Tanzania Wildlife Safari Itinerary

Tanzania Zebra

Day 1
ARUSHA
Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and where you will be met on arrival and taken to your hotel in Arusha.
Located in the northern highlands of Tanzania, beneath the twin peaks of Mt. Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha is the safari capital of the country. From its two-lane streets, the dramatic crater of Mt. Meru stands over the town like a majestic sentinel, it’s crater strewn with thick clouds, it’s slopes dark with verdant forest. Arusha’s ideal location near the major national parks and it’s highland setting make it a peaceful idyll of relaxation before the start of an exciting journey.

Meals: Welcome Dinner
Accommodation: The African Tulup Hotel, Arusha

Day 2
ARUSHA – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast you will be picked up from your Hotel in Arusha and drive to Tarangire National Park for your first game drive. The park is home to Baobab trees and vast herds of buffalo and elephants. Evening drive to your camp for dinner and overnight.

Travel distance: 139km, Travel time approx: 3-4 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Tloma Lodge

Day 3
TARANGIRE – SERENGETI
After breakfast you will depart from your hotel towards the Serengeti and visit one of the local Maasai Villages with lunch en-route. It will give you an insight into the Maasai way of life, their traditions and culture. Proceeding to Serengeti National Park for full game viewing, your skilled driver knows the Serengeti and where to locate even the most elusive of animals. In the Serengeti, game drives afford you the opportunity to track and photograph the ‘Big Five’.

Get the true flavours of wilderness and experience an awe-inspiring trip that you can truly cherish for a lifetime at the Kisura Serengeti Camp. Our well-located camp site allows you to indulge in a magical ecosystem where you can find creature-filled landscape, group of variant birds flying in the blue skies, tree- climbing lions, lush green lands and wide-open spaces with inhabitants easily spotted all around.

Your accommodation is nestled in the acacia woodland overlooking the plains of Central Serengeti, one of the most famous
parks in the world.

Travel distance: 170km, Travel time approx: 3-4 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Kisura Tented Camp in the Serengeti

Day 4
SERENGETI
Full day game drive in Serengeti which include a visit to the Retima Hippo Pool where you have the chance to view the large pod of hippos resting, playing and fighting in the river’s shallow waters. On your journey, be sure to keep an eye out for a number of animals, with giraffes, elephants and buffalo amongst many regular faces in this region.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Kisura Tented Camp in the Serengeti

Day 5
SERENGETI – NGORONGORO
This morning you have the option of a hot air balloon flight over the Serengeti (additional cost). However please book this in advance of the trip as places fill up quickly and cannot be guaranteed if not pre-booked. After a morning game drive in the Serengeti you will drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area for dinner and overnight.
The Ngorongoro Crater, a world heritage site, is often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world, which is home to vast herds of buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, the rare and endangered black rhino, elephant, cheetah, leopard, lion and herds of gazelle and wildebeest.

Travel distance: 198km, Travel time approx: 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Day 6
NGORONGORO CRATER
Experience the true spirit of Africa, the Africa of bygone days, when you explore wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater, long regarded as Africa’s “Garden of Eden.” Within the walls of the crater lie short grasslands, swamps, forests and a freshwater lake, inspiring continual migration of animals in and out of the crater. From the comfort of your four-wheel drive vehicle, you’ll have an opportunity to spot the Big Five – buffalo, elephant, leopard, the black maned lion and the rare black rhinoceros – as well as hyenas, baboons, and flamingos. Enjoy a delightful picnic lunch in the heart of this ancient volcanic crater; it is sure to be a memorable highlight of your safari.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Day 7
LAKE EYASI
Following a leasuirely breakfast, you will transfer to lake Eyasi and meet the Hadzabe and Datoga which are one of the last tribes to stay true to their tribal history. Existing far from the crowds and globalisation, they exist much as they always have. Men typically hunt to feed their families, while women and children gather fruit, berries and roots with which to supplement their diet.

The men are particularly adept hunters, and their daring and inventive hunting style is a sight to behold. Using parts harvested from other animals, they cunningly lure and put down game. As this is their only source of food, they are the only tribe permitted to hunt in the Serengeti.

The Hadzabe people live in caves near Lake Eyasi, and their isolation and shrinking numbers have allowed them to avoid the HIV epidemic and other diseases that have spread due to intertribal marriages.

An interesting facet of the Hadzabe culture is their language. Believed to have some kind of relation to the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert, the Hadzabe language is a distinctive tongue of clicks that is similar to that of the famous Bushmen. Despite this and their similar physical appearances, DNA testing has shown no relation between the two groups.

Travel distance: 86km, Travel time approx: 2 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Lake Eyasi Lodge

Day 8
LAKE EYASI – ARUSHA
Start today with an opportunity to witness an early morning hunting excursion with these proud people for a fantastic opportunity to see just how these people have survived in the wilderness while other tribes have given in to pressure from the modernising world. Following the hunting we will drive to Karatu for another cultural experience at Mto wa mbu village before driving to Arusha for lunch and a visit to the Masai market.

Travel distance: 189km, Travel time approx: 3-4 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: African Tulup Hotel Arusha

Day 9
DEPARTURE DAY
Pick up from your hotel and drive to Kilimanjaro airport for your onward journey, after an amazing safari experience in Tanzania.
Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions

Included with this trip
· Access to country specific pre-departure information;
. English speaking and experienced driver/guide
. Game drives with excellent game viewing
. Mineral water on safari
. Park entrance fees
. comfortable vehicles
. Fuel plus other activities as detailed in itinerary
· Operation of the above itinerary, with the following inclusions…

Optional Activities
. Serengeti hot air balloon safari – US$599 per person
. Olduvai Gorge visit – US$36 per person

Accommodation
Twin share accommodation with private en-suite facilities – 8 nights as detailed in itinerary.
Meals as detailed in the itinerary
Transport – comfortable 4WD safari vehicles for game viewing.

Not Included with this trip
· International airfares and taxes
· Visa fees – each member of the group must carry a valid passport (valid for at least 6 months beyond the duration of your trip) and have obtained the appropriate visas
· Tips, personal telephone charges.
· Travel Insurance (compulsory) – You will need to provide the policy number prior to departure
· Items of a personal nature; postage, drinks and souvenirs
· Entrance and activity fees during free time which are not detailed on the itinerary
· Additional optional activities
· Other meals not mentioned on the itinerary
· Medical Advice – Please refer to your GP or local travel clinic for up to date travel health advice for the area(s) you are visiting.