Serengeti Lodge Safari

Serengeti Lodge Safari

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Serengeti Lodge Safari

8 Days Starting and ending in Arusha

Visiting: Arusha, Lake Manyara, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Karatu, Tarangire National Park

Tour operator:

Explore!

Tour code:

TL

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Medium, Full On

Age range:

16-

Special diets catered:

Vegans, Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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$5500
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Tour Overview

Capturing the very essence of Africa, this trip boasts some of best safari opportunities on the continent. Search for the Big Five, sleep under canvas in the bush and watch the sun go down over the plains.



Serengeti - The most iconic and prolific national park in Africa

Ngorongoro Crater - The world's largest complete caldera home to rhino, leopard and giraffe

Tarangire - Huge herds of elephants and tree climbing lions in baobab dotted plains.

Highlights

  • Serengeti - The most iconic and prolific national park in Africa

  • Ngorongoro Crater - The world's largest complete caldera home to rhino, leopard and giraffe

  • Tarangire - Huge herds of elephants and tree climbing lions in baobab dotted plains.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Join Trip In Arusha

Location: Arusha

Accommodation: Lodge, Lodge

Meals Included: No Meals

The trip begins in Arusha.



For those arriving on time our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 4pm for the welcome meeting and for those that wish, there is the chance to go out for dinner. There are no other activities planned today, so you are free to arrive in Arusha at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), which is around 75 minutes' drive. Should you miss the welcome meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.



Food is served at the lodge throughout the day until 11pm.



If you arrive early today you may wish to go into Arusha, a small Tanzanian city with a food and craft markets and a natural history museum. From the lodge you can reach Arusha by taxi or local minibus, just ask at reception for assistance. Alternatively, you may wish to relax by the pool or find a shady spot in the gardens after your long journey.

Day 2: Drive To Manyara National Park; Afternoon Game Drive

Location: Lake Manyara

Accommodation: Lodge, Lodge

This morning we head south-west to Lake Manyara National Park for our first game drive. This drive takes us through villages and towns, where busy markets and locals in traditional, bright dress line the route. On arrival at our lodge we will have lunch and a short while to take in the view over the floodplains below, before heading out on our first game drive.



Lake Manyara is nestled at the bottom of the Great Rift Valley and for a national park only 330 sq km, it is the perfect introduction to a variety of habitats, ecosystems and wildlife. The various habitats of lush forests, acacia woodlands, grassy floodplain and volcanic peaks are home to prey and predators, as well as over 400 species of birds! After our game drive, we return to our lodge to enjoy a sundowner and watch the changing lights on the plains below.



Please note that drones are not permitted in any Tanzania National Park without a permit, please refer to the equipment section of the trip notes for more information.

Day 3: Visit Olduvai Gorge, One Of The Most Important Paleoanthropological Sites In The World; Enter The Serengeti National Park For A Game Drive To The Camp

Location: Serengeti National Park

Accommodation: Camp, Tented

Today we have a long but rewarding journey into the world famous Serengeti National Park. The scenery and views are spectacular as we travel around the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater and transit through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We pass several Masai homesteads before arriving at Olduvai Gorge, where in 1959, anthropologists Dr and Mrs Leakey discovered the remains of an almost intact human skull named 'Nutcracker Man'. It was here at this important prehistoric site, together with other startling discoveries, that have contributed to the furthering understanding of early human development. Olduvai Gorge and the fossils that it contains give a unique insight into the role this part of the world played in human evolution. We'll enjoy a packed lunch in the courtyard of the Olduvai Gorge visitor centre, before walking around the interactive, timeline museum to learn more of this fascinating place. A local guide will then talk us through the ages of the gorge whilst we look out over the valley below.



Later today we will enter the Serengeti at Naabi Hill Gate. Serengeti is a Masai name that means the 'endless grass plains' and it is through these plains interspersed with granite outcrops that we travel to our lodge. Once in the Serengeti we'll move slowly through the park, keeping a close eye out for game as we head to the central Seronera area. Our Serengeti camp provides a warm welcome and a true sense of adventure. Sleeping under canvas, the sounds of nature filter through ensuring a true Serengeti experience.

Day 4: Full Day Safari In The Serengeti National Park

Location: Serengeti National Park

Accommodation: Camp, Tented

The Serengeti covers almost 15,000 square km in area and is Tanzania's oldest, and arguably, greatest park. Famed for the awe-inspiring spectacle of the annual migration, it offers some of the best game viewing in Africa. We will travel through various different habitats from dry, dusty savannahs to long grasses and mud pools. Prey and predator can be found in the park, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, giraffe and buffalo, as well as over 500 species of bird. This day is guaranteed to be exciting, and binoculars and cameras need to be at the ready! We'll take a packed lunch with us but timings and location will depend on the wildlife movements for the day. We'll return to our accommodation this evening in time for 'Bush TV', also known as a bonfire and the opportunity to enjoy a local beer whilst watching the sun go down. The sheer vastness of space, under a starry sky, generates a liberating feeling of being in the wild that would be difficult to find anywhere else.

Day 5: Game Drive To Depart Serengeti National Park Before Driving To Our Accommodation Near The Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Location: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Karatu

Accommodation: Lodge, LodgeLodge

We'll make one last early morning game drive as we retrace our route back to Naabi Hill Gate and back into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We will pass various settlements en route and the Masai can often be seen herding their livestock or working the land in the surrounding fields.



In the late morning, we'll arrive into Karatu where our accommodation is located. The central farmhouse remains a working farm and coffee plantation, built in colonial style and is set amongst beautiful gardens. This afternoon will be free to enjoy the pool or take the late afternoon walking tour of the planation with a local villager to learn more about their life and produce grown on the grounds.

Day 6: Early Morning Game Drive In Ngorongoro Crater In Search Of The Big Five

Accommodation: Lodge

This morning we will have a very early start to make our way to the crater where we will we descend from the upper rim, driving down a steep track that drops a staggering 600m to the grassy plain, lake and marshes of the basin floor below. The crater provides a unique wildlife spotting experience and is home to the Big Five. Among the animals to watch out for are elephant, lion, cheetah, buffalo and rhino. The perennial marshes teem with birdlife.



The crater itself, technically classed as a caldera, owes its existence to the violent fracturing of the Rift Valley over a period of some 15 million years. At one time a volcano occupied this spot that then became extinct and collapsed into the empty magma chamber beneath it leaving only the gigantic natural basin which is now considered a veritable 'Garden of Eden'. After our half day game drive in the crater today, we return to the farmhouse in time for lunch and the afternoon will be at leisure to relax after the early start.

Day 7: Drive To Tarangire National Park, Home To Some Of Tanzania's Largest Elephant Herds; Afternoon Game Drive

Location: Tarangire National Park

Accommodation: Camp, Tented

Today we leave Karatu and continue our journey to Tarangire National Park. One of the most striking features of the park are the majestic old baobab trees with massive silvery trunks and gourd-like fruit that dominate the skyline. Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife outside of the Serengeti ecosystem and is part of a larger ecosystem that extends further south into the Masai steppes. The permanent water sources in the park result in Tarangire being home to the largest elephant populations in Tanzania, where during the dry season over 300 elephants can be seen digging for water in the riverbeds. The park is also home to the shy fringed eared oryx and the gerenuk antelope that are not seen in other parks.



Today we will enjoy an afternoon game drive, before travelling to our camp perched on the edge of Lake Burunge. The evening will be spent relaxing in spectacular location and enjoying a traditional evening meal.

Day 8: Trip Ends At Kilimanjaro Airport

Location: Arusha

Departing Tarangire this morning we will drive for three hours to Arusha where we'll stop for a lunch break before departing Kilimanjaro International Airport, this is where our trip ends. The earliest your flight can depart is 5pm.



If you are going on to Zanzibar to join the Zanzibar Island Extension, your flight will depart Arusha Airport and you will be dropped off at Arusha Airport before the group stop for lunch. The earliest your flight to Zanzibar can depart is 12.45pm, please speak to one of our reservations team about assistance booking flights.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    4 nights comfortable lodge

    3 nights comfortable tented camp

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Game Drives on Safari

  • Meals – Full Board

    Breakfast: 7

    Lunch: 7

    Dinner: 6

  • Fully Guided

What's Not Included

  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Tipping and Gratuities

Why Book this Tour

This classic Tanzanian safari explores some of the best game parks in East Africa whilst staying in idyllic locations. The Serengeti is the best place in Africa to see every animal you could hope for; including some unlikely candidates such as Honey Badgers, Leopard Tortoise, Wild Dogs and Corey Bustards.

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  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Moderate

  • What is the maximum group size?

    16

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    4 nights comfortable lodge

    3 nights comfortable tented camp

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?

    No

  • I'm going on a walking/cycling trip-do I need to train?

    It will depend on the grade and how fit you already are. Check the trip page for details of the walking or cycling grade and how far you’ll be walking/cycling each day. For moderate or challenging trips in particular we’d recommend doing some walks or cycles before you leave to build up your fitness and prepare you for the distances being covered.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    We have a wide range of ages nationalities on our small group trips and they come from all walks of life.

  • Should I get travel insurance?

    Yes–it is a condition of booking that you are fully insured when travelling with us

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    At Explore, we're the experts in adventure travel. Our small group adventure holidays have been running since 1981. Today, Explore is one of the most trusted travel companies in the UK with over 500 trips to more than 120 countries.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes, but there are no concessions for doing so, and we must have a record in your booking advising as such before the trip departs.

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Being a responsible company is a large statement, something that has to be entwined within the very fibre of a company. Discover the charities and partnerships we support as part of this at https://www.explore.co.uk/about/sustainability/charities-and-partners

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    We want to be as clear as and as honest as possible about what happens if you decide to that you no longer wish to travel on your trip. Our booking conditions have details of the costs you’ll incur when you cancel-these charges depend on how long it is before your planned departure.

  • What is the accommodation like?

    We choose comfortable accommodation in the best locations possible. We opt for small, local and family-run accommodation where we can, as opposed to large chain hotels. We typically use hotels that are the equivalent of European 3-star, and you’ll usually have an en suite room. Occasionally, where we want to get off the beaten trail we may stay in more basic accommodation.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Sustainability is embedded within the fibre of Explore, it emanates from the inside out. But as we enter a new decade it is clearer than ever that our world needs help, and Explore has created a sustainability strategy based on the 2015 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Our flexible booking and safety policies mean you're protected before and during your travels with us. Receive a full refund if your trip is cancelled, transfer your trip free of charge up to 10 days before departure minus any irrocoverable costs.

  • Do I need to be very fit to book with you?

    All our trips require some level of active participation. This could be on a cultural trip, trek, safari, expedition or voyage. It is in the interests of all members of the group that everyone should be capable of fully participating in the activities of their chosen trip.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Final documents will include a comprehensive trip itinerary, climate and country information, budgeting and packing advice visa and passport information and details on optional activities available.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes on most of our trips. Most trips are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book a group trip as an individual, you will share a room with someone of the same sex. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room, known as our single room option. On some trips a single room will be provided every night, on others it will be provided o

  • Do we have to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel

    It’s now a condition of booking a trip with us that customers should have one of the following before they travel - — Be vaccinated against COVID, having received the full recommended course, and allowing enough time for immunity to take effect. Full vaccination includes any booster required to keep the vaccine valid. — Have taken a negative test (rapid antigen or PCR) within 72hrs of departure.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Explore will only offer hotels that have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with local government guidelines. We will ensure these measures include; enhanced room cleaning, ventilation, social distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in public areas, food safety, staff re-training and minimising contact within the properties.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

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Serengeti Lodge Safari

Great tour

Great tour

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Serengeti Lodge Safari

An excellent journey made all the more so by an ou

An excellent journey made all the more so by an outstanding leader and his co-guideodluck. Many thanks to them both and to the company of our fellow Explorers'

Ian  

Serengeti Lodge Safari

This is our third holiday with Explore and it live

This is our third holiday with Explore and it lived up to the standard we have come to expect. We would not hesitate to travel with you again.

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