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8 Days Classic Wildlife Safari in Tanzania

ARUSHA SOKOINE ROAD

Fantastic Tanzania Safaris

Come and join Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris in this fantastic safari holiday. Drive to the best and most popular wildlife destinations in the world for game drives and animal viewing. Take great photos while on the way to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and the Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and Tarangire National Park. See breathtaking scenery and views and meet amazing, new people. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and prepare for an adventure of a lifetime.

Key information

  • Maximum group size: 6 persons
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 8 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting and ending point: Arusha
  • Park fees are included.

Highlights

  • 6 exciting game drives
  • Visit to the Olduvai Gorge
  • Spot lions, buffaloes, giraffes, hippos, baboons, and more
  • Explore Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Tarangire, and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • All taxes and game park fees
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Styles


6 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

Arusha Tourist Inn Hotel

This hotel is located in the heart of Arusha city. It is easily accessible and is only 45 minutes from the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), , and five minutes from the city center. All the rooms are well-furnished with elegant decor and wooden furniture and equipped with an electronic card door lock system to maximize security, making it one of the safest and best places to stay in Arusha.

All superior rooms have en-suite bathrooms with a combined shower and bath, plus a basin and toilet. Each room also has an air-conditioning unit, electronic safe, television with a selection of satellite channels, electricity points, and three-pin square plug points for easy charging. Mosquito nets are provided around the beds in all rooms.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range
  • Facilities: Reception, Electronic card door lock system, En-suite bathroom, Basin and toilet, Television with satellite channels, Electricity points, Mosquito nets around the beds

Sun Bright Campsite and Lodge

Situated on the outskirts of the vibrant village of Mto Wa Mbu, you will experience the Sun Bright Campsite and Lodge Hospitality in a quiet, natural environment. The Lodge also includes an outdoor pool. Guests can enjoy a drink at the on-site bar. There are lots of activities in the area, such as biking, canoeing, and hiking. Hippo Pool is 4 miles from Sun Bright Campsite and Lodge. The sleeping bags and mattresses are provided.

  • Accommodation level: Budget
  • Facilities: Garden, Swimming pool, Bar, Restaurant, Lounge, Gift shop, Designated smoking rooms

Seronera Campsite

The public campsites which are collectively called Seronera Campsite are located in the Central Serengeti area known as the Seronera. Seronera Campsite is one of the most famed campsites in Tanzania for animal encounters. Animals will pass through the campsite at night on their nocturnal wanderings. This campsite is guarded. Tents have mats and bathrooms are outside of the tent. The sleeping bags and mattresses are provided.

  • Accommodation level: Budget
  • Facilities: Bathrooms, Hot showers, Solar Powered 220V electricity, Eating area

Ngorongoro Simba Campsite

Simba Campsite lies on the very rim of Ngorongoro Crater and has an excellent view across the caldera. A fantastic sunrise over the crater rim opposite makes a fine breakfast scene. Often there are elephants wandering around the camp! This campsite is guarded. Tents have mats and bathrooms are outside of the tent. Facilities at Simba Campsite are basic but this is more than made up for by the atmosphere of this camp in the clouds. The sleeping bags and mattresses are provided.

  • Accommodation level: Budget
  • Facilities: Eating area, 220V generator power in the evening, Hot showers, Toilets

Program

Day 1

Arrive in Arusha for overnight in Venice hotel or Arusha tourist inn.

Day 2 - Arusha and Lake Manyara National Park

After your safari briefing, you will depart from the hotel in the town of Arusha and drive on Tarmac Road for 130 kilometers to Lake Manyara National Park. The lake occupies a large portion of the park, the forest starts just when you cross the park gate along the base of the Great Rift Valley, and the hot springs are located to the park's west.

The park is home to the famous tree-climbing lions, as well as the buffalo, giraffe, hippo, baboon, flamingo, ostrich, goose, and so many more animals. After your picnic lunch, you will take off for an afternoon game drive. In the late afternoon, you will head over to the camp of your booking for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 3 - Lake Manyara National Park and Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, you will head towards the Serengeti National Park by way of the beautiful, high-lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, you will descend into the heart of wild Africa, the Serengeti National Park, with its endless plains rolling in the distance as far as the eye can see.

You will proceed to the central park area known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park. The Seronera River provides a valuable water source to this area of the park and attracts wildlife well-representative of most of Serengeti's species. Arrive in time to enjoy lunch and then head out for an afternoon game drive. Dinner and an overnight stay will be at the Seronera Campsite.

Day 4 - Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, enjoy an early morning game drive along the Sogore River Circuit, which loops into the plains south of the Seronera River. This is a good location for spotting the lion, gazelle, topi, ostrich, and cheetah. The Serengeti Visitor Center, which is close to the Seronera Lodge and public campsites, is well worth a visit after your morning game drive.

This nicely-designed center offers some interesting wildlife displays, as well as a gift shop where you can purchase information leaflets and maps of the area. In the afternoon, follow the Kopjes circuit going counterclockwise around the Maasai Kopjes. On this tour, you will have the chance to view more lion and some formidably-large cobra. Dinner and an overnight stay will still be at the Seronera Campsite.

Day 5 - Serengeti plain and Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, you will depart for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. There will be a stopover at the Olduvai Gorge which boasts of history dating back to the dawn of time. It was there that anthropologists, Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey, discovered the skulls of the "nutcracker man" and the "handy man", which both are very significant links to the chain of human evolution.

During this day, you might get to meet the indigenous tribe of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and be exposed to all the aspects of their lifestyle. You will be invited to participate in their traditional dance performed by men in colorful cloaks where they chant and jump, every man trying to jump higher than the others. After the welcome dance, you can visit a traditional Maasai hut which is the handwork of the Maasai women. They build them in one month's time.

The Maasai people are known for strongly upholding their traditional values and culture. After arriving at the lodge in time for lunch, you will then descend over 600 meters into the Ngorongoro Crater to view the wildlife for half of the day's safari tour. Dinner and an overnight stay will be at the Ngorongoro Simba Campsite.

Day 6 - Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, you will depart for the Tarangire National Park. The park runs along the Tarangire River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. Its natural vegetation consists mainly of acacia woodland, giant African baobab trees, and huge swamp areas. Both the river and the swamps act like a magnet for the local wildlife during Tanzania's dry season.

The Tarangire National Park is home to three rare species of animals - the greater kudu, the fringe-eared oryx, and the ashy starling. After a picnic lunch, you will head out for an afternoon game drive. Dinner and an overnight stay will be at the Tarangire National Park public campsite.

Day 7 - Tarangire National Park and Arusha

Enjoy a final, pre-breakfast game drive then return to camp for breakfast before transferring back to Arusha, where you will book a hotel for your overnight stay. This is where your tour will end.

Day 8

Leave Arusha to airport or bus station.

Included excursions

  • Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park
  • Game drives in Serengeti National Park
  • Game drives in Tarangire National Park
  • Visit to Olduvai Gorge
  • Visit to the Ngorongoro Crater

Location

This safari holiday will take place in Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, all of which are located in the country of Tanzania.

Food

Five breakfasts, four lunches, and five dinners are included in the price of this retreat.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Capture photos of the wildlife and scenery
  • Enjoy animal and bird watching
  • Explore the surroundings
  • Meet the indigenous tribe of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Relax at your accommodation
  • See the stunning views
  • Visit a traditional Maasai hut

What's included

  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • A day room at the beginning and end of your tour
  • All applicable taxes
  • Free use of camping equipment, sleeping bag, and bath towel
  • Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park
  • Game drives in Serengeti National Park
  • Game drives in Tarangire National Park
  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • Services of a professional driver-guide
  • Transportation in four-by-four land cruiser
  • Visit to the Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge

What's not included

  • Airfare costs
  • Any additional activities, services, or trips
  • Meals that are not specified in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips - standard is 10 USD per day
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa costs

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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