Classic Tanzania Safari Holiday Experience – 8 Days

Tarangire National Park Giant Baobab

 

 This is an 8 Day and 7 night classic safari holiday expedition to the popular Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit. Experience some of the best National parks and game viewing areas in Tanzania. Starting at the Arusha Town then to the Tarangire to Ngorongoro Crater and finally to the famous plains of the Serengeti National Park.


Overview

8 Days / 7 Nights Classic Tanzania Safari Holiday Experience Trip Highlights

Arusha Town - Tarangire National Park - Ngorongoro Crater – Lake Manyara – Serengeti National Park


Day 1: Arusha Town

Day 2: Arusha Town - Tarangire National Park

Day 3: Tarangire National Park

Day 4: Tarangire National Park – Lake Manyara - Ngorongoro Crater

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater – Lake Manyara – Serengeti National Park

Day 8: Serengeti National Park – Arusha Town


One More Reason To Book This Safari Experience

  • Customize this safari by adding more destinations or even more days at each location for a truly memorable safari experience.
  • Begin your adventure holiday staying at luxury lodge located within a working coffee plantation on the outskirts of Arusha town.
  • Explore The Tarangire National Park, famous for the large herds of elephants and spectacular baobab trees as well as its stunning landscapes.
  • Conduct game drives in the Tarangire National Park in search of wild game; huge herds of elephant, greater kudu, impala, zebra, leopard lurk in the trees, Lions, ostrich, waterbuck and birds.
  • View and try to spot the endemic bird of Tarangire including lovebirds, Rufos-tailed weaver bird and ashy starling at a swamp within the park on a game drive.
  • Go on a walking safari excursion with an armed guide in to the Tarangire National Park and learn how to track animals as well as animal behavior encountering zebra, waterbuck, impala, ostrich, elephant and a variety of birds along the way.
  • Take a refreshing swim in the pool or relax on your private deck with a cool drink and gaze out to the waterhole and watch as the game lazily congregates in the shade to escape the midday sun at your camp at the Tarangire National Park.
  • Visit and stay at the Ngorongoro Crater the largest unbroken caldera in the world.
  • Get breaths taking views out across the Ngorongoro Crater at Hero's Point to appreciate the craters immense beauty.
  • Stay at a private camp with custom-made walk in tent that is spacious and complete with en suite bathroom, flush toilet, showers and hot water at the Ngorongoro Crater area.
  • Explore the Ngorongoro Crater floor on a game drive viewing the high concentration of wild animals with the spectacular backdrop of the crater wall at every turn.
  • Discover the vast open plains of the Serengeti that spread out as far as the eye can see and the plentiful wildlife that inhabit them on game drives.
  • Visit the famous and world renowned Serengeti National Park Tanzania's Northern Circuit one of the world's largest wildlife sanctuaries.
  • View the one of the world’s largest land migrations the Great Wildebeest Migration by wildebeest, zebra's, gazelle's and other plains animals in search of pasture.
  • On this safari contribute to cheetah conservation through the Cheetah Watch Campaign by submitting your sightings of cheetah in Tanzania to the Serengeti Cheetah Project to be used to identify cheetah, record their behavior and record their location.
  • Enjoy evenings at the camp fire savoring stories of the day’s adventures, gazing at the stars as the camp manager unravels the myths of the night sky and the Serengeti plains.

Day By Day

The Detailed Luxury Safari Adventure Holiday Vacation Itinerary


Day 1: Arusha Town

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by a Sanctuary representative and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Arusha Coffee Lodge is located on a coffee plantation on the outskirts of Arusha. 

Arusha Coffee Lodge is designed around the style of the original plantation houses but completely renovated to achieve the highest standards of comfort; the décor is luxuriant and stylish with undertones of the bygone days of early exploration. Each of the 18 plantation houses has been lavishly furnished and features a split level living area and a private deck.  The lodge also boasts a coffee shop, patisserie and a swimming pool.

Meals Included: Dinner

Overnight: Arusha Coffee Lodge


Day 2: Arusha Town - Tarangire National Park

Early this morning you will be met and transferred by private vehicle to Arusha airstrip for your flight to Tarangire National Park. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to Sanctuary Swala in our customized open safari vehicle. Driving time is approximately 30 minutes with game viewing en route.

Each of the twelve tents at Sanctuary Swala is shaded by tall acacia trees and ancient baobabs and is within sight of the well-frequented waterhole. The canvas pavilions at Sanctuary Swala are unashamedly luxurious but still close enough to nature to permit an exciting night under canvas. In the afternoon there is time to relax before embarking on your first game drive. Huge herds of elephant, greater kudu, impala and zebra are all easily spotted while leopards lurk in the trees. Due to the camp's secluded location you are unlikely to see many vehicles as you venture out into the national park.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Swala


Day 3: Tarangire National Park

Awake to the sounds of the bush as a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee is served on your tent's deck. This morning you may like to sleep in and enjoy your surrounds, or explore the park on an early morning game drive before returning to camp for a refreshing drink and lunch. This afternoon you have time to take a refreshing swim in the pool or relax on your private deck with a cool drink and gaze out to the waterhole and watch as the game lazily congregates in the shade to escape the heat.

As the afternoon progresses you may like to explore the Tarangire on an afternoon game drive. The beauty of Tarangire unfolds as you venture out into the baobab scattered landscape. During the dry season the concentration of wildlife in the Tarangire is second only to the Serengeti ecosystem. Return to camp to freshen up before meeting around the camp fire for a pre-dinner drink as you discuss the day's adventures.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Swala


Day 4: Tarangire National Park – Lake Manyara - Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Manyara. Upon arrival approximately 20 minutes later your driver/guide will transfer you to the Ngorongoro Crater in a custom made 4WD safari vehicle.

Drive to the crater highlands and up through the lush outer wall of the crater. Stop at Hero's Point for your first, breathtaking view out across the Ngorongoro Crater which is the largest unbroken caldera in the world at 260 km2. Continue your journey as you drive along the rim of the crater, through the forest before arriving at your exclusive mobile camp.

Each custom-made walk in tent that is spacious and complete with en suite bathroom, flush toilet, showers and hot water available throughout the day. The spacious veranda in front of your room is furnished with comfortable camp chairs and tables - the perfect retreat for a relaxing moment watching a weaver bird building its nest in a nearby Acacia tree, a herd of impala grazing quietly only meters away, or simply relaxing and listening to the sounds of the African bush.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Private Camping


Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

Awake early this morning to a warming cup of tea or coffee served on the veranda of your tent. After a hearty breakfast, it's time to descend to the crater floor by 4WD vehicle for a day of game viewing with the spectacular backdrop of the crater wall at every turn. This great caldera is home to around 30,000 animals with a high concentration of predators while rhino can be seen with calves at heel. Zebra and wildebeest account for almost half the animals with plenty of gazelle, buffalo, hartebeest, and wart hog and bull elephants.  On the lake in the middle of the crater you may see thousands of flamingos fluttering and shimmering like a pink heat haze. Return to camp this afternoon with time for a hot shower before pre dinner drinks by the camp fire as you discuss the day's adventures.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Private Camping


Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater – Lake Manyara – Serengeti National Park

This morning transfer back to Manyara airstrip for your onward flight to the Serengeti departing at 0915, flying time is approximately 1 hour.  Upon arrival you will be met by a Sanctuary Kusini representative and transferred to camp.  Driving time to camp is 30 minutes through the Serengeti with game viewing en route.

At Sanctuary Kusini accommodation is offered in twelve double tents which are scattered around the main kopje. Private verandas with comfortable furnishings extend in front of each unit where your personal tent attendant will bring you tea and coffee so you can relax and enjoy your peaceful surroundings. The dining area, lounge and library are housed in the main area, which affords spectacular views from its wooden deck and the adjacent kopje. Following dinner this evening retire to the kopje where you may take this rare opportunity to enjoy a star safari as the camp manager unravels the myths of the night sky.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Kusini


Day 7: Serengeti National Park

Today you may choose to either partake in a full day game drive into the heart of the Serengeti with a picnic lunch or remain close to camp with morning and afternoon game drives.  The area around Sanctuary Kusini is famed for its cheetah.

While at Sanctuary Kusini you have the chance to contribute to cheetah conservation through the Serengeti Cheetah project.  On a cheetah watch drive, learn how to identify cheetah with the use of field ID kits and how to monitor their behavior. The photos from your sightings will be combined with the record of their location and sent to the research centre. In return the centre will provide you with a detailed background of your cheetah, its family and its last sighting. This evening return to camp and climb to the top of the kopje for stunning 360 degree views of the Serengeti. Relax with your preferred drink as you watch the setting sun paint the Serengeti with pinks, oranges and reds.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Kusini


Day 8: Serengeti National Park – Arusha Town

Enjoy a leisurely morning relaxing at camp or venture out early on one last morning game drive before transferring to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Kilimanjaro via Arusha. Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro connect with your onward flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast


 

Prices and Inclusions

Prices

Please treat the prices shown as a price estimate. Your final price might go up or down following seasonal prices in the different lodges, camps and resorts. All prices indicated are per person, based on 2 persons sharing a room, and on estimated high season rates.


Rates Include

  • Accommodation
  • Three meals daily (depending on arrival and departure times)
  • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers at the lodges
  • Teas and coffees
  • Refreshments while on game viewing drives
  • Laundry in the lodges
  • Park fees
  • 2 daily scheduled shared safari activities with our highly qualified guides including:
  • Morning and afternoon game drives
  • Visit to Mwika village at Sanctuary Swala
  • Serengeti Cheetah Project at Sanctuary Kusini
  • Cosmic safari at Sanctuary Kusini
  • Sundowners and bush meals in specially selected spots
  • Domestic flights Arusha / Sanctuary Swala / Manyara / Serengeti / Arusha / Kilimanjaro
  • Airstrip transfer to/from camps
  • Medical evacuations cover by AMREF Flying Doctor Services
  • Transfer to and from Arusha Airport

Rates Exclude

  • Items of a personal nature i.e. Gratuities; premium brand beverages; curios; telephone accounts etc.
  • Visas and travel insurances
  • Private game drives (Available as an upgrade option)
  • Bank charges
  • Walking safaris and night game drives at Sanctuary Swala
  • Any other item not mentioned above
  • All optional excursions or activities i.e. spa treatments at any of the camps or lodges
  • International Flights (Available on Request)

 

How To Book

  1. Contact a destination specialist

Whether you wish to book this holiday vacation or wish plan your holiday trip around this itinerary idea or you have other ideas, please do get in touch by filling the booking form below or online contacts page. If using our booking form or online contacts page, an And Africa Travel safari destination specialist will contact you by email to discuss your requirements.

  1. Discuss your requirements

Our destination safari specialists have the first hand knowledge about Africa, required to put your holiday plans into action. They can answer your questions, offer suggestions and advice to suit your tastes, needs, likes and budget.

  1. Refine your tailor-made custom itinerary

Your safari specialist will carefully design your holiday trip, creating a detailed itinerary which you will receive on email. Your safari specialist will answer any further questions you have and refine it until you are completely happy.

  1. Confirmation

Once you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit of 40% of the total cost of your trip.

  1. Staying in touch

Even after booking, you’ll undoubtedly think of more questions. Feel free to call your safari specialist at any time. The same safari specialist will handle your trip from start to finish.

  1. The Online Booking Form

Please complete the enquiry form below in as much detail as possible and one of our safari specialists will respond to your enquiry within 24 hours (48 hours on a weekend) with free, no-obligation advice, or a quote if appropriate.

 

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