Tour no. VE-P2: A three week combination of game drives, cultural tours and walking safaris. For this particular tour, we recommend you to book a flight to Kilimanjaro Airport and return, alternatively to Nairobi and return.
Day 1. Transfer from point of arrival to Arusha. Overnight at; L: Serena Mountain Village, H: New Arusha Hotel, M: Mount Meru Hotel, B: Arusha Travel Lodge.
Day 2. Depart Arusha at 09.00 am for a 30 minutes drive to Arusha National Park. Here you will participate in a half day walking safari and a half day game drive. You will be accompanied by an armed ranger for the walk, who will guide you through the forest up to the waterfall and the point for viewing the black and white colobus monkeys. During the game drive you will see the 7 Lakes of Momella and the Ngurduto Crater. At sunset, you will return to Arusha for dinner and overnight at; L: Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge, H: Kigongoni Lodge, M: Momella Wildlife Lodge, B: Colobus Camp
Day 3. Depart Arusha at 09.00 am for a full day in Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its green scenery, varied bird life, tree-climbing lions, hippos and baboons. Overnight on the rim of the Great Rift Valley,
overlooking Lake Manyara at; L: Lake Manyara Serena, H: E Unoto Retreat, M: Lake Manyara Hotel, B: Panorama Camp
Day 4. Transfer to Lake Eyasi, the largest soda lake in Tanzania with diverse cultures settled around the area. Explore the real bushmen, the Hadzabe and the Datoga tribe. Overnight at; L: Kisima Ngema Tented Camp, H: Kisida Ndega Tented Camp, M: Kisida Ndega Tented Camp, B: Chem Chem Camp
Day 5. Early morning hunting with the Hadzabe bushmen. In the afternoon, transfer to Karatu for overnight at; L: Gibbs Farm, H: Octagon Safari Lodge, M: Octagon Safari Lodge, B: Panorama Camp
Day 6. Early breakfast at 6.00 am. Game drive en route to Serengeti National Park. Serengeti is the largest and most famous park in Tanzania, known worldwide for its endless plains, wildebeest-migration, herds of lions and other predators like hyenas, cheetahs and leopards. Crocodiles can be found in the Grumeti River, as well as hippos, giraffes, antelopes, and gazelles. Dinner and overnight in the heart of Serengeti! Overnight at; L: Serengeti Serena, H: Serengeti Sopa Lodge, M: Seronera Wildlife Lodge, B: Seronera Camp
Day 7-8. Full days in Serengeti. Overnight at; L: Serengeti Serena, H: Serengeti Sopa Lodge, M: Seronera Wildlife Lodge, B: Seronera Camp
Day 9. Another game drive in Serengeti. In the afternoon you drive en route (optional stopover at Olduvai) to the rim of Ngorongoro Crater for dinner and overnight with an excellent view of the crater floor! Overnight at; L: Ngorongoro Serena, H: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, M: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, B: Simba Camp
Day 10. A full day in the Ngorongoro Crater. There is a very high possibility of spotting the big 5 in one day: lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard. Lunch will take place at the picnic site at the crater floor. Overnight on the rim of Ngorongoro at; L: Ngorongoro Serena, H: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, M: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, B: Simba Camp
Day 11. Drive to Nainokanoka village, where you set camp and walk the rim of the Olmoti crater and visit the Munge waterfalls before returning to the camp for dinner and overnight at Nainokanoka Camp.
Day 12. Walking through the Embulimbuli depression following the cattle trails which passes through forests and grasslands. Following the path which leads trough open grassland area, bushland area and forests, gradually gaining height to the rim of the Empakaai crater. Camp is set on the rim, before descending into the crater floor covered with dense equatorial forests, grass and volcanic lake. Animals like buffaloes, redbucks, waterbucks and different species of birds can be seen at close range during the walk around the lake. Overnight camp at the Empakai camp on the crater rim.
Day 13. Empakaai crater – Naiyobi Maasai village. Depart for Naiyobi village circling the crater rim, descend on the northwestern side. Overnight at Naiobi Camp.
Day 14. Nayiobi village – Mounwongoni village. Depart in the morning following the dusty paths downhill and off the crater highlands to Mwongoni Maasai village. Overnight camp at the edge of the village at Mwongoni Camp.
Day 15. Mounwongoni village – Ngarasero village. Leave in the morning before the sun is hot to follow the winding path across bares volcanic rocks and dusty lava soil. The path rounding the north-western floor of the active Mt. Lengai crosses river Ngarasero to the nearby village. Camp is set near the river and a bath here is very refreshing. Early morning between 0300.am and 04.00 am your transfer jeep drives you to the foot of Mt. Lengai to start the trek to the peak at 2878m. Overnight at Mountain Base Camp.
Day 16. Lake Natron. Descend from the mountain at about noon. Relax at the camp after a strenuous trek. Overnight at Kamakia Camp.
Day 17. A tour of Lake Natron where the highlights include the Engaresero river gorge, breeding flamingos in the soda lake, waterfalls and rift cliffs. Overnight at Kamakia Camp.
Day 18. Transfer to Mto wa Mbu for a cultural tour exploring the village neighboring Lake Manyara. Overnight at; L: Lake Manyara Serena, H: E Unoto Retreat, M: Lake Manyara Hotel, B: Panorama Camp
Day 19. Transfer to Tarangire National Park for a day of game viewing. This park is often referred to as the “home of elephants”, you have a great chance to spot elephants in large groups gathering around the Tarangire River. Other animals to be spotted include leopards, lions, giraffes and even tree-climbing pythons! In the late afternoon, return to Arusha for overnight at; L: Tarangire Treetops, H: Tarangire Sopa Lodge, M: Tamarind Tented Camp, B: Kigongoni Camp
Day 20. Tarangire National Park. In the late afternoon, return to Arusha. Overnight at; L: Serena Mountain Village, H: New Arusha Hotel, M: Mount Meru Hotel, B: Arusha Travel Lodge.
Day 21. Return to Kilimanjaro Airport, Arusha Airport or Nairobi Airport for connecting flight home.
L = Luxury
Five star accommodation while in Arusha and on safari game viewing. Good standard lodge while in Lake Eyasi (day 4 and 5) Basic camping while trekking in the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands (day 10-17)
H = High end
Upper end standard while in Arusha, and on safari game viewing. Good standard lodge while in Lake Eyasi (day 4 and 5) Basic camping while trekking in the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands (day 10-17)
M = Medium
Medium standard while in Arusha and on safari game viewing. Good standard lodge while in Lake Eyasi (day 4 and 5) Basic camping while trekking in the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands (day 10-17)
B = Budget
Basic camping while on tour and budget class hotel while in Arusha
We can provide French and Spanish speaking guides on request.
You can find photos of the different accommodation options offered here
* Transfer from Kilimanjaro / Arusha / Nairobi Airport and return. Note that for transfer from Nairobi Airport we use Impala Shuttle Service with departures daily at 0800 and 1400.
* Accommodation on bed and breakfast basis while in Arusha
* Accommodation on fullboard basis while on safari and Kilimanjaro
* Accommodation on halfboard basis while on Zanzibar
* Nineteen days safari as described above including park entry fees, camping fees / lodge accommodation, English speaking driver/guide, 4WD Landcruiser with open roof and sliding windows, 3 meals a day while on tour, cook, camping equipment, ranger fees, special campsite fees, Maasai warriors, donkeys, unlimited game viewing within park opening hours, AAR Emergency Rescue & Evacuation Insurance.
* Entry visas
* International flights
* Dinner on day 1 and 20
* Items of personal nature (mineral water, alcohol, phone calls etc)
* Tipping to the crew