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Activity level: Level 1 Involves some moderate physical activity over short periods of time, such as short walks, on relatively level surfaces and gentle terrain.
Destination: Tanzania Big Game Safari
Duration: 8 nights / 9 days
Flight information: Please arrange your flights to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport [KIA], Tanzania on Day 1 and depart Kilimanjaro International Airport [KIA], Tanzania on day 9 after 6pm
Pickup location: Kilimanjaro International Airport [KIA] on Day 1

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Remote locations with luxurious accommodation and spectacular African sunsets where you can observe the behaviour and survival skills of Africa's iconic wildlife; lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino and much, much more.

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Tanzania has the highest mountain in Africa, and the largest and the deepest lakes. The stunning environment is home to Africa's largest concentration and greatest diversity of animals and this tour showcases the very best that Tanzania has to offer. Join The Big Journey Company for 'Big 5' game drives in the Rift Valley, across the Serengeti plains and into the Ngorongoro Crater. The UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Ngorongoro Crater is of the most pristine wildernesses on earth, and is also the world's largest intact crater. Take the opportunity to visit the Maasai people and learn a little more about the culture and way of life of these iconic African peoples.

Itinerary

Itinerary summary:

PRE - JOURNEY - Arrange your flights to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport[KIA], Tanzania on Day 1.

  • Day 1 - Arrive Kilimanjaro
  • Day 2 - Tarangire National Park
  • Day 3 - Lake Manyara National Park
  • Day 4 - The Rift Valley and Serengeti
  • Day 5 - Search for 'The Big 5' on the Serengeti
  • Day 6 - Search for 'The Big 5' on the Serengeti
  • Day 7 - Ngorongoro Crater and Maasai Village
  • Day 8 - Ngorongoro Crater Game Drive
  • Day 9 - Goodbye to Tanzania and Home
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Day 1 - Arrive Kilimanjaro

Welcome to Kilimanjaro! Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for check in. There will be a welcome dinner together this evening to meet the rest of our group.

Included Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Mount Meru Hotel, Arusha

Day 2 - Tarangire National Park

After breakfast in the hotel we travel today to famous for its large elephant herds and its picturesque landscape dotted with baobab trees.
Lunch will be at the lodge before the afternoon is spent exploring Tarangire's valleys and riverbeds looking for the herds of impala, eland, kudu, and buffalo that wander the parks' vast swamps and river. The park is also a bird lover's paradise with over 550 bird species and huge flocks of migratory birds from January to March. Return to your lodge just before sunset to freshen up before dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Tarangire Sopa Lodge

Day 3 - Lake Manyara National Park

This morning a drive around Lake Manyara will take you through the underwater forests thick with monkeys, warthogs, wildebeest, and buffalo before arriving at a clearing that looks out over the lake.
Lunch will be served overlooking Lake Manyara Park. After check-in at our accommodation this evening, we will enjoy an afternoon game drive in Lake Manyara Park, watching for blue monkeys, baboons, vervet monkeys and impala in the thick forest. Drive further toward the lake edge to spot buffalo, elephant, wildebeest, and hippo before continuing to your lodge for dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

Day 4 - The Rift Valley and Serengeti

An early morning start today for our drive from Lake Manyara to the Serengeti. This drive will take you to climb the dramatic Rift Valley escarpment, through the carter highlands, along the rim of the Ngorongoro crater and to descend onto the vast plains of the Serengeti. A picnic lunch is provided end-route to maximize game viewing opportunity in Serengeti. Arrive at Kubu Kubu Tented Camp in time for dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Kubu Kubu Tented Camp

Day 5 - Search for 'The Big 5' on the Serengeti

Your safari now spends two days exploring the extensive plains of the Serengeti in search of the 'Big 5'. If you would like to maximize your time game viewing you can take a picnic lunch out into the park and enjoy a meal out in the vast savannah before returning to your lodge later in the day.
An optional Hot air balloon excursion over the Serengeti is available to book at extra cost. This is an excellent way to make the most of The Serengeti's' scenery and vast vistas and is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do some big game spotting from the air.

Included Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Kubu Kubu Tented Camp

Day 6 - Search for 'The Big 5' on the Serengeti

Continue your quest to see as much as possible with your cameras and binoculars at the ready today. The hawk-eyed local guides know the area intimately and will ensure that you see all there is to see and will also keep you entertained with interesting facts and anecdotes about the animals along the way.

Included Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Kubu Kubu Tented Camp

Day 7 - Ngorongoro Crater and Maasai Village

Today we leave the Serengeti behind us and travel east to the vast, volcanic Ngorongoro crater that rises from the plains of Tanzania. This World Heritage Site and Conservation area is where the Maasai can be seen herding their cattle.
We arrive in time for lunch at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge and will have time to check on before visiting a traditional Maasai village to learn more about their distinctive culture.
We return to the lodge for dinner and overnight

Included Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Day 8 - Ngorongoro Crater Game Drive

Your game drive today will be like no other as you visit one of the most dramatic safari destinations in Africa, the Ngorongoro Crater. The forest-covered crater walls surrounding you on the crater floor, creating stunning backdrops for your photographs. We travel through the Lerai Forest looking for leopard and onto the plains where the wildebeest and zebra graze whilst cheetah and lion lay and watch. Elephants browse, rhino wander and hippos hide in the pools. A picnic lunch is provided so you can maximize your day in the crater.
Return to the lodge for dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.

Day 9 - Goodbye to Tanzania and Home

After breakfast at the lodge, we will check out of the hotel and drive back to Kilimanjaro, stopping for lunch on the way. We be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport to catch the flights home you have arranged. (Flights home on this final day need depart after 6pm local time).

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: none

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What's includedWhat's not includedImportant information

What's included

  • Meet & Greet at Kilimanjaro International Airport on arrival.
  • Transfers as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary
  • Transportation in 4x4 vehicle
  • All activities, visits and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Park Entrance Fees into specified Parks and Reserves
  • Experienced English speaking tour guides
  • Tour Director from The Big Journey Company as well as the local tour guide (subject to minimum group size of 20 being reached)
  • 3 x 1/2 Litre Mineral Water Bottles per person, per day in Safari vehicle.

What's not included

  • International flights arriving and departing from Kilimanjaro International Airport[KIA], Tanzania
  • Transfers on arrival or departure, to/from the airport(s), outside of the journey dates.
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Visas, travel or medical insurance
  • Any personal items and anything not mentioned under included in price above
  • Any meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Any optional activities offered, including Balloon Ride over the Serengeti

Important information

  • Vaccinations are recommended for Tanzania. Please consult your doctor for advice.
  • Travel visas are required to visit Tanzania. 
  • The Journey will start at on Day 1 Kilimanjaro International Airport[KIA], Tanzania and ends at on Day 9 at Kilimanjaro International Airport [KIA], Tanzania after 6pm.
  • Please let The Big Journey Company know prior to travelling if you have any medical needs or take any medication that we need to be made aware of to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant journey.
  • Check in is after 2-3pm and check out is before 10am unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
  • Cancellation 90 - 0 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 100%. It is your responsibility to ensure the correct travel insurance in place to protect you against the need to cancel your holiday. Deposits are non-refundable.
  • A non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking. Full balance will be due 14 weeks prior to departure. Full cost of any flights purchased from us is required at the time of booking.
  • Further terms and conditions apply and will be provided upon request or at the time of booking. The Big Journey Company reserves the right to withdraw any offer prior to accepting a reservation request. This does not affect your statutory rights. This offer is subject to availability and space is limited.
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