Discover the rich wildlife and unique tribal cultures of Northern Tanzania on this 9-day itinerary. Meet the Hadzabe and Datoga people living near Lake Ewasi, take in the spectacular landscapes of Ngorongoro and experience thrilling wildlife encounters in the Serengeti.
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Fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be met by your driver/guide and head towards the spectacular landscapes of the Manyara Ranch Conservancy. This 35,000-acre wilderness area lies in a wildlife corridor between Tarangire and Manyara National Parks where elephant, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra and oryx roam amidst hunting lions, leopards, hyena and cheetah.
You can opt for a guided game walk or night safari in one of their 4x4 open vehicles, or wildlife spot in a hide overlooking the watering holes. Manyara Ranch Conservancy also offers cultural village and school visits, with each day ending with sundowners overlooking the African plains.
Start the day with an early breakfast before heading into the baobab-studded plains of Tarangire National Park. Situated in the Great Rift Valley, this arid landscape is home to massive herds of elephant, together with buffalo, wildebeest, impala, gazelle and eland which congregate around the watering holes during the dry season. When the rains descend, migratory birds flock to its swamps as the landscapes turn a lush green.
Enjoy a picnic lunch in between game drives at Tarangire before returning to the Manyara Ranch Tented Camp for dinner.
After breakfast at the camp, we will head towards the shores of Lake Eyasi, a shallow, seasonal salt lake on the Great Rift Valley floor. It lies at the base of the Serengeti Plateau, to the southwest of Ngorongoro Crater, with spectacular landscapes to discover. It’s also home to one of the last few remaining hunter-gatherer tribes in the region, the Hadzabe, who live alongside the Barbaig pastoralist nomads.
En route we will also stop at a local school to meet its enthusiastic pupils and teachers before driving to Kisima Ngenda Tented Camp where you will spend the night.
After breakfast, we will depart to visit two of the unique tribes which inhabit the region - the Hadzabe and Datoga people. The Datoga were the first Nilo-Hamitic speaking people to arrive in the Ngorongoro area around 300 years ago, while the Hadzabe are one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer communities. This is an incredible opportunity to learn about how these tribes live in harmony with the land on a hunting or berry picking expedition.
We will then drive to Plantation Lodge which lies near the entrance of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, with time to freshen up before your safari briefing and dinner.
After breakfast at Plantation Lodge, you will depart on a tour of the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken and un-flooded caldera in the world. Its high walls act as a natural closure for an abundance of wildlife, including large numbers of zebra, buffaloes, giraffes and hippos. Ngorongoro also exhibits the harmonious co-existence between people and wildlife, with archaeological remains uncovered at Olduvai Gorge and early human footprints at nearby Alaitole.
Ngorongoro Crater is a fantastic destination to spot the “Big Five”, together with offering outstanding birdwatching. Sightings of Lammergeyer, Vereaux's Eagle and Egyptian Vulture are possible, while large numbers of greater flamingoes wade in its shallow lakes.
After a full day wildlife spotting in the crater, we will return to Plantation Lodge for a hot shower and dinner in their beautiful restaurant.
After breakfast at the lodge, your driver will take you to the Manyara Airstrip for your flight to the Serengeti. You will be met by your driver/guide from Serian Camp and enjoy a short game drive en route to your accommodation for the night. There will be time to relax before lunch and heading out on your first afternoon game drive in the magnificent Serengeti.
You will have two full days based at Serian Camp to explore the iconic Serengeti National Park, one of Tanzania’s oldest and most popular. Wake for sunrise and catch the Serengeti’s wildlife at its most active with an early morning game drive, then relax in the heat of the middle of the day at camp. Head out again in the late afternoon to search for the “Big Five”, with an abundance of both predators and prey in the park. It’s here that thousands of wildebeest and zebras begin the annual Great Migration into the Masai Mara to the north, followed by opportunistic lions, leopards and hyenas.
After breakfast, it’s time to check out and drive to the airstrip where you will board your flight to Arusha. Here you will be met by your driver and travel to the Arusha Coffee Lodge ‘Shanga experience’ for lunch, then visit the nearby Shanga Shangaa workshops to see local handicrafts being created.
Depending on your international flight times, you will then be transferred to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home.
Dates & Rates
Weekly departures every Sunday during open season(see below) starting January 1, 2018. Please note, all departures require a minimum of 2 guests
|Season||Rate Per Person 2 +||Rate Per Person 4 +||Rate Per Person 6 +||Single Supplement|
|June 1 - August 31, 2018||$9,849||$9,140||$8,910||$1,029|
|September 1 - October 31, 2018||$9,450||$8,747||$8,510||$952|
|November 1 - December 15, 2018||CLOSED||CLOSED||CLOSED||CLOSED|
|December 16 - December 31, 2018||$9,849||$9,140||$8,910||$1,029|
|January 3 - March 31, 2019||$10,179||$9,395||$9,134||$947|
|April 1 - May 31, 2019||CLOSED||CLOSED||CLOSED||CLOSED|
|June 1 - August 31, 2019||$10,610||$9,824||$9,562||$1,029|
|September 1 - October 31, 2019||$10,179||$9,395||$9,134||$947|
|November 1 - December 15, 2019||CLOSED||CLOSED||CLOSED||CLOSED|
|December 16 - December 31, 2019||$10,610||$9,824||$9,562||$1,029|
- Full board accommodation while on safari
- Transfers to and from the airport
- A safari briefing at the start
- Lunch at the beginning and end of your safari
- All game viewing in a custom built 4 x 4 Land Cruiser safari vehicle driven by a professional English speaking driver guide
- Scheduled flight as per the itinerary, luggage allowance 15 kgs per person
- Excursions as per the itinerary
- Park Entrance fees throughout
- House Wines/Beers & Sodas at Manyara Ranch & Serien Camp only
- Flying doctors medical evacuation cover
- I litre of water per person per day while in an Albatros safari vehicle
- House wine, local beers & spirits, soft drinks, mineral water, tea & coffee included
- Current Government taxes and levies
- International Airfares
- International and domestic departure tax
- Laundry services
- All alcoholic & Non-alcoholic drinks at Plantation Lodge & Kisima Ngeda
- Meals and excursions not described in the itinerary above
- Entry Visas to the country
- Travel and health insurance
- Balloon flight in the Serengeti (additional charge USD500 per person)
- Any optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary above
- Gratuities (tips) to your guide, hotel staff and porters
- Any other items of a personal nature, such as drinks, laundry, telephone and postage
FAQ & More
Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Some nationalities will have to obtain these prior to arrival and others will be able to obtain these on arrival at the port of entry. It is imperative that passports are valid for at least six months and have at least two blank pages, or four, if travelling to both Kenya and Tanzania.
While Tanzanian visas are available upon arrival, immigration queues at airports and border crossing can be long so we recommend applying in advance for the visa to save time. The cost for a tourist visa for US Citizens is $100 (Multiple entry) valid for one year, 90 Days at a time; for Canadian citizens, the cost is $50 (Single entry) for 90 Days or $100 (Double entry) for 90 Days each.
It is imperative to check visa requirements with your resident country embassy/consulate as visa requirements may vary according to your nationality.
Both Tanzania and Kenya are malarial areas and therefore it is recommended that travellers start a malaria prophylactic before and during your visit. Most lodges have mosquito nets or mosquito resistant tents/rooms along with providing insect spray and repellent. However, be sure to bring your own personal repellent as well as long sleeves and pants for the evenings, as these are most effective in protecting you from bites when outdoors.
At present, Tanzania and Kenya require no vaccinations before entering the country except Yellow Fever when flying directly from an YF endemic country. Here is a list of these countries: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2016/infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/yellow-fever#4728. As Kenya is on this list, you’ll need to present proof of a Yellow Fever vaccination if traveling from Kenya to Tanzania.
Regardless, you should consult your local health authorities prior to your holiday for any updates.
If travelling on a ‘flying safari’, the baggage allowance on small aircraft is 15kgs and all luggage is to be packed in soft duffel bags. This includes hand luggage and camera equipment. Only soft sided bags will be accepted, no wheels, no hard suitcases. This is essential to ensure that everything fits not only into the small aircraft but into the safari vehicles. Please note that any luggage you do not need while on safari will be stored at the office.
Rest assured, our team of Adventure Consultants will send you a full packing list prior to your adventure. However, as a general guide, comfortable, casual wash and wear clothes are recommended. The key is lightweight clothing in breathable materials for the day and warmer materials at night. Bush colours (khaki, brown, dark green) are also highly recommended. These will enable you to blend in with the environment and not draw attention to yourself when on game drives or bush walks.
Being located on or near the equator, East Africa boasts a fabulous tropical climate which is hot and humid on the coast while being dry and arid in the north and northeast and temperate inland. Though days are quite hot it can get pretty cold during the night in areas at altitude such as Nairobi.
There are however two separate wet seasons in Kenya and Tanzania with the longest being from March to May, and the shorter from November to December. Heavy rains can mean that road access becomes more limited making 4x4 more advisable during these periods.
The electricity supply in Kenya and Tanzania is 220/240 v 50hz. Plugs are 3 point square, British Type G plugs. If you are planning to bring any electrical device from USA or Canada, you will need a voltage and plug converter. Additionally, many safari lodges run on generators which are generally switched off between 2300hrs and 0600hrs. If you need to charge any electronics, this can be done in the office.
Both Kenya and Tanzania have a good telephone and internet connection in the main cities and are in the process of improving the network further. Most lodges and hotels offer a fax, international telephone and internet service but make sure to check the rates beforehand as some lodges can impose a surcharge, particularly on international calls. More remote camps and lodges rely on radio for communication and mobile phone coverage is not extensive in most game parks.
When calling Kenya and Tanzania, the international dialling code is +254 and +255 respectively.
Tap water in Kenya and Tanzania is not drinkable and we therefore advise that you drink only sealed, bottled water. Lodges provide water in their safari vehicles. You will almost always find a flask of purified drinking water on your bedside table or in the bathroom.
The unit of currency in Kenya and Tanzania is the shilling, though the countries’ currencies do not share the same value. Kenya Shilling notes are available in the denominations of 1000, 500, 200, 100 and 50 and 10,000, 5000, 1000 and 500 in Tanzania. Banks generally offer a better rate of exchange than Foreign Exchange Bureaux and Hotels.
Please note duty free goods purchased at the airport can only be purchased in foreign currency and not in Kenya or Tanzanian Shillings. While US Dollars are widely accepted, please note that bills printed before the year 2000 will not be accepted.
A wide range of credit cards are accepted in Kenya and Tanzania, including American Express, Visa and Master Card. Please check with us before heading off on safari and we will confirm what cards are accepted where you are staying.
Tips are not included in the cost of the safari. Tipping is purely discretionary, however if you would like to show your appreciation we recommend $10 - $20 per guest per day for lodge/camp staff, paid in the communal tip box at reception. For guides, we recommend $10-$15 per day, paid directly to the guide. All tipping is in US dollars.