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Riches of Tanzania: 12-day vacation in Tanzania

Over the course of this 12-day luxury vacation we embark on safaris in five of Tanzania's greatest wildlife destinations. Our journey begins at Arusha where we proceed west through Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire, and Ngorongoro Crater, which is considered by many to be the "Eighth Wonder of the World." Next we visit two destinations within the Serengeti in order to experience the awe-inspiring Great Migration, consisting of millions of wildebeest, zebras, and other plains game, as well as walking safaris, night safaris, and local Maasai culture.


Day 1: En Route

Depart from home; en route to Arusha, Tanzania.

Day 2: Arusha

Today we arrive in Arusha, Tanzania where we are escorted to Onsea House, a relaxing layover before we begin our safari.
Onsea House (dinner)

Day 3: Arusha/Lake Manyara National Park/Tarangire National Park

Today we embark on an all day safari in Lark Manyara National Park, home to an abundance of wildlife including pink flamingoes, blue monkeys, and tree-climbing lions. Ernest Hemingway once praised the scenery at Lark Manyara as “the loveliest I have seen in Africa!” That evening we check into Sanctuary Swala Camp, a luxury safari camp located in Tarangire
Sanctuary Swala Camp (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 4: Tarangire National Park

Today we set off on an all day safari in Tarangire. Located just southeast of Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire is particularly well known for its huge herds of elephants and stands of massive Baobab Trees. Though not as grand as the famous Great Migration in the Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem, Tarangire is also home to a smaller migration consisting of tens of thousands of antelope and zebras, thousands of elephants, and much more. Tarangire’s animal migration is the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania outside of the Serengeti.
Sanctuary Swala Camp (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 5: Tarangire National Park/Ngorongoro Crater

Today we transfer to Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge. Perched on the rim of the crater, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge offers incredible views over the wide expanse of the crater below. That afternoon, we set off on our first safari in Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater

We spend today on safari in Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of Tanzania’s most well-known wildlife refuges. It is a World Heritage Site and the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera, with a 100-square mile cavity surrounded by a 2000-foot high rim. This “Eighth Wonder of the World” creates a natural amphitheater for one of the densest populations of large animals anywhere in Africa.
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National Park

After breakfast we make the transfer to Serengeti Safari Camp located in Serengeti National Park, which is a part of Nomad’s portfolio of prestigious Tanzanian safari camps. This particular camp is semi-nomadic and changes locations every few weeks (though never while guests are present) in an effort to closely shadow the spectacular Great Migration. The camp moves within the Serengeti and surrounding areas, where the densities of wildlife are greatest. Once we arrive we set off for our first look at the Serengeti's wildlife.
Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 8: Serengeti National Park

As one of the world’s most famous wildlife sanctuaries, Serengeti National Park needs no introduction. The Serengeti forms the southern end of the Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem and is home to the Great Migration, consisting of millions of wildebeest, zebras, and other antelopes, for most of the year. In addition to hordes of plains game, antelope, elephants, and other herbivores, the Serengeti is one of the best places in Africa to watch predators in action and is home to over 3000 lions. This is the classic East African safari!
Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 9: Serengeti National Park/Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem

Today we drive to Nduara Loliondo, another famous Nomad camp located in the remote Loliondo region just east of Serengeti National Park and south of the Kenyan border. This region is extra special because though it is part of the Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem, it is not a part of Serengeti National Park proper, which means that national park rules are not in effect. Thus we have the freedom to drive off-road, embark on extensive bush walks with Maasai guides, enjoy sundowners and lengthy picnics in remote locations, and set off on exciting night safaris. This is a different type of safari, one we see and feel at ground level, offering a new perspective of Africa.
Nomad Nduara Loliondo Camp (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 10: Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem

Today we can choose from traditional safaris in 4x4 vehicles, walking safaris deep in the bush, morning and afternoon picnics, sundowners during the evening, and night safaris. In addition, Maasai villagers actually live in this region, allowing us to experience local Maasai culture in a more intimate manner than is available on most safaris. Too often safaris in East Africa are busy, hurried, and gloss quickly over the major highlights, completely neglecting the details and moments that make Africa such a special place. At Nduara Loliondo we are able to slow down, and in the process, feel the heart and soul of Africa.
Nomad Nduara Loliondo Camp (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 11: Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem/Arusha

After a leisurely breakfast and one last safari, we fly back to Arusha and transfer to Mt. Kilimanjaro International Airport where we board our international flights home.

Day 12: En Route

We arrive back home and share all our fabulous stories and photos with friends and family


Trip Departs: Daily
Trip Length: 12 days
Highlights: Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem/Loliondo Region


Low Season (March 15 - May 31; Nov 1 - Dec 15)

............. From $7,399

Single Supplement

............. From $1,450

Shoulder Season (Jan 1 - March 15)

............. From $7,850

Single Supplement

............. From $1,595

High Season (June 1 - Oct 31)

............. From $8,250

Single Supplement

............. From $1,775

Peak Season (Dec 15 - Jan 1)

(Please contact us for pricing and availability)


Internal flights from Lake Manyara Airstrip to Serengeti Safari Camp and from Nduara Loliondo Camp to Arusha are not included. Do note that depending on the exact location of the camps, these flights may not be necessary. International flights to/from Africa are not included.


All meals, alcohol as specified in the itinerary, entrance fees and participations costs for all activities, sightseeing, etc, accommodations, ground transportation, conservation and park fees, taxes, and expert guides, all as outlined in the itinerary. Prices also include comprehensive travel insurance, as well as complimentary international flight arrangements upon request.


Flights, gratuities, passport/visa fees, and personal purchases.


It is an additional charge added to the trip price for travelers requesting single occupancy accommodations.


Here are some links with important information regarding this trip.

Flight Information
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Tanzania Details
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Health Information
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