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Taste of Tanzania

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

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Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    6 days

  • Places

    4 places

  • Meals

    5 Dinner, 5 Breakfast, 4 Lunch

  • Transport Style

    Minivan + Safari Vehicles

  • Group Size

    Max 30 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

  • International Flights

    Included

Arusha, Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorogoro Crater

Taste of Tanzania

12 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Visit Shanga Community Project
  • 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

2 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Maasai Village Tour
  • Balloon Safari

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 5 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    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.

About this trip

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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  • Only $200 deposit to book

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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.

Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. Arusha

  2. 2 2 nights

    Tarangire

  3. 2 2 nights

    Serengeti

  4. 1 1 night

    Ngorogoro Crater

  5. Arusha

DAY 1 - Arrive Arusha

Arusha

Touch down in Africa at Kilimajaro Airport where a trasnfer will take you to our start hotel in Arusha.

Tarangire

Your Trip Manager will meet you around midday ready to start your African safari adventure. The first stop will at the Shanga community project giving work to the disabled people of the community. We will then head off to our first national park in Tanzania - Tarangire; home to two of Africa's giants: the elephant and baobab trees. The lodge will provide us with a buffet dinner tonight.

Stay

Impala Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Shanga Community Project

  • Visit Shanga Community Project

DAY 2 - Tarangire

Tarangire

An early start this morning will take us back into the Tarangire National Park for a full day, in the hopes for a glimpse of some of its elusive predators and changing landscapes. We'll either stay the whole day here with a packed lunch provided, or head back to the lodge to enjoy a hot lunch and a swim in the pool. Save some room for our buffet dinner tonight.

Stay

Roika Tented Camp

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Game drive in Tarangire National Park

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Maasai Village Tour

DAY 3 - Tarangire to Serengeti

Tarangire

After breakfast we'll set out in our safari vehicles to our next destination: the Serengeti.

Serengeti

We take in views of the Rift valley and the rim of Ngorogoro Crater as we make our way to the main gate of the Serengeti, stopping off to visit Mto Wa Mbu Village and a local market. We'll drive through the endless plains of this vast reserve to reach our accommodation for the night. Tonights accommodation will be a safari-style lodge in the middle of the Serengeti. A buffet meal will be served for dinner, and you're free to sit outside and listen to the sounds of nocturnal animals waking up to forage or hunt, all while sitting under the bright canopy of stars in the African sky.

Stay

Wildebeest Camp (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Afternoon Game Drive in the Serengeti

  • Visit a local market

  • Special Stopover: Serengeti Luxury camping

DAY 4 - Serengeti

Serengeti

We'll spend a full day seeking out the game of Africa's plains, with predators in hot pursuit of their prey. If the wildebeest migration is around, then you are in for a wildlife treat: millions of wildebeest and zebra grazing for as far as the eye can see really is one of Africas' greatest spectacles to observe. If you want to make today even more unforgettable, you can opt in for a once-in-a-lifetime Balloon safari. A buffet dinner awaits us back at our luxury campsite.

Stay

Wildebeest Camp (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Morning Game Drive in the Serengeti

  • Afternoon Game Drive in the Serengeti

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Balloon Safari

DAY 5 - Serengeti to Ngorogoro Crater

Serengeti

Enjoy some breakfast before we depart the Serengeti with a morning game drive on our way to our next destination, the Ngorogoro Crater.

Ngorogoro Crater

In the late morning we reach the Ngorogoro Crater, an ancient volcano, boasting one of the highest densities of predators stalking the abundant wildlife enclosed inside the volcano's centre. We'll stop here for a picnic lunch before we ascend the plateau. A true natural wonder, only found in Africa.

Stay

Eileens Tree Inn (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Morning Game Drive in the Serengeti

  • Game drive in the Ngorogoro Crater

DAY 6 - Ngorogoro Crater to Arusha

Ngorogoro Crater

Our final breakfast will be provided at the hotel before we set off. It's your last chance to do some souvenir shopping this morning, before we enjoy a final spectacular view of the Great Rift Valley on our way back to Arusha.

Arusha

With full hearts and memories made, it's time to say fond farewells to your new lifelong friends, and to our African adventure.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Rift Valley View

  • African Galeria shopping visit

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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.