Tanzania Experience Safari
7 Day 6 Nights
Rates are per person (pp) and based on 2 people sharing 1 room
Excluding international flights (from/to your home country)
On this 7 days Tanzania Experience Safari will take you to one of the spectacular destinations of the iconic Tanzania giving you an exceptional safari adventure, on this safari you will have a chance to see all the big game animals and other wildlife roaming the beautiful grasslands of Tanzania.
Summary of 7 Days Tanzania Experience Safari
- Day 1: Pick up from the Airport/Hotel in Arusha and drive to Tarangire National park
- Day 2: Morning and afternoon game drives in Tarangire National Park and Transfer to Serengenti National Park for overnight
- Day 3: Morning and afternoon game drives in Serengenti National Park
- Day 4: Morning and afternoon game drives in Serengenti National park to spot the missed animals and fully explore the endless plains.
- Day 5: Transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation area via an option visit to Masai Village.
- Day 6: Depart to Explore the World’s largest intact volcanic caldera, the Ngorongoro Crater which is often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world, you will have a full day here.
- Day 7: After breakfast, depart and head to Arusha passing through the Masai Steppe filled with many villages as well as Farms.
Summary of 7 Days Tanzania Experience Safari
- You will visit Tanzania
- The trip starts and ends in Arusha City
- You will visit Tarangire and Serengeti National Parks
- You will explore the Ngorongoro Crater
- You will do game drives, where you will see amazing wild life animal species
- You will use a 4×4 Land cruiser with a pop-up for game viewing and there is room for upgrade in case requested at an extra cost
- Pre and cost tour accommodation can be arranged at an extra cost
Day 1: Pick up from the Airport/Hotel in Arusha and drive to Tarangire National park
This day you will meet your driver guide and commence your safari driving from Arusha City Centre to Tarangire passing through the countryside via several villages and farms.
Enjoy a tasty dinner and overnight stay at TARANGIRE.
Travel/distance is approximately 2.5 hours/160 km (99 miles)
Day 2: Morning and afternoon game drives in Tarangire National Park and Transfer to Serengenti National Park for overnight.
After breakfast you will witness your first Game Drive experience at Tarangire National Park. This park has an interesting ecosystem; it features vast grassy plains, savannah, forest, woodland, lakes and swamps. Each area has its own different animals residing there. Be sure to take a look at the termite mounds which dot the landscape. Once they’ve been abandoned by termites, the dwarf mongoose takes them over and uses them as their homes.
Tarangire National Park is an incredible sight to behold. The park has much to offer. It is home to nearly 500 different bird species. This makes a have for bird watchers. It is home to over 30 large herbivore animals! See the tall and thick baobab trees, view the swampland, rivers and lakes and enjoy spotting different game as you meander through this incredible expanse of natural beauty. Enjoy your picnic lunch within the park in picturesque spot. Continue the journey towards North West across the stunning hilly countryside of the highlands which is filled with Farms, and then into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. From here lie the vast plains of the Serengeti, where you’ll hopefully start spotting Animals well before you get into the park.
Enjoy a well-deserved dinner and overnight at SERENGETI KATI KATI CAMP.
Breakfast Packed Picnic Lunch Dinner
Travel time/distance is approximately 6 hours/330 km (205 miles)
Day 3: Morning and afternoon game drives in Serengenti National Park.
After breakfast, you will go for an amazing game drive at The Serengeti National Park which is world-famous for its ecosystem, natural beauty and huge amount of animals, birds and insects. Expect an incredible backdrop of stunning landscape and see animals such as Thomson’s gazelle, wildebeest, lions, zebra and more. This park is also home to the Serengeti’s Annual Migration which happens every year when animals travel thousands of miles across East Africa. This park is so large; it is actually bigger than some small countries. It sits between The Great Rift Valley, Lake Victoria and Lake Eyasi.
You will be brought back for lunch to the lodge or you may opt for a picnic lunch within the park. Either way, your adventure will last for the whole day with AM and PM Game Drives exploring the vast Serengeti Plains.
Dinner and overnight SERENGETI KATI KATI CAMP.
Breakfast Lunch at Lodge or Packed Picnic Lunch Dinner
Day 4: Morning and afternoon game drives in Serengenti National park to spot the missed animals and fully explore the endless plains.
After breakfast, you will go on an amazing game drive through the great Serengeti. Enjoy a second Game Drive in the Serengeti National Park and spot some animals you may not have seen the previous day. You will be brought back for lunch to the lodge or you may opt for a picnic lunch within the park.
Continue the adventure with afternoon game drive at The Serengeti National Park which is world-famous. The word Serengeti means “endless plains” in Maasai and you will encounter a huge expanse of land from forests to jungle and wilderness. The park continues to be a source of inspiration for artists, photographers, writers and film-makers.
Dinner and overnight SERENGETI KATI KATI CAMP.
Breakfast Lunch at Lodge or Packed Picnic Lunch Dinner
Day 5: Transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation area via an option visit to Masai Village.
After breakfast you depart for Ngorongoro with picnic lunch viewing game across the vast Serengeti plains. You have the option of passing through The Olduvai Gorge. This area is where many incredible archaeological discoveries have been found. It’s also a beautiful area with lush, grassy land and Tanzanian Acacia trees sweeping majestically on the landscape. Another option would be to visit a Masai Village and learn their nomadic culture and enchanting singing and dancing. You should surely try to compete the males’ high jumps!
Dinner and overnight NGORONGORO or Karatu.
Breakfast/ Lunch at Lodge or Packed Picnic Lunch Dinner
Travel time/distance is approximately 3.5 hours/140 km (87 miles)
Day 6: Depart to Explore the World’s largest intact volcanic caldera, the Ngorongoro Crater which is often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world, you will have a full day here.
This morning you depart to Explore the World’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Ngorongoro Crater is often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world! The crater is home to over 25,000 large mammals and was the result of an erupted volcano thousands of years ago. The animals live in harmony in the huge, walled crater which also houses stunning lakes, lush forests and vast plains. Due to its size and diversity, the crater floor is comprised of several distinct areas, ranging from forest, swamps, lakes and springs, to open grassland and some sandy dunes. It’s an awesome wildlife experience. A picnic lunch is served overlooking a small lake populated with hippos.
Continue exploring the Crater floor. The Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and conservation area. It is located West of Arusha City. It is often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world and is one of Africa’s best places to see wildlife in its natural habitat. It is simply magnificent and has stayed the same for thousands of years. Within the deep walls of the crater you’ll find 25,000 large mammals living there. They wander through the lakes and forests. Some of the wildlife to be seen is bull elephants, rhinos, lions, hyena, buffalo, wildebeest and so many more in all their magnificence.
Dinner and overnight NGORONGORO or KARATU.
Breakfast Packed Picnic Lunch Dinner
Day 7: After breakfast, depart and head to Arusha passing through the Masai Steppe filled with many villages as well as Farms.
After breakfast, depart and head to Arusha passing through the Masai Steppe filled with many villages as well as Farms.
This is a private safari and can be booked by an individual or a group of people. Please contact our Safari consultants for a quote
- Meet and greet services
- Airport transfers
- All park entry fees
- Transport in a 4×4 Vehicle customized for safari
- Services of an English speaking driver/guide
- Fuel for the whole trip
- Drinking water in the vehicle
- International flights
- All expenses of personal nature such as drinks and tips
STANDARD: 4X4 SAFARI VAN
Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari Vans customized for game viewing and photography. Each safari van comes with a professionally trained driver guide and fuel for the whole safari. Our Safari vans have viewing hatches and each client is entitled to a window seat. Our Vans can take up to eight people. We also have 4×4 Super Customs very comfortable and stable on the road. These carry up to 5 people with their luggage. We also have 4×4 RAV 4 for a group of two people
UPGRADE: 4X4 LUXURY SAFARI LANDCRUISER
We have luxury latest Land cruisers each driven by professionally trained driver guides and fuel. They have pop-up roofs for proper game viewing and photography. They come with a small fridge for cooling your drinking water while on safari (which is always included while IN THE VEHICLE). They have inverters for charging small gadgets such as your smartphones and cameras. They can seat five to a maximum of seven people and each client is guaranteed of a window seat.
New Normal Travel Guidelines (SOPs)
At Encounter Africa Safaris our core value is to provide you with an authentic safari experience during these new and changing times when the whole world is alert about the ongoing pandemic of the Coronavirus. Encounter Africa Safari Travel SOPS have been put in place to ensure the wellbeing, safety and health of our clients and as such guidelines and measures have been put in place as we return to the new normal post covid-19. All these are in line with advice, guidelines and procedures for a post covid-19 traveler put in place by WHO, UNWTO, UWA, AUTO, UTB and Civil Aviation.
General recommendations for personal hygiene, cough etiquette and keeping a distance of at least one meter from persons showing symptoms remain particularly important for all travelers and even those without symptoms. These include:
- Perform hand hygiene frequently, particularly after contact with respiratory secretions. Hand hygiene includes either cleaning hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub. Alcohol-based hand rubs are preferred and are not easily soiled. All travelers are advised to carry with.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or paper tissue when coughing or sneezing and disposing immediately of the tissue and performing hand hygiene; the recommended type of mask is the N95.
- Refrain from touching mouth, eyes and nose, in general areas of the face.
- Postponing travel plans in cases of illness, and avoiding contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections, hence social distance of at least one meter apart and if you are not sure of your health then postpone travel until you feel
On arrival at the airport or any entry point
- Mandatory temperature screening using non-contact infra-red thermometers at the key tourism gates at the Airport.
- Clients are required to have tested for the Virus prior to travel dates and should carry with medical documents supported by medical evidence and consistent with health best practices.
- A non-contact system (digital travel) has been introduced at the Airport for clients to check in and out and at visa points, you will be attended to by someone behind a glass shield and they will also wear face masks and protectors to maintain as little contact as possible.
- It’s now a must for all travel bags to be wrapped in plastic bags for travelers who are checking in at the Airport.
- Mandatory hand washing / sanitizing at all entrances of the Airport for all travelers and staff.
- Face masks are a must for all travelers, the recommended mask is an N95.
- Tours should not exceed more than 4 in a group to maintain social distancing and walk marks in place around the airport.
In the vehicle while traveling.
- Regular communication of safety protocols and responsibilities to clients, and to keep them informed and reminded to stay vigilant while enjoying.
- Onboard sanitizing tissues and/or fluids to clients (travelers) and staff (driver guides and the like) will be available and we encourage you to use them.
- Making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and surfaces. Hence we will minimize the stops and set designated stopping areas that we prove to be safe for our health and we will encourage a takeaway food system to seating in hotels during stops. We rather encourage picnic eating along the way.
- Cleaning all surfaces more frequently, using products and disinfectants that meet requirements with special attention to high-touch surfaces like vehicle door knobs, picnic boxes, hand rests, refrigerators, etc.
- Redesigning all processes towards a more digital and touchless approach in all possible touch-points. Like cashless payment points as money has been found to spread the virus.
- Reduce the number of objects on board. Limit luggage quantities while traveling to only what is enough for your tour.
At the lodge.
Encounter Africa Safaris is working with only those lodges that have proven to uphold the health of our clients first and practicing as per the guidelines of WHO as below;
- Our partner hotels, lodges and restaurants are those that have increased the frequency of cleaning in common areas and contact surfaces and rooms. The lodges have also gone further to put hand sanitizers in both the common room and in bedrooms.
- Social distancing is a must in lodges we use of at least one meter which is the standard around the world.
- Upon arrival standard safety protocols will be outlined and how the lodge is practicing them to prevent spread of the virus in case a person is found to be sick.
- Our partner hotels and lodges keep spare rooms for possible sick or quarantine guests that are suspected to have the virus and later inform authorities about it.
- The hotels and lodges we use have implemented contactless check-in and provide guests with a hygiene welcome kit where possible (this may include gloves, masks, and sanitizers).
- Where possible temperature will be taken using a contactless infra-red thermometer as a basic standard for checking the common symptom of covid-19.
- The partner lodges have adopted new services such as room service or picnic takeaway to reduce convergence in the common dining area at the lodge and also you are encouraged to avoid buffets while ordering for meals as these attract many people.
- Our partners lodges and hotels foster flexibility in all their operations, such as those that can amend bookings if clients are not able to make it at suggested times and those that can keep credit for the client until when they are fit to travel.
At the national parks.
- All Staff and visitors shall wear the right face masks that have been prescribed by Ministry of Health (Visitors will carry their own masks an N95).
- Staff of Uganda Wildlife Authority will inform the visitor of the general government approved covid operational guidelines. They will explain to the visitor the UWA safety COVID measures (DOs and DONTs) during their tour and stay within the protected areas.
- The tourists shall be required to provide a certificate that shows that they are COVID negative, either provided by our Ministry of Health or the relevant authority from the country most recently visited.
- Temperature screening will be done at the key tourism gates of the different National Park. Those with temperatures above 37.6 degrees Celsius shall not be allowed into the protected areas and shall be advised to seek medical help through the mechanisms set up by authorities to get to the nearest quarantine location.
- Every tourist shall have wash and disinfect their hands at all entry points to the protected areas. Sanitary alcohol sanitizer dispensers as well as hand washing facilities with soap shall be installed at all entry points.
- There will be regular disinfecting of common areas with heavy tourist contact before, during and after visiting hours. These include information counters, service desks, waiting areas, park offices and toilets. Toilets in particular should be cleaned at least every 2 hours
- Where applicable, transparent screens will be fitted at all, park gate counters. The staff manning the gate will only allow visitors who have the prescribed face masks and who have washed/ sanitized to enter the park
Tourist vehicles and boats within the national parks
- The National guidelines issued by MoH shall be enforced by tourists while in visiting the National Parks i.e
- Saloon cars – 3 persons (This does not include the guide, where one is requested and paid for)
- Buses, mini buses and omnibuses – Half capacity
- Overlanders – Half capacity
- Concessionaire delivery vehicles, pick-ups and lories – 2 persons
- Private boats and launches – Half capacity
- Tour operator game drive vehicles and UWA owned game drive vehicles – 6 persons
- Social distancing should be observed within the vehicles
- Tour operators and service providers will be regularly reminded to disinfect their cars regularly
- UWA owned vehicles will be washed every day before use and disinfected daily through spray pumps
- Every protected area shall provide a safe location where this spraying can be done, and where they tour operators can also park their cars to disinfect them
- All tour operators shall be encouraged to provide their drivers with an alcohol rub/hand sanitizer for frequently or alternatively wear gloves. Caution should however be taken to remove this sanitizer whenever the car is parked
- All other precautionary measures have to be enforced ie washing hands, social distancing and cautiously using masks
Key Tourism Activities
Briefing of tourists
- Before engaging in any tourism activities, the tourists shall be given the usual briefing regarding the activities they are about to engage in. In addition to this, the guides shall remind the tourists about the risk / looming dangers of covid and brief them on the general preventative measures government has instituted and the measure they will be expected to abide by while in the Protected Areas, and remind them that it’s both for their safety and that of the wildlife.
- These guidelines and measures shall also be printed and displayed in key visible areas within the park such as the briefing areas, the gates, the information centres, the canteens, to mention but a few.
Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking
- The existing gorilla and chimpanzee tracking rules and guidelines (see annex) will remain in force to prevent any human to animal transmissions. These include
- 8 and 6 tourists will be allowed to track the gorillas and chimpanzees respectively
- The tourists must keep 7m away from the gorillas and chimpanzees
- Tourists who during the briefing are observed to be overly coughing shall not be allowed to track
- Tourists who during the briefing are observed to be sick shall not be allowed to track. These include tourists with signs flu, and those who report to have diarrhoea and stomach upsets, malaria etc
- While the forests are dense and don’t have any specific trails for tracking, the assigned UWA guides shall try as humanly possible to ensure that there is social distancing among the tourists while the tracking takes place
- The tourists shall be encouraged to carry light equipment to minimise the need for potters while they undertake the tracking. This will be communicated to potential tourists through the tour operators and other fora
- Due to the reported side effects of putting on masks for long periods and in high altitudes, the number of breaks during the tracking shall be doubled to give tourists time to breathe fresh air.
- During these breaks, social distancing should be observed
- The regular park rules shall apply
- The vehicle guidelines above shall also apply
- Where a guide is requested, the guide shall sit at the front and shall continuously remind the tourists about the need to social distance
- Masks shall be worn at all time
- Where a tourists gets side effects due to putting on a mask for a long time, the tourist shall inform the guide who will find a safe and secure place to park the vehicle and allow for the tourists to get fresh air while maintaining social distance
- The regular park rules shall apply
- The boat and launches guidelines above shall also apply
- The UWA owned boats must be cleaned and disinfected every day before any boat cruise activity
- The concessionaire shall also be required to clean and disinfect their boats every day before any boat activities
- The guide shall enforce social distancing while on the boat.
- Masks shall be worn at all time while on the boat
- Where a tourists gets side effects due to putting on a mask for a long time, the tourist shall inform the guide who will find space within the boat for this client to get some fresh air for a few minutes. This shall be away from the other tourists
Anticipated travel needs for anyone traveling post Covid-19
- Bring enough of your medicine to last you for the entire trip.
- Pack enough alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) and keep it within easy to reach.
- Bring a cloth face covering to wear in public places. Mask N95 is recommended while traveling to Uganda.
- Prepare food and water for your trip where possible and avoid eating at places providing buffets.
- Limit the number of people you get in contact with while on safari.
For more information about safety and healthy responses and updates on Covid-19 in Uganda and East Africa, do not hesitate to contact Encounter Africa Safaris