9 Days from$3374 p/p in USD
This safari combines outstanding wildlife spotting, incredible scenery and fascinating encounters with some of our tribes people. From Arusha, we journey westwards to huge, diverse Tarangire National Park, to be followed by a visit to see the beautiful natural wonder of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area with its incomparable crater. From here we head to the endless plains of the magnificent Serengeti, where we are lucky enough to have extended time, before continuing to Lake Eyasi to experience the area’s rich human culture. Finally, we visit beautiful Lake Manyara National Park, returning from there to the airport.
Safari types:Big Five Safari, Cultural Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
You will visit:Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara NP, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater
Wildlife:Big Five, Birds, Antelope, Thomson's Gazelle, Zebra, Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodile, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Hyena, Wildebeest, Colobus Monkey, Baboon, Dik Dik, Warthog
Activities:Game Drive, Walking Safari, Bicycle, Village Visit, Birding, Cultural Experience
Getting around:4x4 Safari Vehicle
Start/end:Start/end in Kilimanjaro
Minimum age:3 years
Price Per Person – USD
From USD 3,374 per person
- At Moivaro Lodge meals and drinks included are breakfast, 2 bottled waters, juices
- At Lahia Tented Lodge meals and drinks included are breakfast, lunch, dinner, bottled water, coffee, juices, beers, wines, cocktails, sundowners; laundry (excludes premium spirit and champagne)
- At Tarangire EcoScience Lodge, Escarpment Luxury Lodge and Lions Paw Ngorongoro Camp meals and drinks included are breakfast, lunch, dinner, bottled water, coffee, juices
- 3 bottled waters per person per day during game drives
- Transport in a 4WD vehicle with roof top and fuel
- Use of wildlife guide books, binoculars, maps etc
- Experienced English-speaking driver guide
- Unlimited game drives
- Cultural Experience Fees – boma fees for Maasai Village & Lake Eyasi, bicycle tour fees
- Return transfers Kilimanjaro Airport /Arusha
- All park entrances fees for Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Central Serengeti & Western Serengeti
- Ngorongoro Crater service fees
- Community & conservation fees
- All applicable government taxes and VAT
- International flights and taxes
- Visa fees for Tanzania
- Travel insurance
- Personal items
- Tips for driver/guide (discretionary, but expected, guideline for private guide is $10-20 per day from a group and not per person, usually you tip at the end when you shake hands farewell)
- Tips for camp/lodge staff
- This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Galloping Safaris‘
- All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
- Display price is usually based on two people sharing
- ‘Galloping Safaris‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
- All itineraries are subject to availability
Day by Day Overview
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, our VIP Visa Specialist will meet and welcome you to East Africa. He guides you through the entire Tanzania Visa application process, skipping long immigration queues. With Galloping Safaris, you will be escorted from arrival to departure, making your arrival to Tanzania completely worry-free. Upon exiting the airport, a Galloping Safaris representative will meet and transfer you to Arusha (45 minutes) for the Serenity retreat of Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge. This charming hotel has beautiful views of Mount Meru and is the ideal place to acclimatize to Africa. Visit the markets of nearby Arusha, or simply relax in the poolside gardens with a chilled drink. On cool winter evenings, get cosy next to a fireplace and sip one of the best coffees you will ever taste.
Overnight at Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge
Depart 08h30 from Arusha in a 4×4 for the drive to Tarangire National Park, a unique place where you can view some of Tanzania’s largest populations of elephant and enjoy the diverse scenery including the dramatic baobab trees that are so typical of the park. Enjoy a picnic lunch near the stretch of Tarangire River. More game drive until the end of the day when you arrive at Tarangire Eco Science Lodge for dinner and overnight. It is the pure delight and sheer pleasure of luxury tents that will remain with you for years to come, and will keep you returning, if only in spirit, to this delightfully dreamlike lodge. Sunset Hill is the perfect location to sit atop and enjoy the deep orange sunsets that often welcome in the starry skies. With food and drinks served by one of the staff, this is truly a magical experience not to be missed.
Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Eco Science Lodge
Enjoy a sunrise bush walk on this new African morning, when there’s a calmness to the Tarangire panorama. It seems serene and soft, a little haze rising through the 300-year old trees, but head out at this hour and it’s eventful in the bush. Antelopes don’t graze they stop and listen, fearful of a predatory approach. Elephants bash into trees and hundreds of giraffe feed silently. Morning is the premier time of day for a game drive, a time when big cats are on the move, and big mammals are feeding with abandon. The grass moves and camouflage is betrayed. Keep watching and it’s another minute before the next rustle. But now the sighting is unmistakable, just ten meters away there’s a cheetah concealing itself amongst the green. Perhaps the impala get scared, and you don’t see more than this. But on some mornings, you watch a whole stalking and hunting scene play out.
Overnight at Tarangire Eco Science Lodge with private dinner under the stars
Have breakfast with fine views before leaving the camp with en-route game drive to Tarangire gate for exit and the short distance to Lake Manyara National Park. Enjoy game viewing in this unique park with its alkaline lake and breathtaking views. Here you will view a wide variety of wildlife with the acacia woodlands offer the best overall wildlife viewing in the park. Enjoy your picnic lunches under the acacia trees. This habitat is favored by the park’s famous tree-climbing lions, leopards and giraffes and can claim the greatest elephant concentration in East Africa. Algae thrive in the high saline content of the lake. Huge and colorful flocks of birds gather in the water to feed, including many different varieties of birds that coexist together. In fact, well over 300 different species of birds have been recorded here, continue with afternoon game drive and later drive to the lush retreat of Lions Paw Ngorongoro Camp for cocktails, drinks, dinner and overnight.
Dinner and overnight and Lions Paw Ngorongoro Camp
Today you will explore the famous Ngorongoro Crater during a wonderful game drive (with a picnic lunch) inside the Ngorongoro Crater, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. It is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and a natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest animal populations. It is one of the few places where the rare black rhino can be observed in their natural setting. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 ft. high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and other species. With a bit of luck, the ‘Big Five’ can be spotted during one game drive only.
Then head to the central park area of the Serengeti National Park, known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species.
Dinner and overnight at Lahia Tented Lodge
Early breakfas followed by a full day of game drives in Serengeti National Park. The park gets its name from the Maasai word ‘Siringitu’ meaning ‘endless plains’ and it’s location along the rift valley means it has abundant geological formations. One of the Serengeti’s defining features are its kopjes (pronounced copy), which are exposed rock forms formed as a result of spherical wind weathering. These islands in the sea of grass are formed as the top soil comprising of rock and ash is eroded exposing the covered layer of metamorphic rock. The national park covers an area of 14,800 square kilometers most of which is grass plains. These rich grass plains, a result of ash deposited by volcanic eruptions, are home to 3 million animals. Within these grass plains the scattered kopjes act as a haven for animals from grass fires, predators and the heat. The game drives in this park are exceptional and game viewing incredible. This park offers the best opportunity of viewing cheetah, leopards and lions. Enjoy sundowners at sunset.
Dinner and overnight at Lahia Tented Lodge
Enjoy breakfast followed by a drive to Serengeti National Park, Stop at Land of the Maasai—the iconic pastoralists of the East African savanna, known for their scarlet robes, beadwork and legendary ceremonies. Pay a visit to a Maasai Manyatta, or village, where you’ll be greeted with a foot-stomping, high-jumping welcome dance. Immerse yourself in their world, learning about their customs. Meet the village elders, visit homes and take part in a memorable cultural exchange. Then head to Olduvai Gorge for a brief visit, which is often referred to as ‘The Cradle of Mankind’ and one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world. Later drive to Lake Manyara Escarpment.
Dinner and overnight at Escarpment Luxury Lodge
At 05h30 board the safari vehicle to embark on a rare opportunity made possible. Travel for about two hours to Lake Eyasi, for a visit with two lesser-known Tanzanian tribes. First, meet the Hadzabe — considered by some experts to be the oldest continuing ethnicity in the world. When you meet tribe members around 7: 45am, get ready to experience the daily rhythm of the tribe. These hunter-gatherers have changed very little in 10,000 years and use a clicking-based dialect. While here, have the unique opportunity to explore the bush on foot with an expert local guide seeking out bird species. Lunch at Kisimangeda Tented Camp located on the shore of Lake Eyasi.
At about 14h00, drive about 20-minutes to meet the Datoga, who also boast a lengthy history. It’s believed that the tribe migrated here from Cape Horn about 3,000 years ago. Skilled farmers and craftsman, the Datoga are known for the circular scarification patterns on their faces added for beautification purposes. Spend about an hour immersing yourselves in their tribal culture, maybe even taking part in traditional song and dance, medicinal plants and much more. Later drive to Lake Manyara Escarpment.
Dinner and overnight at Escarpment Luxury Lodge
Breakfast with fine views of the lake followed by a guided cycle through the green surroundings of Mto wa Mbu during this 2-3 hour excursion. You cycle through the village, banana plantations, rice fields and stop at the shore of Lake Manyara National Park. This is where flamingos and wildebeest often mingle on the shore. Afterwards drive back to Arusha for a well deserved lunch at Butter & Scotch Sable Squire with its variety of English and African meals with soft drinks and juices. After lunch transfer back to Kilimanjaro International Airport in time for check in for departure flight.