Taste of Tented Tanzania
₤ 3,013 (PPS)
This 'Taste of Tented Tanzania is a 6 night private mobile camping safari through Northern Tanzania.
It's the modern version of a classic vintage safaris such as those undertaken by the gentleman explorers Baker, Stanley and Baines. But we've replaced the ox-wagons with custom-made 4x4 safari vehicles and professional guides. However you still have your private mobile camp and a personal staff comprises the chef, waiter and support crew.
This is your own private wilderness experience. We provide delicious home cooked meals. And your private tent features en-suite bathrooms (with the option of an open to the stars shower, or enclosed). But the improvements in modern camp equipment, lighting, refrigeration, linens and so on, allow for a quality lifestyle under canvas in the wilds of Africa, whilst maintaining that ‘pioneering’ feel.
This safari is ideal for a family party or a group of friends. It can be a circular trip, starting and finishing in Arusha. But we have included the flight back from Serenegti to Arusha as its a long drive back.
You start with a couple of nights in the Tarangire, then a night near the Ngorongoro Crater. It end with three nights in the famous Serengeti before flying back from the Serengeti to Arusha (flight included).
The Base Price is with 4 people in the party, the Red carpet option shows the price for 2 people only. And the Pared back option shows the price with 6 people in the group.
Note: High Season each year is Jan to March, June to October and December. So prices for June to Oct & Dec are the same as shown here for Jan to March. Low season is April to May & November (time of the rains). So Nov is the same price as April to May shown here.
Taste of Tented Tanzania at a glance
Your guide meets you at your Arusha hotel for a safari briefing and you depart after breakfast for the Tarangire. (Your luggage and equipment travels separately so that when you arrive at camp, everything is ready for you.)
You pass through the Masai Steppe filled with many picturesque African villages as well as maize, coffee and banana plantations. You enjoy a picnic lunch and afternoon game drive in the Tarangire before arriving at your private camp.
Note: The tour assumes that you will have arrived in Arusha on the previous day. We will need to add an overnight stay in Arusha. We will add this transfer and overnight to our quote once we know your arrival arrangements
Early this morning after breakfast, you leave for a full day of game-viewing in the park.
The Tarangire River is a vital life source for the huge amount of game in Tarangire National Park. In particular, wildebeest, zebra and buffalo migrate here during the dry season from June to October. A little known fact is that, at the tail end of the dry season (September to November), the elephant concentration in Tarangire is the greatest in Africa, numbering close to 2,500 animals.
You leave after an early breakfast and head to Lake Manyara for a game drive and picnic lunch. In the late afternoon you continue to Bougainvillea Lodge near the Ngorongoro Crater.
Lake Manyara National Park is famous for its unique ground-water forest and for (but in reality seldom seen) tree-climbing lions. It is a compact, attractive park, with good populations of lion and elephant as well as giraffes, buffalo, impala, zebra and of course hippo. Lake Manyara is also fantastic for bird-watching. Indeed, with 380 species recorded, Lake Manyara is one of the most rewarding birding regions in Tanzania.
A highlight awaits you this morning as you depart in your 4×4 vehicle to explore what is sometimes referred to as ‘the World’s largest wildlife zoo’.
After breakfast, you drive through the early morning’s mist and descend over 600 m into the crater. Here you will have a picnic lunch. Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has barely changed since the dawn of time. Due to its size and diversity, the crater floor is comprised of several distinct habitats, ranging from forest, swamps, lakes and springs, to open grassland and some sandy dunes. With awe-inspiring array of animals including lions stalking the grasslands in search of vulnerable herds of zebra, wildebeest or other plains game; flamingos gathering in the shallow soda lakes and giant-tusked elephants wandering in its forests, it is no wonder that this is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife arenas.
After the picnic lunch you continue on towards the Serengeti. There is a stop at the renowned Olduvai Gorge museum en route. You’ll come into the vast plains of the Serengeti, where you may spot game well before you enter the park.
Your first night in spent in the southern or central part of the Serengeti (depending on where your ultimate destination is).
On these two days, you have a choice of a morning or afternoon game drive with lunch back at the camp or you can have a full day game drive complete with a picnic lunch.
When you return to camp as the sun sets, the fire will be lit and you’ll be able to enjoy a warm shower before settling down to a relaxing evening taking in the night sounds of the bush.
Serengeti National Park offers not only all the members of ‘The Big Five’ (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo) but it is here, at certain times of the year, that one may see the breathtaking spectacle of the annual wildebeest migration. Every year, one and a quarter million wildebeest trek in columns of up to forty kilometres long in search of grazing, bringing with them their predators and numerous other species of game. The Serengeti is unequalled for its beauty and contains more than three million large mammals that spread over the vast endless plains.
You fly back to Arusha from the Serengeti National Park
You can end in Arusha or you can continue to Zanzibar or Southern Tanzania. We can easily quote on a few nights at the beach for some R&R.
Africa Travel Specialist
An idea of price
All our itineraries are merely samples of what we can arrange. Virtually every trip is tailor-made for you. The exact price of our sample itineraries depends on the time of year and accommodation used. This is merely a guideline.
It excludes regional flights to the start and end of the itinerary (as these may vary depending on where you fly into Africa). But it includes an estimate of any flights WITHIN the itinerary. Contact us for a quote including any regional flights needed.
All accommodation and meals as specified, 4x4 vehicle safari with English speaking driver-guide, Game drives and crater tour, flight back from Seronera Airport to Arusha. All park fees, all meals, snacks. tea/coffee and bottled water
Flights, visas, onward flights to Zanzibar etc, insurance, drinks, tips and items of a personal nature