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Classic Safari in Northern Tanzania

Enjoy a life-changing tailor made wildlife experience in Northern Tanzania, hosted by top notch guides.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $4500 - $8000
Includes internal flights: Yes
Length of safari: 8 days
Best months: January - March, June - December
Countries visited: Tanzania Tanzania
Parks visited: Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Tarangire
Activity level: Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Romantic
  • Night drive
Choose this itinerary if you want to: • Experience the highlights of wildlife viewing in Northern Tanzania • Follow the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti • Relax and let us do all the work, so you can enjoy the serenity of the bush • Travel to less crowded areas of the National Parks • Stay in ideally located high end, authentic tented camps Depending on what time of year you travel, we will recommend the best areas and camps to visit and which parts of the Serengeti National Park to go in order to maximise your chances of seeing the migration. We want to make sure you see abundant wildlife on your safari, and we do our utmost to deliver on a game rich experience.

Day 1 Arrival Tanzania – transfer – Onsea House


Today you will arrive at Kilimanjaro airport, where your Planet Africa driver/guide will be waiting to drive you about 45 minutes to Onsea House. A lovely dinner is still waiting for you, so spend the rest of the evening relaxing before you start your safari!

Day 2 & 3 Tarangire National Park – Game drive – Walking Safari – Oliver’s Camp

This morning your driver will pick you up from Onsea House and take you game driving in Tarangire NP en route to Oliver's Camp. Tarangire National Park is a unique park, close on proximity to Lake Manyara, and absolutely fantastic at this time of year– you will most likely see many elephants, and innumerous baobabs are always a guarantee. In the dry season the wildlife in Tarangire is just phenomenal – part of the migration actually passes through this park. You will go on a game drive inside the park today for as long as you want (during the daylight). The next morning you will go on a walking safari inside the park, together with an armed guide from the camp to protect you. The rest of the day you can go for a game drive again. In total you spend 2 nights at Oliver’s Camp.

Oliver’s Camp offers you the opportunity to walk the bush, escorted by an armed ranger and an expert walking guide, which is not allowed anywhere else in the whole of Tarangire! The camp is located at the southern end of Tarangire National Park, to the east of Silale swamp, away from the main crowds. Oliver's Camp is comfortable, run by a small, dedicated crew – a place which reflects the unspoilt wilderness of this area.    

Days 4 & 5 Ngorongoro Crater – game drive – Plantation Lodge

Today you will enjoy breakfast at Oliver's Camp, and take a slow game drive out of Tarangire towards Plantation Lodge, where you rest for the evening.  The next morning, you depart early from Plantation Lodge where you drive to the Ngorongoro Crater rim, enjoying incredible views before descending to the wildlife rich crater floor.   This imploded volcano is the world’s largest unflooded complete caldera - the floor lies some 2,000 feet below the rim - not only a stunning landscape, but also brimming with wildlife. You can spend the full day game driving on the crater floor and in time for dinner your driver will bring you to Plantation Lodge. You will spend two nights at Plantation Lodge.  Plantation Lodge is a lovely colonial style lodge with fantastic service and a great position in lush gardens bordering a coffee plantation.  A nice treat amidst your tented camps!

Days 6, 7 & 8 Serengeti National Park – Game drive – Olakira Camp

This morning you will be brought to Manyara airstrip where you catch a flight to the Northern part of Serengeti National Park. Early in the morning you will fly over the Ngorongoro Crater all the way to the most northern part of the Serengeti close to the border with Kenya. As the plains stretch out before you, you find yourself in the Serengeti - it is only when you get into it that the vastness of the place becomes real. If the migration follows its usual pattern, you will either be smack in the middle of over a million wildebeest or get very close to them! Once you have arrived at Kogatende airstrip you will be picked up by the driver/guide of the camp who will take care of you. During these three days you can go for as many game drives as you like during daylight. Every day you are able to choose between a picnic lunch or a full lunch at the camp. The camp is located in a beautiful site away from the crowds – a private wildebeest experience!

(From Dec - March, Olakira Camp is located in the Southern Serengeti where we would recommend you stay instead of the Northern Serengeti - we will advise in more detail).

Day 9 Flight back to Kilimanjaro – End of the safari

This morning you will enjoy your last breakfast in the bush, and possibly an early morning game drive. Afterwards the guide of the camp will bring you to Kogatende airstrip from where you will fly back to Kilimanjaro airport in time to catch your international flight home. This is where your safari ends…
 
Alternatively you can fly on to Zanzibar from the Serengeti for some relaxation at the beach.  There are a number of places on the island so we can recommend the most suitable options for you.  You can stay for a few nights or as long as you like.  For an example have a look at our beach extensions     
 

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • * Onsea House
  • * Oliver's Camp & Little Oliver's Camp
  • * Plantation Lodge
  • * Olakira Camp
Bush lunch in Serengeti
Bush lunch in Serengeti by Planet Africa Safaris
The open plains of Serengeti
The open plains of Serengeti by Planet Africa Safaris
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River by Planet Africa Safaris
Olakira Camp, Serengeti National Park
Olakira Camp, Serengeti National Park by Planet Africa Safaris
Elephants in Tarangire
Elephants in Tarangire by Planet Africa Safaris

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