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We do offer any length of safari- and tailor your safari to you- but we have experience with what people enjoy the most, and how long it takes to do it. Given our experience and knowledge, we strongly recommend the following safari tours for you.

Our Recommended Tours

The “Off-The-Beaten-Track” tour takes you on a safari route that is little taken, but gives some of the most spectacular, and diverse experiences of any safari in Tanzania. This is truly one of the best itineraries to see East Africa’s amazing landscape and animals. This safari is highly recommended.

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Day 0: Arrival in Arusha

Day 1: Pick up from hotel in Arusha around 8am

Drive to Lake Manyara. Game drive then overnight Near Lake Manyara.

Day 2:  Engaruka and Lake Natron

Spend the morning on a locally guided tour of Engaruka Ruins and surrounding area.  Drive along the rough-road on to southern shores of Lake Natron. This area offers a true wilderness experience in one of the most spectacular locations in the Rift valley.  Shortly after your arrival you will be guided on a spectacular walk through gorge to the Engeresro waterfalls, where you can bathe in the cool waters beneath the falls.

Engaruka ruins situated about 65km north of Manyara, are an archeologically significant site of an old village thought to be approximately 500 years old built by an Iron age culture, either the Iraqw (Mbulu) tribe or Sonjo (Datoga) tribal group, who once lived and farmed in this region.  The inhabitants developed a complex irrigation system fed by the Engaruka river, along with terraced housing that sustained a population of about 30,000.  The surrounding area is now home to the Maasai.

Lake Natron’s bright red and pink salt encrusted surface creates a unique and unparalleled beauty in this otherwise inhospitable lake, whose caustic waters create a perfect micro-environment for halophylic (salt-loving) organisms.  It is the only known breeding ground for East Africa’s millions of flamingos.  Their presence on the lake is like a pink mist.  Various other wildlife such as pelicans, egrets, herons and wading birds, gather round the lake.  Zebra and wildebeest can often be seen grazing on the surrounding plains.  The Engaresro Human Footprints are a set of 58 prints embedded in the ash encrusted mud-flats of Lake Natron are considered one of the most important sites of early Homo sapien existence known in the world.  A hike to Engaresero Waterfall through the Engaresro River gorge, lead by a Maasai guide is a refreshing 2 – hour round trip, through cool river pools and pretty waterfalls, where you can swim with the locals.

Day 3: Sunrise Flamingo hike of Lake Natron, and visit Engeresro footprintsDrive to the Northern Serengeti Camp in Lobo via the rift escarpment.  This is a beautiful and colourful drive through ever changing landscape, along rough roads, passing various tribal regions.  Once in Lobo afternoon game drive and enjoy the wildlife around your accommodation and watch the sunset.

Day 4: Full day game drive around Serengeti, Lobo region and overnight at same accommodation in Lobo, or at a new location in Central Serengeti.

The Serengeti is one of Tanzania’s most famous National Parks.  Elephant herds roaming, and feeding in the shade of dense arcadia trees of the northern plains of Lobo, and Loliondo.  Prides of lion’s, cheetah, leopard and spotted hyena stalk stealthily through the grassland in pursuit of their intended prey, while orange sunsets sink behind the rolling green hills typify the northern Serengeti.  The migration route for thousands of Wildebeest forging through rivers, kicking up dust migrating to lush pastures.  Most safaris focus on the easily accessed Central Serengeti, with tree lions lazing, watchfully surveying the landscape, hippos languishing in the cool river waters, and hot-air balloons drifting overhead, gently skimming the grasslands in search of the perfect wildlife experience.  The less traveled northern plains of Lobo, with rolling hills, Kopje, and Arcadia trees provides excellent wildlife viewing and between June and November allows easy access to the Mara River to watch the great wildebeest migration forging the treacherous waters.

Day 5: Early morning Game drive in central Serengeti, and afternoon transfer to Ngorongoro rim. Let your Safari guide know if you would like to visit Olduvai Gorge Museum, which is on-route to Ngorongoro, as they will need to factor this into the timing for the day.  Most accommodations are situated on the Crater Rim.

The Olduvai George is the location where the earliest existence of our human ancestors, were discovered.  This remote location in the Great Rift Valley is also geologically interesting.

Day 6: Early morning decent to crater and game drive in Ngoronogoro National Park. Afternoon drive to Lake Eyasi accommodation.

Ngorongoro Concervancy Area is a protected area and a World Heritage Site located 180 km west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The area is named after Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area. The Ngorongoro Crater and surrounding highlands together form one of Africa’s most beautiful regions.  Volcanic craters form stunning backdrops to some of the most fertile and richest grazing grounds in Africa.  It is home to the highest density of big game in Africa, including four of the big five and plenty of predators.  Ngorongoro is justifiably one of the continent’s most famous safari destinations.  It is the best place in Tanzania to see ‘The big five’, and the only place to see the black rhino along with some of the largest tusker elephants left in Africa.

Day 7: Early morning hunting with Hadza Bushmen, and visit with Datoga tribe. Then drive back to Arusha, where your guide will deliver you to your hotel in the early evening.

The Hadza Bushmen and Datoga tribes live close to Lake Eyasi, in simple mud and straw huts, and caves, subsisting as hunter-gatherers, communicating in a language of clicks and whistles.  The Datoga trading their hand-crafted spear-heads and bracelets, blacksmithed over an open fire.

Note: Due to the shifting nature of life off the beaten track, routes and activities may shift slightly, or be replaced by similar activities if there are safety concerns (these might include: increased volcanic activity, floods, road blockages), or other unexpected reasons.

 1 person2 person group3 person group4+ person group
“Off-The-Beaten-Track” Safari$2,430$1,790$1,576$1,470

Optional Additions:
To and From Airport/Hotel Transfers   US$100
Hotel stay the night before leaving:  US$210
Hotel stay the night ending the tour: US$100

If your time is limited and you really want to get into the Serengeti, this is a great tour. It is a lot of driving in a short time, but you get to search for the “Big Five” (Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Elephant, African Buffalo). These parks have all five. There may be time for a short stop at a Maasai village in the Ngorongoro Conservancy. This drive is also in the heart of the East African Rift Valley.

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4 Days (Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater)
Day 0 You arrive in Arusha

Day 1 – Drive to Tarangire for game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2 – Breakfast, Drive to Serengeti with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3 – Breakfast, game drive in Serengeti with picnic lunch. Return to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – Breakfast, Drive to Ngorongoro Crater for game drive with picnic lunch. Return to Arusha.

 1 person2 person group3 person group4+ person group
“Big Five Drive” Safari$1,422$995$878$819

The “Natural History Explorer” Safari combines the Big Five Game Drives in several parks, but featuring the Serengeti, with an anthropological, cultural day visiting a people or a human historical site. The number of days determines the number of days in the Serengeti on game drives, or a choice of another cultural/historical visit. If you are limited to 5-7 days, this tour is a well-rounded experience of the most significant features of East Africa.

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5 Days (Lake Manyara, Cultural option, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire)
Day 0 You arrive in Arusha

Day 1 – Drive to Lake Manyara for game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2 – *Cultural Options: (choose one of these options)

  1. Drive to Olduvai Gorge Museum and world Heritage site, in the Rift valley to see display of

earliest known human origins “Nutcracker Man”.  Then have picnic lunch.

  1. b) Early morning cultural visit to local tribes (Hadzabe bushmen, and Datoga

Blacksmith tribe), picnic lunch,

  1. c) Visit Maasai village in Ngorongoro Conservancy area, picnic lunch

and then, continue to Serengeti for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 – Breakfast, Full day game drive in Serengeti. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – Breakfast, Continue to Ngorongoro Crater for game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5 – Breakfast, Game drive in Tarangire with picnic lunch. Return to Arusha.

 

6 Days (Lake Manyara, Cultural Option, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire)
Day 0 You arrive in Arusha

Day 1 – Drive to Lake Manyara for game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2 – *Cultural Options: (choose one of these options)

  1. Drive to Olduvai Gorge Museum and world Heritage site, in the Rift valley to see display of

earliest known human origins “Nutcracker Man”.  Then have picnic lunch.

  1. b) Early morning cultural visit to local tribes (Hadzabe bushmen, and Datoga

Blacksmith tribe), picnic lunch,

  1. c) Visit Maasai village in Ngorongoro Conservancy area, picnic lunch

and then, continue to Serengeti for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 – Breakfast, Full day game drive in Serengeti. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – Breakfast, Full day game drive in Serengeti. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5 – Breakfast, Proceed to Ngorongoro Crater for game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6 – Breakfast, Game drive in Tarangire with picnic lunch. Return to Arusha.

 

7 Days (Lake Manyara, Cultural Option, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire)
Day 0 You arrive in Arusha

Day 1 – Drive to Lake Manyara for game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2 – *Cultural Options: (choose one of these options)

  1. Drive to Olduvai Gorge Museum and world Heritage site, in the Rift valley to see display of

earliest known human origins “Nutcracker Man”.  Then have picnic lunch.

  1. b) Early morning cultural visit to local tribes (Hadzabe bushmen, and Datoga

Blacksmith tribe), picnic lunch,

  1. c) Visit Maasai village in Ngorongoro Conservancy area, picnic lunch

and then, continue to Serengeti for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 – Breakfast, Full day game drive in Serengeti. Picnic Lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – Breakfast, Full day game drive in Serengeti. Picnic Lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5 – Breakfast, Full day game drive in Serengeti. Picnic Lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6 – Breakfast, Continue to Ngorongoro Crater for game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7 – Breakfast, Game drive at Tarangire with picnic lunch. Return to Arusha.

5-day safari1 person2 person group3 person group4+ person group
“Natural History Explorer” Safari$1,703$1,252$1,101$1,096
6-day safari1 person2 person group3 person group4+ person group
“Natural History Explorer” Safari$2,073$1,522$1,338$1,247
7-day safari1 person2 person group3 person group4+ person group
“Natural History Explorer” Safari$2,430$1,790$1,576$1,470

The “African Dream” is a full-meal of Tanzania. You experience the living stone age and iron age peoples (the Hadzabe bushmen, and the Datoga Blacksmith tribe), and visit the location of the “Nutcracker Man” from almost 2 million years ago. You also spend three days in the Serengeti, on game drives each day. Cap it off with visits to Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater, and you have an African safari sure to cement your memories of Africa for the rest of your life.

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8 Days (Lake Manyara, Hadzabe and Datoga tribes, Ngorogoro, Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti, Ngorogoro Concervancy & Maasi village, Tarangire)

Day 0 You arrive in Arusha

Day 1 – Drive to Lake Manyara for game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2 – *Cultural Tours Early morning breakfast and cultural visit to local tribes (Hadzabe bushmen, and Datoga

Blacksmith tribe). Picnic lunch,

and then, continue to Ngorongoro Crater for game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight

Day 3 – Breakfast, Drive to Olduvai Gorge Museum and world Heritage site, in the Rift valley to see display of earliest known human origins “Nutcracker Man”. Picnic lunch.

and then, continue to Serengeti for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 – Breakfast, Full day game drive in Serengeti. Picnic Lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5 – Breakfast, Full day game drive in Serengeti. Picnic Lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6 – Breakfast, Full day game drive in Serengeti. Picnic Lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7 – Breakfast, Continue to Ngorongoro Crater for game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 8 – Breakfast, Game drive at Tarangire with picnic lunch. Return to Arusha.

 1 person2 person group3 person group4+ person group
“African Dream” Safari$2,909$2,126$2,153$1,735

The Serengeti is huge, containing countless herds of animals, migrating between water stops. Most safaris take a shallow dive into one area of the park, but the “Serengeti Alive” tour takes you into from the south, all the way through the heart of the Serengeti Plain, through the central and northern parts of the park. Top this off with visits to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and a cultural visit, and you have a real, living experience of the Serengeti Plain.

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9 Days, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Karatu, Serengeti (central and northern circuits), Ngorogoro

Day 0 You arrive in Arusha

Day 1 – Drive to Tarangire for morning game drive

Day 2 – Drive to Lake Manyara for morning game Drive, picnic lunch and afternoon wildlife viewing.

Day 3 – Drive from Karatu to Serengeti

*Cultural Options: (choose one of these options)

  1. Drive to Olduvai Gorge Museum and world Heritage site, in the Rift valley to see display of

earliest known human origins “Nutcracker Man”.  Then have picnic lunch.

  1. b) Early morning cultural visit to local tribes (Hadzabe bushmen, and Datoga

Blacksmith tribe). Picnic lunch,

  1. c) Visit Maasai village in Ngorongoro Conservancy area. Picnic lunch

and then, continue to Serengeti for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 ­- Boxed breakfast for early morning game drive in Serengeti full-day wildlife viewing return to accommodation. Picnic lunch.

Day 5 ­- Drive to Central Serengeti – Northern Serengeti over nigh will be near the Mara river Picnic lunch.

Day 6 ­- Full day game drive on Mara circuit, Northern Serengeti. Picnic lunch.

Day 7 ­- Drive from Northern Serengeti back to Central Serengeti, game drive on route. Picnic lunch.

Day 8 – Morning game drive in Serengeti. Picnic lunch and drive to Ngorongoro for overnight.

Day 9 – Early morning decent into Ngorongoro for game drive, picnic lunch, then drive back to Arusha.

 1 person2 person group3 person group4+ person group
“Serengeti Alive” Safari$3,387$2,462$2,153$2,000

Photos from our safaris

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