Zebras in Serengeti

Serengeti lioness up close

View from Kirurumu Tented Lodge, Lake Manyara

Zebras at dawn in central Serengeti

Kirurumu Tarangire Tented Lodge

Kirurumu Serengeti Camp

Tanzania Safari Deluxe

A week of safari in northern Tanzania's stunning natural areas with accommodation in tent camps of high quality. This trip includes;

  • Five days safari to Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Accommodation in small tent lodges of high standards
  • Private jeep and private guide
  • Two nights in Arusha Safari Lodge (ranked as Arusha's best hotel on Tripadvisor)
  • Guided bushwalk (safari on foot) in the Serengeti
  • Return flights UK-Tanzania incl. taxes

Tanzania Safari Deluxe gives you the most of the great natural areas of northern Tanzania. Just like "Tanzania Safari" it's a 7 day trip (5 days safari) and uses the same route but with accommodations at small permanent lodges of high standars. They 're all secluded in stunning landscape areas that gives a more nature-oriented and genuine feel compared to the larger lodges.

This safari has a route that has been carefully selected to give a little extra. The safari begins in the stunning Lake Manyara which is the densest elephant park in Africa. After Lake Manyara awaits the rainforest in the Serengeti, Ndutu and the Ngorongoro Crater. The week is intense but we have scheduled quiet days with late morning and time to just enjoy the beautiful views, perhaps with a cold beer in hand. The route has been organised to give you a combination of nature and culture. Elements such as hiking in Ikoma adds variety so that you don't get tired of the bumpy jeep ride.

This safari is perfect to combine with a week on one of the paradise islands, Zanzibar or Pemba. Join us on a safari that will give you the chance to see the Big Five and much more in 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: Arusha Hotel
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: Arusha Hotel
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: Kirurumu Manyara Tented Lodge or Kirurumu Tarangire Tented Lodge
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: Kirurumu Serengeti 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: Kirurumu Serengeti 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: Lake Masek Tented Camp
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: Arusha Hotel
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

Itinerary

Note that the exact flight times differ depending on your departure city and flight. Day 1 you'll arrive in Tanzania. If you fly over night and land daytime in Tanzania your departure from your home will take place on Day 0.

 

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania
At the airport you will be meet by our representative in Tanzania that will drive you to Arusha Safari Lodge outside Arusha. No activiities or meals on this day. 

 

Day 2: Arusha to Lake Manyara
After breakfast your safari guides will pick you at the hotel around 9:30 a.m. After you've packed your bags into the car you will depart from Arusha Safari Lodge around 10:00 and start the drive towards Lake Manyara. The car journey takes around 2 hours and at the gate to Lake Manyara you will have time to stretch your legs while your guide register you to the park. The afternoon will be spent doing a game drive in the national park that has the highest inhabitants of elephants per square kilometer of all African parks. Besides from elephants you can see zebras, antelopes, giraffes, hippos, buffaloes and many different kinds of monkeys and birds. With some luck you will also get to see lions and/or leopards. You will enjoy a picnic lunch in the park during the day then leave the park late afternoon for the drive to your accommodation at Kirurumu Tented Lodge that's located high on the edge of the Great Rift Valley. Dinner will be served at Kirurumu. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Beverage is not included.

 

Day 3: Lake Manyara to Serengeti
After breakfast you will head towards Serengeti around 9:00 a.m. The car journey will take you to the edge of the Ngorongoro crater and you will stop by a viewpoint with an extraordinary view over the world's largest unbroken caldera. You are free to arrange with your guide if you want to stop at other places on the way to photograph. You will pass the crater plains of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which is populated by Maasai communities and scores of wild game. By early afternoon you will reach the Nabi Hill Gate where lunch will be served whilst your guide registers you for the Serengeti National Park. The afternoon will be spend with a game drive as you go west across the Serengeti plains towards your accommodation at Grumeti Luxury Tented Camp. You will arrive at the lodge in time for check-in and perhaps a shower before dinner. After dinner, it's time for your night game drive to see all the animals that are active after darkness falls. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Beverage is not included.

 

Day 4: Serengeti
Before breakfast you will head out on a walking safari with an armed ranger. It will take you to the varied vegetation of the Grumeti Reserves on the northern side of the great Grumeti River. Afterwards you will return to the lodge for breakfast and then spend your day on a game drive exploring Serengeti. You can choose to take a quiet afternoon giving you time to enjoy a beverage and just sit and relax in the beautiful surroundings. Accommodation at Grumeti Luxury Tented Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Beverage is not included.

 

Day 5: Serengeti
This day you will take you towards the large open grass plains of the southern Serengeti and at dusk you'll reach Lake Masek Tented Lodge that overlooks Lake Masek. It's located just south of Serengeti, in Ndutu that belongs to the Ngorongoro Conservation area. During the day you will leave the Serengeti National Park via Nabi Hill gate. Various large part of the day is spent on the open grasslands depending on where migratory herds are. During the dry season, the plains are fairly empty but when the herds migrate in November or December it's completely swarming with life on the open grass plains. The area surrounding the lake and the large swamps are however rich with wildlife all year round. During the dry season the animals gather around the shrinking water holes, creating a good opportunity to see e.g lions in the area. Accommodation at Lake Masek Tented Camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Beverage is not included.

 

Day 6: Ngorongoro cratern and then back to Arusha
On this day you will have an early start and leave the lodge at 7:00 a.m. to start the drive towards Ngorongoro crater. The journey to the decent in to the crater takes just over 1 hour. After you've registered for Ngorongoro crater you will spend the day seeing the large number of animals that live on the bottom of this mighty caldera. On the afternoon you will leave the Ngorongorocrater and drive about 2,5 hours back to Arusha, where you will stay at Arsuha Safari Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Beverage is not included.

 

Day 7: Return/ Week on the Coast or Zanzibar
This day you will fly back home if you haven't booked an extra week on the coast or on Zanzibar. You will be picked up from your hotel 3 hours before your flight departure for transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport. Breakfast is included.

 

Day 8: Arrival in UK 

Dates and 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 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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Included in the price

  • Return International flights UK-Tanzania (provided that tickets in the cheapest booking class is available)
  • Flight taxes and fees
  • All hotel nights, meals and transfers specified in the itinerary
  • Safari Jeep
  • Safari guide (your guide is knowledgeable and experienced with a very good English)
  • 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

  • Visa to Tanzania
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cancelation insurance
  • Tip to the guides
  • Personal expensive such as minibar, laundry, telephone and internet

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 a good travel insurance. Note that the conditions of different cards vary, check what's included in your card carefully. We accept MasterCard and VISA 

Hotels & Lodges

Arusha Safari Lodge
With a beautiful view of Mt Meru in lush greenery, about four kilometers outside of Arusha lies Arusha Safari Lodge. The hotel is a beautifully restored horse farm that kept many original features. The hotel only has seven rooms, all located in a separate bungalow. Read more about Arusha Safari Lodge.

Kirurumu Tented Lodge
Kirurumu Tented Lodge is a great tented lodge situated high on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, approximately 15 minutes drive from Lake Manyara National Park. The best thing about the lodge is its spectacular view, 600 feet above Lake Manyara and the surrounding savannah. Read more about Kirurumu Tented Lodge.

Grumeti Luxury Tented Lodge
This is a new lodge situated in the Grumeti Reserve, west of the central Serengeti and north of the Western Corridor and Grumeti River. The area is beautiful with scattered acacia forest and diverse savannah and rolling hills. The area is also good in terms of its wildlife with their best period in European spring and early summer when the large migratory herds are moving in the area. Grumeti River is close by and there are always plenty of animals around this permanent water source. Read more about Grumeti Luxury Tented Lodge.

Lake Masek Tented Camp
A small great tent lodge in a fantastic location by the lake Lake Masek located on the wide open plains just outside the Serengeti National Park in Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The lodge only has 20 tents which are all large, spacey and comfortably furnished. The lodge is one of the very best eco-lodges in Tanzania. All the energy comes from solar panels and water collected during the rainy season are used for showers, toilets and cooking. The lodge is also built entirely from materials that are recyclable and biodegradable. Learn more about Lake Masek Tented Camp here.

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 no 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't check-in for you or book you a 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.

Weather and Climate

Tanzania is located by the equator so the weather is almost always warm, at lest by 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

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