Tanzania Golf & Wildlife Safari
Duration: 10 Days
- Destinations: Arusha, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
- Price: $3740 per person
Accommodation Type: Mid-Range Lodges & Tented Camps
Visit the finest wildlife parks in northern Tanzania, like the wonderful Ngorongoro Crater, which is home to almost 30,000 animals, including the Big Five. Or Tarangire National Park: the kingdom of elephants, birds and baobabs. And of course the famous Serengeti, which offers an abundance of wildlife unmatched anywhere else in Africa. Mix this impressive safari with a round of golf on one of the best golf courses in Africa.
Day 1: Arrival – Arusha
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to African Tulip Hotel in Arusha for dinner and overnight. Settle into your accommodation, ready to start your safari proper in the morning.
Day 2: Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, you drive to Tarangire National Park where your safari starts. This lovely park boasts the largest concentrations of elephants in the world and the highest number of breeding bird species. Especially during the dry season, Tarangire National park is packed with wildlife. Big cats like lions, cheetahs and leopards, but also the seldom seen Kudu, Oryx and Gerenuk. In the afternoon you drive to Tarangire Safari Lodge for dinner and overnight. Read more about Tarangire National Park.
Day 3: Tarangire National Park
Rise up early for a morning game drive in Tarangire National Park with picnic breakfast. With four of the Big Five residing within the park, this park is a great spot. If you are lucky you can even spot the tree-climbing python. After a lunch at the lodge, you depart on an exciting 2-hours walking safari. Your senses awaken, as you become part of the wilderness. See the bush through the eyes of Africa’s wildlife, smell the scents and hear the sounds of the African wilderness. Return to the lodge for dinner. In the evening you depart for 2.5 hours on a night game drive in the park. Discover nocturnal animals like porcupines, pangolin, aardvark and others.
Day 4: Mto wa Mbu – Lake Manyara National Park
Today starts, after breakfast, with a walking tour in farming town Mto wa Mbu. This village is unique in Tanzania since it is home to over 120 different tribes from across Africa and forms a colourful mix of languages and customs. Your walking guide will take you to rice and banana plantations, a local beer factory, a school and a carving factory. Discover the traditional way of life of the villagers. Continue to Lake Manyara National park, which is only a few minutes drives from Mto wa Mbu. Lake Manyara is known for its huge soda lake filled with pink-hued flamingos, large population of baboons, incredible birdlife and breathtaking views. You can see giraffes, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, flamingos and if you are lucky you spot a tree-climbing lion. In the late afternoon continue to Manyara Wildlife Camp for dinner and overnight. Read more about Lake Manyara National Park.
Day 5: Serengeti National Park
Today you go on a morning and afternoon game drive in the famous Serengeti National Park. If you want to spot the Big Five – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo- all in one park, the Serengeti is one of the best places to do so. The abundance of wildlife in this park is unmatched anywhere else in Africa. Depending which time of the year you visit this park, you can also witness the Great Migration. It’s an impressive experience to see all those hoofed mammals, followed by iconic predators, migrate in a clockwise circle every year. Late in the afternoon you return to Serengeti Sopa Lodge for dinner and overnight. Read more about Serengeti National Park.
Day 6: Serengeti National Park
Another day of morning and afternoon game viewing in the Serengeti. With so many wildebeest, gazelles and zebras present it is no wonder the Serengeti is also home to 4,000 lions and 1,000 leopards. Apart from the Big Five the Serengeti boasts the cheetah, jackal, hyena, serval, aardvark, pangolin, porcupine, crocodiles, giraffe, python, black mamba, spitting cobra, ostrich, martial eagle, lovebirds and vultures, just to name a few. Enjoy this supreme game viewing and return to Serengeti Sopa Lodge in the evening.
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater
Today you set off towards the Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive with picnic lunch. It shelters close to 30.000 animals including the Big Five. The crater teems with zebras, buffaloes, lions, wildebeest, warthogs, baboons, elephants, flamingos, ostriches, hippos, cheetahs and a small population of the rare black rhino. The beautiful colours and dancing clouds make the crater almost surreal. Because of its natural beauty the Ngorongoro Crater is chosen as one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders. In the late afternoon you drive to Karatu Country Lodge for dinner and overnight. Read more about the Ngorongoro Crater.
Day 8: Arusha
After breakfast you drive back to Arusha for lunch at The African Tulip hotel, then continue to Kili Villa lodge for dinner and overnight. The purity of the surrounding nature and spectacular views on Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro to the north and Maasai Steppe to the south are breathtaking.
Day 9: Arusha
Enjoy a full day of playing golf. Discover the exceptional golf course right on your doorstep. With spectacular all-round views, the course is undoubtedly one of the leading 18 holes golf courses on the African continent. It is listed in the ‘Top 10 best golf courses of Africa’. All meals and overnight will be at Kili Villa lodge.
Day 10: Departure
Spend your day at leisure. You can play golf, relax or go birding at the huge Kili Villa gardens. In the late afternoon you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport for your departure flight.
Just so you know
- This tour accepts children who are 3 years and older
- The itinerary of this tour can be customized
- In case an accommodation is fully booked we’ll suggest a comparable alternative
- Gorilla tracking permits are subject to availability
- This tour requires a minimum of 3 or more people
- All meals and accommodations during the entire safari
- A very high quality safari land cruiser with pop up roof
- A highly experienced safari guide
- Unlimited mineral water during the entire safari
- All park fees for all the national parks
- Unlimited game drives
- Night safari in Tarangire
- AMREF Flying doctors emergence rescue
- International flights
- Drinks at the lodges
- Any other things not mentioned above
Qn1: How many holidaymakers in one group?
- Apart from yourself and the people you decide to travel within your tour, there will be no one else. With the fact that our vehicles take a maximum of 7 travellers, more vehicles will be used in case of any added travellers in a group.
Qn2: What is the minimum age permitted?
- If you have kids of less than 4 years old, you may need to wait a bit before bringing them to the safari.
- Also, We strongly recommend children of 4-12 are with parents/guardians and the responsibility for each child should remain with you as a parent in the course of the safari
Qn3: Where will I stay during the night?
- You’ll have your accommodation in safari lodges and permanent tented camps inside the parks. The rooms are with en-suite bathrooms.
Qn4: How will I travel?
- On your safari, you’ll use our comfortable and safe 4WD Toyota Land Cruisers which have a lot of leg space and pop up roof for ideal wildlife viewing.
- Again our vehicles are fully equipped with first aid kits, fridges, binoculars and bean bags for camera support. With well-maintained and fitted HF long-range radios, the communication is made easy in safari.
- We appreciate that on the last day of your safari you might be a bit tired, on this regard light aircraft will take you back to where safari started. *For luxury safari*
Qn5: Where Should I get my meal? And what kind of meal is provided?
- We will provide you with meals as well as mineral water during the safari. However, we would kindly ask you to settle soft drinks and alcoholic beverages on your own. Our safari guide who will drive you in a safari will take you to the beverages shops if it’s your things.
- On safari, all meals are usually taken at your lodge or camp, and standards range from adequate to excellent.
- The good thing is, most lodges offer the option of a packed breakfast and/or lunch box, which are variable in standard, but does allow you to eat on the trot rather than having to base game viewing hours around meal times.
- I would advise you to specify in advance if you are vegetarian or have other specific dietary requirements and we will do our very best to cater for them.
Qn6: what should I pack?
- While upon booking we will provide you with a detailed packing list that will be helpful for you to decide what to bring,
- Shorts and a T-shirt, long trousers and warmer clothing will be required, I would advise women not to wear too short clothes (above their knees, too tight clothes or clothes that will not cover part of their bodies) as well as avoiding clothes with too bright colours (especially blue) as they can attract some insects.
- Binoculars and a good field guide, possibly a pair of sunglasses, cash, credit cards, passport and other necessary documents are important, not to mention other useful items including a torch, compact alarm clock and strong insects repellent.
Qn7: Any luggage restrictions in safari?
- Well, to make your safari as comfortable as possible, luggage is restricted with a maximum size of 25 cm x 30 cm x 62 cm (10″ x 12″ x 24″). I would highly recommend the luggage be packed in bag or rucksack which cannot exceed 15kg including hand luggage. Do not bring suitcases in safari.
- Flights won’t take heavy luggage too kind. The luggage limit for most local flight is 15 kg ($ 3 per extra kilo will be charged) and 25 kg for the international flights.
Qn8: Should I take some cash with me?
- Absolutely, extras like soft and alcoholic beverages, souvenirs snacks and tips should be settled with your cash.
- The most important thing I must remind you is to ensure that your USD bills must be printed not before 2004. It is unfortunate that earlier than 2004 printed bills won’t be accepted.
- You can use your credit card (visa and master card only) to make payments in some places but a 4%-5% fee will be charged while paying by credit card (most small hotels, shops and restaurants accept cash only but the big ones accept credit cards). You can also use your credit cards to get money from the ATMs (located in all the big towns), but they will only give you local currency.
Qn8: You mentioned about tips, how much should I give?
- Well, Tanzania has also a tipping tradition and tipping is usually given at the end of service. While we strongly advise that you do tipping (especially to the safari guides who play the most important role into the success of the entire tour), tipping is not mandatory and you should only give if you’re happy with the service you have received.
- Tipping guideline for your safari guide is $ 40 to $ 50 per car per day while in the hotels it is $ 15 to $ 20 per group per day put in a tip box. Porters are usually tipped separately and it is $ 1 per bag
Qn9: I am Curious to Know Visa Requirements
- Great, a valid visa is necessary.
- Depending on your nationality, you can get your visa ahead of time or buy it at the airport upon arrival.
- Some nationalities require their visa bought ahead of time so I would recommend you contact your respective embassy to get the latest visa regulations
Qn10: Are there any things I need to Know about Vaccinations for Tanzania Safaris?
- Absolutely, while you can read them herein details, (We can put a link for our post on vaccinations) the main concern is malaria. I strongly recommend that you take prophylactic drugs.
- If you are from a yellow fever endemic country or have stayed there for more than 6 hours, you will need to get a yellow fever vaccine.
- We will provide you with detailed travel tips that will also have more information on vaccinations including yellow fever countries list.
Qn11: I am afraid I won’t find proper ablution facilities at the campsites
I would like to ask that you cast that fear aside. There are fairly standard ablution facilities on all campsites so this should never worry you.