Classical Tanzania offers the ultimate all-round experience of Tanzania’s popular northern circuit. It combines quality lodges that sit in fantastic locations with scenic overland journeys and superb wildlife viewing, and includes the convenience of a thrilling light aircraft flight from the Serengeti back to Arusha on your final day.

• Arusha: 1 night

• Lake Manyara: 1 night

• Ngorongoro: 2 nights

• Serengeti (central): 2 nights

• Serengeti (western corridor): 1 night

8nights Safari
NATURE
CULTURE
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The Classic Tanzania Safari offers the ultimate all-round experience of Tanzania’s popular northern circuit. It combines quality lodges that sit in fantastic locations with scenic overland journeys and superb wildlife viewing, and includes the convenience of a thrilling light aircraft flight from the Serengeti back to Arusha on your final day.

• Arusha: 1 night
• Lake Manyara: 1 night
• Ngorongoro: 2 nights
• Serengeti (central): 2 nights
• Serengeti (western corridor): 1 night

9nights Safari
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Arusha Depart the UK on your flight to Arusha via Amsterdam. On arrival, transfer to the Lake Duluti Serena Hotel just outside Arusha. At the gateway of Tanzania’s northern circuit, nestled at the foot of Mount Meru, this Serena hotel sits in beautiful gardens on the shores of tranquil Lake Duluti and makes for a lovely relaxed first night ahead of your safari. Built on the site of a colonial coffee farm, it’s designed to echo its traditional origins with rooms in thatched cottages grouped around the flower-filled ‘village square’. Stay: Lake Duluti Serena Hotel.

Day 2: Arusha to Lake Manyara After breakfast you’ll depart for Lake Manyara National Park, passing through African villages and coffee and banana plantations en route. The national park is located at the base of the Rift Valley Escarpment with a seasonal shallow soda lake that attracts numerous animals. A small but scenic park, it is richly populated, home to lions lazing in sausage trees, herds of elephant, large troops of baboons, pods of wallowing hippo and clouds of pink flamingo – although the number of birds here fluctuates depending on the water level, so it’s best to check if this is your main reason for visiting. After lunch at the Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, enjoy a game drive in the park and then return to the lodge for the night. Standing high on a bluff, the Serena has some of the best views around and offers easy access to the national park. The infinity pool is a focal point, with a pool bar encouraging you to soak up the views for longer. Comfortable rooms are housed in traditional, yet quite quirky, whitewashed rondavels dotted throughout the pretty grounds. Tonight there’ll be a welcome dinner for you and your group. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge. B, L, D.

Day 3: Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro Set off on a morning game drive around the shores of Lake Manyara. Then depart for Ngorongoro, stopping for lunch en route at Gibb’s Farm – a 1920s coffee farm that has been sensitively restored to become a peaceful guesthouse that sits in floral gardens. Afterwards, you will have the privilege to visit the Iraqw tribespeople for the chance to learn about their culture, beliefs and even join them for a spot of dancing, before travelling on to the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge. This unique low-rise stone lodge is the only lodge on the western edge of the crater and seems to rise out of the natural environment. Its position makes for witnessing glorious sunrises. During your stay here you’ll have access to your own rock-enclosed balcony with uninterrupted crater views. Tonight, together with your group, decide what time you wish to start your full-day game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater. If you leave around 5.30am you’ll be one of the first vehicles into the crater, and a picnic breakfast will ensure that you won’t go hungry. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge. B, L, D.

Day 4: Ngorongoro The early start this morning will be more than worth it for the chance to spend a full day in the Ngorongoro Crater with a picnic lunch overlooking a small hippo lake. Descend 600 metres down the rim to explore the stunning crater and its wildlife. Discover landscapes of forest, lakes and open grassland and hope to spot a large number of wildlife – the crater is home to the densest concentration of wildlife in Africa after all. Return to the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge late in the afternoon. Stay: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge. B, L, D.

Day 5: Ngorongoro to Central Serengeti Today you’ll visit Olduvai Gorge – a steep-sided ravine that is one of the world’s richest and best preserved archaeological and paleontological sites – before entering the world-famous Serengeti National Park that offers the chance to spot the Big Five, big cats and some unforgettable sights. After lunch, enjoy a game drive in the park and overnight at the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge. With panoramic views across the Serengeti plains and a series of charming domed rondavels blending into the hillside landscape, this is one of Serena’s most picturesque lodges. Although there are 66 rooms, the African-style rondavels are so well spaced out in the acacia groves that there’s an air of privacy, and there’s no mistaking that you’re right in the middle of the bush. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours. Stay: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge. B, L, D.

Day 6: Central Serengeti This morning you may like to take an optional balloon flight over the Serengeti, offering some amazing views of the Serengeti’s vast open plains. Then enjoy morning and afternoon game drives, looking out for the big cats and much more. Stay: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge. B, L, D.

Day 7: Central Serengeti to 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. The western corridor is possibly the most famous and you’ll get to appreciate the vastness of the park on a game drive en route to your next destination for lunch followed by an afternoon game drive. Tonight you will stay at the Serena group’s most exclusive safari accommodation – Kirawira Serena Tented Camp. This colonial-style camp aims to emulate the classic ‘Out of Africa’ experience. It’s a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and has just 25 tents that are raised on timber platforms. Kirawira has superb views over the plains and offers the classic tented camp safari experience. Stay: Kirawira Serena Tented Camp. B, L, D.

Day 8: Serengeti Western Corridor to Arusha Set off for the Grumeti airstrip, where you’ll fly by light aircraft to Arusha, gaining a different perspective of Tanzania’s landscape. This is a wonderfully classic way – following in the footsteps of the adventurers of the 1920s – to complete your Tanzania safari. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours. On arrival in Arusha you will then have lunch and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK via Amsterdam, arriving the following day. B, L.


Stay longer

Zanzibar beach 3 nights Just a short flight from Arusha, the exotic ‘spice island’ of Zanzibar is the perfect post-safari tonic. The historic part of its capital (Zanzibar Town) is UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stone Town. This coastal city is a real mix of cultural influences, with labyrinthine alleyways, Sultan’s palaces, weathered historic buildings, intricate architectural details and vibrant markets. Stone Town is where you’ll find Zanzibar’s main cultural sightseeing, but it’s also worth taking a tour of the traditional farms, which grow cloves, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg, for an insight into the spices that have such an influence on the local cuisine. The ‘stay longer’ reason here is Zanzibar’s palm-fringed sands, lapped by warm Indian Ocean waters. Regularly voted among the world’s best beaches, you can spend your days soaking up the sun, enjoying pampering spa treatments, trying your hand at watersports and snorkelling among the colourful corals.

Maldives 3 nights With private islands of dazzling white sands and swaying palms surrounded by marine-rich crystal blue waters, the Maldives is the ultimate beach stay following a Tanzania safari. This picture-perfect archipelago has a great choice of island resorts and is perfect for honeymooners or those travelling for a special occasion (Flights from Africa operate via Doha).

Day 1: UK to Arusha Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Arusha.

Day 2: Arusha On arrival, transfer to the Lake Duluti Serena Hotel just outside Arusha. At the gateway of Tanzania’s northern circuit, nestled at the foot of Mount Meru, this Serena hotel sits in beautiful gardens on the shores of tranquil Lake Duluti and makes for a lovely relaxed first night ahead of your safari. Built on the site of a colonial coffee farm, it’s designed to echo its traditional origins with rooms in thatched cottages grouped around the flower-filled ‘village square’. Tonight there’ll be a welcome dinner and safari briefing for you and your group. Stay: Lake Duluti Serena Hotel (or similar). D.

Day 3: Arusha to Lake Manyara After breakfast you’ll depart for Lake Manyara National Park, passing through African villages and coffee and banana plantations en route. The national park is located at the base of the Rift Valley Escarpment with a seasonal shallow soda lake that attracts numerous animals. A small but scenic park, it is richly populated, home to lions lazing in sausage trees, herds of elephant, large troops of baboons, pods of wallowing hippo and clouds of pink flamingo – although the number of birds here fluctuates depending on the water level, so it’s best to check if this is your main reason for visiting. After lunch at the Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, enjoy a game drive in the park and then return to the lodge for the night. Standing high on a bluff, the Serena has some of the best views around and offers easy access to the national park. The infinity pool is a focal point, with a pool bar encouraging you to soak up the views for longer. Comfortable rooms are housed in traditional, yet quite quirky, white-washed rondavels dotted throughout the pretty grounds. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 4: Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro Set off on a morning game drive around the shores of Lake Manyara. Then depart for Ngorongoro, stopping for lunch en route at Gibb’s Farm – a 1920s coffee farm that has been sensitively restored to become a peaceful guesthouse that sits in floral gardens. Afterwards, you will have the privilege to visit the Iraqw tribespeople for the chance to learn about their culture, beliefs and even join them for a spot of dancing, before travelling on to the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge. This unique low-rise stone lodge is the only lodge on the western edge of the crater and seems to rise out of the natural environment. Its position makes for witnessing glorious sunrises. During your stay here you’ll have access to your own rock-enclosed balcony with uninterrupted crater views. Tonight, together with your group, decide what time you wish to start your full-day game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater. If you leave around 5.30am you’ll be one of the first vehicles into the crater, and a picnic breakfast will ensure that you won’t go hungry. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Ngorongoro The early start this morning will be more than worth it for the chance to spend a full day in the Ngorongoro Crater with a picnic lunch overlooking a small hippo lake. Descend 600 metres down the rim to explore the stunning crater and its wildlife. Discover landscapes of forest, lakes and open grassland and hope to spot a large number of wildlife – the crater is home to the densest concentration of wildlife in Africa after all. Return to the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge late in the afternoon. Stay: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Ngorongoro to Central Serengeti Today you’ll visit Olduvai Gorge – a steep-sided ravine that is one of the world’s richest and best preserved archaeological and paleontological sites – before entering the world-famous Serengeti National Park that offers the chance to spot the Big Five, big cats and some unforgettable sights. After lunch, enjoy a game drive in the park and overnight at the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge. With panoramic views across the Serengeti plains and a series of charming domed rondavels blending into the hillside landscape, this is one of Serena’s most picturesque lodges. Although there are 66 rooms, the African-style rondavels are so well spaced out in the acacia groves that there’s an air of privacy, and there’s no mistaking that you’re right in the middle of the bush. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours. Stay: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Central Serengeti This morning you may like to take an optional balloon flight over the Serengeti, offering some amazing views of the Serengeti’s vast open plains. Then enjoy morning and afternoon game drives, looking out for the big cats and much more. Stay: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge (or similar). B L, D.

Day 8: Central Serengeti to 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. The western corridor is possibly the most famous and you’ll get to appreciate the vastness of the park on a game drive en route to your next destination for lunch followed by an afternoon game drive. Tonight you will stay at the Serena group’s most exclusive safari accommodation – Kirawira Serena Tented Camp. This colonial-style camp aims to emulate the classic ‘Out of Africa’ experience. It’s a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and has just 25 tents that are raised on timber platforms. Kirawira has superb views over the plains and offers the classic tented camp safari experience. Stay: Kirawira Serena Tented Camp (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 9: Serengeti Western Corridor to Arusha Set off for the Grumeti airstrip, where you’ll fly by light aircraft to Arusha, gaining a different perspective of Tanzania’s landscape. This is a wonderfully classic way – following in the footsteps of the adventurers of the 1920s – to complete your Tanzania safari. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours. On arrival in Arusha you will then have lunch and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, arriving the following day. B, L.


Stay longer

Zanzibar beach 3 nights Just a short flight from Arusha, the exotic ‘spice island’ of Zanzibar is the perfect post-safari tonic. The historic part of its capital (Zanzibar Town) is UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stone Town. This coastal city is a real mix of cultural influences, with labyrinthine alleyways, Sultan’s palaces, weathered historic buildings, intricate architectural details and vibrant markets. Stone Town is where you’ll find Zanzibar’s main cultural sightseeing, but it’s also worth taking a tour of the traditional farms, which grow cloves, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg, for an insight into the spices that have such an influence on the local cuisine. The ‘stay longer’ reason here is Zanzibar’s palm-fringed sands, lapped by warm Indian Ocean waters. Regularly voted among the world’s best beaches, you can spend your days soaking up the sun, enjoying pampering spa treatments, trying your hand at watersports and snorkelling among the colourful corals.

Maldives 3 nights With private islands of dazzling white sands and swaying palms surrounded by marine-rich crystal blue waters, the Maldives is the ultimate beach stay following a Tanzania safari. This picture-perfect archipelago has a great choice of island resorts and is perfect for honeymooners or those travelling for a special occasion (Flights from Africa operate via Doha).

ABOUT THIS SAFARI

Is this for you?

A comprehensive discovery of the northern circuit, staying in great quality lodges with some thoughtful extras included.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed
• For guests over 7
• A maximum of 6 guests per vehicle
• Luggage must be in soft bags weighing a maximum of 15kg
• Extra luggage can be left in Arusha by arrangement prior to travel.

What to expect

• Time to get to know your group and guide
• A relaxed and informal environment; casual, comfortable clothing is fine even in the evenings.

Accommodation on tour

One of East Africa’s most recognised hotel groups, Serena’s lodges, camps and hotels all have a strong cultural influence and sense of place, with characterful designs and local touches. Ngorongoro Serena is a unique stone lodge that seems to rise out of the crater rim, and on your final night you’ll stay at Kirawira – a premium tented camp that emulates the classic ‘Out of Africa’ experience.

Single travellers

Dedicated departures recommended for single travellers: 12 Feb; 23 Jul 2017. No single supplement on selected dates

Is this for you?

A comprehensive discovery of the northern circuit, staying in great quality lodges with some thoughtful extras included.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed
• For guests over 7
• A maximum of 6 guests per vehicle
• Luggage must be in soft bags weighing a maximum of 15kg
• Extra luggage can be left in Arusha by arrangement prior to travel.

What to expect

• Time to get to know your group and guide
• A relaxed and informal environment; casual, comfortable clothing is fine even in the evenings.

Accommodation on tour

One of East Africa’s most recognised hotel groups, Serena’s lodges, camps and hotels all have a strong cultural influence and sense of place, with characterful designs and local touches. Ngorongoro Serena is a unique stone lodge that seems to rise out of the crater rim, and on your final night you’ll stay at Kirawira – a premium tented camp that emulates the classic ‘Out of Africa’ experience.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £115

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2017 Jan 29; Feb 12°; Mar 05, 19; May 14; Jun 04, 18; Jul 23°; Aug 06; Sep 03, 17; Oct 15; Nov 19

° Dedicated departure recommended for single travellers

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local driver/guides
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• 4x4 safari vehicles exclusively for Kuoni customers, with guaranteed window seats
• Park fees
• Guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private vehicle Upgrade to a private 4x4 with a driver/guide on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £766 per person

Excursions

Day 6: Hot-air balloon safari from £402 per person

Day-use room Pre-book a day room to relax and freshen up before your return flight from £45 per person.

Tour dates

2018 Jan 07; Feb 11; Mar 04, 18; May 13; Jun 03; Jul 01, 22; Aug 05, 12; Sep 16; Oct 14; Nov 18

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local driver/guides
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• 4x4 safari vehicles exclusively for Kuoni customers, with guaranteed window seats
• Park fees
• Guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private vehicle Upgrade to a private vehicle on the same itinerary from £679 per person

Private safari Upgrade to a private safari with a driver/guide on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £1063 per person

Excursions

Day 7: Balloon Safari from £462 per person

Day-use room Pre-book a day-room to relax and freshen up on arrival or before your return flight from £54 per person

Why Kuoni?

You’ll stay in two different areas of the vast Serengeti, and a full-day game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater with picnic lunch will give you extra time to spot its rich wildlife. Convenient extras will help you feel relaxed and unrushed. On arrival in Arusha you’ll have a night in a tranquil lakefront hotel ahead of your safari, and on your final day we’ve included a light aircraft flight from the Serengeti to Arusha to reduce travelling time.

Why Kuoni?

You’ll stay in two different areas of the vast Serengeti, and a full-day game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater with picnic lunch will give you extra time to spot its rich wildlife. Convenient extras will help you feel relaxed and unrushed. On arrival in Arusha you’ll have a night in a tranquil lakefront hotel ahead of your safari, and on your final day we’ve included a light aircraft flight from the Serengeti to Arusha to reduce travelling time.