Journey time (approximate) KILIMANJARO AIRPORT - ARUSHA: 45 minutes (55 km)
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you will be greeted by your guide with an original welcome gift.
After the greetings and loading your luggage into the car, a 4x4 Toyota with a panoramic pop up rooftop (perfect for taking spectacular pictures during a safari and admiring the surrounding landscape), you will be taken to your hotel in Arusha (transfer service from Kilimanjaro Airport to the Hotel INCLUDED).
OPTIONAL experience, depending on the arrival time, at an approximate cost per person of USD 190 (2 participants) / USD 150 (4/6 participants): Game Drive Safari in the National Park of Arusha (brief description ).
If you wish, your guide will take you to experience the National Park of Arusha in order to get in touch with Africa’s wild nature and fascinating colors right away.
OPTIONAL experience: Canoe excursion (at an approximate cost of 60 USD per person, starting at 12:00 p.m.), lasting 2/4 hours.
OPTIONAL experience (depending on the time of arrival, at a cost of USD 15 per adult, duration of about 2 hours): Tanzanian Sunset Briefing. Around 5:00 p.m. your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Arusha and will take you just outside the city for an exceptional local briefing (an approximate 10-minute walk on an unpaved road, comfortable shoes and a sweater/windproof jacket is recommended). The return to the Hotel in Arusha is scheduled for dinner (NOT INCLUDED).
The arrival at the Hotel in Arusha is foreseen in the late afternoon. Briefing, overnight stay at the ARUSHA RESIDENCE or similar (1 night, B&B treatment).
OPTIONAL experience (to be agreed upon arrival, at an approximate cost of 15 USD per person, excluding drinks): local dinner, to get in touch with the typical Tanzanian cuisine in a very special place which is frequented by local people (not recommended for vegans / vegetarians).
JUNE - OCTOBER TIMEFRAME: these are the best months to visit Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park (brief description ), when you can meet numerous herds of elephants (which have not yet migrated to other parks) and drought forces the animals to gather near the Tarangire River.
Journey time (approximate) ARUSHA - TARANGIRE GATE: 2 hours 30 minutes (120 km)
The day begins early, with a delicious breakfast in perfect local style at the hotel (continental breakfast is also available in any case) and departure (recommended no later than 06:30 am to avoid traffic leaving the city) towards the National Park of Tarangire for your first Game Drive Safari (animal research and observation activities while on the Jeep).
Picnic "Lunch Box".
After lunch, a Game Drive Safari in the Park once more.
Arrival at the Tented Camp near the park in late afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay at the ROIKA LODGE or similar (1 night, full board treatment).
DECEMBER - MARCH TIMEFRAME: these are the best months to visit the Park of Lake Manyara National Park (brief description ), when you can see thousands of flamingos which, from afar, color the lake in pink, as well as numerous species of other animals and birds.
Journey time (approximate) ARUSHA - LAKE MANYARA: 2 hours 30 minutes (119 km)
The day begins early, with a delicious breakfast in perfect local style at the hotel (continental breakfast is also available in any case) and departure (recommended no later than 06:30 am to avoid traffic leaving the city) to the Lake Manyara National Park.
During the day you will experience a Game Drive Safari (research activities and animal watching while on the Jeep) within this small but equally characteristic Northern Tanzanian Park: a combination of the impressive mountains of the Rift Valley, immense glass-like waters woods and acacia forests.
During the day, you can also visit the hot springs of Maji Moto.
OPTIONAL experience (at an approximate cost of 50 USD per person): walking in the trees, to get closer to nature and see the animals from a different perspective.
Picnic "Lunch Box".
The arrival at the Lodge near Lake Manyara is scheduled for the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at the RIFT VALLEY PHOTOGRAPHIC LODGE / BURUDIKA LODGE (for Group Tours) or similar (1 night, full board treatment).
Journey duration (approximate) TARANGIRE / MANYARA - SERENGETI: 3/5 hours with a stopover (200 km)
Early in the morning, after a good breakfast, you will leave for the Serengeti National Park (brief description ) crossing the Ngorongoro National Park (part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Tanzania). During the trip, you can admire the famous Ngorongoro Crater from above and watch the slow change of landscape that transforms the green hills into an endless Savannah (stop at the View Point included).
OPTIONAL experience (at a total cost of 60 USD* per Jeep, to be arranged with the Guide): visit of a Maasai Village.
During your trip, if you wish to, you can stop and visit the Maasai Laizer Emanyata Boma village near Lake Manyara. It’s a bit different from the more touristy villages you can find in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Alternatively, you can stop and see one of those authorized by the Government of Ngorongoro, to more closely get to know this extraordinary population, their traditions and customs.
*For your information: the amount paid to the Maasai Village Chief, also according to the UNESCO guidelines, is used to support ALL Maasai villages nearby (therefore not only for the one you visit).
OPTIONAL experience (at a total cost of 45 USD per person, to be set up with the Guide): tour of the Olduvai Gorge and the Sand Dune.
During the trip, if you wish to, you can stop and visit Olduvai Gorge, also called "the cradle of mankind", where the history of mankind is said to have begun.
Accompanied by a local guide, you will have the opportunity to descent into the valley and visit the place where some remains of hominids (Australopithecus Boisei and Homo Habilis) were found by Mary Leakey in 1959. The walk takes about 20 minutes. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
In a 20-minute car ride, you can reach the place where a volcanic ash dune can be found (also called "dust"), named Shifting Sand Dune .
Picnic lunch box near the Naabi Gate at the Park entrance (break for about 1 hour).
Entering the Serengeti Park in Tanzania, in the early afternoon, you will go on a Game Drive Safari in search of Africa’s famous "Big Five" (the traditionally so-called 5 animals that could not be missed in a big game safari and cannot be missed today in a photo safari: elephants, rhinos, buffalos, lions and leopards) during their daily life.
You will also see many other animals including cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, gazelles, gnus, hippos, crocodiles, warthogs, antelopes, impalas, jackals, hyenas and various species of birds.
You are expected to arrive at the Tented Camp inside the Park in the late afternoon. This exceptional feature will allow you to enjoy the company of the animals that move all around the Camp (always in complete safety, thanks to the skilled and experienced Maasai’s constant control over the surrounding area), to go on a Game Drive Safari until late afternoon (in addition to the normal closure of the Park, scheduled for 06:00 p.m.), enjoy an exceptional sunset, go on a Game Drive Safari in the very early morning (possibly with a breakfast box).
Dinner and overnight stay at the MBUGANI TENTED CAMP or similar (2 nights, full board treatment).
PLEASE NOTE: in the months going from December to March, the above could be replaced with 1 or 2 nights with the MBUGANI MIGRATION NDUTU to follow the Great Migration.
In the morning, a dreamy awakening awaits you: just open your tent and you will be immediately immersed in the center of the Serengeti, in the wildest nature, where Tanzanian animals temporarily host us in their space, in their life, and where you can admire the colors of the red sun rising on the horizon illuminating the distinctive African landscapes.
Now, really, you too will be part of true Africa, wild and majestic.
INCLUDED Experience: it’s also possible for you to wake up very early in the morning to go on a first Game Drive Safari at dawn, so you can admire the fantastic colors of the savannah at the Sun’s first rays and watch the animals coming back from hunting.
After breakfast, during the day, you will have plenty of time to go on a Game Drive Safari and be the protagonists and witnesses of the animal life in the Serengeti.
Picnic lunch box.
The return to the camp is scheduled for the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay.
Journey duration (approximate) SERENGETI - NGORONGORO GATE (Seeneto): 2 hours 30 minutes (80 km)
Early in the morning, after a good breakfast, you will set off for the Ngorongoro Crater, leaving Serengeti Park behind you (always during en route Safari, up to the Naabi Gate).
During the Safari, you will approach the Park exit and you can optimize your travel time. Breakfast box.
From a height of 2.286 meters, you will drive down to 1.600 meters for an altitude difference of 610 meters, until you reach the bottom of the caldera of what was once an active volcano which now covers an area of about 304 square kilometers with a diameter of about 19 km.
The Ngorongoro Crater is considered one of the wonders of the world. Soon after his visit, Professor Bernard Grzimek wrote: "There is nothing that can compare with it, it is one of the most extraordinary wonders of the world". Over 30.000 animals live here permanently, and it is one of the few places in the whole of Africa where you can meet all of the "Big Five", together with ostriches, hippos, hyenas, warthogs, flamingos and zebras. The only one missing is the giraffe.
Picnic lunch box on the shores of Lake Magadi.
Late afternoon arrival at a Lodge in Karatu. Overnight stay at ENDORO LODGE / MARERA LODGE (for Group Tours) or similar (1 night, full board treatment).
Swimming pool and small SPA available (optional treatments).
Journey duration (approximate) KARATU - ARUSHA AIRPORT (ARK) / KILIMANJARO AIRPORT (JRO): 3/4 hours
Open morning for optional experiences near Karatu.
OPTIONAL experience (at an approximate cost of USD 30 per adult, to be arranged with the guide): visit of the local village Mto wa Mbu.
During the trip, you can stop and visit the peculiar village of Mto Wa Mbu, accompanied by Andrew, one of our local collaborators (who speaks good English). During the walk which takes about 2 hours, you will get to know the local people’s life. For example, you will visit a rice plantation, a small "local" brewery, a large banana plantation (essential and fundamental in daily life both for food and trade) and the local market.
OPTIONAL experience (to be arranged with the guide the night before, at an approximate cost of 15 USD per person, lasting around 2 hours): Tanzanian food tasting Experience.
Accompanied by our local guide Andrew (who speaks good English), you will be able to watch and take part of the preparation and tasting of the most typical and traditional dishes, at a private home in the village of Mto wa Mbu.
OPTIONAL experience (to be arranged with the guide the night before, at an approximate cost of 35 USD per person, lasting around 3 hours): bike ride excursion near Manyara Lake.
Accompanied by our local guide Andrew (who speaks good English), you will be able to discover the Manyara Lake from a different point of view.
Picnic lunch box.
At the agreed upon time, you will head off to the airport where you will take your intercontinental return flight or domestic flight if your journey continues (e.g. to the seaside).
PLEASE NOTE: considering that it takes from 3 (Arusha ARK) to 4 hours (Kilimanjaro JRO) to get to the airport:
If you wish, during the transfer towards the airport, you can stop at some local markets or shop to pick up some souvenirs of this fantastic trip.
It's time to say goodbye. Your guide will give you one last souvenir: a small Pangolin, carved from a piece of Ebony, which symbolizes luck and prosperity in Maasai tradition.
Then a last hug, and the hope that this trip to Tanzania has left new emotions in your hearts and that pinch of "nostalgia for Africa" that, only then, you will truly understand.
KWAHERI, which in the Swahili language means "see you soon".
We take care of everything, from the moment you arrive at the airport (Kilimanjaro JRO / Arusha ARK for for Safaris in the Northern Parks) on the FIRST DAY of the program, to the moment you depart from the airport (Kilimanjaro JRO / Arusha ARK) on the LAST DAY of the program. Internal flights can be booked directly by us. The Intercontinental flight only is excluded.
We make sure that both the FIRST and LAST day of travel are not only transfers (compatibly with arrival and departure times), but days exploited to the max and better optimized (especially the last day).
We are not Tourists but travelers.
For example, this Tour includes:
If you liked THIS TOUR, you can now choose HOW YOU WISH TO TRAVEL AND HOW MUCH TO SPEND (private / group tour format) according to your wishes and availability. For this tour, we suggest 3 travel and price OPTIONS:
ADVANTAGES: the program, number of days, departure dates, accommodations, category and activities are all modifiable and customizable.
The price, upon estimate, may vary according to the choices we will have agreed upon together.
This way, you allow us to promise you a cheaper price.
ADVANTAGES: the price is lower than the “TAILOR-MADE” tour, the Jeep is for exclusive use, the departure dates are open throughout the whole year, COMFORT category.
ADVANTAGES: the lowest price by far, travelling in COMFORT category at the same price as ECONOMY.
The group tour does not preclude and does not intend to change the travel philosophy that has always distinguished Tanzania Private Tours.
PLEASE NOTE: children and/or teenagers up to 14 years old enjoy discounted prices.
Below you will find the three options , in order of price, and the instructions to proceed.
Happy Safari (which in Swahili means "trip").
PRICES* (per person):
- ADULT in a DOUBLE room: 1,915 USD;
- ADULT in a TRIPLE room: 1,830 USD, upon request;
- ADULT in a SINGLE room: supplement of 225 USD, upon request.
- CHILDREN and/or TEENAGERS (under 15 years old): on estimate, upon request, according to the age and accommodation.
- LOW SEASON: for low season Tanzanian Tours (Green Season) see our SPECIAL OFFERS.
TRIP FOR ADULTS ONLY.
Children and/or teenagers under 14 years of age are not allowed on these tours.
Send us your reservation request. You will then be contacted by a Tanzania Private Tours employee to receive confirmation of your trip and the final program. All fields are required.
PRICE* per person (adult, aged 15 and over), e.g.:
- 2 PARTICIPANTS: from 2,615 USD per person (in a DOUBLE room).
- 4 PARTICIPANTS: from 2,130 USD per person (in a DOUBLE room).
- ADULT in a SINGLE room: supplement of 225 USD, upon request.
- ADULT in a TRIPLE room: a savings of 85 USD, upon request.
- CHILDREN and/or TEENAGERS (under 15): on estimate, upon request, according to the age and accommodation.
- LOW SEASON: for low season Tanzanian tours (Green Season) please see our SPECIAL OFFERS.
Would you like to book this trip? Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org specifying the name of the tour, your ideal departure date and the number of people (adults and/or children). We will send you an email with the program and your quote within 72 hours.
PRICE*: on estimate, according to the category and the accommodation in the agreed upon facilities.
PLEASE NOTE : for details, please see the General Conditions page.
*WHAT’S INCLUDED: excellent tour guide, transfers to and from the airport, transfers during the Safari, panoramic 4x4 Jeep for the Safari days, fuel for unlimited kilometers, Park car fees, entrance fees to national parks, V.A.T. and WMA, a descent into the Ngorongoro Crater and the Government Concession (when foreseen by the program), accommodation in the chosen facilities or equivalent, water during meals, water throughout the Safari day.
*WHAT’S EXCLUDED: the Intercontinental round-trip flight, domestic flights, the entry visa (VISA) for Tanzania, optional experiences/activities/visits, liqueur, extra drinks, tips and porterage, laundry service, telephone/email service, airport taxes, holiday surcharges, Christmas/New Year's Eve supplements, single room use supplement, injury/medical insurance and/or luggage insurance and/or trip reimbursement, anything not included in "WHAT’S INCLUDED".
The tip for the guide, a symbol of gratitude if satisfied with the trip, is optional and open. It is not mandatory.
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