Wilderness Basecamp

Unique Highlights Tanzania - Classic

Serengeti, Tanzania

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If you only have a week in Tanzania and you want to see the best sights it has to offer, this Unique Highlights itinerary is for you. In this itinerary you will only find activities and destinations that make Tanzania unique. Observe herds of wildebeest migrate across the plains, spy on a vibrant watering hole, and be welcomed by the friendly, local Maasai-- only in Tanzanzia! This itinerary effectively condenses the best of Tanzania into a 6 day itinerary for a trip you'll never forget!

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Arusha

This evening you'll enjoy a pre-safari briefing at your lodge.

Ahadi Lodge is located on the northern side of Arusha in ‘suburbia’. It is considered an oasis amongst a busy world outside the gates. They have a great pool and are known for their excellent hospitality and cuisine.

Overnight: Ahadi Lodge (Dinner included)

Day 2 - Arusha - Esilalei - Crater Highlands

After breakfast, we transfer into the Maasai Heartlands to a village called Esilalei (Toothbrush Tree) located in the wildlife corridor in between Tarangire and Lake Manyara. We enjoy a packed lunch just as we enter the village and are met by the village elders and morani (warriors) singing and dancing to welcome us. Your visit supports the building of their school here. Continue onto the permanent camp for overnight.

Overnight: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge (Breakfast included)

Day 3 - Crater Highlands - Ngorongoro

This morning transfer to the Ngorongoro Crater Reserve. Ngorongoro is a collapsed volcano - an incredible natural amphitheatre, 25 km across and teeming with all of the African big game. Early morning descent into the crater for spectacular scenery and game viewing in what has been described as the eighth wonder of the world.

In late afternoon, we return to the crater rim for a wilderness walk that showcases incredible views of the caldera and continue into the forest for overnight.

Overnight: Rhino Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 4 - Ngorongoro - Serengeti

Serengeti is calling today – optional pass through Olduvai Gorge for a view of the archaeological sites (and visit the museum) where early human tools and fossils have been found. Otherwise, we drive directly to the Serengeti! Game drive in the rolling grasslands. Criss-crossed with forested riverine valleys, the Serengeti plays home to millions of Africa’s large mammals, making this one of the world’s most famous wildlife destinations.

Overnight: Nasikia Central Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 5 - Serengeti

All day game drive in Serengeti. Best time for the wildebeest migration is December to June but there are spectacular wildlife sights at anytime of year.

Overnight: Nasikia Central Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 6 - Serengeti - Arusha

After breakfast, return transfer to Arusha or to the local airstrip to fly back to Arusha (flight available on request and at an additional cost).

(Breakfast included)

Accommodation Information

Ahadi Lodge

Arusha is the Gateway to the Northern National Parks of Tanzania such as Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorongro Crater and the famous Serengeti. The lodge is situated in the village of Movarian, Arusha, a few hundred metres from the Moshi / Nairobi Road which is approximately 3 km from Arusha CBD.

The Ahadi Lodge is set amidst beautifully landscaped gardens. There is a swimming pool for your pleasure - enjoy a refreshing swim at the end of your long journey, or after a day of sightseeing. Relax by the pool and sip an ice cold drink from the bar under the African Sun.

Rift Valley Photographic Lodge

Rift Valley Photographic Lodge is located in the world-renowned Rift Valley and surrounded by the most sought after photographic safari destinations. The lodge is set high, in a bush-cloaked ridge, with magnificent views over Lake Manyara.

Rift Valley Lodge is designed according to the circular motif of a traditional Masai village offering international sophistication with raw African beauty. The main lodge is built around an ancient Baobab tree in true Masai village style, with each public area designed as an individual unit with spectacular views over Lake Manyara. Relax in the lounge, enjoy fine dining in the restaurant or have sundowners at the bar, adjacent to the deck surrounding the baobab and overlooking the pool area. Leading from the lodge by walkways, the lodge features individual private chalets, each with uninterrupted views, private verandas and on suite facilities. Furnished in rich leather, the units captivate the “African Bush” atmosphere.

Rhino Lodge

Rhino Lodge is ideally located on the edge of the Ngorongoro crater rim. Rhino Lodge offers a perfect base from which to explore the Ngorongoro crater and its surroundings. Game drives into the crater, and, for the more adventurous, walking safaris in the forest reserve and visits to nearby Maasai villages, can all be arranged from the lodge.

The Lodge was originally the home of Ngorongoro’s first conservator, and its developers have maintained the house’s original rustic, low-impact style and natural setting. The 24 basic yet comfortable ensuite rooms all have balconies with forest views and the grazing area of the buffaloes, zebra, waterbuck and elephants.

Nasikia Central Camp

Nasikia Central Camp offers an intimate camping experience, deep in the bush of the central Serengeti. This fully ensuite camp offers comfortable and rustic facilities, making it the perfect accommodation for anyone looking for an adventurous alternative to the standard safari lodge. Despite, it's distance from the real world, the camp provides excellent service and a welcoming team, to help make your safari camping experience as comfortable as possible.

With high quality canvas between your bed and the sounds of the African night, this tented camp provides the ideal accommodation for lovers of the great outdoors, while retaining the coziness of a comfortable bed, a hot shower (water is limited… remember you're out in the bush!), good food and friendly staff.


Region: Africa - Eastern and Southern



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General Information

Price Includes

  • All accommodations as indicated in budget lodges and tented camps
  • All meals for duration of safari (please advise if you have any dietary needs)
  • All transport as mentioned between destinations during trip
  • All transport in 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser with pop-up roof for game viewing
  • Private English-speaking professionally trained guide/driver
  • The walks within the tribal areas are carried out by our own guides in conjunction with the local, tribal guide – this allows easy translation and interpretation.
  • Two (2) 1.0liter bottles of drinking water per person per day in the game driving vehicle
  • National Park entrance and transit fees
  • A portion of all trips will benefit local community projects
  • Full support before, during & after your trip

Price Excludes

  • International/Domestic flights
  • Visa, passport, vaccinations, medicines
  • Travel Insurance (recommended)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Expenditure on alcoholic drinks, laundry, personal items at camps/lodges
  • Optional excursions/activities not detailed in itinerary