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Hadeda Ibis Guided Safari

This great-value safari, in a private 4WD with your own driver-guide, journeys through the stunning landscapes of northern Tanzania’s Great Rift Valley, focusing on its three top national parks.

Hadeda Ibis Guided Safari: Day-by-day

None of our trips are alike: all are designed around our travellers’ wishes. This is an example of a Tanzania safari using a private guide and 4WD. Ask us to design your perfect trip.


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 Tarangire by private 4WD

As you set off on your private guided safari, take the opportunity to talk to your guide about the plans for your journey. You'll come first to the bustling town of Arusha, where Cultural Heritage could be the perfect stop for a coffee or to get a feel for traditional and contemporary arts. If you prefer to continue straight to Tarangire, typically taking about four hours in total, that's fine too. Watch out for the park's famed elephants before arriving at Tarangire Safari Lodge, set in a scenic location overlooking the plains.

Tarangire Safari Lodge
Days 1-3

Tarangire Safari

2 nights
Full BoardTarangire National Park, Tanzania

Tarangire Safari Lodge is a substantial family-owned and managed lodge set 10km inside the main gate of Tarangire National Park. Originally built in 1970, it is the oldest lodge in the park, and its position on the escarpment ridge gives it impressive views over the baobab and acacia woodlands down to the Tarangire River; it also places it in the heart of the park's busiest area.

Tarangire Safari Lodge

Tarangire Safari Lodge is a substantial family-owned and managed lodge set 10km inside the main gate of Tarangire National Park. Originally built in 1970, it is the oldest lodge in the park, and its position on the escarpment ridge gives it impressive views over the baobab and acacia woodlands down to the Tarangire River; it also places it in the heart of the park's busiest area.

"The view down to the river outside was great. Plenty of sightings in the park"

D & SfromNZ

Arrived 22 Jun 2019, 2 nights

The size of Tarangire Safari Lodge means it is impersonal compared with some of the smaller bush camps, especially as it is a popular choice with some larger tour groups. However, the lodge is considerably less costly than other options in the park, and so offers a good choice for those on a budget. The tents are basic but comfortable and the atmosphere is relaxed. It has a lovely location with stunning views – but this is a busy area where you'll see a lot of other vehicles and visitors. It is well geared for children, so could be a great option for families on a budget. See our full report on Tarangire Safari Lodge

94%
10 reviews of Tarangire Safari by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Hot air ballooning

Night drive

Day 3

Tarangire to the Ngorongoro by 4WD

Today's journey could take anything from four hours to a full day, so discuss the options with your guide before setting off. Leaving Tarangire after a final game drive, you’ll pass through the village of Mto Wa Mbu, near the northern tip of Lake Manyara. You may wish to stop here for lunch, or a guided tour of the village, or even a short detour to the lake itself, before climbing from the floor of the Great Rift Valley over the scenic escarpment. Continuing on, you come to the dusty highland town of Karatu before approaching the Ngorongoro Crater, where Farmhouse Lodge occupies a peaceful location below the crater rim.

Lake Manyara Safari
Day 3

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

Ngorongoro Farmhouse Lodge
Days 3-5

Farmhouse Lodge

2 nights
Full BoardNgorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Farmhouse Lodge is a lovely lodge just outside of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Set in 750 acres of private farmland, it is comfortable, well laid out and has some excellent views over the farm and across to Oldeani Volcano. The lodge has continued to offer good-value accommodation since it opened in 2003, and is a good base for visiting both the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park.

Ngorongoro Farmhouse Lodge

Ngorongoro Farmhouse Lodge is a lovely lodge just outside of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Set in 750 acres of private farmland, it is comfortable, well laid out and has some excellent views over the farm and across to Oldeani Volcano. The lodge has continued to offer good-value accommodation since it opened in 2003, and is a good base for visiting both the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park.

"Fabulous setting on Coffee plantation"

SistersfromLondon

Arrived 9 Sep 2019, 2 nights

Ngorongoro Farmhouse has a rustic, countryside feel, which is very appealing. We felt that the interiors do not quite live up to the promise of the exterior, but the lodge is still a welcoming and friendly, and comparatively affordable, spot to base yourself to trips to the crater. See our full report on Ngorongoro Farmhouse Lodge

89%
14 reviews of Farmhouse Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Mountain biking

Safari in Ngorongoro Crater
Day 4

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

Day 5

Ngorongoro to the Serengeti by private 4WD

Leaving Farmhouse Lodge, you'll drive up to the rim of the crater before descending on to the open plains, 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 Serengeti, and the rustic Kati Kati camp. With so many options during the journey, do chat to your guide about your choices: this trip is unique to you.

Kati Kati Camp
Days 5-8

Kati Kati Camp

3 nights
Full BoardSerengeti Migration Area, Tanzania

Kati Kati Camp is a simple tented camp located in the central Serengeti in Tanzania, near to Seronera. This area of the Serengeti has reliably good game viewing throughout the year, and is a great place to look for cheetah on the vast open plains.

Kati Kati Camp

Kati Kati Camp is a simple tented camp located in the central Serengeti in Tanzania, near to Seronera. This area of the Serengeti has reliably good game viewing throughout the year, and is a great place to look for cheetah on the vast open plains.

"Great staff and a really special feel to this camp - a real Serengeti experience"

Jonathan frombronte

Arrived 9 Oct 2019, 3 nights

Kati Kati is not luxurious: it is a no-frills camp that is good value for money and in a well-positioned location. This is not somewhere to come for fancy furnishings, fine food, top-level service and pampering. However, it's a very good option if you're on a tighter budget and want to explore this area, with its abundance of game. Its small size and basic tents give a real feel of camping out in the African bush. It’s simple, but enjoyable! See our full report on Kati Kati Camp

91%
20 reviews of Kati Kati Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Hot air ballooning

Day 8

Serengeti to Kilimanjaro by 4WD & light aircraft

The last day of your safari is one to savour, starting with a game drive of around 90 minutes through the Serengeti to Seronera Airstrip. On board your light aircraft, which may stop for other passengers to alight or board, you have plenty of time to take in the views of the Ngorongoro Highlands, or even one of the crater's volcanoes, before landing at Kilimanjaro after around two hours.

Day 8

Ends: Kilimanjaro International Airport

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

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Experiences you can add to this trip.

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 intricacies 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 the country 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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100% (10 reviews)
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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Olmoti Crater walk

Olmoti Crater walk

Half day - two to three hour 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.

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80% (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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96% (9 reviews)
Lake Manyara Treetop Walkway

Lake Manyara Treetop Walkway

Usually one hour

Experience the forest of Lake Manyara National Park from a whole new perspective – high up in the trees. The first suspended walkway in Tanzania, it stretches underneath the canopy for 370m between the mahogany and fig trees, giving intrepid visitors a unique view of the surrounding flora and fauna.

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60% (1 reviews)

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