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Call: 0844 3350 197
Full Itinerary
TANZANIA ESCORTED JOURNEY
JOURNEY SNAPSHOT
ACTIVITY LEVEL:
Level 2
DESTINATION:
Tanzania
DURATION:
10 days, 9 nights
FLIGHT INFORMATION:
International economy air tickets
from London Heathrow [LHR]
to/from Kilimanjaro airport [JRO]
PICKUP LOCATION:
Kilimanjaro airport [JRO]
OVERVIEW
The ultimate safari in Tanzania — Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Maasai village, Elephant Caves and Serengeti
National Park.
An opportunity to experience the wonderfully rich diversity unique to Tanzania on our 10 day guided
holiday tour. Of course the main highlight is the wide variety of animals to be found in the different
regions of Tanzania — but other highlights include; a stay on Ndarakwai Ranch on the slopes of Western
Kilimanjaro, a visit to local Masai villages, Lake Manyara National Park, views across the great Rift Valley
and the breathtaking natural wonder that is the Ngorongoro Crater. The Serengeti National Park is our
final stop where we will spend our days in search of the ‘Big 5’.
© The Big Journey Company 2016. All rights reserved.
Holiday tours are operated by The Big Journey Company Limited. Registered in England. Registered office: Marron Bank, Branthwaite,
Cumbria, CA14 4SZ. Registered number: 6532140. The Big Journey Company Limited is a member of The Travel Trust Association
member number U5675 and holds an Air Travel Organiser’s License number T7282.
Call: 0844 3350 197
ITINERARY SUMMARY
PRE-JOURNEY We will depart London Heathrow the day before the tour starts in order to arrive into
Kilimanjaro Airport on Day 1.
DAY
DAY
DAY
DAY
DAY
DAY
DAY
DAY
DAY
DAY
1 - Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport and Drive to Arusha
2 - Arusha to West Kilimanjaro
3 - West Kilimanjaro
4 - West Kilimanjaro to Lake Manyara National Park
5 - Visit the Elephant Caves and the Iraqw Elder
6 - Ngorongoro Crater tour, Maasai Village Visit
7 - Ngorongoro Highlands to Serengeti National Park
8 - Serengeti National Park
9 - Serengeti National Park
10 - Departure from Kilimanjaro Airport
FULL ITINERARY
DAY 1 - ARRIVE KILIMANJARO AIRPORT AND DRIVE TO ARUSHA
We will be met from our flight and transferred from Kilimanjaro International Airport to our city hotel
located around an hour’s drive from the airport. Lake Duluti Serena Hotel is designed like a typical African
village, and we will stay in cottages thatched with banana fronds and surrounded by tropical shade trees
and bougainvillea. You may want to spend the rest of the day at leisure or for the more energetic there are
walking, biking and canoeing trips available to book locally.
Meals: None
Accommodation: Lake Duluti Serena Hotel
Activities: Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to the hotel
DAY 2 - ARUSHA TO WEST KILIMANJARO
Enjoy breakfast at the lodge, and then your driver guide will transfer you from your hotel in Arusha to
West Kilimanjaro, approximately 2 hours. Ndarakwai Ranch is over 11,000 acres (4500 hectares) in area
and located in Siha District, on the slopes of Western Kilimanjaro. This privately owned ranch, started in
1995 as an experiment in self-sustaining conservation, preserves a variety of habitats that are home to over
70 mammal species, and 350 bird species (at last count). Ndarakwai is an important part of the Amboseli /
Ngasurai eco-system and helps to preserve vital seasonal elephant routes. Many species (lesser kudu,
Grants gazelle, warthogs, impala, wildebeest, giraffe, waterbuck, bushbuck, hyena, etc), are permanent
residents on the ranch, while others (eland, zebra, buffalo, elephant, cheetah, etc) use Ndarakwai
seasonally. Accommodation is in spacious tents with thatched roofs with en-suite bathrooms featuring
safari-style showers. The tents are set on raised wooden platforms and are spaced well apart. Food is a
highlight and is served in the dedicated dining area or by the camp fire. Hot showers are provided in the
camp at any time of day. The main activities are guided full or half day walks (where the emphasis can
either be on game or bird watching), game drives, and night game drives. You can also visit local Maasai
villages to photograph and buy authentic beaded jewelry. The ‘tree house’ where you can watch game at
the waterhole, is an activity in itself with an ever changing wildlife cast.
© The Big Journey Company 2016. All rights reserved.
Holiday tours are operated by The Big Journey Company Limited. Registered in England. Registered office: Marron Bank, Branthwaite,
Cumbria, CA14 4SZ. Registered number: 6532140. The Big Journey Company Limited is a member of The Travel Trust Association
member number U5675 and holds an Air Travel Organiser’s License number T7282.
Call: 0844 3350 197
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Ndarakwai
Activities: Arrive Ndarakwai Ranch, West Kilimanjaro. Optional activities including game drives.
DAY 3 - WEST KILIMANJARODAY 4 - WEST KILIMANJARO TO LAKE
MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
After we’ve enjoyed our breakfast we will visit the locals in the nearby village. A short walk near
Kilimanjaro National Park and game drives and other activities as described above are on offer.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Ndarakwai
Activities: Village visit. Kilimanjaro National Park. Optional Activities.
DAY 4 - WEST KILIMANJARO TO LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
From Arusha we head to Lake Manyara National Park which will take around 4 hours by road with a
picnic lunch en-route. A drive around Lake Manyara will take us through the underwater forests thick with
monkeys, warthogs, wildebeest, and buffalo before arriving at a clearing that looks out over the lake.
However you approach Lake Manyara National Park, your first view is spectacular. Lake Manyara
National Park has a wide variety of habitats attracting a host of different animals: monkeys leap between
the trees of the ground water forest, on the slope of the escarpment elephants stand in the shade of the
baobab. In the pools along the lakeshore, hippos wallow and in the acacia woodland lions rest in the trees.
The birdlife is fascinating, with pelicans, storks, geese, herons and cormorants sharing the water with
migrant amingoes that turn the crystalline edges of the lake a bright pink. High on the top of the dramatic
Mto Wa Mbu escarpment overlooking the shimmering expanse of the Manyara soda lake, is Lake Manyara
Serena Lodge with panoramic views across the Great Rift Valley.
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
Activities: Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park. Game viewing.
DAY 5 - VISIT THE ELEPHANT CAVES AND THE IRAQW ELDER
Today we’ll drive from Lake Manyara to Karatu, a rural town located in the crater highlands. Walk to a
nearby waterfall, winding in and out of the forest, and see caves made by elephants - or simply stroll in the
farm’s beautiful gardens, coffee plantation or vegetable garden. Lunch is served at Gibb’s Farm which is a
working farm, superbly located in a beautifully fertile valley with the heavily forested slopes of the
Ngorongoro Crater behind it. Set among formal gardens, the Farmhouse and 20 en- suite cottages are the
heart of a working farm. After lunch we’ll take a short drive to a House of Mzee Daniel Tewa. He lives in a
simple house on the edge of the Ngorongoro Highlands, an area in which he told us, his people were the
first to inhabit over 2000 years ago before even the Maasai came along. ‘Mzee’ is a respectful Kiswahili
term meaning an elder and Daniel Tewa is a member of the Iraqw (pronounced Irow) tribe. Almost
straight away you will warm up to him; his manner is kind and his smile welcoming. The main reason you
will want to meet with him though is his story telling ability. He will take you through over 2000 years of
his people’s history and culture, acting it out with you all taking roles of hunter, warrior, bride, family
member and villager. He will tell you uses for his indigenous plants teach you how to protect yourselves
from visiting wildlife and show you how to power gas lighting and a cooker with a cow. In 2 hours you will
learn a wealth of knowledge and be gripped for the entire meeting. They are a lesser known tribe, but once
© The Big Journey Company 2016. All rights reserved.
Holiday tours are operated by The Big Journey Company Limited. Registered in England. Registered office: Marron Bank, Branthwaite,
Cumbria, CA14 4SZ. Registered number: 6532140. The Big Journey Company Limited is a member of The Travel Trust Association
member number U5675 and holds an Air Travel Organiser’s License number T7282.
Call: 0844 3350 197
you have met Mzee Tewa you will always remember the Iraqw.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Farm House Valley
Activities: Drive from Lake Manyara to Karatu. Visit Elephant caves and meet an Iraqw Elder.
DAY 6 - NGORONGORO CRATER TOUR, MAASAI VILLAGE VISIT
Our game drive today will be like no other as we visit one of the most dramatic safari destinations in
Africa, the Ngorongoro Crater. Ngorongoro Crater is a deep, volcanic crater and the largest unbroken
caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, the Ngorongoro Crater
is a breathtaking natural wonder. We’ll descend to the crater oor in search of the ‘Big 5’ with the back drop
of the forest covered crater walls surrounding you, creating stunning back drops for all of your wildlife
photographs. We’ll travel through the Lerai Forest looking for leopard and onto the plains where the
wildebeest and zebra graze whilst cheetah and lion lay and watch. Old elephants pass your vehicle whilst
further afield rhino wander and hippos hide in the pools. A picnic lunch is provided so you can maximize
your day in the crater.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation: Farm House Valley
Activities: Ngorongoro Crater tour and Maasai village visit.
DAY 7 - NGORONGORO HIGHLANDS TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Leave your lodge and drive along the crater rim before descending the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro
crater and onto the vast plains of the Serengeti. The Serengeti is famous for the vast number of species that
reside in the park year round. One of the world’s last great wildlife refuges, the Serengeti, stretches between
the Ngorongoro Highlands and Lake Victoria. The name comes from the Maasai word siringet, meaning
“endless plains”. The concentration of predators in the Serengeti is high with large prides of lion,
numerous hyena clans, and regular sightings of both cheetah and Leopard. Elephant, buffalo, giraffe, and
antelope can be found feeding on the rich plains as well as some of the lesser known species such as
aardwolf, mongoose, caracal, servals and hyrax. We arrive at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge in approx. 4-5
hours. It is situated on a hill, deep in the heart of central Serengeti. Designed in a rugged, rustic carved
wood and stone style, it follows the age old African theme of thatched circular huts set out as a village. A
series of traditional domed “rondavels” are widely spaced throughout the grounds, which are cooled by
groves of acacia trees. Time to unwind with stunning views of the Serengeti wilderness from your room or
over the very edge of the ridge is a vanishing horizon pool which looks over the “endless plains” after which
the Serengeti is named.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Farm House Valley
Activities: Game viewing — Serengeti National Park
DAY 8 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Spend your day exploring the extensive plains of the Serengeti in search of the ‘Big 5’. If you would like to
maximize your time game viewing you can take a picnic lunch out into the park and enjoy a meal out in the
© The Big Journey Company 2016. All rights reserved.
Holiday tours are operated by The Big Journey Company Limited. Registered in England. Registered office: Marron Bank, Branthwaite,
Cumbria, CA14 4SZ. Registered number: 6532140. The Big Journey Company Limited is a member of The Travel Trust Association
member number U5675 and holds an Air Travel Organiser’s License number T7282.
Call: 0844 3350 197
vast savannah before returning to the lodge later in the day.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
Activities: Game viewing — Serengeti National Park
DAY 9 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Spend your day exploring the extensive plains of the Serengeti in search of the ‘Big 5’. If you would like to
maximize your time game viewing you can take a picnic lunch out into the park and enjoy a meal out in the
vast savannah before returning to the lodge later. Perhaps explore the wonders of the spa, educate yourself
in the Discovery Centre, play a frame of snooker or just sit on the terrace and watch the drama of the
Serengeti unfold in front of you!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
Activities: Game viewing — Serengeti National Park
DAY 10 - DEPARTURE FROM KILIMANJARO AIRPORT
The light aircraft flight from Seronera to Kilimanjaro is approximately before flying overnight from
Kilimanjaro back to London Heathrow.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: none
Activities: Departure from the Serengeti
© The Big Journey Company 2016. All rights reserved.
Holiday tours are operated by The Big Journey Company Limited. Registered in England. Registered office: Marron Bank, Branthwaite,
Cumbria, CA14 4SZ. Registered number: 6532140. The Big Journey Company Limited is a member of The Travel Trust Association
member number U5675 and holds an Air Travel Organiser’s License number T7282.
Call: 0844 3350 197
WHAT'S INCLUDED
International economy flights from London Heathrow [LHR] to/from Kilimanjaro airport [JRO]
Domestic economy air tickets Seronera to Kilimanjaro
Meet & Greet at the airport on arrival and transfer to the hotel
Transfer from the hotel to the airport on the final day
Transport in an air-conditioned deluxe vehicle
Transfers as detailed in the itinerary
Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
Meals as detailed in the itinerary
English speaking tour guide
All activities, visits and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Transfers on arrival or departure, to/from the airport(s), outside of the tour dates
Drinks
Gratuities to drivers, guides or rangers etc
Visas, travel and medical insurance
Any personal items and anything not mentioned under included in price above
Any meals not mentioned in itinerary
Any optional activities offered
© The Big Journey Company 2016. All rights reserved.
Holiday tours are operated by The Big Journey Company Limited. Registered in England. Registered office: Marron Bank, Branthwaite,
Cumbria, CA14 4SZ. Registered number: 6532140. The Big Journey Company Limited is a member of The Travel Trust Association
member number U5675 and holds an Air Travel Organiser’s License number T7282.
Call: 0844 3350 197
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Tour includes international flights from London Heathrow [LHR] to arrive into Kilimanjaro Airport [JRO] on Day 1 and departing
from Kilimanjaro Airport [JRO] to London Heathrow [LHR] on Day 10. We will depart the day before the tour begins in order to
reach Tanzania on Day 1.
Please arrange your Visa for entry into Tanzania.
Please consult your physician at least 6 weeks prior to departure to discuss vaccinations/immunisations and appropriate antimalarial prophylactics.
Please let The Big Journey Company know prior to travelling if you have any medical needs or take any medication that we need to
be made aware of to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant tour.
Check in is after 2-3pm and check out is before 10am unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
Cancellation 90 – 0 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 100%. It is your responsibility to ensure the correct travel insurance in
place to protect you against the need to cancel your holiday. Deposits are non-refundable.
Further terms and conditions apply and will be provided upon request or at the time of booking. The Big Journey Company reserves
the right to withdraw any offer prior to accepting a reservation request. This does not affect your statutory rights. This offer is
subject to availability and space is limited.
We can provide you with a list of recommended tipping scales if you wish, or suggest an all-inclusive tips package that we will
distribute fairly to ensure the best possible service.
© The Big Journey Company 2016. All rights reserved.
Holiday tours are operated by The Big Journey Company Limited. Registered in England. Registered office: Marron Bank, Branthwaite,
Cumbria, CA14 4SZ. Registered number: 6532140. The Big Journey Company Limited is a member of The Travel Trust Association
member number U5675 and holds an Air Travel Organiser’s License number T7282.
Call: 0844 3350 197
BOOK YOUR JOURNEY
Choose from the list of dates below
Call to Book
0844 3350 197
Monday to Friday 09:00 - 18:00 GMT
© The Big Journey Company 2016. All rights reserved.
Holiday tours are operated by The Big Journey Company Limited. Registered in England. Registered office: Marron Bank, Branthwaite,
Cumbria, CA14 4SZ. Registered number: 6532140. The Big Journey Company Limited is a member of The Travel Trust Association
member number U5675 and holds an Air Travel Organiser’s License number T7282.

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