View point on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater

African buffalo in Serengeti

Close up on Africa's giant

Young male lion by the jeep in Ngorongoro Crater

Angani Tented Lodge

Angani Tented Lodge

Tanzania Safari

If you just go on one safari trip in your life, it should be to Tanzania! We have developed an itinerary that shows the very best of northern Tanzania's great wilderness areas without unneccessary transport  

  • 5 days safari in northern Tanzania
  • 1 day culture walk in the villages on the slopes of Mount Meru
  • Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara
  • We experience the migration at close range
  • Well planned safari routes, without unneccessary transport and maximum time in the safariparks
  • Guided bush walk on the southern Serengeti plain
  • Small tented camps and safari lodges close-to-nature. No big Hotels.
  • Always small groups with maximum one jeep.
  • Knowledgeable and experience safari guides.
  • All transfers between hotels and airports

Travel with us on this Tanzania safari and meet the lions in the Serengeti, experience the endless plain of beautiful Ndutu, photograph rhinos in the Ngorongoro Crater and see elephants just a few meters away in Lake Manyara.

Africana Travels Tanzania Safari will take you on one of the most beautiful natural experiences that the African continent has to offer. The safari takes place in the stunning natural areas in northern Tanzania and is a journey that extends over 7 days.

The safari begins in Lake Manyara which is not only the park in Tanzania, but also in the whole of Africa, where you have the best chance to see elephants. After Lake Manyara awaits Rift Valley, the Serengeti, Ndutu and the Ngorongoro Crater.

During the safari you will be accommodated in small permanent or semi-permanent lodges situated in a secluded environment, close to the stunning nature, which gives a more genuine feel than the big lodges many other organizers offer. You will also have a chance step out of the jeep and do a guided hike on the savannah - one of many popular elements. With Africana Travels Tanzania Safari you will get an experience of a lifetime!

Join us on a journey to visit one of the world's most fascinating natural areas! 

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania
Africana travel staff meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Hotel: Planet Lodge
Meals: Dinner, drinks excluded

Day 2: Culture walk on the slopes of Mount Meru
Our walking guide Peter takes you on a guided walk through the villages on the slopes of Mount Meru for an insight in life in Tanzania. Pick up time is 10 a.m. You will be transferred about 23-30 minutes out of Arusha up on the foothills of Mount Meru. Walking is 4-6 hours depending on route and how fast you walk. Peter will guide you through the villages where he is on first name basis with almost everybody. You make a stop for a picnic lunch along the way. In the afternoon we transfer you back to you hotel.

Hotel: Planet Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, drinks for dinner excluded

Day 3: Arusha to Lake Manyara (alt. Tarangire) 
After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara or Tarangire depending on season. Both parks are approximately 2 hours drive from Arusha on tarmac road. After registration at the gate you spend the rest of the day inside the park with chances to see elephant, many types of antilopes, giraffes, whathogs and predtors like leopard and lion. Late afternoon you drive to your tented camp. You will stop for a picnic lunch inside the park during the day.
 
Between July and November we go to Tarangire and between December and June we go to Lake Manyara to give you the best game viewing for the season.

Hotel: Angani Tented Lodge (Lake Manyara) or Tarangire Osupuko Camp (Tarangire)  
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, drinks for dinner excluded

Day 4: To Serengeti 
After breakfast you drive to Serengeti. En route to Serengeti you pass the Ngorongoro Crater and make a short stop on a view point on the rim of the crater. After registering at the gate the rest of the day is spent slowly driving to the heart of Serengeti watching the animals as you go. In Serengeti you get a chance to see many different animals including; lion, hyena, leopard, cheetah, jackal, bateared fox, impala, giraffe, eland, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, dik dik, Thomsons gazelle, Grants gazelle, hippo, crocodile, wharthog, baboon, heartbeast, topi, klispringer, springbok and many others.

In the evening you arrive at you tented camp in the heart of Serengeti. You will stop for a picnic lunch inside the park during the day.

Hotel: Angani Serengeti Camp or Serengeti Osupuko Camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, drinks for dinner excluded

Day 5: Serengeti 
You get up before sunrise and do a two hour sunrise game drive before going back to the camp for breakfast. After breakfast you do a full day game drive in Serengeti. You will stop for a picnic lunch inside the park during the day. In the evening you will arrive back at the same camp as last night.

Hotel: Angani Serengeti Camp or Serengeti Osupuko Camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, drinks for dinner excluded 

Day 6: Serengeti with walking safari
After an early breakfast you start you game drive in Serengeti. Game drive in Serengeti until mid-afternoon. In the middle of the afternoon you will drive to a ranger post in the southern Serengeti plains. After a short briefing the armed ranger will take you on a walking safari on the plains. On foot you will be able to use all your senses to experience the wild savannah. After the bush walk your safari guide will take you to your lodge on the southern Serengeti plains

Please note that walking is safe as long as you adhere to your rangers rules. You are however walkign ni a wilderness area with many wild animals and all walking is done at your own risk.

Hotel: Ndutu Safari Lodge, Serengeti Savannah Camp or similar 
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, drinks for dinner excluded

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater
After an early breakfast and you drive to Ngorongoro Crater and descend to the floor of the crater. Insied the crater you will have your best chance of seeing rhino. The crater is an important sanctuary for the endangered black rhinoscerus. Other animals that you may see in the crater include lion, hyena, buffalo, elephant, zebra, hippo and many species of birds. Game drive in the crater until mid-afternoon then you drive back to Arusha and Planet Lodge.

Hotel: Planet Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, drinks for dinner excluded

Day 8: Going home or maybe extending to Zanzibar
3 hours before your international flight we pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to Kilimanjaro Airport. If you are going to Zanzibar we pick you up 2,5 hours before your flight departs.

Hotel:
Meals: Breakfast

Prices

Daily Departures all year round. Rates shown are for private group, meaning that you never share your Jeep with another traveler. This applies if you are a group of 2-6 people. For groups larger than six people another jeep will be necessary, contact us for pricing.

Price includes return flights UK-Tanzania in economy class, with for example, Ethiopian Airlines and applies provided the tickets in the cheapest booking classes are available on selected travel dates. Prices below are per adult (> 15 years old) sharing a double room. Children and youth receive discounts.

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Name:
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is of coures free of charge and
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Practical info about this safari

  • To get the best price possible you book your own flight ticket and provide us the details of your flight arrival.

  • When you arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania you go through the passport control, collect your luggage and then go out to the arrival hall where you will be met by Africana Travel's staff. The person meeting you will have an Africana Travel t-shirt and a sign with the Africana Travel logo and your name on it.

  • We transfer you to your hotel in Arusha. We will stay at the hotel and make sure you get checked in and answer any questions that you may have.

  • If you need to change money please ask the person picking you up at the airport to direct you to the Bureau De Change.

  • On day 2 Africana Travels walking guide Peter and a driver representative will come pick you up at the hotel at 10 a.m. You will be driven to the starting point on the foothills of Mount Meru. You will walk for 4-6 hours including a break for lunch. In the afternoon we drive you back to the hotel.

  • On day 3 your safari guide will pick you up at the hotel at 08:30 unless you have requested another time. The guide that picks you up will be with you the whole safari.

  • Your safari vihecile is a customized 4WD jeep, Toyota Landcruiser or Landrover, with a popup roof. The jeeps have been customized for safaris and are maintained after every safari. All safari jeeps have seatbelts.

  • On your full day safaris you will stop for a picnic lunch at a designated rest site in the park.

  • Tip recommendations. All guides employed by Africana Travel have good wages and are not tip dependant. Tips are however customary and appreciated as a proof of appreciation. We have therefore the following guidelines for reasonable tips. Note that in the end you decide how much tips you leave.
    - Safari guide: USD 5-10/person per day
    - Walking guide: USD 5-7/person
    - Hotel staff carrying bags: USD 1/person
    - Staff at hotels: USD 5-10/person/night at the hotel in the tip box at reception.

  • Should anything go wrong on your safari please talk to your safari guide and ask him or call Africana Travel using the number on your voucher. Africana Travel staff will pick up the phone at any hour of the day any day of the year.

  • Please if you have any other questions about practical matters email us and we will answer them promptly.

  • You can also find all practical information about our Tanzania safaris here.

 

Hotels & Lodges

Planet Lodge, Arusha
Mid-Range hotel in a beautiful location in southeastern Arusha with views of Mount Meru. The lodge has rooms in small round huts scattered in a large garden. Learn more about Planet Lodge.

Angani Tented Lodge, Karatu
Angani Tented Lodge is a nice and very good tented camp situated in the beautiful rolling countryside of the Ngorongoro Highlands immediate vicinity of the Ngorongoro crater. Learn more about Angani Tented Lodge.

Angani Serengeti Camp
Angani Serengeti Camp is a small tented camp with only eight tents located in the middle of the Serengeti's heart; Seronera Valley. Learn more about Angani Serengeti Camp.

Osupuko Serengeti Camp
Small and very good tented camp with fantastic location on a hill in central Serengeti Seronera Valley. The lodge is located in the very animals richest area of ​​the Serengeti. Learn more about Osupuko Serengeti Camp.

Ndutu Safari Lodge
Small friendly and very good safari lodge located right next to the Ndutu Lake in southern Serengeti. The lodge is classic safari land and has received visits from both National Geographic and Animal Planet. Learn more about Ndutu Safari Lodge.

Serengeti Savannah Camp
Mobile tent camp during the Swedish winter is in southern Serengeti. A tent camp owned and operated entirely local and really gives the true naturuppleveslen. Learn more about Serengeti Savannah Camp.

Mnarani Beach Cottages
Mnarani Beach Cottages is a nice and affordable hotel in mid to northern Zanzibar. Learn more about Mnarani Beach Cottages.

All hotels in Zanzibar
Of course you can if you want to upgrade your accommodation in Zanzibar. Here you will find details of all our hotels in Zanzibar. 

 

Included in the price

  • Pick up at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to Planet Lodge in Arusha
  • 2 nights at Planet Lodge Arusha including breakfast and dinner. Drinks not included for dinner.
  • Day trip "culture walk" including guide, transfers, village fees and picnic lunch
  • 5 days safari to Lake Manyara or Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, including all park fees
  • Customized safari jeep with pop up roof
  • Safari guide(your guide is knowledgeable and experienced with a very good English)
  • Drinking water in the safari jeep all days
  • Transfer from Planet Lodge to Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Insurance with Flying Doctors. In the event of a serious injury or illness during your safari, you will be airlifted to a hospital in Nairobi or Dar Es Salaam.

 

Not included in the price

  • International flight to and from Tanzania
  • Visa for Tanzania
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cancelation insurance
  • Tip to the guides
  • Personal expensive such as minibar, laundry, telephone and internet
  • Cost for vaccinations necessary for the trip

For travel insurance and cancelation insurance we recommend that you:

  1. Check what travel insurance is included in your home insurance
  2. Pay for your trip with card. Many credit card include good travel insurance. Note that the conditions of different cards vary, check what's included in your card carefully. We accept MasterCard and VISA

Prior to your trip

Before your departure you might want to go through our checklist below to make sure you have everything you need;

Visa, If you choose to apply for your visa before your departure it should be done through their respective embassy. We recommend that you apply at lest a month in advance. There is also the possibility to buy your visa upon arrival. Make sure you have the correct amount (in USD) easily accessible in your hand luggage.

Visa to Tanzania, you can apply for a visa through the Tanzania High Commission for £40 and upon arrival in Tanzania the price is USD 50. There tends to be long queues for visa applications at arrivals. We therefor suggest that you apply for you visa at lest a month before departure. Download the application form *here*. Note that your passport has to be valid for a minimum of six months after your return flight and you passport can't be damaged in anyway. If you apply for a visa at arrivals in Tanzania you will have to be able to show your return flight.

Vaccinations, Visits you vaccination clinic well in advance to receive the vaccinations and any medications you might need. Bring your proof of vaccination to your destination.

Travel Currency, It's best to have USD in cash. Visa cards are also good, Mastercards are accepted fairly often but Amex is rarely accepted. Note that in many places in East Africa there is a fee up to 5% on card transactions.

Ticket; Usually you will receive an e-ticket on your email. Print your ticket and bring it to the airport for check-in. Make sure to check your flight ticket before your journey. You can do this by using your surname and booking reference to log in to checkmytrip.com. (This does not apply for group bookings) If you cant access you booking for any reason feel free to contact us and we will assist you.

Luggage: If your going on safari, please use soft sided luggage. Hard suitcases will be difficult to fit into your safari jeep.

Baggage Allowance; This varies between the different airline. Check with each airline website for their current conditions. Most domestic flights in East Africa only allow one bag with a limit of 20kg/person. Smaller safari planes often only allow 15kg/person including hand luggage.

Insurance; Before you travel make sure have an adequate travel insurance. Note that with several debit/ credit cards you travel insurance is included if you pay your trip with card. Check the conditions for your home insurance and card carefully before purchasing additional travel insurance. Africana Travel do not sell any travel insurance or cancelation insurance.

Flight check-in: You can either check-in at the airport or the airlines website. Most airlines offers online check in 48h before departure. Note that not all airlines offer onlince check-in, therefor please look at your airline website prior to your journey. We can not check-in for you or book you a specific seats with extra legroom. Some airlines allows you to reserve specific seats with extra legroom on their website for an additional fee. This can be paid online by credit or debit card.

Terms of Purchasing; Trips booked with us are covered by general and special conditions. When purchasing a trip from Africana Travel your automatically accept these. Therefore, check our terms and conditions carefully.

What to bring on your Safari

To make your safari as pleasurable as possible we put together a checklist of things you should consider to include in your luggage.

Soft Luggage; Pack your belongings in soft bags so they easily fit into the limited space in the safari jeep. It is possibly to leave an extra bag in a locked room at the hotel during your safari but note that the domestic flights to Zanzibar only allows one bag per person. 

Binoculars; Many animals will be close to the car but it's good to bring a binocular if we happen to see a leopard or rhino in the distance.

Flashlight or headlamp; It gets very dark at night in the African wilderness, so bringing a flashlight or preferably a headlamp is recommended.

Wipes or/and Hand Sanitizer; Useful if you want to clean your hands before a meal. Can also be used to clean any grazes etc

Hiking shoes (low): Hiking shoes are the absolute best to have on your feet whilst on safari, not only for your own comfort but also to protect your feet from any nasties on the ground such as scorpions, sharp rocks or acacia thorns. A lot of camping and hiking stores will recommend Gore-Tex shoes which are waterproof however you will want to make sure that whatever shoes you bring will be breathable as it can get quite hot. The absolute best is if you have comfortable walking shoes that are water resistant.

Sandals or Sneakers. It's nice to have a pair of comfortable well-worn shoes to wear at the lodge in the evening.

Hat or Cap; To protect you head from the sun

Sunglasses; The sun is extremely strong in East Africa so it's important to protect your eyes.

Mosquito repellent

Sunscreen; Bring plenty of sunscreen with a high SPF. If your travelling during the European autumn/winter it's especially important to wear a sunscreen with high SPF in the beginning. Bring as much as you will need since it's difficult to find in East Africa and where it's available it tends to be expensive.

Light Clothes; Bring thin t-shirt and trousers/shorts. Functional materials are more comfortable than cotton. In some areas, such as the Ngorongoro crater you will experience chilly night (especially between May and September), so we recommend you to bring a light jacket or fleece.

Small backpack or bag to carry camera and similar things during the day

IMPORTANT!! Before your trip make sure to visit a vaccination clinic and get the vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis you need!

FAQ

We have collected frequently asked questions here.

Climate and weather

Tanzania is located by the equator so the weather is almost always warm, at lest for western Europeans standards. Tanzania is however a big country with large differences in topography and altitude, resulting in greater climatic change than one might initially think. The costal areas of Tanzania is warm all year around with temperatures varying between 25 and 35 degrees. The hottest period is from December to late February and the coolest months are June and July. Although March and April can feel cooler because of the wet weather

The main rainy season in Tanzania is between March and May where the heavy "long rains" fall, there is also a shorter rainy season around November. However Tanzania is a tropical country and rain can occur at all times of the year. Rain outside the rainy season is normally a short burst that can be quite refreshing on a hot day. Learn more about the weather and climate in Tanzania in our Safari guide Tanzania.

Reservation

Changes in the exchange rate GBP/USD, availability of tickets, changes in taxes and fees on airline tickets and other external factors beyond our control could cause a higher price than those presented on this page.

Why choose Africana Travel?

Africana Travel is a Tanzania based safari and travel company with a Swedish and Tanzanian owner. We specialize in sustainable adventure tourism, read more about our commitment to sustainable tourism here.

With us you book your safari directly with the safari company and skip the middle man (i.e. the Travel Agent). We offer full service in Tanzania. We take care of you from the moment you touch down on Tanzanian soil until you depart for home. When booking with us you get a reservations voucher with all detailks including telephone numbers where you can reach us 24/7. Should anything go wrong on your safari we will take care of the problem not matter the hour or the date. 

Via our sales and marketing office in Sweden we provide fully secure internet based credit card payment service so that you can get full use of your credit card travel insurance when paying for your safari.

Being the safari company and not a travel agent we can offer you the full safari program at a better price and with better payment terms than a conventinal travel agent.