Tanzania Ultimate Serengeti Active Safari Tour

Epic Game Drives & Immersive Walking Safari


It's hard to top a classic safari in Tanzania, unless you add the rare experience of exploring the Serengeti on foot! Immerse yourself in the great plains on a three-day walking adventure then join game drives in Tanzania's four great parks. Explore Tarangire's unique baobab woodlands; visit Lake Manyara, home to tree-climbing lions and Ngorongoro Crater with an Eden-like floor; and take in the Serengeti, home to the world's largest and longest migration. Learn about century-old customs from the Maasai people and relax at comfortable camps and lodges in the wild.

11 Days

From: $7,795

It's hard to top a classic safari in Tanzania, unless you add the rare experience of exploring the Serengeti on foot! Immerse yourself in the great plains on a three-day walking adventure then join game drives in Tanzania's four great parks. Explore Tarangire's unique baobab woodlands; visit Lake Manyara, home to tree-climbing lions and Ngorongoro Crater with an Eden-like floor; and take in the Serengeti, home to the world's largest and longest migration. Learn about century-old customs from the Maasai people and relax at comfortable camps and lodges in the wild.

Highlights


  • Explore the four famous parks of Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, and Serengeti on thrilling safaris

  • Discover off-the-radar parts of Serengeti, where few have traveled for over half a century

  • Meet the indigenous Maasai people of the Crater Highlands and witness their traditional customs

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Tanzania Ultimate Serengeti Active Safari

Start: Arusha, Tanzania  End: Arusha, Tanzania

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Welcome to Tanzania

    Day 1

    Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha and meet with MT Sobek trip leaders outside the customs and immigration area. Transfer to Moivaro Lodge, set on a tree-shaded coffee plantation in Arusha.

    Accommodation: Moivaro Lodge-Arusha, Tanzania

  • Drive to Tarangire National Park

    Day 2

    Rise this morning for your drive to Tarangire National Park in the Great Rift Valley. This scenic park has expansive baobab-studded grasslands stretching in every direction and amazing elephant viewing. In fact, the elephant of Tarangire will be one of your most lasting memories of the entire trip! Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch, then head out for the first game drive. Tarangire River attracts a number of thirsty inhabitants - watch a parade of wild animals make their way over for a drink: huge herds of buffalo and elephant, blue wildebeest, zebra, hartebeest, impala, reedbuck, lion, and leopard. In the late afternoon, return to the lodge for sundowners and a delicious dinner.

    Accommodation: Tarangire Safari Lodge-Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

    Activity: Game drives in pop-top roof 4X4 vehicle

    Transportation: 3.5-hour private transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Tarangire National Park

    Day 3

    Ease into the rhythm of the bush: wake early to the chorus of birds and spend another full day discovering Tarangire's wildlife. With luck, observe safari oddities: the beautiful lesser kudu antelope and the hard-to-find African python. After sundown, thrill to the roar of lions in the night.

    Accommodation: Tarangire Safari Lodge-Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

    Activity: Two 4 - 5 hour game drives in pop-top roof 4X4 vehicle

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Visit Lake Manyara & Meet the Maasai People

    Day 4

    Drive 45-minutes through the Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park, home to stunning wildlife. Notice the colorful water birds - herons, storks, ibises, and fish eagles, and look out for impala, giraffe, zebra, blue wildebeest, and buffalo. Then drive into the highlands above the Ngorongoro Crater to meet the Maasai people, whose traditional welcome dance features athletic leaps and earth-shaking stomping. Enter typical homes made of cut branches, mud, and cow dung. Wrap up with a stay at the MT Sobek Deluxe Camp in the Crater Highlands.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Deluxe Camp-Mysigio Camp

    Activity: 4 - 5 hour game drive by pop-top roof 4X4 vehicle

    Transportation: 1.5-hour vehicle transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey to Ngorongoro Crater

    Day 5

    The Ngorongoro Crater, almost entirely open country, presents spectacular views of wildlife within a 100-square-mile steep green wall frame. Close in on a group of zebra, buffalo or black rhino gazing across the plains. Watch herds of white-bearded wildebeest and gazelle mingle. Find elephants, hyenas, and lion prides. Top the six-hour crater safari with brilliant birds: clusters of flamingos, the auger buzzard, bateleur, jacana, little bee-eater, and the red bishop. Head out for a sunset ridge walk for an Ol Pul (meat feast) with new Maasai friends.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Deluxe Camp-Mysigio Camp

    Activity: Full day game drive by pop-top roof 4X4 vehicle & 10-minute sunset walk

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover the Stunning Serengeti

    Day 6

    Descend from the Ngorongoro highlands onto the vast plains of the Serengeti, with their classic granite kopjes - rounded boulders shaped by wind over the eons. Deeper into the Serengeti, notice the vegetation change into riverine woodland and acacia tree valleys as you continue on to the next tented camp.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Deluxe Camp-Pembezoni Camp

    Activity: Full day game drives in pop-top roof 4X4 vehicle

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Classic Serengeti Safari

    Day 7

    All aboard for a day of classic game viewing! The savannah woodlands are a mosaic of habitats: small grassy plains mix with tree savannas and areas of dense bush, making for a greater diversity of animals. See buffalo, giraffe, dik-dik, reedbuck, impala, waterbuck, baboons, and vervet monkeys - all common residents, as are lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyena. Hippos and crocodiles occupy several rivers in the woodlands of the north; the Seronera River area is one of Africa's best for encounters with the elusive leopard.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Deluxe Camp-Pembezoni Camp

    Activity: Two 4-5 hour game drives in pop-top roof 4X4 vehicle

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Experience the Serengeti on Foot

    Day 8

    After breakfast, grab water bottles, binoculars, and snacks, and head out for a Serengeti walking safari. Hiking in the Serengeti isn't about covering a lot of ground; it's about really experiencing Africa up close and personal, reveling in the smaller sights, smells, and feelings that are missed from a car. Stop for lunch under a shady tree or a cool overhang, perhaps overlooking a waterhole or small plain, and continue hiking in the afternoon.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Mobile Serengeti Camp-Serengeti, Tanzania

    Activity: Morning & afternoon walking safari

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Walk the Serengeti's Wild Side

    Day 9

    On the second day, become a true pioneer. Discover places unvisited by man for over half a century, with no roads. Look out for secret spots that animals use to survive - the natural salt lick, the pool in the steam that never dries. Find the best place to cross the river, the ridge with the best views, the meadow with the sweetest grass, and the kopje with the coolest breeze. In the afternoon, go for a short orientation walk to learn about walking in the bush.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Mobile Serengeti Camp-Serengeti, Tanzania

    Activity: Morning & afternoon walking safari

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trace Wildlife Trails in the Serengeti

    Day 10

    Make the most of your final day in the Serengeti. Move slowly with MT Sobek guides interpreting Serengeti's enticing sights and smells. Find a lion's paw print in the damp ground, watch a dung beetle roll a ball of dung uphill, smell a herd of elephants before you spot them in the valley below. Follow a stream in hope of seeing game come down for a drink, or climb up a kopje boulder to get better views of the striking landscape. Come evening, relax at the camp's bug-proof mess tent.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Mobile Serengeti Camp-Serengeti, Tanzania

    Activity: Morning & afternoon walking safari

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart Tanzania

    Day 11

    After a pleasant morning game drive and lunch, fly back to Arusha Airport, where dayrooms at the Moivaro Lodge await. Bid farewell to fellow travelers at dinner before transferring to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for homeward-bound flights. Schedule your departure flight from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) no earlier than 7pm.

    Activity: Morning game drive in pop-top roof 4X4 vehicle

    Transportation: 1.75-hour flight & 1-hour private vehicle transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Dates & Prices


  • 2022
  • 2023
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

2022

Scheduled Dates


The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

  • Dec 13 - 23, 2022
    $7,795 price per person dbl occ
    +$550 internal airfare+$500 single supplement+$1,635 national park fees
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  • Dec 17 - 28, 2022
    $8,205 price per person dbl occ
    +$550 internal airfare+$500 single supplement+$1,635 national park fees
    Fully Booked - Private DepartureConfirmed

2023

Scheduled Dates


The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

  • Feb 23 - Mar 05, 2023
    $7,795 price per person dbl occ
    +$550 internal airfare+$500 single supplement+$1,635 national park fees
    Check for Availability
  • Mar 16 - 26, 2023
    $7,795 price per person dbl occ
    +$550 internal airfare+$500 single supplement+$1,635 national park fees
    Available
  • Jun 14 - 24, 2023
    $7,795 price per person dbl occ
    +$550 internal airfare+$500 single supplement+$1,635 national park fees
    Available
  • Jul 20 - 30, 2023
    $7,795 price per person dbl occ
    +$550 internal airfare+$500 single supplement+$1,635 national park fees
    Available
  • Aug 24 - Sep 03, 2023
    $7,795 price per person dbl occ
    +$550 internal airfare+$500 single supplement+$1,635 national park fees
    Available
  • Sep 14 - 24, 2023
    $7,795 price per person dbl occ
    +$550 internal airfare+$500 single supplement+$1,635 national park fees
    Available
  • Dec 21 - 31, 2023
    $7,795 price per person dbl occ
    +$550 internal airfare+$500 single supplement+$1,635 national park fees
    Available

Go Private

Go Private


Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

Choose from the selection of dates below for your group or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Call or email us to get the ball rolling.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Private Trip Pricing:


2022 Pricing

2 to 5 guests from $8,295 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $8,195 per person double occupancy

8 to 9 guests from $7,895 per person double occupancy

10 guests from $7,795 per person double occupancy

2023 Pricing

2 guests from $8,895 per person double occupancy

3 guests from $8,395 per person double occupancy

4 to 5 guests from $8,295 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $8,195 per person double occupancy

8 to 9 guests from $7,895 per person double occupancy

10 guests from $7,795 per person double occupancy

2 to 8 guests from $8,205 per person double occupancy

Additional Costs:


Internal Airfare: $550

National Park Fees: $1,635

Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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Create Your Very Own Adventure


Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

James Kivuyo

James Kivuyo

James Adiel Kivuyo was born in Arusha, Tanzania, and has been guiding since 2000. He is passionate about the conservation of biodiversity in African wildlife and has led hundreds of walking safaris through the Serengeti. James speaks many languages, from English and Masaai to the local dialect of Chagga and Kiswahili-the national language of Tanzania. His language skills help him to communicate with people from a broad cultural spectrum and he loves sharing experiences with travelers from around the globe. James is also a qualified Kilimanjaro guide and has assisted summit bids for over a decade.

Joseph Ndunguru

Joseph Ndunguru

Joseph is affectionately known as 'Africa's Smallest Giraffe' by his fellow classmates at the Mweka Wildlife College. He is a passionate conservationist who was one of only four Tanzanians to be offered a UNESCO Grant to study Conservation and Park Management at University of Michigan. After completing his degree, Joseph returned to the Ngorongoro conservation area to work on anti-poaching initiatives. Despite his recognition and promotion, Joseph prefers to share his enthusiasm of the natural world with visitors as a safari guide in Tanzania.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 2. This safari trip includes early morning and evening game drives in 4X4 vehicles on roads that can be bumpy and rugged. The walking distance is flexible but you should be prepared to walk on uneven and occasionally muddy terrain. No previous experience is required.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

Game drives in pop-top roof 4X4 vehicle

Day 3

Two 4 - 5 hour game drives in pop-top roof 4X4 vehicle

Day 4

4 - 5 hour game drive by pop-top roof 4X4 vehicle

Day 5

Full day game drive by pop-top roof 4X4 vehicle & 10-minute sunset walk

Day 6

Full day game drives in pop-top roof 4X4 vehicle

Day 7

Two 4-5 hour game drives in pop-top roof 4X4 vehicle

Day 8

Morning & afternoon walking safari

Day 9

Morning & afternoon walking safari

Day 10

Morning & afternoon walking safari

Day 11

Morning game drive in pop-top roof 4X4 vehicle

Accommodations


A mix of deluxe camps and lodges with all the creature comforts, paired with stays at well-equipped mobile camps with luxury touches.

Moivaro Lodge-Arusha, Tanzania
Moivaro Lodge-Arusha, Tanzania

Surrounded by an impressive array of flora and fauna, the charming Moivaro Lodge is a perfect African retreat. Set in thatched brick cottages surrounded by pretty tropical gardens, spacious rooms showcase private verandas, fireplaces, and en-suite bathrooms. Enjoy panoramic views of Mount Meru from the porch, or laze by the pool in the midst of coffee plants.

Tarangire Safari Lodge-Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Tarangire Safari Lodge-Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Built high on a bluff overlooking the game-rich Tarangire River, six miles after the main gate of Tarangire National Park, the Tarangire Safari Lodge features deluxe tents with modern comforts and great views over baobab and acacia woodlands.

MT Sobek Deluxe Camp-Mysigio Camp
MT Sobek Deluxe Camp-Mysigio Camp

Surrounded by volcanic landscapes of the Crater Highlands, the deluxe Misigiyo Camp brings true meaning to the phrase "getting away from it all." Luxury-style tents feature en-suite bathrooms. Guests enjoy meals at the large mess dining tent and lounge with books and games at the library. Outdoor seating provides lovely vistas of the wilderness.

MT Sobek Deluxe Camp-Pembezoni Camp
MT Sobek Deluxe Camp-Pembezoni Camp

Like the Crater Highlands camp, the Serengeti camp includes luxury-style tents complete with en-suite bathrooms. Guests dine in the large and airy mess tent before curling up with a book in the library or a board game in the lounge. The outdoor seating area is a great spot to unwind while taking in the Serengeti scenery.

MT Sobek Mobile Serengeti Camp-Serengeti, Tanzania
MT Sobek Mobile Serengeti Camp-Serengeti, Tanzania

MT Sobek's specially designed wilderness camping experience includes comfortable dome tents, all well-appointed with elevated cot beds, mattresses, sheets, duvet, and pillows. Come morning, warm water basins, soap, and towels await, as well as hot bucket-style showers. Meals are served alfresco or in the enclosed mess tent. Evenings include sundowners and pre-dinner snacks around the campfire. Your guiding team will move the mobile camp each day and you will arrive in a new part of the Serengeti with everything already set up!

Weather


The safari is between 3,000' - 8,000', so you will be blessed with temperate climate year-round with passing showers, drizzle, or no rain at all.

 
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Arusha 
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Arusha
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57
80
60
Serengeti National Park 
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Serengeti National Park
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FAQs


Do I need a visa to enter Tanzania?

Yes, if you are a U.S. citizen, you need a visa to enter Tanzania. You may obtain your Tanzania visa in advance OR upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Do I need vaccinations or malaria tablets?

We always recommend you speak to your doctor or a health professional about vaccinations and malaria tablets well in advance of your safari. At present, certain areas of Tanzania are affected by malaria.

What is a typical day like while on safari?

We suggest an early morning breakfast, followed by a morning game drive. You will spend the afternoon on a game drive, departing the park before sunset, returning to your camp for sundowners and a relaxing dinner.

Is Tanzania a safe country?

Tanzania is one of the safest countries to travel in. Tanzanians are kind and generous people and are eager to help visitors get the most out of their stay.

Will there be wildlife roaming at camps and lodges?

Many of the areas are not fenced and contain wildlife roaming freely while you are staying in your safari lodges and camps, so remaining cautious is important.

Are tour dates flexible?

Yes, please contact us if you are not able to travel on the set departure dates listed. Most safaris can be arranged on alternative departure dates for a minimum of one traveler as long as camps/lodges are available.

Does this trip contribute to any local conservation efforts?

Yes! We make a contribution to the Carbon Tanzania fund for every guest that travels on this trip. Carbon Tanzania helps protect forests to reduce carbon emissions and preserve wildlife by working with local communities and governments. Over a million acres of forest was protected in 2019 with the help of Carbon Tanzania, which has helped store over a million tons of carbon to date!

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Guest Reviews


"This trip was the realization of a dream and exceeded all expectations. The combination of a traditional vehicle safari and a walking safari allowed us to experience this incredible environment on so many levels."

Kim O.
MT Sobek Guest, Tanzania Ultimate Serengeti Active Safari

"My daughters and I experienced the trip of a lifetime on the Ultimate Tanzania Safari! The trip was a perfect combination of game drives, game walks and cultural interaction."

Martha P.
MT Sobek Guest, Tanzania Ultimate Serengeti Active Safari