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    $3050 p/p in USD
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Open Plains Adventures

  • Tanzania



Tour Type

Tour Type

Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Camping, Mid Range

Tour Overview

This safari explores Tanzania’s prime wildlife spots: Serengeti, Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks and Ngorongoro Conservation Area for some fantastic game viewing including the ‘big five’ which is found in Ngorongoro Crater. You also visit Lake Eyasi where you have a fascinating cultural experience with the Hadzabe, one of Tanzania’s last hunter-gatherer tribes. In Tarangire National Park stay in a mobile explorer camp set up for you in a remote wilderness area while accommodation during the rest of the safari is in 3-star lodges and/or tented camps.

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General Information

  • Safari types:
    Big Five Safari, Camping Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara NP, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Eyasi, Mto Wa Mbu, Karatu
  • Wildlife:
    Big Five, Birds, Antelope, Thomson's Gazelle, Zebra, Giraffe, Hippo, Wild Dog, Hyena, Wildebeest, Baboon, Dik Dik, Eland, Warthog
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Village Visit, Cultural Experience
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Safari Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Moshi, end in Moshi/Arusha

Hadza People

  • Total population: 1,200–1,300 (2012 census)
  • Regions with significant populations: Tanzania 1,200–1,300
  • Languages: Hadza, Isanzu, Sukuma
  • Related ethnic groups: None known


Tarangire National Park

  • Established: 1970
  • Size: 2600 square kilometers
  • Geographical location: 120km south west of Arusha town


Serengeti National Park

  • Location: Tanzania
  • Area: 14,750 km2 (5,700 sq mi)
  • Established: 1951
  • Visitors: 350,000 per year
  • Governing body: Tanzania National Parks Authority
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Type: Natural
  • Designated: 1981
  • State Party: Tanzania
  • Region: Africa


Ngorongoro Conservation Area

  • Location: Arusha Region, Tanzania
  • Area: 8,292 km2 (3,202 sq mi)
  • Established: 1959
  • Visitors: Over 500,000 per year
  • Governing body: Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Type: Natural
  • Designated: 1979
  • State Party: Tanzania
  • Region: Africa


Lake Eyasi

  • Type: Saline, alkaline, endorheic
  • Primary inflows: Sibiti River , Baray (delta at western end), lesser seasonal rivers
  • Primary outflows: none
  • Basin countries: Tanzania
  • Depth: unknown
  • Surface elevation: 1,030 m (3,380 ft)


Lake Manyara National Park

  • Established: 1960
  • Size: 330 square kilometers of which approximately one third is land
  • Geographical location: 126kn south west Arusha town, 95km kilometers from Tarangire N/P

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 3,050 per person

What's Included

  • Accommodation in 3-star safari/tented camps
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Transportation in 4×4 safari vehicle, fully air conditioned
  • Professional, English speaking guide
  • Mineral water
  • All national park fees

What's Excluded

  • Flights & visas
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal spending monies for souvenirs etc.
  • Tip
  • Travel insurance


  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Open Plains Adventures
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Open Plains Adventures‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

After breakfast, our team will meet you at your accommodation in Moshi and you will be given a thorough and informative briefing on the upcoming safari. Thereafter you will start your journey in our safari vehicle, which is about a 3.5 hour drive to Tarangire National Park. Here our mobile explorer camp has already been set up for you in a remote wilderness area. You will arrive just in time for a hot lunch, prepared by our highly-skilled safari chef. After lunch, your guide will take you on a game drive through Tarangire National Park. in an open-roof vehicle giving you unspoilt views. You will enjoy an extensive game drive before returning to your mobile explorer camp. Here a hot bush shower is waiting and you will be treated to another freshly prepared meal before you retire to your comfortable bed.

Overnight: 3-star mobile tented camp 

In the morning you are awaken by the sounds of the African bush, followed by a sumptuous breakfast. Thereafter you leave the camp for a full day game drive in the park. Tarangire National Park is especially famous for its ancient baobab trees and large elephant herds that can often be seen up close. The park is also home to different types of gazelles and antelopes, buffaloes, giraffes and a wide variety of birds. With a bit of luck, you might even spot a leopard or cheetah. For lunch you may return to the private campsite and enjoy a cooked meal or stop en-route to indulge in a pre-packed lunchbox. In the afternoon you will continue your game drive during which you will enjoy the beautiful sights and amazing wildlife. In the early evening you will return to your camp where a hot supper will be served. End of the day sit around the camp fire, reliving your memorable day before retiring for a well-deserved rest.

Overnight: 3-star mobile tented camp 

In the morning after breakfast you will continue your journey with the safari guide. Today’s route takes you through  Tarangire National Park to Lake Manyara National Park. The alkaline Lake Manyara covers over half the surface of the park and attracts flamingos and other waterfowls as well as more than 400 different bird species. Other animals such as giraffes, hippos, wildebeests, impalas, monkeys and baboons  are also often spotted here. You will leave the park in the late afternoon and make your way to the lodge/hotel/tented lodge.

Overnight: 3-star lodge/hotel/tented lodge

Breakfast is enjoyed at the lodge before you head off to the multi-cultural town of Mto wa Mbu. Here you will be met by a local guide who will give you a short briefing on the upcoming tour – exploring the village and its surroundings on foot. During your experience you will witness traditional wood carvers as well as local artists at work. After a traditional African lunch, you leave this lively town and continue your journey to Lake Eyasi. For the adventurous, there is the option to skip the MtowaMbu cultural programme and join a quad bike tour from Karatu to Lake Eyasi (optional and at additional cost – please contact our consultants for more information). Either way, you will arrive at the lodge in time for dinner and your overnight stay.

Overnight: 3-star lodge

After breakfast, a true African experience awaits. You will visit the Hadzabe, an ethnic minority and one of Tanzania’s last hunter-gatherer tribes. They have managed to maintain their traditional lifestyle until this day in this dry and mostly barren area. Thereafter you will pay a visit to the pastoral nomads and herdsmen, known as the Datoga tribe. The experience is completed with a stop at the blacksmiths where you will witness craftsmen in rather rudimentary working conditions. After this interactive cultural experience, you will continue to Karatu, where you will arrive in the afternoon. Enjoy some free time, either relax at the lodge or join an elephant cave walk (optional and at additional cost – please contact our consultants for more information). The day ends with dinner and an overnight stay at the lodge.

Overnight: 3-star lodge

You enjoy an early breakfast at sunrise before you leave Karatu to make your way to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You will soon reach the crater rim from where you can enjoy the stunning views of the massive caldera. From here, a steep winding road takes you down into the crater where you will witness fantastic wildlife and beautiful scenery. The crater is home to a large diversity of birds and mammals including the ‘Big Five’ – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. For lunch you will stop at a beautiful viewing spot and enjoy a pre-packed lunch. With a lot of new photos you will exit the crater in the afternoon and continue your journey to the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti is Tanzania’s largest national park and probably best known for the yearly migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeests and zebras. In the late afternoon you will reach your accommodation in central Serengeti and after you have had some time to relax, you will enjoy dinner.

Overnight: 3-star tented camp/lodge

In the morning you will have breakfast before you leave the camp for a full day game drive in the Serengeti National Park. Although the migration might be the main attraction for many visitors, the diversity of habitats and landscapes will make an impression. Animals that can be spotted include predators such as lions and leopards as well as antelopes, giraffes, zebras, hippos and elephants. Alternatively, you can join a balloon safari in the early morning (optional and at additional cost – please contact our consultants for more information) where you will enjoy the views of the Serengeti plains from the sky. The balloon safari is followed by a bush breakfast after which you will join your safari guide for the game drive. After an eventful day, you will once again return to the tented camp/lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Overnight: 3-star tented camp/lodge

After your last breakfast in the African bush, you will drive back to Arusha/Moshi

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