8 Days Best Of Tanzania Wildlife Encounter Safari Tour

From 4,531$

Per person sharing

TOUR OVERVIEW

Cross Kenya and Tanzania through the rich, fertile Masai Mara. The wonders of Kenya and Tanzania unfold before you on this incredible safari adventure, which goes deep into the heartland of the Maasai tribespeople and the finest game parks in eastern Africa.

Moreover, travelling through the world-renowned Masai Mara and the vast open Serengeti plains and the lakes of the Great Rift Valley and the dramatic scenery of the Ngorongoro Crater and Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya. It’s known for its large elephant herds and views of immense Mount Kilimanjaro across the border in Tanzania.

TOUR SUMMARY

Luxury tour

This tour uses luxury tented camps and lodges

Activities

Game drives

Private tour

Exclusively organised for you and won’t be shared with others

Can be customised

You can request changes to this tour

Start/End point

This tour starts and ends in Arusha

vehicle

Game drives

Pop-roof 4×4 vehicle

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

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

Accommodation Destination Nights Basis Category
Arusha Coffee Lodge Arusha Town 1 HB Luxury
Lemala Mpingo Ridge Lodge Tarangire National Park 2 FB Luxury
Lemala Nanyukie Lodge Serengeti National Park 3 FB Luxury
Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp Ngorongoro Conservation 1 HB Luxury

TOUR ITINERARY

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    Day 1: Arrival Day: Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha

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    Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our professional and personal driver guide. You will be transferred to your hotel in Arusha for overnight relaxation and preparation in keenness of the coming safari adventure.

    Arusha is the pounding heart of the wild – the last port of civilisation before heading out into dense jungles and rich savannah plains. It is located below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the east branch of the Great Rift Valley. The town’s temperate and calm climate is exciting. It is close to the infamous Tanzania National Park, which lures visitors to explore the fantastic Maasai culture and unique flora and fauna.

    Today you can relax in Arusha, enjoy a quick briefing about your upcoming safari, recover from your journey, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere of Africa.

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    Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire National Park

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    After breakfast, at 7 am, you will be picked up from the hotel by your safari guide and depart to Tarangire National Park for a full-day game drive. During midday, you will have a stop for a picnic lunch; the picnic area is fascinating, boasting an observatory with amazing views of the Tarangire river and wildlife; sometimes, there’s a good chance of seeing a hunt while having your picnic. Continue with a game viewing until sunset, then drive back to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

    Tarangire is richly beautiful and has a diverse ecosystem, boasting one of the largest concentrations of elephants in East Africa. The park is almost 3000 sq km in size and is best known for its vast numbers of elephants and baobab trees. The park’s name comes from the Tarangire River, which crosses through the park. The park is remarkable during the dry season (June – November) as wildlife concentrations rival the Serengeti National Park. This is because enormous populations of elephants and other animals are drawn to the Tarangire River as their only water source.

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    Day 3: Tarangire National Park

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    After breakfast, your adventure continues exploring the game-rich areas of the famed Tarangire National Park. The park is a richly beautiful home to the largest concentrations of elephants, buffalo, lion, wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle, while Gerenuk and fringe-eared Oryx are ‘local specialities. Additionally, the park is noted for its splendid baobab trees, rolling savannah, and acacia woodland.

    You will enjoy a picnic lunch, then continue with an afternoon game watching. Late in the evening, drive to your accommodation for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

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    Day 4: Tarangire to Serengeti National Park

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    After breakfast, your unforgettable expedition continues heading to the notorious Serengeti National Park, home of the big cats and Great Migration, driving through diverse landscapes such as the Rift Valley, stunning slopes, the beautiful high-lying farmland of Karatu and spectacular views of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You will have multiple stops to enjoy the beautiful scenery, including stopping at the great Ngorongoro Crater rim.

    You will enjoy a picnic lunch, then an afternoon game watching in Central Serengeti, and later in the evening, drive to your accommodation for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

    Serengeti National Park has 14,763 sq. km, and more than 4 million large mammals live in total wilderness freedom. The park is unquestionably one of the best-known wildlife national parks globally. It is renowned 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 to look out for lions, cheetahs, leopards, and hyenas, with many television scenes like the famous River Crossings filmed in this park.

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    Day 5: On Safari Serengeti National Park

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    Waking up in the Serengeti is something astonishing. Africa’s sights, sounds, and smells are all around us, and a full day of exploration in the world’s most famous national park is ahead.

    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 instance, on this day, you could do a morning game drive, return for lunch and relaxation and finish with an afternoon game drive. Alternatively, you could do a full-day game drive with a picnic lunch.

    The Central Serengeti offers superb game viewing all year round due to its richness of resident animals. Specifically, the Seronera River Valley in Central Serengeti is a ‘must see’ on every safari, notwithstanding the specific month of travel. Game watching in Central Serengeti is at its best during the dry season (June – November), as animals are more concentrated in the immediate area due to the lack of water on the plains. Resident animals include impalas, buffaloes, hippos, warthogs, topis, hartebeests, giraffes, elephants, cheetahs, zebras, lions, and leopards.

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    Day 6: On Safari - Central Serengeti

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    After breakfast in the lodge, depart for a full-day game drive in Serengeti National Park, the home of the big five and wildebeest migration. You will have a picnic lunch, and more game viewing in the afternoon after the African sunset and drive back to your accommodation for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

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    Day 7: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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    After breakfast, you will enjoy a morning game drive and return for brunch. After lunch, it’s time to drive eastwards to visit another spectacular setting for Tanzania’s wildlife, the famous Ngorongoro Crater. Upon arrival late in the afternoon, settle for dinner and overnight.

    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 giant elephants globally and has massive tusks.

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    Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater to Kilimanjaro International Airport

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    Today there will be plenty of time to enjoy another actual show – Ngorongoro Crater is often referred to as a wonder of the world. After breakfast, drive to the Ngorongoro crater floor for a game drive, exploring Africa’s Garden of Eden.

    The crater is the grasslands, forests, and freshwater lake that inspire the migration of animals and makes for the perfect chance to catch a glimpse of Africa’s notorious Big Five (buffalo, elephants, leopards, black-maned lions, and the rare black rhinoceros).

    After some exploring, enjoy a lunch picnic in the crater’s heart before we take in some more sights and drive up the steep road out of the crater, heading to Arusha or the airport for drop-off.

Inclusions

  • Pick up and drop off at 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)
  • All transportation – (Unless labelled as optional)
  • 4×4 Customized safari vehicle
  • All meals
  • Water in the car
  • Taxes

Exclusions

  • International flights – (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips – (Highly recommended)
  • 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
  • Drinks and beverages
  • Laundry services

ITINERARY PRICES

Travel Dates 1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax
1 Jan – 28 Feb 2023 USD 7,595 USD 6,202 USD 5,881 USD 5,613 USD 5,526 USD 5,417
1 March – 31 March 2023 USD 6,648 USD 5,360 USD 5,005 USD 4,772 USD 4,676 USD 4,576
1 April – 31 May 2023 USD 6,632 USD 5,315 USD 4,970 USD 4,788 USD 4,637 USD 4,531
1 June – 30 June 2023 USD 7,680 USD 6,368 USD 6,022 USD 5,780 USD 5,690 USD 5,512%
1 July – 30 Sep 2023 USD 11,280 USD 7,770 USD 8,156 USD 7,182 USD 7,531 USD 6,987
1 Nov – 19 Dec 2023 USD 7,510 USD 6,224 USD 5,869 USD 5,636 USD 5,540 USD 5,440
20 Dec – 31 Dec 2023 USD 11,280 USD 7,770 USD 8,156 USD 7,182 USD 7,531 USD 6,987