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Serengeti Safari

Welcome to the Serengeti, home to the largest animal migrations and best wildlife-viewing in the world. Enjoy a luxury tented camp safari as you explore three amazing parks and conservation areas.

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, home to over 25,000 large animals.

  • Get up close to herds of elephants as they make their way through Tarangire Park.

  • Enjoy delicious meals under the vibrant Milky Way in the wild Serengeti.

PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS

This itinerary is for private expeditions only. Pricing is based on group size. See pricing chart below. 

* See more on difficulty levels here.

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ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrive in Arusha
Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire National Park
Day 3: Tarangire National Park
Day 4: Tarangire National Park to Serengeti National Park
Day 5: Serengeti National Park
Day 6: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha
Day 8: International Departures

Please note: 

Expedition dates indicate when you should arrive and depart in country. Arriving early or departing late? Click here to purchase an additional day with lodging and airport transfers.

See our Cancellation Policy.

WHAT TRAVELERS ARE SAYING

 
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All three of the safari stops (Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater & Tarangire) were equally fantastic with their variety of wildlife to be seen and each camp we stayed at was also wonderful. The camp staff were very friendly and accommodating.
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The (safari) camps are simply amazing. The service is impeccable, the accommodations are clean and comfortable, and the food is excellent... Donating 10 percent of the client’s trip cost to microfinance efforts puts OneSeed ahead of its competitors, and to me, it’s an important reason for recommending the company to my friends.
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This is my second OneSeed expedition. I’m already looking for a third. I consider myself an above average traveler when it comes to booking things on my own, but OneSeed makes it so easy that it’s not worth my time to try and find a more custom solution.

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Day 1:  ARUSHA

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where our team will be awaiting you. Drive one hour to the town of Arusha to check into our partner lodge and catch up on jet lag before having a welcome dinner at the lodge.

Peak Altitude: 4,600 ft  (1402 m)

Inclusions: Welcome dinner (two meal options + other options available for guest purchase); airport transportation; accommodations

 
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Day 2:  ARUSHA to TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

Depart Arusha around 9:00 am and take a scenic two hour drive to Tarangire National Park. Once you arrive, pop the roof of the car and begin your first game drive. Spot elephants, ostrich, zebras, giraffes, lions and wildebeests. After wrapping up the game drive, head to the Tarangire Ang’ata Lodge located in the heart of the park. Relax with a glass of wine while you watch 'Bush TV' (the campfire).

Peak Altitude: 5,013 ft (1528 m)

Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations; transportation

 
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Day 3: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

Awake to an incredible view of the sun rising beyond your tent as your sip your morning tea. Depart for an early-morning game drive then head back to the lodge for a refreshing lunch as the animals retreat to cooler shade during the hot mid-day sun. Head out for an evening game drive and spot more of Tanzania's magnificent animals in their natural habitat.

Peak Altitude: 5,013 ft (1528 m)

Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations; transportation

 
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Day 4: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK to SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

After a delicious breakfast, spot more wildlife as you drive the four hours from Tarangire National Park to Serengeti National Park. Arrive at the Serengeti Naabi Gate by early afternoon. Eat lunch and head out for your first game drive in the Serengeti, home to the greatest animal migration in the world. After dinner at Serengeti Ang’ata Lodge be sure to enjoy the blanket of stars covering the sky.

Peak Altitude: 7,500 ft (2286 m)

Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations; transportation

 
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Day 5: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Keep your camera and binoculars close by as you explore all that the Serengeti has to offer! Spot wildebeests, zebras, impalas and gazelles, as well predators like lions, cheetahs, jackals and hyenas! Return to Serengeti Ang’ata Lodge for an authentic Tanzanian dinner.

Peak Altitude: 5,000 ft  (1524 m)

Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations; transportation

 
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Day 6: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK to Ngorongoro crater

Complete a morning game drive before beginning the scenic two hour journey to the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ngorongoro Crater was formed over 3 million years ago by an imploded volcano and is now a conservation area home to rhinos, lions and water buffalo. Stay at Ang'ata Ngorongoro Crater, perched at the top of the crater, and enjoy an early dinner and view of the sun setting over the crater.

Peak Altitude: 7,500 ft (2286 m)

Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations; transportation

 
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Day 7: Ngorongoro crater to arusha

Wake up early to the morning fog surrounding the camp grounds which will quickly burn away as you watch the sun rise over the crater. Begin the descent into the crater and pass through four distinct climate zones, including a flourishing jungle full of playful monkeys swinging through the trees. Continue your game drive through the crater, home to rhinos, lions, water buffalo and zebras. Head toward the lake, where you'll see hippos and an area colored pink by the flamingos wading in the water. Return to the camp for lunch before starting the four hour drive back to Arusha.

Peak Altitude: 7,500 ft (2286 m)

Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations; transportation

 
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Day 8: ARUSHA

Enjoy one last Tanzania coffee and say goodbye to Arusha. OneSeed will provide airport transportation for all international departures. 

Peak Altitude: 4,600 ft  (1402 m)

Inclusions: breakfast; airport transfer

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • personal items

  • trip cancelation insurance (highly recommended)

  • international airfare and meals during travel

  • snacks outside of breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • beverages outside of designated meals

 

INCLUSIONS

  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to expedition start date

  • airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 8

  • upscale tent accommodations while on safari

  • 2 nights lodging in Arusha

  • breakfast, lunch, and dinner while on safari

  • park entry fees

  • guided safari excursions

  • all ground transportation to/from safari locations

 

*All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditions, see here.


Trip Extensions

WHAT TO BRING

 

Packing System: You are responsible for your belongings throughout the expedition; we recommend a small duffle and/or daypack to carry your clothing and personal items as you journey from one national park to another. Any luggage not needed on the safari may be left in storage at the partner lodge in Arusha. See current weather conditions for Arusha and Ngorongoro Crater here. 

Don't forget

 

We need you to have everything on the list below for our expedition to go smoothly, so there is no one item that is more important than another. Double-check your entire list and make sure to have/review these important items below. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine or vaccinations.

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Valid Passport

Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your arrival date in Tanzania.

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Medical insurance card

Should anything happen, we can get you the care you need.

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Required Vaccinations

It is important to receive required vaccinations before traveling abroad. Check the CDC's recommendations for Tanzania here.

 

The List (check it twice)

Safari Gear

  • Light down jacket (for cool mornings and evenings)

  • Lightweight, breathable pants (1)

  • Shorts, mid-thigh or longer (1)

  • Rain jacket

  • Synthetic T-shirt (2)

  • Sunhat

  • Waterproof, comfortable boots or athletic shoes - they will get dirty!

  • Breathable socks

  • Closed-heeled sandals

  • Daypack

  • Water bottle

  • Headlamp

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Personal toiletries and medicine

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Swimsuit

  • NOTE: Avoid wearing black or dark blue clothing while on safari as the Tsetse fly is attracted to darker clothing and will bite skin, leaving a bite similar to that of a mosquito.

 Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Kilimanjaro International Airport

  • Flight information submitted

  • Passport valid for 6 months after arrival date

  • Photocopy of passport

  • USD for 15 or 30-day Tanzania Visa (available upon arrival for US citizens)

  • Medical insurance card

  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.

  • Yellow fever vaccination card (if applicable, not required for travelers coming from the USA)

Other (optional)

  • Reading material for the evenings

  • Over the counter medications (Advil, Imodium, Pepto Bismol etc.)

  • Hotel reservations for extended time in Tanzania (if applicable)

  • Camera

  • Binoculars

  • Bandana (for dust and wind)

  • Energy bars or snacks in-between meals

  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables

CLIMATE OVERVIEW

 

Due to the ranges in elevation, the climate and temperatures will vary throughout the Serengeti. In June, July, August, September & October the afternoon temperatures are usually between 68°F and 86°F and most days will be clear and sunny. It cools off at night and into the morning so be sure to pack warm clothing because morning game drives in open vehicles will be cold.

November through May is considered Tanzania's "wet" season and rainfall levels will vary throughout these months. Bringing warm clothes and good rain gear will keep you prepared for any weather you may encounter.

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions


Does it matter what time I arrive or depart?

If you arrive/depart at any time on the scheduled start/end dates of your trip, OneSeed will arrange for airport transfers. Pickup will be arranged to efficiently transfer clients with flight times in close proximity (generally within one hour of each other). If you plan to arrive before the scheduled start date or stay past the end date of your trip, you will need to coordinate your own airport transfer or purchase a trip extension through OneSeed.

Do I need a visa? And what about passport requirements?

  • Visas are required for US citizens. You can purchase your visa at the airport upon arrival to Tanzania ($100 USD) OR obtain your Visa prior to traveling to Tanzania. Please keep your passport and visa with you at all times during your expedition.
  • Your passport must be valid for six months after your country departure date. It should also have at least one blank page for any necessary stamps.
  • Visit the State Department website for Tanzania travel information for the most up-to-date Tanzania travel requirements.

What happens if my trip is altered due to unforseen circumstances?

Per the Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver Agreement, if your expedition must be altered at any point, you are responsible for any additional costs.Canceled flights and transportation strikes happen. We do our best to ensure that your experience is unaltered by handling the situation efficiently and smoothly. For complete terms and conditions, see here. We recommend reviewing optional trip cancellation and interruption insurance to cover expenses in these instances. Some instances that have come up are:

  • A twisted ankle one week before a trip
  • Power outages in the Atlanta airport leaving travelers stranded
  • Burst appendix!
  • Earthquakes or floods cutting a trip short

DO I NEED ANY IMMUNIZATIONS OR MEDICINE?

  • Talk to your physician and follow recommended CDC guidelines for Tanzania.
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination Cards are required for some travelers depending on their travel itinerary. The government of Tanzania requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon arrival if you are traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever (this does not include the US). If you're traveling from any of the countries listed in this link, a yellow fever vaccine is required.
  • Question on vaccines? Call your local Travel Medicine Clinic or Yellow Fever Vaccination Clinic

WILL WE NEED TO FILTER WATER?

Safe drinking water will be provided to you during your safari. When in Arusha, be sure to only drink bottled water and do not use tap water to brush your teeth.

WHAT FOOD SHOULD I EXPECT TO EAT DURING SAFARI?

  • REMEMBER: Avoid street food when you first arrive in Tanzania! You do not want to begin your trek with unnecessary stomach issues.
  • Breakfast may include crepes/pancakes, toast, eggs, sausage/bacon, fruit, tea, hot cocoa, and coffee. Lunch may include a sandwich, fried chicken, puff pastry with either spinach or meat/carrots/peas, candy/biscuit, a banana, and hard-boiled eggs. Dinner may include soup, pasta, steak, chicken, fish, salad, and fruit with some local Tanzanian dishes.
  • OneSeed is able to accommodate most allergies and dietary preferences. If you didn't include this information on your registration form, please email info@oneseedexpeditions.com. We recommend any vegan travelers bring extra protein bars.

WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE ON SAFARI?

You will be staying at our partner tented camps run by Ang'ata. There are large private or shared tents as well as a lounge tent and a dining tent. Each guest tent has an en-suite bathroom with shower, vanity, and flush toilets. King size beds or two twin beds are available by request. The lounge is the place to meet other travelers and share your day’s safari stories while enjoying a cup of Tanzanian coffee or tea. Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are served in the dining tent, freshly prepared by your chef on a daily basis. Bush TV (local name for the campfire) is lit when the weather permits.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.

If your expedition must be canceled by OneSeed due to circumstances outside of your control (e.g. natural disasters, weather, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase less 20% of trip cost.

All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.

DO I NEED TO TIP MY GUIDE?

Tipping in Tanzania can be very confusing, so we've provided this blog post to help guide you as you prepare for your trip and what to tip!

WHAT IS THE ELEVATION? IS ALTITUDE A CONCERN?

The highest elevation you will reach on your safari is 7,500 ft. Expect a chillier night on top of Nogrongoro Crater due to the higher altitude.

HOW DOES THE SEASONAL MIGRATION AFFECT WHAT ANIMALS ARE SEEN ON SAFARI?

  • A safari in Tanzania will take your breath away regardless of season but there are certain months which may offer different experiences than others.
  • The best wildlife viewing months in Tanzania are during the Dry Season from late June to end of October since there is less vegetation and animals congregate around waterholes and rivers. The best chance of seeing the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is during June and July and the time to see the wildebeest calving is in late January to February.

CAN I LEAVE SOME OF MY LUGGAGE IN THE HOTEL DURING THE TREK?

You will be staying at the same hotel before and after your trek in Arusha. Leaving an extra bag at either hotel during your safari is free of charge.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?

Visit the terrain section above to see average temperatures and weather forecasts for Arusha and the Serengeti.

ANY OTHER TIPS?

We always ask that you stay safe on the trail by drinking plenty of water, eating well, and communicating openly with your guide about any issues that arise. Be sure to take care of your belongings, be respectful of your travel companions, practice your Swahili with people you meet along the way, and respect the natural landscape that you're exploring.


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