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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.
Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Kilimanjaro international airport, via Nairobi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This morning will be at leisure before departing for your overnight stay in Kilimanjaro at the Kia Lodge.
Depart early this morning for your return flight to the UK.
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 Years||Up to 64||65 - 74||75 - 85|
|Up to 10 days cover||£37||£72||£104|
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.
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.
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; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Depart UK||Arrive UK||Price|
|12 Jun 2017||20 Jun 2017||£2735pp|
|11 Sep 2017||19 Sep 2017||£2699pp|
|09 Oct 2017||17 Oct 2017||£2769pp|
|13 Nov 2017||21 Nov 2017||£2799pp|
|04 Dec 2017||12 Dec 2017||£2659pp|
|26 Feb 2018||06 Mar 2018||£2599pp|
|09 Apr 2018||17 Apr 2018||£2299pp|
|14 May 2018||22 May 2018||£2199pp|
|11 Jun 2018||19 Jun 2018||£2599pp|
|18 Jun 2018||26 Jun 2018||£2599pp|
|24 Sep 2018||02 Oct 2018||£2699pp|
|29 Oct 2018||06 Nov 2018||£2749pp|
|19 Nov 2018||27 Nov 2018||£2799pp|
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.
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.
Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.
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