Highlights
  • Incredible wildlife viewing in the natural sanctuary of the Ngorongoro Crater
  • A chance to see the infamous tree climbing lions of Manyara and the Serengeti
  • The vast wide open plains of the Serengeti, teeming with wildlife
  • Dates scheduled around the wildebeest migration
  • The enormous elephant herds of Tarangire National Park

Our safari starts with Lake Manyara and its fantastic birdlife with over 400 recorded species. From here we continue to the Serengeti National Park. Tanzania’s flagship park is contiguous with the Masai Mara and it is not uncommon to see lions, cheetahs or even leopards. The giant caldera of the Ngorongoro Crater boasts stunning scenery as well as prolific wildlife, whilst Tarangire National Park is famous for its herds of elephants which can number in the hundreds.The Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara - Tanzania's most prolific national parks

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Do you like pina coladas and walks in the rain? August 2016

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Very challenging but ultimately rewarding trip. Camping is a pain in the neck after a while. Prepare to be dirty, cold and generally uncomfortable for the whole trip, I think this got to me more than the walking. I believe Kili is quite scenic but it was misty for us most of the time and I could have been at home in Scotland out a damp hillwalk.
Getting to Uhuru peak after a 7.5 hour slog up the scree with hilariously low oxygen saturations. Going a bit mental on the top and having fabulous 'runner's high' type thing going on on the way back to Stella. Wish I could have bottled that. Hypoxia can be fun! Relaxing on Zanzibar afterwards wasn't too shabby.

Abraham was a great guy and ably assisted by his team of guides. Mama Lucy helped me the most but Stratton, Hans, Angela, Innocent and Tosha were all brilliant too as were the cook and porters. I left some old equipment with them.
I was lucky to be part of a great group who really made the trip.

Take it very slowly indeed, the speed seems ridiculous at first but quickly becomes a necessity. Leave your type A personality and desire to win at the door, on this trip the tortoises will get there in the best shape. There is no rush, what are you going to do with extra time in camp? We had lots of card games, hypoxia induced silliness and new sport called toss the rock.
Camping just annoyed me after a while. I had my own tent and it was well worth it just to have my own space. They are big enough but I'm not convinced that sharing with a random and 2 people's equipment is a good idea when the experience is stressful enough as it is. Snoring gets worse at altitude. Bring ear plugs. Bring LOTS of snacks. Minstrels travels especially well. Ladies, check out a She-wee and Pee-bols for night time.
Try to look after each other. Everyone will have a bad day at some point (Lava Tower for me, it can happily be erased from my memory for ever!). If you are lucky enough to be feeling well, try to divert some of your energy into helping those who are not with some daft games or a supporting arm or hug. It is much more satisfying to help others to succeed as well as yourself and to get there as a team.
A couple of folk had music on their phones, this was a great boost during hard bits although it was hard to sing along to Africa by Toto on summit night!
Try to learn some Swahili from the guides, you've got nothing better to do!

I had a fabulously relaxing 6 night stay at Fumba lodge tagged on at the end. It took a few days to recover from Kili and I can't imagine what state I'd have been in if I'd have returned to work immediately. The staff are total gems, good food and cocktails and really chilled surroundings. Moivaro coffee plantation was also lovely and I enjoyed a lovely scrub and massage when we got back. I did come out in a rash the next day so maybe avoid if you have sensitive skin! I think my skin just wasn't used to being clean anymore.

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Capetown and the Garden Route October 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A great ride along the South Coast taking in some spectacular scenery, sights and sounds, great food and drink - and very reasonable due to the exchange rate (great for UK visitors, not so much for the South African economy).
Some breathtaking views, particularly looking over Knysna (where it would have been good to spend more time), Table Mountain and Robben Island. We were lucky that our guide there was an ex-prisoner and he really brought to life his experiences there.

Tshepo and Mr John the driver made a great team. Tshepo tackled the difficult job of making the trip a happy and memorable one for a diverse group of 16 with tact and patience. Along with the most infectious laugh. Any issues - or matatas - were sorted out swiftly.

Pack plenty of layers - it was pretty windy in places. And essential if you're on the South African Airways flight, the flight home was freezing.
Try to fit in a township tour - we booked this through the hotel in Capetown as it is not offered as an optional by Exodus, which is a shame. Although a bit uneasy about it at first, I'm glad I did it and if you want to scratch beneath the surface and find the real South Africa I think it is really beneficial.

As mentioned in previous reviews, there is not enough time between arriving in Joburg and the connecting flight to Port Elizabeth due to the inefficiencies at the airport. If direct flights for those on the group flights were available back to the UK from Capetown I would have happily paid a bit extra. For those booking their own flights, leave plenty of time for transit.

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Fabulous adventure October 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was a fantastic trip taking in beautiful scenery, planned and optional tours, with great food and wine. Most people think of safaris when they think of South Africa ,but there is far more to this amazing country than wild animals.
Several - going up Table Mountain in the cable car; visiting Robben Island (optional); Chapman's Peak Drive - breathtaking scenery; the game drives and seeing so many wild animals; a visit to two of the Cape Town townships - this was not an included trip nor an optional trip, but I asked to do it as I couldn't see how you could go to South Africa without seeing how the vast majority of people live - it was sobering and thought provoking but imperative to do from my point of view.

Tshepo was excellent - helpful, accommodating and with a maturity and wisdom way beyond his years. He tried hard to accommodate everyone's wishes, which were often very diverse. He had a great sense of humour and spent ages answering numerous questions from group members. He had to deal with some awkward dynamics within the group and he did this admirably and with sensitivity. Thanks Tshepo, and John, our very capable and interesting driver, for an amazing 11 days.

Weather was chillier than I expected (Oct 8th departure) and varied so take lots of layers.
Be prepared for lots of sitting in the minibus on this trip but this has to be done to see the Garden Route - the bus could have been more comfortable though.
Do the zip lining at Tsitsikamma! - scary but fantastic! 12 out of the 16 members out of our group did this, including our lovely 85 and 81 year olds!

We didn't stay in Hermanus but in an 'Or Similar' hotel which was ok but an hour's drive away, so that was disappointing. Tshepo and John made up for this by driving people into Hermanus at different times to accommodate their wishes.
It was chaos and stressful at J'burg airport on the way out, long queues at passport control and we only just made our connecting flight. I would suggest to Exodus that direct flights are taken to avoid this.

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African adventure August 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Cape Town to Vic Falls was an amazing journey. Some long drives but the scenery and a him also made up for this. Incredible! Awesome!
The food was superb all the time and was so well cooked and presented - something for everyone.
The red desert and sand dunes were jaw dropping and entering Etosha to find so much game at the first watering hole was as if it had been staged!

Group leader was a nice lad but was not too good at giving a lot of information in advance.

Camping might put some people off but the route ending at Vic Falls was a great way to do it as the highlights got better and better.

The company used in South Africa I think we're not too well organised. Our driver had no Namibian visa and did not receive one all the way across. The group were really worried at the border to Botswana in case he was arrested trying to leave Namibia. He was clearly worried too and it was an unpleasant evening and morning until we crossed. Guests should not be subjected to this stress especially as it turned out it has happened before.
One other issue - which actually turned out well - was we were supposed to go to Lambertsbay to camp but we went to Klawar instead. Our itinerary said Lambertsbay but the leader's said Klawar. We were told it was too windy but obviously the company knew before we left Cape Town. Coming from Scotland I did not mind missing the gannets but some people may have.
The driver Siya and the cook Enich were amazing and so helpful and fun. Tshepo the guide was also very nice but the other two gentlemen were just superb.

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Southern Africa Road Trip August 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A great road trip with a fantastic mix of cultures, landscape and wildlife.
I loved the sand dunes and the dead lake in Namibia- an amateaur photographer's dream. Skydiving (optional!) from Swakupmund. Chobe National Park is stunning and brimming with elephant and giraffe. Vic falls provide a great finale and I would thoroughly recommend the helicoptor ride. Great leader, great company, great continent.

Tshepo was great and very well supported by our Chef Brighton (excellent food) and Driver Martin (great skills). Don't underestimate the work that goes on behind the scenes and the forward thinking that the group leader has to undertake to make the trip a success. Tshepo's passion for the people and wildlife of southern Africa was infectious and his insider knowledge at border crossings (particularly into Zim) saved us a lot of time and stress.

Please don't choose this trip if you're not prepared for a lot of very early starts and some long days on the road, many of which are not tarmaced. Sit back and enjoy watching the scenery pass by. Cash machines are very easy to come by. The campsites were generally very good, although I did have a few tepid showers. If you're travelling during our summer months be prepared for pretty chilly mornings which rapidly trun into very hot days.

I would definitely recommend this trip.

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Depart London.

Depart London. **

Day 2 Arrive Kilimanjaro; transfer to Arusha.

Today is spent in Arusha.There is a free afternoon to relax, lie by the pool or explore the town *Comfortable Hote*

Day 3 To Lake Manyara with game drives in the park.

This morning we drive from Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park (approx. 2.5 hours), one of Tanzania’s more intimate parks. The lake shore teems with birds and the park is famous for its elusive tree-climbing lions. There is also a surprising number of large mammals and the striking cliffs of the Rift escarpment form a dramatic backdrop to our first experience of the region's magnificent wildlife. *Migunga permanent camp or similar*

Day 4 Drive through Ngorongoro Conservancy; afternoon game drive in the Serengeti.

En route through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area we stop to visit Olduvai Gorge. It is within this steep sided ravine that Louis and Mary Leakey made some of the world’s most important archaeological discoveries in the 1950s. Here in a small museum we are able to see evidence of our ancestors that have been dated back 2.5 million years. Then we head into the Serengeti National Park arriving after lunch. The rest of the afternoon is spent game viewing amongst the vast plains that are broken only by acacia trees and the occasional kopje (rock formation). In January and February we will normally meet the migration with large herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle. There are always plenty of resident animals, such as giraffe, buffalo, and elephant, as well as many large predators such as lion, cheetah, and leopard. *Ikoma permanent camp or similar*

Day 5 Full day of game drives in the Serengeti.

We have another full day in this wonderful park, rising early to make the most of our time. Our guides will choose the best spotting locations for the time of year; we can spend time at the Hippo pool watching these majestic animals laze about in the water happily living alongside the crocodiles, watch a big pride of lions,be in the middle of the migration, surrounded by wildebeest and zebras. We journey from the wide open plains to the kopjes: these volcanic rocky outcrops provide protection and shelter for a wide variety of animals and from the top we can see out across the vast grasslands of the Serengeti. This diverse and interesting landscape will provide us with the ultimate in game viewing, we will hopefully see all of the plain game; elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lions, cheetah and if you are lucky the elusive leopard, as well as huge amounts of interesting bird life such as the elegant secretary birds and the flightless ostrich. *Ikoma permanent camp or similar*

Day 6 Morning game drive in the Serengeti; afternoon drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

We have a final game drive in the Serengeti before heading back into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater where we spend the night. *Rhino Lodge or similar*

Day 7 Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater.

Sleeping near the Ngorongoro Crater means that we are one of the first vehicles to descend into the caldera. Ngorongoro is a conservation area rather than a national park. This means that whole area is managed for both the animals and the local Maasai people who graze their cattle alongside the indigenous wildlife. During the drive down to the crater floor we will gain a glimpse of the Maasai’s lifestyle. The crater walls provide a natural sanctuary for the animals, which means there is plenty to see: lions, elephants, buffalo, rhino and leopard (if you are lucky enough). The only animal you won’t see in here is a giraffe, whose long legs are unable to cope with the steeps sides of the crater. Later this afternoon we will leave the crater. *Migunga permanent camp or similar*

Day 8 Game drive in Tarangire N.P; stay at a lodge within the park.

Today we head to Tarangire National Park. The park, which has its own source of water, comes into its own in the dry season as birdlife congregate on the Tarangire River and herds of giraffe, zebra, buffalo and, in particular, elephant can be seen. Predators such as lions and leopards are also regularly spotted here.Our lodge is located within the park. It has a large look out area from where sundowners can be had whilst watching the game on the sweeping plains below. *Tarangire Safari Lodge or similar*

Day 9 Morning game drive in Tarangire N.P.; transfer to Arusha; depart.

We begin with an early morning game drive in Tarangire where we should see more game, before heading back towards Arusha and, for those on the group flights, Kilimanjaro Airport in time to catch our flight home. **

Day 10 Arrive London.

Arrive London. **



Land Only

Day 1 Start Arusha.

Today is spent in Arusha.There is a free afternoon to relax, lie by the pool or explore the town *Comfortable Hote*

Day 2 To Lake Manyara with game drives in the park.

This morning we drive from Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park (approx. 2.5 hours), one of Tanzania’s more intimate parks. The lake shore teems with birds and the park is famous for its elusive tree-climbing lions. There is also a surprising number of large mammals and the striking cliffs of the Rift escarpment form a dramatic backdrop to our first experience of the region's magnificent wildlife. *Migunga permanent camp or similar*

Day 3 Drive through Ngorongoro Conservancy; afternoon game drive in the Serengeti.

En route through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area we stop to visit Olduvai Gorge. It is within this steep sided ravine that Louis and Mary Leakey made some of the world’s most important archaeological discoveries in the 1950s. Here in a small museum we are able to see evidence of our ancestors that have been dated back 2.5 million years. Then we head into the Serengeti National Park arriving after lunch. The rest of the afternoon is spent game viewing amongst the vast plains that are broken only by acacia trees and the occasional kopje (rock formation). In January and February we will normally meet the migration with large herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle. There are always plenty of resident animals, such as giraffe, buffalo, and elephant, as well as many large predators such as lion, cheetah, and leopard. *Ikoma permanent camp or similar*

Day 4 Full day of game drives in the Serengeti.

We have another full day in this wonderful park, rising early to make the most of our time. Our guides will choose the best spotting locations for the time of year; we can spend time at the Hippo pool watching these majestic animals laze about in the water happily living alongside the crocodiles, watch a big pride of lions,be in the middle of the migration, surrounded by wildebeest and zebras. We journey from the wide open plains to the kopjes: these volcanic rocky outcrops provide protection and shelter for a wide variety of animals and from the top we can see out across the vast grasslands of the Serengeti. This diverse and interesting landscape will provide us with the ultimate in game viewing, we will hopefully see all of the plain game; elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lions, cheetah and if you are lucky the elusive leopard, as well as huge amounts of interesting bird life such as the elegant secretary birds and the flightless ostrich. *Ikoma permanent camp or similar*

Day 5 Morning game drive in the Serengeti; afternoon drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

We have a final game drive in the Serengeti before heading back into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater where we spend the night. *Rhino Lodge or similar*

Day 6 Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater.

Sleeping near the Ngorongoro Crater means that we are one of the first vehicles to descend into the caldera. Ngorongoro is a conservation area rather than a national park. This means that whole area is managed for both the animals and the local Maasai people who graze their cattle alongside the indigenous wildlife. During the drive down to the crater floor we will gain a glimpse of the Maasai’s lifestyle. The crater walls provide a natural sanctuary for the animals, which means there is plenty to see: lions, elephants, buffalo, rhino and leopard (if you are lucky enough). The only animal you won’t see in here is a giraffe, whose long legs are unable to cope with the steeps sides of the crater. Later this afternoon we will leave the crater. *Migunga permanent camp or similar*

Day 7 Game drive in Tarangire N.P; stay at a lodge within the park.

Today we head to Tarangire National Park. The park, which has its own source of water, comes into its own in the dry season as birdlife congregate on the Tarangire River and herds of giraffe, zebra, buffalo and, in particular, elephant can be seen. Predators such as lions and leopards are also regularly spotted here.Our lodge is located within the park. It has a large look out area from where sundowners can be had whilst watching the game on the sweeping plains below. *Tarangire Safari Lodge or similar*

Day 8 Morning game drive; transfer to Arusha, end.

We begin with an early morning game drive in Tarangire where we should see more game, before heading back towards Arusha and, for those on the group flights, Kilimanjaro Airport in time to catch our flight home.

Dates & Pricing

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$ 403 per day
 
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Feb-16-2019Feb-23-2019$ 4,265Yes5 spots leftReserve
Jun-15-2019Jun-22-2019$ 4,025Yes8 spots leftReserve
Jul-20-2019Jul-27-2019$ 4,105Yes8 spots leftReserve
Oct-12-2019Oct-19-2019$ 4,105Yes8 spots leftReserve
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Details
Trip Includes
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers
Trip Excludes
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request - GBP245)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Meals Included: Dinner: You will have the opportunity to sample a selection of both Swahili and European dishes during the trip. Vegetarians can be catered for but, as is often the case when travelling in countries like Tanzania, the selection may not be as varied as what you are used to at home.

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 16
Accomodations
1 night hotel, 2 nights lodges, 4 nights permanent tented camps.
Travel by 4WD safari vehicles
Some long drives on bumpy roads
Full service camping or lodge-based departures
Start City
Arusha
End City
Arusha

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:
  • 1 night hotel, 2 nights lodges, 4 nights permanent tented camps
  • Group normally  4 to 16, plus leader and safari drivers 
  • Travel by 4WD safari vehicles
  • Some long drives on bumpy roads

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