Extended Highlights of Tanzania Safari Holiday Experience – 12 Days

Tarangire Elephant Before The Rains Tanzania

 

 This 12 Days / 10 Nights safari holiday experience, highlights some of the best, famous and well known destinations in the wonderful, scenic and beautiful African country of Tanzania has to offer. This safari will show off the safari splendor of this magnificent country. From the Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara, The Ngorongoro Crater to the famous Serengeti Plains to the unusual beach, river and bush destination of Saadani National park.


Overview

12 Days / 11 Nights Extended Highlights of Tanzania Safari Holiday Experience Trip Highlights

Arusha Town - Tarangire National Park -  Ngorongoro Crater – Lake Manyara – Serengeti National Park - Saadani National Park - Dar Es Salaam City


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 7: Serengeti National Park

Day 8: Serengeti National Park – Arusha Town - Saadani National Park

Day 9: Saadani National Park

Day 10: Saadani National Park

Day 11: Saadani National Park

Day 12: Saadani National Park - Dar Es Salaam City


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.
  • 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.
  • Visit a school stared by the camp to educate children from the surrounding rural areas and learn about the curriculum at a rural African school as you interact with the children during their class at Tarangire
  • 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.
  • Discover the Lake Manyara National Park its unique landscapes, birds and wildlife on game drives.
  • Discover and experience the indigenous way of life and cultural activities on a visit to a local village Mto WA Mbu near The Lake Manyara National Park.
  • Visit the Ngorongoro Crater the world's only intact caldera teaming with high concentrations of wildlife including tree-climbing lions, jackals and the elusive leopard.
  • 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 days adventures, gazing at the stars as the camp manager unravels the myths of the night sky and the Serengeti plains.
  • Begin your beach and bush adventure holiday staying at luxury hotel overlooking the bustling Dar Es Salaam City Center.
  • Stay at a small eco-lodge with ocean view suits opening on to the sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean.
  • Conduct game drives in the Sandani National Park in search of the big Four and other wildlife found in the park.
  • Take a boat trip out into the Indian Ocean to a temporary sand bank with picnic lunch to snorkel and swim in the blue crystal clear waters and admire the coral and fish found there.
  • Visit a local Maasai tribal Village and learn their local traditional customs and ways of life that have stood the test of time and get entertained.
  • Stay at a lodge 'luxury, naturally', built for rest and relaxation on the southern shore of the Wami River close to the Saadani National Park.
  • Relax, enjoy and pamper yourself at the lodges In-house spa that provides indulgent massages between activities
  • Conduct game drives in the Sandani National Park in search of the big Four and other wildlife found in the park by 4x4 safari vehicles, by boat or on foot.
  • Conduct a guided nature walk to learn and identify the different species of birds found in the area including; Fish eagle, Black kite, Cuckoo Hawk, Lanner falcon, Lesser kestrel, Purple heron, Brown-necked parrot, Ringed plover, Long-crested eagle, Greater flamingo among others.
  • Enjoy sundowners in the middle of the river or the middle of the bush while you absorbing your surroundings as the sun sets in the horizon.
  • Enjoy a magical dinner in a secluded location in the middle of the bush for a true African romantic bush experience.

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

This morning awake to the sounds of the bush as a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee is served on your tents deck. The rest of the morning is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer. Return to your camp where your hosts will greet you with a refreshing drink and a well-deserved lunch.

In the 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 midday sun. As the afternoon progresses you may like to return to the Tarangire on an afternoon game drive. Return to your lodge 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 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.

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. Settle in at the dining tent for a deliciously prepared meal before retiring to your tent after an eventful day of game viewing.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Kusini


Day 8: Serengeti National Park – Arusha Town - Saadani National Park

Enjoy a leisurely morning relaxing at camp or venture out early on a morning game drive before transferring to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Arusha where you will get onto your scheduled flight to Saadani Airstrip. Arrive at the airstrip where a Saadani Safari lodge representative will meet and transfer you to the lodge. The transfer is approximately 15 minutes.

The Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge is located on the Southern border of Saadani National Park and has six eco-friendly suites, each with ocean views opening on to the sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean. The lodge offers a variety of activities ranging from traditional game drives to sand bank picnics to a Maasai Community Tour. The sandy beach is home to fishermen reeling in their daily catch and near to the Wami River

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge


Day 9: Saadani National Park

The day is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer. Today you might want to explore the area from game drive starting straight from the lodge's 'front door' in comfortable 4x4 vehicles. The park is the only coastal wildlife sanctuary of its kind on the eastern coast of Africa and so the game safaris are completely unique. The big four are frequently spotted around the lodge.

The cool ocean is also the perfect place to visit the underwater world. The lodge is able to arrange for guests to set out on a motorized boat to a nearby sandbank where equipped with snorkeling masks and flippers guests could take a swim in the blue crystal clear waters and admire the coral and fish which have found their home in the waters off the beach.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge


Day 10: Saadani National Park

The day is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer. There is an abundance of local birdlife within and round the lodge. Let your guide tell you about the different species and use their trained eye to help you look deeper and spot more than you could have imagined. This area is a birdwatcher's paradise and even for those who do not fall into that category, the birdlife will astonish you too. Guests are also bale to learn about the Maasai culture by visiting their community and speaking to the locals. The villagers love to entertain guests with their local traditions and teach guests about their way of life.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge


Day 11: Saadani National Park

The day is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer. There is a huge amount of wildlife in and around the lodge. Whether you journey in 4x4 vehicles, by boat or on foot, you'll be up close and personal with the wildlife. There is a good chance of spotting lions, leopards, buffalo, antelope, hyenas, giraffes, elephants and zebras. By the river it is likely that you will spot hippos and crocodiles while Colobus monkeys clamber through the trees on the river banks. The lodge and the surrounding areas are blessed with an array of bird life, ranging from the commonly viewed to the exotic and rare: Fish eagle, Black kite, Cuckoo Hawk, Lanner falcon, Lesser kestrel, Purple heron, Brown-necked parrot, Ringed plover, Long-crested eagle, Greater flamingo to name a few.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Saadani River


Day 12: Saadani National Park - Dar Es Salaam City

After breakfast a camp representative will transfer you to the airstrip for your flight back to Dar Es Salaam. The time of the transfer will be advised to you locally by the camp management. Kindly note that all inter-camp flights are subject to multiple pick-ups and drop offs en route to your destination which could affect the flying time.

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 as mentioned in itinerary
  • Accommodation at Saadani Safari Lodge
  • Accommodation at Saadani River Lodge
  • Three meals daily (depending on arrival and departure times)
  • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers
  • Teas and coffees
  • Refreshments while on game viewing drives
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance by AMREF Flying Doctors Services
  • Laundry at the lodges
  • Park fees
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi at the Lodges
  • Transfers to and from mentioned camps
  • 2 daily scheduled shared safari activities with our highly qualified guides which could include:
  • From Sanctuary Swala and Kusini: Morning and afternoon game drives
  • 1 daily scheduled shared safari activities with our highly qualified guides which could include:
  • From Saadani Safari Lodge: Game drives, motorized boating excursions to a nearby sandbank for snorkeling, walking safaris, River safaris, birding walks and a village and or Masai community tour
  • From Saadani River Lodge: Game drives, bird watching and river safaris
  • Road Transfer from Kilimanjaro Airport to Sanctuary Swala
  • Flight from the Tarangire to Kusini Airstrip
  • Flight from the Serengeti to Saadani Airstrip via Arusha
  • Flight from Saadani Airstrip to Dar Es Salaam

Rates Exclude

  • Items of a personal nature i.e. Gratuities; premium brand beverages; curios; telephone accounts etc.
  • Visas and travel insurances
  • Airport taxes
  • Private game drives (Available as an upgrade option)
  • International / regional flights to Kilimanjaro Airport and from Dar Es Salaam Airport (Available on Request)
  • Storage or transport of excess luggage
  • Bank charges
  • All optional excursions or activities

 

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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

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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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