This breathtaking overland journey offers a rare extensive safari experience of northern Tanzania. Highlights include discovering the dry savannah of Tarangire, lesser-visited Lake Victoria, the animal-rich plains of the Serengeti and the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater, while staying in a selection of superbly located camps and lodges.

• Arusha: 1 night
• Tarangire: 2 nights
• Ngorongoro Crater: 2 nights
• Serengeti (western corridor): 2 nights
• Lake Victoria: 2 nights
• Serengeti (south west): 2 nights
• Lake Manyara: 2 nights

15nights Safari
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE

This breathtaking overland journey offers the ultimate safari experience in Tanzania. Highlights include discovering the dry savannah of Tarangire, the animal-rich plains of the Serengeti and the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater, plus picnic lunches to allow for full-day game drives, and cultural visits that give you an insight into the traditional way of life.

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

14nights 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 your hotel. The Mount Meru Hotel sits in nine acres of landscaped gardens in the foothills of Mount Meru and is ideal for a relaxed stay ahead of your safari. Stay: Mount Meru Hotel (or similar). D.

Day 3: Arusha to Tarangire This morning set off on a tour of the often overlooked Arusha National Park, dominated by a beautiful backdrop of Mount Meru. Visit Ngurudoto Crater and the Momella lakes – a group of shallow alkaline lakes, which are home to many water birds including flamingos, Egyptian geese and fowls. Have lunch in Arusha before departing for Tarangire with a game drive en route to your lodge, which lies hidden amidst the ancient baobabs and grasslands of the National Park. Tarangire Sopa Lodge was built to blend harmoniously with its surroundings, and no fences around the lodge allows for up-close wildlife viewing. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours. Stay: Tarangire Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 4: Tarangire Embark on morning and afternoon game drives in Tarangire National Park, a highly dense bushland dominated by the valley of the Tarangire River and attracting abundant wildlife. It’s likely that you’ll encounter elephants and brightly coloured birds who love the dry savannah. Stay: Tarangire Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Tarangire to Ngorongoro On your journey to the Ngorongoro Crater, you’ll stop for a home-cooked lunch at Gibb’s Farm; a historic, organic coffee growing plantation. You’ll then get to take a look around this working farm, which dates back to 1929, on a coffee roasting tour and garden walk. Continue to the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, perched on the northern crater rim with traditional circular African houses, a swimming pool and spectacular sunsets. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours. Stay: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Ngorongoro Wake early for a morning game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater; the largest intact crater in the world with forest areas inhabited by elephants and open savannah where lions roam. An early start will allow you to be one of the first vehicles into the crater. This afternoon you’ll make a short visit to a Maasai village for an insight into local life. Stay: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Ngorongoro to Serengeti Western Corridor Depart with a picnic lunch and enter the Serengeti National Park. Hope to spot the Big Five as well as cheetah, giraffe, hippo and warthog. Tonight you’ll stay at Mbalageti Serengeti in the Serengeti’s famous western corridor. This charming camp has panoramic views of the Serengeti plains and the seasonal Mbalageti River. There’s a large main lodge with rooms, but we’ve chosen accommodation in the tented chalets. Under thatch, with a back wall of local rock, a wooden floor, thatched roof and tented sides, the chalets offer a secluded safari experience in the Serengeti. After a day’s game drive, relax in the lounge loft or take a refreshing dip in the pool. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours. Stay: Mbalageti Serengeti (or similar).  B, L, D.

Day 8: Serengeti Western Corridor Head out on morning and afternoon game drives in the wildlife-rich western corridor close to the Grumeti River. Stay: Mbalageti Serengeti (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 9: Serengeti Western Corridor to Lake Victoria Drive through the western corridor to Serenity on the Lake – an eco-resort that sits in lush gardens on the shores of Lake Victoria. After lunch enjoy a guided nature walk and go bird watching. Approx. journey time: 4 hours. Stay: Serenity on the Lake (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 10: Lake Victoria This morning you’ll be picked up from your lodge by local fishermen and rowed along the shore bank on a traditional canoe ride to a nearby village. Here you’ll learn about the different methods of fishing and the local way of life. Return to the lodge for lunch. How you spend your afternoon is up to you, with time at leisure or a further opportunity to go bird watching along the shore. Stay: Serenity on the Lake (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 11: Lake Victoria to Central Serengeti Drive back into the Serengeti, viewing wildlife and enjoying a picnic lunch en route to your second Serengeti lodge, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti. The main building’s flat roof allows space for sundowners, there are excellent views from the dining area. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours. Stay: Serengeti Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 12: Central Serengeti Today there’s the option of taking flight on a hot-air balloon safari over the plains at sunrise. Alternatively, head back into the National Park on a full day game drive. Stay: Serengeti Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 13: Central Serengeti to Lake Manyara Drive to the archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge and the Cradle of Mankind before continuing on to Lake Manyara with a picnic lunch en route. Your accommodation here is the Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge. 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 a fireplace, bathtub, indoor and outdoor shower and private balcony. Outside there’s a large rim-flow pool and fire pit. As a lovely little extra, afternoon tea is included. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours. Stay: Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 14: Lake Manyara Set off on a morning game drive around the lakeshore in Lake Manyara National Park. After lunch, there’ll be an afternoon visit to the colourful market town of Mto wa Mbu which has been used as a trading post by several tribes for centuries. It’s the only place where you can hear the four major African language groups spoken in the same area. Enjoy a guided tour, with visits to local homes, farmlands, resident bars, a school and church. Stay: Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 15: Lake Manyara to Arusha Return to Arusha (approx. journey time: 2 hours) for lunch then transfer to Kilimanjaro for your return flight to the UK, arriving the following day. B, L.


Stay longer

Zanzibar 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.

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

Day 2: Arusha On arrival, transfer to your hotel. The Mount Meru Hotel sits in nine acres of landscaped gardens in the foothills of Mount Meru and is ideal for a relaxed stay ahead of your safari. Stay: Mount Meru Hotel (or similar). D.

Day 3: Arusha to Tarangire This morning set off on a tour of the often overlooked Arusha National Park, dominated by a beautiful backdrop of Mount Meru. Visit the volcanic Ngurudoto Crater and the Momella lakes – a group of shallow alkaline lakes, which are home to many water birds including flamingos, Egyptian geese and fowls. Have lunch in Arusha before departing for Tarangire with a game drive on the way to your lodge, which lies hidden amidst the ancient baobabs and grasslands of the National Park. The simple Tarangire Sopa Lodge was built to blend harmoniously with its surroundings, and has no fences to allow for up-close wildlife viewing. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours. Stay: Tarangire Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 4: Tarangire Embark on morning and late afternoon game drives in the Tarangire National Park, a highly dense bushland with huge baobab trees, dominated by the valley of the Tarangire River. It’s likely that you’ll encounter elephants and brightly coloured birds who love the dry savannah, as well as gerenuk and eland. Keep an eye out for the park’s tree-climbing lions. You’ll have time to relax at the lodge between game drives. Stay: Tarangire Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Tarangire to Lake Eyasi After breakfast, drive to the scenic soda lake of Lake Eyasi on the southern border of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Arrive at this lesser-visited lake in time for lunch at your camp. This afternoon, meet the people that belong to the Nilotic-speaking Datoga tribe. Visit their homesteads and learn about the local way of life. Spend the night at the simple Kisima Ngeda Camp – a small and natural safari camp with thatched tents that’s part of a 200-acre family-owned farm on the edge of the lake. Stay: Kisima Ngeda Camp (or similar). Approx. journey time: 2 hours. B, L, D.

Day 6: Lake Eyasi to Ngorongoro Have breakfast the camp, then head off on a morning visit to a local village where you’ll meet the Hadzabe tribe and see a demonstration of traditional bushmen skills. Drive over the Ngorongoro Highlands to the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge on the western rim of the crater for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. The Serena is a unique low-rise stone lodge with glorious views over the crater. Approx. journey time: 1½ hours. Stay: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Ngorongoro Wake early for breakfast before setting off on a full-day game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater; the largest intact crater in the world with forest areas inhabited by elephants and open savannah where lions roam. Descend 600 metres to the crater floor and enjoy a picnic lunch. Stay: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 8: Ngorongoro to Central Serengeti Leave Ngorongoro after breakfast and drive to 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. This vast park teems with wildlife from small herbivores to large predators like lion, leopard and cheetah. Have lunch and dinner at your lodge. Approx. journey time: 6½ hours. Stay: Serengeti Serena Lodge. B, L, D.

Day 9: Central Serengeti Spend the whole day exploring the Serengeti on a full-day game drive with a picnic lunch. This will give you a front-row seat to some of the greatest nature shows on earth and offers the best chances of seeing the Big Five out on the open plains. Stay: Serengeti Serena Lodge. B, L, D.

Day 10: Central Serengeti to Serengeti Western Corridor Leave the Serena after breakfast and head towards the Serengeti’s famous western corridor. The Serengeti is broadly divided into four areas, with the annual great wildebeest migration passing through the areas at different times of year. You’ll get to appreciate the vastness of the park on a leisurely game drive on the way to Mbalageti Serengeti. This charming camp has panoramic views of the Serengeti plains and the seasonal Mbalageti River and has a refreshing swimming pool. Arrive in time for lunch and then go on an afternoon game drive. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours. Stay: Mbalageti Serengeti (or similar).  B, L, D.

Day 11: Serengeti Western Corridor Head out on a full-day game drive in the wildlife-rich western corridor close to the Grumeti River. You’ll take a picnic with you so that you don’t need to return to camp for lunch and can make the most of the incredible wildlife-viewing opportunities. Stay: Mbalageti Serengeti (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 12: Serengeti Western Corridor to Lake Manyara Drive via the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge – a rustic-luxe lodge with a rim-flow pool and stunning views over Lake Manyara. You’ll have a picnic lunch on the journey and arrive at the lodge in the late afternoon for an evening at leisure. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours. Stay: Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 13: Lake Manyara Set off on a half-day game drive around the lakeshore in Lake Manyara National Park. 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, there’ll be an afternoon visit to the colourful market town of Mto wa Mbu which has been used as a trading post by several tribes for centuries. It’s the only place where you can hear the four major African language groups spoken in the same area. Enjoy a guided tour, with visits to local homes, farmlands, resident bars, a school and church. Stay: Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 14: Lake Manyara to Arusha Return to Arusha (approx. journey time: 2 hours) for lunch then transfer to Kilimanjaro for your return flight to the UK, arriving the following day. B, L.


Stay longer

Zanzibar 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?

If you have time to really experience the region, this comprehensive safari visits five national parks and provides an insight into local life along the way.

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
• Long but rewarding days, with journeys of between 1 and 5 hours between destinations, plus stops for game viewing and convenience
• A relaxed and informal environment; casual, comfortable clothing is fine even in the evenings.

Accommodation on tour

In Tarangire, hidden amidst grasslands and ancient baobabs, Tarangire Sopa Lodge is unfenced for up-close wildlife viewing. In the Serengeti you’ll stay both under canvas and at a hotel-style lodge; in the western corridor, Mbalageti Serengeti has sweeping views across the vast plains, while in the central Serengeti, the Serengeti Sopa Lodge has a vibrant design, with a flat roof that provides the perfect spot for sundowners.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £440

Is this for you?

If you have time to really experience the region, this comprehensive safari visits five national parks and provides an insight into local life along the way.

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
• Long but rewarding days, with journeys of between 1 and 5 hours between destinations, plus stops for game viewing and convenience
• A relaxed and informal environment; casual, comfortable clothing is fine even in the evenings
• Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

Accommodation on tour

We’ve included a diverse range of camps and lodges on this ultimate safari experience. Kisima Ngeda is a tiny tented camp with just seven thatched tents on the shores of Lake Eyasi. It’s a simple base on a 200-acre family-owned farm in an area of total wilderness. Towards the end of your safari, Lake Manyara Kilimamoja offers a splash of rustic luxury, with a refreshing pool in lush landscaped gardens.

Single travellers

Sole-use room from £5894

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 Aug 04; Sep 08; Nov 10

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 £985 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 £1198 per person

Excursions

Day 12: Balloon Safari from £521 per person

Tour dates

2020 Feb 09; Mar 15; May 03, 17, 31; Jun 21; Jul 19; Aug 02; Sep 06, 20; Oct 04, 18; Nov 08

2021 Feb 07; Mar 14; May 02, 16, 30; Jun 20; Jul 18; Aug 01; Sep 05, 19; Oct 03, 17; Nov 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.

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 £6475 per person

Excursions

Day 9: Balloon Safari from £557 per person

Kuoni highlights

We’ve included Lake Victoria on this longer itinerary – it’s a lovely leisurely destination for enjoying less traditional safari activities such as canoe rides, nature walks and village visits. You’ll also have lunch at Gibb’s Farm and see Olduvai Gorge. We’ve combined these experiences with Tanzania’s most iconic wildlife viewing, with a morning game drive in the wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater and stays in two different areas of the Serengeti.

Kuoni highlights

You’ll stay in two different areas of the vast Serengeti, and full-day game drives in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater will give you extra time in the best wildlife-viewing spots. This tour also includes cultural visits to two local tribes – you’ll meet the Nilotic-speaking Datoga tribe and the Hadzabe tribe – and a trip to a unique farming village that’s home to over 120 tribes from all over Africa.