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.
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
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.
Drive to Tarangire National Park in the Great Rift Valley, a scenic park with expansive baobab-studded grasslands stretching in every direction. 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, blue wildebeest, zebra, kongoni, impala, reedbuck, lion, and leopard. In the late afternoon, return to the lodge for sundowners and a delicious dinner.
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.
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.
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.
Descend from the Ngorongoro highlands onto the vast plains of the Serengeti, with their classic granite kopjes - rounded boulders shaped by wind 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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MT Sobek was the first company to offer walking adventures through the Serengeti wilderness unvisited by man for over 50 years.
Enjoy a rare opportunity to meet the Maasai in their boma (village) and learn about their centuries-old traditions.
MT Sobek provides mobile camps for immersive experiences of the mesmerizing African wilderness, without sacrificing on the luxury aspects.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Hard to find animal encounters on walking safaris, thrilling game drives, and a chance to meet the indigenous Maasai.
A mix of deluxe camps and lodges with all the creature comforts, paired with stays at well-equipped mobile dome tents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"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."
MT Sobek Gues, Ultimate Tanzania Safari
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