Serengeti Safari

  • 7 Days
  • 7 People Max

    This trip has a maximum of 14 guests, plus one experienced Active Adventures guide and local walking safari guides in some locations.

  • Activity Level 2
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

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  • Trip Start: Arusha
  • Trip End: Arusha
Serengeti Safari Nyumbu

Experience the beating heart of Africa and follow the steps of the Big Five on our Serengeti safari adventure

We'll take you on a one-of-a-kind Serengeti Safari, where you'll get plenty of opportunities to witness the 'Great Migration' and spot the 'Big Five'. Enjoy sundowners from your tented camp, where the wildlife viewing never stops! Close your eyes and imagine a classic scene of wildlife roaming across savannah plains in Africa. Chances are, you’re imagining the Serengeti National Park. And that’s where we’re heading on safari! From the fauna-rich Ngorongoro Crater (one of the seven Natural Wonders of Africa), to the colourful and fascinating Maasai tribes, our journey will leave a lasting impression on you. If you’ve just completed an Active trek to Kilimanjaro, this is the perfect way to unwind and connect with nature.

Serengeti Safari ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Arusha Trip End: Arusha
  • Day 1Arrive

  • Day 2 Journey to Selela Forest, visit Maasai Boma, Hike elephant trail

  • Day 3Game drive around Ngorongoro Crater

  • Day 4Game drives in Seronera area, relax at camp

  • Day 5Game drive to Northern Serengeti

  • Day 6Game drive to Mara River

  • Day 7Return home

  • Day 1

    Arrive

    Once you arrive into Tanzania today we’ll meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport and take you to our accommodation for the evening, where we’ll enjoy dinner together and get excited about the days ahead.
    Rivertrees Country Inn (Dinner)

  • Day 2

    Journey to Selela Forest, visit Maasai Boma, Hike elephant trail

    For those joining from our Mount Kilimanjaro Trek, you’ll begin your safari trip here.

    Once loaded up we’ll take a 3-hour drive to Selela Forest, stopping off at a Maasai Boma where we’ll encounter the day-to-day life and share a traditional goat roast with the local Maasai for a picnic lunch. Afterwards we’ll head out for a hike up the escarpment on an Elephant trail, this trail is still in use by the elephants at night time! Once at the top we’ll have amazing views out over the old Volcabic range of Kitumbeni and Losimungur. Once we’ve explored the area we’ll continue on to our accommodation for the night, the Bougainvillea Safari Lodge is a small sanctuary on the edge of Karatu town where we can take a break from the dusty roads and enjoy fresh country cuisine, a cool garden environment and stellar Tanzanian hospitality. Each cosy room has it’s a veranda from which we can enjoy the views of our lush tropical gardens and there’s a pool to relax in too!
    Bougainvillea Safari Lodge, Karatu (All meals)

  • Day 3

    Game drive around Ngorongoro Crater

    We’ll check-out from camp early this morning, something you’ll quickly become familiar with on safari. Drive over the Ngorongoro highlands, with views of Ngorongoro crater and descend onto the Serengeti Plains. Take the less travelled track via the Gol and Simba Kopjes as you make your way to the Seronera area. Our eco-friendly camp tonight provides accommodation under canvas in large classic style tents with on demand hot water and flush toilets. We’ll sleep in tents, elevated on wood platforms, with comfortable furnishings, and the location, quite near Retima Hippo pool, is a perfect launching point for wildlife viewing to most of the hotspots in central Serengeti.
    Hippo Trails Camp (All meals)

  • Day 4

    Game drives in Seronera area, relax at camp

    All the camps that we choose to stay at operate in the most environmentally sustainable manner, with solar powered lighting, zero plastic and recycling wherever possible; a nice thought to have as you sip your morning coffee enjoying your non-stop safari experience from your tent verandah. Today we’ll base our game drives from our camp, exploring the Seronera area. Seronera is known as predator capital of the world, lion sightings are common, and the riverbank is home to one of the world's densest population of leopards. The sausage trees and umbrella thorns rank among the best places in Africa to search for leopards - there are too few tall trees for these elusive creatures to be well-hidden. The vast plains south of the Seronera River, often known as the Serengeti Plains, are good for cheetahs sightings too. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch out in the bush and there will also be time to relax and enjoy the wilderness surrounding the camp.
    Hippo Trails Camp (All meals)

  • Day 5

    Game drive to Northern Serengeti

    This morning we’ll continue our game drive, onto the Northern Serengeti region. You’ll learn along the way how the enormous Serengeti National Park is a critically important open ecosystem, set directly on the Great Migration route, an event considered ‘the greatest show on earth’. Our camp for the next two nights is located not far from the Mara River, a beautiful area with a mix of gently rolling hills and riverine forests, broken by small rivers and occasional granite outcrops and ‘kopjes’. We’ll sleep in spacious tents with en-suite facilities, including an eco-friendly flush toilet and bucket shower, and we can enjoy a campfire in the evenings with sundowners and snacks, and relive the day’s experiences.
    Kati Kati Camp (All meals)

  • Day 6

    Game drive to Mara River

    After your early morning cuppa around the communal fire, we’ll catch the sunrise out on safari. Today you can expect a scenic landscape made up of hills, riverine forests, plains and rocky outcrops. The famous Mara River runs through this area, offering you the opportunity to potentially witness wildebeest and zebra’s crossing the river. Tonight we’ll share a final meal together and swap stories of the wildlife highlights experienced on this safari.
    Kati Kati Camp (All meals)

  • Day 7

    Return home

    After breakfast we’ll take our final game drive to Kogatende Airstrip, for a scenic regional flight back to Arusha Airport. We’ll head out for lunch in Arusha after we land before making the transfer across to Kilimanjaro International Airport in time for your flights (or your hotel if you’re staying on in Tanzania).
    (Breakfast, lunch)

Serengeti Safari Departure Dates

  • Upcoming
  • 3 months
  • 6 months
  • 1 year
USD $6799/pp
4 Jul 2023
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26 Sep 2023
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Useful Info

What's the maximum group size on this trip?

This trip has a maximum of 7 guests, plus one experienced Active Adventures guide and local walking safari guides in some locations.

Where does the trip start?

On the first day of the trip we can either pick you up from the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) at anytime or, if you’re already in central Arusha, we’ll meet you at the Rivertrees Country Inn in Arusha at 5pm.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in time for flights below. 

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: If you’re flying in on the first day of the trip, we recommend arriving in Arusha by 4pm.

Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Kilimanjaro International Airport after 6pm. If you’re considering alternative flight times, please check with us.

How fit do I need to be for this safari?

As an Activity Level 1-3 trip, you’ll need a good level of fitness for this safari. While you don’t have to be extremely fit, you should be in the habit of doing medium to long walks. Each walking activity will comprise of two walks per day; a 3-4 hour walk in the morning and a 2-3 hour walk in the afternoon and upto 15 kilometres a day (9 miles). Most of the walks on this trip are from 2 to 3 hours at a relaxed pace. The terrain in the Northern Serengeti is mainly open, with rolling hills, some thicker bush patches, creeks and valleys. Advance preparation means you’ll enjoy the active and outdoor nature of your trip all the more. Please head to our Fitness Guide for great tips on how to prepare along with a workout plan!

What accommodations do we stay at on this safari?

While in Arusha you will stay at a Lodge with garden view rooms, all with ensuites. While camping, some nights you will be in deluxe bell 4 metre tents furnished with double beds bedding, chairs, luggage racks. A large bathroom will be attached with a hot water shower and the camp will have a shared dining area.

We recommend bringing enough clothing to not have to do laundry during your safari and while there may be laundry facilities at one location in Arusha - there may only be one machine to service your entire group. There will be no laundry facilities at any of the camps though we recommend hand-washing items if you want to.

How much luggage can I bring on this safari?

You’ll need one piece of luggage on your safari, plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage needs to be soft-sided, preferably a small duffel bag about 50 litres in size, and a good quality daypack 25-30 litres (2000 cubic inches) to use for carrying items you’ll need throughout the day. 

Included in your safari itinerary is a chartered Flight from Kogatende to Arusha Airport. The weight requirements on the chartered flight is a maximum 10 kilograms (22 pounds) for your check in bag, and maximum 5 kilograms (11 pounds) for your daypack/ carry on. Therefore this does limit your luggage for the entire trip to 15 kilograms (33 pounds) including photographic equipment, in total however you’ll return to Arusha before you fly out so you can store luggage at the joining hotel if you wish.

What safety measures are in place for the camps and walking excursions?

You’ll be accompanied by your experienced Safari trip leader, who’s there to keep you informed about Tanzania and make sure that everything runs smoothly; a qualified safari guide, who will provide additional local knowledge of the flora and fauna; a driver and also a team of walking guides! 

Your safety is the prime concern and decisions always default on the side of the caution and the safest option. You’ll be staying at a few Walking Camps for a few of the nights in this trip. These camps are set up in unfenced area’s within Northern Serengeti. Animals (including lions and elephants) often frequent the camp and you should be aware and take caution. The local guide and his team will be on hand to assist at all times. Each Camp you stay at will also have a team of people ensuring you’re well fed and catered too.

The walks from the camps will take place will be guided by very experienced walking trails guides and a scout from the Park authority. There will be two armed guides/scouts walking in front with all 8 guests in single file behind them. The route and directions are not fixed and is decided by the lead guide at the time of the walk, considering all relevant aspects including safety.

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