The Ultimate Tanzania Safari
An eight-day immersive Tanzania safari, this package is strategically designed for those looking to explore Tanzania’s national parks at their finest. On this safari tour, you will visit the most famous attractive areas in the northern Tanzania safari circuit. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be taken to Rivertrees Country Inn hotel which is located on the outskirt of Arusha town for your first night before embarking on a lifetime adventure the next morning. This Tanzania tour is also perfect for the family that wants something a little off the beaten track, all of our suggested lodges and hotels have a conducive environment for the family reunion. The best time for this trip is from July to October during the wildebeest migration season, you will be able to see all the big five such as Elephants, Lions, Buffalos, leopards, and Hippos. Visiting Tarangire National Park is one of the spectacular safari experiences on your African trip this park is famous and known for its big Baobab trees, and giant African Elephants that can not be seen elsewhere. You will overnight inside the park to maximize the chance of witnessing the real wildlife, you will also visit Serengeti National Park, one of the best world’s national parks well-known for its huge animal concentration a true hub of an African holiday the only place where you can come face to face with hundred zebras or big pride of lions you can also opt for a balloon safari adventure and explore the beautiful landscape above the ground. You will end your safari in Ngorongoro crater a World Heritage Site, nicknamed “The Eden of Africa” the only place where people live and interact with wildlife in an amazing way, this is truly a hidden gem while on African vacation. You can always add extra activities to this best African trip like a walking safari in Tarangire National Park, a night game drive in Tarangire National Park, a sundowner’s experience, and a bush lunch.
You will visit a world-famous historical site, located within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Olduvai Gorge, also known as Oldupai Gorge, is widely regarded as one of the most significant paleoanthropological sites on the planet. Diverse sites within the gorge have proven invaluable in broadening our knowledge of early human evolution. With steep sides and a length of roughly 48 kilometers (30 miles), the gorge is found in the Great Rift Valley that extends throughout East Africa’s eastern Serengeti Plains.
This tour can be customized in any way, don’t hesitate to contact our travel specialist.
Upon arrival, our expert safari guide will meet you at the airport and welcome you to Tanzania. You will then sit in your transfer vehicle as you drive towards Arusha town, the safari capital, today you will stay at Rivertrees Country Inn Lodge, a lovely charming safari lodge located in the lush green of the Meru Forest, this authentic Inn offers the best amenities like swimming pool where you can cool your body after a long flight or relax in a garden which overlook the Mount Meru or decide to go for Spa treatment. If time allows you will be briefed about your upcoming Tanzania adventure. Please note that your tonight's stay is based on BB.
After breakfast your safari guide will pick you up and start the journey to Tarangire National Park for about 3 hours upon arrival you’ll do short wildlife sightseeing before heading to Tarangire Safari Lodge for a hot lunch and a little relaxation before setting out for an evening game drive. Your today’s lodge is well located to offer the chance of spotting wild animals at their best. Here you will see different animals like giraffes, Elephants, birds, lions, and many others. Nestled on the edge of the Tarangire National Park lies the awe-inspiring Tarangire Safari Lodge - a true oasis in the wilderness. Take incomparable views from your private porch, where you can witness the blooming wildlife below, from majestic elephants to curious gazelles. Experience the ultimate safari in Tanzania by staying in a luxurious permanent tent or a charming bungalow stone, both decorated with thatched roofs to keep you cool under the blazing African sun. With an array of amenities including a refreshing swimming pool and delicious restaurant, all surrounded by mystical baobab trees, your safari escapade is sure to be unforgettable.
After an early morning coffee, around 5:30 am your guide will take you for a morning short walking safari, this is the best way of exploring the beauty of nature you will be accompanied by an armed safari ranger to ensure your safety. After 2 hours of learning the wonders of wildlife and nature through walking, your safari guide will drive you back to the lodge for breakfast. At 11 am you will start a few hours of game drive; the lunch is in the bush today. Later in the afternoon around 3 pm you will exit the Tarangire National Park and drive to the bustling town of Karatu, Ngorongoro Farm House is your home today, this charming adventurous lodge is well set on the foothills of Ngorongoro Crater wall, while staying here you can participate on the nature guide walks or exploring the nearby village on feet.
Sunrise, after having a delicious breakfast together with your tour guide you will commence a drive to Serengeti National Park for you to reach the Serengeti you need to transit through Ngorongoro Conservation Area the journey will last for 4 to 5 hours depending on the driver's pace you have enough time to spot some animals en route, the park is marvelous any Africa safari without Serengeti National Park is incomplete, once you reach the Central Serengeti National Park you will explore for few hours the chance to see all the animals you’ve listed is big, some of the rare seen cats like Leopards are commonly spotted in the central part, especially in the Moru Kopjes areas. If you’re visiting during the months of July, August, or October you will spend one of the nights in the Northern Serengeti where the river crossing migration will be taking place. These two days in Serengeti will be spent in Kati Kati Tented Camp one of the best permanent semi-luxury safari camps located in the Central Serengeti with all the beauty components, its camp staffs are well experienced in providing high-end services to the visitors, hot showers, gourmet foods, comfort beddings during your stay. You can see the wild animals around the camp since it's located on the animal trail. Sundowner will be prepared for you, whether you’re traveling as a solo, family, honeymooner, or group, this’s one of the best ways of coming close to nature and enjoying the glory of the sunset in Africa. These two days are dedicated to searching for the animals especially the BIG FIVE, enjoying the panoramic landscapes, and exchanging the culture with your safari guide. All meals will be provided at the 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 abundantly 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 breathtaking location was once the discovery site of the first remains of homo sapiens by Mary Leaky. Individuals with a conspiracy for the ancestral history of humankind will find themselves fascinated by the unparalleled majesty of this awe-inspiring place. Take your time to peruse the charming museum and take in the incredible 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 exposed 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, a unique dune of volcanic ash that appears almost misplaced in the midst of the grassy plains. The constantly evolving nature of the dune 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,
- Mineral Water and All Activities as Outlined in The Itinerary.
- Furthermore, National Park Fees and Concession fee
- Flying Doctors Insurance (AMREF) During the Safari Are 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.
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.
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.