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Wildife on the plains of Tanzania

Classic Tanzania Safari

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Visit four of Tanzania’s most memorable National Parks on this classic Africa Safari: Lake Manyara, the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire. Each of these game areas will delight you with the prospect of seeing Africa’s Big 5: Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, and Rhinoceros. Return each night to comfortable safari camps such as the Serengeti Halisi and Pakulala Safari Camp. If you have more time, considering pairing this trip with a thrilling Mount Kilimanjaro Climb, or a relaxing visit to Zanzibar to add to your Africa tour!
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Highlights
  • Take a game drive through Serengeti National Park in search of wildlife
  • View hominid footprints preserved in volcanic rock at Oldupai Gorge
  • Explore Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site
  • Experience how Maasai pastoralists live alongside nature and wildlife
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Trip Type:
  • Independent
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania

After clearing baggage claim and customs meet your safari representative and head to the Kilimanjaro Halisi Retreat near the gate of Mount Kilimanjaro. Settle in after your long journey for an exciting week ahead! 

Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rise early this morning and set out for Lake Manyara National Park, watching out for game en route. Spot the elusive tree-climbing lion, or watch for the twitch of a leopard’s tail as you make your way to camp. 

Day 3: Serengeti National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast you will take a game drive en route to Serengeti National Park, a world heritage site, stopping along the way to watch any animals you may encounter. Renowned for its wealth of lions and leopards, the Serengeti is the quintessential safari destination. Derived from the Maasai word ‘sirinetu’ meaning ‘endless plains’, the Serengeti plays host to more than a million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra, and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle during the annual migration.

Day 4: Serengeti National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Today, head back out for a full day of game drives, examining one of the oldest ecosystems on earth. Little has changed in the Serengeti over the past million or so years. Here you still find the renowned plains intermingled with wooded hills, massive termite mounds, rocky kopjes, and acacia tree-lined rivers. Depending on the time of year you may be able to witness the Wildebeest Migration (Dec-July), or an abundance of predators (June-Oct).

Day 5: Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take an early morning game drive and return to camp in time for breakfast. Proceed with another game drive until lunch and then head to the Ngorongoro Crater. You may opt for a visit en-route to Oldupai Gorge. This site provides evidence of the earliest signs of mankind, showcasing hominid footprints preserved in volcanic rock that date back 3.6 million years.

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater today for a six hour tour. As the world’s largest caldera (nearly 100 square miles), Ngorongoro boasts over 20,000 large animals, including Tanzania’s remaining black rhino. Living alongside the abundance of wildlife you will find 40,000 Maasai pastoralists with their cattle, goats, and sheep. The conservation gives you a rare look into how people harmoniously lived with nature and wildlife in ancient times. Return to Tarangire Safari Lodge for your last night in Tanzania. 

Day 7: Tarangire National Park | Departure

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
The better part of today is spent on a game drive in the Tarangire National Park. The park is known for its enormous herds of elephants, ancient baobab trees, and having the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti. During the dry season (June-Sept), animals flock from hundreds of miles to drink from the Tarangire River. You are dropped off at either Arusha, Moshi, or the airport for your onward journey.

Photo Gallery

Tanzania Tarangire Lodge Two cheetahs growl at eachother while up in a tree. Enjoy a easy hike through the beautiful landscape. Rhino Lodge Tarangire Wildlife Tanznania Landscape A group of elephants raise their trunks to the sky.

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Accommodations

Kilimanjaro Halisi Retreat

Migunga Tented Camp

Pakulala Safari Camp

Serengeti Halisi Camp

Tarangire Safari Lodge

Dates & Prices

Per person starting at
$4,347

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Included
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Lake Manyara National Park Entrance Fee
  • Ngorongoro Crater Entrance Fee
  • Serengeti National Park Entrance Fee
  • Bottled Water while on Safari
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Tourist Visa
  • 1) Both US Dollars and Tanzania Schillings are equally accepted. Most tourist stores and restaurants price items 
    in USD. Therefore, it is not necessary to have Schillings, if travelers bring enough USD.

    2) If travelers do bring USD, bring small bills ($20 $10 $5 $1). Old $100 bills are not accepted and vendors are reluctant to accept new ones.

    3) Travelers can get Schillings if needed, but there are very few ATMS
    Travelers will need to plan ahead with the guide to get cash. It is best to withdraw a large amount at once since there are so few opportunities.

    4) Most stores and restaurants will accept major credit cards, however they will 
    charge you a fee (typically 4-5%).
  • Required Travel Insurance
  • Alcohol

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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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