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Highlights
  • Incredible wildlife viewing in the natural sanctuary of the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Chance to see the threatened rhinoceros
  • The vast wide open plains of the Serengeti,teeming with wildlife
  • Dates scheduled around the wildebeest migration Time in Manyara and Tarangire National Parks
Travel Theme
Countries
Cities & Attractions

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

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Exodus Travels Travel Reviews & Ratings
4.6 out of 5 | Excellent

99%

recommend

7,587 Reviews

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Rating Details

Value
4.6 Guide
4.6 Activities
4.6 Lodging
4.6 Transportation
4.6 Meals
4.6
Classic Tanzania Safari
90% Recommend

Holiday of a Lifetime

5.0 out of 5 | Excellent
August 2016
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Fantastic adventure, for those who may only get to that part of Africa once in their lives, and so want to make the most of it. Safari, an epic of a mountain trek, and finally chilling out beside the Indian Ocean in Zanzibar. All boxes ticked on this holiday.
Making the summit would be the obvious answer, particularly in what were pretty tough conditions. But actually for me it was travelling through Tanzania, in an old bus, window down and the driver playing Bob Marley full blast. Really felt I was in Africa on that journey.

John and his team were very good. They looked after you, and were always ready to crack a joke. Even if they were bad ones. They really do help to make the trip.

Do not underestimate Kilimanjaro. Not long before I came back from Everest Base Camp and presumed the fitness from that would carry me through. I was regretting it on summit day. Put the training in, you will enjoy the experience more for every hour of training you put in. Bring warm clothing, it hit -20 whilst we were there!

If you have one, bring a good camera. Wildlife and landscape is spectacular. Having a good zoom function will help. Having said that, try not to focus too much on taking photos and just enjoy it.

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

KILIMANJARO, SERENGETI & ZANZIBAR

5.0 out of 5 | Excellent
August 2016
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
This holiday was everything I dreamt of and more, the elements of adventure, fun and relaxation all met to the max! Great crew and Jackson our guide was fabulous! The accomodations used were all lovely too! Definitely a trip of a lifetime!
Waking and looking out to see animals looking in! Looking down from the Ngorongoro crater's edge and seeing the great expanse of land and just making out the buffalo through the magnifying lens of the camera, and then descending into the crater and seeing the animals so close.  Seeing a lion devouring what had been caught for him.
Walking up Kili seeing the different types of habitation, being without the comforts of a hotel, yet being better looked after, appreciating life in its raw state, working as a team with new found friends.
Zanzibar = Extreme bliss!

Jackson our group leader was brilliant,- knowledgable, fun, encouraging, he got to know all of our names within a couple of days (pretty good in my opinion!) and treated us like friends instead of simply a paying customers.  The whole crew were amazing.

Be prepared to unpack/repack on arrival for the safari - it is recommended you walk only with your rucksack and carry the bare essentials, due to space in the jeeps.

The only thing in hindsight that I would change from Exodus' view is that I think it would have been better to have the night at Swahili House first and then on to Fumba Lodge only because packing up again for 1 last night was a bit of a come down/reality check that the holiday was nearing, I feel that to leave from Fumba to the airport would have been better received amongst our group.  Overall a second fabulous holiday with Exodus!

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

KILIMANJARO, SERENGETI & ZANZIBAR

5.0 out of 5 | Excellent
August 2016
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
I thoroughly enjoyed this trip, which encompassed watching the wildlife in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro, which included lions, Hyenas, Elephants, antelope and much more, to the cold hard slog of Kilimanjaro, to the palm fringed beaches of Zanzibar. There's quite a bit of travelling, but we had a great group and everyone enjoyed themselves. Travelling to Tanzania just to climb Kili would have seemed to short, so to have it book-ended by two other great experiences made it into a fascinating adventure.
There were several stand out moments. The beauty and granduer of the Ngorongoro crater, the expanses of the Serengeti, a visit (not part of the original programme) to a traditional Masaii Boma, our first view of Kilimanjaro (with the realisation that we were going to have to climb it) and of course, finally making it to Uhuru Peak and seeing the views across the crater, the glaciers. I was also particularly moved by the visit to the old slave market in Zanzibar, which we had to pay extra for, but was worth it as it included a trip round the town and the markets. However, we all went on the trip to climb Kilimanjaro, so I guess getting to the top was the crowning moment of the trip. All eleven of us made it to Gilman's point, but only six went on to Uhuru, and I think we all felt that little bit special for having done so.

Jackson was great, he had climbed Kilimanjaro well over a hundred times before (so he said) and he organised everything for us brilliantly and we all got on great with him and I hope he enjoyed having us.

If I did Kilimanjaro knowing what I know now, I wouldn't have worried quiet as much as I did, especially about the fitness (of which I would normally be considered to be somewhat lacking). The progress up the mountain on the first 3-4 days is VERY slow going, pole pole, as they say, and not actually that strenuous. Even summit night wasn't as hard as I thought, as the time seemed to go so quickly, that after 3 hours of plodding, we were already half way up and realised we were going to make it. From then on I felt very confident of making it, and even enjoyed it. You will rough it a bit while camping, but so does everyone else. It gets very cold on summit night, so take an extra pair of thermals. I had two full sets on, two fleeces, a nice woollen hat and a good coat and was plenty warm enough. Take some fizzy rehydration tablets for the water (to take the edge off the chemical treatment taste) a good rucksack, lucozade tablets also went down well for when people were flagging a bit, and a large pack of wet wipes as keeping clean is a little problematic. Finally, I was lucky in that I didn't suffer any problems with altitude, which is the thing most likely to prevent you climbing Kili. This may or may not have been helped by taking Diamox, which I took from the first day before we left the hotel, and seemed to be recommended by people who had done it before (be prepared for the pins and needles that is one of the normal side effects though). Otherwise, I'd suggest just enjoying the walking and not be too worried about getting to the top, as long as you cope with the altitude and are reasonably fit, there's no reason you shouldn't be able to get all the way to Uhuru peak. Everything about the trip is designed to get you to the top, from the quantity of food, the guides, the exhortions to drink constantly, and the pole pole progress.

The beach lodge in Zanzibar is well away from the town, so expect to be lounging around the pool or on the beach if you stay there. There are some trips you can take, such as the forest or into stown town, but if you're not one for swimming pools or beaches like me, you may find the sudden lack of anything to do a bit of a shock. Also, the last night in Stown town is right in the centre of town and the hussle and bussle can take you by surprise a little - I'd already been round town in a daily excursion so knew what to expect, but a couple of the others couldn't quite see why we'd swapped our beach lodge for a hotel next to a meat market and left the tour early to return to the lodge for the last night. Having said all this, however, it was a great experience, I've climbed Kili, visited two natural wonders, met some great people and seen a great country. Fantastic, thank you Exodus.

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

KILIMANJARO, SERENGETI & ZANZIBAR

5.0 out of 5 | Excellent
August 2016
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
This was the most amazing trip!  Everything was taken care of from beginning to end - we never had to worry about anything!  I can't say enough good things about our guide, the porters on Kilimanjaro, our safari driver - they made our trip the enjoyable experience that it was.
There are so many to choose from.  Seeing all the lions, elephants and giraffes up close, in their natural habitat was definitely unforgettable, as was getting to the summit of Kilimanjaro!

Emanuel was so knowledgeable and took excellent care of us.  It was because of his expertise that our entire group was able to make it to the summit of Kili.

You can rent a lot of the more expensive equipment from Exodus (down jackets, sleeping bags, etc) which comes in handy since it leaves you more room in your suitcase.  For money, make sure you have lots of smaller denominations of USD (1s, 5s, 10s).  Bring a camel-back/platypus sytem for water - you need to drink 3L of water (minimum) per day on Kili, and this will make it easier.  Also bring snacks for summit day - it's a long day and you will need to make sure that you keep your energy up. 

This was the trip of a lifetime for me.  If you want to do a safari, climb Kili, and go to Zanzibar, then this is the best option.  You don't have to worry about anything - just show up! 

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

KILIMANJARO, SERENGETI & ZANZIBAR

5.0 out of 5 | Excellent
August 2016
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
This was an absolutely amazing trip. The itinerary is well thought out to maximise the experience and the provision for travellers is brilliant, ensuring that you could have everything you could possibly need, even on the top of a mountain! The tour leader and local staff were also fabulous.
Reaching the top of Kilimanjaro.

The group leader was brilliant - knowledgeable and informative on all aspects of a varied trip, and a source of great support and encouragement on the hard trek on the mountain.

Do this trip - it's definitely a once in a lifetime experience.

I was a little apprehensive at first as I have been on similar adventure type holidays, which have all been good, but this was quite expensive in comparison. I have to say, it is definitely value for money though given the standard of everything on the trip, from the accommodation, the facilities while trekking and the amazing staff involved.

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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

Price From

$ 3,715

Price Per Day:

$ 372 per person
 
Start DateFinish DateDouble StandardDeparture GuaranteedAvailability 
Jan-13-2018Jan-20-2018$ 3,875No8 spots left Reserve
Feb-03-2018Feb-10-2018$ 4,105Yes6 spots left Reserve
Feb-24-2018Mar-03-2018$ 3,875No8 spots left Reserve
Jun-23-2018Jun-30-2018$ 3,875No8 spots left Reserve
Jul-21-2018Jul-28-2018$ 3,875No8 spots left Reserve
Oct-13-2018Oct-20-2018$ 3,875No8 spots left Reserve
Oct-27-2018Nov-03-2018$ 3,875No8 spots left Reserve
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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

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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