These are for the individuals who are looking for a little more luxury while on safari. If you are looking to be close to nature during the day, but appreciate some of the creature comforts of home in the evening, then these safaris are for you. Here, you have the best of both worlds: your own private safari vehicle with a professional driver/guide to show you the best of Tanzania’s National Parks and at the days end, you settle into one of the beautiful lodges or luxury permanent tented camps where you can enjoy a hot shower and a cold drink at sunset. Many of these lodges have swimming pools, ideal places to relax during the hot midday hours, and offer services such as massage, the perfect way to relax after a long days drive!
The main features of these itineraries include:
- Selected lodge accommodation in Arusha before & after the safari on B&B basis, full board accommodation in selected/available properties on safari
- Private transport in 4×4 Toyota Land Cruisers with English speaking driver/guides
- All park fees and taxes,
- Optional airport transfers from Arusha/Kilimanjaro airports
On arrival at at Arusha or Kilimanjaro International airports, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Lodge set in the forest on the outskirts of Arusha town.
Overnight at the Lodge (B)
The adventure begins with an easy morning drive, Tarangire is Africa at its best, an area of open savannah plains, acacia tortillis woodland with large stands of doum palms and ancient baobab trees, rubbed and carved by the huge herds of elephant, a magnificent array of birdlife and some mammal species rarely seen in other parks, such as kudu and gerenuk. Tarangire is also known for its tree climbing pythons.
Relax by the pool during the hot early afternoon followed by a game drive along the Tarangire River, the life-line of this fascinating park, where you are likely to find elephant, lion and occasionally leopard in the fig trees that line the river bank. Return to the lodge in time for a sundowner on the terrace overlooking the river, before enjoying a hot shower, dinner and a good nights’ sleep.
Overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge (FB)
Early morning game drive in Tarangire, breakfast at the lodge then drive across the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara.
Lake Manyara Park is sandwiched between the Rift Valley wall and the shores of the soda lake and is characterize by the ground water forest, and acacia woodland which opens out into grassland as you approach the lake shore.
Have a picnic in the park by one of the many fresh water streams that are a feature of this park, then spend the afternoon searching for the tree climbing lions, elusive leopard, inquisitive giraffe or watching the groups of hippo in the river pools close to the shore line Drive up the escarpment to your camp for dinner and overnight.
Overnight at Kirirumu Tented Camp (BLD)
After an early breakfast drive up the rift escarpment, cross the rich agricultural farmland of Karatu before entering the Ngorongoro Conservation area. Climb through the indigenous forest to reach the rim of the crater from where you get your first breathtaking view into Ngorongoro Crater, one of the worlds’ largest calderas, before driving round the rim and descending to the vast Serengeti Plains. Take a short stop at Olduvai Gorge, the ‘cradle of mankind’. Continue across the plains. Stopping for a picnic lunch under the acacia trees, as you take in the vastness of these grassland plains dotted with granite kopjes.
Serengeti National Park is arguably the most famous game park on Earth. There are more that three million large mammals within this eco-system. It is possible to see the “big five”, cheetahs, elephant, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, numerous species of antelope and gazelle and over 500 species of birds all within the Serengeti.
Arrive at your lodge in the early evening in time to appreciate an African sunset.
Overnight Serengeti Sopa Lodge (BLD)
Full day in the Serengeti to explore this amazing eco-system, find the wildebeest migration, search for a wild dog lair, watch the huge Grumeti crocodiles or spot a sleeping leopard up a tree, follow the circling vultures to a recent lion kill or study the birdlife. You can choose to stay out all day or return to your lodge for lunch and a siesta before venturing out again in the cooler evening temperatures and then get back to your lodge before sunset.
Overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge (BLD)
Take your last early morning game drive in the Serengeti or take a spectacular hot-air balloon flight over the plains. This is an unforgettable experience to drift silently over the plains and really gives you a better impression of the vast vista of Serengeti. (Optional and *pre-bookable at an extra cost). Take a picnic en-route to Ngorongoro. Drive around the rim of the crater to your lodge situated on the eastern rim from where you can witness the sun setting across the crater.
Standing 2236 m. above sea -level. Ngorongoro is a caldera, a sunken volcanic crater, the floor of which sits some 2000ft below the highest point of the rim with one shallower end, allowing migration of the game (with the exception of giraffe). This breathtaking natural amphitheatre contains permanent water and a range of eco-systems that nourish as diverse a range of wildlife as is possible in such a small area.
Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (BLD)
After an early breakfast descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for a full day crater tour.
This 100 square mile natural amphitheatre is host to an astonishing array of wildlife and you may be lucky enough to see rhino, elephant and lion, as well as large herds of zebra and wildebeest.
The crater is a photographer’s paradise with plenty of wildlife all set with the perfect backdrop of the crater wall.
A picnic lunch is enjoyed overlooking one of the hippo pools. Continue the search for and study of the amazing wildlife during the afternoon before returning to the lodge. Stay a second night at your lodge on the rim of the Crater.
Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (BLD)
After a leisurely breakfast overlooking the Crater, drive back to Arusha with a visit to the local craft markets of Mto Wa Mbu. Choose to take a picnic lunch or to arrive in Arusha for lunch at the lodge giving you time to do a final walk in Arusha town.
- Full board accommodation whilst on safari in the above mentioned en suite tented camps and lodges
- Private safari guide
- Private 4 x 4 safari jeep with pop up roof for game viewing
- Transfers in both directions between the International Airport
- Park fees
- Crater fees
- All meals whist on safari
- On safari – Vehicles equipped with ice chest with mineral water, wildlife guidebooks.
- Government taxes, VAT and service charges relating to accommodation and included meals
- International flights
- Tanzanian Visa
- All things of personal nature
- Tips for guides and cooks
- Items not specified in terms and conditions
- Extended tours not specified in the main package
Kindly take note of the following:
Rates are quoted based on two guests sharing and single supplement rates apply on single room occupancy
The rates quoted are subject to change without prior warning if there are any increases in bed levies, park fees, fuel, sales tax or VAT, third-party services or any other circumstances beyond our control in the countries featured in this itinerary
On occasion the itinerary may be in a different order or using alternative lodges according to road conditions and availability.
Other Safari Important Notes
All lodges and camps will have electricity although many work off generators with limited times.
The power supply in Tanzania is nominally 240VAC, 50hz. Variable voltage, spikes and sporadic, unexpected, unscheduled power cuts of varying duration can be expected.
- INTERNAL FLIGHTS/BAGGAGE
Please note each passenger is only allowed a total of 15kgs of checked and carry-on luggage combined, and must be in small soft-sided bags. This is strictly enforced by airlines and outside of our control. extra luggage can be left in storage in Arusha (by arrangement prior to travel
- YELLOW FEVER
It may be required to show a Yellow Fever certificate upon entering the country visited. Please check in with your local health expert for advice on Yellow Fever and other inoculations required for this area.
Please note all accommodation listed below is not guaranteed, but is indicative of the types of accommodation used.
- COMBO TRIP
Please note that this tour combines with other Mkama Tours to Tanzania. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with Mkama Tours to Tanzania, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another Mkama Tours to Tanzania, after your trip concludes.