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8 Days Highlights of Tanzania Safari

  • Arusha - Tarangire National Park - Lake Manyara National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Serengeti National Park

Birdwatching and Big Five Safari Tanzania

This tour brings you to the most featured destinations in Tanzania. An African safari is a deeply rewarding experience that some have even described as spiritual, to walk this land, see these animals, climb these mountains, brings one closer to nature and indeed an innate primeval cord deep within all of us. The beaches, mountains, and savannas of Africa are a connection for humans to an earlier time when man and beast shared the land.

Highlights

  • Transportation in a luxury 4WD vehicle
  • Unlimited game drives in parks and reserves
  • All national park, reserve, and conservation fees
  • Transfers from and to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Services of an English speaking driver/guide
  • All meals as stated in the itinerary
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 8 activity days
  • English
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Kia Lodge

Only a few minutes away from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Kia Lodge is the ideal stop for people landing late or departing early from the airport. The lodge features 40 or so rooms nicely laid out in lush gardens. On-site facilities include a swimming pool, a restaurant, a bar, and a shop. Enjoy superb view over Mount Kilimanjaro from the lodge when the weather is clear.

Maweninga Camp

Perched on the top of a massive granitic rock, the camp has a privileged location within Tarangire National Park. All 16 tents are equipped with large and comfortable beds, a lovely terrace overlooking the park and the lakes on the horizon, and also include a bathroom with hot shower provided via solar panels and flush toilet. The camp’s architecture is unique and perfectly integrated into the wilderness. Take in the breathtaking views from the dining and bar area.

Bashay Rift Lodge

Located in the heart of coffee plantations, Bashay Rift Lodge is a small and exclusive property, ideally located near Karatu and only 15 minutes away from the Ngorongoro Crater Park's gate. All 21 rooms offer a cozy and charming atmosphere with superb views over the Karatu Highlands and the Great Rift Escarpment. There is a superb bar and lounge area as well as a lovely dining room. Private functions can also be organized on the terrace and all guests are more than welcome to use our on-site swimming pool.

Olduvai Camp

Close to the famous Olduvai Gorge, the cradle of mankind, lies the world renowned Olduvai Camp. Perfectly integrated into nature that one can only catch sight of it as camp is about to be reached, Olduvai is a unique and a must-stay-at property when on safari in Tanzania. It boasts 17 state of the bush-art en-suite tents, superb bar, and dining area. Feel the safaris of the past atmosphere, enjoy interacting and walking with the Masai, learn more about early men who once stood up in the gorge. There is so much to see and do around Olduvai Camp.

Ronjo Camp

Ronjo Camp is located in the heart of Serengeti National Park and offers one the park’s best campsites. The camp being semi-permanent and wildlife being all over, guests definitely get a nice taste of adventure at Ronjo Camp. Even though not a permanent venue, all 16 tents are spacious, comfortable with en-suite facilities. Meals are served under a large mess tent and atmosphere, especially in the evening with a campfire, is one of a kind.

Day 1 - Arrive in Arusha

Meet and greet at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transfer to Kia Lodge.

The meal plan for today includes dinner. You will stay overnight at Kia Lodge.

Day 2 - Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, head to Tarangire National Park. This 2600-square kilometer park, renowned for its endless savannah plains filled with baobab and acacia trees, boasts some of Tanzania’s best game. Those include huge herds of elephants which can be seen mostly during the dry season, cats, herbivores, but also rare species such as the gerenuk, small koudou, and oryx. Spend the whole day exploring this vast wildlife sanctuary. Enjoy a picnic lunch en-route or a lunch at the lodge.

The meal plan for today includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You will be staying in Maweninga Camp tonight.

Day 3 - Lake Manyara National Park

Morning departure to Lake Manyara National Park. Ernest Hemingway wrote it was the loviest he had seen in Africa. Although the smallest of all northern Tanzanian national parks, Lake Manyara National Park offers an important variety of animals including lions, elephants, giraffes, buffalos, and so on in a wonderful setting surrounded by the Rift Valley and the Manyara Lake with its thousands of birds. Enjoy a picnic lunch around noon underneath acacia trees.

The meal plan for today includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You will be staying at Bashay Rift Lodge for the night.

Day 4 - Ngorongoro Crater

Depart from your lodge after breakfast and head to the park gate. Part of the Unesco World Heritage, this place is undoubtedly the most famous African sanctuary. The crater is a unique place in the world, which is 20 kilometers wide and home to hundreds of different species, all protected by a 600-meter wall. All the big African mammals can be found in the crater, such as big cats, elephants, hippos, and last but not least, rhinos. Spend a whole day exploring the caldera with picnic lunch break around the lake.

The meal plan for today includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Stay overnight at Olduvai Camp.

Days 5 and 6 - Serengeti National Park

In the morning, head to Serengeti National Park and spend the next two days exploring what is probably the greatest park on earth. This park, undoubtedly the most famous in the world, covers over 14,000 square kilometers and offers amongst many other things the biggest concentration of big cats in the world, including cheetahs, lions, leopards, and wild cats.

Many different landscapes can be found in the Serengeti, such as savannah with the big plains to the south, the hills and woods to the west, the kopjes area to the east, and bush land to the north. Important rivers like the Seronera, the Banagi, and the Grumeti also run through the park and many different species of mammals can be spotted around these, such as elephants, buffalos, giraffes, antelopes, and more. Hippos and crocodiles can also be found. Enjoy lunch boxes or have lunch at your camp.

The meal plan for today includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Stay overnight at Ronjo Camp.

Day 7 - Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Today is dedicated for a full day of game viewing split between Serengeti and Ngorongoro plains. Enjoy a nice drive among changing landscapes, punctuated with some encounters. Maybe this drive will give you the chance to watch some animals peacefully drinking or relaxing on the top of kopjes. If not animals, you may spot some red Massai blanket on the horizon. In brief, a nice day ahead with picnic lunch on the way to Karatu.

This day is the opportunity to learn more about the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. As opposed to a traditional national park, men are allowed to live there and Maasai villages can be found in this area. Other interests in this area are the Olduvai site and its museum, the shifting sands, Olduvai and Olkarien gorges, and Nassera Rock.

Plans for the day include a visit to Olduvai Museum where the museum director will be honored to tell you be a bit more about the site of Olduvai and the works of various anthropologists as well as a visit to a nearby Maasai Village to learn more about this great people’s way of life. Great walks can also be organized in the conservation area, ranging from easy walks to day trekking with local Masaai guides.

The meal plan for today includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You will be staying at Bashay Rift Lodge for the night.

Day 8 - Arusha

Enjoy a morning at leisure and then have lunch at Bashay Rift Lodge. In the afternoon, drive back to Arusha. Shopping is possible on the way. In the evening, transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and prepare for boarding your international departure.

You will have three meals a day on the safari and breakfast in Nairobi, as mentioned in the itinerary.

  • 3 meals daily on safari and breakfast in Nairobi
  • 7 nights accommodation in different camps and lodges
  • All national park, reserve, and conservation fees as per itinerary
  • All transportation
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • Complimentary enrollment in AMREF emergency air evacuation service
  • Services of an English speaking driver / guide
  • The handling of two pieces of baggage per person
  • Transfers from and to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Transport in a luxury 4WD safari landcruiser
  • Unlimited game drives in parks and reserves as per itinerary
  • Cost associated with activities not listed on the itinerary
  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Telephone bills, laundry, and any items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Odyssey Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before departure.

Testimonials

  • Review by Brenda S from Wisconsin
    9 out of 10

    "The only advice I can give is for anyone considering this trip, is to book the trip sooner than later...Everyone I traveled with continually asked, "How can they top this?" But each day was a bigger adventure than the day before...I would say this is a trip of a lifetime, if I were not already planning my return...thank you to the staff and especially the safari guides for making this a most memorable trip!"

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  • Review by a traveler from USA
    9 out of 10

    "My daughter and I did a Kenya safari trip. It was phenomenal. Our tour guide, Erustus, was terrific, the vans were comfortable, although the roads can be quite bumpy in the parks, and the accommodations were great. We saw the Big five and several other animals and have the most amazing photographs. The people of Kenya were warm and friendly and the Masai village visit was informative and fun."

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  • Review by Angi from Canada
    9 out of 10

    "Just returned from an awesome adventure in Kenya. All done through Odyssey Safaris. Odyssey worked with us to create a custom safari itinerary with flights, accommodation, meals, guide, and so on. All done easily and without a hitch. Our guide / driver was extremely knowledgeable, pleasant, professional, and gave us suggestions of interesting excursions that we might want to try. He was also versed in the history of areas we passed through, the parks we stayed at, the various tribes and flora / fauna that we found on our game drives. Overall an awesome experience made easy through Odyssey Safaris."

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  • Review by Judith H from Canada
    9 out of 10

    "I contacted Mark at Odyssey Safaris last year to ask about a customized itinerary for the great migration this year, since we had previously been on an Odyssey Safaris tour of Kenya during the off season. He obliged and we just returned from a truly outstanding trip. I and my husband and friends saw so much, and experienced so many cool things. Our driver / guide was knowledgeable and found us lots of animals to see and record. They have terrific stock tours, but they are also very good about going with what you would like to see."

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  • Review by Robin W from USA
    10 out of 10

    "My daughter and I decided to go on a safari as her college graduation gift, a mother and daughter trip. Odyssey Safaris did a wonderful job of preparing us. A thorough package was provided that instructed us regarding medical attention that was required before entering Africa and what visas and cash we may need. The trip was very well organized and we were able to see so much of Kenya, the animals, and the local people. Our accommodations were rustic enough to remember you are on a safari, yet elegant enough to keep us comfortable and warm. The food was plentiful, no matter your preferences, the selection was vast enough that you could find familiar food as well as more adventurous if you chose to try local cuisine. Our guide was amazing. If you can request James Mbugua, you should. He did everything in his power to ensure we all got to see every animal on our wish list. We saw the Big five as well as so many other game up close and the pictures we were able to get will amaze our friends and family once we get our 2017 calendars printed up as souvenirs for all."

    "I can't thank Mark and James enough for making this trip an experience we will never forget and always cherish. "

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