The Serengeti & Tanzania's National Parks
9 nights. November 2019 - November 2020. From £3499.00.
Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the wonders and astonishing wildlife of the classic northern circuit
Journey to intoxicating East Africa. The vast protected national parks of the Great Rift Valley, the Endless Plains of the Serengeti, and Ngorongoro’s crater and grasslands are home to incredible array of wildlife and some of the world’s most ancient people. Encounter the endangered black rhino, innumerable elephants, myriad wildebeests – the leading actors in the annual drama of the Great Migration – and the big-cat predators that haunt their precarious passage through this unforgettable, primordial landscape.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsExperience Tanzania’s legendary wildlife and birdlife
Enjoy luxurious hotel and safari lodge stays
Explore the Tarangire National Park, with its swamplands and baobab forests
Admire Lake Manyara, and its flamingos and hippos
Spend three nights amongst the Serengeti’s Endless Plains
Visit Ngorongoro’s crater, home to 30,000 large mammals
Meet Maasai tribes people
Join early morning/late afternoon and/or full game drives in the company of expert guides
Eight nights’ carefully chosen full-board accommodation, plus one night on the aircraft
Return flights to Kilimanjaro, via Amsterdam
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by friendly, experienced tour mangers, drivers and expert safari guides Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly, via Amsterdam, to Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro International Airport, and upon arrival, meet your tour manager and make the short transfer to Arusha, to the Mount Meru Hotel. This luxurious hotel provides a welcome opportunity to rest and relax, enjoy the pool and perhaps, should you choose, enjoy dinner in a choice of restaurants.
Day TwoFollowing an early breakfast, journey across the Maasai Steppe into the Tarangire National Park, home to herds of African elephants and countless, towering baobab trees, some 1,000 years old. Enjoy lunch at the Tarangire Sopa Lodge, where you’ll stay this evening, after a first game drive during which, you might spot zebras, wildebeests, Gerenuk antelopes, might elephants and colourful birdlife. Return to the luxurious surroundings of your lodge, perhaps to enjoy the outdoor pool, before a sun-downer and dinner end a wonderful day.
Day ThreeContinue west towards the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, at the foot of which Lake Manyara National Park provides a refuge for flocks of flamingos and other water birds. Keep an eye out for elephants, hippos and remarkable tree-climbing lions – once thought unique to the area, but also seen in the Serengeti. Tonight’s accommodation, after an early evening game drive, offers extraordinary views over the lake from its lofty perch.
Day FourJourney further northwest, on a fascinating drive through the grasslands and on into the Serengeti, which alongside its Kenyan neighbour, the Maasai Mara, forms the world’s most famous game reserve. First protected in 1929, and declared a national park in 1951, UNESCO-listed and a Biosphere Reserve, the Serengeti – Maasai for Endless Plains – is dotted with ancient granite kopje outcrops and forms the backdrop to the annual Great Migration of some 2.5 million animals that follow the rains north and south, across the vast plains. Whenever you visit, expect to see zebras, wildebeests, lions, hyenas, giraffes, warthogs, leopards, buffalos and several deer species, as well as an abundance of birdlife. With a packed lunch provided by the lodge, and an en-route game drive prior to arriving at the luxurious Serengeti Serena Lodge, this will be one of the tour’s most exciting days.
Day Five & SixFrom your comfortable lodge base, enjoy two unforgettable days in the Serengeti, joining your guide for morning and afternoon drives, or taking a packed lunch and spending all day in the bush. Your guide will ensure you enjoy the best opportunities to view the game at the closest quarters. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit a Maasai village to learn about the traditional cattle herdsmen and the impact the modern world has had upon their lives. When not out on safari, make the most of the lodge’s amenities, including the infinity pool overlooking the plains, the comforts of your individual rondavel room, a scenic bar, barbecue area and traditionally carved dining room. Optional activities (payable locally) might include an unforgettable bush dinner or a once-in-a-lifetime early-morning balloon flight and bush breakfast.
Day SevenBid farewell to the Serengeti today and head into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, passing Olduvai Gorge, the cradle of mankind, where some of the earliest human-like remains were discovered. Journey on to the awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater, a 600-meter-deep, 19-kilometre wide blue-green refuge for an amazing array of grazing animals and their predators. Make your way to the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge on the crater’s rim.
Day EightBe prepared for sightings of elephants, rhinos, wildebeests and lions, as you make your way into the caldera on a last morning game drive. Passing the cones of extinct volcanoes, journey through this intoxicating terrain that features Lake Magadi and the dense acacia groves of the Leral Forest. Return for a late lunch at the lodge and enjoy a last afternoon and evening in this stunning location. Enjoy a final dinner, spent reflecting no doubt on the highlights of the past week.
Day NineBid farewell to Ngorongoro, and make the short journey back towards Kilimanjaro Airport, for your return overnight flight via Amsterdam, back to the UK.
Day 10Arrive back in the UK at the end of a truly wonderful African adventure of a lifetime. Back to top
AccommodationThe Serengeti & Tanzania's National Parks Touring Hotels
You will be staying in a series of high-quality, well-located hotels.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour and 30 minutes.
Passports and visasVisas are required by British Citizens travelling to Tanzania.
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Luggage allowanceYou are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.
Travel vaccinationsRequirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.
Changes to your hotelsShould circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure. Back to top