A classic and affordable overland safari, the Ngorongoro Safari visits the key natural wonders of Tanzania’s northern circuit – the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti and Tarangire – and stays at good quality lodges in prime locations. Wake early as the sun rises to make the most of each enchanting day on this comprehensive itinerary.

• Arusha: 1 night

• Ngorongoro: 2 nights

• Serengeti: 2 nights

• Tarangire: 2 nights

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

Day 2: Arusha On arrival, transfer to the Kibo Palace Hotel – a welcoming hotel with a refreshing pool in landscaped grounds and views of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro. Stay: Kibo Palace Hotel (or similar).

Day 3: Arusha to Ngorongoro After breakfast depart in your 4x4 safari vehicle towards the awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater. You’ll pass through maize, coffee and banana plantations and a scenic escarpment on the edge of the Rift Valley with stunning views over the distant Lake Manyara. After a short stop, you’ll continue on your way to Ngorongoro and the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge in time for lunch. This large lodge is the only accommodation located on the quieter eastern rim of the crater and enjoys spectacular sunsets. Its design is themed around traditional circular African houses with stone walls and conical roofs. The rooms here are traditional, with earthy colours, exposed brickwork and wood-panelled ceilings, and have an indoor balcony area with floor-to-ceiling windows so that you can make the most of the view without being exposed to the chilly evening air. After lunch, you can enjoy the afternoon at leisure or embark on a guided walk along the crater rim with a driver/guide. Tonight there’ll be a welcome dinner for you and your group. Approx. journey time: 3½ hours. Stay: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 4: Ngorongoro Head out into the early morning mist and make the 600-metre descent into the crater on a morning game drive. Explore the distinct areas of forest, lakes and open grassland, hopefully spotting wildlife including the Big Five, cheetah and hyena. You’ll have to wait another day to see giraffe, topi and impala, which are interestingly absent due to the steep crater walls and lack of acacia trees. Return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, visit a local Maasai village. This two-hour cultural experience will introduce you to a local manyatta where generations of Maasai live along with their cattle and other livestock. You’ll meet with the village elder or guide and gain an insight into local life, speaking to the Maasai and watching a traditional song and dance performance. Afterwards, there’s the option to buy local curios. Stay: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Ngorongoro to Serengeti Drive to Olduvai Gorge, the ‘cradle of mankind’ where some of the earliest hominid remains were found, before continuing to the Serengeti plains for lunch at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti National Park – Tanzania’s most iconic national park that is rich in both views and wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for big cats lounging in the shade, herds of elephant, buffalo, eland, hyena, impala – and much more. You’ll then return to the Serengeti Sopa Lodge for the night. The design of the lodge is distinctly different to its fellow African lodges, with a flat roof that provides the perfect spot for sundowners, and a warm and colourful interior. The views from the lodge are one of its real highlights, reaching far across the Serengeti plains, and there’s good wildlife viewing year-round thanks to the surrounding acacia woodland and water supply. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours. Stay: Serengeti Sopa Lodge (or similar).  B, L, D.

Day 6: Serengeti A full day in the world-famous Serengeti awaits today with morning and afternoon game drives in search of the resident big game. There’s also the option to take an early morning hot-air balloon ride over the Serengeti plains. Sunrise in the Serengeti is a magical time of day and this is one of our most highly recommended safari experiences, perfectly finished off with a Champagne breakfast. Stay: Serengeti Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Serengeti to Tarangire Depart for the Rift Valley this morning with a beautiful lunch stop at Gibb’s Farm near Karatu in the heart of the highlands. Established as a coffee farm in the 1920s, this peaceful guesthouse is a charming property overlooking the Great Rift Valley and Ngorongoro forest. After lunch, continue on to Tarangire National Park. Dominated by baobab trees and huge elephant herds, this beautiful park is a haven for wildlife. It experiences distinct seasons, with the dry season (July to November) witnessing a large number of animals attracted to the reducing river – the area’s only permanent source of water. Tarangire’s lions and leopards can be spotted lounging in the branches of sausage trees and diverse birdlife here includes the ashy starling and yellow-collared lovebird. You’ll stay at the Tarangire Sopa Lodge, built to blend harmoniously with its bushland surroundings with an earthy-brown-roofed main building and rooms tucked away in traditional circular cottages. With no fences around the lodge, you’ll hopefully be able to witness up-close wildlife viewing – elephants can regularly be seen wandering through the grounds. Approx. journey time: 7 hours. Stay: Tarangire Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 8: Tarangire Embark on morning and afternoon game drives exploring the stunning riverine ecosystems of Tarangire. Stay: Tarangire Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 9: Tarangire to Arusha After breakfast, pass through the Maasai Steppe on your way back to Arusha (approx. journey time: 2½ hours) for lunch (unless travelling onwards for a beach stay, in which case you’ll go straight to the airport to waste no time in getting to Zanzibar’s white sands). 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.

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.

ABOUT THIS SAFARI

Is this for you?

This comprehensive overland safari will suit first-timers and repeat visitors. It’s ideal for those who want to fully experience Tanzania’s northern circuit.

Good to know

• This safari only operates in 2019
• For guests over 7 years old
• A maximum of 6 guests per vehicle
• Luggage must be in soft bags – try to pack lightly
• Extra luggage can be left in Arusha by arrangement prior to travel.

What to expect

• A couple of long but rewarding days, with journeys of 1-6 hours between destinations with stops for lunch, game viewing and convenience
• A relaxed and informal environment; casual, comfortable clothing is fine even in the evenings.

Themed itinerary

Private vehicle Upgrade to a private vehicle on the same itinerary and group departure date from £590 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 £823 per person

Accommodation on tour

On arrival, the Kibo Palace is a welcoming and well-located hotel to feel refreshed after your flight. On safari, all accommodation is managed by Sopa – a reputable brand with seven lodges that are all designed to reflect their surroundings. At Tarangire Sopa Lodge, there are no fences for up-close wildlife viewing; elephants can often be seen wandering through the grounds.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £65

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 Sep 07, 21; Oct 05, 19; Nov 16; Dec 07

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.

Excursions

Day 6: Balloon Safari from £521 per person

Kuoni highlights

A night in Arusha gives you the chance to relax after your flight. Fully refreshed, you’ll set off on scenic journeys with one of our expert local driver/guides. And while this itinerary is obviously focused on incredible wildlife viewing, we’ve included extra experiences including a Maasai village visit, a stop at Olduvai Gorge and lunch at Gibb’s Farm – a renovated 1920s coffee farm – to enhance your time in Tanzania.

Kuoni highlights