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Tanzania Private Classic Safari

Tarangire, Ngorongoro & Serengeti

8 days, 7 nights | Safari from $9,198 per person
Overview

Your Plane Awaits

Covering optimum distances in minimum time, this fly-in safari is your dream of Africa come true. By day, feel the awe-inspiring thrill of Africa’s natural grandeur on visits to Tanzania’s three most classic wildlife destinations. By night, enjoy ultimate luxury on private reserves, where nature and culture are yours to explore in beautiful seclusion.

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As you stand on the edge of one of Earth’s largest volcanic craters, a wildlife reserve spreads before you with views rivaling the Garden of Eden. Another day, and you’re swept by chartered aircraft to the splendid plains of the Serengeti, where thundering herds of white-bearded wildebeest follow migration patterns reaching back to the start of time. If your dream of Africa envisions the exceptional, this is your ideal safari adventure.

Safari Style: Private Classic Safari
Activities: Game drives, limited easy nature walks, bird-watching, and cultural visits
Accommodation: Deluxe lodges and tented camps
Getting Around: Private 4x4 safari vehicles, Internal flights on light aircraft
When to Visit: Year-round; peak months for Great Migration: Jan-Jun & Oct–Dec Read More
Meeting & Departure Point: Arusha, Tanzania

Tour Highlights:

  • Walk with your Maasai guide through forest trails, tribal villages, and local markets
  • Thrill to the wild beauty of ancient baobabs, year-round elephant herds, and outstanding game viewing in Tarangire National Park
  • Enjoy spectacular aerial views of the Serengeti’s grasslands, then spend three riveting days discovering its wildlife at ground level
  • Descend into Ngorongoro Crater, a volcanic oasis where tens of thousands of mammals roam a landscape unmatched anywhere in Africa
  • Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable guide(s)
  • All meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Deluxe lodges and tented camps (with private baths)
  • Airport meet-and-greet service
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • Internal flights
  • All park fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW Safaris staff
  • Guest Rating:

    We chose to visit Tanzania to view the game, knowing something about the area from reading and documentary films. The experience exceeded our expectations. The variety and abundance of plains animals and birds was amazing, and we were able to view it safely and unimagined close range from our vehicles. The accommodations were most comfortable, with the spirit of the location.
    O. Christensen & P. Lucas, Colorado, March 2013

Dates & Prices

Private Classic Safari 2015 Pricing

Seasons Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
Jan 2 - Feb 28 $9,798 $9,798 $9,798 $9,798 $9,798 $2,995
Mar 1 - Mar 31 $9,198 $9,198 $9,198 $9,198 $9,198 $2,805
Apr 1 - May 31 $9,998 $9,998 $9,998 $9,998 $9,998 $3,095
Jun 1 - Oct 31 $9,798 $9,798 $9,798 $9,798 $9,798 $2,995
Nov 1 - Dec 20 $9,198 $9,198 $9,198 $9,198 $9,198 $2,805

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

Itinerary & Accommodations
Day 1 Arusha

Meet-and-greet services will usher you from your arrival at Arusha’s Kilimanjaro Airport to the nearby Arusha Coffee Lodge. One of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations is then yours to explore at your pleasure. Spend the day within its rolling green acres and enjoy the facilities of the lodge.

Included: Airport arrival transfer / dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 20 minutes

Day 2 Tarangire National Park

After a leisurely breakfast, you are invited to tour the nearby Burka Coffee Estate. Following lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight into Tarangire National Park. Here you will be met by your driver-guide, and embark on your first game-drive adventure through virgin wilderness. The landscape includes magnificent stands of ancient baobab trees, which offer sanctuary to large family herds of elephant, prolific birdlife, and dry-season concentrations of wildlife. After the “hunt,” return to camp in late afternoon.

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Day 3 Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, a full day of activities reveals the vivid beauty of Tarangire. On your agenda: morning and afternoon game drives; an entrancing nature walk with a local Maasai guide; a visit to an authentic Maasai village for an intimate experience of bush culture; and sundowner cocktails on Sunset Hill. After dinner, the unique excitement of a night game drive will become an unforget­table memory.

Included: Game drives, nature walk, and village visit / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4 Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

Breakfast is followed by a morning game drive through Tarangire. A picnic lunch en route adds to the pleasure of the journey. Then a short flight to the Lake Manyara airstrip and a scenic drive bring you to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. On the way, the drive is enlivened by a visit to an authentic African market in the little town­ship of Karatu.

Next stop: Shangri-La! The Manor at Ngorongoro stands on its own 1,500-acre estate, known as Shangri-La, and upon check-in you will see why it is named for this mythical utopia. The lodge is immediately adjacent to the incredibly scenic Ngorongoro Conservation Area. A late-afternoon check-in allows plenty of time to explore this lovely enclave, perhaps by leisurely strolling the grounds.

Included: Game drive and internal flight / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 1½ hours

Day 5 Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

After breakfast at the Manor, a full-day guided tour of Ngorongoro Crater will immerse you in the beauty of this unique biosphere. To enhance your enjoyment, a picnic lunch is served on the crater floor. Often referred to as “the eighth wonder of the world,” the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife arenas. It is a World Heritage site and one of the largest, most perfect volcanic craters in the world—almost 12.4 miles wide, 2,000- 2,500 feet deep, and covering a total area of 102 square miles.

In late afternoon, return to the Manor for relaxation and dinner. If you feel up to more activity, you may choose to participate in an optional guided activity at your own cost including horseback riding on the grounds, bike riding the hills of the area, or exploring on foot.

Included: Full-day game drive with picnic. Optional afternoon activities at own expense / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6 Serengeti National Park

Following breakfast, you may choose to relax or enjoy bike or horse­back riding (at your own expense), or a walk. After a leisurely lunch at the Manor, transfer to the Manyara airstrip for your flight to Serengeti National Park. “Serengeti” in Maasai means “endless plains,” and you will quickly discover why during an afternoon game drive that intro­duces you to the glory of this magnificent, sweeping terrain. The Serengeti is justly renowned as “the greatest wildlife show on earth,” and not only for the annual migration of over one million wildebeest and their attendant cast of herbivores and predators. It is also the setting for unparalleled bird sightings, and is in every way an unrivalled natural arena where the glory and harmony of nature is constantly present.

Included: Internal flight and game drive. Optional activities at own expense / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 1½ hours

Day 7 Serengeti National Park

Today you’ll cover more territory on a full-day game drive through the vast and sensational Serengeti. Covering 5,700 square miles of end­lessly rolling savanna plains, it is Tanzania’s most famous park. Tens of thousands of herd animals roam in a constant search for the grass­lands on which their survival depends. The million-plus wildebeest are the predominant herbivore and also the main prey of a huge cast of large carnivores, principally lion and hyena. The park is renowned for its lions, many of which have been fitted with radio-transmitter collars so that their movements may be tracked. Zebra, giraffe, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, eland, impala, klipspringer, hippo, and warthog also abound.

You may choose to top off your experience here with the ulti­mate in African adventure—a Serengeti Balloon Safari. This option is available year-round but must be requested in advance at your own expense. An alfresco dinner this evening celebrates the beauty of the region on a deck overlooking the Ndasiata Hills and the Grumeti River.

Included: Full-day game drive. Optional balloon safari at own expense / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8 Arusha

After breakfast, head out on foot to experience a guided game walk. It’s a delightful opportunity to discover many of the smaller species of flora and fauna. Along the way, your guide will share local lore. After lunch, an afternoon game drive starts you en route to the airstrip for your return flight to Arusha.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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