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Trip code: 
WYP
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Wildlife Holidays
Group size:
4–16
Min age:
16

Tanzania's most captivating National Parks and Conservation Areas.

 Our safari starts with Lake Manyara, renowned for its fantastic birdlife with over 400 recorded species. We take to the trees, enjoying the treetop walkway and getting a different perspective on the park. Keep an eye out for the tree-climbing lions! From here we continue to the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania’s flagship park which is contiguous with the Masai Mara and a stronghold for the big cats such as 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.

Highlights

  • Incredible wildlife and scenery in the natural sanctuary of the Ngorongoro Crater
  • A chance to see the infamous tree climbing lions of Manyara and the Serengeti
  • Experience remote areas of the Serengeti, teeming with wildlife
  • Dates scheduled around the wildebeest migration
  • The enormous elephant herds of Tarangire National Park

Key information

  • 1 night hotel, 2 nights tented lodges, 4 nights semi-permanent premium tented camps
  • Group normally  4 to 16, plus leader and safari drivers 
  • Travel by 4WD safari vehicle ( guaranteed window seat) 

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport, park fees and listed activities
  • Experienced English speaking safari guide throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Drinking water throughout
  • House drinks at Manyara and Serengeti tented camps

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request )
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Gratuities
  • Laundry
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

Arusha
to
Arusha
  • Day 1

    Start Arusha.

    Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, it will be an hour by transfer to the bustling town of Arusha, the gateway to the Northern safari circuit. Today is a free afternoon to relax, lie by the pool or explore the town and get your first taste of Swahili cuisine ( dinner for own account). In the evening you will have a group briefing from the tour leader.

    Ilboru Safari Lodge or similar

  • Day 2

    To Lake Manyara National Park, an afternoon game drive

    This morning we leave the town of Arusha behind as we drive to Lake Manyara National Park (approx. 2.5 hours). We enjoy a bike ride/walk en-route in the fertile plantation town of Mto wa Mbu, dominated by the Rift Valley wall towering over it. This is a great chance to expereince the lives of the local population, on the border of the park. Lake Manyara is one of Tanzania’s more intimate parks and has some incredible birdlife, and unique wildlife. The glistening lake shore teems with birds and the park is famous for its elusive tree-climbing lions which are an incredible sight. Our camp is tucked away in the most exclusive location deep in the park, with the striking cliffs of the Rift escarpment forming a dramatic backdrop to our first experience of the region's magnificent wildlife.

    WAYO Manyara Green Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Full day in Lake Manyara National Park

    Today we enjoy a full day basking in the splendour of Lake Manyara National Park. We will have a morning walk on the lake shores, when you can learn more about plants, insects, birds and small mammals from your knowledgeable guide. The remainder of the day will be filled with various game drives throughout the park in search of the resident wildlife. Due to the location on the river, our camp often attracts herds of buffalo and elephant which we can watch over a sundowner this evening.

    WAYO Manyara Green Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Manyara to Serengeti

    We bid farewell to Lake Manyara today, and end on a high note with the first treetop walkway in Tanzania, in Lake Manyara NP. This 370m airwalk starts with a short boardwalk that gradually rises from ground level up through the canopy of the forest. You walk over a series of suspension bridges with thick netting on the sides, and reach a height of 18m off the ground. Each of the bridges end on a viewing deck situated around tree trunks. These treetop platforms are perfect places to stop and enjoy life in the canopy amongst butterflies, monkeys and birds.

    En route to the Serengeti, we drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where we can get stunning views of this, the 8th wonder of the World from the rim, an inspiring sight to behold. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is dotted with Maasai bomas and you will likely see them grazing their cattle alongside the road. We arrive in the Serengeti National Park via Naabi gate, arriving late afternoon at camp with game drives en-route. Which of the 2 camps we stay at is decided by the location of the annual migration and proximity of other wildlife to get us closest to the action.

    WAYO Serengeti Green Camp (Naabi/Banagi) or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Full day Serengeti National Park

    Today we will enjoy a full day of game viewing in the Serengeti National Park, rising early to make the most of our time in this vast wilderness. Our guides will choose the best spotting locations for the time of year. We can spend time at the hippo pool watching these comical animals laze about in the water happily living alongside the crocodiles, or perhaps find ourselves in the middle of the migration, surrounded by wildebeest and zebras. We journey through wide open plains to the kopjes, these volcanic rocky outcrops provide protection and shelter for a wide variety of animals, in particular, lions 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 be hoping to 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.

    WAYO Serengeti Green Camp (Naabi/Banagi) or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater.

    This morning we will rise early to leave the Serengeti, and drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation to reach the descent road into the Crater. An ancient 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 pastoralist lifestyle. The crater walls provide a natural sanctuary for the animals, which means there is plenty to see including 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. In the late afternoon, we will ascend and make our way the short distance to our lodge for the night.

    Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Game drives in Tarangire N.P; stay at a lodge within the park.

    Enjoy breakfast with a stunning view from Rhotia Valley, before we make we make our way to Tarangire National Park. This park is characterized by the classic icon of the African savannah, the Baobab tree. The park comes into its own in the dry season, being the only place in the area with a permanent river. Birdlife congregates along the river banks,  and herds of giraffe, zebra, buffalo and in particular, an elephant can be seen in abundance. This park boasts the biggest population of elephant in Northern Tanzania, with herds numbering in the hundreds. Predators such as lions and leopards are also regularly spotted here.

    Our lodge is located within the park and has a breathtaking view over the park, you can enjoy sundowners from the large lookout deck from whilst watching the wildlife on the rolling plains below.


    Tarangire Safari Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Morning game drive in Tarangire National Park; transfer to Arusha

    We enjoy our final early morning game drive in Tarangire today, before returning to the lodge for lunch and a final chance to spot some action from the lookout deck. After lunch, we will begin the journey back towards Arusha ( approximately 3 hours) and for those on the group flights, we will continue on to Kilimanjaro Airport in time to catch our flights home.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Tanzania

Most nationalities require a tourist visa for Tanzania, including British nationals, most EC nationals, Australians, New Zealanders, Americans and Canadians. The visa is available at the border and the cost for British and most other European Nationals is USD50 cash, whilst for US citizens it is USD100 cash.

Vaccinations

Tanzania

Please note that although Tanzania does not officially require proof of Yellow Fever vaccination, at most airports and other points of entry you may be required to show a certificate of vaccination or an exemption certificate. This includes coming from Europe via, or transiting through an endemic country including the airports of Nairobi (Kenya) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). If visiting Zanzibar from mainland Tanzania border officials have been known to demand proof of Yellow Fever vaccination or an exemption certificate.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Eating and Drinking

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.

All drinking water, plus house drinks at Manyara and Serengeti Tented Camps are included.

Weather

Tanzania lies just south of the equator and therefore is hot for most of the year, there are two wet seasons, the long rains in April and May and the short rains in November. This tour runs outside of these periods, so you should not expect much rain, however, best to be prepared.

The days will be warm usually between 15 and 25 C. However, it can be cooler at night and in the early mornings especially in Ngorongoro Crater where we reach a maximum altitude of 200m ASL. Even in Arusha, which is at 1400m ASL the nights can be chilly.

Is this trip for you?

This is an excellent trip for wildlife, scenery and a taste of life amongst the Masaai tribe. There are some long drives, and although the distances are not huge, some of the roads are quite poor and can be bumpy and/or muddy, after the rainy season. The lodges and semi-permanent camps are very comfortable and are situated in the best areas for wildlife viewing, with the additional benefit of proper beds, ensuite bathrooms and verandahs. On safari, we travel in Luxury 4WD Land Cruisers and each vehicle has a roof hatch, which greatly enhances game viewing and due to rotation of seats throughout the trip you will be guaranteed a window seat. There will be some long drives, however, this is the nature of being on safari in parks and conservation areas, and there will be ample opportunities for animal spotting and photography.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Luxury Tented Camps and Lodges

You will spend 1 night in a lodge, 2 nights in permanent tented lodges and 4 nights in semi-permanent luxury tented camps.

MANYARA GREEN CAMP:
Tucked away underneath towering fig trees along a dry riverbed is our newly upgraded Manyara Green Camp. The southern end of Lake Manyara National park is quiet and so privacy and exclusivity here are what makes this camp so special. At the end of the dry riverbed is a 4 million year old waterfall where gigantic crystalline quartz boulders create a natural stairway to a waterfall and hidden beach, ideal for a quick dip or sundowners where you can sit quietly and enjoy all the action down below as buffalo, elephant and other wildlife come to drink from the fresh waters of the Endabash falls.
Our camp comprises 8 square en-suite eco tents on raised platforms. Each tent can be set up as double, twin or triple for families. With cosy beds, stylish interiors and deck to relax on each tent has been cleverly designed to offer the greatest comfort with minimum impact to the environment. Simple luxuries, comfortable beds, crisp linens, our low flush toilets and classic bush showers ensure you can relax and wind down after a full day enjoying the wildlife. Our stylish central mess tent has lounge chairs and a small library so you can relax in complete comfort during the day.
Our meals are simply done with delicious home cooked 3-course lunches and suppers cooked on the open fires served to your table under the stars whilst you plunge your feet into the sandy riverbed underneath.

SERENGETI GREEN CAMP
Location Location Location…..Our Serengeti Green Camp moves from Southern Serengeti (Naabi Hill area Mid Dec-March) to the Northern Serengeti (Kogatende area July – Nov) which allows us to ensure you are always in the very best location to get close to the magic of the migration and all the wildlife action. In the Naabi area, our camp is located in a beautiful quiet area at the foot of the giant Naabi rocky kopje underneath towering acacia torillis trees overlooking the vast Serengeti short grass plains. Here we are well placed to be able to head further south, west or north to wherever the migration is moving. In the north, our Serengeti Green camp is located in a beautiful area in the Nyamalumbwa Hills. Set amongst natural springs which are teaming with wildlife all year long, we are also a short game drive from the Kogatende river where you can witness one of nature’s spectacles, the wildebeest and zebra river crossings of the Great Migration. The camp is on the edge of the wilderness zone, away from the hustle and bustle of the crossings and the other camps, remote but still accessible to the crossings.
Similar to our Manyara Green camp our Serengeti Green Camp comprises 10 square en-suite tents. Each tent can be set up as double, twin or triple for families. With cosy beds, stylish interiors and outdoor seating to relax on, each tent has been cleverly designed to offer the greatest comfort with minimum impact to the environment. Simple luxuries comfy beds, crisp linens, with our eco composting toilets and classic bucket bush showers ensure you can relax and wind down after a full day enjoying the wildlife. Our stylish central mess tent has lounge chairs and a small library so you can relax in complete comfort during the day.
Our meals are simply done with delicious home cooked 3-course suppers cooked on the open fires served to your table under the stars. At each camp we can set up private dining areas on request with your own private fireplace, butler and tent, however, most guests prefer to enjoy the communal dining sharing stories of wildlife encounters around the fire.

RHOTIA VALLEY TENTED LODGE
The lodge is built in a traditional African style with indigenous hardwood. It is in complete harmony with its surroundings. Its spacious setup, and its finishing touches, such as cosy sofas around the fireplace and warm decorative details, provide a perfectly balanced luxury. The lodge offers a breathtaking view of the Ngorongoro forest, nearby villages and the terraced fields of the local farmers and due to the high altitude, there are no mosquitos.

TARANGIRE SAFARI LODGE
Another example of quintessential safari tents, with thatched roofs and large, mesh-screened windows, provide the perfect opportunity to connect with the sights and sounds of nature. Each tent has a comfortable verandah, ideal for bird and game viewing over the incredible vista in front of the lodge, or reading your favourite book after a dusty safari. All tents are equipped with en-suite bathrooms with solar-heated showers, ample cupboard space for your gear, and a cultural touch of local textiles.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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