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Wildlife, beaches, friendly people, fascinating cultures, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Mt Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar Archipelago – Tanzania has all these and more wrapped up in one adventurous, welcoming package.

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What’s Included

Arrival and departure transfers
1 night in Arusha at Arusha Serena Lodge or similar
1 night in Lake Manyara National Park at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge or similar
2 nights in Serengeti National Park at Serengeti Serena Lodge or similar
2 nights in Ngorongoro at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge or similar
1 night in Tarangire National Park at Tarangire Sopa Lodge or similar
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 6 dinners
Ground transportation in a customized 4×4 vehicle on safari
Game drives & private safari experience
Select house drinks on safari
All park fees, government taxes, and service charges
1.5 liter bottled water per person per day on safari
1 pair of binoculars in the vehicle
Services of an experienced English-speaking driver-guide

Tour Details

Duration: 8 days & 7 nights

Travel Style: Adventure

Minimum Passengers: 2
Based on double occupancy

Type of Service: Shared
Small group experience | All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

VISA Requirements: Yes
A visa is required for travelers with a valid US passport.

Physical Rating: 3 – Moderate
Some tours may include light hiking, stairs, and rough off-road adventures.

Service Level: Standard
Tourists class accommodations and mix of public and private transports and tours, select meals included.

Not Included

Any flights or transfers not mentioned
Tips and gratuities
Drinks (soft or hard)
Visas and Travel insurance
Any items of a personal nature
Any costs listed as optional services

Please Note

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour, you will be advised of any amendments.

DAY 1 | (ARRIVAL) – Arusha

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will transferred by a representative to Arusha for check-in and dinner.

| Overnight in Arusha

DAY 2 | Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for Lake Manyara. After check-in, enjoy lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, head to a game drive of Lake Manyara National Park, with the possibility of sighting the famous tree-climbing lions. Here you can see a variety of habitats and diverse animals and birds.

| Overnight in Manyara National Park

|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 | Lake Manyara National Park – Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, depart for the Serengeti National Park, famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. There is more to Serengeti than large mammals. There are over 500 species of birds, and your guide will also introduce you to the small five’. In addition to a wide variety of mammals, over 300 species of birdlife have been recorded in this park. Enroute, you will drive past Lake Manyara and through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Game drive en-route with picnic lunch.

|Overnight in Serengeti National Park

|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 | Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, Enjoy a full day safari with a picnic lunch in the Serengeti exploring the local ecosystem.

|Overnight in Serengeti National Park

|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 | Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, depart for Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is 2000ft. deep, and considered to be the 8th wonder of the world. Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact caldera in the world with an abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Stop enroute at Olduvai Gorge, site of archeological findings where traces of pre-historic man dating back to 3.5 million years ago have been discovered. Visit the on-site museum and witness a panoramic view of the historical excavation site.

| Overnight in Ngorongoro

|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 | Ngorongoro

After breakfast, descend into the crater for full day game viewing with picnic lunch. Here you can see a spectacular concentration of wildlife, including the big five. Drive across the dense forest and near the soda lake and enjoy viewing a variety of bird life. Ascend to the lodge from the 2000ft. deep crater.

| Overnight in Ngorongoro

|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 | Sidemen – Sukawati

After breakfast, depart for Tarangire National Park. You will pass the Ngorongoro Conservation area, the village of Karatu and drive down the Great Rift Valley seeing Lake Manyara to your right. The name Tarangire is derived from the Tarangire River which provides permanent water for wildlife. In addition to a wide variety of mammals, over 300 species of birdlife have been recorded in this park. Afternoon game drive with picnic lunch.

| Overnight in  Tarangire National Park

|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 | Tarangire National Park – Arusha

After breakfast, depart for Arusha with an optional stop over at the Cultural Heritage center for some souvenir shopping and to view the art gallery. On a clear day you will see Mt. Meru standing tall over the city of Arusha. Arrive at the Arusha Coffee Lodge where you will enjoy a meal in the lush green gardens. After lunch you may have some time to visit Shanga, an uplifting local community social enterprise which employs people with disabilities to create unique handmade gifts. Transfer from Arusha to Kilimanjaro Airport.

|  Breakfast

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Call us at (800) 983-5352 or contact us using the button below to get a quote and booking details

The rates displayed below are for the listed travel dates only. The travel dates for this tour package cannot be changed or altered.


Arusha Serena Lodge 

Boasting a garden and bar, as well as a restaurant, Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort & Spa is set in Nkoanrua. The property is located 1,950 feet from Lake Duluti. Both free WiFi and private parking are available at this property.

At the hotel, each room has a desk and a TV. Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort & Spa offers some units with lake views, and rooms have a kettle. At the accommodations, rooms come with a seating area.

A Full English/Irish breakfast can be enjoyed in the breakfast area.

Cycling is among the activities that guests can enjoy near Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort & Spa .

Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

With Sumawe Complex reachable in 14 miles, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge has accommodations, a restaurant, a garden, a bar and a shared lounge. Free WiFi is offered.
There’s a fully equipped private bathroom with shower and free toiletries.Guests at the lodge can enjoy a buffet or an American breakfast.An outdoor swimming pool is available on site and cycling can be enjoyed within close proximity of Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge.Supermarket Alley is 13 miles from the accommodation, while Ngorongoro Conservation Payment Authority is 14 miles from the property.
This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Karatu! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

 Serengeti National Park

Serengeti Serena Lodge

Offering an outdoor pool, Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is nestled in the Western Hall, near Grumeti River on a tree-clad ridge with sweeping views of the Serengeti National Park. Groves of acacia trees watered by sparkling streams cool down the property.

The accommodations is fitted with a seating area. Each unit is equipped with a private bathroom with a shower. Towels are offered. Designed to melt into nature, it includes a series of traditional domed rondavels. On the very edge of the ridge is a ‘vanishing horizon’ pool, which looks out over the ‘endless plains’ after which the Serengeti is named.

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge also includes a barbecue. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. The property also offers packed lunches.

Ngorongoro National Park

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Located 22 miles from Laetoli Footprints, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge offers a bar, and air-conditioned accommodations with a terrace and free WiFi.

There’s a private bathroom with bath in all units, along with a hairdryer and free toiletries.

A buffet breakfast is available daily at the lodge.

Ngorongoro Crater is 12 miles from Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, while Lake Magadi is 13 miles away.

Tarangire National Park 

Tarangire Sopa Lodge

With a garden and a bar, Tarangire Sopa Lodge is located in Madege and has free WiFi.

A continental breakfast is served each morning at the property.

The lodge has an outdoor pool.

We speak your language!

Important Notice

Some useful info about our tours (land packages).

UPGRADED HOTELS AVAILABLE (for an additional fee)

All tours and entrance fees are included

 All taxes are included and NO HIDDEN FEES

 International Airfare is not included, but we can book it for you at very competitive rates


A transfer fee may be assessed for alterations to packages, itineraries/tours and suggested arrival/departure dates

Price are based on double occupancy

Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. All prices are expressed in US dollars. Prices for vacation packages are subject to change without notice.

All travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger.

Travel insurance is highly recommended.

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