|Purpose:||Wildlife, Photography, Discovery, Adventure|
|No. of days:||7 days - 6 nights|
|First & Last Cities:||Kilimanjaro, Arusha|
|Other cities:||Serengeti, Tarangire, Ngorongoro|
Your Tour includes:
Tour does not include:
Hotels in your Tour:
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.
Unwind under vast African skies, in some of the few last expanses of true wilderness and arguably the best game viewing areas on the continent. From untouched Tarangire, to the world-famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Parks, this safari is run at a leisurely pace, allowing ample time to discover the wild spirit of Tanzania.
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.
Serengeti Wilderness Camp is located centrally and is a great place to base up just about all year round. There is exceptional resident game in the area, including the big cats, herds of elephant, wildebeest and zebra, buffalo and plenty of antelope. At certain times of the year the migration is a stone’s throw from the camp. The seasonal camp moves from Ndutu in the South during the calving season, to the north for the spectacular migration and river crossings.
There is always some action going down in the Serengeti - whether it’s the thrill of predator action around the young calves, or the chaos as thousands upon thousands of wildebeest launch themselves into the Mara River. Our guides, who are amongst the very best in Tanzania, are experienced professionals who are committed to ensuring optimal game-viewing throughout your safari, while ensuring your comfort and safety when travelling with us.
Our camps and vehicles are designed with you in mind. In our specially customized, extended land cruisers the windows are enlarged and the roof height raised to allow ease of photography and game-viewing through the 360-degree view hatches, with plenty of room to stretch your legs.
Day 1: Kilimanjaro, Arusha
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Arusha. The rest of the day is free to rest from the long trip and recuperate a little of your jet leg. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 2: Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro
An early morning briefing at your Arusha hotel kick starts your safari, before we head off away from the main safari route of the Northern Circuit, to Tarangire National Park, a true hidden gem. Highly underrated, yet bursting with a dense wildlife population, it won’t take you long to appreciate just why we love Tarangire. It’s a special park, virtually untouched, with far fewer visitors than the world-famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro. During the dry season (June to September) thousands of animals including elephant, buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest, kudu, and the rarely seen oryx migrate from the dry Maasai steppe to the Tarangire River in search of water. Lion, leopard and other predators follow, so be sure to be sure to charge your camera battery and empty your memory stick as some unique memories are waiting to be made. With impressive landscapes dominated by baobab trees, an enormous elephant population and over 550 varieties of bird, Tarangire offers secluded game viewing and loads of game – a winning combination in anyone's book! From Tarangire, we head up through the beautiful highlands to the farm rich area of Karatu on the outer slopes of Ngorongoro crater, where we overnight. [B]
Day 3: Ngorongoro
Incredible and unforgettable, today is surely one you’ve been itching to tick off your African travel bucket list. One of the natural wonders of the world, the volcanic caldera of Ngorongoro offers spectacular game viewing in the crater. We can almost guarantee you four of the Big Five will show up, as well as a rich variety of birds, all viewed against the splendid backdrop of the thickly forested crater walls. Our picnic lunch on the crater floor will forever remain a unique memory. Varied and dramatic terrains consisting of forest, grasslands and both freshwater and soda lakes make the Ngorongoro Crater a true marvel of creation. Dinner and overnight at the camp. [B/L’D]
Day 4: Ngorongoro, Serengeti
After breakfast this morning, we continue onto Serengeti Wilderness Camp, or Ndutu/North Wilderness camp, our base from which to explore the Serengeti for the next three days. Overnight at Serengeti Wilderness camp, North Wilderness Camp or Ndutu Wilderness Camp depending on your departure date. [B/L/D]
Days 5 & 6: Serengeti
Relax with two full days in the Serengeti, home to more than three million large mammals spread over vast endless plains. It is here that we may encounter the fascinating spectacle of the annual wildebeest migration, where one and a quarter million wildebeest trek in columns of up to 25 miles long in search of grazing, drawing with them their predators and numerous other species of game. From January to March the herds can largely be found birthing their young in the southern area around Ndutu, before proceeding north through the center and Western Corridor during June and July, eventually splitting to the west and north as they continue their way toward the Mara River. August to October sees dramatic river crossings which can only be considered Africa’s “greatest leap of faith”, before the herds return south in November to repeat this amazing instinctive procession all over again. Aside from massive herds of wildebeest and zebra, smaller concentrations of other gazelle and buck , as well as significant numbers of buffalo, giraffe and warthog are easily spotted. Elephants are relatively scarce on the open plains, and more common in the northern areas and the western corridor. The few remaining black rhinos are restricted to a small part of the park and are not often spotted. But the most popular animals to be found here in greater abundance than elsewhere on the northern circuit are the cats. Lions, cheetahs and leopard may all be seen here along with other predators, such as the spotted hyena, golden and black-backed jackals, wild cats and servals. Dinner and overnight at the camp. [B/L/D]
Signature option: Balloon Safari
A highly recommended optional extra activity in this area is a Balloon Safari. Treat yourself to an adventure words fail to capture, as you soar effortlessly above the vast plains in a hot air balloon.
Day 7: Serengeti, Arusha, USA
Morning transfer to the Seronera/Ndutu or Kogatende airstrip for your (optional) flight back to Arusha. It is an exceptionally scenic flight (weather dependent) across the sweeping expanse of the Rift Valley escarpments and the highlands of Ngorongoro. Alternatively return to Arusha by road. Transfer to the airport to board a flight connecting with your transatlantic flight back home. [B/L]
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.
[B] = Breakfast | [B/L] = Breakfast and Lunch | [B/L/D] = Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Prices are per person and may change without notice
Optional 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.
Tour Code: TZ01ARK18WF
Weather and Eco-system in Tanzania:
|Months||Rain||Day Temmp||Night Temp|
Tanzania is a land without winter. However, if you are traveling 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!