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10 days

Serengeti fly-in safari, Ngorongoro & Selous

Discover three of Tanzania’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and Selous Game Reserve, and experience great contrasts and outstanding scenery at close range.

Serengeti fly-in safari, Ngorongoro & Selous Serengeti fly-in safari, Ngorongoro & Selous
10 days

Serengeti fly-in safari, Ngorongoro & Selous

Discover three of Tanzania’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and Selous Game Reserve, and experience great contrasts and outstanding scenery at close range.

Why choose this tour

  • You will experience both the well-known and the lesser-known Tanzania
  • You dream of seeing the massive herds of animals in Serengeti
  • You want a taster of the real, unspoilt Africa in Selous
  • You will enjoy an enormously varied tour offering tremendous contrasts and diverse experiences

Our prices always include

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All destination transfers
  • All specified excursions and activities
  • All accommodations

The tour in short

This is the ultimate safari experience in Tanzania, with visits to three UNESCO areas.

Selous stands in sharp contrast to Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Crater is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. A tour to all three areas of natural beauty gives you a unique insight into Tanzania’s beautiful and varied nature.

Serengeti offers flat, endless grasslands with large herds of wildebeest and zebras, while Selous, with its varied landscape and life-giving Rufiji River, offers hippos, crocodiles, elephants and an abundance of birds – without having to share it with lots of other visitors. The wildlife and the lush slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater take most people’s breath away – yours, too, no doubt!

This tour is for those who really want to experience nature and wildlife – and the great contrasts of this amazing East African country.

If you need to digest the unique nature and animal experiences with a few days’ relaxation, it is possible to extend the tour with a beach holiday in Zanzibar or on the scenic coast of Kenya, for example.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Flights from the UK to Kilimanjaro, including transfer
  • Flight in small aircraft directly from Kilimanjaro to Serengeti National Park
  • Transfer from the local landing strip on the Serengeti plain to your camp
  • Transport in a safari car from Serengeti National Park to the Ngorongoro Crater and on to Arusha
  • Local English-speaking guide/driver
  • 7 nights in Tanzania with full board
  • Serengeti National Park – in search of “The Big Five”
  • Ngorongoro Crater – a paradise for 30,000 resident animals
  • Selous Game Reserve – Africa’s largest untouched wilderness
  • Window seat in 4WD
  • Free water during the safaris
  • National park fees
  • Flights from Dar Es Salaam to the UK including transfers
  • ATOL certificate
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the tour
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Flights to Tanzania

Today is the day you set off from the selected airport and head to Tanzania with connecting flight(s) on the way.

Day 2: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania

You arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you will be met by our local partner. Once you have been issued with a visa and picked up your luggage, you will check in for the next flight – this time heading straight for Serengeti. It is a flight of just over an hour, and you may be lucky enough to see the first herds of wild animals from air before you even land.

You land at Serengeti, where you will be picked up and driven to the camp where you will be staying for three nights. The first game drive awaits this very afternoon.

Read more about what a “wild camp” actually is here.

Days 3-4: Serengeti National Park

Look forward to two full days packed with amazing experiences on Serengeti’s endless plains.

Serengeti’s ecosystem is considered to be one of the oldest in the world, and you’d be hard pressed not to feel both humbled and astonished when sitting in the Landcruiser, taking in all that you see before you. Open landscape as far as the eye can see. There may be the odd bush here and there, and the flat plains may be broken up by small little contours in the landscape, but for the most part, there is as much sky as there is land.

The expansive plains are home to wildebeest, zebras and antelopes – not to mention the predators there to help themselves from this well-stocked pantry. In the western corridor, you will find crocodiles and hippos, and from May to July the great migration proceeds through this area of Serengeti.

It’s almost impossible to say what you’ll see on your safari over the next few days. It’s nature that decides. However, we guarantee there’ll be animals galore! Perhaps you’ll take a packed lunch with you on the game drive to give you more time to get around – perhaps you’ll break the day up with lunch back at the camp. It’s all planned together with the guide and depends on the weather and Mother Nature. The guides are experts and impressively know Serengeti like the back of their hand. They’ll make sure you enjoy some wonderful experiences!

On both days, you’re back at the camp before it gets dark. It almost doesn’t get better than sitting around the campfire, looking up at the stars and thinking about the fact that you’ll be sleeping right where the animals live! However, they are neither fed nor enclosed. You, on the other hand, must be enclosed in your comfortable and completely safe tent during the night while the animals are out hunting!

Day 5: Serengeti National Park – the Ngorongoro crater

It’s time to say goodbye to Serengeti, but fortunately, amazing new adventures are in sight. A formidable drive awaits you through the Serengeti grasslands to the Ngorongoro Crater. There are animals wherever you look, so although it might look like a long way on the map, it’s almost as if you are on one long game drive en route to Ngorongoro. Outside the national park itself, you will meet the Masai in their colourful clothing. Although many of them still live as semi-nomads, they have embraced some modern things. It’s not uncommon to see a Masai watching his cattle with a shepherd’s staff in one hand and a mobile phone in the other!

The Ngorongoro Crater is, like Serengeti, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s not difficult to understand why. It is fascinating to see the landscape change as you approach the crater. From the crater’s edge, the road winds 600 metres down on the inside of the extinct volcano to the lush, 260 km² crater floor. Inside the crater, there are savannah, swamps, lakes, small rivers, acacia groves and a saltwater lake. The crater is home to 25,000–30,000 animals. Many people compare the experience on the crater floor to “a drive in Jurassic Park” because there are animals everywhere. There are five lion prides in the relatively small area, large buffalo herds, flamingos, and even the black rhino has found its way into the crater. The only animal you won’t find here is the giraffe, which has never made its way down into the crater – presumably because the steep slopes are not suitable for its very long, thin legs.

After completing the safari in the crater, you drive to the night’s accommodation, where, with a little luck, you’ll meet some of the local residents – the giraffes, which often come close to the camp.

Day 6: Ngorongoro – Arusha – Selous Game Reserve

From Ngorongoro, the tour heads to the airport in Arusha. From here, you fly (with connecting flights) to Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania. The flight is about 3½ hours. From the time that you land, you can already feel the differences from the much-visited northern Tanzania that you have come from. You land on a small, local airstrip, and there is not a shadow of a town for miles around. You may have seen the first signs of a completely different landscape from the plane: An amazing mix of open plains, rivers, swamps and many kinds of forests awaits you in the days to come. You will be picked up from the plane and driven to your camp for the next three nights.

Days 7-8: Experiences in Selous Game Reserve

The next few days are devoted to experiences in Selous. Naturally, some of the activities in the game reserve revolve around the Rufiji River, Tanzania’s largest river. The river attracts a tremendous number of birds as well as lots of crocodiles and hippos. All animals need water, so during the dry season, virtually all species of animals gather at the river to drink and cool down, and a river cruise is, of course, one of the great highlights of a visit here.

The magic of Selous is, among other things, the possibility of combining river safaris with a completely traditional game drive on land. So, it goes without saying that you’ll also be going on a regular game drive, which you are now so familiar with from northern Tanzania.

You’ll have to keep your eyes peeled a little more when you’re on a game drive in Selous than you did in northern Tanzania. There are more trees and bushes here than in Serengeti, the terrain is more hilly and there’s more – much more – space! On the other hand, you may be lucky enough to be rewarded with some incredible animal experiences. Around half of the wild dogs left in the world are believed to live here in Selous. The game reserve is also one of the places with the largest number of lions in the whole of Africa, and buffaloes, giraffes and elephants are also abundant here.  The bird life is also something quite special, as you will see both land birds and water birds. If you are really lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the shy and much sought-after Pel’s fishing owl, which, as the name suggests, lives almost exclusively on fish.

The days will sometimes be divided into a morning activity, with free time in the middle of the day, followed by an afternoon activity, but it is also possible to bring a packed lunch and spend the whole day on a game drive. As always on safari, the day’s programme depends on the weather, the nature and the wildlife.

We’ve chosen to include one game drive and one boat safari, so you can put your own mark on the tour and choose from some of the many activities Selous has to offer. It is possible to purchase additional activities, such as more safari (depending on whether you prefer a land safari or a water safari), bush walks or a visit to a local village.

Day 9: Departure day

It’s time to say goodbye to Selous – and to Tanzania. You can, of course, also choose to extend the tour with a beach holiday in Zanzibar or in Mombasa, where you can relax on the white sandy beaches.

You will be driven to the local airstrip from which you fly (with a connecting flight in Zanzibar) to Dar Es Salaam. Here, you will be picked up by our local partner, who will drive you to the international terminal for your journey home.

Day 10: Arrival back home

You arrive in the UK after a wonderful holiday.

Combine with

Beach holiday in Mombasa, 5 nights

Price:
Per person in double room: + £565
Per child u/12 years: + £549
Single room supplement: + £175

Conclude your tour with a beach holiday in Mombasa.

Here you can relax on chalk-white beaches under the shade of the palm trees, bathe in azure water, and go snorkelling around gorgeous coral reefs. There is also time to go exploring in Mombasa City, which is the second-largest city in Kenya. Here you can look forward to wandering through narrow streets marked by both Swahili and Arabic culture. The city markets hold a treasure trove of local foods and exotic spices.

The days in Mombasa are at your disposal, but you also have the opportunity to purchase additional tours if you would like to go exploring in Mombasa City or areas nearby.

Beach holiday in Zanzibar, 6 nights

Price:
Per person in double room: + £806

Single room supplement: + £536

Surrounded by the waters of the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar consists of the main islands of Unguja (also called ‘Zanzibar’) and Pemba, as well as a number of smaller islands. The island of Zanzibar is a treasure trove of natural and cultural treats. Brilliant white sandy beaches, azure seas and a truly amazing coral reef. A warm and sunny climate all year round. A dramatic history, liberally sprinkled with Arabian sultans, Portuguese seafarers, unscrupulous slavers and European explorers who have all left their mark on the island. And one of the most fascinating towns in Africa, dotted with fine examples of beautiful Arabian architecture. Not forgetting the delicious Swahili cuisine and the accommodating population …

Single room supplement £375
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