Overview
Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and Lake Victoria.... just a few of the alluring names evoked at the mention of Tanzania—and all visited in unrivaled luxury on this exhilarating bird watching safari. With stays at the stylish new safari lodges—astounding properties that bring five-star élan in harmony with nature—we explore the full grandeur of this justly iconic land. From singular Serengeti plains and the rugged terrain of the Great Rift valley to the Edenic expenses of the Ngorongoro Crater, this extraordinary journey puts a thrilling new spin on your birding safari.
12 Nights 13 Days 15 Dec, 16 Dec, 17 Dec, and more Tanzania
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • All transfers.
  • Guaranteed window seat.
  • Tanzania National Park fees.
  • A Local Top-notch safari guide.
  • Accommodation as specified or similar.
  • All meals from start to completion.
  • Vegetarian meals can be served upon request.
  • Laundry and Internet service if available at the lodge/ camp.
  • 100% guaranteed departure. We've never canceled a trip.
  • Scheduled domestic flight from Mwanza to Dar es Salaam.
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance; this should NOT replace your travel insurance.
  • Private 4-wheel drive custom safari vehicle with cool beverages and snacks, a pair of binoculars, animal and bird guidebooks, and bean bags for stabilizing long lenses.

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Travel insurance.
  • International Flights.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Airline-Imposed Fuel Surcharges.
  • Fees for Passport, Visa, or Immunizations.
  • Champagne, cognacs, cellar wines, cigars, and cigarettes.
  • Airline-Imposed Seat Assignment and Checked Baggage Fees.
  • Tips for your Tour Guide/ Driver (minimum US Dollar 20 per day)
  • Sightseeing and excursions other than those specified in the itinerary.
  • Visa (Available at the airport for $ 100 or less; costs vary significantly from country to country).
Highlights
We don't want you to miss these!
  • Enjoy sunset game viewing. 
  • See wild animals including the Big Five.
  • Highlights of Tarangire, the Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater.
Itinerary
Detailed itinerary
Day 1
Arrival Tanzania via Kilimanjaro International Airport - JRO
Welcome to Arusha, Tanzania—gateway to the treasures of Tanzania. Our friendly Safari Director accompanies us to Kiboko Lodge—an idyllic escape tucked away in a private verdant. We stay at this beautiful lodge and can take advantage of the many amenities on offer here: swimming in the pool, cozying up to the fireplace or simply enjoying a view of majestic Mt. Meru from our private balcony.
Dinner and Overnight Stay at:-
  • Kiboko Lodge
Day 2
Arusha National park.
After breakfast depart from Arusha city at 7.30 am to Arusha national park and late afternoon drive back to the city for dinner and overnight.

Arusha National Park consists of three spectacular features: Momela Lakes, Mount Meru (the second highest mountain in Tanzania at 4560 m.), and Ngurdoto Crater. The vegetation and wildlife vary with the topography, which ranges from forest to swamp. 
The park is also famous for its 575 species of bird life, both migrant and resident. Animals found in the park include elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippopotamus, hyena, zebra, baboon, black and white Columbus monkeys, and a wide range of antelopes. Guided walking safaris are popular here. Patches of semi-arid acacia along the way may reveal species at the extreme southern edge of their range, such as the statuesque Buff-crested Bustard, the squeaky Pink-breasted Lark, the diminutive Pygmy Batis, and the colorful Somali Golden-breasted Bunting.
Dinner and Overnight Stay at:-
  • Kiboko Lodge

 

Day 3
    Arusha to Ngorongoro Highland via the Great Rift valley escarpment.
    The sun rises over Tarangire, and we’re up for a sumptuous breakfast and the last glimpse of the park’s voluminous game and later drive to the Ngorongoro Highland through the Maasai Steppe as well as the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, and then proceed into the Green Forest of Ngorongoro Highlands. We will be staying at an Eco-lodge, Gibb's Farm for our hot organic lunch ( where nearly every ingredient comes fresh from the estate's organic farm) followed by a leisurely short walk and muscles stretch through the gardens of Gibb's Farm.
    After enjoying your memorable stay at Gibb's Farm, there will be no more drive so spend the evening hours at leisure, relax and explore the lodge’s facilities.
    Dinner and Overnight Stay at:-
    Day 4
    Great Rift Valley escarpment | Nature & Bird Watching walk
    After early breakfast depart for half day bird watching through the Great Rift valley escarpment while identifying different species of birds. Later go back to the camp for hot lunch and leisure before proceeding with bird-watching late afternoon. 
    The area consists of underground natural forest that opens up into woodlands, grassland, and swaps. Over 400 species of birds have been spotted, storks, cormorants, egrets, and geese. Our professional safari guide is always happy to share with you lots of behind the scene ideas, how was the Great Rift Valley was formed and much much more..!
    Dinner and Overnight Stay at:-

     

    Day 5
    Lake Manyara National park | Full Day Game viewing
    After breakfast depart for full day game viewing in Lake Manyara national park (You may opt to take packed lunch or drive back to the lodge for hot lunch and later proceed with game viewing), early evening proceed to Ngorongoro highland. 

    Stretching 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes, some so dark that they appear to be black from a distance. Manyara provides wonderful birding with some 400 species recorded. Our professional safari guide is always happy to share with you lots of behind the scene ideas, why trees in Lake Manyara have adopted to climb trees and much much more..!
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    Day 6
    Ngorongoro Crater
    Today we descend 2,000 feet into this ancient collapsed volcano, passing lush rainforest and thick vegetation, and then we see it: the largest concentration of animals in Africa. A variety of environments—grassland, swamps, forests, and lakes—yield a staggering variety of animals: lions, zebras, buffaloes, rhinos, elephants, gazelles and wildebeests just to name a few. And because the grasses are short, it is infinitely easy to spot the remarkable creatures here…each turn of the head brings an exciting new vista.
    Birds also abound, from diminutive Pectoral-patch Cisticolas to Ostrich. The swamps attract a variety of waterfowl, including the curious Cape Wigeon, and a ribbon of soda-loving Lesser Flamingoes paint a swath of vivid rose around the central lake. White and Abdim’s Storks scour the grassland for grasshoppers, Montagu’s and Pallid Harriers hunt for small birds, and every corner holds something of interest. After a picnic lunch, we ascend the crater walls into the forest around the rim, looking out for the silky-crested Schalow’s Turaco, regally dressed Golden-winged Sunbird and inquisitive-looking Montane White-eye.
    We return to the lodge in time for evening cocktails and to recall the dizzying array of wildlife we saw that day.
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    Day 7 
    Serengeti National Park
    After a delicious breakfast, we depart for Lake Manyara airstrip and our onward flight to the legendary Serengeti. This is archetypal Africa: the wide-open spaces, bright blue skies and magnificent wildlife of our imagination. The Serengeti’s terrain is quite varied: savannah dotted with acacia trees, magnificent rock outcroppings called kopjes, and dense bush as well as streams and rivers. Our base here is Four Seasons Lodge, alluringly set on a kopje overlooking the rolling Serengeti hills. Spacious tents are superbly secluded and blend into their natural environment above the Seronera River. Richly furnished throughout, the camp exudes a decadence reminiscent of the Africa of yore.
    Dinner and Overnight Stay at:-
    DAY 8 & 9
    Game viewing | Afternoon drive to the Western Corridor
    In the famed Serengeti, we discover a land brimming with wildlife. Lion, leopard, cheetah, elephants. Wildebeest grazing, giraffes loping across the plains, monkeys playing in the trees. We can opt for a game drive, or choose to explore the area on a guided game walk. Or perhaps we wish to lounge beside the swimming pool back at camp—the perfect spot from which to observe the abiding drama of the bush (while also getting a tan!).
    Today have an option for "HOT" air balloon safari, extra fee applies (US Dollar 598 per person).
    Serengeti is arguably Africa’s breathtaking National park. It is the home of millions of large mammals, including what is so-called the Big 5: elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard, and the rarely seen black rhinoceros. Over 500 species of birds have been recorded in the area, birds of prey, vultures, lovebirds, cranes, Bateleur, weavers, and our very own Shrike-Northern White-crowned Shrike. 
    Dinner and Overnight stay at:-
    DAY 10
    Morning Game viewing | Drive to Mwanza city
    We awake, and piping hot coffee is already waiting for us. We may wish to take one last game viewing and explore more the Serengeti before returning to the camp for a sumptuous breakfast.

    Early morning is the best time for game viewing as most of the killings take place around this time. Our professional guide is always happy to share with you lots of hidden secrets in the Serengeti, why Serengeti shall never die, how Darwin's theory, survival of the fittest applies in the Serengeti and much much more...

    After breakfast collect your picnic lunch and drive to Mwanza city.

     

    Optional:
    Visit Mayega Children Centre on your way to Mwanza city.
    Shrike Safaris through Busega Scotland, support abandoned or orphaned children at the Mayega Children’s Centre, just 10 miles from the Ndabaka gate entrance to the Serengeti’s Western Corridor... There are millions of children in Africa who have been abandoned or orphaned as a result of the AIDS pandemic. And this is a chance to join hands and make a difference.
    While safaris may be our calling, these dear children are our joyful passion. How they love—and need—the friendship and support of visitors. Our mission is to inspire and enable Shrike guests to take informed and compassionate action.
    There is heroic work being done! We enthusiastically urge all travelers to spend a few hours visiting the Mayega Children’s Centre. Give your time, your talent, your resources, and your love. Become a bridge of information and exchange between cultures.
    What would you do? 
    Sing, dance, play. Talk about your profession to teenagers. Bounce babies on your knee. Perhaps help put up a school building. Or simply provide a window to the larger world. We guarantee that lives will be forever touched. And not just the children’s.

     

    Later drive to Mwanza city - 'the Rocky city' for the mighty Lake Victoria 
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    Day 11: 
    Mwanza city | Rubondo Island National Park.

    Rubondo Island camp exudes an atmosphere of serene tran- quillity. Set on an island in the middle of the world’s second largest freshwater lake, its manicured velvet lawns stretch to the water’s edge and its exotic trees are a haven for birds— 369 species of them  including African Fish Eagle! With renowned hospitality, delightful hosts and indulgent accommo- dations, Rubondo is divine. Romance resides in breathtaking sunsets over the lake, moonlit dinners on the jetty and can- dlelit champagne along the shore of Lake Victoria. Get settled in your waterfront chalet, beds dramatically draped in sheer white netting, offer splendid views from verandas facing the sweep of the lawn to the lake beyond. 

    Dinner and Overnight stay at:-

    • Rubondo Island Camp

     

    Day 12: 
    Lake Victoria.

    A boat trip to Bird Island reveals thousands of roosting water birds, giant monitor lizards, spotted-necked otters on the rocks, you can easily spot Rubondo’s giant crocodiles, monitor lizards, and hippos.. Take a guided walk to the lakeside village of Kasenda, and get to know the friendly people of Kasenda village and their way of life. Back at the camp, keep your eyes watching for sitatunga, otters, bushbuck, vervet monkeys. Rare sightings are black and white colobus monkey, genet, marsh mongoose, and elephants. Our friendly guide is always happy to share with you about the behind the scene perspectives of this beautiful island and much much more..!

    Dinner and Overnight stay at:-

    • Rubondo Island Camp
    Day 13: 
    Rubondo Island |  Mwanza city
    We awaken to a chorus of birdsong. Stately fish eagles, iridescent sunbirds and swift kingfishers start our day, while by nightfall we will have flown to Mwanza city, enjoyed the fare-well meal at Malaika Beach Resort and continued to the airport to board your local flight to Dar es Salaam and connect with your flight back home. What a day!

     

    Pickup point
    Here is where we will meet, don't get lost!
    Kilimanjaro International Airport, Hai, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania View on Map