Footsteps across the Serengeti

Get your boots on because it’s time to get up close with the African bush. On this tour, you will experience the original and best way to go on safari – on foot. This is the dream African adventure!

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We take you to two spectacular wildlife locations – the fabled Serengeti and the incredible Ngorongoro Crater – and provide you with expert guides. You’ll be camping in tents and staying at comfortable lodges, and combining the walks with some game drives. Each evening you’ll get the chance to sink a few sundowners and enjoy excellent African cooking beneath the starry skies.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arusha Meals: L D
On arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) you will be met by an Albatros Travel representative who will assist you in your transfer to the Mt Meru Hotel where you will spend your first night. The hotel is situated in the foothills of Mt Meru in the city of Arusha and is the perfect place to relax before your safari. Each room comes equipped with air conditioning, a mini bar and free Wi-Fi. Later on you can enjoy a meal in the hotel restaurant and perhaps head out to see a few of the sights in Tanzania's northern capital.

Accommodation: Mt Meru Hotel
Day 2 - Serengeti National Park Meals: B L D
This morning you will be transferred to the Arusha airstrip for your flight to the Serengeti. Upon landing you will be met by your guide who will drive you to the camp in time for lunch. The comfortable camp is located in a remote part of the Serengeti and ideally placed for seeing wildlife. In the afternoon you will go on your first guided bush walk, exploring the area surrounding the camp. It’s a thrilling experience and you will really start to get a feel for the kind of terrain you will be encountering over the next few days. You will return to the camp in time for sundowners and dinner and your first night under the stars in Tanzania.

Accommodation: Serengeti Camping
Day 3 - Serengeti National Park Meals: B L D
Today is the day your walking adventure begins and, after an early breakfast, we will set off on foot across the plains to explore this world-famous ecosystem and all it has to offer. The Serengeti is packed with game and birds and our guides will show us how to spot them. Animals are often frightened away by the sound of vehicle engines, so approaching them on foot is a far better way to do it! Your guide will be extremely experienced with years of walking safaris behind him and will carry a high-caliber rifle which he has been trained to use (rarely, and then usually just for frightening off animals). We will stop for a picnic lunch before walking back to camp and arriving in the mid afternoon – an ideal time to relax and stay out of the heat. In the late afternoon we will set off again on foot before pausing to enjoy a sundowner or two and then returning to camp for dinner.

Accommodation: Serengeti Camping
Day 4 - Serengeti National Park Meals: B L D
Another exciting day of trekking in the Serengeti awaits today. As well as spotting a huge variety of birds you will get a chance to see many of the iconic game species for which this unique park is known. Dusty and tired, but no doubt with a great sense of reward, you will return to the camp for a final evening of bush sundowners and a dinner around the campfire. Tomorrow you will be off to an entirely different area.

Accommodation: Serengeti Camping
Day 5 - Serengeti National Park Meals: B L D
This morning will be your last chance to head out into the Serengeti on foot. After you have done so your guide will drive you across the plains to the Serengeti Sopa Lodge for lunch. After you have settled in to your new surroundings you might like to use the afternoon to go on a game drive, exploring a different part of the Serengeti and getting that little bit closer to the large predators safe in the knowledge you are now in a safari vehicle!

Accommodation: Serengeti Sopa
Day 6 - Ngorongoro Conservation Area Meals: B L D
After breakfast today we will drive to the Ngorongoro area. There will be plenty of opportunities to spot game on route and we will stop at Olduvai Gorge to explore the archaeological site made famous by Dr Mary Leakey. There will also be the opportunity to stop at a Masai village and learn about their way of life and traditions. After this fascinating insight we will continue on to the beautiful Ngorongoro Highlands and the tranquil Plantation Lodge - which will be the next place you are staying at. Plantation Lodge rests on the soft, red-brown hills of the Ngorongoro region. The individually furnished rooms and suites blend harmoniously with the flowering garden and offer comfort and relaxation. Everywhere you look, you can see and even feel the personal atmosphere of this owner-run lodge with furnishings that were selected with great attention to detail.

Accommodation: Platation Lodge
Day 7 - Ngorongoro Conservation Area Meals: B L D
To experience the crater without the crowds it is best to rise early for your half day game drive. Reaching the crater floor as the sun begins to rise, you will undoubtedly be amazed at this natural phenomenon before you. The Ngorongoro Crater is home to about 25,000 animals and is one of the last places in Tanzania where the Big 5 can all be seen. A World Heritage Site, the conservation area is also an International Biosphere Reserve, where the animals and environment are protected but the Masai continue to practice their pastoral lifestyle. We will enjoy a picnic on the edge of one of the crater’s lakes from where we will be able to watch elephants quench their thirst. Later we will return to Plantation Lodge for dinner and to swap tales with other travellers on this the last night of your bush adventure.

Accommodation: Platation Lodge
Day 8 - Departure Meals: B
The holiday may be over today but you will have plenty of memories to savour and pictures to show your friends and family. After breakfast you will be transferred back to Arusha in time for your onward travel arrangements.
Included
  • Accommodation in Arusha on a B & B basis
  • Full board accommodation on safari
  • Camp fees
  • Park entrance fees
  • Scheduled flight
  • Experienced walking safari guide 
  • All game drives in a custom built 4x4 safari vehicle
  • All transfers as indicated
  • Visit to Olduvai Gorge
  • Masai village visit
  • Government taxes and levies
Excluded
  • International and domestic departure tax
  • Visas
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Gratuities to guides, hotel staff and porters
  • Any other items not mentioned under 'Included in the Price'

Tour starts/ends:

Starts: Unless otherwise stated, most tours start in Arusha. Zanzibar tours start at Zanzibar Airport.
Ends:  See itinerary for details
Note: we can also pick you up or drop you off at the hotel of your choice in the greater Arusha area if you notify us in advance.

Expected group size:

On regular group tours the expected total group size is between 2 and 10 travellers.

Type of vehicles used:

In Tanzania all your transfers and game drives will be in 4x4’s.

Level of ability required:

Although there will be no special strength and fitness requirements, please note that safari lodges situated in remote areas are by their very nature lacking in many of the modern conveniences found in cities. For this reason please be prepared for uneven floors and sometimes challenging access.
You must be able-bodied and have the ability to move independently without help on most of our tours. If you have any specific mobility requirements please contact us beforehand.

Food and dietary information:

The food prepared at the lodges and/or hotels on this tour will be of an international nature and suited to a broad range of visitors. If you have any specific dietary requirements please let us know in advance so that we can inform the lodges and hotels along the route. Alcoholic drinks, unless specifically mentioned in the itinerary, are not included in the price.

Health and vaccinations:

You should speak to your health provider about what vaccinations you will need for your trip to Tanzania. In addition, most doctors recommend taking anti-malarial pills for your visit and following measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitos, such as covering up exposed arms and legs. Lodges will provide mosquito nets over the beds.
If you take any medication, be sure to bring it with you, as well as details of your prescription.
We advise all travellers to take out comprehensive travel insurance before their trip.

What to wear:

Although Tanzania lies in the tropics it can get chilly in the evenings and early mornings. On this trip we recommend that you include the following in your baggage:
- A pair of sturdy lightweight shoes or boots
- Light coloured clothing with long sleeves and legs for the evenings and early mornings
- A hat to keep the strong sun off your head

Baggage and what to bring:

Important note: If your itinerary includes a leg of the journey on a light aircraft then please be advised that the maximum TOTAL weight allowance including hand luggage is 15kg (approx.. 33lbs) and all luggage must be in a soft bag i.e. NOT a suitcase. These rules are imposed by the airlines and we are unable to make allowances.
We recommend that you do not forget to pack the following:
- Insect repellant cream/spray
- Camera and binoculars
- A torch (flashlight)
- A waterproof/dustproof bag

Visa requirements:

Depending on your nationality you will probably need a tourist visa to enter Tanzania for this tour. The current cost of a single-entry tourist visa is USD 50 per person if traveling on a British Passport and $100 per person for an American passport holder (subject to change) Other nationalities vary in fee’s from free to $50, and these can be purchased on arrival, for most nationals, in all major currencies.
For more comprehensive information visit the Project Visa website.

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