Tanzania Classic: Tarangire, Ngorongoro & Serengeti

Safari, Tanzania Classic: Tarangire, Ngorongoro & Serengeti

Tanzania Classic

Tarangire, Ngorongoro & Serengeti

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Fresh with the feeling of new discovery, you explore the luxuriant wilderness of Lake Manyara National Park. Chills pass down your spine as your guide points ahead, and you stop in your tracks to see the legendary tree-climbing lions. It’s just one moment of adventure in a Classic Safari that takes you from pink flamingos and the savannahs of Tarangire National Park to the glory of Ngorongoro Crater, magnificent “eighth wonder of the world.” You’ll explore Olduvai Gorge where Paleolithic remains of the earliest humans were first discovered…and the Serengeti, teeming with herds of big game.

 

Tanzania’s year-round attractions are perfect for first-timers and veteran travelers alike, with a high concentration of elephant, leopard, buffalo, rhino, and lion. During migration months, you’ll see “the greatest wildlife show on Earth” as nearly two million wildebeest, zebra, and antelope move to new watering grounds. Your expertly planned CW Safari leads you through all the must-see classic parks. At rest, you’ll enjoy the pleasures of both traditional and deluxe camp accommodations.

Activity Level
Limited easy walking
with travel and
safari days
interspersed
Meet
Arusha, Tanzania
Depart
Arusha, Tanzania
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9 days, 8 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable guides
  • All meals included
  • Safari lodges and deluxe tented camps (with private baths) while on tour
  • Airport “meet and greet” service
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • Internal flight(s)
  • All park fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • Basic travel insurance coverage
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW staff
Compare Dates & Prices
2014 Seasonal Pricing Starting From...
Season 2 travelers 3 travelers 4 travelers 5+ travelers Single Supplement
Jan 1 - 31
$5,498
$4,898
$4,598
$4,398
$798
Feb 1 - 28
$5,798
$5,198
$4,898
$4,698
$798
March 1 - 31
$5,098
$4,498
$4,198
$3,998
$698
April 1 - May 15
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May 16 - 31
$4,298
$3,698
$3,398
$3,198
$598
June 1 - 30
$5,798
$5,198
$4,898
$4,798
$798
July 1 - Aug 31
$5,898
$5,298
$4,998
$4,798
$798
Sept 1 - Oct 31
$5,798
$5,198
$4,898
$4,798
$798
Nov 1 - 30
$5,098
$4,498
$4,198
$4,098
$598
Dec 1 - 14
$5,198
$4,598
$4,298
$4,098
$598

*Price is based on per person, double occupancy.

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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
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Arusha
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Tarangire National Park
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Tarangire National Park
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Lake Manyara National Park
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Ngorongoro Crater
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Ngorongoro Crater
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The Serengeti
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The Serengeti
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Arusha
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Day 1

Arusha

Fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport, where your driver/guide awaits to greet and escort you to Serena Mountain Village, Arusha. This charming accommodation stands on the shores of Lake Duluti with views of Mount Meru. Dinner at the lodge.

Included: Airport arrival transfer. Meals: D
Approximate Travel time: 1 hour

Serena Mountain Village

Arusha, Tanzania

Serena Mountain Village is nestled on the wooded slopes of Mount Meru, on the shore of Lake Duluti. Its comfortable cottage-style rooms and extensive landscaped grounds provide the ideal respite after your travels. A range of activity options abound, including walking, mountain biking, and canoeing. The lodge chefs pride themselves in locally sourcing as much fresh food as possible including meats, dairy, fruits, and vegetables.

Day 2

Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, a scenic drive brings you to Tarangire National Park in time for lunch at Kikoti Camp. Kikoti, an ancient Maasai name meaning “the place where life began,” describes the pre-Jurassic ecosystem surrounding the camp. After lunch, enjoy a game drive in Tarangire before arriving back in camp in time for sundowner cocktails and dinner.

Kikoti’s proximity to Tarangire affords a wide choice of exploratory game drives through the surrounding savannah and acacia parkland. It is ideally positioned adjacent to the migratory corridor and offers a variety of activities to acquaint you with nature in its primeval state—from guided walks and foot safaris to extended bush trekking with rangers.

Included: Game drive and land transfer. Walking safari and village visit at own expense, Meals: BLD
Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours

Kikoti Tented Camp

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Kikoti is a luxury tented camp in traditional safari style, defined by superior service and campfire hospitality. Located on a community conservation area, the camp donates a portion of income to the local community for development projects such as schools, water boreholes, roads, and dispensaries.

Day 3

Tarangire National Park

Enjoy a full day on safari in Tarangire National Park with morning and afternoon game drives. An essential dry-season (June/July) wildlife sanctuary, the park supports vast herds in clearly defined seasonal patterns. Zebras and wildebeests begin their trek in October. Then come gazelles, buffalos, elands, oryxes, and hartebeests. Finally, the elephants move in. Throughout these migrations, defassa waterbucks, impalas, giraffes, lesser kudus, Kirk’s dik-dik, and warthogs remain resident. June marks the return of the park’s own migratory species: oryxes, elands, elephants, zebras, and wildebeest.

Included: Game drives. Meals: BLD

Kikoti Tented Camp

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Kikoti is a luxury tented camp in traditional safari style, defined by superior service and campfire hospitality. Located on a community conservation area, the camp donates a portion of income to the local community for development projects such as schools, water boreholes, roads, and dispensaries.

Day 4

Lake Manyara National Park

After a farewell camp breakfast, drive on to Lake Manyara National Park and arrive at Kirurumu Tented Lodge in time for lunch. Below the lodge, at the base of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara shimmers in a lilac and golden haze. If the time is right, you will see it streaked with the vivid pink of thousands of flamingos. Backed by a narrow band of forest, your vista rises to the dramatically sheer red and brown cliffs of the Mto wa Mbu Escarpment.

Behind Kirurumu, the Ngorongoro Highlands rise in green and fertile splendor and form the gateway to Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, and the Serengeti. Begin your explorations after lunch, with an afternoon game drive in the park.

Included: Game drive and land transfer. Meals: BLD
Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours

Kirurumu Tented Lodge

Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

Kirurumu Tented Lodge is set high on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, enjoying marvelous, panoramic views eastward over Lake Manyara, the Rift floor, and Mt. Losimingori. Each spacious, thatched-roof double tent of this intimate camp is built on a wooden platform with private veranda and facilities en suite.

Day 5

Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast at the lodge comes the excitement of a drive to the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Ascending the edge of the crater, discover Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, where you will be welcomed for an afternoon at leisure followed by dinner. Active options include a nature walk on the grounds or along the crater rim.

A World Heritage site, Ngorongoro is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife arenas and one of the largest, most perfect volcanic craters in the world. It forms a unique biosphere sheltering grasslands, swamps, forests, salt pans, a freshwater lake, and a glorious variety of birdlife, all enclosed within its towering walls. Its high concentration of wildlife creates close-range viewing opportunities framed by striking scenery.

Included: Land transfer and leisure time. Optional nature walk on crater rim (own expense). Meals: BLD
Approximate Travel Time: 1 hour

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Ascend to the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge for the evening and dinner. Regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, this unique lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent crater, with unparalleled views. Built long and low, the lodge is constructed from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the crater 2,000 feet below. Strung around the crater rim, the rock-built rooms have private balconies for panoramic views of the remarkable craterscape.

Day 6

Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, descend into the crater for a half-day tour, returning to the lodge for a leisurely lunch. In the afternoon, take your explorations further on a guided nature walk, or relax and enjoy the incomparable views from your private stone-built veranda. Dinner at the lodge.

Included: Game drive. Optional nature walk (own expense). Meals: BLD

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Ascend to the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge for the evening and dinner. Regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, this unique lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent crater, with unparalleled views. Built long and low, the lodge is constructed from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the crater 2,000 feet below. Strung around the crater rim, the rock-built rooms have private balconies for panoramic views of the remarkable craterscape.

Day 7

The Serengeti

Depart after breakfast for a journey to the ancient past as you drive to Olduvai Gorge, also called Oldupai Gorge, one of the world’s most important Paleolithic sites. A stop here affords the opportunity to take in the excavation sites as well as a visit to the compact but enormously engaging museum. Following another stretch along the route that leads from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you will arrive in spectacular Serengeti National Park in time for lunch at your hotel. Also on your agenda: an afternoon’s game drive. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Covering 5,700 square miles of endlessly rolling savannah plains, the Serengeti is Tanzania’s largest and most legendary park. Massive herds of wildlife roam in perpetual search of fresh grasslands. The million-plus wildebeest are the predominant herbivore and also the main prey of a huge cast of large carnivores, principally lion and hyena. While famous for its annual migrations, the Serengeti is also renowned for its lions, many of which are fitted with radio-transmitter collars to track their movements. Also populating the savannah is an abundance of cheetah, zebra, giraffe, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, eland, impala, klipspringer, hippo, and warthog.

Included: Land transfer, Olduvai Gorge visit, and game drive. Meals: BLD
Approximate Travel Time: 3½ hours

Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp

The Serengeti, Tanzania

Lying in a hidden glade, Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp is known as “the place of the klipspringer.” This unique, premium tented camp offers 16 widely spaced, en suite tents guarded by three-million-year-old granite towers, at the very epicenter of the Serengeti.

Day 8

The Serengeti

Luxuriate in a full-day safari across the vast and sensational Serengeti. Opportunities for wildlife sightings and discovering the area’s unique ecology abound. You set off in the early morning sunlight to catch the savannah come to life―the flashing tails of baby impala, a chorus of birdsong, and hippos returning to their pools after a night of grazing―as vast as it may be, it is all in the details of nature here. Returning to the lodge for lunch, there is time to enjoy the amenities, stretch out on a walk on the grounds of the lodge, or simply relax before setting off for a late-afternoon drive, perhaps heading straight to a secret waterhole as elephants return for the last drink of the day. Have your camera ready, as sunset in the Serengeti is something you will never forget. You may cap off your final dinner this evening in the lodge’s bar with the sights and sounds of traditional music and dance.

Included: Game drives and downtime. Meals: BLD

Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp

The Serengeti, Tanzania

Lying in a hidden glade, Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp is known as “the place of the klipspringer.” This unique, premium tented camp offers 16 widely spaced, en suite tents guarded by three-million-year-old granite towers, at the very epicenter of the Serengeti.

Day 9

Arusha

After a farewell breakfast, you will be driven to the nearby airstrip for your flight to Arusha airport. A transfer will be provided according to your travel plans either to a city hotel or to the Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

Guides

Chris Nyambu

Chris brings knowledge and dedication to his career as a safari guide. Highly focused and passionate about his profession, he is accredited by the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association with eight years guiding experience. Because Chris speaks fluent English and Swahili, he is a perfect bridge between our safari guests and the places they visit. His conversance with the African wilderness—its geography, flora, and fauna—is equally fluent. Driven by his love for wildlife and desire to conserve nature, he became a member of the Friends of Tsavo. Among his favorite places to travel: Masai Mara, Samburu, and Lake Nakuru. When not travelling or guiding, he enjoys football and photography. His favorite subject? The African elephant.

Stephen M. Kyengo

Stephen is a proficient safari driver and enthusiastic guide. His wealth of knowledge about the African wild, combined with his fluency in English, Swahili, and intermediate Japanese, make him a most remarkable travel companion. His seven years experience in safari guiding is reflected in his intimate familiarity with the flora and fauna. His passion for the region may be partly inherited, as his father is also a professional safari guide. Outgoing and lively, Stephen loves meeting new people and is an accredited member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association. His favorite parks are Samburu and Masai Mara; his favorite animal is the giraffe.

Guest Comments

O. Christensen & P. Lucas, Colorado, March 2013

We chose to visit Tanzania to view the game, knowing something about the area from reading and documentary films. The experience exceeded out expectations. The variety and abundance of plains animals and birds was amazing, and we were able to view it safely and unimagined close range from our vehicles. The accommodations were most comfortable, with the spirit of the location.

N. Rodier, Colorado, February 2013

This was a memorable, life changing experience; exceeded my expectations in every way. All I had to do every day was simply show up. The details were all taken care of, freeing me to enjoy the experience, the animals and scenery! If you've ever thought you might like to go to Africa, GO!

P. & C. Lowe, Texas, February 2013

The Kikoti Safari Camp was wonderful. Gracious hosts, great tents, and excellent service. I felt very pampered. Also enjoyed the Serena Ngorongoro Hotel, and the Serena Mbuzi Mawe camp.

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