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11 Day The Serengeti & Beyond: A Tanzania Safari - Friday Departure

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Tanzania
Depart for Tanzania

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Kilimanjaro
Arrive in Kilimanjaro; transfer to the hotel in Arusha, nestled at the foot of Mt Meru. The rest of the day is yours to rest, and relax before dinner tonight
Overnight: Arusha
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Tarangire National Park
Depart to the vast Tarangire National Park. The Tarangire River and its tributaries provide the only permanent water supply on Maasai land during the dry season, thus supporting a great diversity of wildlife. Embark on an afternoon game drive. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, followed by dinner at the lodge
Overnight: Tarangire
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Tarangire Game Drives
Enjoy early morning and afternoon game drives in Tarangire National Park. Spend time at leisure before tonight's dinner
Overnight: Tarangire
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Lake Manyara National Park
After an early breakfast, depart for Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its nimble blue monkeys and elephants. The afternoon is free to rest and enjoy the amenities of the lodge. This evening, have dinner at the lodge
Overnight: Lake Manyara
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Serengeti National Park
Depart this morning for Serengeti National Park. The vast plains of the Serengeti host a high concentration of game. The first game drive explores the lush Seronera Valley, known for its lion and leopard populations, as well as a variety of other wildlife. At dusk, return to the campsite for dinner
Overnight: Serengeti National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Serengeti Game Drives
Rise before dawn for the optional Sunrise Balloon Safari. Take off in a hot air balloon as the sun rises. A champagne breakfast awaits you at the end of the journey. Continue game viewing as you drive back to camp. Then, explore Moru Kopjes (weather permitting), an area of excellent game viewing all year round. At the lodge tonight, savor a delicious dinner
Optional: Serengeti Sunrise Balloon Safari & Breakfast (AM)
Overnight: Serengeti National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Serengeti Game Drives
The early morning game drive takes you again into the protected Serengeti refuge. On your return to the camp, a leisurely lunch and time to relax before setting out on the afternoon game drive. After dinner tonight, listen to the sounds of the wilderness
Overnight: Serengeti National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Olduvai Gorge Museum
Bid farewell to the Serengeti plains and continue to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, stopping en route to visit the Olduvai Gorge Museum with its displays of fossils that provide significant evidence of our ancestors almost four million years ago. Tonight, dinner is at the lodge
Overnight: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Ngorongoro Game Drive
Explore the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Africa's "Garden of Eden". Descend almost 2,000 feet to the floor of the crater, which contains a diverse ecosystems and a high concentration of birds and animals. You may spot elephants, lions, gazelles, zebra and perhaps even the endangered rhino. Enjoy a picnic lunch before you ascend to the crater rim and travel to Arusha. Time to relax before tonight's dinner. Bid farewell to your Tour Manager, on your last night in Tanzania
Overnight: Arusha
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Depart Tanzania
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Passengers with evening flights will have a day-use hotel room and be transferred to the airport later in the eveningDay Room: Arusha
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip flights New York-Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • 9 nights First Class accommodations
  • 2 nights Arusha
  • 2 nights Tarangire National Park
  • 1 night Lake Manyara
  • 3 nights Serengeti National Park
  • 1 night Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 26 meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern 4x4 vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking driver-guide throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • National Park Fees
  • Tour Highlights

    Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • Enjoy personal game drive experiences in safari vehicles that seat no more than seven
  • Travel to Tarangire National Park, known for its huge herds of elephants and giraffe
  • Game drives in Serengeti National Park, with Africa's highest concentration of wildlife
  • In the Serengeti, linger at the Simba Kopje, inspiration for scenes in The Lion King
  • At the Olduvai Gorge Museum view fossils that provide evidence of our ancestors
  • Visit the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a World Heritage Site, Africa’s "Garden of Eden"
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Due to limited space in safari vehicles, please pack your belongings in a soft-sided duffel bag. Traditional suitcases with rigid frames or hard plastic sides should not be used.

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    Accommodations

    The African Tulip
    This first class hotel is situated in the heart of Arusha.

    Tarangire Sopa Lodge
    This first class lodge is located in the Nyarboro Hills within the Tarangire National Park.

    Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
    This first class lodge overlooks Lake Manyara National Park.

    Angata Serengeti Camp
    This first class camp is situated in the central Serengeti.

    Ngorongoro Coffee Lodge
    This first class lodge is located on the edge of Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

    Lake Duluti Lodge
    This first class lodge is located nearby Lake Duluti.

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    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    4.4
    Accommodations
    5
    Itinerary
    3.8
    Professional Staff
    5
    Repeat with Operator
    4.2
    Value for Money
    4.2

    Ratings based off 5 reviews - currently showing 3 reviews with comments only

    Our tour was in Mid Sep. We were very pleased with our 11 day tour. The lodges were all beautiful. Rooms were exceptionally large and clean. Staff were always friendly and wanting to ensure a pleasant stay. Seems most Tanzanians speak English. There were some minor inconveniences. As most places are run by generator. Lighting was not bright in the bathrooms. One pool, the bottom was slick from what we surmised was not suctioned. Expect the water in all pools to be cool. As the temperature drops a lot in the night. Not all of them have clocks. You may want to take a battery operated one. Had shirts and pants pressed in a few hours. Cost between $2-$4 each. Campground. Was really impressed on how they handled the logistics of it. The rooms were comfortable and clean. All had bathrooms. Showers were supplied by your tent attendant. We enjoyed the food at the campground most. We felt safe in the outdoors. Heard it was more central to getting to all the locations in the Serengeti. A big plus. As the dirt roads can be tiring. Luggage. Tanzania only, no internal flights. You can take a duffle bag holding up to 50 lbs and a backpack (try to keep size down for inside Land Cruiser). Duffle bag needs to be soft sided. But, one side for wheels and handle are acceptable. My wife got those cubes for the duffle bag. Wish I had gotten them as well. As it was difficult keeping it organized. Myself and others repacked a number of times. Dollar is acceptable. Make sure all your bills are after 2006. As they cannot use. We took a variety of bills ( 1, 5, 10, 20). Another person on our tour said they like $100 bills. Although, it says tips for most things are included. We did a number of $1 tips. As it appeared no one there had much. Which probably went a long way for Tanzanians. We went a day early. Cab fare for the two of us was $50. Which was posted at the airport. Speed limit on highway 30mph and took about an hour. The African Tulip was not available. We reserved a room in advance 1/2 mile away , Kibo Palace. Nice hotel. There was a duo singing and playing on Fri. night at the pool with a large buffet. About $50 for two including wine. The duo were really good. Check-out time 10 am. African Tulip the next day was gracious about letting us check in early. Took them about 30 min. to prepare our room. Safety. On the safari the guides did an excellent job ensuring our safety. At the campground, Lions , elephants, baboons, giraffes may pass through at night. The guards would chase them away. You may hear them brush by your tent and/or make noise. There was a problem with one elephant getting into one tents water. Insects were minor. Suspect it was due to being the end of the dry season in September. TseTse flies are a nuisance. Got a couple bites. But, not as bad as described. Some people did not follow guidelines of not wearing Blue and black. As well as short sleeves and shorts. They did not seem to be bitten that much in mid September. Bad areas driver/guides would warn and try not to stop. ie, the flies would fill up the vehichle. Gate1/guide/hotels were generous in supplying bottled water. Use bottled water to brush teeth. Guide/Driver. Very pleased with our driver/guide Roderick. Very knowlegable. He also was considerate about the dust from the other two vehicles and kept a distance. He was unbelievable in how well he spotted the animals. As well as having a sense of where they would be traveling to. Safari Roads. The road to Tarangire was paved. Soon after we were on dirt roads. They are rough, some big dips and dusty. You will be traveling some days on long stretches to get to places. Bathrooms. Bathroom breaks were 2 to 4 hours apart. Supplemented by the bush bathrooms. No fault of Gate1 or guide. As facilities are not that common. The bathrooms were surprisingly good for remote locations. Probably better than most U.S. park bathrooms. Most had sufficient toilet paper and hand washing. Air dry hands. If possbile. Don't wash hands at Ngorongoro hippo pond. The water comes from hippo pond. Containing parasite. Gate1 supplied us hats. I did not wear one very often. As the pop up top protected us most of the time. Some mornings and evenings, we needed sweater/windbreaker.

    This trip exceeded my expectations and the accommodations, expertise of the guide and the food were all excellent. The experience of seeing "the Big Five" was awesome and so rewarding. I would recommend this trip to anyone. I encourage people considering the trip to research and go prepared with duffel bags, insect repellants and appropriate color and kinds of clothing for safari. Happy adventures!

    The package itinerary was different to the reality, it was only the guide putting himself out together with his colleagues and driving miles out of his way to see wildlife that otherwise we would have not seen. The itinerary was exaggerated in terms of the volume of animals seen on a daily basis. Also why is it that the guides cannot be accommodated at the same hotels as the guests, since I am sure Gate 1's profit margin covers their accommodation and meals. many of the guests were annoyed that they could not stay there, as it builds a good relationship between them and the guides! Also, the standard of food was not the same quality as other trips, but understand that some was in the bush and that was difficult for cooking facilities, but that should be a work In progress considering the money charged for the trip.

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