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What’s included

  • A professional, fully trained local guide
  • Luxury, full-service camping experience
  • All National Park and ranger fees
  • All meals, wine, beer and soft drinks in camp
  • National park rangers where required
  • Masai guides where necessary
  • Safe drinking water throughout
  • Group medical kit
  • All road transport by private vehicles – safari vehicles with seat belts and roof hatches.
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK – business class upgrade is available
  • UK Departure Tax
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms microfleece

Serengeti Walking Safari in Style ‘In style’ holidays

Walking & Trekking

Tanzania | Walking & Trekking

Save up to £330
Serengeti Walking Safari in Style
Gentle

Suitable for people who enjoy easy-paced walks or exploring the countryside on foot.

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Grade: Gentle ? Gentle
Duration:  12 days from the UK  
On trek: 3 days,
Walks on: 2 days
Private Departures Available

Flight inclusive from £6,395,
Land only from £5,765

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Unspoiled landscapes, impressive wildlife and exclusive luxury camping – the best way to experience wild Africa.

Highlights

  • Small group walking safari in an exclusive and pristine wilderness area of Serengeti National Park
  • Luxury tented camps that offer the best wildlife and walking opportunities
  • Game drives in Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park and at Lake Manyara National Park
  • Interaction with local masai people

Reviews          

I had a thoroughly good time and we were very impressed with the organisation and service on the holiday. The group leader and all the staff have a high level of commitment, knowledge and enthusiasm for the work they do. This was reflected in the knowledge of birds and animals that we saw, and the areas we visited. They could not have been more obliging and helpful to us.
Mr M, Oxon

I was slightly curious at the relative high cost of the holiday compared to your other itineraries and those of other companies. Having experienced what was provided, I believe we received value for money.
Mr M, Oxon

This was my best ever trip to Africa
Ms S, Wiltshire

As always, very well organised and all local facilities were of a high quality and carefully chosen. With MK we feel we are getting a different, better holiday experience to other tourists we came across during the trip.
Mr & Mrs T, Buckinghamshire

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The national parks of northern Tanzania offer some of the best game, bird and wildlife viewing in all of Africa, none more so than the Serengeti National Park. The highlight of this trip is a three-day trek through a pristine area of the park which, having been long set aside as a wilderness zone, has had little human disturbance for many years. This is the Serengeti as it once was - unmarred by game viewing tracks, lodges and vehicles.  We are one of the few companies able to offer a walking safari here where we will see a wide variety of wildlife that is living totally undisturbed.

Before we travel to the Serengeti we will also enjoy walks on the slopes of Mount Meru and in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area as well as a game drive through Lake Manyara. And, as no trip to this part of Africa would be complete without a game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, we also include that for the best of all worlds.

We stay throughout in tented accommodation but this is luxury camping with large walk-in tents, comfortable beds,  toasty quilts, hot showers, fluffy towels and delicious food. There are also cosy areas where you can relax with a glass of beer or wine whilst you savour the beautiful surroundings and vast African skies. Truly a safari in style!

Book before the end of July and save up to £330 on 2018 departures.

Private Departures

Serengeti Walking Safari in Style Private Departure

Serengeti Walking Safari in Style Private Departure
We also offer the Serengeti Walking Safari in Style as an exclusive private itinerary, with land only prices from £5,950 per person, for two people sharing.


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At a glance

Grade: Gentle
Gentle

Duration:  12 days from the UK  
On trek: 3 days,
Walks on: 2 days

Max. Altitude: Not applicable

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 3 clients

Maximum group size: 8

Land only joining city: Kilimanjaro

Accommodation types: Luxury Safari Camps

Meal arrangements: Full board on all days, including all drinks in camp

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1
Depart UK for flight to Kilimanjaro airport. Please note that 2018 departures depart and arrive on day 1 and are therefore 1 day shorter. Download the 2018 detailed itinerary for further information.
2
Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Itikoni Camp. The camp is located in the lush forests of Arusha National Park in the shadow of Mount Meru.
3
Optional pre-breakfast short walk. After breakfast set out for longer walk through the forest to a waterfall and return to camp by a different route.
4-6
Drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area via a game drive in the Manyara National Park. Continue on to Ngorongoro Conservation area and Mysigio Camp. Full game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater plus a full day walk including a visit to a Masai village.
7-8
Drive to the grasslands of the Serengeti National Park taking a game drive en route. Full day of game drives exploring the wider environs and discovering the varied bird and animal life of the park. Overnight at Pembezoni Camp.
8-11
Drive to the wilds of the Serengeti Wilderness Area. Spend three days trekking with a guide and park ranger between wilderness camps in an area where you will see no other tourists. Explore the landscape and enjoy close-up wildlife encounters.
12
Enjoy a final walking safari at dawn then drive out of Wilderness area to Seronera airstrip. Fly to Arusha for shopping and lunch. Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for flight home.
13
Arrive UK.
Leader: Specialist Wilderness Guide
Specialist Wilderness Guide

Our Serengeti trips are led by experienced, English-speaking local guides. Our charming and inspirational guides have years of experience on safari. They are trained to an exceptionally high standard both in wildlife identification and in group safety in wilderness areas. They are also qualified Wilderness First Aid Responders. We are therefore confident that in addition to being very good company and fun to be with they will guide you safely through the African bush. Where necessary our guides will carry a rifle to ensure your safety. Additionally, while on your walks within the National Parks you will be accompanied by a Park Ranger and elsewhere you may also be accompanied by a Masai guide.


  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Kilimanjaro

    Today you will depart the UK for your flight to Kilimanjaro Airport.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - FLY LONDON TO KILIMANJARO, ARRIVE KILIMANJARO, TRANSFER TO CAMP ON MOUNT MERU.

    On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will meet your guide and driver to make the short drive to the Arusha National Park. After signing in at the park gates you drive up to Itikoni Camp, set in montane forest on the slopes of Mount Meru. Itikoni Camp is a semi permanent camp situated in the forest at around 2,133m/7,000ft. You will be introduced to the friendly camp staff and will be served drinks and a late supper. Wonderful food is very much a feature of this trip! Retiring to your large and comfortable tent you will lulled to sleep by the sounds of the African forest.

    The sleeping tents at this camp are large and spaced well apart, with comfortable beds, cosy quilts, solar lighting, hot showers and eco toilets. Each tent has its own front porch with canvas safari chairs and washstand. There is also a large dining tent and a lounge tent with comfortable chairs, a small library of books and a wood-burning stove to make it cosy in the evenings. Wine, beer and soft drinks are included throughout the holiday.

    The 2018 departure departs London and arrives Kilimanjaro on the same day, making the holiday 1 day shorter. Please download the 2018 detailed itinerary for further details.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Itikoni Camp
  3. Day 3 - WALKING ON MOUNT MERU 4-5 hours walk.

    You will have the thrill of waking up to the sounds of an African dawn, with a noisy dawn chorus from the birds and the cries of monkeys in the surrounding forest. Tea or coffee will be brought to your tent and you can have a relaxed start to the day. Hot washing water will also be delivered to your tent.

    From camp there are wonderful views of the vast 6,000ft face of Mount Meru caught in the rays of the early morning sun and in the other direction is more distant Kilimanjaro. Before breakfast you might like to walk up a nearby hill for the early morning views - be sure to ask your guide or ranger to go with you as there may be wild animals such as Cape Buffalo around the camp.

    After a good breakfast you will take a walk to explore the slopes of Mount Meru. You might visit some craters higher up the mountain or take a lovely walk straight out of camp. As with all your walks, you will be accompanied by your guide and a park ranger. From camp you walk along the track for a short way (In 2011 a group saw leopard and baby leopard pug marks in the dust of the road) and then you take a small path that leads you into the forest. This is a beautiful forest with huge trees and many exotic flowers and there is always the chance of spotting animals and birds along the way. After a couple of hours walking you hear the sound of rushing water and soon come to a spot where a small river plunges downwards over a waterfall. You follow this small river upstream to another very scenic waterfall and then continue to reach a clearing where staff from camp will have erected a dining tent and will be busy preparing your lunch, possibly a barbeque. After a leisurely lunch break you walk back through the forest to your camp by a different route. Again you will enjoy drinks before dinner and a wonderful three course meal while outside the sounds of the forest reverberate.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Itikoni Camp
  4. Day 4 - DRIVE TO NGORONGORO HIGHLANDS WITH GAME DRIVE IN LAKE MANYARA NP EN ROUTE

    After breakfast you will say goodbye to the attentive camp staff of Itikoni and drive out of the park, looking out for animals such as giraffes, bushbuck, buffalo and warthogs along the way. You then continue to the busy town of Arusha where if necessary you can stop to change money or shop for any essentials. You continue east and south out of Arusha to the small village of Makayuni where you turn north east towards the village of Mto Wa Mbu. At this village you drive to the gates of Lake Manyara National Park and go on a game drive inside the park. This wonderful national park is situated at the base of the 600 metre high rift valley escarpment and is particularly famed for its tree climbing lions. You also see many other animals, as large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebras congregate on the grassy plains beside the lake where flocks of flamingos, pelicans, cormorants and storks are also found.
    Completing this exciting game drive you will continue your journey, driving up over the escarpment, possibly seeing troops of baboons as well as the many large baobab trees which are also found here. You then pass through a fertile agricultural area to reach the town of Karatu and continue to the Ngorongoro Park Gates. From the gates you drive uphill to the edge of the crater and round to your camp at Mysigio, located not far from the small town of Endulen. This will be your base for the next three nights. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area comprises the Ngorongoro Crater at its centre and then extends through the Crater Highlands. It is unusual as a conservation area in that local tribes are permitted to live here and maintain their traditional lifestyles in as natural environment as possible.

    Your camp at Mysigio is located at around 2,743m/9,000 ft and is delightfully quiet and secluded being situated well away from the main tourist hotspots. Mysigio Camp is another semi permanent camp. It is located on a ridge next to ancient acacia woodland with sweeping views south towards Lake Eyasi and, closer by, over a wide valley dotted with small Masai settlements and bomas. It is a very comfortable camp, featuring lovely big sleeping tents with large beds, solar lighting, wooden furniture, bathrooms with washstands and showers. Again you will find warm duvets and even a hot water bottle in your bed at night. There is also a large and comfortable dining tent and a lounge tent with seating, both having wood burning stoves for a bit of real cosiness on chilly evenings. You will have plenty to talk about over drinks and dinner this evening.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Mysigio Camp
  5. Day 5 - FULL DAY GAME DRIVE IN NGORONGORO CRATER

    No visit to this area would be complete without a game drive in the famed Ngorongoro Crater and this will undoubtedly be a fabulous day. The Ngorongoro Crater, thought to be the largest intact caldera in the world, shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens anywhere - indeed it is said to have the most dense concentration of wildlife in the whole of Africa. On the crater floor are found a number of ecological environments including grassland, swamps and forest as well as a central soda lake. These various habitats attract many different types of wildlife meaning that during a full day's game drive you can expect to see a staggering array of animals including all the big carnivores. You can expect to spot all the Big Five - lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo, as well as hippo, eland, zebra, wildebeest, hartebeest, waterbuck, warthog, both Grant's & Thomson's gazelle, cheetah, hyena and jackal. A real wildlife bonanza! After your game drive you will return to Mysigio.

    Our partners at Mysigio Camp have built up a fantastic relationship with the local Masai inhabitants and you will certainly have the chance to get to meet local villagers as well as the local chief, Ole Dorup, who may come to camp to meet you. Either tonight or tomorrow night these local Masai will visit a glade near the camp to demonstrate how they follow some of the traditions pertaining to their 'olpul', a traditional ceremony. Meat is a very important feature of the Masai diet and at this ritual Masai morans (warriors) make a kind of soup from herbs and acacia which they eat with barbequed meat. The local girls may also join them to dance for you. Here at Mysigio you will have a privileged opportunity for a personal insight into this colourful and fascinating, but sadly vanishing lifestyle, without feeling one of the tourist hordes.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Mysigio Camp
  6. Day 6 - FULL DAY WALK OUT OF MYSIGIO 4-5 hours easy walking.

    There are several day walks that can be done out of Mysigio depending on group preference, but a pleasant one is to walk down to the reservoir below camp, walk on to the local village where you can possibly arrange to visit a local Masai home and then climb a nearby ridge and follow this back to camp.

    You can start this walk directly out of camp. With your leader and possibly also a Masai warrior as a guide you descend across a grassy hillside through trees towards a small reservoir where cattle come to drink - you should see all sorts of birds by water and you may also see zebra and gazelles along the way. Walking around the lake you then walk up to a small Masai village. You pass many small bomas (homesteads with circular houses and fenced enclosures for cattle) and depending on who is at home at the time you may be invited to look inside one of these tiny but very snug little homes. From the village you climb steeply through forest (these are cattle paths for the first section which can sometimes be rather muddy). Climbing in forest you eventually come to a wide grassy saddle where you turn and climb through trees to the top of the ridge for a section of really lovely walking along a grassy ridge strewn with wild flowers and with great all round views. Passing several small villages you finally descend to the ridge where Mysigio Camp is located and walk back into camp.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Mysigio Camp
  7. Day 7 - DRIVE TO SERENGETI WITH GAME DRIVE ON THE WAY

    Today after breakfast at Mysigio, you will head off out of the Ngorongoro Area and down to the Serengeti for the exciting climax to this trip. Along the way you should see many different birds and animals as well as the pink flamingos fringing the blue waters of Lake Masek. Today you will be driving mainly on dirt tracks with hardly any other traffic until you join one of the more major roads linking into the Serengeti where you finally arrive in a landscape that is more what you are probably be expecting from the Serengeti - a flat expanse of grassland dotted with vast herds of animals, including large numbers of wildebeest and zebras. You check in at the park gates and will then have a game drive through this classic habitat. As well as zebra and wildebeest you may also see impala, elephant and lion as well as large birds such as secretary birds and bustards.

    You then drive to Pembezoni Camp. The exact site of Pembezoni Camp depends on the time of year and where the best animal viewing is likely - during the months of December to March the camp is located at Naabi Hill where there are fabulous views of migrating animals on the plains and during June to October in the heart of the Serengeti near the Grumetti River. Tents are large with comfortable beds, quilts, attached showers and toilets. There is a big dining tent and a library tent with a spacious verandah.

    You may be lulled to sleep by the sounds of herds of animals as they cross the plains, especially the distinctive grunting of wildebeest.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Pembezoni Camp
  8. Day 8 - FULL DAY OF GAME DRIVES IN THE SERENGETI

    You will awake to early morning sounds of the Serengeti with birdsong close by and from further off the sounds of animals. After a delicious breakfast you will have a full day to explore the wider Serengeti park with game drives to seek out the herds and other wildlife of the wonderful Serengeti.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Pembezoni Camp
  9. Day 9 - DRIVE TO SERENGETI WILDERNESS AREA AND WALK TO CAMP

    Today you then head off into the true wilderness areas of the Serengeti National Park, exploring the pristine environment without other tourists and where you will be camping entirely in the wild.

    You drive north through the park (a further opportunity to spot more species for your checklist), passing the airstrip at Seronera, until finally you turn off the main road through the park onto a little used track, passing an old gold mine and then heading out into the bush. Where your camp will be set up depends on the skill and judgement of your drivers and camp staff in locating the most scenic spot and the most prolific wildlife. Your leader and camp staff will be in contact by radio and will use GPS to identify where camp is to be set up. Once this is established, you set off walking with your guide and a park ranger, stopping along the way for a delicious lunch before continuing on to find your camp for the night. If camp is further away and you drive straight there you will have time for an orientation walk later in the afternoon.

    On this walking safari you need to walk quietly and your guide will brief you on the best ways to approach wildlife on foot without being seen. Although you may not see as much as you would on a driving safari, you certainly see masses of animals and it is a real thrill to approach them on foot and get really close at their own level. As there are large and potentially dangerous animals around you do need to take care, but your experienced guide and the park ranger will always be on hand to ensure that you can enjoy this adventure in safety.

    Your camp staff will set up camp in a scenic spot to await your arrival. Your wilderness camp will be a little simpler than those you will have stayed in for your earlier nights, but will offer a good balance between comfort and mobility. You have tents large enough to stand up in, solar lighting, camp beds with quilts and pillows and big fluffy towels. There will also be showers and toilets set up just a few steps away.

    On arrival there is time for a shower and a glass of wine by the campfire as the sun goes down and the moon rises. You will end an exciting day with an excellent three course dinner served in the dining tent. Later, from the security of your own tent, you may be serenaded by the roars of lions or the eerie calls of hyenas and the cries of night birds. There will probably be no other people within 30 miles of your camp and you will really feel that you are in authentic Africa!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Wilderness Camp
  10. Day 10 - FULL DAY WALKING IN SERENGETI WILDERNESS AREA

    You will have now two full days to walk in this wonderful area and during these days you are unlikely to see another person outside of your own small group. Each day your camp will be moved to a different spot and you will walk to it, not necessarily by the most direct route, but taking time to explore the landscape and see animals in their true habitat. This is an interesting and varied landscape of rolling country and grasslands, interspersed with acacia and fig trees, occasional streams and water holes and striking 'kopjes', distinctive rocky outcrops inhabited by rock hyrax and klipspringer, which provide the only real landmarks in this timeless landscape.

    Everywhere there are herds of zebra and impala; tiny dikdiks may dash away as you approach and you can also expect to see giraffe, Cape buffalo, elephant, families of warthog, topi, eland, jackals and possibly even a leopard up a tree. There is also a myriad of smaller colourful birds as well as larger birds such as ostrich and bustard.

    Close up this is a fascinating terrain - as you walk through it you can see that every bush and outcrop which offers shelter or shade has evidence of frequent occupation by some creature- a bush may shelter a family of bat eared foxes who burst out and rush off at your approach, a rock overhang may show where buffalo have rested and a boulder may provide shade for a leopard. It is also interesting to come upon the lair of a family of hyenas, or a porcupine burrow with its characteristic half circle of bones arranged in front of it, looking almost like deliberate decoration. When you pass waterholes you can see where elephant and buffalo have wallowed. Looking even closer you may see an iridescent dung beetle carefully rolling along its ball of dung, often bigger than itself.

    There will be moments that will remain with you long after your return home - seeing elephant close up or experiencing the buzz of approaching a large herd of impala who know there is something there but can't quite identify what you are and whether they need to be frightened - they will be very wary but you can, with care, get close enough to hear their little snorts of alarm as they decide whether or not to bound away. You should have many such opportunities to approach really close to the animals. You will also have thrilling and timeless moments such as sitting on a ridge top at dusk overlooking an idyllic Garden of Eden scene illuminated by the final flush of evening sun, while watching grazing herds and other animals all totally unaware of your presence.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Wilderness Camp
  11. Day 11 - FULL DAY WALKING IN SERENGETI WILDERNESS AREA

    Today you will continue to explore the Serengeti wilderness area.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Wilderness Camp
  12. Day 12 - DRIVE OUT OF WILDERNESS AREA TO SERONERA. FLY TO ARUSHA AND DRIVE TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT FOR FLIGHT HOME.

    This morning you will get up before dawn and head off for a last walk to see wildlife as the first rays of the morning sun hit the countryside. It is often easier to see animals at this time before the sun rises higher in the sky and the animals head into the deeper bush. You will then return for breakfast and will pack ready to drive out of the wilderness area. You will doubtless leave with rather a heavy heart that this wonderful experience is coming to an end. It will take some time to return to the road and there will be more opportunities for game viewing on the way. When you reach the road it will be rather a shock to return to the hurly burly of the standard safari trail. You will then drive to Seronera airstrip and check in for your flight. You will fly to Arusha where you will have time for lunch and some souvenir shopping before you drive to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight home.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In Flight
  13. Day 13 - Arrive UK

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2017

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2018

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Sun 11 Mar - Thu 22 Mar 2018! Available

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Book by 31st July and save £200. From 1st August 2017 the Land only price will be £6095.
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What’s included

  • A professional, fully trained local guide
  • Luxury, full-service camping experience
  • All National Park and ranger fees
  • All meals, wine, beer and soft drinks in camp
  • National park rangers where required
  • Masai guides where necessary
  • Safe drinking water throughout
  • Group medical kit
  • All road transport by private vehicles – safari vehicles with seat belts and roof hatches.
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK – business class upgrade is available
  • UK Departure Tax
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms microfleece

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Immunisations
  • Optional trips or extra transfers
  • Tips to camp staff, safari drivers and guide


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Overall score:           (Based on 6 reviews)

Oustanding trip to view the wildlife of Tanzania          

A packed itinerary of safari rides & walking in the wilderness. The local tour leaders and all the support staff really made this holiday a very special and unforgettable experience. We were able to view so many animals and birds in the wild, and often close-up. The camps were very comfortable with excellent food.

Stunning Serengeti          

Just returned from a wonderful holiday visiting the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti Plains and Wilderness area. The variety and abundance of wildlife and birds were amazing as was the sheer scale and scenery of the areas we travelled. A pleasure too to meet Masai people. We couldn't have been better looked after, food was plentiful and delicious, our guides and camp staff were excellent and provided us with a number of lovely surprises. A holiday of a lifetime that will not be forgotten.

Committed and helpful crew          

I had a thoroughly good time and we were very impressed with the organisation and service on the holiday. The group leader and all the staff have a high level of commitment, knowledge and enthusiasm for the work they do. This was reflected in the knowledge of birds and animals that we saw, and the areas we visited. They could not have been more obliging and helpful to us.

Value for money          

I was slightly curious at the relative high cost of the holiday compared to your other itineraries and those of other companies. Having experienced what was provided, I believe we received value for money.

The best!          

This was my best ever trip to Africa


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