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Weekend Safari in Tanzania

Weekend Safari in Tanzania

Enjoy your wee end by visiting Lake Manyara National Park the famous tree climbing lions, and Ngorongoro Crater, the eight wonders of the world.
Operator rating 9.7/10 from 101 trip reviews
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Price: USD $604 per person
Type: Tour
Duration: 2 days
Customise: This Tour can be customised
Country: Tanzania
Persons: minimum (2)  
Accommodation: Camping
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Weekend Safari in Tanzania

While you are in Arusha town or near by areas, don’t spend your week end there. Enjoy your week end by visiting Lake Manyara National Park the famous tree climbing lions, and Ngorongoro Crater, the eight wonders of the world.

Day 1: Arusha - Lake Manyara National Park
Early morning after breakfast, pick up from hotel your with packed lunch and proceed to Lake Manyara National Park for game viewing in the Northern part of the Park. Here expect to see game such as buffaloes, elephants including the famous tree climbing lions. Break off for refreshment and lunch at the picnic site. After lunch drive southwards, here you will be greeted by bubbling hot springs and a herd of hippos. Also expect to see a variety of birds including pelicans, cormorants and thousands of flamingoes. Late evening, drive to Manyara Twiga Campsite for dinner and overnight. Full Board

Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater - Back to Arusha
After check out and early breakfast, with packed lunch transfer and descend to the crater floor for full day game viewing, while here expect to see a variety of birds including thousands of flamingoes and other water birds. The big game here includes the endangered black rhinos, elephant, zebras, hippos, gazelle, and predators such as lions, cheetahs, hyenas and leopards. Break for lunch at the picnic site and there after proceed with game viewing up to the late evening when you will ascend the crater and drive back to Arusha town.

Price:
US $604 per person (camping - minimum 2 people traveling)
US $674 per person (lodge - minimum 2 people traveling)

Price above is based in Camping and standard lodge accommodation - but this safari can be upgraded to Luxury Lodge Safari

* Also discount is available for a group of four people and above

Price above includes:
- All park entrance fees.
- Transport on 4WD vehicle with the pop-up roof, which enable you to spot wildlife easier.
- Accommodation based on three meals a day.
- Crater fees.
- Camping fees.
- Mineral water 1.5lt per person per day.
- Salary for the Professional English Drive Guide.
- Activities as per itinerary above

Price above exclude:
- International flight
- Accommodation on arrival and night after safari in Arusha town (we can arrange on request)
- Airport transfers (we can arrange on request)
- Hot and cold drinks
- Hot Air Balloon ride over Serengeti, book with us for USD 449 per person.
- Flying doctors insurance, we can arrange for USD 50per person.
- Tips to the driver/guide and all items of personal nature/use.
- And all not mentioned in the itinerary above.

Note:
We do not place groups together. This way you are ensured the full attention of our guide, with flexibility to customise as you wish and stop for as long as you like to take photos etc. It also means that we can start the tour on the day you prefer.

All our tours are tailor made to suit our client’s needs, so should you require any changes or inclusions please enquire. You can add on a Kilimanjaro climb or beach holiday in Zanzibar.

Tour Operator Reviews (101) about reviews
1 
Client: Guy Darby - from United Kingdom
Trip: Tanzania 7 days Southern Circuit Safari
Rating:
rating 8/10
Comment: Our family of five have just been on safari to Ruaha, Mikumi and Selous. We had a great time and saw a leopard, cheetah, over 30 lions and hundreds of elephants.

We were very satisfied with the service. Elifasi in the office was very helpful and patient in organising the itinerary.

The guide/driver Imanuel was excellent in spotting and finding wildlife.

The lodges were all of a good standard for both accommodation and food. We reduced the costs by staying at lodges just outside the park gates.

This was very good value for money and we would have no hesitation recommending or using them again.
 
2 
Client: KitMan Chui - from Hong Kong
Trip: Big Five Safari in Tanzania - 7 days
Rating:
rating 8/10
Comment: The trip was very good and our guide was very good as well. The safari operator gave us confidence while we were planning our trip and they responded quickly with our enquiry.

We are so great to see many wild animals especially big five in the national parks. We had the chance to see the lions hunting but they failed. The African Tulip is very good and we can order food from their dinner manual while other hotels were providing dinner buffet with similar dishes.

The trip could score 8. It was really a very remarkable trip for our couple.
 
3 
Client: Ken Sullivan - from United Kingdom
Trip: Northern Circuit Safari in Tanzania
Rating:
rating 9/10
Comment: I am very happy to provide feedback on our recently completed trip to Tanzania.

We had a thoroughly enjoyable time on all our days in Tanzania and couldn't have asked for a better guide than Apollo.

Despite the odd puncture, which seems to be an occupational hazard for any vehicle which drives on unmade-up roads, the entire trip went off without a hitch.

We were happy with the hotels that we stayed in and all the other parts of the trip that could be controlled by the tour operator, although to the surprise of our guide we preferred the Sopa hotels we stayed in to the Serena hotels.

The only downside was that the animals at times didn't co-operate by coming into close range for taking photos, but that's not something the tour operator can control and we don't consider that we can blame them for that (just our bad luck in some respects)

We would have no hesitation in recommending this safari operator to anyone, especially if they are lucky enough to get Apollo as their guide, and would rate the entire experience as a 9 out of 10 holiday. (we have been to quite a few places in the world including the Galapagos Islands, Borneo, China, India, Hong Kong and Japan and have yet to rate anything a 10. But this last trip has probably come the closest)
 
4 
Client: Eileen Haggerty - from United States
Trip: East Africa Safari – Tanzania and Kenya
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: I just returned from a 13 day safari to Kenya and Tanzani. It a was fantastic trip and the price was great too !! It was my second trip to Africa and my first with this tour operator.

We were 4 women (aged 25-69) and we had our own private safari vehicle in both Kenya and Tanzania. This is very important, especially for first time safari travelers, to have your own window even with the pop-up top. The vehicle we had seated 9, but it was our private vehicle as promised by the safari operator. We saw countless safari vehicles so packed with people that it was obvious that not everyone would have a great view.

We first went to Kenya, then Tanzania, then back to Kenya to spend our final night at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi.The guide for Kenya was Jonathon. He was wonderful, the best! Reliable, knowledgeable about the parks, the animals and so accommodating that when we returned to Nairobi after Tanzania we asked for him again. I just can't say enough good things about Jonathon. He was there upon our arrival in Nairobi and for the next 8 days in Kenya. When I lost my battery charger he found a place for me to replace it and drove me into the town. (warning...the lodges we stayed at did not carry camera equipment). Saw the Big 5, saw the aftermath of a kill, saw lions, giraffe, leopard, cheetah...you name it, we saw it - every day!

Our guide for Tanzania was Apollo and again we had the best guide in Tanzania. Apollo clearly loves his job and is so enthusiastic its infectious. He is very knowledgeable and fun to be with...great sense of humor as he loved to tease us. Apollo also was very accommodating (stopping when we screamed "simama" because we saw a shop we wanted to spend some time in or we wanted to back up for a certain picture. When we were in the Serengeti he pulled over to the side of the road because he spotted a male lion. (both of our guides had vision that's hard to believe) Right after we pulled up the lion came out of the high grass, walked across the road in back of our truck, then came around to the front and sat down in the road in front of us. Amazing! This is how we saw many animals, up close and personal.

We also got to meet Chislon, our agent, in Arusha. I can't tell you how many emails we sent back and forth to get the final itinerary. He worked very hard for us to get exactly what we wanted.

The food and accommodations were great, especially the SOPA Lodges. You will never go hungry. Too much food...we all gained weight! The one place I wasn't comfortable in was the Katikati Tented Camp in Serengenti. I think this would be wonderful for families but it was a little too rough-hewn for us older women. The 25 year old didn't mind it at all...she said that's what camping is about.

Our final night was spent at Giraffe Manor. This is very pricey but well worth it. You get to feed the giraffes up close and they even come to your bedroom window for food. You can also have breakfast with them as they stick their heads in the dining room. The really cater to you at Giraffe Manor and if you can afford to splurge this is the place to do it, even if only for one night.

Our itinerary was Samburu Reserve, Mount Kenya, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara in Kenya, then Serengeti, Ngorongoro and the Crater, Tarangire National Park, Arusha in Tanzania and then Giraffe Manor in Nairobi.

It was a very busy itinerary and my only regret was not scheduling time in Zanzibar between Kenya and Tanzania.
 
5 
Client: Pedro Neves - from Portugal
Trip: Mikumi National Park Tanzania – 2 Day Safari
Rating:
rating 9/10
Comment: it was a wonderful nature experience, very well conducted for our driver/guide - a special thanks to him (that one you must keep!)
 
6 
Client: Ayelet Yaniv - from Israel
Trip: 6 day Fun Safari in Tanzania's Northern Parks
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: Our holiday in Tanzania was a perfect 10.... we enjoyed every thing there.

It's been a wonderful and exciting vacation for all of us.

Tanzania is a wonderful place and the people of Tanzania are warm and welcoming.
It has been a pleasure to make business with the operator and Mr. Peniel Vello Laizer.

Our vacation was well organized from the minute we arrived till the minute we depart and it's all thanks to them.

We had a wonderful ranger (Apollo), we enjoy his personality and his wide knowledge of Tanzania.

We had an amazing vacation, we will never forget it.
 
7 
Client: Chelsey Young - from Tanzania
Trip: Reality Cycle trip round Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: I really enjoyed this tour. Of all the things I had planned for my dad's visit, he enjoyed this the most, and said it's what he would remember the most.

The tour guides were very friendly, professional, and knowledgeable on what the tour covered. All the people in the duration of the tour knew them and that gave the tour a more authentic and welcoming vibe. Very good tour, very good guides, and a very good experience.

If anyone else comes to town, this is a tour I will always set up for them. To show them the real Tanzania.
 
8 
Client: Judith Dumont - from Canada
Trip: 6 day Fun Safari in Tanzania's Northern Parks
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: Me and my husband recently travelled to Tanzania for a safari.

First we planned our safari with Peniel (our trip coordinator) through internet. He was very pleasant and always responding quickly to my many many questions. He took the time to really understand what we really wanted and made sure we got it. Then he met us at the airport and brought us to our hotel for our first night before our safari. He explained everything to us and was very thorough. We really liked him. He is a very special person to us.

Then we met our first guide for 1 day Winnie. Very nice young fellow. Then came Apollo for the rest of the safari. What can we say about Apollo. Well he is one of a kind. Very nice person and one thing that we noticed is that he is very helpful with everybody. We had so many laughs with him especially him and my husband. Very knowledgeable.We saw lots of animals. We also had the honor of meeting his family. What a nice family and we were so well received.

Then there was our cook Benson(Ben Manase Kingu). Wow what good food we had. And he was always so eager to help. He made sure our flap tent were open during the day while we were gone on a safari drive or if it rained made sure they were closed. Very nice person. He even made us a cake all decorated and Happy New Year written on it since our safari started on jan 1/2013. We also got to meet his family.

They were so nice. Well all in all we want to say that we had a fantastic time with fantastic people that we now consider our friends. Thank You everybody for making our trip so memorable.
Judy & Germain
 
9 
Client: Christine - from United States
Trip: Nature Safari -3 Days, 2 Nights Safari in Tanzania
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: My friend and I had an excellent time on safari!

Our driver was friendly and knowledgeable about the animals, plants, and history of the parks we toured. Our camp cook was amazing! He prepared some of the best dishes that I had in Tanzania. Also, he baked my friend and I a special cake to help celebrate the New Year! Finally, Peniel made us certificates that included our date of travel and the names of
the parks that we visited.

Peniel even arranged for our (cheap) transfer to the airport after our stay in Arusha. Overall, it was a great experience and I would highly recommend them.
 
10 
Client: Valerie Denney - from United States
Trip: Reality Cycle trip round Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: This is a fantastic tour and a "must do" for any first time visitor to Dar, as I was.

It helps you understand more about the people who live in Dar and makes what can seem like a complex and intimidating place, accessible, friendly and understandable.
 
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