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Tanzania Highlights

Tour Code: TZA01

A 15-day birdwatching and mammal-viewing safari through the magnificent national parks of Arusha, Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara and Serengeti.

15 days from £5995(inc flights) Land Only Price: £5395 SRS: £750


The string of national parks that lie along Tanzania’s northern border with Kenya offer some of the best game and wildlife viewing in all of Africa. Starting in Arusha National Park, beneath Mount Kilimajaro, this popular wildlife tour next moves to Tarangire National Park home to Elephants, Buffalo, Giraffe and Lions. We then explore Lake Manyara, set in the great Rift Valley, before entering the world-famous Serengeti for 5 nights split between Seronera and Lobo Wildlife Lodges. In February two million Wildebeest and Zebra crowd the Serengeti plains alongside Giraffe, Elephant, Thompson’s Gazelle, Lion, Cheetah, and numerous birds. Stopping en route at Olduvai Gorge we end in the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater one of the world’s natural wonders and a fitting finale to the tour.

  • Game drives in Arusha, Tarangire & Lake Manyara National Parks
  • 5 nights in the Serengeti National Park
  • 2 million Wildebeest and Zebra in January & February
  • Elephant, Giraffe, Lion, Cheetah and many more
  • Abundant & colourful birdlife
  • Game drives into the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Visit Olduvai Gorge, ‘The Cradle of Mankind’
  • Masai culture
  • Comfortable landcruisers with ‘pop-top’ & guaranteed window seat
  • Expertly led by British Naturetrek & local naturalist guides

Food

All included in the price, except for lunch on day 2 and dinner on day 14.

Accommodation

Comfortable safari lodges with private facilities.

Black Rhino (unknown)

Black Rhino (unknown)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Depart London

Day 2 Arusha

Day 3 Arusha National Park

Day 4/5 Tarangire National Park

Day 6/8 Ngorongoro Crater

Day 9/12 Serengeti National Park and Olduvai Gorge

Day 13 Lake Manyara

Day 14 Depart Arusha

Day 15 Arrive London

The magnificent game-laden lands of Africa are unique. Some of the best of them are in Tanzania. Here, Lions and Cheetahs may still enjoy a meal, free from the gaze of all-encircling tourist buses, and the largest concentrations of mammals anywhere in the world may be found. With a remarkable 35% of its area set aside for the preservation of this unique heritage, Tanzania offers such globally threatened species as the Black Rhinoceros a measure of protection that hopefully may save them from extinction.

On this tour we concentrate on northern Tanzania, an area of superlatives and variety. We explore beautiful soda and freshwater lakes, the great grasslands of the Serengeti, and the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. Covering such a range of habitats and altitude zones, we will encounter a great variety of mammals, and also birds, for conveniently the national parks harbour the best of African birdlife, from the giant Ostrich to tiny finches and colourful weavers.

We begin our holiday in Arusha National Park, a microcosm of Tanzanian scenery. Spectacularly set between the huge volcanic peaks of snow-capped Kilimanjaro and rugged Mount Meru, the park is a verdant wilderness where monkey-filled rainforest encompasses the undisturbed Ngurdoto Crater and the beautiful Momella Lakes that hold Hippos, waterbirds, and the reflection of Mount Kilimanjaro. African Buffalo, Olive Baboon, Bushbuck, Warthog, Masai Giraffe and Guereza Colobus  may be seen; amongst an abundant birdlife, we will look out for African Pochard and Maccoa Ducks on the lakes, and White-eared and Brown-breasted Barbets in the woodland.

We drive next to Tarangire National Park, where thousands of animals from the southern Masailands must come regularly in search of water from the Tarangire River. In the park’s rolling bushland and savannah, punctuated with spectacular Baobab Trees, African Buffaloes, Eland, Impala, Elephants and Lesser Kudu may be found, together with such bird species as Crested Francolin, Yellow-collared Lovebird, Brown and Orange-bellied Parrots, Northern Pied Babbler and Magpie Shrike. Next we visit the legendary Ngorongoro Crater. Permanently watered, the crater’s 225 square kilometres support a year-round residential population of thousands of mammals. Amongst great herds of Blue Wildebeest, African Buffalo and Plain’s Zebra, we will see Lions, Black-backed Jackals and Spotted Hyenas. Most notably, the crater is perhaps the best place in all of Africa to see the endangered Black Rhinoceros.

Birdwatching is excellent at Ngorongoro; the lakes and rivers attracting abundant wetland species, and the grasslands holding Ostriches, bustards, Secretary Birds, eagles and vultures. On the crater rim the lush montane forest holds an entirely different range of species which we may encounter around our lodge and on early morning and evening walks. Here we will also meet the people of the Masai tribe: proud, elegant and well-attuned to their environment.

The Serengeti National Park’s 14,673 square kilometres of acacia-dotted plains hold 1.3 million Blue Wildebeest and 2,000 Lions; its selection of other mammals and birds is mouth-watering. We have four full days to sample the wealth of this great African wilderness.

Leaving the Serengeti we will stop at the Olduvai Gorge —‘Cradle of Mankind’ — the famous archaeological site where Dr. Leakey discovered the 2-million-year-old remains of the Nutcracker Man, alongside those of prehistoric elephants and giant ostriches. Even today it is an area teeming with game.

Lake Manyara is our last port of call. Its hotel and pool, beautifully perched on the wall of the Great Rift Valley, overlook the forest, plains, and flamingo-lined lake of the national park where we will search for its particularly large Elephants, tree-climbing Lions, and abundant birdlife.

Elephant herd (David Mercer)Klipspringer (David Mercer)Helmeted Guineafowl (David Mercer)Kori Bustard (David Mercer)Crowned Cranes (David Mercer)Yellow-Throated Longclaw (David Mercer)Black-backed Jackal (David Mercer)Spotted Thicknee (David Mercer)Superb Starling (David Mercer)Paradise Flycatcher (David Mercer)Waterbuck (Mervyn Seltzer)Masai girl (Zul Bhatia)Elephants (Zul Bhatia)Serval and young (Barbara Lovell)Dark Chanting Goshawk (David Mercer)African Leopard (David Mercer)Mara river crossing (Zul Bhatia)Flamingos (Zul Bhatia)Cheetah with prey (Mervyn Seltzer)Blue Wildebeest and young (Barbara Sumner)Lioness (Barbara Sumner)Secretary Bird (Victoria Langmead)Saddle-billed Stork (Barbara Sumner)Lilac-breasted Roller (David Mercer)Gerenuk (Zul Bhatia)Masai mother (Barbara Sumner)
K.W.
Merseyside
The overall quality of the tour was excellent, I would recommend Naturetrek to anybody who wants to go on a wildlife trip. The organisation was first class, a really great trip.
L.A.
East Sussex
I loved it all. The scenery and wildlife was unbelievable. We were so privileged to see such amazing creatures so close up. The accommodation, food and service was excellent. The drivers and the leader (Nick Acheson) were fantastic.
L.B.
Norfolk
I thought the trip leader and drivers were exceptional with both their knowledge and professionalism making sure everyone got the best out of the trip.
Mr & Mrs B.
Oxfordshire
Beautiful lodges, excellent guides, brilliant tour leader. A really good trip.
C.W.
Lincolnshire
The knowledge and helpfulness of the tour leader, and the knowledge and consideration of our driver/guides made this one of our most memorable trips.
J.A.
London
An excellent trip, with a first class leader and an excellent driver. We thought the itinerary was well planned to give a variety of habitats and species.
S.H.
Essex
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The trip leader was excellent - knowledgeable, personable and helpful. He enhanced the trip.
P.C.
Leicestershire
This was a truly fantastic and memorable safari experience, of which one can say that it really exceeded expectations. The excellent quality and content of the itinerary was complemented by an outstanding leader in Zul who was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, friendly and sociable, and an efficient, helpful and friendly driver with a vehicle appropriate for the tour. Zul’s fluency in the local Swahili language was an invaluable asset.
R.V.
Hampshire
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Tanzania is a beautiful country in habituated by friendly, cheerful people who were always ready to help. The scenery was superb. The weather was excellent, the food and accommodation were all ‘A’ grade. Zul was an excellent tour leader who knew his subject well and was always ready to inform and guide us on our trips – he had a good sense of humour too! (great fun!). Our driver Yahaya was a very knowledgeable man who had the eyes of a hawk and was responsible for spotting wildlife long before anyone else. He was also a very good driver, a comforting thought when travelling on the off tarmac roads. I was inspired by the determination of the kids at school who were so keen to do well and the quality of the work I saw was so good…I could go on and on but I won’t! Jambo!
D.M.
Kent
A superb tour which fully lived up to expectations. I saw 370 bird species and mammal sightings included 16 cheetahs, 10 Black Rhino, Lions galore and 1m+ Wildebeest. Timing of the tour was perfect, coinciding with incredible numbers of animals in the Southern Serengeti. The leaders were really excellent.
J.Y.
Nottinghamshire
This holiday was more than I expected and thoroughly enjoyed. I would recommend it to anyone who was visiting Africa for the first time and who wanted to meet such friendly people.
M.V.
Worcestershire
Zul Bhatia was a brilliant leader - and I have very high expectations! The drivers are a real credit - they were excellent! Nothing was too much trouble. The whole trip was a wonderful experience! Thank you for enabling me to have the opportunity of sharing in it!
B.G.
Wales
Having Zul as tour leader and guide was an asset, his knowledge of birds and wildlife made the holiday so enjoyable. He ensured that the entire group saw whatever had been spotted. His sense of humour made it all the better. We saw so many beautiful sightings. I had tears in my eyes seeing and hearing a mother Cheetah calling her young baby - eventually she went to find her baby and brought it to the kill. Magical. Edward and Roman from Ranger Safaris were marvellous drivers and guides. We nick-named Edward Eagle-eyes, always with an eye open to tell us of a bird or animal that we could easily have missed as they are well camouflaged. My friend and I both say it was one of our best holidays for birds and animals. The group that we were with seemed to get on well together. It was a really memorable holiday: I would love to go again. I am sure that my friend and travelling companion S.J. sends her thanks and best wishes too.
D.B.
Berkshire
This is the 3rd successive trip we have taken with Naturetrek and each has been excellent in its own way. The holiday fulfilled our wish-list for wildlife so we were very happy with our choice. We really had an exceptional holiday and enjoyed wonderful scenery and wildlife - I am sure we will be using Naturetrek again in the near future!
S.C.
Cornwall
Zul, as a leader and guide was brilliant, as well as being very good company.
S.R.
Cambridgeshire
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We had some truly amazing sightings and views of most animals and the whole experience was far beyond my expectations.
J. & J.G.
Devon
We believe Tony Williams is one of the best natural history tour leaders we have met. His knowledge of birds was extensive and he helped everyone to spot as many different species as possible...We greatly enjoyed seeing such a wide variety of mammals and birds in Tanzania and we intend in due course to travel again with Naturetrek.
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The overall quality of the tour was excellent, I would recommend Naturetrek to anybody who wants to go on a wildlife trip. The organisation was first class, a really great trip.
K.W., Merseyside