Viewing elephants on a safari holiday

Classic Tanzania Safari Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailor Made Adventures
Destinations:
Tanzania
Programmes:
Wildlife
Trip Code:
WYB
Activity Level: Leisurely
Leisurely

You are healthy, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip. No experience is required.

10 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

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.

At a Glance

  • 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
  • Countries visited: Tanzania

Trip 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

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 bumpy especially after the rainy season. The lodges and permanent camp sites are very comfortable and are situated amongst beautiful gardens with the additional benefit of proper beds, ensuite bathrooms and most rooms have a verandah. On safari we travel in 4WD landcruisers or landrovers. Each vehichle has a roof hatch, which greatly enhances game viewing. There will be some long drives but as most of these will be in parks and conservation areas they will allow for constant animal spotting.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

The group will generally be between 4 and 16 people and will be accompanied by a local leader throughout the trip. Once on safari each vehicle is driven by an experienced knowledgeable safari driver.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • 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

    Meals included:
    Dinner
  • 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

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • 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

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • 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

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • 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

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • 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

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • 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

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • 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.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch

Accommodation

Accommodation

1 night hotel, 2 nights lodges, 4 nights permanent tented camps.
The accommodation used is a mixture of lodges and permanent tented camps. All of these have proper beds and en suite bathrooms making them very comfortable. The lodges and permanent camps are located just outside the parks but usually amongst beautiful gardens. The exception to this is at Tarangire National Park, where we use accommodation located within the park. Listen out for hyenas.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Single supplement from £350.00

Food & Transport

Eating & 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.

Transportation

On safari we travel in 4WD land cruisers or landrovers which are suitable for 7 clients or smaller vehicles suitable for 5 clients. There is a roof hatch, which greatly enhances game viewing, in both vehicle sizes and everyone will have a window seat. As floor space is limited we recommend only bringing a small daypack with photographic equipment inside the vehicle. The back of the vehicle has ample space for your main luggage

Airport transfers and other transfers are by private minibuses and mostly on sealed roads.

Weather & Seasonality

When to go

Tanzania lies just south of the equator and therefore is hot 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 only in the dry season so you should not expect much rain. The days will be warm usually between 15 and 25 C. However, it can be cooler at night especially in Ngorongoro Crater.

Weather Information

Tanzania lies just south of the equator and therefore is hot 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 only in the dry season so you should not expect much rain. The days will be warm usually between 15 and 25 C. However, it can be cooler at night especially in Ngorongoro Crater.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 10 days

The group flight from London is an overnight flight departing the day before Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of Kenya Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting and ending in Arusha

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Arusha in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

In the unlikely event of any of your luggage being misplaced or damaged, a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) must be filed with the appropriate airline if you subsequently wish to make a claim against the airline or on your travel insurance. This must be done at the airport where your baggage arrived, or should have arrived.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it. 

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

For those booking their own flights and wishing to use the group departure transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport at the end of the trip,  flights should be booked to depart Kilimanjaro no earlier than 17:35 that day. You can book a flight departing earlier but in this case, a private transfer from Arusha to Kilimanjaro Airport will be needed at your own expense. This must be booked in advance with the Exodus office and cost £ 62 per car (up to 4 persons)  

 

Location start:
Arusha
Location end:
Arusha

What to Take

Essential Equipment

In addition to your 'normal' daily clothes, you will need the following essential items:
Please use a soft-sided holdall for your luggage as this is easier for loading on the safari vehicle
torch
sunhat
sun cream
sunglasses
hat
daypack
camera with plenty of memory and batteries
lightweight walking shoes
fleece for early mornings
Light wet weather top

We recommend you bring light pastel coloured clothes whilst on safari as bright colours can disturb the wildlife.

Please note:  In a move praised by conservation groups and health organisations, Tanzania and Zanzibar have taken the lead in banning the use of plastic carrier bags and certain other plastic bags. Included in the ban are the following items that travellers might carry:
▪ Duty free carrier bags
▪ General shopping bags
▪ Bin liners (sometimes used to protect luggage during rain)
▪ Dry cleaning bags (commonly wrapped around clothing)
▪ Ziplock bags
Travellers arriving into Tanzania and Zanzibar via airports, sea ports or land borders will be required to leave any bags deemed to be on the banned list at the point of entry and risk facing heavy fines.

Optional Equipment

telephoto lens
binoculars

water bottle - plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn't yet widely available. It is possible to purchase 5 litre bottles of water at most shops which you can use to refill your bottle.

Reading List

East Africa - a Travel Survival Kit
G. Crowther (Lonely Planet Publications)
Useful and practical guide.

Guide to the National Parks of East Africa
Collins
Overall guide to the parks, the animals and the birds. Good value.

Field guide to the Birds of East Africa
J.G. Williams (Collins, 1980)
Very useful and practical guide.

Field guide to the Mammals of East Africa
Hatlenorth and Diller (Collins)
Excellent guide to the animals.

The Tree Where Man Was Born
Peter Matthiessen (The Harvill Press 1994)
A beautiful description of the peoples and landscape of East Africa in the early 70's.

There are numerous road maps, none 100% accurate. Perhaps the best at present is the 1:1 100 000 from the Nelles Maps series. Another good map is the 1/4000000 scale Michelin map number 955 (about £4.55), which covers all of Southern Africa.
For further information contact Stanfords at Long Acre, London,
WC2E 9LP. Tel: 020 7836 1321. Website: www.stanfords.co.uk

Practical Information

Passport

Tanzania

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

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.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

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.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Malaria prophylaxis is essential on this trip, and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

Bilharzia is known to occur in some of the lakes or rivers visited on this itinerary, we therefore advise all to take advice from your guide or leader locally before venturing for a swim.

Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in places visited on this trip. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Tanzania's Timezone:
Africa/Dar_es_Salaam EAT (GMT +03:00)

Electricity

Tanzania's Electricity:

230V, 50Hz. They use three flat pronged sockets.

230V 50Hz. 

Money

Tanzania's Currency

The national currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 2675 to the UK£ and 2188 to the US$.

Exchange rates are correct at the time of publication.

We recommend that you take most of your money in US dollars issued from 2009 or newer with the big head design.


Tanzanian shillings may not be imported or exported. There is no restriction on the import of foreign currency provided it is declared on arrival. On leaving Tanzania you may convert any amount of TZS into hard currency provided that you have a currency exchange receipt.

ATM Availability

There are ATMs at the airport on arrival and in Arusha (where we spend the first night) though it's best not to rely on these as there are regular power cuts. Please do not bring traveller's cheques as these are almost impossible to change. In addition they attract commission. Credit cards are accepted at the lodge in Arusha and some other places but note that there is often a service charge for their use.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

We recommend that you take most of your money in US dollars issued from 2009 or newer with the big head design.

Whilst on safari there will be little to spend your money on. You should allow between US$5 and US$15 a day for incidentals, drinks and postcards. There may be opportunities for souvenir shopping in which case you should allow some money for this.
See also 'Food' and 'Visa' sections.
Drinks are at your own expense, though tea, coffee and drinking chocolate are provided at the campsites. Bolied water will be provide on request.

Tipping

We recommend about US$85 - $110 to cover your driver/guide and either the hotel staff or cook and camp staff.. This is of course only a recommendation and totally at your own discretion. More information about who and when to distribute tips will be given out in the pre-trip briefing on Day 1 in Arusha.

Responsible Tourism

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

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… 

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE –STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

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You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

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TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.