9 days Tented Lodge Safari Tanzania Highlights Semi-Luxury

9 days Tented Lodge Safari Tanzania Highlights Semi-Luxury

  • Highlights: Arusha National park, Lake Manyara, SerengetiNgorongoro and Tarangire
  • All highlights of Tanzania in a compact tour
  • Duration: 9 days/8 nights
  • Best time: June-December
  • Start/finish: Arusha
  • Activities: game drives, walking safari and cultural tour
  • Accommodation: Semi-luxury Tented Lodges
  • Comfort: Very comfortable

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport- Arusha
Day 2: Arusha National Park – full day
Day 3: Arusha – Lake Manyara
Day 4: Lake Manyara – Serengeti
Day 5: Serengeti – full day
Day 6: Serengeti – Ngorongoro
Day 7: Ngorongoro – Tarangire
Day 8: Tarangire – full day
Day 9: Tarangire – Arusha/Kilimanjaro Airport

Day to day program

Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha lodge

On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met by our guide, who will drive you to your lodge in Arusha (45-60 minutes).
Dinner and accommodation: Ilboru Safari Lodge

Day 2: Arusha National Park – full day

Distance: 50 km
Time/road condition: about 1,5 hour over partly paved roads.
In the morning your guide will collect you in Arusha and, with packed a picnic lunch, we depart for a full day in Arusha National Park. We start with a beautiful nature walk in Arusha National Park with an armed ranger (because of the animals). You can enjoy the impressive flora and fauna of this area, with waterfalls and huge fig trees. Depending on your condition and wishes the walk takes about 2-4 hours. Walking safaris can be as short or as long as desired.

Furthermore, we go for a game drive, spotting wildlife while enjoying the spectacular views of Mount Meru and the Kilimanjaro, waterfalls, lakes, swamps and steep cliffs. Driving around the Momella Lakes in the South Eastern part of the Park, surrounded by beautiful woodlands. The park is home to many varieties of smaller game as well as giraffe, elephant, Black and White Colobus monkey, water buffalo, bushbuck, and over 400 species of birdlife. Afterwards, we drive back to the lodge in Arusha. Optional: Excursion to Meru’s summit or a canoe safari.
Dinner and accommodation: Ilboru Safari Lodge

Day 3: Arusha – Lake Manyara

Distance: 150 km
Time/road condition: about 3,5 hours on mostly paved roads.
After breakfast, you begin your drive to Mto Wa Mbu, where you will spend an hour or two wandering around this busy town. You’ll learn more about the life of the Masaai and the 100 or so other cultural groups living in this area (some in traditional huts). We visit plantations, local craftsmen, taste banana beer in an authentic bar and amble past the many market stalls with local produce. Lunch is served by a cheerful Tanzanian “mamma” who will delight you with tasty local dishes. Then it’s on safari in Lake Manyara National Park and, afterwards drive to the lodge outside the park.
Dinner and accommodation: Tloma Mountain Lodge

Day 4: Lake Manyara – Serengeti Central

Distance: 210 km
Time/road condition: 6 hours, partly paved, mostly sandy and bumpy.
After an early breakfast, we take our lunchboxes and leave for Serengeti National Park via the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a spectacular area with panoramic views over the crater hundreds of meters below. Today is also an adventurous safari day as a large part of this route is straight across the centre of the Serengeti National Park, the area of the Seronera River.
Dinner and accommodation: Kati Kati Tented Camp

Dag 5: Serengeti – full day

A full safari day in Serengeti! Driving along the shores of the Seronera River and Mara River, trying to find unforgettable moments and a glimpse of the way wild animals live and survive. Wildebeest crossing the river,  a hunting cheetah, lion or any other predator or the magnificent view of the silhouette of a giraffe at the horizon. You will have a chance to see Nile Crocodiles (sometimes more than 6 meters long!) waiting for animals to come drinking or crossing and ambush them. You will enjoy areas that are not known to the greater public and are therefore perfect for an experience off the beaten path. Today, our route follows the presence and migration of the animals on the plains.
Dinner and accommodation: Kati Kati Tented Camp

Day 6: Serengeti – Ngorongoro 

Distance: 160 km (excl. the game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater)
Time/road condition: 3 hours, sandy and bumpy.
After breakfast depart for a game drive in the famous Ngorongoro Crater. We wind our way down into the caldera, with the most breathtaking views along the way. Armed with your guide’s years of experience and his ‘eagle-eyes’, we might even encounter rhino. The chance of seeing an active pride of lions at close quarters is high on the list of possibilities. During the picnic lunch at the Hippo Pool, you will enjoy all the sights and sounds of the ‘laughing’ hippos enjoying a wallow in the cool water and a mud-bath. Optional: A visit to a Maasai Boma where you will experience how semi-nomadic communities continue to live according to their age-old traditions.
Dinner and accommodation: Ngorongoro Farm House

Day 7:  Ngorongoro – Tarangire 

Distance: 150 km
Time/road condition: 2 hours, mostly paved roads.
After breakfast depart for the next accommodation in Tarangire National Park. After a hot lunch, it’s on safari in this amazing and relatively quiet park with spectacularly massive baobab trees and gigantic herds of elephants.
Dinner and accommodation: Maramboi Tented Camp

Day 8: Tarangire – full day

Driving in the park, observing elephants, sometimes very close to the campsite near the (dry bedding of the) river. Drive to Larmaku Swamp, a large swamp where you can find elephants and other animals, cooling down in the water and sheltering from the sun in the shadow of the acacia trees. Regarding encountering wildlife we can not guarantee anything, but the chance that you will see large herds of elephants in this park is 99,9%.
Dinner and accommodation: Maramboi Tented Camp

Day 9: Tarangire – Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport

Distance: 120 km
Time/road condition: Approximately 3 hours to a lodge or the airport in Arusha, about 4 hours (160km) to Kilimanjaro International Airport. Depending on your itinerary, we will drive you to a lodge in Arusha, the Arusha Airport (for domestic flights e.g. to Zanzibar) or to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your return flight home. Late checkout is optional for additional charges.


Rates 9 days Tented Lodge Safari Tanzania Highlights Semi-Luxury 

2 pax: $ 3.480 per person (1 double room)

3 pax:  $ 3.325 per person (1 double room and 1 single room)

4 pax:  $ 2.950 per person (2 double rooms)

5 pax:  $ 2.990 per person (2 double rooms + 1 single room)

6 pax:  $ 2.785 per person (3 double rooms)

Child discount (2-16 years): on request (depending on age and sharing rooms).

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  • Breakfast 8x (day 2-9), lunch 8x (day 1-8), dinner 8x (day 1-8)
  • 8 overnight stays in accommodations according to program
  • Admissions, game drives and activities according to program
  • Transport in 4×4 safari car with a pop-up roof, and unlimted mileage
  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • Professional and very experienced, English speaking guide
  • Bottled water in the car

Not included: international flights, optional activities, visa, cancellation and travel insurance, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks and tips.

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