This concise safari is ideal for those seeking to discover the highlights of northern Tanzania, including the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater and open savannah of the Serengeti. With lovely lodges to stay in and a final night bush dinner experience, it’s the ideal itinerary ahead of a beach stay.

• Arusha: 1 night
• Lake Manyara: 1 night
• Serengeti: 2 nights
• Ngorongoro: 1 night

7nights Safari
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This concise safari is ideal for those seeking to discover the highlights of northern Tanzania, including the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater and open savannah of the Serengeti. With lovely lodges to stay in and a final night bush dinner experience, it’s the ideal itinerary ahead of a beach stay.

• Arusha: 1 night
• Lake Manyara: 1 night
• Serengeti: 2 nights
• Ngorongoro: 1 night

7nights Safari
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

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. Tonight you’ll have your safari briefing. Stay: Kibo Palace Hotel (or similar).

Day 3: Arusha to Lake Manyara Set off on safari, boarding your 4x4 vehicle for the two-hour drive to Lake Manyara and enjoying the first glimpses of Tanzania’s villages, coffee, maize and banana plantations as you go. Arrive at the Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge for lunch. Opened in 2015 and nestled on the rim of the Great African Rift Valley, this rustic-luxe lodge has stunning views over Lake Manyara. 50 classic suites all have stone feature walls, a fireplace, bathtub, indoor and outdoor shower and private balcony-with-a-view. In the main house you’ll find a lounge, dining room with table d’hote dining, spa, internet café, children’s activity room and TV room, while outside there’s a large rim-flow pool and fire pit. As a little extra, afternoon tea is included. After lunch enjoy an afternoon game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, home to hippos, elephants, flamingos, plains game and the famous tree-climbing lions that reside here. The landscape is a mix of dense forest, small open plains and lush waterside grasses, a feast for herbivores such as buffalo. Tonight there’ll be a welcome dinner for you and your group. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge (or similar). L, D.

Day 4: Lake Manyara to Serengeti This morning begin the long scenic drive north through the highlands to the world-renowned Serengeti National Park, arriving at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge in time for lunch. 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. This afternoon, board your safari vehicle for a game drive exploring the open plains in search of abundant wildlife. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight. Approx. journey time: 5 hours. Stay: Serengeti Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Serengeti Today there’s the option to take a hot-air balloon flight over the plains at sunrise to gain a whole new perspective of the Serengeti. Take flight and drift upwards as the sun rises; the bright pink-orange haze visible for miles across the vast savannah and the wildlife roaming below you. Then morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti await, seeking out the big cats, rhino, buffalo and giraffe that inhabit the vast open plains of this huge park which borders the Maasai Mara in its north-east corner. The sheer scale and seemingly endless horizon in this part of Africa is spellbinding. Stay: Serengeti Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Serengeti to Ngorongoro After breakfast depart for Ngorongoro, viewing game across the vast Serengeti plains, with the option to visit to the archaeological marvel of Olduvai Gorge − the discovery site of some of the earliest hominid remains. Lunch is a picnic en route. Continue on for an afternoon game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, one of nature’s wonders. Its collapsed volcanic crater is 12 miles in diameter and 600 metres deep. The fertile soil and lake attract a huge range of wildlife, and you’ll seek to discover them amongst the floor’s forests, grasses and plains. Dinner and overnight is at Oldeani Mountain Lodge, a colonial-style lodge located on a hillside above the quiet town of Karatu with far-reaching views. Accessed by a bridge over a pond, the property is set on 40 acres of lush gardens and is home to over 130 species of bird. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours. Stay: Oldeani Mountain Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Ngorongoro to Arusha This morning return to Arusha (approx.  journey time: 3 hours) for lunch before your return flight to the UK, arriving the following day. Alternatively, choose to extend your time in Africa with a beach stay. 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.

Combine with Selected 2019 Taste of Tanzania departure dates connect with our Taste of Kenya itinerary to form an extensive Kenya & Tanzania Safari.

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 Lake Manyara Set off on safari, boarding your 4x4 vehicle for the two-hour drive to Lake Manyara and enjoy the first glimpses of Tanzania’s villages, coffee, maize and banana plantations as you go. Arrive at the Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge for lunch. On the rim of the Great African Rift Valley, this rustic-luxe lodge has stunning views over Lake Manyara. After lunch enjoy an afternoon game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, home to hippos, elephants, flamingos, plains game and the famous tree-climbing lions that reside here. The landscape is a mix of dense forest, small open plains and lush waterside grasses, a feast for herbivores such as buffalo. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 4: Lake Manyara to Serengeti This morning begin the long scenic drive north through the highlands to the world-renowned Serengeti National Park, arriving at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge in time for lunch. 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. This afternoon, board your safari vehicle for a game drive exploring the open plains in search of abundant wildlife. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight. Approx. journey time: 5 hours. Stay: Serengeti Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Serengeti Today there’s the option to take a hot-air balloon flight over the plains at sunrise to gain a whole new perspective of the Serengeti. Take flight and drift upwards as the sun rises; the bright pink-orange haze visible for miles across the vast savannah and the wildlife roaming below you. Then a full-day game drive with picnic lunch in the Serengeti awaits, seeking out the big cats, rhino, buffalo and giraffe that inhabit the vast open plains of this huge park which borders the Maasai Mara in its north-east corner. The sheer scale and seemingly endless horizon in this part of Africa is spellbinding. Stay: Serengeti Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Serengeti to Ngorongoro After breakfast depart for Ngorongoro, viewing game across the vast Serengeti plains, with the option to visit the archaeological marvel of Olduvai Gorge − the discovery site of some of the earliest hominid remains. Lunch is a picnic en route. Continue on for an afternoon game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, one of nature’s wonders. Its collapsed volcanic crater is 12 miles in diameter and 600 metres deep. The fertile soil and lake attract a huge range of wildlife, and you’ll seek to discover them amongst the floor’s forests, grasses and plains. Dinner and overnight is at Oldeani Mountain Lodge, a colonial-style lodge located on a hillside above the quiet town of Karatu with far-reaching views. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours. Stay: Oldeani Mountain Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Ngorongoro to Arusha This morning return to Arusha (approx.  journey time: 3 hours) for lunch before your return flight to the UK, arriving the following day. Alternatively, choose to extend your time in Africa with a beach stay. 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.

Combine with Selected 2019 Taste of Tanzania departure dates connect with our Taste of Kenya itinerary to form an extensive Kenya & Tanzania Safari.

ABOUT THIS SAFARI

Is this for you?

This is the perfect option if you’re looking to combine a safari with a beach stay of your choice.

Good to know

• 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

• 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

The lodges on this safari all come with a view. You’ll stay at two deluxe lodges, where classically-furnished suites and afternoon tea come as standard. Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge is a rustic-luxe lodge overlooking the lake, while Oldeani Mountain Lodge is colonial-style with far reaching views. In the Serengeti, the Sopa Lodge has a flat roof that provides the perfect spot for sundowners and views across the Serengeti plains.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £340

Is this for you?

This is the perfect option if you’re looking to combine a safari with a beach stay of your choice.

Good to know

• For guests over 7 years old

• A maximum of 6 guests per vehicle

• Luggage must be in soft bags – try to pack lightly.

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
• Road journeys can be long and bumpy
• Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

Single travellers

Sole-use room from £4467

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 Feb 01, 08, 22; Apr 19; May 03, 17, 31; Jun 14, 28; Jul 19; Aug 02, 09, 23; Sep 13, 27; Oct 11, 18; Nov 01, 15

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 and group departure date from £425 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 £797 per person

Excursions

Day 5 Balloon Safari from £304 per person

Tour dates

2020 Feb 01, 08, 22; Apr 18; May 30; Jun 13, 27; Jul 18; Aug 01, 08, 22; Sep 12, 26; Oct 03, 10, 24, 31; Nov 07, 21

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 tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £4560 per person

Excursions

Day 7: Balloon Safari from £304 per person.

Kuoni highlights

This small group safari goes beyond offering unforgettable wildlife encounters. Little extras include afternoon tea at the lodges we’ve chosen in Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro and as a fitting end to your safari, a special ravine dinner experience will be arranged for you and your group. After a gentle walk to a secluded bush ravine site, you’ll enjoy a boma-style barbecue complete with Maasai dancing.

Kuoni highlights

This short small group safari explores world-class national parks and includes a full-day game drive in the most famous park of all: the Serengeti. Taste of Tanzania's duration means that it can be easily combined with another Africa experience, like relaxing on the soft sandy beaches of Zanzibar or – for the ultimate Africa wildlife adventure – gorilla trekking in Uganda.