A self drive safari in Tanzania is a truly memorable experience, whether your interested in wildlife, scenery or just experiencing the real African Bush then Tanzania has it all. We have created this itinerary to inject a little more adventure and action into your self drive. Walking in Zambia is common place but not so much in Tanzania and with Wayo Safaris are pioneering walking in the Serengeti, its a fantastic opportunity to get in direct contact with the wildlife and the bush under the supervision of their expert guides. We have also included walking in the Empakai Crater this is a beautiful and less visited region behind the famous Ngorongoro Crater as well as this there is canoeing on Lake Manyara and all the other incredible experiences you get on a Safari Drive Safari in Tanzania. If you feel this isn’t quite enough action please ask us about adding a Kilimanjaro climb, breaking with chimps or Kite Surfing on Zanzibar!
£3,999.00 per person based on two sharing a 4×4 vehicle
£3,339.00 per person based on four sharing a 4×4 vehicle
Tanzania Adventure Special ITINERARY
DAY 1Arusha Coffee Lodge
On arrival into Kilimanjaro you will be met by Safari Drive representatives and transferred to Arusha Coffee Lodge. This lovely lodge is set back from the road in beautiful grounds hidden amongst one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations. Here you will pick up the vehicle and will also be asked to sign the safety affirmation form to confirm that you have read and understand all the contents of the trip book. You will also be advised where and when to do your shopping for your trip. Basis: Bed and Breakfast
DAY 2 & 3Tarangire Special Campsite
Before departing Arusha it is very important that you fully stock up with fuel and food and other provisions to last for the next few nights. You then drive to the main Nairobi/Arusha road at the junction turn right, about half an hour will bring you to a sign on the left to Tarangire National Park. Once you have paid your park entrance fees at the gate, you drive to the special campsite in this lovely, game rich region. Both the bird life and mammals here are in abundance and you are sure to have game right in the camp with you. The park has diverse vegetation and the countryside changes regularly. You may have to cross several rivers so ask at the gate about the route you should take and the state of the roads and river crossings before setting out. There is a Baobab forest in the north and rich marsh land in the south/centre of the park where big herds of elephant can be found. The campsites in Tanzania have no facilities at all so you must be totally self sufficient. The camps are very remote and you will be there on your own with no other people around. You must also be prepared to have game in the camp with you as there are no fences to keep them out, just an area to camp in. The loo is a shovel, loo roll and box of matches and there is no water except what you take with you. Basis: Camping
DAY 4Bashay Rift Lodge
Today you make your way up towards the Ngorongor Crater. Built on top of a hill, this lodge offers breathtaking views over the Ngorongoro walls on one end and the Rift Valley on the other. This small exclusive property has a swimming pool on site and charming accommodation with very good food and friendly staff. Basis: Full Board.
DAY 5 & 6Empakai Crater Bivouac Walking Safari
Today you will drive to the Empakaai Crater. Here you will stay in a camp set up in one of the remote private camping spots within the wildlife area. Your accommodation is in a walk-in bow tent, where stretcher beds and comfortable bed rolls are made up with sheets, duvets and pillows. A loo and shower tent is erected near by. A dining and kitchen area is set up in the same campsite and your chef will prepare delicious meals for you while you explore the area with your guide. You will spend a second day trekking on the Empakai Rim with a wonderful local Maasai English Speaking Guide and a park ranger. You will also be taken into the Ngorongoro Crater returning to the camp back up to camp in the afternoon. Basis: Full Board.
DAY 7Olduvai Tented Camp, Ngorongoro Conservative Area
This morning you drive to Olduvai. It is worth calling in at Olduvai Gorge; the museum there is very interesting and though small, it houses interesting relics of ancient man and extinct animals. You may also take a guide into the Gorge but it can be hot and dusty and once there, there is not too much to see. Olduvai Camp is a permanent tented camp set around a kopje overlooking the Olduvai region. The camp is comfortable with good simple food and the service is friendly. You have a simply furnished en-suite safari tent with flush loo and hot shower. There is a viewing platform in the centre of the camp at the top of the kojpe which is worth climbing up to as the views across to the Serengeti and to the Crater are spectacular. The camp is within the Ngorongoro Conservation area. From here you can also go on walks with the local Maasai.
DAY 8, 9 & 10Wayo Serengeti Walking Safari
Today you head north to experience the remoteness of the Serengeti as you set out on your walking safari adventure. You will meet your guide at the walking camp, which is located in the Serengeti wilderness zone, before you embark on foot to explore this vast and wild area consisting of gentle rolling hills, small streams and springs and grassland plains surrounded by sparse acacia forests. All walking safaris happen inside demarcated wilderness zones and access into these zones is generally only on foot. Your guide will ensure you experience nature at its best, discovering the undisturbed wildlife that surrounds you whilst you enjoy the serenity of your environment. The different eco-zones which make up this area means that it is home to all of Africa's mammals and a huge variety of birds, reptiles and insects. Wildlife is resident all year long due to the permanent springs and between June and August you can follow the annual migration as it moves through the area. The walking camps offer access to remote parts of the Serengeti, whilst maintaining high levels of comfort. Accommodation is in 3 man dome tents which provide plenty of space for 2 people and for the more adventurous traveler a 'star tent' made completely out of gauze affords night time views of the starlit sky. Delicious meals are prepared for you to enjoy under the stars. Generally the camp will move every two days to a new location and you will walk between these areas carrying only what you need for the day; the camps are designed to fit on a small trailer which can be towed in to the bush allowing for movement as the animals move. This is truly an experience which is one of a kind for those who are looking for a unique and adventurous way to explore the Serengeti's wildlife and wilderness.
DAY 11Gibbs Farm, Karatu
Today you head back south to Karatu to stay overnight at the long-established and friendly Gibbs Farm (signed off the right hand side of the road in Karatu). The farm grows all of its own vegetables and makes its own excellent jams, pickles and chutneys. From the rustic styled dining room you can see the coffee fields and majestic distant views framed by huge glass windows. The en-suite rooms are prettily decorated and recently refurbished, the food is good and the coffee is wonderful. It is a really nice place to relax for the night and you will receive a very warm welcome. Their little shop is one of the best in Tanzania with a very wide choice to crafts, spices and leather goods of a high standard. Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
DAY 12Wayo Manyara Green Camp, Lake Manyara
Today you will drive to Spitzkoppe, which we think is one of the most beautiful areas in Namibia, consisting of an imposing granite rock formation set in the plains. Here you can walk in the area and climb up to Bushman’s Paradise, a small basin tucked between the domes of rock, where you can view the rock paintings done by Bushman of the past and gaze at the amazing view. Basis: Full Board.
DAY 13Canoeing Safari
Today you enjoy a canoeing safari on Lake Manyara. You will meet at Endala picnic site in Lake Manyara National Park before taking to the water with a Wayo guide who will accompany you for the duration of your safari. From the peaceful comfort of your canoe you will experience the breathtaking scenery and incredible array of birdlife including thousands of pink-hued flamingos. On this 2 and a half hour safari you can also get close to giraffes, elephants, buffalos and other animals which come to graze on the shoreline. This is a wonderful way to experience the wildlife in Lake Manyara National Park as you glide across the surface of the lake in your canoe. You then return to Wayo Green Camp for a send night. Basis: Full Board.
DAY 14Depart Tanzania
Today you will return to our base where you will hand over the vehicle and have your trip debrief. After this you will be transferred to the airport in good time for your international flight home.