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8 Day Lodge Safari

The Swahili word ‘songa’ means “to do something” and “to get moving” and as the title suggests, the main focus of this 8-day safari is to be active. You will experience the remote wilderness while staying at our mobile explorer camp, followed by an interaction with locals in Mto wa Mbu and at Lake Eyasi and a night game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. In addition, you have the option to enhance the safari by adding optional activities such as quad biking, a balloon safari or a forest hike to the elephant caves in the Ngorongoro Highland Forest Reserve. This safari is the perfect match for all those looking to be active without having to miss out on the stunning wilderness and interesting culture.

Songa Tanzania Lodge Safari

Highlights

Day 1-8 | Tanzania

  • Tarangire National Park – Game drive
  • Lake Manyara National Park – Game drive and night game drive
  • Mto wa Mbu – Cultural experience
  • Karatu –
    Quad bike tour to Lake Eyasi (optional)
  • Lake Eyasi – Cultural experience
  • African Rift Valley – Viewpoint
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area –
    Elephant cave walk (optional)
  • Ngorongoro Crater – Game drive
  • Serengeti National Park – Game drive
  • Serengeti National Park –
    Ballooning (optional)
  • Flight from the Serengeti to Arusha

Facts

Private Lodge safari:
Songa Tanzania – Be Active on Safari
Tourcode: E08LSONTAN
From: Arusha
To: Arusha
Min. number to guarantee tour: N/A
Max number of participants: private safari
Departure day: any day of your choice
Price:
from 3,660 USD (4-6 pax)
to 4,760 USD (2-3 pax)
Single Supplement: from 440 USD
safari-vehicle lodges camping

Day 1 Arusha – Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, our team will meet you at your accommodation in Arusha and you will be given a thorough and informative briefing on the upcoming safari. Thereafter you will start your journey in our safari vehicle. An approximate 3.5 hour drive will take you to the Tarangire National Park. Here, our mobile explorer camp has already been set up for you in a remote wilderness area. You will arrive just in time for a hot lunch, prepared by our highly-skilled safari chef. After lunch, your guide will take you on a game drive through the Tarangire National Park. He will open the roof of the vehicle, allowing you unspoilt views. You will enjoy an extensive game drive before returning to your mobile explorer camp. Here a hot bush shower is waiting and you will be treated to another freshly prepared meal before you retire to your tent with real linen and real beds.
Lunch; Dinner

Day 2 Tarangire National Park

In the morning you are awaken by the sounds of the African bush, followed by a sumptuous breakfast. Thereafter you leave the camp for a full day game drive in the park. The Tarangire National Park is especially famous for its ancient baobab trees and large elephant herds that can often be seen up close. But the park is also home to different types of gazelles and antelopes, buffaloes, giraffes and a wide variety of birds. With a bit of luck you might even spot a leopard or cheetah. For lunch you may return to the private campsite and enjoy a cooked meal or stop en-route to indulge in a pre-packed lunchbox. In the afternoon you will continue your game drive during which you will enjoy the beautiful sites and amazing wildlife. In the early evening you will return to your camp where a hot supper will be served. End off the day at the camp fire, reliving your memorable day. Soon after, you will return to your tent for a well-deserved rest.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Tarangire National Park – Lake Manyara National Park

In the morning you will enjoy a hearty breakfast before you say goodbye to your safari chef and the rest of the camp crew as they head back to Arusha. You will continue your journey with the safari guide. Today’s route takes you through the Tarangire National Park to the Lake Manyara National Park. The alkaline Lake Manyara covers over half the surface of the park and attracts flamingos and other waterfowls as well as more than 400 different bird species. But other animals such as giraffes, hippos, wildebeests, impalas, monkeys and baboons are also often spotted here. You will leave the park in the late afternoon and make your way to the Kirurumu Manyara Tented Lodge. After some time to freshen up, you will have dinner at the lodge. Thereafter you will return to the Lake Manyara National Park for a night game drive, to spot nocturnal wildlife – not to be missed. After approximately 3 hours you will be back at Kirurumu Manyara Tented Lodge for your overnight stay.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Lake Manyara Area – Mto wa Mbu cultural programme – Lake Eyasi

Breakfast is enjoyed at the lodge before you head off to the multi-cultural town of Mto wa Mbu. Here you will be met by a local guide who will give you a short briefing on the upcoming tour – exploring the village and its surroundings on foot. During your experience you will witness traditional wood carvers as well as local artists at work. After a traditional African lunch you leave this lively town and continue your journey to Lake Eaysi. For the adventurous, there is the option to skip the Mto wa Mbu cultural programme and join a quad bike tour from Karatu to Lake Eyasi (optional and at additional cost – please contact our consultants for more information). Either way, you will arrive at the Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge in time for dinner and your overnight stay.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Hadzabe, Datoga and blacksmith cultural experience – Karatu

After breakfast, a true African experience awaits. You will visit the Hadzabe, an ethnic minority and one of Tanzania’s last hunter-gatherer tribes. They have managed to maintain their traditional lifestyle until this day in this dry and mostly barren area. Thereafter you will pay a visit to the pastoral nomads and herdsmen, known as the Datoga tribe. The experience is completed with a stop at the blacksmiths where you will witness craftsmen in rather rudimentary working conditions. After this interactive cultural experience you will continue to Karatu, where you will arrive in the afternoon. Enjoy some free time – relax at the lodge or join an elephant cave walk (optional and at additional cost – please contact our consultants for more information). The day ends with dinner and an overnight stay at the Ngorongoro Farm House.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 Karatu – Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park

You enjoy an early breakfast at sunrise before you leave Karatu to make your way to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You will soon reach the crater rim from where you can enjoy the stunning views of the massive caldera. From here, a steep winding road takes you down into the crater where you will witness fantastic wildlife and beautiful scenery. The crater is home to a large diversity of birds and mammals including the ‘Big Five’ – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. For lunch you will stop at a beautiful viewing spot and enjoy a pre-packed lunch. With a lot of new photos you will exit the crater in the afternoon and continue your journey to the Serengeti National Park.
The Serengeti is Tanzania’s largest national park and probably best known for the yearly migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeests and zebras. You will reach your accommodation in the late afternoon and after you have had some time to relax, you will enjoy dinner. You will spend the night at the Kati Kati Tented Camp in the central Serengeti.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7 Serengeti National Park

In the morning you will have breakfast before you leave the camp for a full day game drive in the Serengeti National Park. Although the migration might be the main attraction for many visitors, the diversity of habitats and landscapes will make an impression. Animals that can be spotted include predators such as lions and leopards as well as antelopes, giraffes, zebras, hippos and elephants. Alternatively you can join a balloon safari in the early morning (optional and at additional cost – please contact our consultants for more information) where you will enjoy the views of the Serengeti plains from the sky. The balloon safari is followed by a bush breakfast after which you will join your safari guide for the game drive. After an eventful day, you will once again return to the Kati Kati Tented Camp for dinner and your overnight stay.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8 Serengeti National Park – Arusha or Zanzibar

After your last breakfast in the African bush, your guide will take you to the Seronera Airstrip where you will bid farewell to your guide. From here you will either fly back to Arusha to embark on your homebound journey or continue to Zanzibar for a few relaxing days on the beach (optional).
Breakfast; Lunch

Items included:

  • Safari according to the itinerary
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Professional safari chef and camp crew
  • Overnight stays in the Tanzania-Experience Mobile Explorer Camp and in safari lodges or tented camps according to the itinerary
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral water
  • All mentioned activities
  • All national park fees
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari
  • Flight Serengeti – Arusha

Items excluded:

  • Additional flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
Enquire

  • This is a private tour and hence there won’t be anyone else except yourself and the people you chose to travel with in your group. Please note that we can take a maximum of 10 people on this safari.
  • There is no set age limit, however, we discourage parents with children under the age of 10 to join such a safari due to the lengthy drives and the fact that nights are spent in the wild. Furthermore each tent can only accommodate 2 people and should parents travel with children, they would have to split up should they not want their kids to sleep in their own tent. If parents however insist on bringing their child / children, they are welcome to do so but must keep in mind that the sole responsibility for the kids lies with them at all time.
  • Nights are spent on private campsites and in lodges or tented camps. While this safari focuses on taking you to the most remote areas of Tanzania, you will have to spend one night at a lodge or tented camp, while the private camp moves to the next location. While staying at the private campsites, you will overnight in spacious tents (3x3m surface area, 2,1m high). Each tent is equipped with real beds, side tables and battery-operated lamps and comes with a private toilet and bucket-shower tent.
  • We only use specially converted 4×4 safari vehicles (i.e. Toyota Landcruiser) that are able to take on the harsh Tanzanian road conditions. Each guest will enjoy a window seat and during game drives the roof will open, ensuring unspoilt views.
  • Meals are included as stated in the itinerary and mineral water is also supplied during the safari. All other drinks such as soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are excluded and need to be settled by yourself.
  • Breakfast and dinner are served in a mess tent and for breakfast eggs, sausages or bacon, toast and jam are usually served, whereas a three course menu is typically served for dinner. Lunch is mostly enjoyed en-route in form of pre-packed lunch (lunch-box) consisting of sandwiches, boiled eggs and fruits or grilled chicken thighs.
  • Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies and we will do our outmost to cater for them (only possible with advanced notification).
  • Upon booking you will receive a detailed packing list that will assist you in deciding what to bring.
  • Yes there are and due to the fact that space in the vehicle is limited, luggage is restricted to 15 kg in a soft bag or rucksack. In addition thereto, guests are allowed one small piece of hand luggage. Please refrain from bringing bulky suitcases as this can cause problems when storing the luggage. Furthermore, please do not forget to read up on your airlines respective luggage policy.
  • Yes you should bring along some cash for extras like drinks, snacks, souvenirs and tips.
  • Please make sure that your USD bills that have been printed after 2004 as any earlier dated bills will not be accepted.
  • Tips are not included in the price. Below are some recommendations from our side (per group, not per person):

    Guide: 15-20 USD per day

    Camp assistant: 10-15 USD per day

    Cook: 10-15 USD per day

    Supply driver: 10-15 USD per day

  • Although most nationalities can obtain a visa upon arrival in Tanzania, it is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of all required documents. We therefore strongly suggest that you contact your respective embassy for the latest visa regulations.
  • Officially no vaccinations are required but seeing that Tanzania is located in a yellow fever region, we suggest getting a yellow fever vaccination for your own piece of mind.
  • Despite the fact that Tanzania does not require you to be vaccinated against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio or Hepatitis A&B, we would strongly advise to have those shots up to date.
  • Malaria is also a concern and we therefore recommend that some precautionary measures are taken. For more detailed information on prophylaxes and the effects and possible side effects, please contact your doctor or travel clinic.
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