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Flufftail Guided Safari

Stay in three unique camps as you safari across the Ngorongoro Crater and the iconic Serengeti Plains with your private guide and 4WD vehicle: a trip of comfort and autonomy, with excellent wildlife.

Flufftail Guided Safari: Day-by-day

No two trips are the same for us: all are unique, designed around a travellers’ wishes. This is an example of a Tanzania safari using a private guide and 4WD. Ask us to design your perfect safari.


Day 1

Starts: Kilimanjaro International Airport

On arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by a guide with a name board after you've collected your bags.

Day 1

Kilimanjaro to the Ngorongoro by private 4WD

As you board your own 4WD for the first day of your private guided safari, your guide will be ready to discuss options for the trip ahead. It's an exceptionally scenic drive to The Highlands, typically taking around five hours, but if you wish, you could stop and explore the bustling town of Arusha, or visit Mto wa Mbu village at the northern tip of Lake Manyara. Then, as you skirt the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, it's time to watch out for wildlife before the final ascent to the lodge, set high among the trees with superb views.

Lake Manyara Safari
Day 1

Lake Manyara Safari

Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara National Park makes a great safari destination. Here, along with elephant herds and plains game, you’ll find jungle-like forests that are home to blue monkeys, a soda lake tinged pink by flamingos and some of Tanzania’s best birding. Read all about Lake Manyara Safari

The Highlands
Days 1-4

The Highlands

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesNgorongoro Crater, Tanzania

The Highlands is located north of the Ngorongoro Crater, far from other camps in a forested area near the Olmoti Volcano. The design is unique – you won't find another camp like this anywhere else in East Africa.

The Highlands

The Highlands is located north of the Ngorongoro Crater, far from other camps in a forested area near the Olmoti Volcano. The design is unique – you won't find another camp like this anywhere else in East Africa.

"staff and guides were friendly and helpful"

Dr/Mrs FfromTexas

Arrived 30 Aug 2023, 3 nights

The big draws of The Highlands are its location – far from other camps in the area and with beautiful views – and the opportunity to do some great walks and cultural activities, all from a stunning property with good food, service and guiding. Although this not one of the closest options for the Ngorongoro Crater, the drive there is beautifully scenic. If you can cope with a chilly start to the day, and are not looking for a typical safari camp, we think The Highlands is an inspired choice. See our full report on The Highlands

91%
25 reviews of The Highlands by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Safari in Ngorongoro Crater
Day 2

Safari in Ngorongoro Crater

To drive into the Ngorongoro Crater is to immerse yourself in a renowned wildlife park. Prides of lion and clans of hyena patrol amongst herds of zebra, wildebeest and Thomson’s gazelle, whilst flocks of crowned cranes keep out the way of jackals. Come for elephants with big tusks, too. And then there are the rhino… Read all about Ngorongoro Crater safari

Olmoti Crater walk
Day 3

Olmoti Crater walk

Follow an ancient Maasai cattle trail on this private hike up the Olmoti Crater, led by an experienced guide and accompanied by an armed ranger. The crater may not compete in size with the neighbouring Ngorongoro Crater, but the birding is good, the mountain views wonderful, and the array of ferns is a botanist’s dream. Read all about Olmoti Crater walk

Day 4

Ngorongoro to the Serengeti by private 4WD

On leaving The Highlands this morning, you'll descend towards the open plains around the Ngorongoro Crater, where antelope graze and Maasai herdsman keep watch over their goats. You'll pass the Olduvai Gorge, too, before the wildlife-rich grasslands of the central Serengeti, where the elegant Dunia Camp is nestled among acacia trees overlooking the savannah. Typically it's a journey of around five hours, but with so many options en route, do chat to your guide about your choices: this trip is unique to you.

Dunia Camp
Days 4-7

Dunia Camp

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesSerengeti Migration Area, Tanzania

Dunia Camp is situated near the Moru Kopjes, in the south of Tanzania's central Serengeti National Park. This elegant yet unpretentious camp is in a good area for seeing both the wildebeest migration between December and March, and the resident game of the central Serengeti all year round. Affectionately known as the "ladies camp", it is Tanzania's first and only safari camp to be fully led and run by female staff. It has a very inspiring atmosphere.

Dunia Camp

Dunia Camp is situated near the Moru Kopjes, in the south of Tanzania's central Serengeti National Park. This elegant yet unpretentious camp is in a good area for seeing both the wildebeest migration between December and March, and the resident game of the central Serengeti all year round. Affectionately known as the "ladies camp", it is Tanzania's first and only safari camp to be fully led and run by female staff. It has a very inspiring atmosphere.

"Dunia met my expectations. All of staff were very friendly and kind,"

Mrs MfromJapan

Arrived 1 May 2023, 3 nights

Dunia Camp is a stylish yet unfussy camp in the Serengeti. It offers a high-quality base from which to explore the south-central Serengeti area, which has excellent game viewing year round, but is especially good from about December to March when the wildebeest migration passes through. See our full report on Dunia Camp

94%
53 reviews of Dunia Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Hot air ballooning

Day 7

North through the Serengeti

The sheer scale of the Serengeti National Park will be highlighted today as you journey from the busy Seronera area to the far north of the park. Open grasslands give way to to rolling hills dotted with dramatic granite outcrops, and – except around the Mara River during the Great Migration – generally fewer visitors. You could expect to reach Olakira after a leisurely journey of some 4–5 hours, but talk to your guide about this; if you'd like to make a day of it, lingering for a picnic lunch, or exploring out-of-the-way areas, that's very much your choice.

Olakira
Days 7-11

Olakira Camp

4 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesSerengeti Migration Area, Tanzania

Olakira Camp is a semi-permanent tented camp that moves twice a year between two locations within Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, roughly matching the densest part of the wildebeest migration at that time. The camp is usually known as either Olakira Mara or Olakira Ndutu, depending on its current location.

Olakira

Olakira Camp is a semi-permanent tented camp that moves twice a year between two locations within Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, roughly matching the densest part of the wildebeest migration at that time. The camp is usually known as either Olakira Mara or Olakira Ndutu, depending on its current location.

"we really liked our guide"

Dr/Mrs FfromTexas

Arrived 2 Sep 2023, 4 nights

Olakira is a comfortable, stylish and personal little camp. Its semi-permanent nature means that you really feel a part of the surrounding bush, without having to sacrifice comforts such as hot showers and flush toilets. See our full report on Olakira

96%
73 reviews of Olakira Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Hot air ballooning

Day 11

Serengeti to Kilimanjaro by 4WD & light aircraft

Today's farewell to the Serengeti starts with a half-hour game drive to the remote Kogatende Airstrip, where you'll board your light aircraft for Kilimanjaro. During the flight, which may stop for other passengers to board or alight, there's plenty of time to take in the views of the Ngorongoro Highlands, or even one of the crater's volcanoes, before landing after around two hours.

Day 11

Ends: Kilimanjaro International Airport

You'll arrive at Kilimanjaro in time to catch your onward flight.

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Optional extra day-trips and excursions possible whilst staying at lodges on this trip. These are usually best arranged in advance so talk to us.


Mto Wa Mbu Village Walk

Mto Wa Mbu Village Walk

Two to three hours

Discover the nuances of day-to-day life in the large Tanzanian village of Mto Wa Mbu with a knowledgeable local guide. This is not a village set up for tourists – Mto Wa Mbu is a real community and offers a chance to see a side of Tanzania that many visitors pass by.

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Balloon Safari over the Serengeti

Balloon Safari over the Serengeti

Three hours - approx. one hour flight

As the sun rises over the Serengeti National Park in Northern Tanzania, climb aboard for an extraordinary adventure. For an hour you’ll float in a hot air balloon over beautiful savannah and woodland and a diversity of plains wildlife.

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Empakaai Crater Hike

Empakaai Crater Hike

Half day, two - three hour walk

Spend a half day hiking through the Empakaai Crater, in the Highlands area of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), led by an experienced guide and accompanied by a ranger.

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100% (1 reviews)
Crater Rim Walk

Crater Rim Walk

Half day - two hour walk

For some fantastic views, and the chance to see flora and fauna up close, take a walk along the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. Led by an experienced safari guide and accompanied by an armed ranger, you will be able to take in the scale and beauty of the landscape from a different perspective.

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Olduvai Gorge visit

Olduvai Gorge visit

One - two hours

See for yourself the renowned archaeological site of Olduvai (or Oldupai) Gorge, which lies en route between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park. Famed for the discoveries of early hominin remains as well as the Laetoli Footprints, the site offers beautiful views, an engaging museum and potentially the opportunity to visit an active dig.

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