Tanzania Explorer: Private Lodge Safari

Stone Town, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Ruaha, Selous, Zanzibar
14 Nights / 15 Days
From $5,527 inc: transfers & lodges

The safari is carefully planned for the traveller who would like to discover Tanzania’s diverse ecosystems and see as much within 15-Days. Arrival at the Zanzibar International Airport is utmost ideal and spending sometime here wandering and enjoying the famous Zanzibar Spice Tour before starting the safari in the northern region parks of Tanzania. The places of stay are in comfortable hotels and tented camps with all en-suite facilities for comfortable stays as well as quality meals. The game drives in the different parks are enthralling, and game reserves that provide very high chances of spotting the Big Five wildlife

SAFARI ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

  • Day 1: Stone Town / Tembo House
  • Day 2: Stone Town / Tembo House (B)
  • Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park / Country Lodge (B,L,D)
  • Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater / Thorn Tree Camp (B,L,D)
  • Day 5: Serengeti National Park / Thorn Tree Camp (B,L,D)
  • Day 6: Ruaha National Park / Mdonya Old River Camp (B,L,D)
  • Day 7: Ruaha National Park / Mdonya Old River Camp (B,L,D)
  • Day 8: Selous Game Reserve / Selous River Camp (B,L,D)
  • Day 9: Selous Game Reserve / Selous River Camp (B,L,D)
  • Day 10: Zanzibar Island / Smiles Beach Hotel (B,D)
  • Day 11: Zanzibar Island / Smiles Beach Hotel (B,D)
  • Day 12: Zanzibar Island / Smiles Beach Hotel (B,D)
  • Day 13: Zanzibar Island / Smiles Beach Hotel (B,D)
  • Day 14: Zanzibar Island / Smiles Beach Hotel (B,D)
  • Day 15: Zanzibar International Airport Transfer (B)
Abbreviations: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Trip Includes

  • All transfers in Arusha and Zanzibar in private vehicle
  • Transportation while on safari in 4x4 safari vehicles
  • English-speaking Driver Guides
  • Meals and 14 nights as described in the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees and taxes
  • All scheduled local flights
Best for: First Time Visitors, Couples
  • Description
  • Prices
  • Experiences

Safari Itinerary

Stay Route / Destination Meals/ Accommodation
2 Nights

Arrive at Zanzibar International Airport. Meet and great, road transfer to Stone Town.

Overnight at Tembo House Hotel.

Tembo House Hotel is located on the seafront and is ideally located for exploring Stone Town’s waterfront area, the inner labyrinth street and historical sites. The hotel has 37 rooms of varying size and comfort. All rooms are en suite and most have balconies overlooking either the beach, or the hotel’s courtyard pool. The breakfast buffet, included in the room price, is basic but generally good. The restaurant serves both local and international dishes. The friendly staff are well trained and helpful and will offer advice on guides and activities. 

Morning Stone Town Walking Tour and afternoon Spice Tour.

Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch and dinner is not included. Overnight at Tembo House Hotel.

Note: Tembo House Hotel does not serve alcoholic drinks. Lunch and dinner can optionally be taken at the famous Livingstone Beach Restaurant, and 6 Degrees South Restaurant (alcoholic drinks also served) next to Tembo House Hotel.

1 Night

Road transfer to the airport. Depart on scheduled Flight Link flight to Arusha 07.45h – 09.20h (baggage allowance including all hand luggage 20 kg). On arrival at Arusha Airport drive to Lake Manyara NP for afternoon game viewing in the park.

Breakfast at the hotel. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at Country Lodge.

Country Lodge nestles in the heart of Tanzania’s rich and scenic highlands. Garden paths lead to 11 cottages which are surrounded by green lawns. The eleven cottages house 2 rooms each with king-sized and double rooms. The rooms are tastefully furnished with soft lighting, comfortable beds with nets and bedside tables and lamps. On chilly nights, you can request your room’s fireplace to be lit. An attractive, high ceiling bar, dining room, and lounge as well as outside seating on the garden lawns. Enjoy the delicious cuisine served by the staff three times daily with coffee and tea and light snacks available.

2 Nights

Road transfer to Ngorongoro Crater. Enjoy a Half day (5 hours) crater tour. Afternoon continue to Serengeti NP

Breakfast at the lodge. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at Thorn Tree Camp.

Thorn Tree Camp is located in the central Serengeti – Seronera Valley. The entire camp is powered by solar electricity and for running hot shower water. The property has 10 classic spacious safari tents with en-suite bathroom and an extended sitting area and also an outdoor veranda. In addition, each tent has, double, twin and triple beds, a wardrobe, writing desk, chairs and table plus free mineral drinking water and charging strip with universal plugs. The common areas include a lounge tent with bar, dining tent with front verandah where dinners, breakfast and lunch meals and afternoon tea, coffee and cake are served.

Full day unlimited game viewing drive in the park.

All meals and overnight at Thorn Tree Camp.

2 Nights

Road transfer to the Seronera Airstrip. Depart on scheduled Safari Air Link flight to Ruaha 09:30h – 12:20h (baggage allowance including all hand luggage 20 kg). On arrival at Msembe Airstrip transfer to Mdonya Old River Camp for lunch. Afternoon game viewing in the Ruaha park.

Breakfast at the camp. Picnic lunch en-route. Dinner and overnight at Mdonya Old River Camp.

Mdonya Old River Camp is ideally located in the Ruaha National Park in a plateau located a thousand meters high at the footstep of the Rift Valley. The camp has 12 tents with ensuite bathrooms that have solar-heated water for showers plus dressing rooms and separate flush toilet. Each traditional safari tent is comfortably furnished, catering for solo travelers, couples or families. The camp serves quality meals and caters to dietary requirements. Game drives are flexible and not limited by any schedule on an open game viewing vehicle and you can enjoy every second of the beauty of Ruaha.

Morning and afternoon game viewing in the Ruaha NP.

All Meals and overnight at Mdonya Old River Camp.

2 Nights

Early morning game viewing in the Ruaha NP. Transfer back to the airstrip. Depart on scheduled Coastal flight to Selous 11:45h – 13:15h (baggage allowance including all hand luggage 20 kg). On arrival at Mtemere Airstrip transfer to Selous River Camp for lunch. Afternoon boat safari along the mighty Rufiji River.

Dinner and overnight at Selous River Camp (Rest Camp Tent).

Selous River Camp nestles within a woodland along the banks of the great Rufiji River adjacent to the vast, unfenced Selous Game Reserve. The camp offers accommodation in Mud hut rooms with ensuite bathrooms and beautiful views over the Rufiji River and simpler tented rooms. Meals are served in our thatched, open-dining area overlooking the river and the chef uses fresh produce to prepare delicious meals. The friendly staff at the camp offer warm hospitality and cater to nature enthusiasts with fitting safari game drives, and walking activities on the Selous and boat safaris.

06:30h: 2-hour guided Nature Walk & Bird Watching tour (over 240 species of birds have been spotted). 11.30h 2-hour guided Canoeing on the Lake.

Breakfast at the camp. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at Selous River Camp (Rest Camp Tent).

5 Nights

Early morning guided walking safari. Road transfer to Mtemere Airstrip. Depart on scheduled Coastal flight to Zanzibar via Dar es Salaam 13.15h – 14.20h (baggage allowance including all hand luggage 15 kg). On arrival at Zanzibar International Airport, meet and transfer to Smiles Beach Hotel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure to relax by the swimming pool or on the beach.

Breakfast at the camp. Dinner and overnight at Smiles Beach Hotel.

Smiles Beach Hotel is found in the coastal fishing village of Nungwi, Zanzibar’s North Western coastline. Both Nungwi and the hotel boast the islands preferred white sands and crystalline waters for rejuvenation. All of the 16 rooms face the ocean, with only the tropical gardens and the beach separating guests from the azure waters. All of the rooms offer either a balcony or patio area allowing guests to relax and watch the ocean and admire the simply awe-inspiring sunsets. Enjoy Zanzibar style food featuring delicious local flavours and Zanzibar fruits and specialty coffee or chilled mocktails.

Full days at leisure to relax by the swimming pool or on the beach or enjoy the marine and land activities.

Lunch is not included. All Dinners and overnights at Mnarani Beach Cottages.

Day 15: Morning at leisure to relax by the swimming pool or on the beach. Afternoon road transfer to the airport to catch your homebound flight.

Breakfast at the lodge.

Tanzania Explorer: Private Lodge Safari: Prices

Destinations: Stone Town, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Ruaha, Selous, Zanzibar
Ground Transportation, Accommodations, Meals and Activities, Prices based on per person

Prices in USD per person sharing double room

Tanzania Explorer                   2              3              4              5              6              single room supplement

01.01.19 – 10.01.19                6244        5948        5807        5708        5646        994

11.01.19 – 31.03.19                6096        5815        5680        5586        5527        994

01.04.19 – 31.05.19                This tour does not operate during the ‘long’ rainy season   

01.06.19 – 30.06.19                6131        5850        5715        5621        5562        1003

01.07.19 – 31.10.19                6286        5990        5849        5750        5688        1003

01.11.19 – 20.12.19                6107        5826        5691        5597        5538        999

21.12.19 – 31.12.19                6286        5990        5849        5750        5688        1003

Christmas and New Year’s supplement N/A
Easter supplement N/A

Experiences on Tanzania Explorer: Private Lodge Safari

The unique Africa travel experiences are what remain memorable long after your safari. It’s about the amazing moment when you witness the Wildebeest Migration; it’s about the hour you gazed awe at a pride of lions; it’s about the few hours spent exploring the largest intact caldera that hosts a myriad of wildlife; it’s about the bountiful opportunities you get to capture the iconic landscapes, wildlife, and birdlife as well as the gracious people of Tanzania.

Tanzania Explorer: Private Lodge Safari (Before Safari)

Pre-Tanzania Horizon extra night on full board at Karibu Heritage House with half day game drive and half day walking safari in Arusha NP in non-private (shared) vehicle.