Arrival Day and Welcome to Tanzania
Whatever your arrival time at Kilimanjaro International Airport, your Easy Travel driver-guide will be waiting for you with a warm welcoming smile. Kick back and relax in your comfortable vehicle as he takes you to your hotel in Arusha, Tanzania’s self-styled ‘safari capital.’ On your journey to the hotel, you will get a brief impression of this large, bustling, commercial city. Depending on your arrival time, you may have your pre-safari briefing today; if not, it will take place early tomorrow morning.
Those seeking luxury in Arusha will find it at this modern, opulent hotel. The Gran Meliá Arusha sits in 18 acres of carefully looked-after tea and coffee plantations, with its own herb and vegetable gardens and stunning views of Mount Meru.
Rooms are thoroughly modern and spacious, furnished to a very high standard, as you would expect from an international hotel chain.
Guests here can benefit from the hotel’s heated pool, a spa and gym – all great ways of staying in shape while being pampered during your stay. The Indian-inspired cuisine at the Yellow Chilli is renowned, but the two other hotel restaurants ensure that every taste is catered for here.
Meal Plan Dinner at your hotel.
Arusha – Lake Manyara – Lake Eyasi
Unless your arrival time yesterday allowed time for your safari briefing, then this will take place after breakfast. We will provide you with all the essential information, before we set off to our first safari destination, the spectacular Lake Manyara National Park. After our time there, we continue onwards to Lake Eyasi, where we will spend the night.
Journey (morning): Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park; Lake Manyara National Park to Lake Eyasi (afternoon)
Our two-hour journey takes us westwards from Arusha. Along the route, your eyes will be opened to all the colours and character of Tanzania: perhaps some Maasai herdsmen driving their flocks of goats to new pastures. You’ll get to know your driver-guide, amazed at his depth of knowledge as he effortlessly answers all your questions. From Lake Manyara, our afternoon journey continues westwards to Lake Eyasi, taking us around 2 hours.
Your game drive in wonderful Lake Manyara, with the Rift Valley escarpment and the lake itself as the wonderful, natural backdrops.
Safari (Game Drive) in Lake Manyara National Park
We travel in our vehicle to cover the highlights of this park. Set against the rugged Rift Valley escarpment, and characterised by its shimmering lake, Manyara is rich in vegetation and the wildlife that thrives here. Enjoy the tranquillity as majestic pink flamingos wade elegantly, picking out a meal of algae from the shallow, alkaline waters. On land, Manyara’s terrain is compact, yet boasts differing environments such as diverse forests fed by waters seeping from the nearby escarpment. Monkeys are abundant, but look out too for the lions, giraffe, warthog and grumpy Cape buffalo who all call this park ‘home’. Hold your nose when we reach the hippo pool, because these big lumps smell!
After our game drive, we journey on to Lake Eyasi.
Situated on an escarpment overlooking Lake Eyasi and with fantastic views over towards the iconic Great Rift Valley, Ziwani Lodge offers intimate and sophisticated accommodation with the true bonus of a magnificent swimming pool for the comfort of its visitors. Just perfect for a hot African afternoon!
Ziwani is a genuine eco lodge, operating entirely from wind and solar power. The architecture takes its inspiration from local design and construction, found amongst the various tribes living in this culturally rich region. You can kick back and relax here, or enjoy a book from the small, on-site library.
Best of all, soak up the genuine Tanzanian hospitality from the dedicated lodge staff. This is a place to treasure!
Breakfast is enjoyed at your Arusha hotel. Lunch will be a nutritious and balanced meal, also provided by the hotel for you to take out on safari. Your dinner will be a full, cooked meal provided by the Ziwani Lodge.
Lake Eyasi - Ngorongoro
Journey: Lake Eyasi – Ngorongoro
Ngorongoro will be our final destination today, but first we have time to explore Lake Eyasi, the stunning lake being the backdrop for the fascinating tribes who live here. Tanzania’s people can be as interesting as its wildlife – today, you will certainly find that out!
Everyone will have their own, favorite cultural experience today. But perhaps your lasting memory will be of the Hadzabe hunter-gatherers. Their lifestyle will make you ponder how uncomplicated – though not easy - life can be.
Lake Eyasi and its Tribespeople
Lake Eyasi is located in the Great Rift Valley, southwest of the Ngorongoro Crater. Its salt-water levels experience dramatic changes with the seasons: in years with little rainfall, the lake can almost disappear. We will first experience a hunting trip with the Hadzabe, the last hunter-gatherers in Tanzania, before receiving a welcome from a different tribe, the colourful Datoga people. You will also see a local blacksmith practising his craft, fashioning pots and weapons from scrap metal.
After an action-packed morning, we will drive to Ngorongoro, where we will enjoy our lunch and spend the night.
Set in over 50 acres of stunning virgin bush, the Lions Paw Camp offers high-quality accommodation in sumptuous, individual log cabins, each with en-suite facilities and a private terrace from which to admire the dense forest and distant hillsides.
Guests here will love the lodge’s inviting swimming pool and those who want to really pamper themselves can benefit from the Earth & Rain Spa with a range of treatments. An evening drink in the bar and delicious cuisine – which combines Mediterranean and local dishes - will also be true highlights during any stay. The acclaimed dining-room is spacious, with the option of dining on the outdoor terrace.
Breakfast is enjoyed at your Lake Eyasi accommodation. Lunch will be a cooked lunch, to be enjoyed at Lake Eyasi. Your dinner will be a first-class cooked meal at the Lions Paw Camp.
Ngorongoro Crater – Kilimanjaro International Airport
Journey: Ngorongoro – Kilimanjaro International Airport
After our morning visit to the incomparable crater – see below - and then lunch, we will have a 4-hour journey, covering the 250km back to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Like nothing else on Earth, the stunning crater of Ngorongoro is a unique home for many, many species of Tanzania’s wildlife. With some luck, you may even see a black rhino here.
Safari in Ngorongoro Crater
From our accommodation, we set off after breakfast, a 6am departure to reach the rim and then descend into the vast crater itself. At one side there’s the Lerai Forest, classic mountain forest landscape with almost tropical characteristics. This is good elephant country, so keep your eyes peeled. By the side of the nearby swampland is what is sometimes called the ‘elephant graveyard’ as the mighty male tuskers at the end of their lives come to chew on the soft, swampland grasses once their teeth have failed them.
The crater has a population of around 120 lions, with well-defined territories; 15,000 wildebeest, 9,000 zebra, 400 hyenas, and around 50 black rhino. Many wildebeest and other herd animals are resident, benefiting from the many sources of year-round waters and are boosted by some migrators in season. Buffalo, Thomson’s gazelle and eland are also present in numbers. Hippos can be found in pools and swampland and highland birdlife is colourful and plentiful around the waters. Flamingos can often be seen in Lake Magadi, which occupies part of the crater floor.
Breakfast is served at your accommodation at Ngorongoro. Lunch will be prepared by the Ngorongoro accommodation, and enjoyed after your morning game-drive, before we return you to the airport for your flight home. As today is your departure day, please note that dinner tonight is not included in the tour.
Please note that the 4 Days Tanzania Safari and Culture: Manyara, Lake Eyasi and Ngorongoro tour ends at Kilimanjaro International Airport at 17.30 hours. Your departure can only take place today if you have pre-booked a domestic flight which leaves from Kilimanjaro International Airport at 19.40 hours or after, or an international flight which leaves at 21.00 hours or after. Otherwise, you will need to book an extra night’s accommodation (not included in the tour price) and take a flight the following day.
Note: after your exhilarating time on safari, you may want to extend your Tanzanian holiday with time on Zanzibar’s wonderful beaches. Please contact us
Easy Travel Trip Safety:
AMREF Flying Doctor Insurance. A Flying doctor Insurance to Air transfer you before dark from nearest airstrip to hospital during Emergency
Easy Travel – Transport:
4X4 Custom built – Toyota Landcruiser
- Pop-up Roof, Opening Sliding windows, Seat Belts, Heavy duty wheels, and Extra Fuel tanks. Refrigerator for cooling drinks, one pair of binoculars per couple, Eco friendly Trash Bag. Wi-Fi on board during safari, Charging Outlets type Plug G for charging Cameras and smart phones
Easy Travel – Trip Crew:
Professional English-Speaking Driver guide. A Friendly, Experienced and Passionate Driver Guide expert at a wide variety of skills: Flora and Fauna, Tanzania’s cultural and natural history
Easy Travel Treat:
A Special Safari Hamper
- Soft drinks, Coffee/tea and Water during game drives
Arrival and Departure Transfer:
TO/FROM Kilimanjaro International or Arusha Airport
- One arrival Transfer
- One departure Transfer
1 night in Arusha, 2 nights on Safari
1st night - Gran Meliá Arusha
Half Board ( Dinner, Breakfast )
2nd night - Ziwani Lodge
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)
3rd night - Lions Paw Camp
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)
Experience Wildlife with Easy Travel 4X4 Safari Vehicle
- Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park
- Game drive in Lake Eyasi
- Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater
Park Entrance Fee:
- Park fee for Lake Manyara National Park
- Park fee for Lake Eyasi
- Park fee for Ngorongoro Crater
18 % VAT (Value Added Tax)
Tipping is of course discretionary, but is an expected part of the way in which business is done in Tanzania. It counts as an expression of gratitude to those who – hopefully – have made your experience an unforgettable one and enables you to directly reward those people.
Our passengers come from all around the world, with different cultural attitudes to tipping, but a tip is of great significance here in Tanzania and will be hugely appreciated by the recipient. We know that the act of giving of a tip can be a bit awkward and we would suggest that the best way to remove this ‘awkwardness’ is for each couple to put their tip anonymously into an envelope and for the envelopes to be presented by the couple to the staff member. As a guideline, you should consider tipping at the following levels:
Driver guide: $25 US per day, per couple.
For hotels/lodges/tented camps, please do not tip individual staff members, but instead use the ‘Tip Box’, which you should find at the reception of your accommodation. For guidance, you should consider tipping between $5-7 US per day, per guest, at each accommodation.
Experience 60 – 90 minute (depending on wind condition) aerial adventure, followed by bush breakfast and champagne.
Any Changes done by you:
The trip excludes changes done by you during safari or before safari which deviates from the original program
Post Night Accommodation in Arusha:
This Tour ends at Kilimanjaro International Airport at 17:30hrs, you can only depart on this day if you have booked a Domestic flight which departs from Kilimanjaro International Airport at 19:40hrs and onwards or an International Flight which departs at 21:00hrs and onwards. Otherwise, you will need to book a post night Accommodation if you are departing with any earlier flight. Please contact us
The trip costs Excludes all visa costs including arrival visas and transit visas
The trip cost Excludes Medical Insurance which is mandatory
The trip cost Excludes Travel Insurance which is mandatory
If you require to launder your clothes while on your safari, then you will need to pay an amount that the accommodation charges as per their rate sheet.
Drinks at the lodges/camps:
All kinds of soft drinks and hard drinks at the lodges/camps are not included
The government of Tanzania does not allow anyone to bring Drone in the Country.
Disclaimer - Important!
Please note that all our itineraries begin at Kilimanjaro International Airport, with an overnight hotel stay in Arusha included in the price. This means that where an itinerary is entitled, for example, ‘4 Days Tanzania Safari and Culture: Manyara, Lake Eyasi and Ngorongoro,’ then the arrival day and Arusha overnight stay will count as Day 1. This is simply because our visitors come from all over the world and the flights can arrive at any time of day. If you are already in Arusha prior to the start of the safari and do not need the Arusha overnight stay that we provide, please inform your Easy Travel tour consultant and we will remove the cost of the Arusha hotel from the tour price.
Options To ‘Fly In/Fly Out’
This itinerary is based on transportation by vehicle. Our reliable, comfortable 4 x 4 vehicles will pick you up at the airport at the start of your safari and take you back to the airport at the end. Our Tanzanian roads are very rough in places and distances between the national parks are not insignificant. On this safari, there may be the option to reduce the time spent in your vehicle, by flying to your first safari destination at the start of your safari, or by flying back at the end of your safari, or both. These options of taking an internal flight or flights do attract an extra cost. If this is of interest to you, please ask your Easy Travel tour consultant at the time of booking your safari and they will be happy to advise you
All visitors will spend some significant time in our comfortable vehicles on the rather rough roads of Tanzania. Anyone who is liable to back pain may experience severe discomfort and should satisfy themselves as to the suitability of a safari (and take medical advice if appropriate) before booking.
Visitors With Limited Mobility
Please note that our itineraries are not suitable for those with limited mobility or who are physically disabled. Our vehicles are not capable of being adapted to accommodate those people, unfortunately.
Please note that we cannot guarantee the sighting of any particular animal or bird during our safaris. In our itinerary descriptions, we make reference to many of the animals you may see, but these references are for illustrative purposes only. For example, your driver-guide will do all he can to find you a black rhino if you are visiting Ngorongoro, but such animals are rare. While no sightings of any particular animal can be guaranteed, a quick read of our visitor reviews on Tripadvisor will show you what incredible wildlife experiences our visitors enjoy. And remember: the more days you book, the more wildlife encounters you will have.
Types of Safari:
All of our safaris are designed to give visitors the best possible wildlife-spotting opportunities. Please note that those wishing to observe The Great Migration should book one of our Migration Safaris
. Booking on any of our other safari itineraries will give you some wonderful experiences, but will not provide you with any opportunities to see The Great Migration.
A word about our lunches
We know that a day’s safari can make you hungry and we ensure that we always provide you with a balanced and nutritious lunch that will leave you satisfied. Generally, we provide you with either a picnic lunchbox or a hamper lunch. You can read more about these here. On any particular day, we wish to remain flexible: after all, there may be times when the last thing you want to do is interrupt your wildlife-watching simply to watch your driver-guide set up a picnic table. On such occasions, it may be preferable to eat a lunchbox at the designated picnic sites, to ensure that you don’t miss any excitement! We will try to offer you something different each day, working with the hotels, camps and lodges to ensure that your midday meals are a pleasurable experience.
In order to confirm this Tour, You need to pay 30% deposit of the Tour amount at the time of confirmation, and Final Payment of 70% can be paid on arrival.
Deposit can be paid with Bank Transfer with addition of $45 bank fee or Credit Card with addition of 3.5% Bank fee.
Final Payment can be paid via Credit Card with addition of 3.5% Bank fee or with USD Cash (Bills should not be older than year 2006).
Cancellation and No-Show Policy:
Cancellation of a holiday must be made in writing and is effective from the date we receive the written notification. Reservation that are cancelled, reduced in length of stay or reduced in numbers of occupants (hereinafter collectively called a CANCELLATION) are subject to cancellation and no-show fees under the following terms:
|120 to 61 days
|60 to 46 days
|45 to 8 days
|7 to 0 days
If the reason for cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim the cancellation charges from your insurance company. Notwithstanding the above, if we have issued your domestic airline tickets and you choose at any time to cancel them then the cancelling for Domestic Tickets will be 100% .
*The above Payment and Cancellation policy is specifically for 4 Days Tanzania Safari and Culture and it does not apply to other tours.