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Tanzania Safari

  • Route:
  • London
  • Arusha
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Karatu
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Karatu
  • London
9 DAYS from £2199pp

Tour Highlights

  • Watch elephants in Tarangire National Park
  • Journey past Lake Manyana at the base of the great Rift Valley Escarpment
  • Be amazed at the wildlife roaming the great plains of the Serengeti
  • Observe the fascinating cultures of the local red-cloaked Masai warriors
  • Descend into the ethereal blue-green vistas of Ngorongoro Crater; home to the densest concentration of wildlife in Africa
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Tanzania Safari

Tanzania is perhaps the most beautiful country in Africa and this tour will show you the best this country has to offer and will leave you with memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. Follow the Great Migration on the ethereal planes of the majestic Serengeti, watch lions roam on the prehistoric Ngorongoro crater, relax by the mountain lakes of the Great Rift Valley and dance with Masai warriors.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Kilimanjaro

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Kilimanjaro international airport, via Nairobi.

    Day 2: Kilimanjaro to Arusha

    On arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel just outside Arusha. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to settle in and relax.

      Day 3: Arusha to Lake Manyara

      Following breakfast, you will depart your hotel for your first taste of African safari in the beautiful Tarangire National Park. Open the roof of your jeep to view wild elephants marching across meandering rivers set against a background of grassy savannahs interspersed with the iconic Baobab tree, Africa's 'Tree of Life'. As well as reputedly home to the largest elephant population in the world, Tarangire is also thought to be Tanzania's premier birdwatching destination. Following your game drive leave the park for your stylish accommodation on the shores of Lake Manyara.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 4: Lake Manyara to Karatu

      This morning quietly wander through the bush in the company of a Masai tribesman on a guided walk to spot flamingos and zebra, as well as learning about the medicinal uses of indigenous plants. Afterwards leave Lake Manyara and make your way up into highlands of the Great Rift valley for a relaxing stay at the Ngorongoro Farmhouse. Set within 600 acres of its own farmland, this lodge boasts an idyllic location and organically produces its own food. Explore the grounds on a coffee tour or spend the rest of the day relaxing by the pool.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 5: Karatu to Serengeti National Park

      This morning you will drive into Ngorongoro National Park. This exhilarating journey climbs up to the rim of the crater into mist-shrouded mountain forests over 2300 metres above sea level and then down into the semi-arid planes of the park. You will then have an opportunity to visit a traditional Masai village. Sit on cowhide beds inside a thatched hut as the village chief's son explains in English the way of life, history and proud traditions of his people as well as showing you around the Kraal - a truly amazing experience and great privilege. After stopping for lunch then continue on to Africa's best and most famous wildlife reserve, the awe-inspiring Serengeti National Park. Enjoy an afternoon safari at one of the greatest wildlife-watching destinations on earth. Afterwards arrive at your lodge for an unforgettable two night stay in the heart of the wild Africa.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 6: Central Serengeti National Park

      The Serengeti - meaning 'endless plains' in Masai - stretches over 1.5 million hectares and is home to the annual Great Migration, in which over two million antelope travel north up to the Masai Mara, following the ancient rhythms of the African seasons. This really is one of the greatest shows on earth. The Serengeti is also renowned for its predators, especially lions. Watch these majestic creatures in their natural habitat alongside leopards, cheetahs, jackals, hyenas, giraffe, zebras, buffalo and many more against the spectacular backdrop of rolling grasslands dotted with flat-top acacia trees and rocky outcrops. Today's full day safari is a highlight of the tour and a once in a lifetime experience.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 7: Serengeti National Park to Karatu

      Today you will leave the Serengeti and travel to the Ngorongoro Crater. Over three million years old, this ancient crater is the largest caldera - collapsed volcano - in the world and home to the highest density of lions and predators on the planet. Endangered black rhino are protected within the crater, hippos cool themselves in the soda lakes whilst giant-tusked elephants roam the grasslands and leopards recline on acacia trees in the enchanting Lerai forest. A truly magical day of safari awaits. Afterwards ascend the ridge to spend your last night up in the mountains.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 8: Karatu to Kilimanjaro

      This morning will be at leisure before departing for your overnight stay in Kilimanjaro at the Kia Lodge.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 9: Kilimanjaro to the UK

      Depart early this morning for your return flight to the UK.

      • Breakfast
      Your Meals
      • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
      • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

      Included in the Price

      • Included Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
      • Included Scheduled Flights from the UK.
      • Included All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
      • Included Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
      • Included All airport taxes and security charges.

      Important Information


      All nationals currently need a tourist visa to enter Tanzania and you will be issued a three month single entry tourist visa on arrival at Kilimanjaro airport immigration. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date you are due to leave Tanzania and you will need to pay approximately USD $50 for the visa on arrival.
      Visa requirements are subject to change and obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the traveler and not Mercury Holidays. We recommend you check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy prior to departure for the most up to date guidelines regarding these.


      You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

      Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
      Up to 10 days cover£37£72£104
      For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.


      If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

      Flight Information

      Your flight is to Kilimanjaro Airport with Kenya Airways (KQ) via Nairobi, departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus one item of hand luggage not exceeding 25cm x 35cm x 56cm in size. You are also allowed one 'accessory' piece of luggage to take on board such as a handbag or camera back. Both carry on pieces should not exceed 12kg in weight. Weight restrictions will be finalized on your e-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay an additional fee for this at check-in. Heathrow Airport advises that you should arrive at the airport at least three hours prior to your flight time for international departures.
      Please note that all flight times and numbers given at the time of booking are provided for guidance only and are subject to change. Final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.

      Health and Vaccinations

      It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

      Physical Accessibility

      This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some hiking, climbing of stairs and getting on and off 4X4 vehicles. Many of the roads in Tanzania are unpaved and so journeys can sometimes be long and bumpy. Please note that this tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

      Group Size

      The minimum number of travellers in your group will be six and the maximum will be 30. In the unlikely event that there are less than six people booked on your tour date, you may be asked to change to a different date. The choice to switch to any of our other tours, or cancel with a full refund will also be available to you should an alternative date not be suitable.

      Tour Guide

      This is an escorted tour, meaning you will be met on arrival at Kilimanjaro airport and will have a guide with you for the duration of your tour, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge and assistance at all times.

      Currency Information

      The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling (Tsh). You should be able to buy currency before you leave the UK or whilst away. There will be access to ATMs in most major cities where you will be able to withdraw money in the local currency.

      Personal Expenses

      You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry, any meals not included in the itinerary as well as drinks and any additional snacks. We recommend you bring along a minimum of GBP £200 per person to change in to local currency. It is a good idea to try and maintain a supply of small notes and change in the local currency for tipping or small purchases.

      Tour Dates & Prices

      Depart UKArrive UKPriceBook Now
      2017 Dates
      11 Sep 201719 Sep 2017£2699ppBook
      09 Oct 201717 Oct 2017£2769ppBook
      13 Nov 201721 Nov 2017£2799ppBook
      04 Dec 201712 Dec 2017£2659ppBook
      2018 Dates
      26 Feb 201806 Mar 2018£2599ppBook
      09 Apr 201817 Apr 2018£2299ppBook
      14 May 201822 May 2018£2199ppBook
      11 Jun 201819 Jun 2018£2599ppBook
      18 Jun 201826 Jun 2018£2599ppBook
      24 Sep 201802 Oct 2018£2699ppBook
      29 Oct 201806 Nov 2018£2749ppBook
      19 Nov 201827 Nov 2018£2799ppBook

      Travelling alone?

      Unfortunately, we do not have any places with no single supplements on this tour. However, if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender, then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner. Alternatively, please ask about our single supplement prices in order to book your own room.

      Private Tours:

      If the group departure dates are not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience then you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

      Tour Map

      Tanzania Safari Route Map

      Tour Dossiers

      2017 Dossier

      2018 Dossier


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      African Tulip

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      Mbalageti Serengeti

      Mbalageti Serengeti

      Kitela Lodge

      Kitela Lodge

      Kia Lodge

      Kia Lodge


      Zanzibar Beach Stay


      Tour route

      • London
      • Arusha
      • Tarangire
      • Karatu
      • Serengeti
      • Karatu
      • Zanzibar
      • London

      Dotted with small fishing villages, deserted islands and home to historic Stone town, the Zanzibar archipelago evokes tales of myth and romance filled with Swahili princes, Omani Sultans and Shirazi merchants - the paradisal 'Spice Islands' offer the perfect relaxing end to your Tanzanian adventure. Please note that we also offer 5 and 7-night durations of this extension. Please speak to our reservation team for further details.


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