8 Days from$2320 p/p in USD
Guided, Large Group, Small Group
Budget, Camping, Mid Range
Enjoy a fantastic hot air balloon ride over Tanzania’s most famous park, Serengeti National Park and experience aerial game viewing and panoramic vistas floating above the ground. Spend an hour on the flight watching the wildlife and beautiful landscape below you. An experienced pilot will fly the balloon sometimes at the level of the trees, other times up to 500 m or more to appreciate the amazing views. Also spend time on safari in the wildlife hot spots of Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park.
Safari types:Big Five Safari, Family Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
You will visit:Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara NP, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater
Wildlife:Big Five, Birds, Antelope, Zebra, Giraffe, Hippo, Cheetah, Hyena, Wildebeest, Warthog
Activities:Game Drive, Hot Air Balloon
Getting around:4x4 Safari Vehicle
Start/end:Start/end in Arusha
Price Per Person – USD
From USD 2,320 per person
- Accommodation & meals
- A professional driver/guide
- All activities & transportation as per itinerary
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- Drinking water on all days
- Park fees (for non-residents)
- All taxes/VAT
- Flights & visas
- Alcoholic drinks
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Tips (guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
- Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance etc)
- Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
Day by Day Overview
You will be picked up from Arusha airport and taken to your hotel in Arusha for dinner and overnight.
Lake Manyara provides a perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded here, expect to see more than 100 species in one single day. A narrow belt of acacia woodland is the place for Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions while sightings of elephants are also possible. Late afternoon drive to your accommodation for dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO, is home to around 200,000 zebras and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle which join in with the annual migrating herds of wildebeest in search of fresh grazing land. Our experienced driver tour guide will provide you with interesting facts about this highly renowned event, which makes Tanzania one of the top safari destinations in Africa. Overnight will be as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Serengeti National Park has spectacular scenery especially during the Wildebeest Great Migration which normally starts from late June to September and goes around depending on the nature of the climate. If by chance you view the migration while on your balloon (the next day) this will be a memorable safari adventure in Africa. Sometimes it is possible to witness predators such as lion, leopard or cheetah hunting prey such as antelopes or zebra. Overnight will be as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
You have the option to do an early morning balloon safari at Serengeti and this will be followed by another game drive at Serengeti National Park. The balloon safari starts from dawn, around 6:30 am, when you will be transferred by our safari vehicle from your accommodation to meet your balloon and pilot in the central Serengeti. At the end of the flight enjoy a champagne celebration after landing in the African bush. After the celebration each participant will be awarded a certificate of ballooning in Tanzania followed by a bush style continental breakfast before continuing with your next safari activity.
Normally the balloon takes about eight passengers, children under 7 are not allowed and there is no limitation of the above age as long as you are fit. It is wise to contact your doctor at home if you are having back problems before attempting this safari as when landing most of the time you will experience bumping. Conditions are generally favorable year round in Serengeti and flights are available throughout the year depending on weather.
Game drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, passing through Olduvai Gorge to the site of the Leakey family where 50 km fossils were discovered from almost two million years ago. Overnight will be as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Early morning game drive in Ngorongoro Crater, the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ and one of Africa’s best wildlife arenas. With a unique biosphere which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time, thousands of large mammals can be found here including elephants, rhinos and lions. Overnight will be as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
An early game drive at Tarangire National Park which is famous for its elephant migration and birds. As this park is slightly off the main safari route, many travellers leave it out in favor of the nearer ones, which leaves major parts of Tarangire untouched. We will head back to Arusha in the afternoon where you will be dropped off at your hotel or at the airport for your onward flight.