Gems of Tanzania: 5—Day Safari, History and Culture of Tanzania
Our flagship short safari offers a carefully—curated mix of wildlife viewing and culture, history, and the wild, and it all adds up to an unforgettable adventure... On this 5-Day Tanzania safari, you'll experience world-class wildlife viewing in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater that is balanced by intimate human history and authentic interactions with some of Tanzania’s 120+ cultural groups.
...there is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne—bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive...
Karen Blixen“Out of Africa” Author
Serengeti National Park.Ngorongoro CraterOlduvai GorgeMto wa Mbu village
Starting at 2298 PP. Excluding International Flights
Welcome to Serengeti...
Soon after breakfast, get transferred to the World famous Serengeti ...you find yourselves deep in the heart of the savannah and discover why this land is indeed legendary.
Lion-killings are often fought over by packs of hyenas, jackals and other scavengers. Yet these life and death scenes are juxtaposed with the impossible beauties of the African sunset, as nature’s ever-changing palette streaks the sky with orange, red, and gold.
Serengeti Game Viewing
After a hearty breakfast on day two, you head out for a full-day game viewing, broken only by a packed lunch under a shady tree in the heart of the Serengeti.
Our day in the Serengeti is spent in the unique atmosphere of the original safaris of yesteryear... Join an optional hot air balloon ride to take in sweeping views of the Serengeti from above. (additional fees apply).
Visit Olduvai Gorge & Masai Boma
Olduvai Gorge—the “cradle of mankind,” where the Leakey family uncovered the fossil of Homo habilis [the handyman], the first tool user, living over 1.75 million years ago.
In 1969, Dr. Mary Leakey uncovered fossils of our human ancestors and of animal life, laboriously peeling away the layers of mystery attached to the history of the continent... and we will stand on the very ground where these early humans walked and lived!
Ngorongoro Crater Wildlife Viewing
Embark on a full-day safari exploring the world’s largest inactive volcanic caldera, the Ngorongoro Crater.
The ever-changing mood and tenor of this great caldera will endlessly hold our attention. It offers some of the best game-viewing in Africa including BIG cats and the chance to spot the elusive Black Rhino.
Mto Wa Mbu Cultural Tour—Drive to Arusha
Immerse into a melting pot of Tanzanian cultures at Mto Wa Mbu village, and enjoy the delectable tastes of locally brewed banana beer. A typical Tanzanian lunch is also offered for those guests wishing to totally immerse themselves in Tanzania.
This is an opportunity for you to interact with local Tanzanians specifically farmers, as well as artisans, craftsmen, and painters. A selection of local banana beer adds a unique taste of local flavor.
Meet Your Dedicated Safari Planner.
If you are attracted by Tanzania’s scenic splendor, its wildlife, history, and cultural heritage... this safari is curated for you. We delight with insider access to iconic sights and surprise with authentic historical and cultural opportunities tailor—made just for you. There is simply no better way to discover Tanzania in a short time than on this 5-Day safari. Join us for a once—in—a—lifetime experience.
Gratuities included for meals and porterage even substantial ones to your Safari Guide and Safari Leader from beginning to end of your safari and you won’t be “nickel and dimed” for WIFI, tips at the lodges, drinks, and laundry; all that’s left for you to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy...
From the moment that we pick you up until the moment of your reluctant departure, all meals and beverages (including soft drinks, house wines, well spirits, and local beers) are provided as part of our all-inclusive safari cost—an extravagant saving and an enormous convenience.
The quality of the cuisine in lodges and camps is also superb. Meats, vegetables, and fruit arrive daily, fresh from the rich farmlands in Mwanza or Arusha. Early riser’s coffee is served before the sunrise game drive, followed by abundant breakfast buffets, luncheons on the veranda, and a formal afternoon tea. Dinners are fashionably late following the return of the afternoon game drive, allowing time for relaxation and “sundowners” in the lounge or around the campfire.
Once a full payment or a 30% deposit has been made for this safari your trip will depart as scheduled, we will never cancel for any reason other than Force Majeure. Your departure is guaranteed 100% No surcharge or supplemental cost is ever imposed.
Seriously Peace of Mind Safari
● National park fee● Government taxes● Snacks and refreshments en route● Transfers to and from your hotel and airport.
Emergency medical evacuation service
This assures Shrike guests in the wilderness area of prompt medical attention and air transportation to the nearest medical facility in the unlikely event that an emergency should arise. However, this should NOT replace your travel insurance.
Moreover, when you travel with Shrike, you are assured of the services of the Flying Doctors, a group of well—qualified physicians who travel by aircraft throughout the bush to provide treatment and transportation in East Africa.
Changing Lives of Forgotten Local Community
A safari with us helps to change the lives of destitute and orphaned children in Tanzania.
Top—notch Local Safari Leader and Safari Guide
Enjoy the services of a highly—credentialed Safari Leader, as well as a Safari Guide during your safari.
The Finest and Well—equipped 4x4 Safari Vehicle
Our safari vehicles are also outfitted with ice chests stocked with ample bottled water and soft drinks. Binoculars—one for each traveler—is also available to Shrike guests in the bush, as well as a safari library of field guides to aid in your understanding of the flora and fauna of each region and bean bags for stabilizing long lenses.
Travel with confidence
Lifetime Deposit Scheme™
We understand that in today’s constantly changing world, plans can change at any time. That’s why we have introduced a Lifetime Deposit Scheme™ offering hassle—free rescheduling. i.e we'll keep your deposit as a credit to reschedule all the services at no extra cost until you’re ready to decide when to do the same trip or another available trip anytime. There’s no rush. And if you can't do the trip anymore, you can pass it on to a friend or relatives.
How do I book this trip?
The unique appeal of this safari is the exclusive nature of hand-picked accommodations which can fill up quickly, particularly in high season, it is recommended to book at least 90 days in advance, some of our guests book 1 year in advance. A deposit in the amount of 20% of your per—person trip price will hold your space. Credit and Debit Cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, PayPal, and Discover are accepted for your trip deposit.
Do you guarantee a departure?
Every Shrike trip is guaranteed to depart as scheduled, regardless of group size. With Shrike, once your departure date has been confirmed and we have received your deposit, your safari will take place. We pride ourselves on making, and keeping, this promise to our guests.
How many participants per departure?
We encourage our guests to book either private or custom safari. However, if you prefer a small group adventure and in keeping with our commitment to personalized service and exclusive arrangements, Shrike’s trips are always small and intimate in size—carefully designed to avoid any “big-group” feeling. Groups vary from as few as 4 guests [and what service!] to an average of 6 believed to be the smallest group in the industry. Our safari vehicle accommodates no more than six guests.
Can I transform this trip into a private safari?
For an additional supplement, we can easily customize this safari into an exclusive, fully Private Safari, with you and your family, or a group of friends with your own safari guide. A private vehicle will be yours for all game drives and tours—a lovely feature! Please choose this option upon booking...
Which style of accommodation is right for me?
You’ll be happy to hear that you can’t go wrong.
All accommodations package itineraries are identical in terms of safari activities and daily outings. They differ in the level and experience of overnight accommodations.
Guests who select exclusive use properties will experience the utmost privacy and exclusivity while with the luxury or ultra-luxury accommodations package you will unwind at the region’s premier resorts and lodges, complete with award-winning spas and fine dining experiences. Mid-range accommodations are well-appointed, with a focus on African hospitality and authentic safari experiences during your stay.
What is the best time to come on this safari?
There is no best time, each season has its own special features. Safari in the rainy season [April—May, and October—November] and the landscape is beautifully green, the dust has settled and there are fewer guests on safari. The grass is fertile and tall which makes the spotting game more challenging but rewarding. The rain will mainly fall during the night. The remainder of the year is called the dry season, when there is less water available so animals tend to congregate around the water sources, making game spotting easier. This season also attracts more guests on safari specifically from June to September.
Is there a minimum or maximum age for guests on this trip?
No there isn’t, we welcome people of all ages. Children of all ages are allowed; we do suggest that children of the ages of 3 years and up seem to get the most out of their experience. There is no upper age limit. We kindly ask you to let us know in advance if you are physically challenged or less—abled.
What sort of food can we expect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
3—7 courses per meal; in the bush, the quality of the cuisine in lodges and camps is superb. Fishes, Meats, vegetables, and fruit arrive daily, fresh from the surrounding area’s rich farmlands. Early riser’s coffee is served before the sunrise game drive, followed by abundant breakfast buffets, luncheons on the veranda, and a formal afternoon tea. Dinners are fashionably late following the return of the afternoon game drive, allowing time for relaxation and “sundowners” in the lounge or around the campfire.
I am lactose intolerant/ require gluten-free meals/ allergic to peanuts/ vegan. Can you cater for this?
Yes, the chefs at each lodge or camp have been specially trained to deal with many different types of dietary requirements. They will personally discuss your upcoming meals with you. Please also be sure to notify us of dietary requirements when making your booking.
What is the earliest international flight that I can book on the last day?
The earliest international flights you can book are those that depart at 2030 hrs or later. If you depart earlier than that, we can organize an early airport transfer for you; in this case, the earliest international departure you can book is then 1600 hrs.