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A private Journey through Tanzania

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Itinerary Highlights

All local flights included!
1 Night in Arusha, Tanzania 
2 Nights on Safari in the Chem Chem Concession, Tanzania 
2 Nights on Safari at the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania 
2 Nights on Safari in the Northern Serengeti, Tanzania 
3 Nights on Safari in the Southern Serengeti, Tanzania 

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Sample Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrive in Tanzania


    Today you will arrive into Arusha, the safari capital of Tanzania. Please note this flight into Arusha is not included in the program cost. Arusha is nestled just below Mt. Meru, close to Mount Kilimanjaro, the Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Parks and is only a short hop to the Serengeti. Just to the north, on the slopes of Mt. Meru is the Arusha National Park. Built by the Germans as a center of colonial administration because of the temperate climate Arusha is the perfect location to relax for a night and catch your breath before setting off on your safari adventure! 

    Having checked in to Legendary Lodge you then have the remainder of your day at leisure. While you may want to simply relax at the lodge and enjoy your peaceful surroundings there are a number of interesting experiences available for those looking to get out and about. Shopping in Arusha is a wonderful cultural experience. A wonderful shopping destination is the Maasai-market where you can spend hours weaving through small stalls where local Tanzanians offer arts and crafts, scarves and hand-bags. Another great shopping location is the Cultural Heritage Center, one of the cities most comprehensive curio shops, boasting genuine antiques and African artwork, as well as an outstanding selection of gemstones, including the legendary Tanzanite and Tsavorite stones.

    As Legendary Lodge is surrounded by working coffee plantations guests also have the opportunity to spend a morning following a coffee bean from tree to cup. From walking the estate, to picking and roasting the beans you will learn all about Tanzanian coffee and why it is exported far and wide. 

    Meals Included: Full Board (including local beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks)
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    • Legendary Lodge

Day 2

  • Arusha to Chem Chem


    This morning you will meet your driver and enjoy a scenic transfer from Arusha to Chem Chem Lodge. Sandwiched between the endless savannas of Tarangire National Park and the bird-rich waters of Lake Manyara National Park, Chem Chem lies in the renowned migration corridor. This concession covers over 20 000 hectares of unspoiled Tanzanian wilderness characterized by vast grasslands dotted with ancient baobab trees and inhabited by diverse wildlife including enormous herds of elephant, zebras, wildebeest, buffalo, impalas, and over 400 species of bird. 

    Here you will arrive at your new home for the next two nights, the incredible Chem Chem Lodge. Chem Chem's enviable remote location enables guests to experience a highly personalized safari experience. Eight beautifully stylish and secluded tents have been designed to reflect the ethos of the camp, evoking the spirit of vintage safari. With each tent situated at least 250 feet apart, guests are ensured total privacy and stunning views. The concept of the 'slow safari' was born at Chem Chem Safari Lodge. Key to this idea is the ethos of a safari being a tangible, sensual experience beyond the confines of a vehicle, where on foot guests can see, feel, touch and smell the African bush for themselves.

    During your stay at Chem Chem you will have the opportunity to join two safari drives daily. One in the early morning and then another that leaves in the late afternoon and returns shortly after dark. Please note you are in no way obligated to join both drives every day and if you would prefer to sleep in one morning and simply join the afternoon drive (or vice versa) you are of course welcome to do so. As the lodge is located inside a private concession you will enjoy fantastic game sightings from anywhere around the property including the communal areas or even right from your bedroom. 

    Meals Included: Full Board (including local beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks)





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    • Chem Chem Lodge

Day 3

  • On Safari at Chem Chem


    This morning you will wake shortly after sunrise and make your way to communal area of the lodge. Here you will enjoy a quick cup of tea or coffee before setting off with your your guide in search of the incredible wildlife that calls this area home.

    Returning to the lodge around mid-morning you will enjoy a sumptuous brunch. Over brunch you can chat about your adventures that morning and discuss your plans for the rest of the day. Following a few hours at leisure either spent napping or simply relaxing around the pool you will then congregate in the communal area of the lodge for afternoon tea. Having enjoyed some drinks and snacks you will then set off on your next adventure be it another safari drive, a bush walk or some combination of the two. 

    Arriving back at the lodge you will once again enjoy a wonderful dinner before enjoying an evening at leisure.

    Meals Included: Full Board (including local beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks)

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    • Chem Chem Lodge

Day 4

  • Chem Chem to Ngorongoro Crater Lodge


    This morning you will check out of your lodge and enjoy a wonderful scenic transfer to andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. This drive will take around 2.5 hours and along the way you will pass through several small villages.

    Arriving at your new home for the next two nights you will enjoy a welcome lunch during which you can discuss your agenda for the two days with the lodge manager and your guide. Having taken the afternoon to check in and relax into your incredible surroundings you will then meet your guide in the lodge communal area and together you will set off on a wonderful safari drive.

    As andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is situated on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, safari drives take quite some time to reach the crater’s floor and return to the lodge.

    This means that you will most likely be offered the choice of one morning or afternoon game drive per day however you will be out for a great deal longer than on a usual safari drive. Ideally you want to be out first thing in the morning to try and get ahead of the crowds that can fill the park at certain times of the year. You will descend into the crater through a lush highland forest, with magnificent bird life to be spotted among the different tree species. Once on the grassy crater floor, you will discover a large variety of grazing herbivores, as well as the predators that are attracted by this abundant supply of prey. Depending on the time of year, you may see huge flocks of pink flamingo around the shores of the shallow Lake Magadi, while the surrounding swamp is inhabited by hippo. While the Ngorongoro Crater boasts an incredible abundance of wildlife, you should also be prepared to encounter a great number of other vehicles during the high season, especially at high interest sightings.

    Returning to your lodge in the evening you will be met with welcome back drinks and a sumptuous dinner during which you will together with the lodge manager and guide you will make plans for the following day. You then have your evening to relax and soak in your incredible surroundings.

    Meals Included: Full Board (including local beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks)

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    • andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Day 5

  • On Safari at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge


    Today you will enjoy a full day of safari activities as you explore the Ngorongoro Crater. This area is widely regarded as offering some of the most incredible game viewing anywhere on the continent and today you will discover why this reputation is well deserved. You will work together with your guide to put together the perfect day that will ensure you see the maximum amount of wildlife while at the same time avoiding the crowds as much as possible. An early start this morning is highly recommended!

    Meals Included: Full Board (including local beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks)

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    • andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Day 6

  • From Ngorongoro Crater to the Northern Serengeti


    This morning you will check out of your lodge and enjoy a short transfer to the nearby airstrip. Here you will meet your light aircraft that will take you to Kogatende Airstrip. This flight will provide some wonderful views as you pass over the vast plains below. Please note this flight is included in your program cost. Arriving in the Northern Serengeti you will be met by your driver and transferred to the remote Legendary Serengeti Camp. Legendary Serengeti Camp is a mobile tented camp that moves its location throughout the year depending on where the great annual migration is expected to be. From the July through mid November the Legendary Serengeti Camp is located in the northern reaches of the Serengeti National Park. The camp site selected in this area is within close proximity to the Mara River where the tents are nestled together looking out onto an open plain.

    Having checked in and taken some time to soak in your incredible surroundings you will meet your guide and together embark on a wonderful safari drive. Returning to the lodge early in the evening enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail followed by a lavish feast set up under the African night sky. 

    Meals Included: Full Board (including local beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks)

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    • Legendary Serengeti Camp

Day 7

  • On Safari in the Northern Serengeti


    This morning you will wake up early and enjoy breakfast in camp before heading out to the endless Serengeti plains where you will spend the day drifting through the wildebeest herds and taking in the plethora of wildlife.The team at Legendary Serengeti Lodge will be happy to pack a lunch for you to enjoy out in the wilderness. Your guide will find the perfect spot - either a scenic site under a tree, or a rock with a view, and will set up table and chairs allowing you enjoy lunch today al fresco! 

    Meals Included: Full Board (including local beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks)

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    • Legendary Serengeti Camp

Day 8

  • From the Northern Serengeti to the Southern Serengeti


    This morning you will say farewell to your lodge and enjoy a short transfer to the nearby airstrip. Here you will board a light aircraft that will fly you over the Serengeti, look out for herds of animals below! Arriving into the Southern Serengeti you will be met by your driver and transferred the short distance to Mwiba Lodge. Rising from the boulders amidst sprawling coral trees Mwiba Lodge is an architectural myriad of natural elements and contemporary concepts. The landscape is mercurial giving rise to the feeling that the lodge was born of this land, rather than created.

    At Mwiba, each party is allocated a private vehicle and guide, and guests are free to decide their own schedule. Spacious, open game viewing vehicles enhance the feeling of proximity to nature, and for keen photographers there is plenty of room for equipment and maneuvering for that perfect angle. Free access to Maswa Game Reserve allows clients to roam further afield, and for anyone staying three nights or more, entry to Ndutu or Southern Serengeti is complimentary. 

    Meals Included: Full Board (including local beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks)



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    • Mwiba Lodge

Day 9

  • On Safari in the Southern Serengeti


    This morning you will continue your exploration of this incredible area. As well as the world class safari drives that are always on offer, Mwiba is also famous for its walking safaris. The terrain lends itself perfectly to exploring on foot and the chance to get more intimately acquainted with the African landscape is highly recommended.

    For a truly unique experience inquire about the possibility of enjoy a walking safari led by a local Hadzabe tribe member. The Hadzabe are a hunter-gatherer tribe indigenous to the area and whom live in perfect harmony with their environment which provides them with all their needs for food, medicine and shelter. Today you could enjoy the incredibly special opportunity of accompanying them as they move through the wilderness, foraging for food. With one of Mwiba's guides as an interlocutor, the Hadzabe can demonstrate their tradition of bow-and-arrow making, and share their folklore and history.

    Meals Included: Full Board (including local beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks)

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    • Mwiba Lodge

Day 10

  • On Safari in the Southern Serengeti


    Today you have at leisure to enjoy the safari activities of your choosing or to simply relax at the lodge and enjoy your peaceful surroundings. At Mwiba, each guest is offered a complimentary 45-minute treatment by one of the talented in-house therapists.

    Another wonderful cultural experience is the opportunity to visit the local Datoga Village. The Datoga are a warrior tribe with a lifestyle akin to the Masai, and traditional enemies of theirs. The opportunity to visit their village is a magical way to gain insight into a proud and vibrant culture that is as much part of Mwiba's landscape as is the wildlife. If you are there late in the afternoon you will be treated to the buzz of domesticity as the herders return home, and women busy themselves about their homestead making exquisite beaded and copper jewelry. The Datoga are delighted to show off their traditional way of life and their rhythmic, joyous dancing ensures a vibrant cultural exchange for all parties involved.

    Meals Included: Full Board (including local beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks)
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    • Mwiba Lodge

Day 11

  • Depart Africa


    This morning you will check out of the lodge and enjoy a short transfer back to the nearby airstrip. Here you will hop on board your light aircraft flight that will take you back to Arusha Airport. The cost of this flight is included in the program cost. Here you will say farewell to Africa and meet your onward flight home. Please note your departure flight home is not included in the program cost. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Estimated pricing for a private journey through Tanzania:


Classic Program

Includes more basic accommodation than that mentioned in the Program above: $9,885 per person.

Luxury Program

Includes the accommodation mentioned in the Program above (or equivalent): $15,915 per person

Premium Program

Includes more luxurious accommodation than that mentioned in the Program above: $23,360 per person.

Please note due to the bespoke nature of our itineraries combined with profound seasonal variations in accommodation costs and availability the above pricing estimates should be used only as a guide. An exact cost can be provided once exact dates and logistics have been discussed.

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Why go through a company such as the Exeter Safari Company?

An African safari is, for many people, a once in a lifetime trip and for that reason you will want to be sure the arrangements are flawless. A safari incorporates many different elements including airport arrival and departure services, transfers, light aircraft flights, the routing to remote lodges and the most knowledgeable local guides. Coordinating all these different services, often throughout multiple countries, languages and currencies can be daunting.

By going through an experienced safari company which has a wealth of local knowledge, local connections and years of experience in the region you can be sure you will be receiving the highest possible level of service before, during and after your travels. At the Exeter Safari Company we work with only the best guides, highest quality lodges at every price point, and the most reliable transportation providers in Africa. Our extensive experience and connections throughout the continent will ensure your trip goes off without a hitch.

In addition, you will enjoy the peace of mind knowing that you have access to 24/7 support both before your departure and during your time in Africa.

What should I wear on safari?

When deciding what clothing to pack for a safari trip your main priority is going to be comfort, coverage, durability and ease of packing. Keep in mind safaris often include light aircraft flights on to which normal hard sided suitcases are not allowed. You will therefore want to pack your clothing and other items into a soft sided duffel style travel bag (no larger than 24 inches long and 15 inches wide) that can be easily stored along with other travelers’ bags in the small luggage compartments on board. Note there is also a strict 15KG (33lbs) weight limit for your luggage.

Regardless of the time of year you are traveling, or the expected temperatures, you will want to be prepared for some cooler occasions. In order to find animals while they are at their most active, safari drives generally take place in the early morning and late afternoon/early evening. You will therefore often be out and about during the cooler parts of the day and this combined with sitting in the back of an open sided safari vehicle means it can get chilly - even in the middle of Summer. Accordingly, you will want to bring one or two light jackets, preferably that can be layered, so when it does start warming up you are able to shed layers and maintain a comfortable temperature.

It is also important where possible to wear long-sleeve shirts and pants to help with both sun and insect protection (fleece is great as insects can’t bite through it). Mosquitoes, Tsetse flies and other small flying insects can be bothersome during certain parts of your safari and preparing for them ahead of time will make your trip that much more pleasant. You will want to avoid bringing dark blue and black clothing as this color is known to attract certain flying insects such as Tsetse flies. You may also want leave behind your favorite white clothing as they can quickly become dirty from the dust in the air and climbing in and out of the safari vehicle. Last you will want to keep in mind you are trying to remain inconspicuous while on safari and so bright colors and loud prints should be avoided. Instead opt for more neutral tones in greens and browns that will help you blend into your surroundings.

When it comes to footwear you will again want to choose an option that covers as much of your bare skin as possible, think hiking boots or closed shoes with long socks rather than flip-flops or sandals. You will also be climbing in and out of vehicles and walking on uneven terrain that could have sharp rocks or thorns and so you will want footwear that is relatively durable. Your safari may include bush walks and so you will want to wear sturdy hiking boots on these occasions. Around the lodge area you will be able to wear more casual and lightweight footwear including flip flops or sandals, assuming you have bug-spray to stop any pesky mosquitoes that may be in the area. While in your rooms you will normally have mosquito nets over the bed area however you may still want to bring some full-length pajamas to ensure you have less skin exposed to any mosquitoes that did manage to sneak in.

When is the best time to travel to Africa?

The short answer is anytime! While there are better and worse times to be on safari throughout the various regions of Africa because the continent is so large and so diverse whenever you are looking to travel there will be a destination that is right for you.

Traditionally, the best time to go on safari is during the dry season that broadly runs from June through October, however this season does vary significantly depending where in Africa you are considering. During the dry season the vegetation is much less dense and because the grass is shorter it is much easier to track and locate wildlife. Additionally, when there is less rainfall there are fewer available water sources for wildlife to gather around. This results in the animals tending to congregate around the same lakes, pans and rivers which again makes for great game viewing (and leads to some interesting herbivore/predator encounters!).

Often during the wet season, also called the green season, when water sources are abundant, the wildlife tends to spread out over an enormous area. Many camps and lodges close during this time of year, often December through February as the dirt tracks that surround the lodges become impassable.

Another aspect to consider, especially if visiting East Africa, is the great migration. Please visit our page that explores this topic at length as it will give you a good idea as to where the migration is located at any particular time of year.

What About Yellow Fever?

Yellow Fever is a disease found in many parts of sub-tropical Africa transmitted into humans through Mosquito bites. As it can be quite a serious illness it is essential you receive a yellow fever vaccination before embarking on a trip to an effected country.

The main safari destinations where Yellow Fever vaccinations are required are Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda and Rwanda. Other countries such as South Africa and Botswana require you to arrive with a yellow fever vaccination even if you have only transited through or visited a country where yellow fever exists within the past 6 months (keep in mind many of the countries on this list are in South America).

Check with your Exeter Safari Company expert for the specific requirements regarding the destinations included in your program. It is important to note the Yellow Fever vaccine requires 10 days before it becomes effective and so don’t leave it to the last minute!

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