5-Day Essential Tanzania

Get ready to embark on an extraordinary wildlife adventure like no other! Sleep in luxurious tented camps, get up close with wildlife, and dive into immersive cultural encounters. This tailor-made expedition promises the ultimate Tanzanian wilderness experience, with fewer crowds and delectable farm-to-table meals. Led by knowledgeable local guides, brace yourself for a safari paradise that surpasses all expectations.

TRIP ITINERARY OVERVIEW

Prepare for an unforgettable safari adventure! We begin with an action-packed day in Tarangire National Park, where you’ll witness the majestic presence of elephants and the timeless beauty of ancient baobabs. Next, we venture to the legendary Serengeti for two unforgettable days. Relax in luxury at our campsite and be mesmerized by the epic spectacle of the great migration. The highlight of your expedition awaits in the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater, offering unmatched views of Africa’s diverse wildlife. Guided by experts, get ready for close encounters with nature that will leave you spellbound. This safari is more than just a trip; it’s a deep dive into the heart and soul of Tanzania’s natural beauty and cultural heritage.

YOUR 5-DAY ADVENTURE

It’s our pleasure to welcome you to Tanzania. Your first stop is the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) after your international trip to Tanzania. Your guide will welcome you at the airport, holding a sign with your name on it for you to easily recognize us. 

The transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to Arusha will take around 1.5 hours.  Once you arrived we’ll help you check into your
lodge. You can then unpack, rest and get ready for our delicious dinner.

Welcome to Tanzania! Our guide will pick you up at the airport in Arusha, following a 1.5-hour transfer to your lodge. Once arrived we’ll assist you with checking into your room, allowing you to settle in and unwind before dinner.

Later, we’ll meet for a delicious dinner, followed by our initial trip briefing where we’ll delve into the exciting adventures awaiting us in the days ahead. Remember to enjoy your meal, but also prioritize rest—our safari kicks off bright and early the next morning!

Let’s kick off our adventure in style! Following an early breakfast, we’ll hit the road at 8:00 am for a scenic two-hour drive to Tarangire National Park.

Tarangire’s vast landscapes and abundant wildlife, particularly its elephants, make it a standout destination in its own right. We’ll embark on a thrilling game drive, pausing for a scenic lunch around noon. Afternoon brings another exciting drive before we retire to our lodge in Karatu.

After breakfast, we’ll begin our journey towards the Serengeti, passing through the stunning Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area and taking a moment to appreciate the breathtaking scenery.

Once we reach the Serengeti park gate, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch before embarking on our first exhilarating game drive through this iconic landscape. Along the way to our lodge, keep your eyes peeled for a variety of wildlife, from graceful antelopes and zebras to the powerful wildebeests and, if we’re lucky, even lions.

Our team stays connected with park personnel via radio, ensuring we’re always informed about any exciting sightings nearby. With this coordination, you can be sure not to miss any special safari moments. As the day draws to a close, we’ll arrive at Moyo Tented Camp, a luxurious safari retreat nestled in the heart of the Serengeti. You’ll have plenty of time to relax and unpack before we gather for dinner around 7:30 pm.

Days 3 & 4 are our two full days in the Serengeti, and comprise the heart of your trip. Here’s what your daily itinerary will look like:

MORNING: At the break of dawn, we indulge in a hearty buffet breakfast at Moyo Tented Camp, offering a wide array of delicious foods ranging from eggs and sausage to beans, vegetables, and pastries, accompanied by cereal, tea, and coffee. Once our hunger is satisfied, we embark on our first morning game drive in the Serengeti.

Each day unfolds with endless possibilities, ensuring unforgettable encounters with a myriad of wildlife engaged in their natural behaviors. Picture lions prowling, herds of elephants leisurely grazing across the plains, or zebras gathering at a watering hole to quench their thirst under the mid-morning sun.

Daily, we’ll head back to camp for a satisfying buffet lunch, followed by a two- to three-hour siesta. This downtime coincides with the animals’ more subdued period, as they seek shade and refuge from the mid-day sun.

Nevertheless, if we catch wind of thrilling sightings elsewhere, we’ll pack a picnic lunch in the morning and venture further into the park for exploration. Rest assured, our selected lunch spots are equipped with nearby restroom facilities, and our seasoned guides meticulously monitor the surrounding animal activity, prioritizing your safety at all times.

Our safari adventures usually come to a close in the early evening, although if we stumble upon something captivating, we might extend our exploration a bit. However, we always aim to return to the lodge before nightfall, as driving within the park after dark isn’t permitted.

Once we’re back, you’ll have plenty of time to unwind and freshen up with a shower before dinner, typically served between 7:30-8:30 pm. If you feel like it, you’re welcome to grab a drink in the lounge area beforehand.

Dinner usually consists of a generous buffet, with a mouthwatering dessert to follow. After dinner, feel free to linger a bit longer or retreat to your tent for a restful night’s sleep.

Moyo Tented Camp, founded by a seasoned safari guide with years of experience leading groups, offers a luxurious and idyllic retreat each evening. Unwind with a drink by the bonfire as the sun sets over the Serengeti, or cozy up with a book in your tent after a refreshing shower to wash away the day’s adventures—it’s your choice.

As traditional Tanzanian cuisine tends to be simple, our menu caters to western palates with high-quality buffets prepared by skilled chefs available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Rest assured, a restful night’s sleep awaits you in every room, furnished with a full-size queen bed (or two), complete with plush mattresses, soft sheets, cozy blankets, and fluffy pillows. So you can recharge and wake up ready for another day of exploration.

After breakfast, we’ll depart early from the Serengeti plains and head towards the Ngorongoro Crater, one of Tanzania’s most breathtaking spots.

This enormous crater was formed around 2.5 million years ago when a volcano collapsed, creating the largest unflooded caldera in the world. Once prime grazing land for Maasai cattle, it’s now home to a diverse array of wildlife, including zebras, giraffes, lions, elephants, and more. In fact, its name comes from the Maasai onomatopoeic word of the jingle of cowbells (“ngoro ngoro”).

Our morning drive through the crater floor promises close encounters with these animals, accustomed to human presence over the years. We’ll then circle the volcanic ridge, stopping at a designated picnic area for lunch. 

After that, we slowly make our way up and out of the crater to head back to Arusha for your flight onward or your optional additional night of lodging.

Unless you’re opting for one of our add-ons (below), we’ll head back to Arusha after we’ve left the crater. Today means farewell to Tanzania.

If your flight isn’t until the next day, we can arrange an additional night of lodging for you in Arusha at cost on request.

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4-Day Zanzibar Island

Explore the white sand beaches, crystal clear blue waters, and centuries of history of the former spice trading capital of Africa. Four days and three nights will provide the perfect amount of time to get to know this amazing island off of the coast of mainland Tanzania, just an hour flight away from Arusha.

PRICING

  • USD$990/Person
  • Double-occupancy in 3-star Lodging

INCLUDES

  • One-way airfare from Arusha(ARK) to Zanzibar (ZNZ)
  • Airport transfers
  • Private room(s) with breakfast

4-Day Zanzibar Island ​

Explore the white sand beaches, crystal clear blue waters, and centuries of history of the former spice trading capital of Africa. Four days and three nights will provide the perfect amount of time to get to know this amazing island off of the coast of mainland Tanzania, just an hour flight away from Arusha.

PRICING

  • USD$990/Person
  • Double-occupancy in 3-star Lodging

INCLUDES

  • One-way airfare from Arusha(ARK) to Zanzibar (ZNZ)
  • Airport transfers
  • Private room(s) with breakfast

4-Day Zanzibar Island ​

Explore the white sand beaches, crystal clear blue waters, and centuries of history of the former spice trading capital of Africa. Four days and three nights will provide the perfect amount of time to get to know this amazing island off of the coast of mainland Tanzania, just an hour flight away from Arusha.

PRICING

  • USD$990/Person
  • Double-occupancy in 3-star Lodging

INCLUDES

  • One-way airfare from Arusha(ARK) to Zanzibar (ZNZ)
  • Airport transfers
  • Private room(s) with breakfast

Price includes

$ 5900+
- start price (depending on group size & season)
  • All domestic transport
  • Fees & Taxes
  • All meals (as specified per day)
  • Base gratuity for all staff

Price excludes

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a 30% deposit is required to book
  • International Travel
  • Private room (available for extra charge)
  • International Airfare and Visa

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8-Day Best of Tanzania

Your safari begins with a journey through Tanzania's wilderness, featuring five days filled with expert-guided safari drives. Highlights include observing a diverse array of wildlife such as lions, elephants, and giraffes in their natural habitats, and nights spent in luxury tented camps within Serengeti National Park. The adventure also takes you deep into the Ngorongoro Crater for close animal encounters and to Tarangire National Park to meet its famous elephants. Cultural richness is woven through visits to local tribes, offering an immersive experience into Tanzania's vibrant traditions.

7-Day Best of Tanzania

Over four days, immerse yourself in Tanzania's wild beauty with guided safari drives, spotting lions, elephants, and more. Stay in the Serengeti's luxury tented camps and enjoy the best cuisine brought to you daily. Venture into Ngorongoro Crater for unparalleled wildlife experiences and visit Tarangire to see its renowned elephants. The journey is deepened with interactions with local tribes, offering a glimpse into the area's rich cultural tapestry. This condensed adventure promises the essence of Tanzania's natural beauty and traditions in a shorter timeframe.

6-Day Essential Tanzania

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