Overview: Unquestionably this is the trip of a lifetime. An encounter with the Hadzabe and Datoga people, the last bushmen in Tanzania, view wildlife in the vast plains of the Serengeti, and be dazzled by the historic and alluring spice island of Zanzibar. This is Tanzania at its best!
Note: We do not place groups together. This way you are ensured the full attention of our guide, but with the added knowledge of our guides’ experiences. It also means that we can start the tour on the day you prefer.
Arrival Day Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Meet and Greet at the Airport with our driver guide and transfer to Arusha for dinner and overnight at Impala Hotel.
Meals: Half Board Accommodation: Impala Hotel
Day 1: Lake Manyara National Park After breakfast pick up from Impala Hotel drive to Lake Manyara National Park for game viewing. At around 1230hrs you will stop for picnic lunch. Thereafter lunch proceed with game viewing in the Manyara Park. In the evening drive to your lodge/campsire for dinner and overnight.
Meals: Full Board Accommodation: Octagon lodge /Budget Camping (Twiga Campsite)
Day 2: Lake Eyasi Drive from Manyara to Lake Eyasi with your lunchbox to served at Eyasi. Check in at Tindiga Tented Camp. After checking in, it is time for briefing on activities and schedule. After briefing, visit the Datoga blacksmiths. Learn how to make jewelry, arrows, tools, etc. Visit the Datoga family group. Tour traditional homes, grind maize, build livestock hedge, talk with women (through translator), and learn about traditional dress. In the evening return to Tindiga Tented Camp for Dinner and overnight.
Meals: Full Board Accommodation:Tindiga Tented Camp
Day 3: Lake Eyasi Morning, gather honey with the Hadzabe men. Up to 4 miles walking over rough terrain required. Return to Tindiga Tented Camp for Hot Lunch. After lunch, Relax around lodge, then walk to Lake Eyasi, visit fishpond, climb kopje behind lodge. In the evening return to Tindiga Tented Camp for dinner and overnight.
Meals: Full Board Accommodation: Tindiga Tented Camp
Day 4: Lake EyasiI Morning gather honey with the Hadzabe men. Make poison for arrows; learn how to shoot arrows and make fires. Return to Tindiga Tented Camp for Hot Lunch, after lunch rest and relax at your lodge.
Meals: Full Board Accommodation: Tindiga Tented Camp
Day 5: Lake Syasi to Serengeti National Park - After breakfast transfer to Serengeti National Park with lunchbox and game viewing en-route. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge or Campsite in Serengeti.
Day 6: Full Day in Serengeti National Park - After breakfast continues with morning and afternoon game viewing in Serengeti National Park. Take a picnic lunch at Seronera and there after lunch continues with game viewing. In the late evening drive back to your lodge /campsite for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Olduvai Gorge - After breakfast, with packed lunch and game viewing en-route drive to Ngorongoro Olduvai Gorge, the archaeological site. Picnic lunch to be served at Olduvai Gorge. Thereafter lunch you may visit Maasai Boma (Optional). Dinner and overnight at the Lodge /Campsite in Ngorongoro.
Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater - After breakfast descent into the crater for full day tour around the unbroken caldera that encloses the wildlife. Picnic lunch at Ngorongoro picnic area near Hippo Pool or Lerai Forest. After lunch proceed with game viewing in the crater. In the evening ascend the crater and drive to Tarangire for dinner and overnight at Lodge /Campsite.
Meals: Full Board Accommodation: Tarangire River Camp /Budget camping (Tarangire Campsite)
Day 9: Tarangire National Park - After breakfast go for morning and afternoon game drives in Tarangire national park. Hot lunch at the Lodge or campsite. After lunch you may proceed with game viewing or start the journey back to Arusha for dinner and overnight.
Meals: Half Board Accommodation: Impala Hotel
Day 10: Arusha to Zanzibar - By Flight (Precissionair) departs Arusha at 1100hrs and arrive in Zanzibar at 1215hrs, meet & greet at the airport with our representative and transfer to your hotel in town for dinner and overnight.
Meals: Half Board Accommodation: Tembo House Hotel
Day 11: Excursion in Zanzibar In the morning after breakfast pick up from your hotel for any of the TWO tours mentioned (Stone Town Tour, Spice Tour, Prison Island Tour and Jozani Forest Tour). You will have to choose only TWO activities among the mentioned activities in the bracket. Note that; Dolphin Tour can be arranged on request. In the evening drive back to your hotel in Town for dinner and overnight.
Meals: Half Board Accommodation: Tembo House Hotel
Day 12: Stone Town to Kendwa - After breakfast pick up from the hotel in town and transfer you to the beach hotel in the Kendwa, Nungwi Area for leisure and overnight.
Day 15: Zanzibar to Kilimanjaro Airport - Pickup from your BEACH hotel and transfer to Zanzibar airport for your flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in connection with your departure flight back home.
Option 1; USD $4,025 per person - Budget camping accommodation on wildlife safari, Tented Camp accommodation on Cultural Tour at Lake Eyasi and Hotel accommodation in Zanzibar.
Option 2; USD $4,950 per person - Lodge accommodation on wildlife safari, Tented Camp accommodation on Cultural Tour at Lake Eyasi and Hotel accommodation in Zanzibar
Price Above Includes: - Domestic Flights; Arusha - Zanzibar - JRO - All Parks entrance fees - Accommodation and meals as stipulated in the itinerary - Transport on a 4wd vehicle with a pop up roof for easy viewing of animals - All airport transfers - Two activities in Zanzibar - Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport - Service of professional English Speaking Driver Guide - Service of professional Cook for budget camping safari option - Activities as shown in the itinerary
Price Excludes: - International Flights to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport (Tanzania) - Hot and cold drinks - Extras at the lodges/hotels i.e. telephone, laundry - Tip to the driver guide - Tip to the cook (if budget camping safari) - Sleeping Bags - we can arrange hire of this (If budget camping safari) - Hot Air Balloon Ride over Serengeti (Can be arranged at extra cost of US$499 per person) - Passport and Visas - Items of personal nature/use - And all not mentioned on the itinerary
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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)
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.
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.
My customized 13-day trip in Tanzania was absolutely amazing!
From breathtaking Ngorongoro hiking to a taste of Kilimanjaro and local village visits, it was truly a life-changing experience.
My driver and tour manager went out of their way to accommodate my whims and made sure that my stay in Tanzania was a pleasant one. Unfortunately I fractured my ankle during one of the hikes I took, but I was taken to the hospital immediately, and taken a great care of.
I would definitely recommend this operator to anyone who's looking for a tour that's much more than just game drives.'
We went on a two day walking – canoeing trip in Arusha National Park. The tour operator also made hotel arrangements for the first three days we were in Arusha.
They stayed in contact for 11 months via email. The person I was in contact with Elifasi and our guide, Apolo Kihwil, meet us at the airport took us to our hotel. On our rest day we visited a school at our request and not part of the paid itinerary this was on their time.
Our guide Apolo was the best we had on our entire trip. He was informative, friendly and had a great sense of humor, we were rewarded with a dream trip my favorite giraffe and several at a time the last bunch we counted eleven, baboons, wart hogs, black and white monkeys, hundreds of thousand of lesser and greater flamingos on big Momella Lake he provide delicious lunches and was infinitely patient while we took photographs.
I would not hesitate to use them on my next trip to Tanzania and would request Apolo as our guide.
We had a most wonderful holiday in Kenya and Tanzania.
They looked after us very well and we were very satisfied with their service. The service provided value for money. The only comment we would make is that the email from them gave us the impression that we would be staying in a lodge but when we arrived we were in a tent. We were satisfied with the tented accomodation, however it could have been made clearer in the original email that it was tented accomodation.
The staff were very kind and helpful.
Tour Operators Reply:
Thank you for the client's feedback and contructive comment/suggestion. We are glad that they were very satisfied with the service we provided to them, despite their impression that they would be staying in a lodge instead of a tent.
As per the first enquiry which the clients sent into our company, she stated that she will prefer to stay in Camping Accommodation "Preference: Camping” and the price given to them was based on camping accommodation, and this was stated in the itinerary “Dinner and overnight at the camp”
However, there was a typing error at the end of the itinerary which indicates Lodge accommodation instead of Camping accommodation.
We will try our level best to make sure that this mistake will not happen again.