Essence of Tanzania

Essence of Tanzania

Essence of Tanzania
7 days – 6 nights
Serengeti, Tarangire, Ngorongoro
Wildlife, Photography, Discovery, Adventure
This program may be operated for individual or for small groups
This is a suggested itinerary – Please call us to customize

Our camps (Serengeti Wilderness Camp, Serengeti North Wilderness Camp and Ndutu Wilderness Camp) are located inside the national park and conservation areas respectively.  These intimate camps, comprising a maximum of 12 tents, offer decent quality accommodation without costing a fortune. We strive to offer you the best experience possible – allowing flexibility on the ground to ensure you get to see, and be, in all the right places at the right time.

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Tour includes
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 6 nights’ accommodation at hotel, quality lodges and tented camp:
    • Arusha – 1 night
    • Ngorongoro crater - 2 nights
    • Serengeti - 3 nights
  • Meals:
    • Breakfast in Arusha
    • All meals on safari
  • Game viewing activities as indicated
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Serengeti Wilderness Camp
  • Ndutu Wilderness Camp
  • Ngorongoro National Park
  • Ngorongoro Caldera
  • Baloon Safari]
  • Services of a driver/guide, support crew and cook as appropriate
  • Bottled water for game drives (not at hotels/lodges)
  • Transportation on special vehicles
  • Guaranteed window seat. No ‘middle’ seats.
  • Maximum seven guests in a vehicle
Not included in tour
  • International or domestic airfares
  • Any taxes related to airfares or airports
  • Park fees and entries (listed separately with Tour Prices)
  • Optional tours or activities listed in the itinerary
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned under inclusions
  • Tips to guides or drivers
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Any item not mentioned as “Included”


Location Hotel Name Tripadvisor
Arusha African Tulip 4.5
Ngorongoro crater Bougainvillea Lodge 4.5
Serengeti Wilderness Camp 5
North Wilderness Camp 3
Ndutu Wilderness Camp 4.5
Hotel and camps will be confirmed at time of booking
The aim of our Essence of Tanzania safari is to be located as near to the migration as possible.
  • During the months December to mid-March, we include nights at Ndutu Wilderness for the wildebeest calving in the South. 
  • Between April and July, our central Serengeti Wilderness Camp is well located for the herds moving through
  • From August to October we include two nights in the North for anticipated river crossings over the Mara River.
Camp schedule:
  1. Serengeti Wilderness Camp x 3 nights
  2. Serengeti Wilderness Camp x 1 night / Serengeti North Wilderness Camp x 2 nights fly from Kogatende (Flight to Kogatende not includedOptional One-way Flights:
Seronera - Arusha
Kogatende – Arusha
Ndutu – Arusha         
Please check with travel agent or with HWDT. These flights may be combinable with your international ticket.
If the last night is in Serengeti North then a one-way flight from Kogatende to Arusha/Kilimanjaro is compulsory (Due to the distance, it is not possible to drive back in one day)

These programs can be customized for individuals and groups.
Changes to this program may be requested by phone (1855-55-TOURS) or using the web FIT Quote Request
  • Airfare
We also be glad to add the necessary airfare from your gateway so you take advantage of our special discounted leisure fares
  • Program
You may add or remove;
    • Trip days
    • Cities and sites
    • Meals
  • Other options
    • The program was designed with private services however, we may substitute shared sightseeing where available
    • If you prefer deluxe services we may operate this program including private driver, private guide and concierge service.
  • Quotation
Once we have designed the program the way you want we'll give you a quote within 2 business days.
Tour Code: TZ02ARK20WF

Signature option: Arusha overnight extension
If you are not flying out tonight, but overnighting in Arusha, we highly recommend heading out to Mosque Street. Here, you will find probably the best chicken in Africa (we will phone in your order the day before - to be sure...) Relax, eat, meet the locals ... real people. In every town there are a few gems - delightful places off the beaten track that give you a sense of the soul of the town. Khan's is undoubtedly one of the key attractions in Arusha, and while it's definitely been discovered, it's still the real deal. You may have heard of Khan's as "Chicken in the Ditch", "Chicken on the Bonnet", "Kuku on the Curb", "That place by Soko Kuu with the fantastic chicken" or "Zubeda Autospares by Day, Khan's Chicken BBQ by Night".
Tasty salads, Zanzibar pizzas, garlic naan, barbecued chicken, beef mishkaki and mutton shish kabob are all winners. Even the passion juice is top notch. But Khan's serves up more than an evening out - it's one place that will always remain a highlight of your trip to Arusha.Another great spot is the " Lively Lady Bar and Grill ", down by the old train station, where the ambience is great (best pork chops ever), drinks icy, and, 1960's ROCK AND ROLL is played ... loudly! However, you choose to end off your Essence trip with us, your journey through Tanzania promises to leave you with many fond memories.

Other Options:

  • Lunches and dinners can be arranged for individuals, families and groups at top restaurants or any restaurant requested by you.
  • We can revise the itinerary to spend more time and provide more depth in those areas that you are interested on.
  • Any other changes to the itinerary will be accommodated depending on the facilities available in the area.

Group Quotations
  • If you wish to use these programs for your group or as the basis for a customized journey please either call us (1-855-55-TOURS or use the web Group Quote Request.
  • In either case our specialists will work with to refine all the details and they will get you a quote with 2 business days. Quotes may be obtained for the air and land portions of just for the lad journey.
  • Booking both air and land with us will represent savings for you because of our buying power and long-time relationship with the airlines.
  • We will also may have the choice between regular fares and special leisure fares not available to the public.

Weather and Eco-system in Tanzania:

Months Rain Day Night
Dry Seaon
June-October Sporadic 77° 57°
Rainy Seaon
November-December Short 80° 59°
January-February Intermittent 81° 59°
March-May Long 79° 51°
Tanzania is a land without winter. However, if you are travelling to high altitude areas like Ngorongoro Crater and Kilimanjaro, the temperature drops substantially. The average temperature mentioned above are for exemplification only and may vary during your stay.
The Migration explained: The following should be used as a guideline when planning your safari to East Africa – movement of wildlife depends on a great many aspects. The following migration calendar helps to explain the seasonality of game viewing.  Remember there is resident game throughout the year in the Serengeti/Ngorongoro eco-systems.
The large herds of wildebeest are generally in the southern plains of the Serengeti eco-system, calving takes place over approximately two weeks.  An abundance of predators, good visibility of game, mix of open plains and some woodland.
The herds start moving toward central Serengeti.  This is typically the rainy season, however, game viewing is still excellent and there are some great discounts available at lodges and camps.  It generally doesn’t rain all day. Conditions for photography are generally superb with moody skies and good depth of color.
The wildebeest move from the central area and split to the west and north, continuing their trek toward the Mara River.  River crossings may be seen in both the western corridor (Grumeti area) and north (Mara River) within the Serengeti.
Whilst some of the wildebeest successfully reach the Masai Mara, there are still hundreds of thousands remaining in the northern region of Serengeti, offering those with guests with loads of patience the chance to see exciting river crossings (the Mara River runs through the Serengeti). 
The massive herds start to return from the north, to the southern plains, before the cycle repeats again!