Trip Type : Private Guided

Luxury Northern Tanzania Safari

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
13 days
From: $ 13,310 $ 1,024 / day
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Overview

Short Description

Tanzania is the Africa of your imagination, a place where you can climb the continent’s tallest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, and see wildebeest thundering across the Serengeti during the Great Migration. The country offers a great variety of things to do, including descending over 600 metres (1,960 feet) into the Ngorongoro Crater in search of rhino and tracking chimpanzee in the Mahale Mountains.

Off the coast, the Mafia Islands have a rich local culture and offer palm-fringed stretches of powdery sand and azure waters perfect for activities such as kayaking and whale watching, or you could simply unwind under the sun.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Arusha
End City Serengeti National Park

Itinerary

Day 1 : International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Kilimanjaro Airport.

Day 2 : Arusha

On arrival into Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met and transferred to the leafy suburbs of Arusha to relax after your flights. Enjoy beautiful views of Mount Meru and the surrounding green hillsides from your boutique lodge overlooking the town.

Day 3 : Tarangire National Park

After breakfast you will set off for Tarangire National Park, a lovely scenic drive, heading towards the Great Rift Valley Escarpment. You will have time for a picnic lunch in the park and a game drive before you head to your camp in the evening.

Day 4 : Tarangire National Park

On safari in Tarangire National Park - you will spend today exploring this very pretty park famous for its huge herds of elephant. Excursions on offer from Olivers Camp include night drives and walking safaris - both of which offer a very different perspective to the regular game drives and if time allows we would recommend you experience both. The landscapes in Tarangire vary between open plains, swamps, majestic baobab trees and riverine forest, with the dramatic Ol Doinyo Lengai volcanoes providing a stunning backdrop in the distance.

Day 5 : Ngorongoro Conservation Area

This morning you will set off with your driver-guide for Lake Manyara National Park, where you can enjoy game drives for the day. You will take a picnic lunch with you to enjoy at midday and can spend your time exploring this small but beautiful national park. The flamingos on the lake are a classic East African sight. You will leave the park in the afternoon and be driven up the Rift Valley escarpment and into the Ngorongoro Highlands where you will spend the next three nights overlooking the Ngorongoro Crater at the amazing Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.

Day 6 : Ngorongoro Conservation Area

You will have a day of game viewing in Ngorongoro Crater today. Reaching the floor of the crater, you'll have time to explore before stopping for a picnic lunch to enjoy at midday. There are currently some resident black rhinos that you may well be lucky enough to see along with large prides of lion, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and hyena.

Day 7 : Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Today you will visit Olduvai Gorge - the cradle of humanity. Olduvai Gorge is famous for some of the most famous and influential pre-historic discoveries in the canyon walls. The gorge is about 90 metres deep and in its walls you will find many fossils. Archaeologists have been working here since Mary and Louis Leakey arrived in 1931. There is a museum and there are guides on hand to give you a tour around the area.This is a fascinating experience and highlights a very important area in Tanzania which is not visited by most safari goers.

Day 8 : Serengeti National Park

This morning you will be taken to the airstrip for your light aircraft to the Serengeti National Park. On arrival in the park you will be greeted by your guide from Namiri Plains camp. Namiri Plains is located where the southern short grass plains meet the acacia woodland. The Ngare Nanyuki underground river creates pockets of permanent water that support year-round concentrations of wildlife. With easy prey available throughout the year there is more than enough big cat activity here and the dramatic rocky outcrops that dot the plains serve as excellent observation points for cheetah, lion and leopard on the lookout for prey - the perfect place for those looking to see the cats of the Serengeti.

Day 9 : Serengeti National Park

You have a full day of excursions from Namiri Plains today enjoying morning and afternoon game drives from the camp. Away from the big cats, the birdlife in the Serengeti is also spectacular, with a variety of different bustards, colourful lilac-breasted rollers and superb starlings offering some lovely sightings.

Day 10 : Serengeti National Park

Today you will leave the Namiri Plains area and fly by light aircraft to the north of the Serengeti, an exclusive area with amazing game viewing opportunities. You will fly from Namiri Plains in the morning so you will arrive in plenty of time to settle into your room, enjoy some lunch and head out on your afternoon safari excursion.

Day 11 : Serengeti National Park

Today you can enjoy a full day on safari from Sayari Camp. You are usually woken up in the morning with tea and coffee before heading out in to the park to get the best possible game viewing. You will return to the camp for lunch and an afternoon siesta before heading out again in the afternoon for another game drive. The drives usually last around three hours but this does depend on what unfolds on your drive and what wildlife you see. You could even chat with your guide and organize a packed picnic lunch and head out for a full day to explore further afield - the perfect way to end your safari in Tanzania!

Day 12 : International return flight

This morning you will be taken to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Kilimanjaro Airport and your onward flights.

Day 13 : International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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Intimate Group - 12 max

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