Experience the most exciting safaris on the African continent. Visit Tanzania's national parks with their rich eco-systems of lush flora and diverse wildlife. Admire the vibrant flamingos and mighty hippos of Lake Manyara, the herds of zebras and wildebeest of the Serengeti and the beautiful natural sanctuary of Ngorongoro before discovering the abundant landscapes of Tarangire National Park.
Arrive at your departure airport, ready for a flight * to Kilimanjaro. Night on board.
* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
Touch down at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to the city of Arusha. Located close to the foot of Mount Meru, Arusha is surrounded by lush greenery and is known as the gateway to Tanzania's excellent national parks. Once settled at the hotel, enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure to explore the city and discover its excellent food and drinks scene. Overnight stay in Arusha.
After breakfast at the hotel, set off for Manyara National Park, a protected area situated between Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley. Despite Manyara's modest size, it's home to an abundant variety of wildlife including lions, elephants and giraffes. Enjoy a full-day safari in the park as you observe Tanzania's rich animal life and breathtaking natural landscapes. Manyara is also known for its large bird population, so keep your eyes peeled for rare and unique bird species. Enjoy a picnic lunch under the shade of an acacia tree and excellent game viewing. As the day draws to a close, transfer to the charming town of Karatu. Dinner and overnight stay in Karatu.
Breakfast at the lodge. Today, discover the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater a fascinating 20 km wide crater and safari destination, known for its rich wildlife that is protected within its 600 metre high walls. It's the best place in Tanzania to spot the 'Big Five' mammals and more than 400 bird species can be spotted within this monumental crater. Stop for a picnic lunch upon the shore of beautiful Lake Magadi and watch the colourful flamingos and hippos, who bathe in the lake water. After fully exploring the breath of natural attractions within the crater, ascend to the top and transfer to the lodge. Dinner and overnight stay in Ngorongoro.
After breakfast at the lodge, it's time to explore the beautiful Ndutu area of the immense Serengeti National Park. This region of the park plays an important role in the famous Great Migration of wildebeest, thanks to its short grassy plains which are particularly rich in nutrients that sustain the migratory animals during the breeding season. Traditionally, wildebeest and zebras calve in this area around February which makes for a beautiful natural spectacle. Stop for a picnic lunch before continuing your safari through beautiful Ndutu. As the day draws to a close, transfer to the Serengeti lodge. Dinner and overnight stay in the Serengeti.
Please note: In order to optimise the chances of seeing the Great Migration between December and March, day 5 of the itinerary will include a safari in Ndutu and a night in the Ndutu Wildlands Camp.
Breakfast at the lodge. Head out on a Serengeti safari today to discover the natural abundance of this iconic national park. The Serengeti National Park is filled with spectacular landscapes such as vast savannahs, immense plains as well as forested regions and dense bushland. Discover a number of watering holes where the park's herbivores can be found refreshing themselves, often followed by predators and bird species. Stop for a picnic lunch and search for herds of elephants or elusive lions, leopards and hyenas as you enjoy a truly magical safari experience. Return to the lodge. Dinner and overnight stay in the Serengeti.
Please note: In order to optimise the chances of seeing the Great Migration between December and March, day 6 of the itinerary will include a safari in the Serengeti and night in Mbalageti or similar.
Breakfast at the lodge. Today, head back towards Karatu, enjoying a safari through the plains of the Serengeti along the way and exploring the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Spot wildlife as you travel south and take in the epic landscapes of this abundant region of Tanzania. Stop for a picnic lunch before continuing your trip to Karatu. Arrive in Karatu in the afternoon and perhaps enjoy an optional visit to a local Maasai village or to the interesting Olduvai Museum. Dinner and overnight stay in Karatu.
After breakfast, your safari adventure continues today as you set off for Tarangire National Park. Considered one of the most beautiful protected areas in Tanzania, the park plays host to unique animal species such as gerenuk, oryx, antelopes and moose. The concentration of animals is particularly rich between August and January. After a picnic lunch explore the valley, home to clusters of baobab trees which attract herds of elephants. As the day draws to a close, transfer to the lodge. Dinner and overnight stay in Tarangire.
Breakfast * at the lodge. In the morning, transfer back to Arusha. At the indicated time, transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport to catch your flight back to the UK/Ireland. Night on board.
* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.
If your flight departs in the morning, you may arrive back in UK/Ireland the same day.
Touch down back in the UK/Ireland and end your adventure.
10 days trip including flights*
8 days and 7 nights in destination
LON - JRO
LON - JRO
JRO - LON
JRO - LON
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will always be replaced by one of the same, or a higher category.
Visa (required)*, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
*The Tanzanian authorities have established a new procedure for obtaining visas on arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, without prior notice and effective immediately. Upon arrival, the following procedure must be followed, which is done in 3 steps at 3 different counters:
1) Get a visa registration number
2) Pay for the visa (by cash or card)
3) Verify the regulations and obtain your visa
In each of these stages, you will need to queue and the process can take up to 2 hours.
If you have applied for the visa online (this process takes between 2 and 3 weeks), you will only need to queue once.
Travellers are advised to carry cash in the form of USD$ to pay for any extras in Tanzania. Credit cards are not widely accepted.
* If the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative options or similar:
Ngorongoro: (01/6/20 - 30/11/20) Ndutu Lodge, (1/12/19 - 31/03/20) Ndutu Wildlands Camp, (01/04/20 - 31/05/20) Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Serengeti: (01/12/19 - 31/03/20) Ndutu Wildlands Camp, (01/04 - 31/05) Mbalangeti.
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
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