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 4x4
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

15nights Safari 4x4
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)
Meals: Dinner

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)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


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.

Uganda gorilla trekking 3 nights

Day 1: Entebbe Fly from Arusha to Entebbe and transfer to your hotel for the night. Stay: The Boma Hotel (or similar).

Day 2: Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park There’s an early start this morning as you are picked up and transferred to the airport for your flight to Kisoro airstrip in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The dramatic landscape of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is one of the best places in the world for gorilla sightings. This 32,000-hectare national park in south-eastern Uganda has a remarkable biodiversity, with more than 160 species of tree and over 100 types of fern. It’s home to many endangered species, from rare birds and butterflies to the majestic mountain gorilla. Your base here is the peaceful Chameleon Hill Lodge – a quirky and bright boutique hotel with 10 en-suite rooms. Stay: Chameleon Hill Lodge (or similar). B, L, D

Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park After an energising breakfast, head out on your gorilla trek. Register at the ranger station for a briefing before heading out into the undergrowth in search of mountain gorillas. Your permit to enter the park is one of a limited number and a non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place. After being assigned a gorilla family to visit, you’ll enter the park’s dense rainforest in search of these magnificent creatures, accompanied by experienced guides. Your trek could last anywhere from half an hour to seven hours, depending on the location of the gorillas. You might spot young gorillas climbing and playing, or a mother with a tiny wide-eyed baby. And just being close to a huge silverback is enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. All precautions are taken to protect the gorillas. Viewing times are limited to one hour, there’s a maximum of eight people per group, and only one visit to each gorilla family per day. This makes the experience not only exclusive; it offers peace of mind too. This afternoon you'll visit a Batwa pygmy community and learn about the ways they depend on the forest for survival, like harnessing honey, using shrubs for medicine and constructing huts from trees, leaves and climbing plants. Stay: Chameleon Hill Lodge (or similar). B, L, D

Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Fly to Entebbe for your return flight to the UK.

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)
Meals: Dinner

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)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


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.

Uganda gorilla trekking 3 nights

Day 1: Entebbe Fly from Arusha to Entebbe and transfer to your hotel for the night. Stay: The Boma Hotel (or similar).

Day 2: Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park There’s an early start this morning as you are picked up and transferred to the airport for your flight to Kisoro airstrip in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The dramatic landscape of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is one of the best places in the world for gorilla sightings. This 32,000-hectare national park in south-eastern Uganda has a remarkable biodiversity, with more than 160 species of tree and over 100 types of fern. It’s home to many endangered species, from rare birds and butterflies to the majestic mountain gorilla. Your base here is the peaceful Chameleon Hill Lodge – a quirky and bright boutique hotel with 10 en-suite rooms. Stay: Chameleon Hill Lodge (or similar). B, L, D

Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park After an energising breakfast, head out on your gorilla trek. Register at the ranger station for a briefing before heading out into the undergrowth in search of mountain gorillas. Your permit to enter the park is one of a limited number and a non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place. After being assigned a gorilla family to visit, you’ll enter the park’s dense rainforest in search of these magnificent creatures, accompanied by experienced guides. Your trek could last anywhere from half an hour to seven hours, depending on the location of the gorillas. You might spot young gorillas climbing and playing, or a mother with a tiny wide-eyed baby. And just being close to a huge silverback is enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. All precautions are taken to protect the gorillas. Viewing times are limited to one hour, there’s a maximum of eight people per group, and only one visit to each gorilla family per day. This makes the experience not only exclusive; it offers peace of mind too. This afternoon you'll visit a Batwa pygmy community and learn about the ways they depend on the forest for survival, like harnessing honey, using shrubs for medicine and constructing huts from trees, leaves and climbing plants. Stay: Chameleon Hill Lodge (or similar). B, L, D

Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Fly to Entebbe for your return flight to the UK.

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.

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.

Solo travellers

Sole-use room from £5894

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.

Solo travellers

Sole-use room from £5894

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2020 Oct 04; Nov 08

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

Tour dates

2021 Jun 20; Aug 01; Oct 03
2021 Feb 06; Jun 19; Jul 31; Oct 02

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

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.

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.