Tour Tanzania

Tour Tanzania takes you from the foothills of Kilimanjaro across to the baobab-studded landscape of Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.

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From here you will venture to arguably the best game park in the world; The Serengeti, as well as having a drive along the flamingo lined shores of Lake Manyara. Tour Tanzania really offers it all!

Itinerary

Day 1 - Kilimanjaro Meals:
Stepping off your international flight arriving in Tanzania the adventure begins as you make your way outside to meet your driver guide. Driving away from the airport and out onto an open road with no city in sight…it feels like your safari has already begun. The Aishi Machame Hotel is located near the gate of one of Mount Kilimanjaro’s ascent routes; the Machame route. You will overnight on the foothills of this magnificent mountain. The Aishi Machame Hotel is a perfect stop over. With all you need to make your first night on safari as comfortable as possible…with the added bonus of views to die for.

Accommodation: Aishi Machame Hotel
Day 2 - Bougainvillea Safari Lodge Meals: B L D
This morning we hope you wake to the majestic views of the snow covered top of Mount Kilimanjaro. For those keen on a walk to the gate of the Machame route before breakfast this can be arranged before breakfast. After breakfast you will leave the mountain behind you as you head towards Arusha town, also in the shadows of another volcanic mountain; Mt Meru. You now traverse the floor of the Great Rift Valley as you head to Tarangire National Park for a game drive. Tarangire National Park is located 118km south west of Arusha as is home to large herd of elephants and is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania after Ruaha, Serengeti, Mikumi, Katavi and Mkomazi. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. During the dry season thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire National Park from Manyara. In the late afternoon you continue to the Bourgainvillea Lodge located on the outskirts of Karatu town about midway between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater. The Lodge has 24 rooms, each cosy room has mosquito-netted king or twin beds, a fireplace, large bathroom with shower and a veranda from which to enjoy the views of our lush tropical gardens.

Accommodation: Bougainvillea Safari Lodge
Day 3 - Ikoma Bush Camp Meals: B L D
Today you will have a long drive through arguably the best game park in the world. You will head to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater and then descend into the endless plains of the Serenegti. You will meander your way through this famous park with fantastic game viewing as you head towards your tented camp located on the western side of the park. The Ikoma Bush Camp is located along the western corridor of the park, taking in Kirawira and the Grumetiriver - home to the infamous wildebeest-eating giant crocodiles. There is no better place to take in one of the world's greatest wildlife spectacles! Lunch under the acacia trees is a welcome sight as you settle down for an afternoon in the African bush. Later a game drive with a cool box of drinks to enjoy while watching the sun set completes a great day in the bush. Return to your lodge in the early evening to enjoy dinner and drinks.

Accommodation: Ikoma Bush Camp
Day 4 - Ikoma Bush Camp Meals: B L D
The Serengeti at sunrise is a beautiful sight and one not to be missed. This is also the best time for spotting animals so take advantage of the morning hours for the first of you days game drives. After a morning out the smell of a cooked breakfast is welcomed as you enjoy a morning under the shade of the trees. Afternoons are normally a lazy affair that end in the late afternoon when the temperatures cool down and the animals start to be active again. Today is no different and at 4pm you will head out for an evening drive before returning to camp in time for drinks around the fire and dinner.

Accommodation: Ikoma Bush Camp
Day 5 - Bougainvillea Safari Lodge Meals: B L D
After the thrills of the Serengeti game drive, you will have a full day driving through the Serengeti towards the Ngorongoro Crater ending up at the Bougainvillea Lodge. You will have left the Serengeti with a packed lunch which you can enjoy on the way to the Ngorongoro Highlands, passing through some incredible scenery and game rich country. You will arrive at your lodge in time for a relaxing drink and a delicious dinner in the lush surroundings of your lodge.

Accommodation: Bougainvillea Safari Lodge
Day 6 - Bougainvillea Safari Lodge Meals: B L D
This morning the Ngorongoro Crater awaits you. The Crater is a conservation area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated 180 km west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera, lies within the area. You will experience an amazing game drive on the crater floor. Filled with wildlife and said to be one of the most thrilling game spotting experiences. The crater won’t leave you disappointed. Back at the lodge its time to enjoy your last African sunset and dinner.

Accommodation: Bougainvillea Safari Lodge
Day 7 - Depart Meals: B
This morning will be your last day, but in order to get your last fix of the amazing scenery and wildlife that Tanzania has to offer you will have one last game drive in Lake Manyara, whose shores are a shimmer of pink, due to the large flamingo population and which was dubbed as the ‘lovliest lake in Africa’ by Ernest Hemingway. You will have a morning in the park on a game drive with plenty of bird species to look at there are also many differing species of mammal, including a large elephant population, leopard and if you are lucky see the tree climbing lions that the park is famous for. The name Manyara comes from the Maasai word emanyara, which is a euphorbia species of plant that is grown into a hedge around a family homestead the name "is a Masai description not for the lake, but in general for a lake shore region. In the late morning you will continue from Manyara and take the short drive to Arusha
Included
  • Full board accommodation throughout the safari, half board at Machame
  • Park Entrance fees throughout
  • Safari in a 7 seat private safari 4x4 Land Cruiser, driven by English speaking driver guide. (please note if there are only two people on the departure Albatros Travel have the right to move them to a smaller vehicle)
  • 1 liter of water in the vehicle per person per day
  • Transfers as stated in the itinerary
  • Current Government taxes and levies
Excluded
  • Domestic & International flights
  • Dinner on night of arrival
  • Lunch on day of departure
  • Balloon excursion
  • International and domestic departure tax not mentioned
  • Visas
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Visit to a Masai Village
  • Visit to Olduvai Gorge
  • Gratuities to your guide, hotel staff and porters
  • Any other items of a personal nature, such as drinks, laundry,
  • Telephone and Postage

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.

Tour Tanzania runs every saturday.

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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