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8-Day Tanzania Safari

8-Day Tanzania Safari

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8-Day Tanzania Safari
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A private eight-day safari will immerse you in northern Tanzania's best areas for wildlife viewing and traditional cultural encounters.  You’ll be able to appreciate some of the finest scenery in the northern circuit as well. Lake Manyara is a beautiful, smaller national park with fun wildlife viewing and it’s ideal for viewing birds with over 400 species. Tarangire is a remarkable park filled with giant baobabs and large acacias with a wide variety of game such as lions, elephants, zebras, pythons, giraffes, and waterbuck. Ngorongoro is the largest intact crater in the world with game ranging from rare black rhinos to huge bull elephants. Lake Eyasi is one of the best cultural destinations in Africa. Lake Natron offers outstanding desert scenery and walking. You will also visit the Serengeti, Tanzania's most famous and largest national park and one of the most spectacular parks in the world. The "endless plains" cover some 14,763 square kilometers including large plains, short grass plains, kopjes, and lakes. Here we watch big cats and their cubs thrive in the wild and massive herds of ungulates roaming the vast expanses.

This safari is a private trip, with a private safari guide and private custom Land Cruiser, with an itinerary you are welcome to customize to best suit your needs and interests.  While we list a number recommended safari lodges, we book all the lodges and you can request specific ones and we’ll re-quote the trip accordingly.

Like all safaris, we’d advise you to arrive into Kilimanjaro airport the day before “Day 1” of your safari and overnight in Arusha or nearby Moshi.   We can arrange private airport transfers on request and we book all of the hotels in the area.  


Day 1: 8-DAY TANZANIA SAFARI / Drive to Lake Manyara or Tarangire for an afternoon game drive

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December through May: Depart for Lake Manyara National Park with a picnic lunch and and enjoy a game drive here until late afternoon. 

 Manyara is a highly scenic park, rimmed on one side by the tall cliffs of the Rift escarpment, and ringed with a variety of habitats including the namesake for the park, Lake Manyara. Game we see in Manyara include hippos, elephants, giraffes, buffalo, impala, dwarf mongooses, hyraxes, hippos, wildebeest, zebra, and on rare occasions, tree-climbing lions and leopards.

Birding is special here. Species include pink-backed pelican, flamingos, yellow-billed stork and many other Eurasian migrants. The forests provide habitat for the silvery-cheeked hornbill while the savannah is home to the leadbeater hornbill. Birds of prey include ruppell's griffon, egyptian vulture, martial eagle, Verreaux's eagle, crowned eagle, peregrine falcon and bat hawk. Bright songbirds found here include Fischer’s lovebird, Peters twinspot and yellow and red barbets.

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June through November: Depart for Tarangire National Park with a picnic lunch and game drive until late afternoon. Tarangire is famous for its huge herds of elephant, healthy and large lion prides, and towering baobab trees. Throughout the dry season, thirsty antelope and elephant trek from many miles away to drink along the Tarangire River. Rare mammals here include the long-necked gerenuk, oryx and wild dog. 

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Migunga Forest Camp
Mid-Range Accommodations: Kirurumu Manyara Tented Lodge
Luxury Accommodations: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
Elite Accommodations: Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Day 2: Drive to Lake Natron, hike to Maasai village

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After breakfast, drive about 3.5 hours to Lake Natron via Engaruka Village. At Engaruka village, embark on a pleasant village walk to experience the Masaai way of being. Complete this wild and wonderful drive by entering Ngaresero village and heading onwards to the camp. Be sure to ask your guide to take you up for sundowners on the nearby hill. From the hill, travelers have a spectacular 360-degree view of the rugged, photogenic desert country including Ol Doiyo Lengai volcano, Tanzania's third-highest peak, which lords over the horizon.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget/Mid-Range Accommodations: Lake Natron Halisi Camp

Day 3: Lake Natron, game drive, waterfalls hike, ancient footprints


Today enjoy the best this wild and wooly region has to offer, which is splendidly diverse. This morning drive to see the surreal yet beautiful lake that is Lake Natron. Lake Natron is the only breeding ground for East Africa's millions of flamingos, which usually concentrate here to breed between August and October. Be sure to check out early man’s footprints, memorialized in a swath of petrified mud. You can stand right next them and survey the land which is un-changed from their time, truly connecting with the past. Afterwards, return to the camp for a break and for lunch. In the afternoon enjoy the wonderful hike through a rugged canyon to the waterfalls, where you can swim underneath both sets of waterfalls, that mark the top of the box canyon. We’ll then return to the camp and overnight. Star gazing here is special, given its remote location. Since there are no dangerous animals around, one can actually step outside your safari tent at night for a change and marvel at the celestial show from the comfort of your camp chair.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget/Mid-Range Accommodations: Lake Natron Halisi Camp

Day 4: Drive to Serengeti with game drive en route

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After breakfast drive to the fabled Serengeti via Loliondo, a removed and wild region that borders the northern stretches of the park. After entering the Serengeti National Park, enjoy a picnic lunch in the bush and game viewing enroute to your safari lodge. The legendary Serengeti is Africa's quintessential safari destination and is justifiably renowned for its wealth of predators like leopard and lion.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Robanda Tented Camp
Mid-Range Accommodations: Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp
Luxury Accommodations: Serengeti Serena Lodge
Elite Accommodations: Serengeti Migration Camp

Day 5: Serengeti, full day game drive

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After breakfast discover the ancient and boundless Serengeti plains with a full day tour. Serengeti is home to the annual migration of more than a million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelles on their vast circular journey to new grazing grounds.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Robanda Tented Camp
Mid-Range Accommodations: Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp
Luxury Accommodations: Serengeti Serena Lodge
Elite Accommodations: Serengeti Migration Camp

Day 6: Drive Serengeti to Lake Eyasi

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This morning, drive from Serengeti to Lake Eyasi with game viewing with Serengeti National Park enroute plus an optional side-visit to Olduvai Gorge. This afternoon, visit a Datoga hamlet and get to know their way of life. This is a pastoral tribe, not too terribly different than Maasai, but the two tribes compete nonetheless, with the Datoga having  a number of very different, fascinating traditions and customs that you will discover with your guide.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Tindiga Tented Camp
Luxury Accommodations: Ziwani Lodge
Elite Accommodations: Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp

Day 7: Visit Bushman tribe in Lake Eyasi, drive to the Ngorongoro highlands


Early this morning, join a local bushman on his hunt. You can read more about the bushpeople and the experience on our Tanzania FAQ section, just click on Lake Eyasi. Afterwards, drive to the Ngorongoro highlands. Here enjoy a little time to relax and take in the bucolic environs all around you.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget/Mid-Range Accommodations: Rhino Lodge
Mid-Range/Luxury Accommodations: Acacia Farm Lodge
Luxury Accommodations: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Elite Accommodations: The Manor at Ngorongoro

Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater game drive, return to Moshi/Arusha

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After breakfast descend into the world’s largest caldera for a 6-hour Crater tour. The Ngorongoro Crater offers a spectacular setting, with its rugged 2,000-foot-high walls, and contains an abundance of wildlife with over 20,000 large animals including the endangered black rhino. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is unique in that it allows over 40,000 Masaai pastoralists with their cattle, goats, and sheep to live alongside the abundant wildlife in a natural setting.

After a scenic picnic lunch besides the hippo pool, you’ll return to Arusha or Moshi (if climbing Kilimanjaro, the next day) or you can request a complimentary drop off at the Kilimanjaro Airport in time for your flight home tonight.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch


8-Day Tanzania Safari

Prices are Per Person and Valid for Trips through December 31, 2020

# People in Group: 1 2 3 4-5 6+
Budget Lodging: $6295 $4145 $3595 $3345 $3195
Mid-Range Lodging: $6795 $4545 $3995 $3745 $3595
4-Star Luxury Lodging: $8195 $5445 $5045 $4745 $4645
5-Star Luxury Lodging: $12195 $8145 $7595 $7345 $7195

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking naturalist driver/guide
  • Transportation in a custom safari 4x4 with viewing roof and guaranteed window seating
  • Bottled water in safari vehicle
  • National Park gate fees, Park commission, and Government taxes (based on current rates)
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Bottled water and drinks
  • Optional tours (Olduvai Gorge and Maasai Village visit)
  • Holiday supplement December 20 - January 5
  • Discount for kids under 15 years old

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