Journey through Tanzania’s varied wilderness, including a night at a colonial-style farmhouse lodge situated beneath the majestic Oldeani Volcano where you can ramble through 500 acres of African farmland. Move on to the famous Southern Serengeti to witness some of the world’s most magnificent wildlife in their natural habitat. This unique experience will give you a taste of real Africa.

Key information

Destinations Destinations Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha, Karatu
Activity Activity Safari, Luxury, Family, Nature & Wildlife
Physical Level Physical Level Mild
Season Season January - December

Suggested itinerary

Arrival and transfer to colonial Arusha

Arrival and transfer to colonial Arusha

Day 1 in Arusha

Your guide will meet you on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer you to Rivertree Country Inn in Arusha, the safari capital of Tanzania. You will spend your first day acclimatising to the 1,400-metre altitude in this splendid German-built town that was once the colonial administrative centre. Located at the foot of the dormant Mount Meru volcano, Arusha is a bustling city to explore. Or you can escape the crowds and go canoeing on the lake to admire the rich birdlife and begin your wilderness adventure.

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Take a cultural tour with the Masai or Meru peoples

Take a cultural tour with the Masai or Meru peoples

Immerse yourself in local culture with a visit to a traditional village, witnessing daily life and learning more about the lives and history of these semi-nomadic people.

Explore Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Explore Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 2–3 in Karatu

Karatu is a small but lively town on the edge of Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Most visitors pass through en-route to safari camps, but if you have some spare time it's worth slowing down to make some cultural connections. But the town's main appeal is its proximity to the rolling Ngorongoro highlands and the world-famous Ngorongoro crater. You can easily spend several days here enjoying guided nature hikes through thick forests and coffee plantations and, of course, a visit down to the vast crater floor.

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Spend a day in Ngorongoro’s volcanic crater looking for wildlife

Spend a day in Ngorongoro’s volcanic crater looking for wildlife

Ngorongoro’s crater floor is home to a range of animals, including elephants, rhinos, leopards and many lions. Look out for the pink flamingos at Lake Magadi.

Explore the Serengeti's wildlife

Explore the Serengeti's wildlife

Day 4–7 in Serengeti

Your escort will transfer you from Karatu to the spectacular Serengeti, where you will stay in the semi-permanent Chaka Camp which follows the annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti. This involves two million wildebeest, zebra and other grazing species all teeming through the wilderness and is an unforgettable experience. Since the Serengeti is known to be one of the best places to see lions, you may get to witness these creatures in their natural habitat.

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Witness the Serengeti migration

Witness the Serengeti migration

The vast Serengeti is home to one of the biggest lion populations in Africa. It’s where the Great Migration starts and is Tanzania’s oldest national park.

Departure

Day 8 in Arusha

After your final night in the Serengeti, you will have breakfast amidst the sounds of its wildlife before your escort transfers you to the airport and your journey comes to an end.

Where to stay

Classic Tented Camp

Chaka Camp

Chaka Camp is a semi-permanent mobile camp located in the Serengeti eco-system. "Chaka" means "bush" in Swahili and this is what the Chaka Camp is offering; an authentic and intimate bush experience in the middle of remarkable areas of the Serengeti's pristine wilderness. The Camp moves twice a year to ensure its guests are very well placed to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration.

Superior Tented Camp

Lake Manze Tented Camp

The Lake Manze area is one of the richest for game in the entire Selous, both in the dry and wet seasons. There is a cool and shady thatched lodge with a dining area and a sitting area, overlooking the lake. The camp maintains simplicity – there are no extra frills here and the purposeful lack of electricity in camp makes for a charming old world safari experience. It is certainly exciting; you do feel like you are out in the wilderness. This feeling is enhanced by the camp's position on the floodplain of Lake Manze. Renowned for its excellent resident game, the camp is right next to an elephant walkway, who love the Doum Palm trees!

Superior Tented Camp

Serengeti Safari Camp

Nomad are one of the longest running safari companies in Tanzania with camps and lodges in every corner of the country. We love the Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp as it is a mobile camp following the migration inside the Serengeti National Park, with private vehicles and some excellent guiding. Out of all the mobile operators Nomad earns extra respect for following the migration with every move, not just in peak tourist season.

Superior Tented Camp

Asilia Namiri Plains Camp

Namiri Plains is a must to any cheetah enthusiast. The cheetah numbers here are vast and there’s plenty of everything else too. Being owned by Asilia, Namiri Plains will most certainly deliver a world class safari experience. It’s not often that new areas open up in the Serengeti so we highly recommend a stay here.

Superior Tented Camp

Kigelia Camp

Kigelia is the least commercial product in Ruaha and offers a unique product. Owned and run by Nomad, this eco focused camp blends in extremely well with its environment, aided by very good guides and a great camp character. Although it is rather basic in design, the high quality is obvious throughout your stay. It is a top choice for a Ruaha safari.

Superior Safari Lodge

Ikuka Safari Camp

Ikuka, in Ruaha really stands out from the others in the park as it only has 6 bandas and sits perched on an incredible escarpment with the best views of Ruaha National Park. Behind all great lodges are great people; Mark who was born and brought up in the Ruaha area and is the chap behind all the guiding and walking safaris. Expect an intimate, relaxed and luxurious safari here with great views and top guiding.

Deluxe Safari Lodge

Asilia Sayari Mara Camp

Sayari is one of the best camps in the north of the Serengeti. It is a beautifully stylish and well furnished camp that combines luxury with a fantastic point for game viewing. The food is impressive and the all round service is of a very high standard. The north of the Serengeti offers a very private experience. It’s a once in a life time opportunity to see the great migration without huge numbers of other vehicles ruining your picture!

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This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators would cost from $5,722pp. Pricing varies by accommodation class, and can be tailored to suit your budget.

Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

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