Classic Tanzania

There are various departures between April and June. See the sights of the Great Migration with a 10-day journey to four of Northern Tanzania’s most famous game reserves.

What to expect

Itinerary

Day 1
Into Africa

Johannesburg – Kilimanjaro International Airport

Your safari starts at O.R. Tambo International Airport. Check-in for your flight to Tanzania and cast your mind towards a trip that will take you to the heart of Africa, to the sights, sounds and smells of the Great Migration.

  • Overnight: Aircraft
  • In-flight meals

Day 2
Our Safari Begins

Arusha

We arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, where our friendly guides meet us. We travel to the outskirts of Arusha, the safari capital of Tanzania, and check in to the Arusha Serena Hotel & Resort, which overlooks the beautiful Lake Duluti. Get a good night’s rest before your adventure commences in the morning.

  • Arusha Serena Hotel & Resort
  • In-flight meals and dinner

Day 3
The Great Rift Valley

Arusha – Tarangire – Manyara

We start the day with breakfast at the hotel and depart for a game drive in Tarangire National Park. This magnificent park is home to the largest elephant population in Northern Tanzania. An astounding 2500 giants walk among the various baobab trees.

After a picnic lunch, we set out for Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge. Perched high on an escarpment, the lodge has spectacular views of the Great Rift Valley, the name given to a series of geographic trenches spanning from Lebanon in the Middle East all the way to Mozambique.

  • Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4
Southern Serengeti

Manyara – Ndutu

We take a short, early morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park this morning. We visit the park’s lush groundwater forest, dense with mahogany trees, wild date palms and giant fig trees. The forest is home to monkeys, baboons and Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions.

Afterwards, we continue to Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge. Lake Ndutu is a prime game-viewing spot between the majestic Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti. The forests and granite kopjes around the lake are inhabited by plenty of game outside the migration months, but it vibrates with life during the migration. Staying here allows us to see more of the Serengeti and the vast areas traversed by the migrating herds.

In the evening, we enjoy the atmosphere of the camp and the views of the savannah from our luxury tents.

  • Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5
Central Serengeti

Ndutu – Serengeti

Awake in Lake Ndutu and enjoy a game drive in the beautiful Southern Serengeti. The Ndutu area is a mixture of grassy plains and acacia woodland, giving us a variety of habitats to explore. With luck, we’ll see some of the wildebeest calves born earlier in the year and the predators drawn to this vulnerable prey.

After lunch, we make our way to the Central Serengeti, looking for game as the journey unfolds. Serengeti National Park forms part of a larger protected area roughly the size of Belgium and entirely dedicated to the conservation of the African wilderness. It’s home to millions of plains animals and thousands of predators.

  • Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge or Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6
Endless Plains

Serengeti

Set in the heart of the national park, Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is an ideal base from which to explore the Serengeti. Open plains, occasional kopjes and distant hills thrive with resident game and vast herds of migrating animals. The area is known for its relaxed leopards, lions and cheetahs, who hopefully make an appearance.

We take a game drive in the endless plains, experiencing the Great Migration and watching the landscape change as the sun makes its way across the sky.
In the evening, we enjoy dinner at the lodge and swap stories from our day in the bush.

  • Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7
Ngorongoro & the Maasai

Serengeti – Ngorongoro

Take to the skies with an optional early morning hot air balloon flight, an essential Serengeti experience. Thrilling and nostalgic, a silent flight over the plains will give you a new perspective on the Tanzanian wilderness. The balloon company must take off and land in a designated area, so please note that you might not see any game on your trip.

Mid-morning, rejoin the group and continue with the game drive as the route leads you to the majestic Ngorongoro Crater. En route, we stop at a Maasai Village to experience their interesting culture. According to oral history, the Maasai originated in Northwest Kenya and began migrating south around the 15th century. Their customs are centuries old.

Later, we arrive at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, where we will stay for two nights. Set in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the lodge is built into the western rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Sweeping views of the crater floor fill the lodges’ windows and give an idea of the immense scale of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a long day in the wilderness, enjoy a sundowner on the terrace and take in spectacular scenery.

  • Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight Maasai Village

Day 8
Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater

This morning, we descend 600 metres to the Ngorongoro crater floor, a wildlife paradise. Sweeping grasslands sustain dense populations of wildebeest, zebra, impala and an impressive number of predators, all existing side-by-side in a scene straight from a children’s book. We spend a leisurely day discovering the wonders of the crater, heading back to the lodge in the late afternoon.

Our last night in Tanzania is spent on the rim of the crater, reliving the day’s events while drinking in the atmosphere of Africa.

  • Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 9
Kwaheri - Goodbye

Kilimanjaro International Airport – Johannesburg

Today, we bid Tanzania farewell. As we leave, the Tanzanian proverb, “Walking much is to see much,” comes to mind, meaning the experience of travel broadens the mind. Nowhere is this truer than in the wilds of Africa. Disconnected from daily routine and compelled to live in the moment, we can reconnect with nature and our inner voice.

After a leisurely breakfast, we depart for Kilimanjaro International Airport. En route, we stop to buy souvenirs, including traditional crafts and Tanzanian coffee.
African wilderness. It’s home to millions of plains animals and thousands of predators.

  • Overnight: Aircraft
  • Breakfast and in-flight meals

Johannesburg – Kilimanjaro International Airport

Your safari starts at O.R. Tambo International Airport. Check-in for your flight to Tanzania and cast your mind towards a trip that will take you to the heart of Africa, to the sights, sounds and smells of the Great Migration.

  • Overnight: Aircraft
  • In-flight meals

Arusha

We arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, where our friendly guides meet us. We travel to the outskirts of Arusha, the safari capital of Tanzania, and check in to the Arusha Serena Hotel & Resort, which overlooks the beautiful Lake Duluti. Get a good night’s rest before your adventure commences in the morning.

  • Arusha Serena Hotel & Resort
  • In-flight meals and dinner

Arusha – Tarangire – Manyara

We start the day with breakfast at the hotel and depart for a game drive in Tarangire National Park. This magnificent park is home to the largest elephant population in Northern Tanzania. An astounding 2500 giants walk among the various baobab trees.

After a picnic lunch, we set out for Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge. Perched high on an escarpment, the lodge has spectacular views of the Great Rift Valley, the name given to a series of geographic trenches spanning from Lebanon in the Middle East all the way to Mozambique.

  • Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Manyara – Ndutu

We take a short, early morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park this morning. We visit the park’s lush groundwater forest, dense with mahogany trees, wild date palms and giant fig trees. The forest is home to monkeys, baboons and Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions.

Afterwards, we continue to Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge. Lake Ndutu is a prime game-viewing spot between the majestic Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti. The forests and granite kopjes around the lake are inhabited by plenty of game outside the migration months, but it vibrates with life during the migration. Staying here allows us to see more of the Serengeti and the vast areas traversed by the migrating herds.

In the evening, we enjoy the atmosphere of the camp and the views of the savannah from our luxury tents.

  • Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Ndutu – Serengeti

Awake in Lake Ndutu and enjoy a game drive in the beautiful Southern Serengeti. The Ndutu area is a mixture of grassy plains and acacia woodland, giving us a variety of habitats to explore. With luck, we’ll see some of the wildebeest calves born earlier in the year and the predators drawn to this vulnerable prey.

After lunch, we make our way to the Central Serengeti, looking for game as the journey unfolds. Serengeti National Park forms part of a larger protected area roughly the size of Belgium and entirely dedicated to the conservation of the African wilderness. It’s home to millions of plains animals and thousands of predators.

  • Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge or Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Serengeti

Set in the heart of the national park, Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is an ideal base from which to explore the Serengeti. Open plains, occasional kopjes and distant hills thrive with resident game and vast herds of migrating animals. The area is known for its relaxed leopards, lions and cheetahs, who hopefully make an appearance.

We take a game drive in the endless plains, experiencing the Great Migration and watching the landscape change as the sun makes its way across the sky.
In the evening, we enjoy dinner at the lodge and swap stories from our day in the bush.

  • Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Serengeti – Ngorongoro

Take to the skies with an optional early morning hot air balloon flight, an essential Serengeti experience. Thrilling and nostalgic, a silent flight over the plains will give you a new perspective on the Tanzanian wilderness. The balloon company must take off and land in a designated area, so please note that you might not see any game on your trip.

Mid-morning, rejoin the group and continue with the game drive as the route leads you to the majestic Ngorongoro Crater. En route, we stop at a Maasai Village to experience their interesting culture. According to oral history, the Maasai originated in Northwest Kenya and began migrating south around the 15th century. Their customs are centuries old.

Later, we arrive at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, where we will stay for two nights. Set in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the lodge is built into the western rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Sweeping views of the crater floor fill the lodges’ windows and give an idea of the immense scale of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a long day in the wilderness, enjoy a sundowner on the terrace and take in spectacular scenery.

  • Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight Maasai Village

Ngorongoro Crater

This morning, we descend 600 metres to the Ngorongoro crater floor, a wildlife paradise. Sweeping grasslands sustain dense populations of wildebeest, zebra, impala and an impressive number of predators, all existing side-by-side in a scene straight from a children’s book. We spend a leisurely day discovering the wonders of the crater, heading back to the lodge in the late afternoon.

Our last night in Tanzania is spent on the rim of the crater, reliving the day’s events while drinking in the atmosphere of Africa.

  • Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Kilimanjaro International Airport – Johannesburg

Today, we bid Tanzania farewell. As we leave, the Tanzanian proverb, “Walking much is to see much,” comes to mind, meaning the experience of travel broadens the mind. Nowhere is this truer than in the wilds of Africa. Disconnected from daily routine and compelled to live in the moment, we can reconnect with nature and our inner voice.

After a leisurely breakfast, we depart for Kilimanjaro International Airport. En route, we stop to buy souvenirs, including traditional crafts and Tanzanian coffee.
African wilderness. It’s home to millions of plains animals and thousands of predators.

  • Overnight: Aircraft
  • Breakfast and in-flight meals
Experience the vibrance of Classic Tanzania

Tried and true, this 7-night tour takes you to four of Northern Tanzania’s most famous game reserves to see the sights of the Great Migration. You’ll travel from Arusha, deep into the Southern and Central Serengeti, and end your trip with two nights on the rim of the Ngorongoro crater. This small group safari tour combines game-viewing excursions led by hand-picked guides with stays in exceptional safari lodges. Bucket-list safari experiences like an optional hot-air balloon ride over the plains, a visit to a Maasai village and a full day in the Ngorongoro Crater light up this tour.

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Remember that we limit the number of guests on our tours. This means more time at stops and sites. We definitely do not do groups of 30 pax, where guests are rushed from one site to the other. There is enough time to explore on your own.

We always suggest USD/Euro 50 to USD/Euro 100 per person per day. As we mostly include two meals per day on our tours, this will be enough for lunch/dinner, some snacks, and memento shopping. Should you want to buy larger items, we suggest taking along your credit card. Remember to advise the bank that you will be travelling.

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