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Premium Tanzania

Premium Tanzania

From $ 8,865 AUD

Description

Prepare yourself to be wowed on an in-depth exploration of Tanzania’s natural wonders on an eight-day Premium adventure. Enjoy a front row seat as the spectacular landscapes and wildlife of Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park unfold in front of you on an exciting series of four-wheel drive game drives. Stay in the heart of these incredible national reserves, returning to a welcoming camp after days exploring the plains with local guides who have grown up on the land. Dine beneath the stars, sip drinks at sunset and fall asleep to the sounds of East Africa.

Trip Name
Premium Tanzania
Last Updated
2024-03-02
Days
8
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Seek out the best wildlife viewing experiences available while you explore the diverse Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park on an exciting series of morning and afternoon 4x4 game drives. Look out for zebras, elephants, lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, hippos and more!
  • Spend two amazing nights at your Feature Stay in the heart of the Serengeti. With no fences, this magnificent eco-friendly camp allows you to connect with your wild surroundings without sacrificing modern comforts.
  • Venture through the spectacular World Heritage-listed Ngorongoro Crater in open top 4x4 vehicles. Be astounded by a vast array of wildlife and enjoy a bush picnic lunch on the crater floor.
  • Stay at a diverse variety of accommodations to experience Tanzania uniquely. From tented camps in the heart of the Serengeti to cozy cottages on an active farm, these eco-lodges, camps, and fine hotels will give you access to nature, wildlife, and comfort in equal measure.
  • Get a glimpse of local life when you explore a farmers market and taste local in-season fruits, and learn all about coffee production on a tour in the Karatu highlands.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project. Donations support their Partner for Responsible Travel program which recognises and monitors tour operators committed to the ethical treatment of mountain crew in Kilimanjaro.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It's important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, political unrest or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. Your group leader or local representative will keep you up to date with any such changes once your trip is underway. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance fees only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your group leader or local representative know you are interested at the Welcome Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and group leader or local representative are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. ROAD CONDITIONS AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN AFRICA: Roads in Africa are often in very poor condition, which makes it hard on our vehicles. Our vehicles are serviced regularly and are generally in good condition, but breakdowns can and do happen. Sometimes the going on this trip is quite tough, the distances covered fairly large and some of the roads and tracks are not exactly smooth or free from dust, but the rewards are exceptional. The travelling times indicated in our Essential Trip Information is just a rough guide and is dependent on various factors that may be outside our control, such as road conditions, weather and time spent at borders. DRIVE TIMES: The travel times listed in the day to day itinerary are a guide only. Please be aware that delays may occur and please be patient - it's all part of the experience afterall! Additionally, the travel times do not include time spent on game drives as these can vary with each departure.

Day 1 - Arusha
Welcome to Tanzania! Your adventure begins in Arusha, your gateway to the incredible national parks of Tanzania. On arrival to Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. There will be an important welcome meeting here at 6pm this evening, where you will meet your local leader and the rest of your small group. Nestled on the woodland slopes of Mount Meru in the heart of a traditional coffee farm, your hotel offers fantastic views of Lake Duluti. If you arrive with time to spare, you may like to visit the Natural History Museum or head to the Ngaramtoni Market for some exceptional handicraft shopping. After your meeting, join your leader and fellow travellers with a toast to the beginning of a new adventure and enjoy your stunning surroundings over dinner.
Day 2 - Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, drive on to Tarangire National Park, dotted with soaring baobab trees and varied wildlife. The area experiences its own small-scale migration, as animals travel from Tarangire to Lake Manyara in search of water and grass. Your accommodation here is a permanent tented camp in the heart of the park with wonderful views of the Tarangire River. During the migration periods, you may be lucky enough to witness zebras, wildebeest and elephants passing by the veranda of your tent – a true African bush experience. In the afternoon, set out into the park for a four-wheel drive (4x4) game drive in search of wonderful wildlife.
Day 3 - Ngorongoro Highlands
Rise early for a thrilling 4x4 game drive. Tarangire National Park is populated with elephants, herds of cape buffalo, gazelles, Burchell’s zebras, giraffes and warthogs. Their predators also roam the park – look out for lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, jackals and even African wild dogs. If you look to the skies you’ll see the park’s abundant array of birdlife. Return to your camp for breakfast, then continue your journey to the Ngorongoro Highlands. Along the way, stop at a local farmers’ market for a look at local life. Watch traders and buyers haggle over the prices of a colourful array of fruits and vegetables – your leader will pick up some seasonal fruits for you to try yourself. This afternoon, you may like to relax, or perhaps head out for an optional bike ride, village walk or coffee tour. Speak to your leader for tips on how to get the most out of this wonderful area.
Day 4 - Serengeti National Park
Today, you will make your way to the wide-open plains of the Serengeti. Travel through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, skirting the mighty volcanic Ngorongoro Crater. Arrive at the 'Endless Plains' of the Serengeti; they span some 14,700 square kilometres, but their main claim to fame is 3 million or so animals. The wildlife most likely to be seen in the Serengeti are the wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, lion, cheetah, warthog, hyena, hippo and ostrich. This afternoon, head out on a 4x4 game drive in the southern regions of the Serengeti for your first look at the park’s unbelievable wildlife. In the evening, retire to your Feature Stay accommodation – a permanent tented camp located in the breathtaking wilderness of the Serengeti. With no fences, this magnificent eco-friendly camp allows you to really connect with your wild surroundings without sacrificing modern comforts. Each tent is equipped with en-suite bathrooms and large windows, providing an opportunity to spot wildlife from the comfort of your bed. The charming lounge area and dining tent are perfect for socialising with fellow travellers while taking in the mesmerising natural beauty of the surroundings. Tonight, you will enjoy dinner to a soundtrack of the wild Serengeti.
Day 5 - Serengeti National Park
The interactions between the many species of the Serengeti plains often provide some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the world. You may like to spend the morning game viewing on a hot air balloon safari over the great plains. Hot-air ballooning in East Africa can be an unforgettable experience and we strongly recommend booking this extra activity prior to departure if you're interested. Enjoy a full day of 4x4 game drives in the magnificent Serengeti. Watch the landscape change within the park from the vast treeless central plains to thick scrub and forest in the north. Linking these areas is the savannah, punctuated by acacia trees and magnificent rock outcrops. Start at sunrise with a morning game drive, then return to the camp in the middle of the day to escape the midday sun. Take some time to relax and enjoy a meal, then when it’s cooled down and the animals are more active, set out again for an afternoon game drive. Pull up in the park and enjoy a refreshing 'sundowner'; an iconic part of traditional safari life. Dating back to the great safaris of the 1920’s, there’s no better way to finish up an exciting day of wildlife viewing than gathering for drinks and nibbles while watching the sun go down. Return to camp in the evening for dinner.
Day 6 - Ngorongoro Highlands
This morning you will depart the Serengeti National Park and travel back to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area; one of Africa's most beautiful nature reserves and the world's largest intact caldera. Within this crater lies every type of ecosystem, including riverine forests, open plains, freshwater and alkaline lakes. The scenery is awe-inspiring as you descend almost 600 metres down to the crater floor. Within its 300 square kilometres lies a remarkable concentration of wildlife, so on your game drive you may see some, or all, of the 'big five' creatures that rule here, including the highly endangered black rhinoceros. On the crater floor, grassland blends into swamps, lakes, rivers, woodlands and hills. The Maasai are permitted to water their cattle at the permanent lake and can be seen leading their animals in and out of the crater. Enjoy a bush picnic lunch on the crater floor before continuing with your game drive. After your game drive, return to the Ngorongoro Highlands.
Day 7 - Ngorongoro Highlands
Enjoy a morning at leisure. Today you'll learn all about coffee, with a hands on tour covering the coffee process from seed, to bean, to cup. In the afternoon, spend some time relaxing by the pool, or speak to your leader about the other activities available.
Day 8 - Arusha
This morning, depart the lodge and make the drive back to Arusha. You should expect to arrive back in Arusha by lunchtime, at which point your adventure comes to an end. Please do not book any international flights departing before 6pm this evening to allow for any unexpected delays. If you would like to extend your stay in Arusha, additional accommodation can be booked in advance (subject to availability).

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
11-05-202418-05-2024AUD $ 8,865-
15-06-202422-06-2024AUD $ 8,950-
29-06-202406-07-2024AUD $ 9,305-
13-07-202420-07-2024AUD $ 9,655-
03-08-202410-08-2024AUD $ 9,750-
17-08-202424-08-2024AUD $ 9,655-
24-08-202431-08-2024AUD $ 9,845-
31-08-202407-09-2024AUD $ 10,615-
07-09-202414-09-2024AUD $ 9,295-
14-09-202421-09-2024AUD $ 9,390-
21-09-202428-09-2024AUD $ 9,390-
28-09-202405-10-2024AUD $ 9,575-
26-10-202402-11-2024AUD $ 9,205-
15-02-202522-02-2025AUD $ 9,560-
17-05-202524-05-2025AUD $ 9,305-
14-06-202521-06-2025AUD $ 9,305-
28-06-202505-07-2025AUD $ 9,305-
12-07-202519-07-2025AUD $ 9,385-
26-07-202502-08-2025AUD $ 9,385-
02-08-202509-08-2025AUD $ 9,385-
16-08-202523-08-2025AUD $ 9,385-
23-08-202530-08-2025AUD $ 9,385-
30-08-202506-09-2025AUD $ 9,385-
06-09-202513-09-2025AUD $ 9,385-
13-09-202520-09-2025AUD $ 9,385-
20-09-202527-09-2025AUD $ 9,385-
27-09-202504-10-2025AUD $ 9,385-
25-10-202501-11-2025AUD $ 9,385-
10-01-202617-01-2026AUD $ 9,385-

Accommodation

Hotel (4 night),Permanent tented camp (3 nights)

Transport

4x4 Safari Vehicle,Private vehicle

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