Hidden Tanzania

This tailormade Tanzania itinerary aims to show you not only some of the safari highlights of Tanzania. But it also of focuses on some of the scenic and cultural highlights which are often missed on those whistle-stop road safaris.

This is a fantastic and unusual drive-in, fly-out Tanzania safari. The drive in shows you the scenery of northern Tanzania and you get a real sense of the countryside. In a way that a fly-in safari can never do. But we fly out from the Serengeti which cuts down the driving dramatically at the end! So you get the best of both worlds.

In Hidden Tanzania, we take you via Lake Natron and the Rift Valley escarpment up to the northern reaches of the Serengeti. Not only is this a fascinating and very scenic alternative route to the north. But it also allows you to break your safari with some time of either adventure activities or relaxation at Lake Natron.

As this is a tailormade itinerary, we adapt which camps we recommend in the Serengeti by season. So below we give some suggestions of typical camps we may use. But the exact one in your quote will depend on the time of year and thus where the Great Migration is likely to be at that time.

Note: This is ideal

Hidden Tanzania at a Glance

1 night Arusha, Mount Meru Hotel or Onsea House, B&B (or treat yourself to Arusha Coffee Lodge)

1 night Tarangire, Nimali Tarangire, Full Board & Activities

2 nights Ngorongoro Crater, Nepture Ngorongoro Lodge, Full Board & Activities

2 night Lake Natron, Lake Natron Camp, Full Board & Activities

3 nights Northern Serengeti, Karibu River Camp (or Upgrade to Nimai Mara or similar), Full Board & Activities

Time of Year to visit

Given the routing, it is best undertaken when the migration is in the central to northern part of the Serengeti. That is also the nicest time to visit Lake Natron. I would say it is ideal from mid June to September and also good in May, June and October. Many people would find it too hot in Lake Natron in the summer months of November to April. The price below is for June to October and assumes Karibu River Camp. Contact us for a price at a different time of year. Or with Nimali Mara instead.

Tailor-made options

This can be adapted by adding or (to some degree) subtracting nights. We also strongly recommend adding on a few nights on the beach at Zanzibar at the end. You can fly ”direct” from the Serengeti all the way to Zanzibar, just stopping briefly in Arusha on selected days.

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