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Classic Tanzania Safari tour
Arusha Ngorongoro Crater Classic Tanzania Safari Trip

Classic Tanzania Safari

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
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Overview

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

Short Description

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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See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Arusha
End City Arusha

Destinations

Tanzania

Cities & Attractions

Arusha Ngorongoro Crater

Age Requirement

16

No Single Supplement
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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

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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.

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Classic Tanzania Safari

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Tanzania Classic Safari

5.0
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Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
This was my second time on this trip. I did it in June 2016 and decided to
try a trip in February instead. Yet again, it didn't disappoint.
Accommodation was great - especially Rhino Lodge and Tarangire Lodge and we
saw a multitude of wildlife - much close up. I came home with about 3000
photos again!
There were so many but perhaps it was the small herd of elephants having a
mud bath right by the side of our vehicle. The youngsters didn't want to get
out! Two lionesses with a very recent kill was also a first. Or perhaps it
was the wonderful pride of lions having a siesta on some rocks on the
Serengetti where we were able to get close and get some wonderful photos.
And last but not least herds of zebra as far as the eye could see and beyond
including a youngster who entertained us playing a game of dare running to
and fro the track in front of us, skipping, jumping and showing off until he
got told off by his Mum! Then again my first ever sighting of an African
wildcat - although in the distance was still good enough for a photo and
another exciting memory. I could go on!


Jackson was great. Knowledgeable and very attentive. He was always checking
that everyone in the group was OK. He was also very friendly, had a sense of
humour and made sure he spent time with everyone in the group.
Our drivers - Julius and Alex - were also great. Their driving was second to
none. I was in the vehicle driven by Julius and I was also impressed by his
ability to spot animals miles away and he was also very knowledgeable.


Enjoy! Make sure you have large memory chips in your cameras! A pair of
binoculars is a must for those sightings that are just a bit too far away for
a photo. Keep your eyes pealed at all times and enjoy not just the stunning
wildlife but the beautiful scenery as well and also the friendly people at
all the camps and lodges.


Having now done a few safaris with Exodus staying in a variety of tented
camps (my favourites) and lodges, I would never visit Africa and stay in a
hotel! The tented camps make you feel a part of it all and laying in bed at
night listening to the sounds of Africa is magical and exciting.

And whenever you get a chance, talk to the local people - they love learning
from you as much as you can enjoy learning from them.

I cannot rate Exodus enough. I have had some fabulous holidays with them so
far and hope to have many more. As a solo traveller I feel completely safe
with Exodus.

I'm already pouring over the latest brochures to decide where I am going in
2019!


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So Many Animals

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Guide5.0
Activities5.0
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Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Have to rate that trip as excellent everyone needs a bit of luck on these
trips and we had it by the barrow load though this was bought about by the
staff.
Hmm difficult to say maybe the Sea Eagle relieving a Maribou Stork of the
fish it had just caught or the mating lions in Tarangire or the up to one
hundred Elephants in the afternoon at the same place or a pair of male
Cheetahs and three Leopards or the Rhino at Ngorongoro or a female lion
draped over a branch of a tree sound asleep her three cubs practising the
same trick a Zebra under the tree no longer taking part in life or sleepless
at 4 am walking outside with a lion a few hundred yards away quietly
proclaiming that he is the boss. So many lions some just laying by the
trackside invariably full up and sleeping, thousands of Wildebeest on the
move. Maybe the best was the young Elephant charging around probably alarming
his owner even had the cheek to rush our vehicle, a few minutes later a much
larger character did the same. The Crater is an amazing place all the
animals, except Giraffes, in a relatively small space. Very good time to
visit so many young animals moving around.


Jackson keep him, unfailingly polite and helpful which i can guess can be a
little bit difficult at times, Alex was an excellent, driver, spotter, and a
mine of information.


DO NOT forget the torch and the loos are good all the way.


Take the pain and spend the money.


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So many elephants!

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This was a wonderful safari covering 3 great parks with supported camping.
Watching the elephants bathe in Manyara.


He had great knowledge of the side roads and where to find the more elusive
wildlife.


The dust will get everywhere- there is no avoiding it!


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Julie Kersey

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This was not only our first trip with Exodus but our first safari and we were not disappointed. We were well looked after and our leader and drivers were extremely knowledgable which made for a very enjoyable and interesting trip. It was a busy schedule visiting four different areas, Lake Manyara, the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and finally Tarangire Safari Park, each one slightly different. Our group were in two Land Cruisers on Game Drives every day, we could sit and enjoy the scenery and stop to watch an amazing amount of wildlife. It was a privilege to see the wildebeest migrating it was amazing to see them across the plains on the Serengeti as far as the eye could see; a photograph just couldn't capture the image, you had to just spend time looking at the view. I would certainly go on a safari again.
Seeing all the large animals elephants, giraffes and the big cats in such close proximity for the first time was amazing. If I had to say which of those was the most amazing I think it would be looking at a leopard in a tree, he was beautiful.

Jackson our group leader was very helpful and friendly, he did his job wll.

When travelling on a safari or any other holiday where you are packing and unpacking frequently it's quite useful to buy some packing cubes for some of your clothes. To my husband and I they were a godsend, they kept things well organised.

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Tanzania tented safari

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My overall experience of this trip was 'satisfactory' only because I saw lots of animals. Our Landrover though was ancient, slow and needed stones behind the wheel to hold it when parked. We were in a group of 3 vehicles and the petrol tank fell of off one and meant that 7 people had to be accommodated in the other 2 for 4 hours on very rough roads. The breaks on another were so questionable it had to be replace (with another old vehicle) None of the drivers were in charge and because of this departure times etc were chaotic because different drivers have different instructions and would only travel together. The Exodus rep on arrival was poor, reading out the trip notes and giving no additional information. She was more concerned in us appointing a leader who would collect all tips straight away for the whole trip (thousands of dollars) - we refused. We were in tents five nights not four. One of the tents (2 nights) had seen better days. Packed lunches were left for hours in the sun. We spent hours travelling on roads - exacerbated because of the age of the vehicles which could not travel at speed - we were overtaken constantly.
There was no inspection allowed moment though I did see lots of animalsDAiRA

She was a poor representative of Exodus.

If you are happy to be in old vehicles, don't mind long and bumpy but slow journeys and are happy for there to be no leadership from the trip organisers then book this trip - you will see lots of animals which is the whole purpose of safari

This experience of an Exodus holiday is so different to 3 years ago when I couldn't have praised them enough. I doubt I will travel with them again following this holiday.

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Classic Tanzania Safari

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Best holiday I have ever had! Wildlife in abundance and closer than I could have hoped for and landscape was breath-taking. Great organisation; brilliant guide and fantastic travelling companions.
Apart from ALL of it (!), getting close to two cheetah brothers under a tree; being surrounded by elephants on more than one occasions and being surrounded by a herd of zebra was surreal - to be honest, there are too many inspirational moments to list!

Godsun was amazing. Friendly, great sense of humour, nothing was too much trouble for him. He went out of his way to give us a great holiday and his knowledge of the wildlife and culture of Tanzania was brilliant. I couldn't have wished for a better guide.

Make sure you have large memory chips in your camera - I took over 3000 photos - so much to see! Be prepared to be overwhelmed and take each day as it comes because I found every day threw something at me that was even more amazing than the day before.

I never thought a holiday would top the last 3 I have been on with Exodus but this did (and the previous 3 have been excellent)! The abundance of wildlife at close quarters, the varied and breathtaking scenery all blew me away. I have never said "WOW" so many times in a day! Would I go back again? Definitely! Thank you Exodus!

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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

Trip ID#:

exodus-WYB

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.

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