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Classic Tanzania Safari - Exodus Travels
Classic Tanzania Safari - Exodus Travels
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19 reviews
Starts
Arusha
+5 Destinations
The Great African Rift Valley
Ends
Arusha
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Highlights

  • Visit Lake Manyara with game drives in the park
  • Explore Serengeti National Park
  • Meet predators in Tarangire National Park
  • Stay at a lodge within the wild park
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Camping
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Jeep & 4WD
Start and end in Arusha! With the safari tour Classic Tanzania Safari, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Arusha, Tanzania and 4 other destinations in Tanzania. Classic Tanzania Safari includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Classic Tanzania Safari reviewer 1
    Written on October 24, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Quite simply wonderful!!! We did the camping version of the trip are so pleased we did rather than the lodge version. Everything was perfect. We didnt lift a finger. Julius, the guide, and his team were professional, knowledgable, helpful and good company. Juma, the cook excelled in producing 3 great meals a day under difficult conditions. They helped to make this a very memorable experience. Hats off to them.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Watching a pack of about 20 hyaenas stampede hundreds of wildebeest on a hunt and saw them take down a warthog. Two young lions taking on an old buffalo 20m from the vehicle.The wild camp within the Serengeti was fantastic...beautiful solitary peaceful. I could have stayed there a week.What did you think of your group leader?Julius: Excellent. Friendly professional capable. An excellent driver. Knowledge of animal behaviour and birds superb.Sense of humour. Nothing was too much troubleDo you have any advice for potential travellers?If you are able to do this trip it really is a must. October was out of season...the migration had happened but we saw vast herds of wildebeest, buffalo and zebra. We had seen the big 5 by lunch on the first day...even black rhino. In fact there was something to see constantly. We were able to watch lions and hyaena hunts on our own without 20 - 30 vehicles lined up and jostling for position.

  • Classic Tanzania Safari reviewer 2
    Written on October 22, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A brilliant trip from start to finish. I was amazed at how much we saw on the drives. There was nothing that we didn't see. Everything from Lions eating, to a Leopard relaxing up a tree, to Elephants rolling around in mud. Not to mention scores of Zebra, Wildebeest, and Giraffe and even a well hidden Cheetah.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Coming so close to Lions, they were literally feet away from us, but so engrossed into tucking into their dinner that they barely noticed we were there. Also waking up early morning and seeing a couple of Zebra grazing just feet away.What did you think of your group leader?The leaders on our trip were excellent. They were very knowledgeable about everything we saw, and knew all the best areas where we would see things. Nothing was too much trouble for them, and they always had a smile on their faces.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make aure you take plenty of camera memory and spare battery. Even if you're not an avid photographer you'll be surprised at how many pictures you will take! Power is not always available for charging things, so its a good idea to have back up batteries. Pack for all weather as well. It can get very hot in the day, but also quite chilly at night and early morning.Is there anything else you would like to add?The majority of camps where you stay are located in the parks themselves, and so a lot of the time you're surrounded by wildlife. This adds an extra sense of adventure and you never know what you might see! If you're looking for a trip where you're virtually guaranteed sightings of animals big and small, from Lions to small colourful birds, then this is the trip for you. 

  • Classic Tanzania Safari reviewer 3
    Written on October 22, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A brilliant trip from start to finish. I was amazed at how much we saw on the drives. There was nothing that we didn't see. Everything from Lions eating, to a Leopard relaxing up a tree, to Elephants rolling around in mud. Not to mention scores of Zebra, Wildebeest, and Giraffe and even a well hidden Cheetah.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Coming so close to Lions, they were literally feet away from us, but so engrossed into tucking into their dinner that they barely noticed we were there. Also waking up early morning and seeing a couple of Zebra grazing just feet away.What did you think of your group leader?The leaders on our trip were excellent. They were very knowledgeable about everything we saw, and knew all the best areas where we would see things. Nothing was too much trouble for them, and they always had a smile on their faces.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make aure you take plenty of camera memory and spare battery. Even if you're not an avid photographer you'll be surprised at how many pictures you will take! Power is not always available for charging things, so its a good idea to have back up batteries. Pack for all weather as well. It can get very hot in the day, but also quite chilly at night and early morning.Is there anything else you would like to add?The majority of camps where you stay are located in the parks themselves, and so a lot of the time you're surrounded by wildlife. This adds an extra sense of adventure and you never know what you might see! If you're looking for a trip where you're virtually guaranteed sightings of animals big and small, from Lions to small colourful birds, then this is the trip for you. 

  • Classic Tanzania Safari reviewer 4
    Written on March 12, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Animal viewing was phenomenal.Toilet facilities at public sites not as good as the ones we brought along!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing so many young animals.What did you think of your group leader?Excellent.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Three season sleeping bag not required at this time of year. Photographers require long lenses as we have to keep to roads. I was using 400mm + 1.4 converter and 7D on bean bag. Plenty of iron on vehicle to allow clamping of gimbal heads.Is there anything else you would like to add?Hot drinks on return to camp would be nice. We got these at the end but had to ask. Some of my photos of the trip can be seen: http://tonybarranco.zenfolio.com/p891108077 

  • Classic Tanzania Safari reviewer 5
    Written on March 12, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Animal viewing was phenomenal.Toilet facilities at public sites not as good as the ones we brought along!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing so many young animals.What did you think of your group leader?Excellent.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Three season sleeping bag not required at this time of year. Photographers require long lenses as we have to keep to roads. I was using 400mm + 1.4 converter and 7D on bean bag. Plenty of iron on vehicle to allow clamping of gimbal heads.Is there anything else you would like to add?Hot drinks on return to camp would be nice. We got these at the end but had to ask. Some of my photos of the trip can be seen: http://tonybarranco.zenfolio.com/p891108077 

  • Classic Tanzania Safari reviewer 6
    Written on October 8, 2012
    3.0 - Average

    This is a great, if not basic way to experience the African bush and take in the beautiful starry night skies. However, do be prepared for the fact that there are long days spent in the vehicle with very little opportunity to stretch the legs, an activity holiday this is not!  I would also strongly recommend you take binnoculars, not all the game is conveniently located by the side of the road.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing 3 leopards in one day was a dream come true, whats more to see one up a tree eating it's kill was an incredibly special experience.What did you think of your group leader?Ben was good but not particularly charismatic.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The first campsite in Tarangire is DREADFUL for Tetse flies, I would therefore recommend you wear full length clothes which have a reasonable thickness given that they can bite through them - no amount of Deet seemed to deter them.Make sure you take plenty of bottled water with you for the first  couple of days when you first leave the hotel.  Bottled water wasn't provided whilst camping (just hot water) so you definitely need to take some supplies with you. The Ngorongoro crater was definitely chiller than i expected so do take some slightly warmer clothes.Personally i would recommend using biodegradeable soap given that you are showing in the wilderness and we want to minimise our impact on the environment.For those that are wondering, whilst the toilet facilities in the campsite is basic e.g. mini porter loo, a lot of the national parks do have half decent toilet stops - just make sure you take loo roll with you, as you might expect it's not always provided.Finally DO make sure you charge everything before you go and that you take spare camera batteries, there really is no opporutnity to charge anything whilst you are camping so fully charged spares are essential!   Is there anything else you would like to add?Overall this is a great introduction to Tanzania and it's wildlife.  You do need patience as there are long periods of time when you could see little to no game, however, hopefully when you do it's a fab experience.

  • Classic Tanzania Safari reviewer 7
    Written on October 8, 2012
    3.0 - Average

    This is a great, if not basic way to experience the African bush and take in the beautiful starry night skies. However, do be prepared for the fact that there are long days spent in the vehicle with very little opportunity to stretch the legs, an activity holiday this is not!  I would also strongly recommend you take binnoculars, not all the game is conveniently located by the side of the road.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing 3 leopards in one day was a dream come true, whats more to see one up a tree eating it's kill was an incredibly special experience.What did you think of your group leader?Ben was good but not particularly charismatic.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The first campsite in Tarangire is DREADFUL for Tetse flies, I would therefore recommend you wear full length clothes which have a reasonable thickness given that they can bite through them - no amount of Deet seemed to deter them.Make sure you take plenty of bottled water with you for the first  couple of days when you first leave the hotel.  Bottled water wasn't provided whilst camping (just hot water) so you definitely need to take some supplies with you. The Ngorongoro crater was definitely chiller than i expected so do take some slightly warmer clothes.Personally i would recommend using biodegradeable soap given that you are showing in the wilderness and we want to minimise our impact on the environment.For those that are wondering, whilst the toilet facilities in the campsite is basic e.g. mini porter loo, a lot of the national parks do have half decent toilet stops - just make sure you take loo roll with you, as you might expect it's not always provided.Finally DO make sure you charge everything before you go and that you take spare camera batteries, there really is no opporutnity to charge anything whilst you are camping so fully charged spares are essential!   Is there anything else you would like to add?Overall this is a great introduction to Tanzania and it's wildlife.  You do need patience as there are long periods of time when you could see little to no game, however, hopefully when you do it's a fab experience.

  • Classic Tanzania Safari reviewer 8
    Written on November 17, 2009
    4.0 - Good

    Ignoring the road accident, it was a most enjoyable trip and I would recommend the trip to anyone, particularly those going to Africa for the first time.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Getting up close and personal with a lion.What did you think of your group leader?Very good driver and animal spotter, not bad at the social stuff in the campsite, not great in a crisis.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Pack light!Is there anything else you would like to add?The camping was comfortable enough, food not too bad considering the basic conditions, and the drives to get to places not overly long.

  • Classic Tanzania Safari reviewer 9
    Written on November 17, 2009
    4.0 - Good

    Ignoring the road accident, it was a most enjoyable trip and I would recommend the trip to anyone, particularly those going to Africa for the first time.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Getting up close and personal with a lion.What did you think of your group leader?Very good driver and animal spotter, not bad at the social stuff in the campsite, not great in a crisis.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Pack light!Is there anything else you would like to add?The camping was comfortable enough, food not too bad considering the basic conditions, and the drives to get to places not overly long.

  • Classic Tanzania Safari reviewer 10
    Written on November 4, 2009
    5.0 - Excellent

    An incredible holiday which won't be forgotten!  The wildlife was fantastic, the crew brilliant and when we needed it most the camaraderie and support was second to none.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?We were fortunate to see so much.  Our first glimpse of the Ngorongoro crater was quite something but by far the stand out moment was when a big male lion strolled across the road in front of us whilst inside the crater itself.  To our disappointment he disappeared into a culvert diectly beneath us only to reappear dragging the remains of a Wilderbeast which he prompty decided to snack on.  Incredible stuff.  I could have sat and watched him for the rest of the day.  His power, strength and dominance was for all to see.  Further down the track we then came across a lone young lion calling for the rest of it's pride.  In stark contrast to the adult male, the young cub seemed weary and thin.Another moment which stands out was having lunch in the Tarangire National Park with a never ending view of elephants!  Getting so close to them on our drive further into the park was fantastic.  Whilst sat outside on the benches I commented that being out in the open I hoped we weren't in lion territory - 20 mintues down the track we came across 5 lions having a kip in the shade and another one up a tree! What did you think of your group leader?Our drivers Abraham and Ben were fantastic.  Being in Abraham's car we were never short of conversation and came home being able to say "Lion on the left" or "Zebra on the right" in Swahili.  Our continual lessons in the lingo were great fun!  More to the point though, Abraham knew what he was talking about, was passionate about it and was happy to share his knowledge.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?1. Don't overpack!  Whilst the luggage allowance from London to Kenya and home again may be 20kgs, the allowance on the internal flight from Seronora to Kilimanjaro is 15kg including hand luggage!  This caught us all by surprise and meant some frantic unpacking in the hotel on the first night!  2. Be prepared for basic toilet and shower facilities.  It is basic but it's better than nothing!3. Carefully check your travel insurance.  If like me you are planning on taking a lot of camera equipment, make sure your policy will cover the full cost should anything happen.4. Most important of all, keep your eyes peeled and have your camera at the ready!  The bigger the zoom lens the better although sometimes the animals will be so close you'll be looking for your smallest lens to get the best shot.Is there anything else you would like to add?Whilst on holiday we were unfortunately involved in an accident (no-one's fault, just an accident).  Although it was distressing at the time, the assistance we received from Exodus both in Tanzania and London was second to none.  The way in which the support crew who had been looking after us at camp rallied around us and our fellow travellers looked after us made me realise how fortunate we were to be travelling with a company as experienced and dedicated as Exodus.  Even though we missed the last couple of days of our trip I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone else, the wildlife, the camping the scenery it all combined to make this trip truly special.  We're already looking into where to go with Exodus next year......

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Start Arusha.
  2. Day 2: To Lake Manyara with game drives in the park.
  3. Day 3: Drive through Ngorongoro Conservancy; afternoon game drive in the Serengeti.
  4. Day 4: Full day of game drives in the Serengeti.
  5. Day 5: Morning game drive in the Serengeti; afternoon drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
  6. Day 6: Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater.
  7. Day 7: Game drive in Tarangire N.P; stay at a lodge within the park.
  8. Day 8: Morning game drive; transfer to Arusha, end.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 569 km.
  • Arusha (Tanzania)
  • 103 km
  • Lake Manyara (Tanzania)
  • 88 km
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Tanzania)
  • 55 km
  • Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)
  • 55 km
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Tanzania)
  • 164 km
  • Tarangire National Park (Tanzania)
  • 104 km
  • Arusha (Tanzania)

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