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Tanzania Safari: The Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater

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Overview

From Kilimanjaro to Serengeti

Experience in one incredible journey everything that makes Tanzania unforgettable: world-class game viewing, magnificent birdlife, lively culturalvisits, and breathtaking nature reserves. From the vast plains of Tarangire, where you may spot some of the largest elephants in East Africa, to the lush valleys where hippos wallow in fertile wetlands, expect adventure at every turn.

Witness millions of flamingos taking flight above Lake Manyara. Sip sundowners beside Mount Kilimanjaro. Revel in the unparalleled wildlife of Ngorongoro and enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor while you’re there. Join your naturalist guide on a walk in search of abandoned elephant caves and a secluded waterfall. Best of all, feel the excitement of tracking the Big Five in one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges, the Serengeti.

Safari Style: Scheduled Group Safari
Activities: Game drives, nature walks, bird-watching, Maasai village visit
Accommodation: Tented camps, lodge/cottages
Getting Around: 4x4 Vehicle InfoInfo
Meeting & Departure Point: Arusha, Tanzania

Tour Highlights:

  • Follow the timeless dance of predator and prey across the Serengeti’s infinite spaces
  • Hear the cackle of hyenas and the roar of lions from your tented camp deep in the savanna
  • Search for flamingos and 400 other bird species at shimmering Lake Manyara
  • Enjoy a private candlelit dinner under the stars
  • Track elephants through grasslands dotted with stately baobabs in Tarangire National Park
  • Experience the magic of Ngorongoro Crater, where creatures great and small roam the fertile floor of a vast caldera encircled by ancient volcano
  • Experienced, knowledgeable guide(s)
  • All meals as outlined in the itinerary, water in the vehicles
  • Deluxe cottages and classic tented camps (with private baths)
  • Airport meet-and-greet service
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • Internal flight
  • All park fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW Safaris staff
  • Guest Rating:

    I was surprised by the relative "luxury" of the accommodations given their remote locations. Staff at all locations couldn't have been more friendly and helpful, and the food was excellent.
    J. Martin, March 2016

  • Guest Rating:

    The fact that we had flush toilets, running water and hot showers in the middle of the Serengeti was more than I hoped or could ask for  ...... and we could still hear lions and see the migration from our tent!
    G. Joyce, March 2016

  • Guest Rating:

    Tarangire Park ... what a jewel and with relatively few tourists.
    J. Organ, Colorado, January 2014

  • Guest Rating:

    Tarangire, Ngorongoro, and the Serengeti are absolutely stunning. To drive through acacia scrub and suddenly see 30 zebra calmly grazing, or to come to a quick halt to allow a tribe of baboons to cross the road,  or to move to the side of the road to accommodate a giraffe grazing: the experience cannot be described. It is life changing. The trip was made great with the truly extraordinary guidance and friendship of Francis Kembo. A wonderfully warm man with an archival knowledge of these great parks, great insight into the complexities of the ecology, unabashed dedication to the well-being of the parks, superb networking ability (vital to locating the elusive carnivores), and uncanny ability to locate rare animals (many leopards, oryx, kudu, and African wild dogs!).  Francis is one of a kind and anyone fortunate enough to land him as their guide should count their blessings. Last but not least, we found Tanzanians to be warm, welcoming people.
    S. & S. Nadeau, Florida, June 2014

Itinerary & Accommodations
Days 1 & 2 West Kilimanjaro

Let the safari begin! One of Tanzania’s most developed and fastest-growing hubs, the bustling safari town of Arusha is a hive of activity as countless safari vehicles load up with provisions and set off into the endless, game-teeming plains of the mighty Serengeti National Park. Established in 1900 as a minor German military garrison, Arusha lies halfway between the Cape and Cairo, and was once a major trading post for the local Waarusha and Wameru tribes. Nowadays, it is not only the country’s most active tourism center but also an important regional business and administrative center, host to a colorful array of street markets, museums, craft shops, Makonde carving workshops, cafes, restaurants, and bars.

Your safari begins with a morning pickup in Arusha by your guide. You’ll be driven to Sinya Conservancy Park, west of Kilimanjaro, where you will check in and have lunch at your camp. Sinya Conservancy Park is a private wildlife reserve bordering the famed Amboseli National Park (located in Kenya). The semiarid land of Sinya and Elerai boasts an abundance of natural riches, which you will explore over the next two days.

This is the land of the Maasai, nomadic tribespeople, often colorfully attired in bright red clothes, who herd their cattle amongst the plains game. On your first afternoon, you will visit the Maasai villages—you can choose to stop by a school or the local market. While in Sinya, you may also choose to embark on a walking safari accompanied by a Maasai warrior.

During your stay, you will also enjoy your first game drive through the Conservancy. A history of mining in the area has left water-filled holes that attract many birds, including Kori bustard, Eurasian rollers, crested hoopoe, buffalo weavers, and pygmy falcon. This area is home to some of the largest elephants in East Africa, and is one of the only places in the world where you can see massive bull elephants. To explore further afield, you will have the option of trekking at Mount Kilimanjaro Park. This full-day excursion (approximately 5 hours) leads you into the foothills of the mountain and is offered at an extra expense of approximately $100 per person. We recommend booking this option in advance by calling Country Walkers to guarantee availability and to avoid having to pay in cash.

Included: Game drives, Maasai village visit, nature walks, transfers / all meals

Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours

Days 3 & 4 Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, depart your camp and drive to Tarangire National Park, arriving for check-in and lunch at Maramboi Camp.

During your stay, you will stretch your legs and your senses on a guided nature walk. Through morning and afternoon game drives, you’ll drink in the natural wonders of the setting. Tarangire National Park is a sanctuary for vast herds of migratory creatures during the dry season. In fact, it draws the largest concentration of wildlife outside of the Serengeti. As the surrounding land grows parched, and verdant plains sizzle into red earth, the park’s wildlife migrate back here to drink from year-round water sources. The game return from the northeast in waves: first are the oryx and elands, then the elephants, and finally the zebras and wildebeest. Herds of elephants, up to 300 strong, are drawn by underground streams below the dry riverbed, while hundreds of bird varieties flock to green swamps—it’s a stunning sight to watch thousands of flamingos tingeing the water pink.

Included: Game drives, nature walk, land transfers / all meals

Approximate Travel Time: 4 hours

Day 5 Lake Manyara & Elephant Cave Walk; 2-3 hours, easy to moderate

After breakfast, you’ll set off for an early morning drive through Lake Manyara National Park—a compact area with such a breadth of ecological diversity that you soak up a total Tanzanian safari experience in just one morning. First, there is a jungle-like groundwater forest where you’ll see baboons lounging and blue monkeys swinging between mahogany trees. Then onward to grassy floodplains where buffalo, wildebeest, and zebra herds roam—the far-off horizon is punctuated with blue volcanic peaks of the Maasai Steppes. Next, you’ll drive through acacia woodlands, home to tree-climbing lions and large elephants.

This afternoon you have the opportunity to stretch your legs on an approximate two- to three-hour walk to a series of isolated caves, once used by elephants in search of minerals and water.  Along the way you learn about native medicinal plants and spot resident birds such as the White Eye Brown Robin Chard and the Little Bee-eater that digs cave-like holes into the surrounding soil walls for nesting. The caves, later used by buffalo and antelope, were originally burrowed by elephants using their tusks.

An evening drive brings you to Ngorongoro Farm House to settle in for dinner and a two-night stay.

Included: Game drives, Elephant Caves walk, land transfers / all meals

Approximate Travel Time: 23 hours

Day 6 Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

After an early breakfast, descend into the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area with packed lunches. Witness breathtaking views from the top of the crater wall before descending in four-wheel-drive vehicles to the Ngorongoro Crater floor for a day of exploration.

The crater—a gigantic fracture in the earth’s crust—lies in the Great Rift Valley and is one of the wonders of the natural world. It was formed when an extinct volcano collapsed in on itself around 25 million years ago. The bottom of the crater is a primeval paradise dotted with watering holes, woodlands, rivers and plains, and offering shelter to the largest permanent concentration of African game. Many of these are the large grazing animals—wildebeest, buffalo, gazelle, and zebra— depend on the open grasslands in the crater. These attract the attendant predators, the black-maned lion, the leopard, and hyena. The elephant found within the caldera, or central bowl, tend to be the lone males who have left the herds in the forested crater rim. When the water stocks are low elsewhere, the animals within this micro world turn to the swamps for fresh water and food. A soda lake, fed by the Munge River, attracts waterbirds (including flamingos) and is a favorite place for predators to make their kill. Several volcanoes loom over the conservation area. One of them, Oldonyo Lengai, is still live. This lush, wild beauty has led some to call Ngorongoro Crater a Garden of Eden.

After an exciting day of safari, ascend to the crater rim and return to your lodge for dinner.

Included: Tour of the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area / all meals

Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours

Days 7,8 & 9 Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, you depart to Serengeti National Park via Olduvai Gorge for a brief stopover at the prehistoric site, then proceed to your camp arriving for check-in and lunch.

Olduvai Gorge is one of the most fascinating attractions in the area, where an old river has carved away the rock to expose layer upon layer of volcanic soil. This is where Drs. Louis and Mary Leakey found the remains of hominids “Nutcracker Man” and “Toolmaking Man.” A visitor center in this cradle of mankind showcases the work of the Leakeys and their successors.  A small museum houses some of their finds, including a giant giraffe—it is hard to believe that they were once even taller!

Following check-in at your camp, you’ll experience the first thrill of the Serengeti with an afternoon game drive. The very name Serengeti evokes the quintessential image of the endless African plains. This 5,700-square-mile park encompasses lakes, savannah grassland, wooded hills, rivers, swamps, and volcanic massifs. This diverse ecosystem makes the Serengeti one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges.

Serengeti is home to over two million wildebeest, half a million Thomson’s gazelle, and a quarter of a million zebra, giraffe, and antelope. Here, even lions are abundant, as are leopards, although they remain elusive. This is also the breeding grounds for black rhinos and cheetah. In total, there are nearly 35 species of savannah animals and almost 500 species of birds, including lilac-breasted rollers, barbets, and ring-necked doves living in this animal kingdom. Two full days of game drives provide you with ample opportunity to soak in the sights and sounds of this ultimate African wilderness.

Included: Game drives, visit to Olduvai Gorge / all meals

Approximate Travel Time: 4 hours (dependent on location of the camp, based on time of year)

Day 10 Arusha

After breakfast on your last day, you will head to the local Serengeti airstrip for your morning flight to Arusha. A representative will meet you at the Arusha Airport and bring you to lunch in Arusha City. Afterwards, you will transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your international departure flight.

If you have booked our Flight + Safari Combo, a dayroom will be provided at the Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha on the last day of the safari. Your transfer to the airport will be arranged based on your departure time. The evening will be spent aloft with your return home the following day.

If you have booked an optional post-tour extension, your guide will provide details on your transfer time and arrangements.

Dates & Prices

Scheduled Group Safari 2017 Pricing

2017 Dates
Per Person Single Supplement Info
May 10 - May 19 $5,298 $298
Nov 20 - Nov 29 $5,298 $298

*Pricing based on double occupancy. Reserve early for best pricing; prices and dates are subject to change.

Flight + Safari Combo 2017 Pricing

2017 Dates Single Supplement Info FLIGHT + SAFARI Info
May 7 - May 20 $448
Nov 18 - Nov 30 $448
Flight + Safari

CW Safaris is pleased to introduce our Flight + Safari Combo to complement our Tanzania safari.

This package consists of competitively priced round-trip airfare, comfortable pre-tour accommodation, airport transfers, breakfast, and your complete safari with on-trip inclusions.

This Flight + Safari Combo departs two days before your scheduled tour (one night aloft, one night pre-tour in Arusha, Tanzania), so you’ll have ample opportunity to feel rested at the start of the safari.

This gives you everything you need to simplify your journey, while we take care of all the details.

Pre-Trip

DAY 1 - In Flight to Tanzania

Today you’ll depart your hometown, flying overnight en route to Africa.

In Flight to Tanzania Accommodation: Tanzania Safari: The Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater

DAY 2 - Arusha

Arrive in Arusha and transfer to your comfortable hotel. Settle into your room, where you’ll have time to relax and get over jet lag before starting your safari tomorrow morning.

Arusha Accommodation: Tanzania Safari: The Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater

Post-Trip

After breakfast on your last day, hop a morning flight to Arusha, where a CW representative will meet you and escort you to lunch. This afternoon, a dayroom will be provided, allowing you time to relax and freshen up before your international flight. Your evening transfer to the airport will be arranged based on your departure time.

Stay a Little Longer

CW Safaris offer enticing post-tour extensions ranging from the Victoria Falls in Zambia to Zanzibar Island. Please refer to our website or contact our office for further details.

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Guides

Our Guides

Guests who travel frequently with CW Safaris know that our guides truly set us apart from other adventure travel companies. All CW Safaris guides are locally based and fluent in English, with exceptional knowledge of the region where you’ll be traveling. Their expertise in wildlife and natural history and their keen, deeply rooted understanding of life in the African bush will ensure your safety, well-being, and enjoyment throughout every safari. You could not be in better hands! Here is a sampling of our extraordinary guides in Tanzania:

Wakara Kizito

Initially a teacher by profession, Wakara is an excellent safari guide. His outgoing personality enables him to make every safari experience unique. A certified wildlife manager with eight years of experience, he has commendable knowledge of flora, fauna, and the wildlife of Tanzania. He is a member of the Tanzania Tour Guides Association and speaks fluent English and Swahili, and some French. The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are his favorite locations to guide safaris. He has a liking for the warthog, vulture (not always tops on everyone’s “like” list), and cheetah. When he is not guiding, Wakara enjoys football, reading, and traveling to more remote places.

Severin Mallya

Severin Mallya grew up in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Moshi, Tanzania. His parents were both farmers and retired teachers. He completed his education with a Wildlife Management Course before starting his guiding career. Though he has traveled widely throughout Tanzania, he claims the Serengeti National Park as his favorite. Severin’s favorite animal is the giraffe. Our guests repeatedly sing the praises of Severin’s personality and skill as a guide on our safaris.

Raphael Kugesha

Raphael Kugesha grew up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Beyond exploring all corners of his country, Raphael has also traveled through Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo – each affecting him in a different way. He completed his degree in Cooperative Business Studies at Moshi University before following his passion to share his world. Raphael is well educated in flora and fauna, and is a certified member of the Tanzania Tour Guides Association; he speaks fluent English and Swahili.

Outgoing and sociable, there is never a dull moment with well-traveled Raphael. Raphael is a storyteller while on safari – a favorite being a recounting of the thrill of watching a lion chasing a leopard, right up the same tree! However, it is not only about the Big Five on safari with him, as you’ll soon learn his favorite animal is one of the littlest: the elephant shrew. In his spare time, you’ll likely find Raphael playing soccer (his favorite team is Arsenal) or listening to reggae music.

Godfrey Mmani

Godfrey Mmani was born to guide in the famed parks of Tanzania. Raised and educated in Arusha, Tanzania, Godfrey knew from a young age that he wanted to work with wildlife when he grew up. His father was a doctor and his mother a nurse. He finally settled on studying wildlife management, eventually leading him to guiding. His favorite moments with guest are in the Serengeti National Park in the heart of the great migration. Well loved on the trail and off, a safari with him is sure to be a lot of fun. In his free time, Godfrey enjoys watching movies and wildlife documentaries, reading books, playing soccer, and listening to R&B and Swahili music.

Francis Kembo

If you want to learn to jump with the Maasai while on safari, Francis Kembo is the one to practice with – he played for the Tanzania men’s national basketball team for five years! Francis’s father was a judge and his mother was a teacher – Francis himself grew up on the shores of Lake Victoria wanting to be a priest. Guiding became his passion by coincidence after his father passed away. He landed a job guiding to help pay for his siblings’ school fees. This life event turned into an exciting career.

Francis is an active member of the Tanzania Tour Guides Association, a professional association of highly trained nature safari guides, tour operators, and hospitality companies. Francis’s favorite animal is the stately African elephant and providing interpretation of animal behavior is the most rewarding part of guiding for him. The most rewarding part for our guests: Francis’s incredible personality and expert skills on safari.

Emmanuel Kimario

Emmanuel Kimario grew up in Karatu bordering the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. He was raised by a mother who was a teacher and a father who was both a businessman and small-scale farming entrepreneur. Emmanuel first considered being a safari guide when he was just an impressionable youngster in primary school. As it turns out, he was inspired by a guide who brought small groups of tourists to visit his school. It didn’t take long for Emmanuel to realize the importance and impact of guiding.

He is exceptionally knowledgeable about the subtleties of safely conducting an off-road vehicle through the Tanzanian backcountry. Guests are often amazed by his command of local flora and fauna. A master of many tongues, Emmanuel speaks English, German, and Spanish fluently in addition to his native Swahili. His favorite park to share in Tanzania is the Serengeti National Park – with his favorite animal being the cheetah, you know he’ll be on the lookout! When not guiding, Emmanuel spends his spare time playing basketball, watching wildlife documentaries, and listening to country music.

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