8 Day Tanzania Senior Safari in Style
8 Days/7 Nights
A well paced safari that takes you into the wildest of Tanzania’s parks. This itinerary offers a wide range of optional activities that will make your safari a unique experience while your accommodation is in a mix of luxurious permanent tented camps and lodges that are simply out of this world. You will even get to depart the Serengeti by plane as we head back to Arusha. True Africa at it’s best!
- Ngorongoro Crater
- Ngorongoro Highlands
- Serengeti National Park
- Lake Manyara National Park
- Great Rift Valley
- Mto wa Mbu Village
- Orphanage Visit
- Visit Maasai Boma
- Night Game Drive
- Loads of Optional Activities
- Optional Balloon Safari
- Flight from Serengeti to Arusha
Safari at a Glance
Day 1: Arusha
Jambo, on arrival at the airport you will be personally met and escorted by one of the SafariHQ guides to your accommodation at the Arusha Hotel. You have the choice to unwind and relax at your accommodation, or you can explore the bustling small town of Arusha at your leisure. We recommend a visit to the Arts and Craft Market, where you can pick up local handicrafts made by local artisans.
Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park
After enjoying an early breakfast at your hotel you will be greeted by one of the SafariHQ guides who will brief you on the activities of the day before heading off on the first day of your safari. You will enjoy a panoramic morning drive up to the Ngorongoro Highlands for a hot lunch at your accommodation, the Plantation Lodge . En-route we will stop at Mto wa Mbu village. The village is considered a melting pot of various tribes from Tanzania. Try your skills at bartering with the locals to purchase local curios. After lunch, we will depart for a short drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a full afternoon of game driving. The park stretches along the base of the 600 metre high Rift Valley escarpment. Lake Manyara covers two thirds of the park. Incredibly, the other third of the park homes a variety of animals, which are supported by open savannah grassland with rocky outcrops, marshes and acacia woodland. The park is famous for tree-climbing lions and a huge variety of birds including flamingo. Other animal found here are buffalo, zebra, hippo, leopard, elephants and giraffes. Dinner and overnight stay at the Plantation Lodge.
Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater
Today, we descend into the world famous Ngorongoro Crater for a full day of game viewing. The crater is the largest intact caldera in the world and shelters some of the most beautiful wildlife havens in the world. The crater offers a unique biosphere that has remain virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. A staggering 25,000 large mammals wander the plains, lakes and forests of the crater. Have your camera ready, as the sheer density of animals has to be seen to be believed. Return to Plantation Lodge for sundowners before your evening meal.
Day 4: Ngorongoro Highlands
Today you can choose from a list of various activities. You may wish to visit the local orphanage. Here, the children will delight you as they show off their english speaking skills. It is hard not to be mesmerized and touched by their infectious smiles and their enthusiasm for visitors. Another option is to take a coffee plantation tour. You can observe the process behind growing and harvesting coffee beans. At the conclusion of the tour you will get a chance to enjoy the local brew. Birdwatching may also be arranged for the bird enthusiast. The Lake Manyara area is an ideal location to spot many endemic species of birdlife. Of a night time, we recommend doing a night game drive. You will depart for your game drive after enjoying dinner at the Plantation Lodge. Marvel as you observe Africa by night when the nocturnal wildlife reigns supreme.
Day 5: Serengeti National Park
Today we depart for the world famous Serengeti National Park. Enjoy the panoramic views as we wind our way down through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which seamlessly melds into the great plains of the Serengeti. We will stop at a traditional Maasai Boma, where you will get the chance to see the Maasai performing their traditional dances. You may even get a chance to join in! We will then proceed to the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti is unequalled for its beauty and scientific value and has come to symbolise the classic African Safari. Enjoy a game drive en-route to your luxury accommodation at Dunia Camp.
Day 6: Serengeti National Park
You will rise early to enjoy an early morning game drive. At sunrise you may encounter animals grazing in the beautiful light of sunrise and predators may still be busy hunting before retiring to rest for the day. Sunrise on the Serengeti is not to be missed and extraordinary photographic opportunities will abound at this magical time of day. You have the option to return to your accommodation for a hot lunch or to opt for a packed lunch which can be enjoyed at one of the various picnic sites found in the Serengeti. After lunch you will continue on a game drive. Around the time of dusk be on the lookout for lion. Cheetah can also be spotted on the plains in the early morning and late afternoon when temperatures are not too high. They rely on daylight and speed to catch their prey. Hippo pods can be seen in the bigger pools and rivers while crocodiles can be seen sunning themselves on the riverbanks. Return to your accommodation at Dunia Camp for a well earned sundowner before being seated for your evening meal.
Day 7: Serengeti National Park
Today you can choose to rise early and enjoy a balloon safari(please note that this is an optional activity and as such there is an additional charge). The balloon safari concludes with a traditional champagne breakfast on the Serengeti plains. Alternatively, you may wish to do an early morning game drive where you may get a chance to observe the nights predators on the last prowl before retiring to rest for the day. The Serengeti has an information centre that is worth a visit. Here, you can learn about the history of the park and the challenges it faces. Return to Dunia Camp for a sumptuous dinner.
Day 8: Arusha
Rise to enjoy breakfast while gazing towards the Serengeti plains. Today, you will be driven to the nearby airstrip at Seronera for your flight to Arusha. Enjoy an aerial view of the plains as you leave the Serengeti. The flight is approximately 1 hour. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Arusha Hotel for an overnight stay. Take time to further explore the bustling atmosphere of Arusha Town. You may want to add one of our optional activities as your next destination. Maybe a gorilla trek or you may just like to spend a couple of days relaxing on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar.
Cost and Availability
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- Prices are in $USD
- Prices based on twin share
- Minimum 2 passengers for guaranteed departure
- 3 nights lodge accommodation, 3 nights permanent tented, 2 night hotel accommodation
- Bottled water
- All meals while on safari
- Game drives
- 4×4 safari vehicle with driver/guide throughout
- National Park fees
- Airport Transfers
- Serengeti flight to Arusha
- Discounts apply for group bookings and accompanying children
What's Not Included?
- International flights
- Tips & gratuities
- Alcoholic beverages
- Holiday supplements may apply (Easter, Christmas & New Years)
- Balloon Safaris
- Night Game Drives