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Taste of Tanzania

4.9
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The one that will see you safari your way around Tanzania’s wondrous wildlife

Duration
6 Days
Places
4 places

Visiting Arusha, Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorogoro Crater

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Max 30 people

Transport Style

Minivan + Safari Vehicles

Highlights

  • Visit Shanga Community Project
  • Game drive in Tarangire National Park
  • Afternoon Game Drive in the Serengeti
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

5 nights accommodation

1 night in Hotel, 1 night in Luxury Safari Tent, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay, 1 night in African Lodge

We're doing the full safari experience in African lodges and a special stay in the middle of the Serengeti. This is doing Africa in style in twin share raised canvas tents with full bathrooms, patios and all the amentites you would expect of a hotel room. While we're in the Serengeti you'll experience luxury under the African stars.

14 Meals

5 Dinner, 5 Breakfast, 4 Lunch

Being on safari sure works up an appetite. We'll provide breakfast every day, plus 4 lunches and 5 dinners. That's a big stack of included meals, and when we are eating at the lodge, it's always buffets! Choose what you want and how much you want from local to global cusines. We'll even throw in some picnic lunches or breakfasts for when we are exploring on game drives or driving between lodges. The rest of the time, there's a chance for you to taste the local cuisine.

Team

Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

You’ll be safe in the hands of your professional Trip Manager, whose knowledge of Africa and wildife will keep you enthralled throughout the duration of your trip.

Transport

All transport included during the trip

You and your new mates will experience the thrill of being transported around in iconic pop-top safari vehicles. They'll stay closed for the long journeys but when in the National Parks, we'll pop the roof open for 365-degree game viewing. Vehicles include sliding windows to optimise wildlife watching.

Experiences

11 included, 1 optional that you can add

When it comes to Tanzania, we include almost everything! On safari, your morning and afternoon game drives with local guides are included. The National Parks we take you to are some of the best Africa has to offer for viewing the Big 5. We also include a local market visit and witness a community upliftment project at the Shanga Experience.
You can reel off the names of the Big 5, you've imagined yourself driving through the Serengeti in an open-top vehicle, and you've dreamed of going on safari since you first learnt how to say 'Hakuna Matata'. How about we throw in some views of the Great Rift Valley, a visit to an ancient volcano dense with game and predators, and a luxurious night camping under the stars? Now this is the Africa trip you've been waiting for.

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On this trip you'll be treated to 2 nights of luxury camping in the middle of the Serengeti. After a full buffet dinner, relax around the campfire under a starswept African sky, before returning to your twin-share safari tent.

Taste of Tanzania

11 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Visit Shanga Community Project
  • Game drive in Tarangire National Park
  • Afternoon Game Drive in the Serengeti
  • Visit a local market
  • Special Stopover: Serengeti Luxury camping
  • Morning Game Drive in the Serengeti
  • Afternoon Game Drive in the Serengeti
  • Morning Game Drive in the Serengeti
  • Game drive in the Ngorogoro Crater
  • Rift Valley View
  • African Galeria shopping visit

1 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Balloon Safari

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
Arusha
2
2 nights
Tarangire
2
2 nights
Serengeti
1
1 night
Ngorogoro Crater
Arusha
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain African trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included. 
 
You have an included airport transfer from the airport to your start hotel if you are arriving on the day the trip starts or if you have booked a pre night with Contiki at the start hotel. If your arrival flight is delayed, don’t worry, the transfer reps will keep track of flight times. However, if your flight has been cancelled at short notice or you missed a connecting flight and are arriving on a different flight at a different time then we cannot offer a new arrival pick-up. You can easily catch a taxi to the start hotel at your own expense from the airport and claim back on your travel insurance.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain African countries. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa (if required) to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations change regularly, so make sure you stay up-to-date before you travel. It is also essential that you have any necessary vaccinations & comply with all laws of the countries visited.

What are the luggage restrictions?

Luggage restrictions are due to limited space in safari vehicles – baggage of 15kg in a soft-sided duffel/sports bag and a small day bag. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the mini-vans).

A pair of binoculars is crucial for any safari and your most important tool for wildlife viewing. It is highly recommended to bring a pair with you.

Will there be clean drinking water available?

There will be clean drinking water available at your accommodation, and we recommend bringing a refillable water bottle. Kenya and Tanzania have both banned single use plastics, so please don’t bring any single use food packaging or water bottles with you into these countries. You can order a Contiki travel-friendly foldable waterbottle with built-in filtration system before your trip for just US$15 including free worldwide shipping, from contiki.com/waterbottle

 

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Africa. They know their way around like the back of their hands & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it, like when you’re on a safari, and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

How much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
The currency in Kenya and Tanzania is Shillings, however almost all tourist activities & meals are charged in US$. Therefore you must bring US$ in cash when on the trip. This is also in case card machines stop working (this is Africa!). Visas are also paid for in cash on arrival. 

In all areas of the service industry in Africa, whether it’s restaurants, bars, hotels or taxis, it’s common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent. The same goes for your Contiki team; if you feel that their service has been exceptional then feel free to tip them. Our travellers often ask what to tip, we suggest 2.00 US$ per person per day. Remember that tipping (& how much you tip) is optional - it’s entirely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

There will be WiFi at some lodges and most hotels, but when you’re staying in safari camps you may be off-grid. But when you’re this close to nature, camping under starswept skies, a mobile detox isn’t such a bad thing. You’ll still be able to upload your best snaps as you travel. 

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From a giraffe centre in Nairobi and an elephant orphanage in Kenya to a community visit in Shanga, we make sure our African experiences give something back to this incredible continent.

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