharing
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax
July 1, 2022, to September 14, 2022  $7,360  $4,973  $4,934  $4,347  $4,448  $4,138
September 15, 2022, to October 31, 2022  $7,184  $4,851  $4,795  $4,225  $4,315  $4,016
November 1, 2022, to December 14, 2022  $6,084  $4,058  $3,859  $3,431  $3,460  $3,222
December 15, 2022, to January 3, 2023  $7,360  $4,973  $4,934  $4,347  $4,448  $4,138
January 4, 2023, to February 28, 2023  $7,496  $5,062  $5,003  $4,409  $4,503  $4,190
March 1, 2023, to May 31, 2023  $6,443  $4,328  $4,120  $3,674  $3,704  $3,456
 June 1, 2023, to June 30, 2023  $7,579  $5,123  $5,070  $4,469  $4,568  $4,251
July 1, 2023, to September 14, 2023  $7,680  $5,189  $5,148  $4,536  $4,641  $4,318
September 15, 2023, to October 31, 2023  $7,496  $5,062  $5,003  $4,409  $4,503  $4,190
November 1, 2023, to December 14, 2023  $6,348  $4,235  $4,026  $3,581  $3,611  $3,362
December 15, 2022, to January 3, 2024  $7,680  $5,189  $5,148  $4,536  $4,641  $4,318

Package Includes:

  • Pick up and drop off Arusha/Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • English speaking driver-guide
  • Park fees
  • All activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Evacuation insurance (AMREF - Flying Doctors)
  • All accommodation - (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation - (Unless labelled as optional)
  • 4x4 Customized safari vehicle
  • All meals
  • All soft drinks, house wine, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees (excluding champagne, cognacs, fine wines, premium brand, spirits and cigars)
  • Basic laundry services
  • Taxes

Package Excludes:

  • International flights - (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips - (Tipping guideline US$20+ pp. per day)
  • Personal items - (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government-imposed increase of taxes and park fees
  • Meals not specified
  • Hot air balloon safari US$ 599 per person
  • Nimali Tarangire

    Nimali Tarangire is a luxury tented camp located in a private concession on the eastern boundary of Tarangire National Park. The private concession has been set up to protect the habitat, ensure the management of wildlife areas and offer exclusive game viewing far from the crows.

    The camp is situated alongside a riverbed and is well hidden amongst the acacia & baobab trees. Natural materials have been merged with contemporary decor to provide guests with an unforgettable stay. Intimate guest areas include a spacious, open-fronted lounge and library with a selection of safari books. The dining area opens up to a traditional Boma and swimming pool that overlooks the waterhole. The waterhole attracts an abundance of wildlife.

    All ten of the tented suites are well laid out, and each has a private deck overlooking the river bed. Four of the tents cater for families travelling together. They are connected by a lounge and have private plunge pools. The tented suites are a mix f contemporary and earthy furnishings, complete with fixed bathroom walls & wooden doors. Every effort is made to ensure that our guests feel at home and have an amazingly unique Tanzanian safari experience.

  • Manyara Secret

    Spectacular and impressive lodge, exclusive and with personal attention and exquisite service. The boutique lodge was designed and built from their memories and experiences as they travelled throughout Africa, tagged on, was the influence of the local people and the environment. The moment you arrive, you’ll see this, and you Will feel right at home.

    The small boutique lodge has villas of varying sizes to suit all travellers. For couples who value their privacy, there are villas available with private plunge pools, and for families, we have villas where everyone can be together. You can almost smell the adventure; it’s tangible in the air.

    The lodge overlooks Lake Manyara’s National Park, a mere 15 minutes by car, and Tarangire National Park is an hour’s drive away.

    There are endless captivating possibilities, from high adventure to total relaxation. The team is always ready and waiting to enhance your stay with excellent and unrivalled service.

    Delicious food and excellent staff ensure your stay is utterly relaxing and spoiling. Topped off with impeccable views of Lake Manyara, this property is an incredibly sought-after location to stay at when visiting Tanzania.

  • Melia Serengeti Lodge

    Located in the heart of the world-renowned Serengeti National Park and overlooking the Mbalageti River Valley, less than an hour from Seronera airport and 335 km from Arusha.

    The lodge offers some of the top luxury experiences in Serengeti national park; it provides 50 rooms, divided into three distinct designs — Melia Lagoon View Room on the ground floor, and Melia Savannah Panoramic Room and Melia Suites on the upper floor with breathtaking views of the Serengeti plains.

    Spectacular rooms and suites blend elegantly with the surroundings and feature a contemporary design with influences from traditional Maasai culture and classic colonial details. All rooms feature mini-bars, televisions, extra-long beds, full ensuite bathrooms and hair dryers.

    The lodge has various dining options, including Savannah Grill offers fusion cuisine of African, Asian and Mediterranean dishes that are served buffet-style. Watch the chef prepare your live-cooked meal in the open kitchen and savour it on the terrace or dining area.

    Boma specialises in African a la carte cuisine, and the views of the valley are amongst the best you will see during your exploratory tour. The main bar keeps you warm with Tanzanian coffees, teas, liquors and local gin. As the sun sets on the horizon, find your favourite cocktail at the Pool Bar and watch the sun paint the African sky with spectacular colours.

  • Lion’s Paw Camp

    This Unique property is positioned on the Eastern Rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact volcanic caldera.

    One of only a few tented properties located in the Ngorongoro Crater Area, this camp was carefully selected for its sense of privacy and intimacy with nature, its panoramic views of the Crater highlands, and its proximity to the crater floor. It’s an oasis of luxury in one of the world’s magical settings; only a short 10-minute drive down the crater gives our guests a head starts to the Crater floor.

    The 15 luxury suites are positioned carefully to provide privacy with a spectacular view of the crater. The camp offers authenticity without sacrificing the warmth and comforts of home.

    The camp provides the opportunity to see the cradled Lake Magadi in the crater’s base, where you can sight giant tusked elephants and endangered Black Rhinos with your binoculars from the comfort of the bar and lounge area.

  • Ziwani Lodge

    Ziwani Lodge is perched on an escarpment overlooking Lake Eyasi in Northern Tanzania and offers sweeping views of the Rift Valley. The property is a fully-fledged eco-lodge, running solely off solar and wind power. The inspiration for the construction and design came from the local architecture around the area.

    The open feel of the design with a limited amount of glass in the windows is used as a natural cooling system in the rooms and main areas of the property to get our guests to feel at one with nature.

    The property boasts 7 sophisticated cottages with beautiful views, a stunning swimming pool for cooling off in the day’s heat, a small library, and excellent Tanzanian hospitality.

    After a few days of intense game watching in the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, the Lodge was fashioned as a remote and peaceful escape for guests. Its links with the local tribes, including Datoga and Hadzabe people, made the location ideal for a cultural destination where visitors can engage themselves in their long-established traditions, lifestyle, and totality way of life.