Hills of Africa

A Taste of an African Safari Family Vacation to Tanzania

Featuring Arusha, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, The Serengeti

8 nights/9 days - Itineraries start at USD$7,000 per person

Day 1 - Arusha

Welcome to Tanzania! Once you have landed at Kilimanjaro International Airport and cleared customs you will be greeted by your Hills Of Africa Travel representative.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - US passports require visas to enter Tanzania AND must have at least two empty pages in their passports for each country visited. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry to the last country visited. Tanzania tourist visa costs: USD100 per person. Please have exact amount in cash for visas as no change will be given. All travelers to Tanzania are required to have a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate (issued at least two weeks before travel). Please keep your Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate with your passport at all times.

After clearing customs and immigrations, your Hills of Africa representative will assist you in meeting up with your private guide, driver and private vehicle. You will then be transferred to Lake Duluti Lodge, where you will be spending your first night in Tanzania before your safari starts.

Lake Duluti Lodge

Lake Duluti is a fine countryside retreat that perfectly combines an authentic African rural setting with outstanding amenities and service. The lodge is made up of 18 spacious contemporary African styled romantic chalets ideally positioned for maximum privacy inside an active coffee farm on the outskirts of Arusha. Guests can enjoy delicious, hearty meals prepared with fresh produce from the lodge's vegetable garden. Sunbeds dotted around the inviting infinity pool are perfect for a lazy afternoon. The Lakeshore Sundowner Lounge located at the edge of the shimmering lake is an idyllic spot for guests to savour refreshing drinks and light lunches. Guests in need of relaxation can head to the massage room for a bout of pampering. Tours to coffee plantations, vegetable farms and cultural villages, hiking, birdwatching, canoeing, nature walks and day trips to Mt Kilimanjaro are enough to keep the adventurous happy.

Accommodation: 1 x room on bed & breakfast basis for 1 night

Day 2 - Tarangire

This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Tarangire River Camp, where you will be spending the next two nights. En route you will enjoy a game drive in Tarangire National Park.

Tarangire National Park
Covering an undulating 2,600km squared, Tarangire National Park stands between the plains of the Maasai Steppe to the south-east and the lakes of the Great Rift Valley to the north and west. The north side of Tarangire is dominated by the perennial Tarangire River, which flows through increasingly incised ravines until it leaves the north-western corner of the park to flow into Lake Burungi. In the south are a series of vast 'swamps' which dry into verdant plains during the dry season.

Think of Tarangire as part of a much larger ecosystem, and you'll understand why its game varies with the seasons. From November to May, much of the game leaves the park; herds of wildebeest and zebra head north-west onto the floor of the Rift Valley, whilst many animals disperse across the vast open areas of the Maasi Steppe. From around June to October, it's dry and the game returns to Tarangire's swamps and, especially, its river system. This is the best season for a game-viewing safari in Tarangire.

Tarangire's vegetation comprises of mostly dry, open woodlands, which include spiky acacia thickets and lots of its signature baobab trees. There are also some beautiful stands of acacia tortillis trees (the flat-topped acacias which are so reminiscent of the film Out of Africa) and the occasional palm tree. In the south of the park, amidst these rolling woodlands, is a network of huge, flat swamps. These are impassable during the rains, but dry to a uniform green during the rest of the year.

Tarangire River Camp

Tarangire River Camp, set within 25,000 hectares of concession area, is just 3.5 km from the main entrance to Tarangire National Park. Guests are accomodated in 20 luxury safari tents, which are en-suite with hot and cold running water. The tents are tastefully furnished with all the comforts you will need whilst on safari and open out onto stunning views of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro.

Delicious dinners are served by candlelight in the thatch and timber elevated dining area, with dramatic views across the Masai plains and a friendly and attentive staff always on hand to cater to your every need. Activities at Tarangire River Camp includes game drives, guided walking safaris, bird watching on the shores of Lake Manyara, and cultural safaris visiting the Maasai and Datoga peoples whose bomas populate adjacent land.

Accommodation: 1 x tent on breakfast, lunch and dinner basis - excludes alcoholic beverages for 2 nights

Day 4 - Ngorongoro Crater

This morning, after breakfast you will be transferred from Tarangire River Camp to Pakulala Safari Camp, where you will be staying the next two days. En route you will enjoy a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park.

The following day, you will enjoy a game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area and enjoy a lunch on the crater floor.

LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK - Although Lake Manyara National Park is only 125 square miles, the shallow, alkaline lake consumes the majority of this area. The land portion of the Park is situated between the lake and the sheer rock walls of the Rift Valley escarpment towering 2,000 feet above. The Park is home to three distinct habitats including a lush groundwater forest, open floodplains and acacia woodlands. In just a two-hour round-trip foray into the Park, it is possible to see all the main highlights, offering the ideal quick safari for travelers who are short on time.

From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.

Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward across the alkaline lake to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes - some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance.

Lake Manyara National Park is a birding paradise, especially for waterfowl and migrants. Its lush green forests are one of the best places to see leopards. Lions hunt on the grassy shores of the lake and are known for their habit of climbing trees. Superb game viewing is offered throughout the year, but is at its peak from December to February and from August to September.

Pakulala Ngorongoro Safari Camp

Perched on the edge of the famous Ngorongoro Crater with magnificent views of the Crater floor. 11 safari tents offering a fusion of modern and classic accommodation, en suite bathrooms. There are no fences or boundaries in the camp: the tents are positioned to give a panoramic view of the crater, while wildlife can walk through the camp day and night. The camp is based on blending simplicity with a laid back style. In the evening, guests gather around the campfire for sundowners before dining. The camp works closely with the local Masai community who often provide dances and talks on Masai life, their cultures, traditions and ceremonies. Guest enjoys the opportunity to interact with the Masai, learning more about their traditional lifestyle.

Eleven spacious tents with with all the comforts made similar to the first expeditions of the pioneers hunters and adventurers exploring an unknown Africa. You can feel a sense of authenticity without pretense, with huge beds and handmade quilts covered with spotless white cotton feather to protect cold nights. A large bathroom fitted in the back, with showers. Pakalula Safari Camp offers guests all the comforts of the safaris of yesteryear: a fire, a potent symbol of life in the African bush. After the long safari day is over it is time to relax, hot water is carefully transported to each tent for a well deserved shower, and finally, around the large family style dinner table stories are told of the day's adventures.

Accommodation: 1 x Tent on breakfast, lunch and dinner basis for 2 nights, excludes alcoholic beverages

Day 5 - Ngorongoro Crater

You will spend today exploring this world famous wildlife area with your guide with a drive into the Ngorongoro Crater.

THE NGORONGORO CRATER - The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is an extensive highland area along the eastern arm of the Rift Valley, with the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. Not a national park in the strict sense of the word, the NCA was established to conserve wildlife and other natural resources, as well as to safeguard the interests of indigenous people and promote tourism. Thus, guests on safari have the unique experience of seeing Maasai herdsmen whose cattle graze side by side with the tremendous variety of wildlife found in the area.

Unmatched for its natural variety, there are few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscapes exist inside a region this size. Apart from its wildlife riches, the NCA is also of great archaeological importance, with the remains of some of mankind's earliest ancestors discovered in the area.

The largest intact caldera in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens anywhere. A permanent population of more than 30,000 animals inhabits a mere square 260km (100 square miles) in the 600m (2,000 ft) deep crater, making this one of the few places in Africa where guests stand a great chance of seeing the entire Big Five in the course of a single game drive.

Day 6 - The Serengeti

Today you will begin your journey to one of the world's greatest wildlife reserves, the Serengeti National Park. You will leave the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to enter the Serengeti at Naabi Hill Gate, and then travel on a slow drive through the vast game-filled plains of the Serengeti.

Accepted as a World Heritage Site in 1981, Tanzania's Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly one of the best-known wildlife sanctuaries in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty, proliferation of animals and scientific value. With more than two million wildebeest, half a million Thomson's gazelle, and a quarter of a million zebra making their annual migration, this famous park has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa.

Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Located in the Southern Serengeti, within the Moru Kopjes area, Serengeti Pioneer Camp is ideally situated to offer fantastic access to the annual migration and the Big 5 with sweeping views overlooking Moru Kopjes, Lake Magadi and the endless plains.

Each of Elewana Collection's camps and lodges has its own individual style and feel. Serengeti Pioneer Camp continues this tradition. Paying homage to the mobile camps of the 1930's, a time when an African safari was truly a journey into the unknown, Serengeti Pioneer Camp's 'zero footprint' and close proximity to nature combines to make an unmistakably distinctive and truly individual offering.

Comprising of ten tents, all of which have ensuite facilities including a flushing toilet, vanity basin, and showers, the tent interiors are designed to evoke the very best of an era long gone but certainly not forgotten. A dining tent hosts the Camp's guests for both breakfast and dinner, whilst luncheons are taken either in the Camp or in the bush during what will no doubt be yet another exciting day in the Serengeti with the migration and the Big 5 animals of Africa - the lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard.

Serengeti Pioneer Camp captures the original essence of the mobile African safari, engendering nostalgic wonderment whilst unlocking the adventurous spirit within all of us. The drama and beauty of the Serengeti National Park is indeed awe inspiring.

Accommodation: 1 x Tent on all inclusive basis for 3 nights Includes: Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, Serengeti camping fee, laundry, drinks (excluding premium brands, champagne, cellar wines), Includes: Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, Serengeti camping fee, laundry, drinks (excluding premium brands, champagne, cellar wines),

Day 9 - Kilimanjaro

Today is your last day on safari. You will transfer to the Seronera Airstrip for your charter flight to Kilimanjaro.

You will fly aboard a shared charter from Seronera to Kilimanjaro Airport. This plane may make stops on the way depending on the passengers' requirements for that day

TBD Depart Seronera
TBD Arrive Kilimanjaro

Please note there are strict guidelines regarding size and weight of luggage for charter flights. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions document for details regarding these restrictions. Should you need to arrange for excess luggage to be stored while you are on safari, we are happy to help make these arrangements (extra charges will be applied for this service).

On arrival at the Kilimanjaro Airport, you will need to transfer and check in for your onward, international flights home.  (The costs for these flights are not included in itinerary price.)

Thank you for travelling with Hills Of Africa Travel. Safe travels and we hope you have experienced the true magic of Africa!

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