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Essence of Tanzania Safari tour
Arusha Lake Manyara National Park Essence of Tanzania Safari Trip

Essence of 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: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
9 days
From: $ 6,446 $ 716 / day
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  • See tree climbing lions
  • Enjoy going for game drives twice a day
  • Visit the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Know more about the tribes and local culture 
  • See herds of Elephants
  • Witness the great migration

Short Description

The Best Tanzania Safari begins at the Arusha Coffee Plantation Lodge, at the foot of Mt. Meru. After breakfast, the following day you are off on a flight to Tarangire National Park where you settle into Swala Camp. Enjoy game drives as well as a Safari by moonlight and walking with an armed guide before driving west towards the Ngorongoro Highlands and Entamanu Camp surrounded by mountains. The Ngorongoro Crater is an iconic African sight before you move on by plane to the Serengeti before you return to Arusha for your flight home.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Arusha
End City Arusha

Trip Includes

  • Hotels & Lodges
  • National park fees
  • Private concession fees
  • Airport/hotel transfers as mentioned
  • Breakfast daily
  • Other meals as indicated
  • Tours as specified
  • Game viewing activities
  • Entrance fees
  • VAT (value added tax)
  • Hotel/lodge service charges
  • Bank transfer wire fees payable to all hotels, lodges, transport operators
  • Services of professional English-speaking guides and staff
  • Comprehensive safari preparation

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Day 1: Arusha

Welcome to Africa and the best Tanzania Safari. Transfer to the Arusha Coffee Lodge, built around a plantation home from the early 1900’s and beautiful, sprawling coffee fields. Enjoy dinner and overnight.

Day 2:Tarangire National Park Day and Night Game Drive

After breakfast, your flight takes you into Tarangire National Park, famous for it’s impressive elephant migration and high concentration of game around the Tarangire River during the dry season. After settling into Swala Camp, set out on your first game drive in Africa. After a restful afternoon, you leave camp again at dusk for an exciting evening game drive. Search for the rarely seen, nocturnal animals. This is one of the few places in northern Tanzania where you can enjoy a safari by moonlight. At night, you may encounter an African wild cat, the elusive leopard or feel the round eyes of a bushbaby peering down at you as the moon rises into the sky. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Walking in Tarangire National Park and Game Drive

Rise early this morning with a hot cup of coffee and set out for an early morning game drive. You’ll be met in the bush with one of the most perfect ends to thrilling game drive; a hot breakfast. Later this afternoon you will set out on foot to explore the grassland around camp in one of the most secluded areas of the park. An armed guide will accompany you and explain animal behaviour whilst tracking a variety of game. You may encounter zebra, waterbuck, impala, ostrich, elephant as well as a number of birds. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Ngorongoro Highlands

After breakfast, drive west towards the Ngorongoro Highlands and Entamanu Camp. En-route stop off at Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive through the park with a picnic lunch. Arrive at Entamanu mid-afternoon in time for High Tea. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Empakai, Olmoti, and OlDonyo Lengai Mountains as well as the spectacular bird life right in camp. After a busy day, savor a delightful evening in camp mingling with other travelers from around the globe, over dinner.

Day 5: Full day Game Drive Ngorongoro Crater

Set out early for the nearby Ngorongoro Crater by safari vehicle. The crater is a huge volcanic caldera formed about 2.5 million years ago when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed in on itself. Here you can view the Big 5 in high concentration with the stunning backdrop of crater walls. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch on the crater floor. Return to Entamanu for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Bush Plane to Serengeti, High Tea and Afternoon Game Drive

After breakfast, hop on a bush plane for a quick flight to Serengeti Safari Camp. Arrive in time for lunch, siesta, high tea and then head out on an afternoon game drive. As this is a seasonal mobile safari camp, the camp is set up in the best possible location for prime wildlife viewing (oftentimes right from camp). Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Full day Migration Experience in the Serengeti

Today, head out with a guide and packed picnic lunch for a full day exploring the Serengeti plains. Move as quickly or as leisurely as you would like in your private safari vehicle. This is a fabulous opportunity to see the great wildebeest and zebra migration, large herds of plains game and the highest concentrate of predators in Africa. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Early Morning Game Drive in Serengeti, High Tea, Afternoon Game Drive

This morning, rise early and set out as the sun begins to rise. This is the time of day when the wildlife is most active. Return to camp for a full breakfast and spend the afternoon relaxing in the shade, reading a good book. After high tea, set out for one final game drive in the Serengeti, stopping to watch the sun set with cocktails and appetizers.

Day 9: Travel Home

Enjoy the final moments of the best Tanzania safari, then fly back to Arusha and connect to your international flight home.


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Optional Activities

  • Add a bush walk at Swala Camp in Tarangire National Park $77 per person
  • Add a night drive at Swala Camp in Tarangire National Park $90 per person
  • If you wish to include one additional night at Arusha Coffee Lodge on arrival, add $276 per person. 
  • For each additional night you wish to add in the Serengeti at Serengeti Safari Camp, add $775 per person.
  • If you wish to add on a 3-night extension to the Maasai Mara, additional cost :
  • For Governors Camp x 3 nights: $2,188 pp (June) or $3,348 pp (Jul-Oct) this includes flight across border from Serengeti, transfers, all meals, activities and flight to Nairobi.
  • For Serian Main Camp x 3 nights: $3,178 pp (June), $3,908 pp (Jul-Oct) this includes flight across border from Serengeti, transfers, all meals, activities and flight to Nairobi.
  • Please contact our office for more details on these optional extensions or a full itinerary that includes the Masai Mara.

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Private - your group only

Cancellation Policy:

Deposit Requirements: 25% per person deposit is required to confirm your booking. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.

Additional Information:


  • Tree Climbing Lions
  • Twice Daily Game Drives
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Nature Walks
  • Cultural Interactions
  • Elephant Breeding Herds
  • The Great Migration
  • The Big Five

Addotional information:

  • Packing list, detailed information on each country, a suggested reading list, medical information, and other pertinent travel information will be sent to you once your safari is booked.
  • International flights can be arranged upon request utilizing our excellent consolidator airfares.
  • All of our safaris can be customized to suit your specific interests, time frame and budget.

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Trip Excludes

  • Items of personal nature
  • Beverages at accommodations excluded unless otherwise stated
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities (estimate approx. $20 per person per day)
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Passport and visa fees
  • International airfare (available upon request)
  • Internal flights within Africa (priced separately)

Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 6 Dinners

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