Driving in Tanzania is an adventure in itself and there’s very few experiences that can rival driving in and amongst the Great Migration, or driving to a remote campsite in Serengeti, setting up camp and enjoying a gin and tonic whilst watching the sun falls and the stars reveal. However, our imagination doesn’t have to stop here… in this itinerary we have gone all out on the adventure aspect and included a wide range of activities to add to the fun. In this itinerary include guided walking safaris, guided canoe trips, bush breakfasts, hot air balloon rides and unique 4×4 trails to rely captivate you – and keep you busy! All our itineraries are tailor made so we can dial this down or up to suit your needs… if this isn’t enough we can also add extensions to your trips such a Mount Kilimanjaro Climbs, Gorilla Visits, Scuba Diving, Kite Surfing (in Zanzibar) etc.
From £5,339 per person based on two sharing a 4×4 vehicle
From £4,746 per person based on four sharing a 4×4 vehicle
Adventure Tanzania ITINERARY
DAY 1Kisongo Farm House
On arrival into Kilimanjaro you will be met by Safari Drive representatives and transferred to Kisongo Farm House, which is located 45 minutes outside Arusha (Tarangire side). Kisongo Farmhouse is an authentic owner run farmhouse set high on the Maasai Steppe yet within easy striking distance of Kilimanjaro. The Farm House has been built out of the owner’s passion for all things Africa but with a unique twist. Both Nick and Nat originally hail from England and Kisongo is a fusion of their love for Africa, horses and raising a family in this idyllic part of East Africa. The ambience is far more familiar than a hotel and there is a warmth that pervades the property. The Farmhouse is owned and run by Nick and Nat Harrison, our Safari Drive team in Tanzania so not only is this the perfect place to start or finish your trip but the perfect base to run through all your logistics and spend time looking at the routes with the maps out.
DAY 2 & 3Tarangire Special Campsite
Today you begin your Safari Drive trip heading to Tarangire National Park with both bird life and mammals here are in abundance. The park has diverse vegetation and the countryside as well as several rivers you may have to cross. 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.
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. Basis: Full Board.
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. Basis: Full Board.
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 12 & 13Canoe Safari
Today you will make your way to Lake Manyara. During your time here you can enjoy a canoeing safari on Lake Manyara. 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. You will be staying in a tented camp on a full board basis.
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.