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Classic Tanzania Safari

By Chloe Holcroft
Purchasing Executive for Alfred&

Bring your African safari dreams to life on this classic Tanzania tour, which is packed with 4×4 game drives, luxury camps and wildlife encounters. Start at Lake Manyara for kaleidoscopic birdlife, then explore UNESCO-listed Ngorongoro Crater before heading to the fabled Serengeti. Along the way, you’ll have a chance to spot the Big Five, meet the remote Iraqw tribe and float over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon.

Places

Length
8 days
Best months to go
January to March, June to October
Guide price range
£4,000 - £5,030pp
Small Group Safari including international flights.

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Day by day
Itinerary in detail

1

Arrival in Arusha

Welcome to Tanzania. Upon arrival in Arusha, a local representative will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to your comfortable hotel nestled at the foot of Mount Meru. The rest of the day is free to relax ahead of your safari adventure. Overnight at Arusha Serena Hotel (or similar).

2

Arusha & Lake Manyara

After breakfast, drive for 2-hours past rustic villages and coffee, maize and banana plantations to Lake Manyara National Park. You’ll arrive in time for lunch at the Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, before heading out on your first game drive. This small but scenic national park lies at the base of the Rift Valley Escarpment with a seasonal shallow soda lake that attracts numerous animals. It’s richly populated with herds of elephant, large troops of baboons, pods of wallowing hippo, tree-climbing lions and you may see clouds of pink flamingo. Returning to the lodge, enjoy a dip in the infinity pool overlooking the gleaming waters of the lake. Overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge (or similar).

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3

Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro

The day starts with a morning game drive around the shores of Lake Manyara, in search of further wildlife and some of the 400 species of birds that have been recorded here. Then drive for 2-hours to Ngorongoro, stopping for lunch en route at Gibb’s Farm. Originally a 1920’s coffee farm, this charming guesthouse sits amongst lush floral gardens and vegetable fields with views over the rolling hills. After a tour around the farm, you’ll visit the Iraqw tribespeople, learning about their culture, beliefs and traditional dance moves! Upon reaching Ngorongoro you’ll be staying in a unique stone lodge that rises out of the natural environment on the western edge of the crater. Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (or similar).

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4

Ngorongoro

It’s well worth rising early this morning, as the lodge’s uninterrupted crater views offer memorable sunrises. After breakfast you’ll descend 600 metres from the rim to explore the stunning Ngorongoro Crater on a full day game drive. The vast landscape of forest, lakes, and open grassland is home to the densest concentration of wildlife in Africa. It’s common to spot elephant, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, Black rhino, lion and cheetah here, as well as hippo in a small lake where you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch. You’ll return to the lodge late in the afternoon. Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (or similar).

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5

Ngorongoro & Central Serengeti

After breakfast, drive for 3.5-hours to Serengeti National Park, keeping a close eye out for wildlife and visiting the archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge en route. Arriving in the Serengeti you’ll settle into your lodge, with stone rondavels and thatched roofs inspired by traditional African villages. From the infinity pool you can enjoy panoramic views across the grasslands and often see giraffe, elephants and zebra wandering past. Overnight at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge (or similar).

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6

Central Serengeti & Serengeti Western Corridor

The Serengeti is broadly divided into four areas, with the annual great migration passing through the areas at different times of year. You’ll appreciate the vastness of the park on a game drive through the Western Corridor, probably the most famous area within the region. The area supports a high population of lion, elephant, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest. The game drive ends at an exclusive colonial-style camp for a classic ‘Out of Africa’ tented safari experience. Here you’ll enjoy spectacular views across the endless plains of the Serengeti’s Western Corridor and a 5-course gourmet dinner served in an Edwardian-styled dining tent. Overnight at Kirawira Serena Tented Camp (or similar).

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7

Serengeti Western Corridor

You’ll spend today exploring the Western Corridor on morning and afternoon game drives in search of big cats and their prey. But first there’s the opportunity to enjoy a completely different perspective of the Serengeti with an optional hot air balloon flight. Waking early, you’ll watch as the balloon is prepared, then take flight and drift upwards as the sun rises across the vast savannah and wildlife roam below. Back at camp you can enjoy a cooking class, try a Swahili language lesson or relax with a massage, before toasting the end of a glorious day with sundowners in the bush. Overnight at Kirawira Serena Tented Camp (or similar).

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8

Serengeti Western Corridor & Departure

After breakfast, fly by light aircraft from Grumeti airstrip to Arusha, a thrilling journey that offers fantastic views of Tanzania’s landscape from above. The flight takes 2.5-hours to Arusha, where you’ll have lunch and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK or onward travel.

Another stop?

We recommend finishing your African adventure with a beach stay on the white sands of Zanzibar, or its small sister island of Pemba.

Extensions

Extensions

Holiday Budget
Guide price information

Low Season

Small Group Safari
2022: 16 May
2023: 04 Apr, 01 May

£4,000

Mid Season

Small Group Safari
2022: 07 Nov
2023: 13 Nov

£4,200

High Season

Small Group Safari
2022: 27 Jun, 11 Jul, 29 Aug, 12 Sep, 10 Oct
2023: 16 Jan, 20 Feb, 12 Jun, 03 Jul, 14 Aug, 18 Sep, 16 Oct

£5,030

Private Itinerary

This itinerary is also available as a private departure, on the dates of your choice. This option is ideal for families or groups of friends, as the price per person reduces as the size of your group increases.

£4,735

Alfred & Chloe Holcroft

Chloe’s lifelong travel journey started before she could even walk, with a family trip to Italy. She has since explored The Americas from top to toe, before shifting her attention to Southern and East Africa in recent years. Here her fascination is split between the unique nature and landscapes, as well as the varied cultures of the people who inhabit them. Her expertise ranges from organising traditional Boma barbeques in Namibia to escaping brazen baboons inside Tanzanian 4x4’s!

Plan your holiday withAlfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Adele, who's travelled extensively in Tanzania. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it on their own. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot to enjoy your sundowner.

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