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Northern Tanzania Wildlife Safari Tour

Manyara to Serengeti




8 days

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Tour Overview

Get ready for an incredible adventure in Tanzania – your journey begins with a one-of-a-kind overnight stay at the lush Rivertrees Country Inn in Arusha. Unwind and catch your breath after what may have been a tiring long-haul flight!

Bright and early the next day, join your private safari guide and set off on an exciting safari tour at Lake Manyara – home to an exceptional variety of birds and incredible tree-climbing lions. Then, after a relaxing evening near Karatu, prepare for a mind-blowing descent into the awe-inspiring natural phenomenon of the Ngorongoro Crater.

But the adventure doesn’t stop there! Your itinerary then takes you to the Serengeti, for a three-night stay in a top-quality tented camp right in the middle of the park. Whether it’s the mesmerizing wildlife or even the mighty Great Migration, there’s always something awesome to witness in this spellbinding region. Be ready for an adventure of a lifetime!



Tour Amenities

Maasai Village Visit

Trip Itinerary

As soon as you touch down at Kilimanjaro International Airport, get prepared for a thrilling safari adventure in Tanzania! Our cheerful local transfer driver will be waiting for you, ready to whisk you away to the stunning Rivertrees Country Inn in Arusha. Sit back and relax in the air-conditioned vehicle, enjoying the breathtaking views along the way.

Upon arriving at Rivertrees, the true excitement begins. With ample grounds to explore, a shimmering swimming pool to relax by, and a plethora of exotic wildlife species to discover, there's no time to waste! Whether you're on the lookout for majestic birds perched in the mature trees or playful vervet and blue monkeys frolicking about, the Rivertrees is truly a nature lover's paradise!

Your adventure begins after breakfast when your valiant tour guide will join forces with you for your privately guided safari. Today's destination is near the town of Karatu, and your journey will take you through Lake Manyara National Park for your first safari experience in Africa.

As you drive through the dense forest, the western wall of the Great Rift Valley provides a stunning backdrop. The forest is filled with a diverse array of primates, including baboons, common monkeys, vervet monkeys, and even nocturnal bush babies! You'll feel like you're on a real-life safari as you witness resident hippo pods and magnificent birdlife alongside the shallow alkaline lake, Ernest Hemingway once marveled at the beauty of the magnificent Lake Manyara National Park.

Your thrilling day doesn't end there, though. After exploring the park, it's time to head to Ngorongoro Farm House where you'll overnight before tomorrow's early morning drive to Serengeti National Park Get ready for more wild and exciting adventures that await you on this thrilling safari tour! This breathtaking lodge is located on an impressive 500 acres of rich and fertile land. You'll be amazed by the vast coffee plantations, blooming wheat fields, luxuriant gardens, and extensive vegetable patches where all the ingredients for your meals are grown and prepared fresh daily. The lodge also boasts adorable farm animals, including pigs, goats, and cows that provide creamy farm-fresh milk for your enjoyment.

If you're looking for an adventure of a lifetime, Ngorongoro Farmhouse is the perfect place to stay. In addition to exploring the countless other exhilarating activities are waiting for you to bask in. Take a dip in the serene pool, hike through the enchanting terrain, or snuggle up by the cozy fire pit.

Embark on an unforgettable journey this morning as you depart from the breathtaking Ngorongoro Farm House Lodge. Gear up for a thrilling game drive through the epic Ndutu region of the Serengeti. Be ready for adventure as you never know what wildlife might cross your path, leading to exciting detours and unexpected surprises. This exhilarating drive might take about five hours, but keep your senses sharp as the journey could be longer depending on the jaw-dropping sightings along the way.

Your home for the next three nights is the incredible Kati Kati Tented Camp, "Situated right in the heart of the majestic Serengeti, the perfect safari camp for those eager to boldly explore the endless plains of this breathtaking region. With its luxurious tents and unparalleled safari experience, Kati Kati promises to leave guests feeling fully immersed in the stunning surroundings, allowing for unrivaled opportunities to witness the thriving wildlife and lush greenery up close. Take advantage of the flexibility to plan your next few days as you see fit. Start the day with a delightful morning game drive, and wind down the evening with an afternoon excursion. Or, if your daring spirit beckons, go for a whole day adventure with a picnic lunch in hand, and discover the most hidden gems of the Serengeti. Let the wild take the reins as you buckle up for an experience of a lifetime at the superb Kati Kati Tented Camp.

Get ready for an epic adventure into the heart of the park! Over the next two days, you'll have the chance to explore and discover all the wonders of the Serengeti. If you're on the hunt for the legendary 'Big 5', then this is your chance to witness these glorious creatures in their natural habitation. The fertile expanse of this area provides the perfect territory for some truly tremendous sightings.

Venture into the northern reaches of the park and you might even spot the elusive rhino. But don't worry if you don't catch a glimpse of them - there's still plenty of wildlife to see all year round! Keep your eyes peeled for lions, leopards, elephants, and buffalo as you journey through the central Serengeti.

If you're looking for an extra special experience, plan your trip between June and November. This is when the great migration takes place, and you might just get to witness thousands of wildebeest and zebras as they make their way through the area. But even if you don't catch the migration, the wildlife will still amaze you.

The best part? With a private guide and vehicle, you'll be able to set your schedule and focus on the animals that interest you most. Make sure to communicate your preferences with your guide, and get ready for an incredible adventure into the wild!

Your today’s home is Kati Kati Tented Camp.

Today after your breakfast you’ll leave the Serengeti National Park and head to Ngorongoro Conservation Area a distance of 3 hours, while en-route is possible to see plenty of wild animals, you will stop at Olduvai Gorge site, Discover the renowned archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge - also referred to as the Cradle of Mankind - which serves as a remarkable testament to mankind's earliest known existence. This spectacular site was once the discovery place of the first remains of homo sapiens by Mary Leaky. Individuals with an intrigue for the ancestral history of humankind will find themselves enchanted by the unparalleled majesty of this awe-inspiring place. Take your time to peruse the charming museum and take in the breathtaking scenery of the rugged landscape.

Located in the eastern Serengeti Plain, this paleoanthropological site is characterized by a steep-sided ravine determined by two branches. These branches, with a combined total length of approximately 48 km and a staggering depth of 90 meters, present an unparalleled opportunity to glimpse into the depths of our past. The visible deposits flanking the gorge have offered valuable insights, providing a treasure trove of fossil remains.

For a one-of-a-kind adventure head over to the Shifting Sands, an exceptional dune of volcanic ash that appears almost misplaced in the midst of the grassy plains. The constantly evolving nature of the hill as it moves with the unpredictable winds, makes it a phenomenon worth observing. After this extensive exploration, we will leave the area and drive to Rhino Lodge, which presents a superb lodging option with 24 well-appointed en-suite rooms, a warm and inviting living area, remarkable African-inspired cuisine, and polite local staff. The Lodge offers reasonably valued accommodations that showcase unmatched panoramic views overlooking the sprawling Montane Forest and faraway Mount Oldeani. Its rooms are constructed with private decks that provide you an opportunity to witness the wildlife such as elephants, buffalos, and waterbucks that come to the lodge’s area every day.

Rhino Lodge's location is within proximity to the key entrance and road that leads to the Ngorongoro Crater's floor. You can revel in an early breakfast and gain access to the crater before the main influx of traffic arrives from Karatu, which guarantees you ample time to explore the wildlife’s glory.

The lodge sits at an elevation of 2,200 meters (7217.8 feet) above sea level, and the evenings can get quite chilly. To ensure guests' comfort, individual wood-burning stoves are set in each room, which the staff will gladly light for you on colder nights. You will be also provided with a hot water bottle, so you can definitely enjoy a cozy and comfortable stay throughout your visit.

Today early in the morning we will drive down the crater, embark on a thrilling adventure as you rise with the sun and set out from the lodge towards the Ngorongoro Crater. Passing through the gates of the Conservation Area Authority, you'll descend through the winding road of the crater, taking in the breathtaking views from the rim's view. Prepare to be enthralled as you explore the wildlife wonderland of the caldera floor, home to countless species of animals including lions, hyenas, and black rhinos.

Immerse yourself in the diverse habitats of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, exploring the lush forests, grassy plains, and twinkling lake that make up this natural phenomenon. Take a break to enjoy a lakeside picnic lunch and stretch your legs before continuing your exploration.

As the sun begins to set, bask in the glory of a successful day filled with adventure and wildlife sightings, before returning to Ngorongoro Farm House for a delicious dinner and a refreshing nightcap, nestled in the heart of farmlands just beyond the bustling market of Karatu town lies the spectacular Ngorongoro Farm House. With 51 charming ochre stone cottages that are generously spacious and lavish, each one boasting polished stone floors, stylish decor, en suite bathrooms, and luxurious cream armchairs, some with a sweeping veranda that offers breathtaking vistas.

From the newer chalets, you can experience an exhilarating walk-through field and the tantalizing coffee plantations to reach the main lodge. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by a stunning open-plan area that's been recently refurbished, perfect for relishing delicious meals and enjoying moments of pure relaxation. The expansive deck overlooking the farm is the ultimate spot to unwind, and grab a refreshing drink from the lodge minibar.

This breathtaking lodge is located on an impressive 500 acres of rich and fertile land. You'll be amazed by the vast coffee plantations, blooming wheat fields, luxuriant gardens, and extensive vegetable patches where all the ingredients for your meals are grown and prepared fresh daily. The lodge also boasts adorable farm animals, including pigs, goats, and cows that provide creamy farm-fresh milk for your enjoyment.

If you're looking for an adventure of a lifetime, Ngorongoro Farmhouse is the perfect place to stay. In addition to exploring the countless other exhilarating activities are waiting for you to bask in. Take a dip in the serene pool, hike through the enchanting terrain, or snuggle up by the cozy fire pit.

The ultimate adventure is nearing its completion. As you bid farewell to Ngorongoro Farm House staff, you embark on a thrilling journey to Kilimanjaro Airport to catch your flight back home. But fear not, intrepid explorer, for this, is only the beginning of your next escapade. Where shall your daring spirit take you next to discover more of this wondrous world? The possibilities are endless!

Inclusions / Exclusions

  • The Package Comprises a Lodge Safari That Adheres to The Itinerary,
  • Accompanied by A Proficient English-Speaking Guide,
  • Transportation by 4×4 Safari Vehicle,
  • Overnight Lodge Accommodation,
  • Meals
  • Mineral Water and All Activities as Outlined in The Itinerary.
  • Furthermore, National Park Fees and Concession fee
  • Flying Doctors Insurance (AMREF) During the Safari Is Included
  • Optional Activities,
  • Alcoholic and Soft Drinks,
  • Visa Fees,
  • Tips to the drivers or camp staff.
  • Personal Spending Money for Souvenir Purchases, and
  • Travel Insurance Are Explicitly Excluded From The Package.

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What about Luxury lodges and camps?

Tanzania’s hospitality industry has garnered a commendable reputation for its top-notch accommodations. With numerous award-winning camps and lodges scattered throughout the national parks, this industry caters to a discerning clientele with a taste for high-end experiences.

A trip to Tanzania is sure to provide visitors with a luxurious stay that is nothing short of exceptional. Whether nestled in a remote location by the Tarangire River, surrounded by the Serengeti plains, or treated to stunning views of the Great Rift Valley, guests can expect nothing less than the finest wines, chef-prepared meals and a suite of indulgences that are synonymous with deluxe four or five-star hotels.

To ensure that our guests receive nothing but the best, we have meticulously handpicked hotels that have been highly rated. Additionally, our staff members regularly visit these accommodations to ensure that the quality and service delivered to our guests are consistent with our exacting standards.

Can you please explain what constitutes a game drive?

A game drive is an activity commonly organized in African game reserves and national parks where visitors go on guided tours to see wildlife in their natural habitat.

The drive can take place at different times of the day and typically lasts between 6-8 hours. Visitors are accompanied by experienced guides, who can offer insight into the different animals and birds encountered during the tour.

To maximize the chances of seeing animals, guides often use specialized vehicles that are open, allowing visitors to move around and observe wildlife from different angles. Game drives are popular with tourists as they provide a unique and unforgettable experience of the natural world.

What is a Safari?

Have you ever heard of a safari? Wondering what sets it apart from a regular vacation?

The term safari has roots in the Swahili language, signifying a journey and serving as the foundation for the verb “to travel” in this East African tongue. When seeking a remarkable safari experience, Tanzania reigns as the top destination throughout Africa. Not only does Tanzania showcase the biggest national parks, but it features UNESCO World Heritage Sites and lays claim to Africa’s highest mountain.

Serengeti National Park, located in Tanzania, has consistently been recognized as the leading safari destination in Africa for multiple years in a row. This accolade serves as a testament to Tanzania’s position as the top country for safaris in the continent, as Serengeti National Park has been awarded the title of ‘Best Safari Destination’ by experts, surpassing several national parks within Africa.

A safari in Africa offers more than just a mere vacation but a compelling travel experience. It is noteworthy that advertising ‘safaris’ at other destinations such as Thailand or India is significantly different and cannot be matched to an African safari. Additionally, these excursions to observe animals lack any historical relevance to the Swahili word ‘safari.

Do I need Visa?

It is mandatory to have a visa for entry. The visa fee is USD 50 per individual, whereas US citizens are required to pay USD 100 per person. While it is possible to obtain visas on arrival, it is advisable to obtain them beforehand.

Do I need Travel Insurance?

To safeguard against unforeseen events that may disrupt travel plans, travel protection plans offer a range of benefits including coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay, and other customizable options.

As a responsible travel operator, EAS Guides mandates all travelers to acquire essential Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation insurance protection. This rudimentary coverage, also known as Post-Departure or Travel Med, is available for as little as $60 per person and guarantees peace of mind during travel.

How do I tip?

While tipping is not mandatory, it is customary to show appreciation for exceptional service. To assist you in determining an appropriate gratuity, below are some suggested tipping ranges per person per day/vehicle, based on the number of people in the vehicle:

– 6 people: $10 to $15 per person per day

– 4 people: $12 to $20 per person per day

– 2 people: $15 to $25 per person per day

If you are on a camping safari, it felt your chef should be tipped like the safari guide, as they work as a team. Most lodges/camps have a tip box at the front desk, and we recommend using it instead of tipping individuals so that everyone who contributed to your enjoyable experience can share in gratitude, including those working behind the scenes. In most lodging and hotels, it is usually for staff members to offer assistance with your luggage. While it is common to consider tipping as an appropriate gesture, the decision to do so is ultimately at your discretion.

About Kilimanjaro Tipping

These are our recommended tipping guidelines when trekking on Kilimanjaro (not per climber): Guides should receive $15/day, assistant guides should receive $10/day, cooks should receive $10/day, and porters should receive $5/day. For every 2 hikers, we suggest having 1 guide, for every 3 hikers, 1 assistant guide, and for every 8 hikers, 1 cook. The number of porters should meet the following minimums:

– 4 porters per hiker for the 8-day Lemosho Route (minimum of 8 porters)

In some cases, additional porters might be required based on luggage weight. We recommend a budget of $250-300 per hiker for tips during an 8-day trek.

How about Security?

While Tanzania is generally a secure country, it is advisable to exercise caution. Avoid attracting attention by keeping a watchful eye on your personal belongings. It is recommended to refrain from walking in towns or cities after dark and instead, opt for a taxi.

Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or displaying valuable items like cameras, as these can make you a target for pickpockets. Use hotel safety deposit boxes and ensure to obtain a receipt to secure your valuable possessions. Consider leaving valuable jewelry at home to avoid any unwanted attention.

How about Health?

It is essential for all individuals traveling from yellow fever-endemic countries/regions to obtain the yellow fever vaccine. This requirement applies to individuals who are in transit for at least 12 hours or those who venture beyond the immediate airport premises in a yellow fever endemic area. Furthermore, individuals from yellow fever endemic regions traveling via air, marine, or land transportation must also meet this vaccination requirement. The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of the United Republic of Tanzania has reinstated HEALTH SURVEILLANCE DESKS in all border crossings, ports, and international airports. Therefore, it is crucial to carry your health certificates when entering Tanzania. While malaria is endemic in Tanzania, it is preventable by taking appropriate measures, including using insect repellent, protecting oneself at sundown, sleeping under a mosquito net, and taking anti-malaria prophylactics as prescribed by a medical professional. It is wise to bring prescription medication, spare glasses, contact lenses, solution, sunscreen, a first aid kit, cream for insect bites and stings, and medication for diarrhea.

About Covid-19

To enter Tanzania, travelers arriving from or transiting through Uganda or the DRC need to complete a Traveler’s Health Surveillance Form at least 24 hours before their arrival. The completed form will generate a Unique Health Code (UHC), which the traveler needs to present upon arrival. To access the form, please follow this link: https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/. For those arriving directly in Zanzibar, please use this alternative link.

While proof of Covid-19 vaccination is not required, arriving guests are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated. No RT-PCR certificates or Rapid Antigen tests are needed upon arrival; however, guests will undergo thermal and physical screenings. It is essential to review your airlines and international airport(s) pre-boarding testing requirements carefully. Kindly ensure you read and understand the full regulations to avoid any inconvenience during your travel and entry into Tanzania. A significant number of our visitors transit via Amsterdam, and it’s important to note that as of now, passengers who do not exit Schiphol Airport are not subject to Covid-19 testing protocols.